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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Mayor Fuller will be hosting the 3rd annual ceremonial flag raising at Newton City Hall on September 5th at 5:30 pm. See the flyer here: Flag Raising Ceremony

The event often brings forth a great deal of emotion and sense of purpose. You will hear from families, physicians, non-profits and other neighbors who are part of the childhood cancer community. This beautiful and heartfelt event will help elevate all of the efforts to rid the world of this evil disease.

Juuling and Schooling: navigating the New Reality

Come to a free community lecture and open discussion on the juuling, vaping, ncotine, and marijuana trends in our schools. Registration requested, see this flyer Navigating for details.

September 26th, 7:00 pm
Newton Wellesley Hospital and

Important information for voters

Here is some important information for voters from the League of Women Voters of Newton:

• The State Primary Election is on Tuesday, September 4th, which is the day after Labor Day

• If you need an absentee ballot (because there is no early voting in this September election), the deadline to file an application is on Friday, August 31st. This is the Friday before Labor Day.

• The League of Women Voters has worked with partner organizations to create several Candidates’ Forums for voters to learn more about the candidates and their positions:
o 4th Congressional District: Kennedy and Rucinski
o District 3 Governor’s Council (Carter-Devaney) and Middlesex County DA (Patalano-Ryan)

• Click here for the Online Voters’ Guide from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts to read the responses from candidates for statewide office or go to

For other questions you might have, go to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office at or to the Elections Office for the City of Newton at

Invitation to the 9/11 commemoration

The Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee City of Newton cordially invites you to their
annual 9-11 commemoration.

September 12th , 6:00 pm
Newton 9-11 Memorial on the front lawn of the Newton Centre Fire Department Headquarters, 1164 Centre Street

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ)

Dear Newton Public School Families,

As part of our district’s commitment to creating welcoming, supportive, and safe communities for all, we have worked together over the past year with Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ), a parent-led group in Newton. It is our hope to provide interested families with opportunities, information, and resources to become better equipped to address issues of race, culture, and identity with their children. Last year, the work was focused in our elementary schools and this year will expand to our middle and high schools.

To facilitate this effort, we are working with Amy Behrens, a FORJ Leader, diversity educator, and parent coach and Gloria Pascual, a seasoned community leader in Boston and Framingham, who will be the FORJ Co-Coordinators for 2018-2019. They, and a diverse set of parent leaders, will continue supporting parent volunteers from all Newton schools to help them:

  • Identify needs and action plans specific to their schools
  • Create opportunities, through events and activities, for face-to-face conversations and dialogue
  • Provide families with valuable information, tools, and resources

Amy and Gloria will work in concert with PTOs and existing school groups to develop personalized programs for each school community. The work will rely on volunteers interested in engaging their schools on issues of race, culture, and identity. Please sign up here OR email Amy at to be placed on the mailing list for information about upcoming meetings.

The first FORJ meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, October 2nd 7:30-9pm at the Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon St, Waban, MA 02468, accessible by the Waban T stop on the Green D Line.

We are eager to continue expanding this partnership with families this school year. I hope that you will consider getting involved.


David Fleishman

Morning Childcare Needed – Perfect for Newton SPED Aides or Interns!

Newton parent looking for morning help getting 2 tweens up and onto their door-to-door transportation. Her daughter is 12 & has social-emotional special needs. Often she can get ready in the morning with no issues, but she’ll be going to an earlier school and she’s a moody tween. She will likely be out the door by 7:30 am.

Her son is 11 and also has social-emotional special needs. He can struggle getting through morning routines. His van likely won’t arrive until 8 am, so they’ll need someone who can stay with him after she leaves around 7:45.

*professional childcare experience
*sense of humor
*LGBT friendly

*experience w/ social-emotional special needs
*background in trauma (PTSD, Developmental Trauma Disorder)
*experience with conduct disorders and/or mood disorders
*background in social work and/or special ed
*experience in residential care/residential settings
*experience with foster care/adoption


Historic Newton Events

September 1st and 2nd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.

Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue. Admission: Free. Information: 617-796-1450

September 5th, 10:00 am

Learn more about Native People in Newton and get the chance to handle some historical artifacts. They’ll read Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, and preschoolers and their caregivers will make their own storm cloud windsocks. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to

Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street. Admission: Free. Information:  617-796-1450

September 22nd, 9:30 am

Explore the Durant-Kenrick House and Ground and welcome the fall foliage to Newton! They will read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. Preschoolers and their caregivers have the chance to go outside and create their own nature collages. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to

Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue. Admission: Free. Information: 617-796-1450

September 30th, Noon – 4:00 pm

Drop in for a day of old-fashioned fun at the annual hands-on family festival. Try 19th century activities, including butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping. Jump into a burlap sack for a race or play the hoop-tossing game of graces. Enjoy ice cream from Cabot’s and a bake sale.

Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street. Admission: Free. Information:  617-796-1450

Free Ice Cream Social

Newton Firefighters Local 863 invites you to a free ice cream social on June 18th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. All are welcome! See this Flyer for more information.

Summer Food for Families

When school’s out for the summer, so is breakfast and lunch for many Newton students. This year the city is partnering with the FUEL program at the Church of the Redeemer to help families in need of additional food.

The already successful FUEL program fills backpacks with nonperishable items for students to take home from school. The expanded summer version of the program will offer backpacks in more locations throughout the city, all available for children and their caregivers to pick up as much as twice per week. Locations include Newton Health and Human Services Department, Church of the Redeemer, West Suburban YMCA, Newton Fire Stations 7 & 10, Crystal Lake, Gath Pool, Newton Free Library, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd, St John’s Church, Arabic Baptist Church, the Boys & Girls Club, NCDF Houghton Village and more.

For a full list of locations and pick up times, visit

Don’t miss your chance

As the school year comes to a close, don’t miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year! Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this.

Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or if you have children in the upper grades, you will have already received a letter by mail. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing educational excellence, including teachers’ professional development, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton’s schools.

Teachers, as well as their principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by July 31st their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.