Category Archives: Community Notes

“The Best Night At North” to help bring Science equipment to underprivileged students

North student Julia Davis is organizing a fundraiser called “The Best Night At North” to help bring Science equipment to underprivileged students in Boston. The evening will include the artistic musical and dance talents of students who have volunteered their time to help raise funds to support the budding Robotics program at Excel Charter School in Boston.

Come enjoy a world-class violinist, classically trained dancers from Boston Ballet, and All That Jazz, as well as guitarists and acapella groups. It promises to be an amazing night of great talent and good works and 100% of all money collected will be donated directly to Excel in Boston. $20 suggested donation per ticket or $15 student ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.studentartistsforscience.org 

May 17th,  7:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton North Little Theater

What’s Happening at the Y

National Police Week May 12th – 18th
In honor of National Police Week,  all area police officers are invited to try the Y for free during the week. Sign a waiver at the Welcome Center and show your badge or other proof you are law enforcement and try out the facilities free of charge. Please spread the word to your family and friends in law enforcement!

Family Fun Night May 14th,  6:00 – 7:00 pm
Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, gym games and more! Free and open to all. Family Fun Nights occur on the second Tuesday of every month.

Summer Camp Open Houses
Learn about the Y’s summer camps, meet the staff, take a tour, and discover which camp is right for your child.
YMCA Camp Pikati -Day camp at the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, MA for ages 3-15
May 11th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and June 10th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
YMCA Camp Chickami – Day camp in Wayland, MA for grades 1-10
May 11th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and June 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
YMCA Camp Frank A. Day – Overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA for ages 7-16
May 19th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and June 2nd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner – May 16th,  6:00 – 8:00 pm
The West Suburban YMCA’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner celebrates the people who help fulfill the promise to strengthen the community – the members, staff, and volunteers! Join as they introduce new board members, take a look back at highlights from 2018, recognize generous donors and the people who make a difference at the Y. Please RSVP if you plan on attending the event: www.wsymca.org/rsvp

Safety Around Water Open House – May 19th, 12:00 – 2:30 pm
Join the Y for a free water safety open house, which includes a swim lesson and parent resources. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend! Water safety and learning to swim are vital life skills that should be taught just as readily as looking both ways before crossing the street. With summer right around the corner, this is a great time for parents to remember the importance of equipping children (and themselves!) with essential water safety skills. Please RSVP to this event here: www.wsymca.org/water-safety

Fitness Competition Fundraiser -May 22nd, 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Lace up your sneakers and get ready to compete in the Y’s first ever Fitness Competition Fundraiser to benefit the West Suburban YMCA’s Annual Fund! You’ll be tested on three events: Maximum number of burpees in one minute, maximum number of wall balls in one minute, and maximum number of sled pushes in one minute. Participates can check in with a member of the fitness staff to complete the challenges! Entry fee is $25 and all proceeds go to the West Suburban YMCA’s Annual Fund, which allows the Health and Wellness Department to provide access to many life-changing programs such as Y Empower for young girls and Livestrong at the YMCA for cancer survivors. More information: donate.wsymca.org/fitcomp

Intro to Women’s Self Defense Class – May 29th,  6:00 – 9:00 pm
The West Suburban YMCA is proud to collaborate with the Newton Police Department to host an Intro to Women’s Self Defense class. In this three-hour class, participants will learn risk reduction strategies, physical techniques and basic combative moves. During the final part of the class, the Newton Police Instructors will put on protective suits and allow participants to practice what they just learned on a moving person. This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required as space in the class is limited.

Family Bingo Night – May 30th, 6:00pm
Bring the whole family for a fun night of pizza, BINGO, and prizes! Cost is $20 per family if you pre-register, or $25 per family at the door. All proceeds go directly toward the West Suburban YMCA’s Annual Fund, which provides opportunities for children to grow socially and emotionally among their peers, have a safe space during after school hours, and gain access to healthier habits through swim and sports classes. More Information: donate.wsymca.org/bingo

Annual Golf Tournament – June 3rd at the Charles River Country Club
Since its inception, this charity golf tournament has raised over $1.25 million for the Y and those they serve. There is still time to sign up as a player or sponsor the event. To learn more, contact Andrea Newman at 617-244-6050 x3097 or andrean@wsymca.org.

