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Please help combat food insecurity

9% of students in Newton Public Schools are economically disadvantaged. In some of our grade schools, it’s 20%. Every year, NPS runs about $10,000 in school lunch debt.

Many families slip through the cracks and fall behind due to a variety of things such as:
· They hesitate to apply for SNAP food assistance
· They are unaware they qualify
· The paperwork is daunting
· They send some lunches, but must pay for milk or snacks

Our district is compassionate, ensuring all our children get the same lunch and our community can help raising funds to offset this debt. The target for this drive, organized by a Newton parent,  is $5,000 by the last day of school.

If you’re food insecure – or know someone who is, there are links and information on Project Bread, The Centre Street Food Pantry and Newton Food Pantry in this GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/npslunchdebt

Seeking Volunteers for 2018-2019 School Year

The Newton Child Assault Prevention Program is seeking volunteers for 2018-2019 school year. Do you have three mornings a month free during the school year? Are you looking for a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in children’s lives?

If so, then join the dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to using guided discussions and role plays to teach elementary age children in the Newton Schools that they have the right to be Safe, Strong and Free with their friends and peers, when they meet adult strangers, and with those who are trusted to take care of them. Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year, the next training begins on October 28th.

For more information or an application, please visit
http://familyaccess.org/family-support/child-assault-prevention/ or contact Gail Sommer, Director, at 617-969-5906, ext. 143 or gsommer@familyaccess.org

Sign up for the Village Day 5K by May 28th to Guarantee Your T-Shirt!

Come for the Run. Stay for the Fun! We encourage adult and child runners/walkers of all types to start June 10th with the Village Day 5K and then stick around for Village Day in the Highlands.

This annual family-friendly, community-oriented run starts and ends at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands at 10:00 am. Sign up at villageday5k.racewire.com and while you are at it… tell your friends and neighbors. All registrations by May 28th are guaranteed a t-shirt. The street festival that follows at 11:00 am has great bands, food, booths, inflatables, face painting, magic and more. Looking forward to seeing you there! For more details, check out highlandsvillageday.org.

NSF and HTT Program

Newton Schools Foundation (NSF) is a vital catalyst of community support for the Newton Public Schools. NSF raises private funds from sources across the Newton community, not only from parents and alumni, but also from individuals, local businesses and foundations who want to make a difference by supporting education and local schools. NSF works closely with school leadership to find ways to enhance and enrich the ongoing curriculum and helps provide opportunities to explore ideas that would not otherwise be possible under the usual constraints of the annual school budget.

NSF supported programs impact schoolchildren of all age groups throughout Newton. These programs range the gamut of content areas, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Environment and Sustainability, Closing the Achievement Gap, Arts, Literacy, Social/Emotional Learning, and Global Learning.

Initiatives supported by NSF for the elementary schools, specifically, include new curricula and learning opportunities that foster high achievement for all students, such as Instrumental Music Programs (professional instrumental clinicians support ensemble music programs and give individualized instruction to students); Zones of Regulation (a cohesive social-emotional curriculum that helps K-1st students learn to self-regulate); Integrated Arts Curriculum: (art teachers coordinating with the science and social studies curriculum); and One Book, One Kindness Convention – Race and Culture (a school-wide reading initiative designed to create greater understanding about the impact of race and racial identity on the school experience).

In addition, NSF supports programs for the professional development of elementary school educators to identify and pursue new methods of teaching and deepen their knowledge of critical content areas, such as Elementary Teacher Summer Writing Institute (a program fostering successful teaching strategies for implementing the Common Core-aligned writing curriculum); Book Study on Race and Culture for Teachers (teachers explore through books and discussion racial and cultural experiences); Race and Achievement Working Group – Culturally Appropriate Teaching and the Brain (helps build professional understanding and skills around the linkages between Race and Achievement, and develop strategies identified through brain research, as well as the programs Courageous Conversations and Culturally Proficient Teaching), the Research and Writing Institute (a program open to library, classroom, ESL and SPED teachers that focuses on the specific writing skills that students use in research projects, and helps develop strategies on how to best implement these skills to children in grades 2-5), and Responsive Classroom Training (a nationally used, research-and evidence-based way of teaching that improves students’ social and academic skills and raises teachers’ instructional quality). A sample flyer describing these programs is attached for your information.

NSF also supports an array of exciting programs at the middle and high school levels. For details, you can visit the NSF website at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org.

Flyers with more information regarding the campaign will be sent home with the elementary school students in their backpacks shortly.

Struggling to manage your child’s screen time?

Curious to find ways to strike a healthy balance for kids growing up in this digital age? Join a panel of experts from Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department for a screening of Screenagers. This award-winning documentary film is designed to spark a conversation between adults, students, and schools about navigating the benefits and challenges of increasing technology in our lives.

