Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Think Big Networking Event

Ever wondered about the jobs people do in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math? Think Big is a chance for middle- and high-school students to network and talk one-on-one with professionals working in a variety of STEM careers such as software engineering, medicine, architecture and chemistry. Find out what they do, how they got there and whether their career might be a good fit for you!

Presented in partnership with NewtonSTEM and the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton. Refreshments provided by Cabots. For Grades 6-12. Online registration required through the Newton Free Library event calendar: http://newtonfreelibrary.net/events/.

Parents, please note that to maximize the number of students we can accomodate, adults will not be allowed in the event. If you are giving your student a ride, kindly wait in another part of the library or you may drop them off and come back to pick them up when we conclude at 4:00.

March 3rd, 2:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

Recent South graduate EP release

Tema Siegel, an alum of Newton South, currently a freshman pursuing a BFA at the Chicago College of Performing Arts asks that you take a minute to check out the Kickstarter for her debut EP. The EP features five pop/soul songs with hints of jazz and folk influence. It may interest you if you enjoy artists such as Lake Street Dive, Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles, and more.

As many of you know, music has been her greatest passion and focus in life so far. More recently, she’s begun to explore composition.

Tema composed, recorded, and managed this project over the course of the past 9 months (it began as a senior project at South), and now needs some help getting it on its feet. Her Kickstarter is 70% funded with just 11 days to go but if she doesn’t reach the goal of $6,000 by February 25th, she  won’t receive any of the donations made thus far.

Please consider donating and/or sharing this link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1422019539/tema-siegels-ep-i-didnt-come-here-to-hang-out

You’re Invited-Lunar New Year Party

The Chinese-American Association of Newton cordially invites you and your family to join a celebration of 2018 Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog.

Enjoy Chinese food, Performance, Cultural Activities, Games and Free Professional Digital Portraits. Tickets at Door: Adult $15.00; Student (K-12) $12.00; Children under 6 free

Please RSVP to Hong by February 16th by calling 617-335-0840.

Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop

Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during February and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is lots of fun and very active – a good class even for for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9.

For more information call 617-901-4564. Register at: camp.lumosdebate.com/workshop/

Free Workshop on Body Confidence

Free workshop on building body confidence in our children:

Are you a parent or caregiver? In our image-driven world it may seem hard to foster
body confidence in our children. Join this FREE MEDA event to learn how to help your child have a happy & healthy relationship with their body. Come learn strategies for success. Children who feel good about their bodies are: LESS likely to develop eating issues, MORE likely to participate in sports and extra curricular activities, LESS likely to use drugs and alcohol, MORE likely to develop a healthy relationship with exercise.

For more information and to RSVP go to https://tinyurl.com/y8zdmoq8

MEDA (Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association) is a Newton based nonprofit
located at 288 Walnut Street, Suite 130, Newton.

Sign up for the 2018 MEDA conference today!

Get involved in working for connected communities and racial justice!

Calling all parents who want to get involved in working for connected school communities and racial justice!

Join FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice – to learn what several Newton Public Schools are doing to bring their communities together while working to reduce racism and injustice on many levels.

After the presentations, you will have time to meet and talk with other parents at your child’s or teen’s school. This is a great opportunity to get inspired and meet people across Newton who care about racial justice and want to develop their cultural competence.

February 8th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Angier Elementary School

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/B75q1Qyfsx5ZG4m93

To learn more, visit https://forjnewton.com/. Want to join the mailing list to learn about future opportunities? Please email the FORJ Coordinator at amy@amybehrens.com and put “JOIN FORJ” in the subject. Be sure to include your name and what schools your children attend.

The next meeting on February 28th,  6:30 – 8:30 pm is “Talking to Children about Race and Racism: Why and How?” Come to learn effective ways to talk with your children about race and racism next week in Boston at the beautiful Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. Dorchester, MA 02125. There is ample parking around this community center, but you can also carpool or take the T to Dudley Station and walk over easily.
Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newton-metco-parent-meeting-tickets-41384289524

 

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Info Session

Are you a current 10th or 11th grade girl looking for a meaningful summer experience honing your coding skills and learning new ones? If so, join this information session about the Girls Who Code (GWC) Summer Immersion Program, a free, 7-week experience for girls to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their communities and be competitive in the job market of the future.

No prior experience or participation with GWC necessary to apply for the summer program. Stipends are available based on need. Early decision applications are due Feb. 16th; all applications are due March 16th.

GWC is a national nonprofit organization leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. The information session is for current 10th and 11th graders and their adults or anyone who would like to know more about the GWC Summer Immersion Program. No registration necessary.

February 12th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

NCE Kids February Vacation Programs

NCE Kids is offering a variety of vacation programs for kids of all ages during February Break.

Kids, spend vacation with NCE! Learn more at newtoncommunityed.org.

Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools present “Reducing Anxiety in Kids”

Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools present: Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA who will speak on Reducing Anxiety in Kids.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior methods and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. Easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring will be discussed. This event is free of charge.

Bio: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

February 28th, 7:00 pm
Newton North High School Auditorium

Do you have an instrument that you don’t need or want anymore?

Abigail Miller, twelfth grader at Newton South High School, is currently running her fifth instrument donation drive since 2012. She does this because she really enjoys playing music and hopes that she can help others get the chance to love it as much as she does.

Through a partnership with Berklee College of Music, the instruments Abby collects will be donated to local nonprofit organizations and schools who provide music education to underserved populations. Berklee’s Office of Community and Government relations oversees a donation program to donate quality computer hardware, musical instruments, and production equipment to communities in need. Examples of their partner organizations include the Boys and Girls Clubs, various Boston Public Schools, the Haley House, Girls Rock Campaign and several locations of YMCAs.

If you have instruments that you are no longer using and may like to donate, please contact her at music.drive@yahoo.com. For more information or questions, you can visit instrumentdonationdrive.blogspot.com or shoot her an email. Thank you very much!