Community Notes – Oak Hill PTO http://oakhillpto.org Tue, 23 Apr 2019 02:50:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.9 Discussion about development at Riverside http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52829 Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:16:14 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11581 Continue reading ]]> The Lower Falls Improvement Association is presenting “RightSize Riverside”, their perspective of this potential development project. For information visit the website https://newtonlowerfalls.org/event-3365286

April 23rd, 7:00 – 9:00  pm
Druker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

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Food Recovery in Schools: Why is it important? http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52803 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:14:11 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11583 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Join Green Newton for the Earth Day presentation ‘Food Recovery: Why is it important?’

Americans waste as much as 40% of the food produced each day – enough to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium. Yet, one in seven Americans are food insecure. Wasted food expends precious resources and contributes to climate change. The Town of Wellesley is developing partnerships and programs to address the food waste problem.

Ellen Korpi, previously the Chair, and then Vice Chair, of the Sustainable Energy Committee in the town of Wellesley, and Marybeth Martello, Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Administrator, will present on food waste diversion and food rescue programs involving Wellesley residents and schools, area colleges, the Wellesley Food Pantry, and the Cambridge-based non-profit, Food For Free.

Former Newton City Councilor, Amy Mah Sangiolo, will also present, and describe exploratory efforts to develop a similar program in Newton. The goal is to work with the Newton Public Schools and its food service vendor, and other non-profits, to expand food recovery networks throughout the Greater Boston Area.

April 22nd,  7:00 pm
Druker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens – talking to your kids about things that freak you out http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52805 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:09:55 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11576 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Talking to Your Kids about Sexting, Drinking, Drugs and Other Things That FREAK YOU OUT.

The Health & Human Services Department is hosting a speaker on parenting teens. This is part of a joint effort with the school department to help parents in the community understand and set boundaries around issues of concern including: vaping, alcohol, substance use, and other risky behaviors. Presented by: Joani Geltman, MSW, Local Expert on Parent-Teen Relationships

Tickets are Free and available HERE. Flyer is available HERE.

May 1st, 7:00 pm
Newton South High School Lecture Hall

Hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services

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Hair styling services for prom in your plans? http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52807 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:01:45 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11574 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Getting ready for semi or prom? Vaiani & Clarke Salon offers up-do services and make-up too. Let them get you ready for your special night! Located in Newton Center, many of their stylists can help you achieve your formal look. Call today to book your appointment. 617-795-1550.

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Newton Mustangs Cheer Registration http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52809 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:52:44 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11570 Continue reading ]]> Check out the flyer CHEER for information about Newton Mustangs Youth Football and Cheer tryouts. Discount for registration before May 1st.

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Trial Classes for Incoming Kindergartners http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52811 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:47:56 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11568 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Studio of Engaging Math is scheduling trial classes for rising kindergartners. The kindergarten program is a fun and playful program that introduces important abstract concepts to your youngest learners. Many children think of math as boring and dry, and they start developing math anxiety as early as first grade. This class captures children’s interest now while they don’t have any preconceptions about the subject.

Learning through play captivates children’s attention like nothing else. They’ll be  to spatial reasoning, number sense, geometry, critical thinking through engaging activities and games.

These trial classes are specifically designed for you and you child to have an opportunity to try out the program. They are FREE OF CHARGE. Please register HERE to reserve a place.

For more information please visit the website www.engagingmath.com.

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What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52813 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:33:38 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11565 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Healthy Kids Day – Inspiring kids to live up to their potential by being healthy, active and engaged! Join this free family event featuring healthy games and activities. Join in for a fun afternoon including:

• Bike decorating station and bike parade
• Book swap station – bring a book to donate and swap!
• Demonstration by players from BC Football
• Curious Creatures wild animal exhibit
• Bouncy house
• Obstacle course
• Face painting
• Live music
• Healthy snacks
• Free bike helmets and t-shirts while supplies last!

All event attendees are encouraged to bring their bikes and a book. Bring your bicycle for decorating and to join the bike parade around the track, and bring a book for the Book Swap Station to help counter summer learning loss and awaken imagination!
April 27th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm


Kids Night Out – Parents, drop off your kids for a fun Friday night with the Y’s staff. They’ll order pizza for dinner and keep the children entertained with games, swimming, movies and sports. $25 per child for Y members and $30 for the community. A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter. Contact Jillian Finnigan at jillianf@wsymca.org for more information.
May 3rd, 6:00 – 10:00 pm


Poetry Night – Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event features readings by two local poets, then guests are invited to participate in the open mic portion of evening to share their own written work. This event is free and open to the public.
May 3rd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


Family Fun Night – 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.
May 14th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm


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 is day camp at the West Suburban YMCA in Newton for ages 3-15
Open House May 11th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm or June 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

YMCA Camp Chickami is day camp in Wayland, MA for grades 1-10
Open House May 11th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or June 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

YMCA Camp Frank A. Day is overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA for ages 7-16
Open House May 19th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or June 2nd from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner – The West Suburban YMCA’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner celebrates the people who help fulfill their promise to strengthen the community – our 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
May 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Safety Around Water Open House – We’re creating a new wave of impact! 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
May 19th, 12:00 – 2:30 pm

Intro to Women’s Self Defense Class – The West Suburban YMCA is proud to collaborate with the Newton Police Department to host the 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.
May 29th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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.

