Category Archives: Community Notes

Newton Community Education Spring Classes

Sign up now for the spring SAT College Prep classes:

SAT Math Review – 5 Mondays, March 19th – April 23rd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Newton North
SAT Verbal Review – 5 Wednesdays, March 21st – April 25th, 6:30-8:30 pm at Newton North
SAT 2 Chemistry Review – 4 Tuesdays, May 1st – 22nd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Newton North
SAT 2 Biology Review – 4 Wednesdays, May 2nd – 23rd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Newton South

NCE is also offering the following college related programs for parents:

De-Stress the College Funding Process – April 10th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Newton South
You Can Afford College If… – April 25th at Newton South, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Navigating the Student-Athlete College Search and Recruiting Process – (2 session program)  May 1st & 3rd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Newton North. Parents and students welcome.

For more information about these programs, or to register, visit or call 617-559-6999.

Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop

Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during April Vacation Break. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors.

The class is lots of fun and very active – a good class even for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. For more information call 617-901-4564. Register at:

Live in Auburndale?

Save the date! Spread the word!

PorchFest is coming to Newton. On June 2nd, Auburndale (for now*) is throwing open its porches (driveways and yards) for an afternoon of FREE music between noon and 4:00 pm.

Information about the event, sign-ups for porch owners to host (Auburndale only!), and musicians (all sorts, any variety, from anywhere and everywhere) to play on porches, is now available at Deadline for sign-ups is April 1st.

*the Newton PorchFest Steering Committee hopes to make PorchFest an annual citywide event beginning next year.

Panel Presentation “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” , Mon., March 12 at 7:00PM

NAMI Central Middlesex is sponsoring a panel presentation, “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health” on Mon., March 12 from 7-8:30PM at Lexington High School.  Please see information on panel for more information.

Author Chessy Prout at Wellesley Books on Fri., March 16

Chessy Prout, advocate for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, presents I Have the Right To, a powerful memoir that takes a magnifying glass to the schools and institutions that turn a blind eye to assault, and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators. This remarkable young woman inspires with her story of survival, advocacy, and hope. Chessy will be discussing the book and her life, and will be signing copies afterwards.*

Friday, March 16th @ 7pm

Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

For more information, visit

Underwood Spring Online Auction

The Underwood Elementary School PTO is holding a HUGE auction fundraiser with fantastic items donated by many local organizations. You’ll find auction items from restaurants, retailers, gyms, spas and salons, hotels, classes, activity providers, museums, theaters, and much more! There’s something for all ages, interests and budget.


April 4th, 8:00 am – April 9th, 9:00 pm
Auction Link:

Zervas Online Auction

Grab a great deal at the Zervas Online Auction!

Need a night out? Bid on a gift card to Grill 23, The Beehive or the Cambridge Brewing Company.

Want to fulfill your goal to exercise more in 2018? Scoop up some classes at Barry’s Boot Camp, Pure Barre or Soul Cycle.

How about a summer camp for the kids? Check out the offerings for LINX camps, Camp Chickami or Dexter Southfield summer camps, among many others.

Grab a great deal, and support your local Newton Zervas Elementary School! Opening March 5th and running through March 12th, check out the amazing offerings at

Best viewed on desktop, laptop or tablet but if viewing on a phone, click on “View standard version of site” on the bottom for a more user-friendly browsing experience and fun pics!

Newton CPC Public Hearing

The main agenda item for the next CPC meeting is a PUBLIC HEARING on proposed revisions to the funding guidelines in Newton’s Community Preservation Plan, including:

  • the percentage of funding targeted for each CPA-eligible resource (affordable housing, historic resources, open space/outdoor recreation land)
  • principles for prioritizing projects that are CPA-appropriate as well as CPA-eligible
  • expectations for matching, non-CPA funds in different project categories

The proposed revisions have been online since November 2017 from the program’s home web page,, and from its Guidelines & Forms page. If you wish to comment on these guidelines but cannot attend the hearing, please contact Alice Ingerson at or 617.796.1144.

March 13th, 7:00 pm
City Hall Room 211

Private Art Lessons

Personal, in-home art lessons that are unique to your child, based on exactly what they want to learn! For ages K-12. $50.00/hour
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 at Stephanie Rae Private Art Lessons, LLC.

For photos of student work and more info about Stephanie, please visit Contact Stephanie at

Spanish Tutor

Tutor available for all levels, all language skills: grammar, writing, reading
comprehension, study of Spanish language literature. Why struggle? Enjoy learning Spanish!  Contact Libby Sands at or 617- 256-4780.

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Several years teaching experience
  • Massachusetts licensed/certified
  • BA Latin American Studies: Brown University
  • MA Teaching: Boston College
  • CAES School Leadership/Administration: Boston College
  • Flexible scheduling in Newton