Category Archives: Community Notes

Team Believe’s Pumpkin Patch for Best Buddies!

Please visit the Team Believe Pumpkin Patch. Pick up beautiful jack o’lanterns and sugar pumpkins just in time for Halloween carving, as well as mini-pumpkins and gourds for your Thanksgiving decorations, and, of course, delicious baked goods and the best apple cider donuts in town. Enjoy warm spiced apple cider, get creative with Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts, and help raise funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

Every penny raised through the Pumpkin Patch will be donated to Best Buddies, an organization which empowers the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships, secure successful jobs, improve self-advocacy and communication skills, and live independently as valued members of society. So please come by and pick up a pumpkin for a great cause!! Any questions, please email bestbuddies.teambelieve@gmail.com.

October 28th, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
232 Collins Road, Waban (just off Chestnut Street)

Newton Parent Transition Group

The Newton Parent Transition Group is a yahoogroup that may be of interest to parents of students receiving special education services in Newton.  It is a dedicated forum for parents or guardians who are interested in sharing information and resources related to transitioning from high school into adult life.  Open to families who have students in 6th grade and up.  To subscribe, please send a request to:

newtonparenttransitiongroup-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Please include the current grade of your student and if you wish, the name of the school attending. To learn more about transition planning, follow this link:

https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/cms/lib/MA01907692/Centricity/Domain/108/TransitionBrochureFinal2013%20.pdf

Upcoming Events at Historic Newton

HALLOWEEN TOUR OF EAST PARISH BURYING GROUND

Who says cemeteries have to be spooky? Newton’s oldest cemetery, the East Parish Burying Ground, dates back to 1660 and serves as the resting place of Newton’s founding families. Learn about Newton’s history and explore this community resource as an educator from Historic Newton guides you in this special tour of the art of remembrance, and life and death in Newton. Hear the stories of those memorialized and consider the lives and deaths of those whose final resting places are unmarked. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register at newtonma.gov/HNwalks. Call 617-796-1450 for more information.

October 28th, 3:30 pm
Meet at the corner of Cotton and Centre Streets; park on Cotton Street


STORYTIME – HALLOWEEN

Come celebrate Halloween with fun-filled activities! You’ll read The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders, and preschoolers and their caregivers will create their own pumpkin and jack-o-lantern artwork with apple stamps. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story. Admission: Free. For more information call 617-641-9142.

October 31st, 4:30-6:30 pm?
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


TRICK OR TREAT AT THE JACKSON HOMESTEAD

As you make the rounds with children on Halloween night, please stop by the Jackson Homestead and Museum for treats and free museum admission tickets that may be used throughout the fall. Enjoy trick-or-treating at the historic home that is part of the neighborhood! Admission: Free. Call 617-796-1450 for more information.

October 31st
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street


FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.  Call 617-796-1450 for more information

November 3rd and 4th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

One week left for early bird registration

One week left for early bird registration for the Newton Turkey Trot. Prices will increase after October 25th for the 5th annual Newton Turkey Trot!  Sign up today at www.newtonturkeytrot.org to secure your spot and be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt.
This event kicks off on November 17th at 8:30 am with a kids’ 1mile fun run followed by the 5K race at 9:00 am.

Not a runner?  Join in the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of the website. Sign up soon, this race will sell out! All proceeds from the race go to the Newton Food Panty.

Open House Week and more at the Y

Open House Week – The YMCA is free all week long, October 21st – 27th

The West Suburban YMCA for free all week long! Drop in for special events, activities, classes, daily raffles, promotional giveaways and more. Families can take advantage of free soccer, basketball and flag football activities, swim lessons, family swim hours and camp crafts. There will also be performances from the youth Rock Band students, relaxation and mindfulness activities, water polo and more. Raffles, promotional giveaways and complimentary coffee and cider are also on the schedule. View the full schedule of highlighted events and activities at www.wsymca.org. Plus, if you join the Y during Open House Week, you’ll get your first month of membership free!

Program Registration for Late Fall Session

Registration for Late Fall Programs at the West Suburban YMCA is now open to all members and non-members. The Late Fall Program Session starts the week of October 29th. Some program highlights include:

  • Aquatics: Swim lessons for all ages, water polo, water aerobics
  • Youth Sports Leagues & Classes: Basketball, soccer, flag football, track, karate for all ages
  • Creative Arts: Rock Band class, dance classes, private music lessons, photography
  • Fitness & Wellness: TRX class, tai chi, personal training and small group training

Pick up a Fall Program Guide at the YMCA or visit wsymca.org for more information and to register for programs.