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The Etiquette Team Summer programs http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52792 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:12:48 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11563 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> The 5-day youth etiquette program is specifically developed for each age group: Mind Your Manners (grades 2-4), Etiquette for Middle Schoolers (grades 5-8), and College Prep: Professional Demeanor (grades 9-12).

The program covers topics such as improving social and communication skills, projecting confidence, combating shyness, strengthening self-esteem and leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, understanding social cues, basic manners, table manners, and much more. The final class takes place at a local restaurant over a four-course meal where the students get to show off their newly perfected skills! The fee for the program ranges from $350 to $395.

Level One will begin on July 8th and end July 12th. Level Two will begin on July 15th and end on July 19th.  For more information and to enroll visit theetiquetteacademy.org or call 617-608-3920.

Classes take place at The Etiquette Academy of New England, 1309 Beacon Street, 3rd Floor, Brookline

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Want something to do during April school vacation? http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52642 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 01:54:48 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11560 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Stories! Movement! Art! will provide students in Grades 3 – 6 the opportunity to tell stories through their art! By using low-tech materials, they’ll create art that physically moves or uses optical illusion to showcase movement! This program runs April 15th – 19th, 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the Carriage House at Gore Place in Waltham . Fees are $20.00 for the whole week, or $5.00/day. Tickets available at https://art-workshop.bpt.me.

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Save the Date for the 10th Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony! http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52644 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 01:41:39 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11555 Continue reading ]]> The 10th Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony will take place on May 30th at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria of Newton North High School. More details coming soon!

Click to learn more about SEPAC (Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

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Newton’s New Philharmonia presents Quintessentially American http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52646 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 01:36:04 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11551 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra, led by Associate Conductor Jorge Soto, will present Quintessentially American, a program inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s Young Person’s Concert.

Across the globe, cultural organizations are taking part in “Leonard Bernstein at 100”, a two year celebration of the iconic composer, conductor and educator’s life and career. The New Philharmonia will celebrate Bernstein’s excitement and joy of classical music with the help of several young artists.

The New Philharmonia will be joined onstage by student ensembles from the Boston String Academy to perform Gipsy Overture and several colorful and exciting Latin American tangos.

“Bernstein’s considered his 14-year series of Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic as one his greatest accomplishments”, said Adrienne Hartzell, executive director of the New Philharmonia. “One aspect of these programs was the introduction of new, young and exciting artists. New Philharmonia is delighted to present in our program two highly talented ensembles from Boston String Academy, one of four winners of the MA Cultural Council’s 2019 Commonwealth Awards.”

Soto will also lead the New Philharmonia in performing excerpts from Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” and Bernstein’s colorful Divertimento, a piece commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1990 that includes the fun and fanciful movements “Turkey Trot,” and “March: The BSO Forever”.

During the concert, the New Philharmonia will ask patrons to support Ventanas, a charitable foundation that helps children with cancer in Venezuela. The New Philharmonia has a strong connection to Venezuela. Associate Conductor Jorge Soto, and Music Director Francisco Noya of the New Philharmonia, and Marilisa and Mariesther Alvarez, founders of the Boston String Academy, were all born and raised in Venezuela.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Alliance, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Quintessentially American will be held on April 28 at 3:00 pm in the historic First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street,  Newton Centre. Tickets are $18.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and can be purchased online at www.newphil.org or by calling 617-527-9717.

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Summer Music Camp Enrollment is Open! http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52631 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 01:27:27 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11549 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> The Conservatory at Highlands Summer Music Camp Enrollment is Open!

  • Rock Band Summer Camps each week of the Summer
  • Ages 6 and Up, All Experience Levels
  • All levels and instruments welcome
  • Ensembles arranged by age and experience
  • Students have a lot of fun learning songs and playing together
  • Special strings and chamber music week: August 18th
  • Concerts weekly on Fridays at 2:00 pm
  • More info on the website: http://www.highlandsconservatory.com/music-camps

Each weeklong session is Monday – Friday,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm, starting June 24th

For more information and Sign Up form click Music Camp or contact
info@highlandsconservatory.com or 617-903-0944.

The Conservatory
51 Winchester Street,  Newton Highlands
www.highlandsconservatory.com

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Chemistry Tutor short walk to NSHS http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52633 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 01:19:47 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11547 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Improve your grade in your Chemistry course. Prepare yourself for SAT 2 Chemistry exam. Lida Famili, a retired Milton Academy Chemistry teacher, is offering tutoring in Chemistry courses and SAT 2 Chemistry test. Lida has taught Chemistry for 25 years and has dozens of references.

Walking distance to Newton South high school. Please call or text at 617-780-5461 or email lidafamili@gmail.com.

