Category Archives: Community Notes

FREE Family Event: Christmas with NewCity Church

Join a FREE family event hosted by NewCity Church to celebrate the holiday season! Take FREE professional photos with Santa, enjoy interactive holiday music with Kara Kulpa from Jammin’ with You, a surprise appearance from a favorite Disney character, and purchase gifts for your loved ones from the pop-up gift shop featuring CAUSEGEAR – The Human Justice Brand.

December 17th, 5:30pm
Zervas Elementary School
30 Beethoven Avenue, Waban

Piano Accompanist needed for Newton Youth Players

The Newton Youth Players is a children’s theatre company for elementary school children who love to sing, dance, act, and construct scenery. Each fall, winter and spring season they produce adaptations of popular Broadway musicals that the whole family will enjoy.

The company is currently looking for a piano accompanist that can teach the music and lyrics to the children, and play for the performance. This is a paid position. Please visit www.newtonyouthplayers.com for information on the program and call 617-796-1540 for more information on the job.

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton

Wanted! Newton Youth Players Assistants

The Newton Youth Players is a children’s theatre company for elementary school children who love to sing, dance, act, and construct scenery. Each fall, winter and spring season they produce adaptations of popular Broadway musicals that the whole family will enjoy. The company is currently looking for high school or middle school assistants that can lead small groups of children in rehearsal, and help the scenery director and musical director. This is a paid position. Please visit www.newtonyouthplayers.com for information on the program and call 617-796-1540 for more information on the job.

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton

FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice

Are you concerned about what the Newton Public Schools are doing to respond to the rising tide of overt racism in our country? Join the next meeting of *FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice, a project sponsored by NPS.

Superintendent Fleishman, Newton METCO Director, Maricel Sheets, and teacher Jen Tomaneng will be sharing and answering questions about the “Courageous Conversations” program being rolled out over a 5-year period in our schools.

December 20th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Mason-Rice Elementary School, 149 Pleasant Street, Newton

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/L5ltoDopdCw9U1jg1

*Want to connect with your school’s FORJ team? Email amy@amybehrens.com to let Amy (FORJ Coordinator and Parent Coach) know what school team you’d like to be a part of and/or that you’d like to be on the email list for more information about FORJ events. The goal is to have an active team of interested parents at each school who meet on their own and participate in the monthly all-school FORJ meetings, which offer opportunities for further education, team planning time and networking. Parents are welcome to join at any time.

Soccer/Futsal training

A small start up soccer academy based out of the Newton/Waltham/Weston area would like to spread the word about their Winter Youth Programs with more of the Newton community and are offering a 10% discount to any Newton School student who joins the program.

For information, please see this flier: Futgoal Academy

Not sure how to pay for college?

Scholartunities can help.

As the last of the college applications go out this month, it is the perfect time to think about next steps, including how to pay for college. A Newton Public Schools teacher and a business professional combined their areas of expertise in education, writing, and entrepreneurship and founded Scholartunities to help families ease the financial burden of paying for college. They’ve already helped numerous families send targeted applications to a myriad of scholarships. By individually matching students to scholarships,  Scholartunities helps find opportunities that are the best fit for their personal profiles.

Please visit the website www.scholartunities.com to see how they can offer you valuable assistance not available elsewhere.

SAT and ACT Prep

Newton Community Education is offering SAT Math and SAT Verbal prep classes
this winter at Newton South High School. The Math review class will run on 5
Mondays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm beginning January 22nd. The Verbal review class will run on 5
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm beginning JanuaryAll Posts 24th.

The ACT Prep class consists of 2 Saturday full-length practice exams and 4 evening
instructional sessions in February. The class is taught by Summit Educational Group.
See newtoncommunityed.org for more details about these test prep programs or to register. You can also call the office at 617-559- 6999.

Private Art Lessons

Personal, in-home art lessons that are unique to your child, based on exactly what they want to learn! Ages: K-12 grade. Lessons range from:

  • Painting – abstract and observational, techniques and concepts,  acrylics, oils, watercolors, ink
  • Drawing – figure drawing, still life, experimental
  • Multimedia – paper, bookmaking, collage, stamp carving and printing
  • Sculpture – clay, fiber, embroidery, metals, lost wax casting, jewelry, wire working, resin encasing
  • Crafts – sustainable/recycled art, weaving, stenciling, flower pressing and casting, candle making
  • Art History – discussions about artists and movements to help expand students’ understanding of their own work

Students will produce a body of work they are proud of and will have opportunities to show and present work, create artist statements and become confident in their artwork.

Lessons and projects grow and change depending on each student and their own ideas and exploration. For photos of student work and more info about Stephanie, please visit http://stephanieraedavis.weebly.com/art-lessons.html. Cost: $50.00/hour

Contact Stephanie at Stephraeart@gmail.com

Newton Community Preservation Committee meeting date moved

The Newton Community Preservation Committee’s next meeting has been moved from December 14th to December 19th at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Cafeteria, Basement. The CPC will hear the Newton Housing Authority’s request to submit an updated $2.5 million proposal for their Jackson Road/Haywood House (Newton Corner) new senior housing project. A new, future date will be announced for the public hearing on proposed revisions to the program’s funding guidelines, previously scheduled for the December meeting.

A night of laughs and improv

Come see Children of the Candy Corn’s first show of the year “The Annual Chili Cook-Off”!
A night of laughs and improv. Admission: $5.00 at the door (proceeds go to SouthStage).

December 15th,  7:30 pm
Newton South Auditorium