Category Archives: Community Notes

One to One Mentoring, accepting applications

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “big brother/sister program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 40 years.  If you think your elementary-aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can commit 2 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May – you should contact us. 

Here is a link to the program information and application:

For questions or more information, please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at or 617-315-8733

Rebecca Young, LICSW
School Social Worker, Newton Public Schools
Countryside Elementary & One to One Mentoring
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Chinese Tutor Available

Private, in home tutoring for all levels by a tutor with years of experience. 

Please contact Stella at
Or 617-512-3827

Join Newton Cub Scout Pack 210

Boys and girls grades 1-5 are invited to join Newton Cub Scout Pack 210 ( Scouting is a great opportunity to make new friendships and learn new skills. We have an exciting year planned, with fun activities including camping, hiking, outdoor activities, community service, and monthly Den/Pack meetings. Our next Pack meeting is our annual camping trip on 10/23/21 at the Blue Hills. We are also starting our grade-specific Den meetings. Please reach out, and we can let you know when the meeting for your child’s grade is. Most of the initial Den meetings will be held at the Carroll Center (770 Centre Street, Newton Center) on Thursday evenings (with masking for the indoor portion of the event), where we will talk more about the Den-level calendar and planned events for the upcoming year. The next Den meetings are the Bears/3rd graders this Thursday, October 7 at 6pm, and Tigers/Wolves (1st and 2nd grade) on Thursday, October 14 – please email for info on when the other grades are meeting. Please join us or email Chris ( to join and with questions. We look forward to a great Scouting year ahead!

Art Classes for Kids by local Mom & Preschool Teacher

Fall art classes for kids ages 3-9 are now available in Newton. Creation Station is a creative art program created for our children to engage in experiences that inspire imagination, spark curiosity, celebrate play, and promote art exploration.

Emily D’Amour


Mental Health Workshop – Youth Services – October 26, 2021

 “Addressing Family Stress,” offered in partnership with Families for Depression Awareness on Tuesday, October 26 from 6:30pm-8:00pm.   

The program will be facilitated by Families for Depression Awareness and delivered by a licensed mental health professional. 

Families and caregivers will learn how to identify symptoms of stress in themselves and family members, manage stress as a family, respond when symptoms become “more than stress,” and get help for themselves or a family member.

Newton Wellesley Hospital Healthcare Career Exploration Series – Free & Virtual

Newton Wellesley Hospital is offering a FREE virtual Healthcare Career Exploration Series this upcoming fall/winter for the young people of Newton and surrounding communities!!  This is a four-part series that explores the various careers in the healthcare industry, as well as the education required for these careers.   

Please see attached flyer and details below: 

  • Professional Clinical Roles, Part 1
    • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to include Physician, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Pharmacist and Psychologist
  • Professional Clinical Roles, Part 2
    • Wednesday, November 17, 2021 to include Mental Health Specialist, Child Life Specialist, Social Worker, Community Health Worker and Occupational Therapist
  • Roles for Requiring 2 Year Degree or Less
    • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 to include Patient Care Assistant, Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Laboratory Assistant (Phlebotomy), Support Services (Environmental Services, Nutrition services, Transport and Materials Management
  • Tech Roles
    • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 to include Radiology Tech, Central Sterile Tech, Medical Tech in the Lab, Pharmacy Tech, Surgical Tech and Physical Therapy Assistant

Young people interested in learning more are encouraged to register for the series by clicking the following link or the link on the flyer below:  

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Newton Wellesley Hospital,

Register for Newton Girls Basketball today!

Registration is Now Open!

We are thrilled to welcome players back to the court for the 2021 – 2022 NGBA Season!  NGBA is a recreational basketball league for girls in grades 2 – 8 offering fun for beginner and experienced players alike!  We welcome Newton residents, as well as players from neighboring communities.   Come join us and bring a friend!  We appreciate your sharing this information with anyone who may be interested.

Registration Period
October 1 – November 5.
After November 5, a $20 late fee will apply and we cannot guarantee a spot on a team or accommodate a friend request. 

Registration Fees
Grade 2: $145, plus a $3 service fee charged by our registration service.
Grades 3 – 8: $175, plus a $3 service fee charged by our registration service.

Sibling Discount
NGBA provides a $20 discount per-child for the second child in the same family and on each additional child (3rd or beyond). All children must be registered using the same Sports Connect account to receive the sibling discount.  The discount will automatically apply at checkout.

Financial Aid
If your family is experiencing financial hardship, the registration fee may be waived upon request (strict confidence will be observed).  

Players who withdraw by November 15, 2021 will receive a partial refund; $25 of the fee is nonrefundable. No refunds are available for players withdrawing after November 15th.  If the NGBA season is cancelled due to social distancing measures, school closures or other unforeseen circumstances, registrants will receive a partial refund of applicable registration fees.  See NGBA website for details.

Season Dates
Grade 2: Sessions run on Saturdays, December 4 – March 5.  Select a 9:00, 10:00 or 11:00 AM session time when you register.   There are no teams or weekday practices for Grade 2. The Grade 2 program is focused on a fun, learning environment.

Grades 3 – 8: 1-hour practices begin the week of November 29.  You may select one day on the registration form that you are NOT able to practice. Otherwise practice times will be assigned according to coach availability (Monday – Thursday).  Games are played Saturdays, December 4 – March 5.

If there is a snow day, the season will be extended to March 12.  There are no games or practices during school vacations (12/25/19 – 1/1/20, 2/19/20 – 2/26/20).
This is an all volunteer league.  Please consider signing up to coach when you register your 3rd – 8th grade child.  


Newton SEPAC’s SC Candidate Forum (virtual)

The Newton SEPAC is hosting a Newton School Committee Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 14, 7-9PM. All candidates have been invited and anyone is welcome to attend (virtually).

Submit questions to

Passcode: 795956

Registration for the NGBA 2021-2022 season will open October 2nd

NGBA is a recreational basketball league for Newton girls with fun for beginners and experienced players alike! Games are played on Saturdays for all grades, starting December 4th and continuing into mid-March; for Grades 3-8 practices are for 1-hour on one evening during the week (Mon-Thurs). You will be able to select one day on the registration form that you are NOT able to practice. Otherwise practice times will be assigned according to coach availability. There are no weekday practices for Grade 2. The Grade 2 program is focused on a fun, learning environment.

To obtain additional details and to find out more about the league,
visit the NGBA website at

Indigenous Peoples Day Newton!

Newton’s first official Indigenous Peoples Day Ceremonial Celebration will take place on Monday, October 11 from noon-5pm, at Albemarle Park. Indigenous Peoples Day Newton 2021 will spotlight and celebrate the music, dance, poetry, and the visual art of diverse Native artists who currently live in the Northeast. It will be an outdoor, daytime, family-oriented cultural and spiritual celebration that is open, accessible, and welcoming to all residents of Newton and neighboring towns. Organized by the Indigenous- led, volunteer IPD Newton Committee, this ceremonial celebration is made possible through the support of Newton Community Pride.

The goal is to make concrete our city’s recent recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day as an official city holiday. The intention is for this event to become a beloved annual event on our city’s calendar.

Over 40 artists, performers, speakers, vendors, and community organizations will attend. Refreshments can be purchased from onsite food truck(s).  Spend the afternoon in celebration, ceremony, and support of the rich Indigenous traditions that are an enduring and vibrant facet of our community!