Volunteers Needed: Can you read and write in Spanish, Chinese or Russian?
The Y is seeking volunteers to help with a one-time translation project that will help them better serve our community. If you are interested in helping or would like more details, please contact Kristen Hydinger at kristenh@wsymca.org.

New Summer Creative Arts Programs
Fill this summer with singing, dancing, painting, and more! With Creative Arts, youth can explore their creative side through group lessons, unique projects, and exploring what it means to be an artist. Explore exciting art mediums in the new Explorations! program for ages 6-10, learn to collaborate in the Summer Rock Band program for ages 8-17, or try the new Vocal Intensive Workshop for ages 12+.

2019-2020 After School Enrollment Open Now
The West Suburban YMCA Out-of-School Time program is committed to making a difference in the lives of every child and family who choose the Y for after school care. Their program is open to children in grades K-8, and transportation to the Y is available from most elementary schools in Newton. Enrollment is open for the 2019-2020 school year!

Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in child care and youth development, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, free membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow at lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/careers.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs
The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is their mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Research study oppportunity for students

Scientists at the Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital are seeking particpants for the CARE Study. The CARE Study investigates the relationship between ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) and hormones and regions of the brain. ARFID is characterized by eating a limited volume or variety due to taste selectivity, low appetite, or fear of aversive consequences such as choking or vomiting. They are looking for people who have ARFID and those who do not have any eating difficulties at all between the ages of 10-22 years old.

As a healthy control participant, there are two visits. First, the screening visit is approximately 3.5-4 hours and can be scheduled for any weekday at almost any time. During this visit, you will review the consent with our nurse practitioner, complete a brief history and physical exam, meet with nursing and nutrition to take a small blood draw, and finish the visit with an interview and questionnaires. The second visit is a full day visit lasting from 6:30am to 1:30 pm. This visit includes two different MRI scans, questionnaires, an interview, a smell and taste test, and an IV is placed in the morning because there will be blood draws throughout the visit. Once you complete the second visit you will earn up to $290.

If this research study sounds like something you are interested in, please complete the pre-screen survey in the link below: https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=CEEHL9D3MD. Once you have completed this survey, You will be contacted for a brief phone-screening.

Einstein’s Workshop Summer Camp Open House

Summer Camp Open House with FREE STEM activities and refreshments! Come to check out the summer camp space and the camp opportunities. View the flyer here: Stem camps

May 25th, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Lasell College

Summer Art Programs at the New Art Center

Tremendous Trees – June 24th – 28th – Grades 1 – 6
$440
The colors, patterns and shapes of trees will serve as our inspiration this week. Are you sitting under a palm tree, looking up towards the top of a giant redwood, or tangled in lush jungle branches? Will you take a walk through a fairytale forest or a steaming jungle full of colorful birds, snakes and monkeys? Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3/

All About Farms – July 1st – 3rd – Grades 1 – 6
$265
What do you think about when you hear the word, “farm”? Cows, chickens, roosters, pigs? Or rows of corn, fields of hay, beautiful red barns, tractors and tools? What about aerial views of differently planted fields of color? From hens to horses and scarecrows to weathervanes, let’s celebrate this abbreviated holiday week with a creative trip to an American farm! Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-7/

Amusement Park Paradise – July 8th – 12th -Grades 1 – 6
$440
Speed down the slide at a waterpark, or rise high above the treetops on a ferris wheel! Plunge, soar, scream as you ride the roller coaster! Thrills, fun, adventures are found in our Amusement Park Paradise, but also magnificent arrays of shapes, colors and rhythms that will inspire your art in this delightful week at NAC. Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-10/

Foodie Fun – July 15th – 19th – Grades 1 – 6
$440
From the bread-making depicted in ancient Egyptian paintings to Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans, food has been the subject matter for art throughout the ages. Have you seen delicious still life paintings, such as Wayne Thiebaud’s cakes and sweets? Be inspired by the world of food, its packaging, art from the past, and by your imagination. Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-13/

Far Away Places – July 22nd – 26th – Grades 1 – 6
$440
Travel around the world! Diverse vistas, cultures and traditions will inspire your imagination this week at NAC. Carefully observe art and life from other places before you create your own. From folk art to fine art, and architecture to landscape, discover new lands while creating beautiful artworks. Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-16/

