Author Archives: Newton PTO Council

Maine Arts Camp Info Meeting/Coffee

Looking for a great overnight summer camp for your creative 9-16 year-old? Please come to the parent coffee this week and find out why Maine Arts Camp could be the perfect choice!

Located on the campus of Colby College, MAC is a small, friendly camp community that is big on empathy and personal growth as well as creative opportunity. With an extensive program of activities covering visual arts, theatre, music, dance, culinary arts, robotics and rocketry, film-making, individual sports and more, and with access to Colby’s state-of-the-art facilities, Maine Arts Camp offers exceptionally high quality instruction across a wide range of interests.

Visit to find out more. If you would like to attend the informational meeting/coffee at the home of Newton parent Anabel Cable and meet camp director Rick Mades, please RSVP to for the address.

January 19th, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Self-empowerment energy courses available

Self-empowerment energy courses taught by Newton resident Malabika Shaw. She teaches how to claim the innate power and direct our energy field towards greater well being. They are a lot of fun. Please click on the link to register.

Harness the Power of Your Energy Field:
This first one is to learn about your multidimensional personality and how best to engage with it.

January 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School

Law of Attraction:
This course is about conscious creation – carving out the shortest route between desire and manifesting by understanding the energetic dynamics and what may be the blocks. Learn to put one of the most powerful Laws of Nature to work to your advantage.

February 6th and 13th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton South High School

Former NSHS Student Offering Tutoring Services

Looking for a tutor that understands the classes and intricacies of Newton Public Schools?

John Deng, a former student at NSHS with a BS, MS in Biology from Brandeis University who will be beginning medical school next year, is now offering tutoring in the sciences(Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Math). He also offers SAT tutoring for both the Reading and Math sections.

With over 2+ years of teaching experience in college and tutoring for students in college and NSHS, he’s an experienced and flexible tutor. In addition, he has personally taken many of the classes that your kids are taking now and thus understands what it takes to do well and succeed.

Please contact John at for more information on further qualifications and pricing.

Aquatic Therapy

Michael Dezmin, Occupational Therapist, just started to offer aquatic based therapy for kids of all ages. The skills worked on can be targeted to assist many areas of difficulty that effect school performance including but not limited to:

  • emotional self-regulation skills
  • hand and core strengthening
  • attention
  • executive functioning
  • transitions and routine
  • visual motor/ visual perceptual skills (for reading and writing)
  • ocular motor skills (for reading and writing)

For more information, please click here flyer or contact Michael at or 908-565-3281.

Percussion lessons

Joe Lareau has taught in the Boston area for more than 15 years and offers private percussion tutoring with expertise in West African music and dance, drum set, orchestral, and marching percussion as well as elementary piano. Successful with helping children who struggle with understanding, performing, and reading music, he utilizes audio and video examples he recorded while living in Ghana for 6 years.  Joe teaches using techniques that help the student grasp the larger question of “How to be a musician?”

Tutoring can be one-on-one or group sessions.
For more information, please contact Joe at or 508-826-9626.

Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo

  • Discover community resources promoting positive decision making for teen
  • Enjoy refreshments and student performances as you browse the exhibits
  • The first 50 teens who bring a parent will receive a treat bag
  • Drawing grand prize:Bose SoundLink
  • “American Ninja Warrior” live demo!

This expo coincides with Junior Night; parents/guardians of juniors are asked to come early to explore the expo. Walnut and Lowell Street lots and Hull Street will be available for parking. Please observe neighborhood signs and restrictions.

To learn more Check out this flyer: Expo or go to

January 18th, 5:00- 7:30 pm
Newton North High School

14th annual Teen Summer Program Expo

FREE and open to the public.

Find the perfect summer experience for middle and high school students. Meet directors of more than 80 enriching summer programs, both day and overnight, with local, national and international options. Programs for every budget and interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, leadership and wilderness training, internships, sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year opportunities. Efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, safety, costs & supervision. Bring friends and travel together!

Save time and pre-register at:

Follow @teensummerexposma on Instagram for updates or check out Facebook.

January 29th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm (snow date: January 31st)
Newton South High School cafeteria
140 Brandeis Road

Help around Town

Do you have teenagers at home (or college students) who are willing to shovel neighbors out? Have them check out

HelpAroundTown has already facilitated over 5,000 jobs between neighbors and is being used in half the towns in MA. There are elderly neighbors who need help managing the snow.

The website is designed to be easy and safe for teenagers to get their first jobs. Every one has a profile and both people rate/recommend each other after a job, so HelpAroundTown is as a reputation-builder and a career-launcher. Jobs can be searched within a mile of one’s house – perfect for connecting with neighbors who need help after a snowstorm.

14 is the minimum age. Parents need to sign their approval of 14 and 15 year olds. Parents of all minors (under 17) get an email with a link to every job their kid applies to, asking the parents to advise their children.

It’s free to use all these features and to post jobs when one needs help. Non-profits can also advertise their events & fundraisers, free, on the Bulletin Board, and recruit volunteers.

Questions? Call 781-325-8696 or email

Be the parent you want to be

Come to an Introduction to the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving approach.
Do you ever feel frustrated with your child/teenager? Find yourself shouting and imposing consequences in reaction to challenging behavior? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in both you and your child.

The Collaborative Problem Solving approach will give you concrete tools to relate better to your kids, reduce their challenging behavior, and build their skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving. See for more information and to register for the CPS workshop starting January 22nd in Newton.