Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

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

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.

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

Summer Camp Open House

The Chestnut Hill School Summer Day Camp is accredited with The American Camping Association, and provides enriching art, swimming, sport, drama, science and music experiences for children ages 3-14; trip options available for older campers.
Registration for 2018 (June 25th – August 17th) is now open.

Come to the Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp Open House on December 16th, 12:00 –  to 2:00 pm for food, face painting, activities, tours and more…Can’t make the Open House? Contact mnickerson@tchs.org or 617-264-1346 for an individual tour.

In-home Academic Coaching

Next Level Up has been helping Newton families and their students improve and succeed since 2009. They assist in subjects ranging from Reading & Writing, to all levels of Math, to Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. With a big picture, processed based approach they also help all students establish solid organizational, time management, and study skills.

Additionally, they provide the often underestimated, but highly important aspect of perspective to all their students. Contact info@nextleveluptutoring.com or 781-540-1123 for a free initial meeting . For more information visit www.nextleveluptutoring.com.

High School Singers Looking for Performance Experience?

Voice lessons with Jacqueline Novikov focus on uncovering your best singing voice and getting comfortable singing in front of an audience. 3+ performance opportunities per year for Newton senior citizens. Grow your voice, give to others, and be confident at your next audition!

In home lessons offered on Sundays. Contact Jacqueline Novikov at jn@forma-music.com and learn more at jacquelinenovikov.com.

Upcoming Events for Teens at the Newton Free Library

Teen Crafterhours, December 4th, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Meet once a month a Monday night to make crafts and eat snacks. This week, make mittens out of felted wool and eat snacks! Grades 7-12.

Anime/Manga Club, December 6th, 4:00 pm, Computer Center: Come meet on the first Wednesday of every month and hang out with lovers of all things anime! Activities will range from anime screenings, to discussion of our favorite series, manga share and swap, anime-themed crafts, cosplay workshops, art trades and more!  Yummy Japanese snacks will be served. Grades 6-12.

Typewriter Poetry,  December 11, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Get creative with the monthly Typewriter Poetry group. Get together to use old-school typewriters and write poems for library patrons on the spot! Grades 7-12.

Sign up for Boys & Girls Club Winter Programs Starting Now

Winter Basketball League for grades K-8 began Saturday (December 2nd ) with late sign ups still open and Boston Fencing returns for weekly practices beginning December 5th.
In addition to the Power Hour study times, this season there will be many new programs for making learning fun: including visits to the Museum of Fine Arts, Russian School of Math, Card Game Club, Story Time (for grades 1-3), Lego Civics with Right Brain Curriculum, 3-D Printing, Chess Club, and more!

The Newton BGC provides academic, athletic, and social activities that enable young people to grow as caring, responsible members of the community. All students are welcome here.

To sign up or explore the  programming, please visit: http://newtonbgc.com/.