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Community Survey from Equity Working Group

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Dear Newton Public School Families,
The Newton Public Schools Equity Working Group is looking for community feedback on questions relating to equity in PTO spending. We have developed a survey that will provide us with important information to continue our work. We would very much appreciate your assistance by answering our survey. The survey is available in amny languages. Please click here for the options:

Please click on this link to answer the survey in English.
Please respond to the survey only once. It is due on June 28, 2019. Thank you for your time and effort on this project.
The Equity Working Group

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Estimadas familias de Newton Public School,
El Grupo de Trabajo de Equidad de las Escuelas Públicas de Newton está buscando comentarios de la comunidad sobre cuestiones relacionadas con la equidad en el gasto de la PTO. Hemos desarrollado una encuesta que nos proporcionará información importante para continuar nuestro trabajo.
Agradeceríamos mucho su ayuda al responder nuestra encuesta.
Por favor haga clic en este enlace para responder la encuesta en español.
Por favor responde a la encuesta una sola vez. Se debe entregar el 28 de junio de 2019. Gracias por su tiempo y esfuerzo en este proyecto.
El Grupo de Trabajo de Equidad
Caro Newton Public School Families,
O Grupo de Trabalho de Equidade de Escolas Públicas de Newton está procurando por feedback da comunidade sobre questões relacionadas à equidade nos gastos com PTO. Desenvolvemos uma pesquisa que nos fornecerá informações importantes para continuar nosso trabalho. Agradeceríamos muito sua ajuda respondendo nossa pesquisa.
Por favor, clique neste link para responder a pesquisa em Português.
Responda à pesquisa apenas uma vez. É devido em 28 de junho de 2019. Obrigado pelo seu tempo e esforço neste projeto.
O Grupo de Trabalho de Equidade

Free ice cream social with your Newton fire fighters

Meet Newton firefighters, enjoy free ice cream and strengthen our community. Please click here to see the flyer: Ice Cream social.

June 17th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Station 3, 31 Willow Street, Newton Centre

America Meditates in Newton

America Meditates is a nationwide peace initiative to help create a stress free and violent free society. Studies have shown that group meditation can lead to a less violent and healthier society overall. This is a very good opportunity to come meditate, feel rejuvenated and inspired to stand together for the wellbeing of all.

The attached flyer contains additional information and registration information: America Meditates.

Summer Reading Lists

Summer is a wonderful time for students to relax and read books they enjoy!

The district has created a webpage with recommendations for summer reading for elementary schools. For middle and high schools, you will find summer reading assignments, as well as suggestions for books in a whole variety of genres.

Here is the link:

There is something for everyone! Enjoy your summer and happy reading!

Paddles and Picnics

The Crystal Lake Conservancy and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department invite you to come to a Sunday afternoon of activities on Crystal Lake.

Participants may sign up for half hour slots between 1:00 – 4:30 pm to enjoy the pleasures of canoeing/kayaking/paddle boarding. A lifeguard will be on duty and all participants will be required to wear life jackets and sign a waiver. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult while on the water.

A $15 donation per canoe/kayak/paddleboard supports the Crystal Lake Conservancy’s efforts to keep Crystal Lake healthy. To learn more, visit or call Janice Bourque at 617-967-0797.

June 16th (rain date June 23rd), 1:00 – 5:00 pm
20 Rogers Street, Newton Highlands

Planning for Arts & Culture in Newton – Please take a brief survey

The City of Newton is currently undertaking a 7-month planning process to create a Comprehensive Arts & Cultural Plan for the City.

The plan, entitled Create Newton, will identify all of Newton’s arts and cultural assets – from our buildings and non-profits, to the events and festivals we host, to the local traditions and initiatives in our villages and neighborhoods. We will explore how arts and cultural goals and interests are aligned with our businesses, recreational opportunities, and commercial districts, and identify goals, set out recommendations, and seek opportunities to collaborate and expand our pool of funding.

Input from parents, and children 12 years and older, who enjoy Newton’s arts and cultural events is greatly valued. Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey to assist in the planning process:

(Please note that the survey is best taken on your computer and not on your smart phone or smaller device.)

Welcoming Newton Survey

“Welcoming Newton” is a grassroots effort led by a pair of Newton citizens to support newcomers to our city while also furthering the engagement of all residents in all things related to life in Newton. They are in their developmental stages and are conducting a survey of current Newton residents.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to fill out. Click here to participate:

Free Summer Music program

Boston Music Institute is offering a FREE morning orchestra program this August at Driscoll School in Brookline. There will be three, week-long sessions, and students may sign up for one, two or three weeks.

BMI also offers optional, low-cost afternoon small ensembles and SAT/SSAT/ACT prep classes. The free large ensemble runs 9:30 am to Noon and is for Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion – ages 8 to 19.

The goal of this program is to provide students from beginning through advanced-intermediate instrumental ability with a rigorous and fun ensemble playing experience, taught by high-level instructors from BMI, in order to grow and develop their individual musicianship and group playing. For more infoamtion, visit Boston Music Institute (BMI).

Free Summer STEM program

Free summer STEM prep program for High School students includes classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Robotics, and Maker Space.

Classes run from Monday – Wednesday each week with field trips every Thursday. Breakfast and lunch is provided every day, free of charge. See more information and apply here:

July 8th – August 9th

Honor Your Child’s Teachers and Support Newton Schools Foundation

The school year is quickly coming to an end! If you want to do something special for your child’s teachers or other staff this year, consider the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program.

When you donate to NSF in the name of one or more teachers, notifications will be sent to each teacher honored, as well as to the Principal and the Superintendent. Teachers’ names will appear in a special announcement on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB. If you have kids in elementary school, look for a letter coming home in backpacks or via US Mail for those with students in the upper grades. You can also donate online at

Your tax-deductible donation will support NSF-funded grants to the Newton Public Schools encompassing art, civics, math, music, science, social and cultural studies, literature, writing instruction, and social-emotional learning.

For a complete list of current grants and check out a video on NSF-funded programs visit

Thank you, parents and guardians, and thank you to all our educators!