Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

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

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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Dance Polio Out of Existence

Come and dance, eat, socialize, have fun and at the same time help Rotary in it’s effort to declare the world Polio Free. More information here: Purple Pinkie Day

Music lessons for all

Now that the fall is underway, a lot of students are trying instruments for the first time! It can be a tricky process but the amazing faculty at The Conservatory at Highlands is here to help!

Want to turn those squeeks and squacks into the sweet sounds of Hot Cross Buns or Star Wars? These teachers are experienced, patient, kind and supportive and can help musicians of any age reach their goals.

Try a learning an instrument along with your child in our parent/student lessons. It is an amazing and educational activity for the family.

Sign Up Here (no commitment necessary)  https://goo.gl/forms/BBkGtLxm9ONzqwpu2 call 617-903-0944 or e-mail info@highlandsconservatory.com to learn more.

The Conservatory offers music lessons on many instruments, including: piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, baritone, oboe, ukulele, and even harmonica! Sign up for rock bands, which meet weekly; or record in their state-of-the-art recording studio with audio production lessons and more!For more information, visit www.highlandsconservatory.com

The Conservatory at Highlands is locally owned and operated and offers a 21st-century music education that is equally inclusive and challenging taught by the best musicians in Boston. The Conservatory is your community music school, where we can all learn and develop the craft of music together. Stop in and check out their unique space at 51 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands.

Chem tutor available

Improve your grade in your Chemistry course.  Prepare yourself for SAT2 Chemistry exam.  Lida Famili, a retired Milton Academy Chemistry teacher, is offering tutoring in Chemistry courses and SAT2 Chemistry test.  Lida has taught Chemistry for 25 years and has dozens of references.  Walking distance to Newton South high school.  For more information, please call or text 617-780-5461 or email  lidafamili@gmail.com.