Fantasy Worlds – July 29th – August 2nd – Grades 1 – 6
$440
Turn your world upside down and inside out! Invent a fantasy world where people, places and things are imagined and created. From Fairy Tales to the Wizard of Oz to Star Wars, the world of imagination is a very rich environment where you will discover new ways of seeing, and ways to answer the question, “What if?” Create surprising and enchanting artworks, and learn that art endeavors can have more than one solution. Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-19/

Birds & Other Flying Machines – August 5th – 9th – Grades 1 – 6
$440
Anything that floats or flies will be used as inspiration for art-making! Will you paint birds, butterflies, hot air balloons, rockets, clouds or kites? What shapes, patterns and colors will you use in your artwork to make it soar? Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-22/

Underwater Worlds – August 12th – 16th – Grades 1 – 6
$440
Take a trip below the surface to see incredible beauty and life under the sea! From tropical fish to sunken treasures, use the colors, light and underwater patterns to inspire this week’s art-making. Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-25/

Beach Party – August 19th – 23rd – Grades 1 – 6
$440
What’s better than a beach party? Create art inspired by memories of beach fun: rolling waves, shells and sandcastles, sailboats and summer games, picnics and ice cream. Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-28/

Opposites – August 26th – 30th – Grades 1 – 6
$440
Make your artwork pop with opposites! Considering big and small, warm and cool, calm and energetic and other opposing ideas will help you create dynamic artworks, and encourage you to look for unexpected results! Each week will be packed with possibilities, imagination and fun as students explore 4 exciting activities each day: 2D art (drawing and painting), 3D art (sculpture), ceramics and performing arts. Students will be divided into groups by grade. Early drop-off and extended day are available.
Register at https://newartcenter.org/index.php/product/slider-603-image-3-4/

Teacher Appreciation Week May 6th – 10th

This week is Teacher Appreciation week. For all of the information, see
http://newtonptocouncil.org/2019/04/28/teacher-appreciation-week-may-6-10/

Final Open Houses for Highlands After School Program

The Newton Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, has only a few slots open for the fall. They’re hosting 3 last open houses which are a terrific opportunity for parents of 5th graders to learn more about the program as they plan for the next school year and see the wonderful space that is the home base of this terrific program. For more information or to arrange an alternative time to visit please contact: Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or highlandsafterschool@gmail.com or visit highlandsafter-schoolprogram.org

Open Houses: May 11th, May 29th, and June 10th, 5 – 6:00 pm
Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands

Newton Community Preservation Committee meeting – May 14th

The Community Preservation Program website now includes the pre-meeting packet for the CPC meeting and a link to a new, 8-question community survey.

The May 14th agenda includes a final report on the Farlow Park Pond & Bridge project in Newton Corner, plus committee business. Please take the survey and share your ideas about how Newton should use its CPA funds! For assistance, contact Alice Ingerson at 617-796-1144 or aingerson@newtonma.gov.

10th Annual SEPAC Special Educator Awards!

The SEPAC Special Educator Awards are presented to Newton faculty and staff members who have done exceptional work with students receiving special education services.

Parents, guardians and students may nominate any NPS staff member who they believe has gone above and beyond in their work with special education students (ie: special ed staff, regular ed staff, principals, aides, BT’s, administrative staff, custodians, crossing guards, etc).

Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name; only the honoree is given the name of the person who nominated him/her.

Click on the link to submit your nomination! https://forms.gle/QxVPC22kG8h3Sy979

May 30th, 6:00 pm
Newton South High School Cafeteria*
140 Brandeis Road

*please note new location

Newton PorchFest 2019 – June 1st

Come enjoy PorchFest! Newton PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performances on porches, front lawns and driveways around the city on Saturday, June 1st. PorchFest 2019 will include the villages of Auburndale, Lower Falls and Waban where over 100 musical acts will be performing from 12 Noon to 6:00 pm.

Gather family and friends, grab a blanket or chair and stroll the neighborhoods enjoying a wide variety of musical styles. There will be Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, R&B, Classical, Barbershop and more!

Check out the schedule at https://newton.porchfest.info/  to plan your route – maybe ride a bike to cover more ground! To make planning easier the schedule is arranged by village.

Don’t miss this free event – fun for all the family!

June 1st, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (Raindate June 2nd)