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School Committee Update http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52565 Wed, 10 Apr 2019 12:37:39 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11541 Continue reading Continue reading ]]>

Dear Friends,

This update is for the 3/25/2019 Newton School Committee meeting:

Superintendent Update: Khita Pottinger-Johnson was introduced as Newton Public School’s new Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. She most recently served as the executive director for social emotional learning instruction and support services for the Boston Public Schools, and previously served as a principal. She will begin with NPS on July 1, 2019.

New Business

Consent Agenda

Old Business

Next Meeting

On Monday, April 8 at 7:00pm, we will discuss and vote on the FY20 Budget Proposal. In addition to the budget proposal, School Committee will also vote on the equity guidelines revisions, the last day of school, approved field trips, and minutes. We will also receive an update on high school start time, transportation planning, and EDCO.

We hope you found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website (www.newton.k12.ma.us/schoolcommittee). Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via www.newtv.org.

As always, we are very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the email address below.

Sincerely,
The Newton School Committee

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Clothing swap to repurpose and redistribute http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52511 Sun, 07 Apr 2019 16:21:44 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11528 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> A group of Newton South seniors are working on a project for their sustainability class. Their mission is to find a way to repurpose and redistribute clothing to the Newton Community.

There will be a drop off bin for your unwanted and gently used clothes (no shoes, please). Anyone is welcome to drop off (students, families, and friends).

Wheeler Commons at Newton South at the following times:
April 8th,  9:00 – 9:40 am or 10:50 am to 2:50 pm
April 9th,  9:00 – 11:05 am or 1:00 – 1:55 pm

On April 12th, 1:15 –  3:00 pm there will be a clothing swap in Wheeler Commons where members of the community can select any clothing items they would like at no cost.

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FORJ Newton Event http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52493 Sun, 07 Apr 2019 16:15:23 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11524 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Please join FORJ and Co-Sponsor, the Harmony Foundation, for their most high profile event of the year! The featured guests are Debby Irving, racial justice educator and celebrated author of Waking Up White and Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director, Community Change, Inc. and blogger of Black Girl In Maine.

Debby and Shay will explore how we can speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations, explore racism’s impact on their lives and examine how we can create sustainable connections. Please check out the flyer HERE

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will hold a pre-event meetup at 6:30 pm. Do not miss your chance to attend, to speak with the Mayor and join this community conversation! Attendance is free and open to all. RSVP HERE.

April 9th, 7:30 pm
Angier Elementary School

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The Carroll Center for the Blind Walk for Independence http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52495 Sun, 07 Apr 2019 15:55:37 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11522 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Join The Carroll Center for the Blind Walk for Independence. Get out and walk for a great cause. All are welcome to enjoy a cookout, great music, accessible games, giveaways, and much more. The school with the largest team wins an awesome prize! Register today www.carroll.org/walk.

April 28th, 10:00 am
770 Centre Street, Newton

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Opening of the New Newton Highlands Playground http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52526 Sun, 07 Apr 2019 15:47:54 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11537 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> The City of Newton’s Planning & Development Department is partnering up with Parks & Recreation for the official opening of the Newton Highlands Playground. This playground underwent significant improvements, and to celebrate, there will be a family-friendly community event with a series of games and programming for all, including basketball, pickle ball, cornhole, and Zumba presented by the Newton Senior Center!

Flyer available here: Playground Opening

April 26th, 4:00 – 7:00 pm (rain date: April 30th,  1:00 – 3:00 pm)

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Who is buried in Metfern Cemetery? Offering Details and Dignity http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52513 Sun, 07 Apr 2019 15:46:27 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11514 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> The Metro Citizen’s Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services invites the public to attend a presentation by students from the Gann Academy in Waltham.

The Gann Academy 11th grade US History students have dedicated their year to learning about and teaching others about the community of people that lived in the Fernald School, the Met State Hospital and were buried in the MetFern Cemetery in Waltham. Their goal is to try to understand how institutions like the Fernald School could have been built and to think more clearly about how we can be a more inclusive society.

We urge you to attend to learn how people with disabilities were abused and disrespected through the years and fortunately how current attitudes have changed to promoting independence and self-fulfillment and quality care for those who have disabilities. Hear how this group of students has changed the ultimate disrespect to several hundred individuals from two state institutions.

Come to honor these students and their accomplishments

April 29th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Price Center, 27 Christina Street, Newton Highlands
Please enter the building from the large parking lot on Christina Street

For questions, please contact Lucie Chansky at 617-244-7310 or luciechansky@gmail.com or Gail Gillespie at 781-314-7501 or gail.gillespie2@state.ma.us

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Newton Destination Imagination Creativity Day is May 4th http://oakhillpto.org/?p=52497 Sun, 07 Apr 2019 15:45:44 +0000 http://newtonptocouncil.org/?p=11520 Continue reading Continue reading ]]> Join in on Newton’s newest family-friendly, brain-tickling extravaganza! Newton DI Creativity Day is for all kids in grades K-12. Participants will be placed into small groups that will work as a team to solve each exciting challenge.

Challenges span areas including structural engineering, science, math, performance and improv. Kids will have a blast while learning valuable teamwork, project management and STEAM-based skills.

Please CLICK HERE to register and spread the word! It’s going to be a blast!!!!

May 4th, 9:00 – 11:30 am or 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
250 Brookline Street, Newton

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