Category Archives: Community Notes

See Proposed Changes to MBTA Bus Routes including Buses 52 and 59

The MBTA is proposing changes to Newton bus routes including the 52 which goes down Parker St. and stops in front of Oak Hill. Below is a very brief summary of proposed changes to MBTA buses 59 and 52. To see the full details and comment on the draft proposal visit BetterBus@mbta.com.

  • Bus 59 from Watertown past NNHS, Library, Highlands T, Needham St to Needham Commuter Rail Stop
  • Double bus frequency and eliminate alternate Eliot St route. No extension of hours.
  • Bus 52 from Watertown, past Newton Center, Oak Hill and Brown Middle Schools, Oak Hill to Dedham Mall
  • Eliminate Winchester/Nahanton St alternate route for permanent Wheeler route. No increase in frequency or extension of hours.
  • There are also changes proposed for the express buses to Boston 501, 502, 503, & 504 and bus 60 on Route 9.

Comments on these proposed changes and suggestions for other changes need to be made before March 13 at BetterBus@mbta.com

Beijing Bound: Information Session and Alumni Panel Discussion

Interested teachers, students, and parents, come learn about the Newton-Beijing Jingshan School China Exchange Program. Samantha Mandel, NPS Global Education Programs Manager, will lead an information session and the panel discussion which follows will feature alumni teacher and students reflecting on the impact of this four-month long culture and language immersion experience.

March 12th, 6:00-8:30 pm
Newton South High School Library and Lecture Hall

For further information, contact Samantha Mandel at Samantha_mandel@newton.k12.ma.us

SAT and ACT prep

Former English teacher with 30 years experience in Brookline, Concord and Lexington schools will tutor students for the Verbal portion of SAT or ACT tests. This includes Reading Comprehension, Writing / Grammar, and the Essay. Practice for test structure and test-taking skills and strategies.

She is also available to help kids with their personal college essays.
Resume and excellent parent and professional references available upon request.

Please contact Cynthia at cscarp@gmail.com or 978-952-8871

Vaping webinar for parents

Worried about e-cigarettes and your teens? Want to prevent use? Sign up for this FREE webinar hosted by FCD Prevention Works.

Please click to REGISTER

You will learn:

  • What is vaping
  • Use trends among youth
  • Effects on young bodies and minds
  • How to talk to your kids about vaping
  • And much more!

February 7th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Vaping webinar for parents

Worried about e-cigarettes and your teens? Want to prevent use? Sign up for this FREE webinar hosted by FCD Prevention Works.

Please click to REGISTER

You will learn:

  • What is vaping
  • Use trends among youth
  • Effects on young bodies and minds
  • How to talk to your kids about vaping
  • And much more!

February 7th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Yoga & Torah in Conversation: The Hidden Aspect of a Spiritual Journey in Preparation for Purim

This is the third program of The Body in Yoga and Torah in Conversation – a unique integrative and interactive program exploring Jewish and yoga intersections with the body. In both traditions, the body is a vehicle to access the divine, inner world and to connect to a broader understanding. The program explores Jewish traditional texts and relevant yoga philosophy Sutras of Patanjali.

Registration Fee: $18 per person. Register here: Register

Program led by Rabba Claudia Marbach and Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT)

February 10th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

Save the future Yoga & Torah in Conversation program date – Sunday, March 31 -Freeing Ourselves of our Narrowness – Preparation for Passover

Free arts workshop February break

You are invited to a free arts workshop for grades 6 – 9 during February vacation. You will work on a moving panorama, or “crankie,” which is a long continuous scroll illustrated with mixed media, and once put into a box can be cranked to show a moving story. A free public performance of the crankie will take place on February 22nd at 5:00 pm for parents and anyone interested from the local communities. Visit this website for more details about moving panoramas: http://www.thecrankiefactory.com/

Please email marisacalise@goreplace.org to enroll in the workshop.

February 18th – 22nd, 1:00 -4:00 pm

Gore Place, Waltham

Spring session ensemble band classes

Spring session ensemble band classes for ages 8-18 of all levels begins the week of February 25th. Band classes meet once per week for 1 1/2 hours and are offered seven days per week.

Plugged In‘s newest program, After Dark, is for already formed bands comprised of high school students that want to take the next step. After Dark offers bands rehearsal space on Friday and Saturday evenings in addition to clinics on topics such as How to Book Gigs, Promote Your Band and Music as a Career. A Plugged In teacher will be onsite to consult during rehearsal time and will present clinic. The Plugged In After Dark program begins the week of February 25th.

For more information on all Plugged In programs and to register, please email info@pluggedinband.org, call 781-444-1879 or visit www.pluggedinband.org.

The Plugged In Band Program is a non-profit rock band program in Needham teaching kids about using music to help others. In addition to ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians of all levels and needs feel a sense of belonging, have an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world. In the loving and non-competitive environment at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

Spring session ensemble band classes

Spring session ensemble band classes for ages 8-18 of all levels begins the week of February 25th. Band classes meet once per week for 1 1/2 hours and are offered seven days per week.

Plugged In‘s newest program, After Dark, is for already formed bands comprised of high school students that want to take the next step. After Dark offers bands rehearsal space on Friday and Saturday evenings in addition to clinics on topics such as How to Book Gigs, Promote Your Band and Music as a Career. A Plugged In teacher will be onsite to consult during rehearsal time and will present clinic. The Plugged In After Dark program begins the week of February 25th.

For more information on all Plugged In programs and to register, please email info@pluggedinband.org, call 781-444-1879 or visit www.pluggedinband.org.

The Plugged In Band Program is a non-profit rock band program in Needham teaching kids about using music to help others. In addition to ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians of all levels and needs feel a sense of belonging, have an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world. In the loving and non-competitive environment at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

Teen Summer Expo

The Teen Summer Expo is FREE and open to everyone!

Meet personally with the directors of a wide variety of enriching summer programs for high school and middle school students. Programs for every budget and every interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, internships, intensive sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year programs.

The Expo lets you efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, costs, safety, camp and supervision.

For more information visit www.teensummerexpos/newton-south

January 28th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Newton South High School Cafeteria

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