An open Q & A discussion with Newton-Wellesley’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry experts will immediately follow at 7:45 pm, featuring:

· Susan Swick, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
· Michael Jellinek, MD, Medical Director, Psychiatry, Director of Collaborative for Healthy Families and Children
· Nicole Danforth, MD, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
· Richard Ginsburg, PhD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Parents are invited to watch the film with their children (recommended for ages 10 and older). This event is free and open to the public. To register, please call 617-243-5900.

May 23rd, Film screening 6:30 pm, Q&A, 7:45 pm
Newton-Wellesley Hospital Shipley Auditorium, 2014 Washington Street, Newton

Flyer attached.

Newton Memorial Day Parade

The Newton Memorial Day Parade will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday May 27th.

Click here for the Parade Flyer
http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/89752

and here for infoamtion about the Parade Scavenger Hunt
http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/89753

The Monologue Project: Voices of Color

“I wanted to share in the telling of stories of people of color in our community. A long overdue opportunity to reaffirm that yes, we are here.”- Student performer, The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, 2017.

Join Newton Theatre Company, in partnership with Newton North High School, Newton South High School and Newton Department of Health and Human Services, as it brings back to the stage for the second year in a row The Monologue Project: Voices of Color! Similarly to last year, this show is part of a Festival of the Arts in Newton.

The Monologue Project promises to be a unique and inspiring event, showcasing Newton students of color as they perform their own original prose and poetic writing. The show will be followed by a talkback with the performers. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this artistic, community event and to support Newton youth as they share their stories.

The show runs June 1st – 3rd with two evening performances June 1st and 2nd and one afternoon performance June 3rd. Admission to the show is free and there is no need to get tickets beforehand. More information can be found at www.NewtonTheatreCompany.com

June 1st and 2nd, 7:30 pm; June 3rd,  2:00 pm
Cultural Center Auditorium, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton

Newton’s 1st Annual PorchFest

PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes. Over 100 cities across the country hold PorchFests. Now Newton is holding one too, starting in Auburndale, with hopes the event spreads to include more Newton villages next year.
Click here for the the block schedule and here is a map with bands and locations
This is an all-ages event!

Over 60 musical acts (dancers and storytellers too) are scheduled to perform. There’ll be a diverse line up of local talent from country to pop, classical, reggae, blues, rock, jazz, Latin, R&B, and more.

Bring a chair or a blanket and appreciate music performed on a unique venue, the front porch, (driveways and lawns too!) Parking is available on the Comm. Ave carriage lane, the municipal lot behind The Village Bank, the lot at the Cove, and around Lasell College. Please be mindful of the narrow streets; strolling is the name of the game.

June 2nd, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Auburndale PorchFest is affiliated with the Newton Community Pride and pleased to be part of Newton Festival of the Arts, Spring 2018. Printed versions of Newton’s PorchFest Official Schedule & Map will be available around town in early May.

Understanding the Jewish – Cancer Connection

You’re invited to the Oneinforty symposium provided to educate the community about Ashkenazi Jews’ one-in-forty risk of inheriting a BRCA gene mutation. People who have a BRCA mutation are at high risk for developing ovarian, prostate and male and female breast cancer that, in many cases, can be prevented or detected early.

Come learn about genetic counseling, screening for BRCA mutations, misconceptions about hereditary cancer, how BRCA-positive individuals can manage their risk of developing cancer, emotional support resources available for you and your family and the new BRCA Founder Outreach (BFOR) Study being conducted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Jewish cancer survivors who have a BRCA gene mutation will also share their stories. Following presentations by each of the panelists listed below, there will be a Q&A session.

This symposium is free-of-charge and open to the general public. Kosher refreshments will be served. Follow the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knowledge-is-empowering-understanding-the-jewish-cancer-connection-tickets-42474258651

Questions? Please contact Lauren Corduck at 617-823-3630 or laurenc@oneinforty.org

May 23rd, 7:00 pm
Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley

Amy H. Comander, MD
Medical Director, Auerbach Breast Center
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Lauren Corduck
Founder & Executive Director
Oneinforty
BRCA+ ovarian cancer patient

Kimberly DeLeonardis, MS, CGC
Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Camila Gabriel, MS
Senior Research Project Manager, BRCA Founder Outreach (BFOR) Study
Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Whitfield B. Growdon, MD
Center for Gynecologic Oncology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Debbi Shamon, LICSW
In private practice in Boston, MA

Presented by Oneinforty, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of the one-in-forty risk to Ashkenazi Jews of inheriting BRCA gene mutations and provides the support individuals and families need to effectively manage their cancer risk.

 

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week

This is Teacher Appreciation Week! If you want to do something special for your child’s teacher or other staff this year, consider the Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program. Make a $25.00 donation (or any amount) to the foundation in the teacher’s name. Notifications will be sent to each teacher honored, as well as to Principals and the Superintendent. In addition, their names will appear in a special announcement in the Newton TAB.

Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or in your mailbox if you have children in the upper grades. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org.

Donations are tax-deductible and go toward programs enhancing educational excellence, including valuable professional development opportunities for teachers, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and a wealth of new curricula and learning opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students.

May 7th – 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week