Registration is open for YBA-Youth Basketball Leagues

YBA League is a fun league for boys and girls ages 4-12 to learn and play basketball. The league runs on Saturdays, November 17th – February 9th, and is separated into four age groups: Mini (ages 4-5), Biddy (ages 6-7), Rookie (ages 8-9) and Collegiate (ages 10-12). All leagues are co-ed. For more information and to register, visit www.wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050.

LIVESTRONG Yoga/Spin-a-thon- November 3rd, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program by participating in the Yoga/Spin-a-thon! Sign up for a Saturday morning Yoga Flow class or a themed Spin class led by some of your favorite Y instructors. $50.00 donation for one class or $75.00 donation for two classes. All proceeds support theLIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, a free health & wellness program for adult cancer survivors.

“A Night Under the Stars” Annual Gala – November 10th, 6:00-11:00pm

The Y’s Annual Gala, “A Night Under the Stars” features dinner, cocktails, silent & live auctions, dancing and entertainment and will highlight the life-changing impact of YMCA summer camp. Returning as emcee for the night is Jenny Johnson,co-host of NESN’s Dining Playbook. All proceeds will support financial assistance for local families.

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, human resources, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, FREE membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow at mailto:lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/about/work-here.

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 an inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

SAT/ACT Tutor

Chris Orr has worked with students of a wide age range, specializing in preparing high school students for the SAT and ACT. Most of his SAT prep students enjoy a score improvement of over 150 points, which far exceeds the results of any national or regional tutoring company. His approach relies on a 3 pronged focus on Strategy, Content, and Practice with the material to maximize his students’ results.

Families hire Chris to help students with English, writing, Algebra, Geometry, History, SATs, ACTs, SSAT, ISEE and the SAT Subject tests. He works with students exclusively one-on-one in their homes so he can provide the most tailored and personalized service. You may find more information about his services, including testimonials, at www.orracademicadvising.com or contact him at 781-304-8805.

Experienced tutor available!

Haralie Alpert has worked in the Wellesley Public Schools and currently works in the Winchester Public Schools and at MassBay Community College.  Haralie tutors K-5th grade students in reading, writing and math and also works with middle school, high school and college age students in executive functioning, writing, note taking, test preparation and self-advocacy.  Each lesson is a positive and fun learning experience! Please contact Haralie Alpert, M.Ed., MS at haralie@gmail.com or 617-630-0608. References available.

Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter: Science/Tech/Engineering/Math

NewtonSTEM.org publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers.

Sign up for the weekly email here, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  Now in its eighth year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton.

For more information – or to submit announcements – email info@newtonstem.org.

Sodexo Food Service App

NPS food partner, Sodexo, has launched a new App to show menu and nutritional information in Newton cafeterias. You can view the menu for the day and review all nutritional information. You can also check for allergens and review it with your child so they know what is safe for them to eat.

The App is available in the App store or Google Play. Just search “So Happy Sodexo.” It’s a great resource for you and your student.

Get involved with the Washington Street vision

Mayor Fuller is inviting all community members to attend a meeting to see the first draft of the Vision Plan and zoning recommendations for the Hello Washington Street project. For more information and FAQs visit  www.newtonma.gov/washingtonstreetvision.  Follow the project on  Facebook! Plan Open House October 24th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street What’s happening on October 24th?
  • People will have an opportunity to view the first drafts of the vision plan and zoning recommendations for Hello Washington Street!  These are ideas for the future of Washington Street from West Newton, to Newtonville, and up to Newton Corner.
  • Images, drawings, and text will show options for what these areas on Washington Street could look like 5 years in the future. Other images and drawings will show options for these areas 20+ years in the future.
  • Starting at 6:00 pm,  enjoy food and refreshments and view the design gallery.  Then at 6:30 pm there’ll be an overview presentation by Principle Group, with an introduction from Mayor Fuller. Next, you can rotate through the room to visit stations set up by geography, including West Newton, Newtonville, and the area near Crafts Street at Washington. Learn about Washington Street itself and options for how to make the road safer and easier to navigate. If you arrive after the event has started, they’ll provide the overview presentation you missed at the beginning and throughout the event, members of the planning team will be answering questions and listening to feedback. The event will end with a recap and Q&A.
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