Category Archives: Community Notes

Earn Dollars for Newton Schools

Enter a Fall competition to earn donations to five local schools. Earn points for your team by attending sessions, burning calories, and bringing new friends to Cardio High. Each school will receive a donation and the top team will earn a bonus donation.

You can also win free classes, sweatshirts, and gift cards through special challenges.

Not associated with any school? No problem. They’ll assign you to a team, so you can compete and be eligible for the challenges.

The five schools eligible to win donations include:
1.Williams Elementary School
2.Burr Elementary School
3.Angier Elementary School
4.Newton North High School
5.Newton South High School

Ready to join the competition?
Reply to this email with “IN” and name the team you wish to join. If you don’t have a team preference, reply with “IN + assign me” and we will assign you to a team.

Ways to earn points:

  • Check-in to Cardio High on Facebook = 10 points per check-in
  • Tag Cardio High in a post on Facebook or Instagram = 10 points per post
  • Attend a session = 20 points for men/40 points for women
  • Burn calories = points equal to 10% of calories burned during a Cardio High session
  • Refer a new friend to Cardio High = 100 points per friend referred
  • Run in the Paddy’s 5k Road Race wearing a Cardio High t-shirt. T-shirt provided = 100 points

Newton Family Displaced by Fire Looking for Short Term Housing

Newton resident and NNHS graduate (1995), Aliya Scott (Aliya Kleiner) lost her home in a fire this week. She and her 3-yr-old son, Bowie are in need of a place to stay in or near Newton so that he can get to school and maintain his routine. Ideally they are looking for a pet-free space for the next 6 weeks where they will not feel in the way. If you have any leads, please reach out to Aliya at 917-741-3679

Help wanted

Parent volunteers are needed to assist with Newton’s beloved Halloween Window Painting Contest.  Volunteers will collect vendor/store release forms for a few hours during September and October, and also tape up banners on October 25th & 26th on store windows so students know where to paint.

This is a very easy, fun and flexible way to get in your steps and make Halloween spook-tacular for all Newton kids!  Email Lori Lass at lorilass@gmail.com or call 617-332-9694 if you can help.

Middle and High Schoolers invited to the Greener World Meeting

Come to the first meeting of Students for a Greener World (SGW) for the 2018-19 school year with other Middle and High School kids interested in the environment.

The polar bear mascots will also be there with cookies & fruit to inspire creativity for the upcoming year.  Visit sgw.greennewton.org for more info or contact us at sgw@greennewton.org.

September 17th,  5:30 – 6:30 pm,
Newton Library, Meeting Room A, 330 Homer Street

Donate to the Centre Street Food Pantry and help them reach the goal!

On September 23rd, the Centre Street Food Pantry will participate in The Ride for Food.  It is their biggest community fundraiser, and the money raised allows them to provide hundreds of families in Newton and  surrounding communities with food and other basic necessities.

Please consider donating to the CSFP team to support the riders and help them reach their goal of $25,000.

Here’s the link https://ride.threesquaresne.org/team/166463 m  or donate at www.centrestfoodpantry.org

Newton Narcan Training and Distribution Program

Narcan – the overdose reversal medication – is now available at no cost to Newton residents through a new program launched by the city’s Health and Human Services Department.

Trained HHS staff members offer free naloxone (Narcan) to Newton residents who complete a brief (30-minute) individual training session on how to recognize an overdose and administer the reversal medication. The program is supported by a generous Narcan donation from Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

The program’s primary goals are to reduce overdoses among Newton residents by reducing barriers to accessing Narcan, and to increase awareness about addiction recovery resources for individuals and families.

Newton residents can participate in the program by calling the HHS Department at 617- 796-1420 and requesting an appointment with a social services staff member. The approximately 30-minute confidential consultation will include individual training in the signs and symptoms of an overdose, how to use naloxone, and an opportunity to learn more about recovery resources. Then, a bag including naloxone, a CPR mask and gloves, and printed resources will be offered at no charge. No insurance information will be collected.

For more information and to make an appointment, call 617-796-1420 or visit www.newtonma.gov/narcan.

Plugged In, a unique nonprofit youth rock band program

Do you know any youth 6-19 who could benefit from participating in Plugged In, a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham where young musicians of all levels and needs are welcome?

Fall session band classes begin the week of September 24th. More information and online registration can be found at www.pluggedinband.org.

Founded in 2002, Plugged In now has over 150 students from all over Massachusetts. Some of our students experience emotional and learning difficulties, such as ADD, depression, and low-self-esteem and/or have special needs such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. In the loving and non-competitive atmosphere at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

In addition to weekly ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year Plugged In students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world.

Simplifying the College Process a seminar for High School parents

Are you overwhelmed by the college process? Join in as college professionals explain key components, share their best tips and offer a Q&A session to help you navigate junior & senior year successfully!

Free and open to the public

Topics include:

  • EA vs. ED, Common App, Naviance
  • ACT vs. SAT, test prep options, essay-writing
  • College list creation and campus visit
  • Financial Aid opportunities – merit vs. need
  • Junior/Senior year timeline

Sponsors:
College Trips and Tips – One-stop college travel guide and trip planner
Edmit – Helping families navigate the Financial Aid process
Summit Educational – Free SAT/ACT practice tests and tutoring services

Moderator: Terry Greene Clark, author of Demystifying College Admissions, A Parent to Parent Guide

September 25th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Wellesley Free Library or
October 9th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Westwood Public Library

Newton Child Assault Prevention Program Seeking Volunteers

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 617-969-5906, ext. 143 or gsommer@familyaccess.org.

Newton Community Education Fall SAT & College Readiness Classes

Sign up now for NCE’s fall SAT Prep classes:

  • SAT Math Review – Mondays, October 22nd – November 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Newton North High School
  • SAT Verbal Review – Wednesdays, October 17th – November 28th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Newton North High School

Additional college readiness programs geared towards parents and students:

  • Postsecondary & College Success for Students with Learning Differences – October 25th  at Newton North, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Parents and students welcome.
  • You Can Afford College If…  October 4th at Newton North or November 5th at Newton South, 6:30 – 8:30pm, for adults.
  • Navigating the Student-Athlete College Search and Recruiting Process – a 2 session program, October 30th and November 1st, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Newton North. Parents and students welcome.
  • Getting Divorced? How are You Paying for College? – October 23rd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Newton North, for adults.

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