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An Invitation to a Special Event on Sat. Dec. 1st

Dear Newton Families,

For the past few years, the Newton Public Schools have hosted the Newton Family Conference – a conference for Black/African-American and Latino/Hispanic families to provide opportunities for learning, connection, and discussion. Because the event has been so informative and helpful, this year we are expanding it to invite ALL NPS families.

We postponed last spring’s conference to this fall and now I am pleased to invite you to the 2018 Newton Family Conference to be held on Saturday, December 1st from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Newton North High School. The goal of the Newton Family Conference is to build relationships between families of color and white families within the district; advance dialogue around issues of race, culture, and identity; and create opportunities for families within NPS to meet each other. The Family Conference is one way in which the Newton Public School District is seeking to create culturally responsive school communities with equity and excellence for all.

Participants at the conference will attend workshops on “Courageous Conversations About Race” facilitated by NPS trained facilitators. These sessions will be similar to the workshops in which Newton faculty and staff are participating. In addition, we will offer sessions at the conference that will provide parents with ideas and strategies for talking to their children about race. Our goal is for you to partner with us as we strive to make our Newton school community welcoming and inclusive to all students and families.

To facilitate your participation, limited childcare, provided by Newton classroom aides and high school students, will be available for children in grades K-5. Please RSVP at: https://2018familyconference.eventbrite.com. Workshop online selection forms will be emailed by November 5th to those that RSVP.

I hope you will consider attending what should be an excellent conference.

Sincerely,

David Fleishman
Superintendent

Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter: Science/Tech/Engineering/Math

NewtonSTEM.org publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers.

Sign up for the weekly email here, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  Now in its eighth year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton.

For more information – or to submit announcements – email info@newtonstem.org.

Sodexo Food Service App

NPS food partner, Sodexo, has launched a new App to show menu and nutritional information in Newton cafeterias. You can view the menu for the day and review all nutritional information. You can also check for allergens and review it with your child so they know what is safe for them to eat.

The App is available in the App store or Google Play. Just search “So Happy Sodexo.” It’s a great resource for you and your student.

Local Cross-Country Ski Club

Do you want to introduce your kids to cross-country skiing and give them the opportunity to ski nearby with other kids their age? Eastern Mass Bill Koch (EMBK) Club is a local club dedicated to introducing kids to the joys of cross-country skiing and racing. The club is open to all children ages 7-13, from absolute beginners to experienced competitive skiers.

Kids train at the DCR’s Leo J. Martin Ski Track just across the Newton border in Weston. Children ski 1-3 days per week, depending on their experience from November until the last snow melts.

Check out the club’s website and registration information at http://easternmassnordic.org. Email embkskiclub@gmail.com with questions.

Get involved with the Washington Street vision

Mayor Fuller is inviting all community members to attend a meeting to see the first draft of the Vision Plan and zoning recommendations for the Hello Washington Street project.

For more information and FAQs visit  www.newtonma.gov/washingtonstreetvision.  Follow the project on  Facebook!

Plan Open House
October 24th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street

What’s happening on October 24th?

  • People will have an opportunity to view the first drafts of the vision plan and zoning recommendations for Hello Washington Street!  These are ideas for the future of Washington Street from West Newton, to Newtonville, and up to Newton Corner.
  • Images, drawings, and text will show options for what these areas on Washington Street could look like 5 years in the future. Other images and drawings will show options for these areas 20+ years in the future.
  • Starting at 6:00 pm,  enjoy food and refreshments and

view the design gallery.  Then at 6:30 pm there’ll be an overview presentation by Principle Group, with an introduction from Mayor Fuller. Next, you can rotate through the room to visit stations set up by geography, including West Newton, Newtonville, and the area near Crafts Street at Washington. Learn about Washington Street itself and options for how to make the road safer and easier to navigate. If you arrive after the event has started, they’ll provide the overview presentation you missed at the beginning and throughout the event, members of the planning team will be answering questions and listening to feedback. The event will end with a recap and Q&A.

What happens next?

  • This event will be followed by a month-long comment period, when people will be asked to go online to read the draft documents and leave their comments directly on the pdf.  Paper copies will be available too at the Newton Library with a way for people to give input.
  • In person events like topic-specific forums and drop-in office hours will be held later this year where you can ask more questions and discuss the ideas more in depth. Dates will be announced at the Plan Open House event on October 24th.
  • At the end of January, the second draft of the vision plan and zoning recommendations will be released followed by a second comment period as the planning team refines the plan into a final version for review by City Council.

What should I do?

  • Come in person, if you can, for the event!  Tell your neighbors, friends, and colleagues! After the event, please read the plan and provide your comments online.  Stay involved in the process as they move from first draft to second draft.

Music lessons for all

Now that the fall is underway, a lot of students are trying instruments for the first time! It can be a tricky process but the amazing faculty at The Conservatory at Highlands is here to help!

Want to turn those squeeks and squacks into the sweet sounds of Hot Cross Buns or Star Wars? These teachers are experienced, patient, kind and supportive and can help musicians of any age reach their goals.

Try a learning an instrument along with your child in our parent/student lessons. It is an amazing and educational activity for the family.

Sign Up Here (no commitment necessary)  https://goo.gl/forms/BBkGtLxm9ONzqwpu2 call 617-903-0944 or e-mail info@highlandsconservatory.com to learn more.

The Conservatory offers music lessons on many instruments, including: piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, baritone, oboe, ukulele, and even harmonica! Sign up for rock bands, which meet weekly; or record in their state-of-the-art recording studio with audio production lessons and more!For more information, visit www.highlandsconservatory.com

The Conservatory at Highlands is locally owned and operated and offers a 21st-century music education that is equally inclusive and challenging taught by the best musicians in Boston. The Conservatory is your community music school, where we can all learn and develop the craft of music together. Stop in and check out their unique space at 51 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands.

Chem tutor available

Improve your grade in your Chemistry course.  Prepare yourself for SAT2 Chemistry exam.  Lida Famili, a retired Milton Academy Chemistry teacher, is offering tutoring in Chemistry courses and SAT2 Chemistry test.  Lida has taught Chemistry for 25 years and has dozens of references.  Walking distance to Newton South high school.  For more information, please call or text 617-780-5461 or email  lidafamili@gmail.com.

EveryBody Signs American Sign Language Class for Kids

EveryBody Signs is offering an ASL class for kids to read stories, have conversations, do skits and make art, all in American Sign Language! The teacher, Steve Weiner, is a Newton North EdCo graduate, a teacher at Horace Mann School for the Deaf, and a Magician!

Although classes have already started, contact Rebecca Wangh, rebeccabella@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining. Flyer available here: EveryBody Signs Flyer

Sundays, October 7th – December 16th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Auburndale Community Library

Children’s Learning and Development Research

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children, who are or are soon turning 8 or 10 years old, to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. The goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60.00 per year.

Free all day parking is provided at the Navy Yard. Please email cnglead@mghihp.edu or call 617- 643-4821 if you are interested or have any questions. More information can be found at https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/feedback_learning.