Category Archives: Community Notes

NSF and HTT Program

Newton Schools Foundation (NSF) is a vital catalyst of community support for the Newton Public Schools. NSF raises private funds from sources across the Newton community, not only from parents and alumni, but also from individuals, local businesses and foundations who want to make a difference by supporting education and local schools. NSF works closely with school leadership to find ways to enhance and enrich the ongoing curriculum and helps provide opportunities to explore ideas that would not otherwise be possible under the usual constraints of the annual school budget.

NSF supported programs impact schoolchildren of all age groups throughout Newton. These programs range the gamut of content areas, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Environment and Sustainability, Closing the Achievement Gap, Arts, Literacy, Social/Emotional Learning, and Global Learning.

Initiatives supported by NSF for the elementary schools, specifically, include new curricula and learning opportunities that foster high achievement for all students, such as Instrumental Music Programs (professional instrumental clinicians support ensemble music programs and give individualized instruction to students); Zones of Regulation (a cohesive social-emotional curriculum that helps K-1st students learn to self-regulate); Integrated Arts Curriculum: (art teachers coordinating with the science and social studies curriculum); and One Book, One Kindness Convention – Race and Culture (a school-wide reading initiative designed to create greater understanding about the impact of race and racial identity on the school experience).

In addition, NSF supports programs for the professional development of elementary school educators to identify and pursue new methods of teaching and deepen their knowledge of critical content areas, such as Elementary Teacher Summer Writing Institute (a program fostering successful teaching strategies for implementing the Common Core-aligned writing curriculum); Book Study on Race and Culture for Teachers (teachers explore through books and discussion racial and cultural experiences); Race and Achievement Working Group – Culturally Appropriate Teaching and the Brain (helps build professional understanding and skills around the linkages between Race and Achievement, and develop strategies identified through brain research, as well as the programs Courageous Conversations and Culturally Proficient Teaching), the Research and Writing Institute (a program open to library, classroom, ESL and SPED teachers that focuses on the specific writing skills that students use in research projects, and helps develop strategies on how to best implement these skills to children in grades 2-5), and Responsive Classroom Training (a nationally used, research-and evidence-based way of teaching that improves students’ social and academic skills and raises teachers’ instructional quality). A sample flyer describing these programs is attached for your information.

NSF also supports an array of exciting programs at the middle and high school levels. For details, you can visit the NSF website at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org.

Flyers with more information regarding the campaign will be sent home with the elementary school students in their backpacks shortly.

Struggling to manage your child’s screen time?

Curious to find ways to strike a healthy balance for kids growing up in this digital age? Join a panel of experts from Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department for a screening of Screenagers. This award-winning documentary film is designed to spark a conversation between adults, students, and schools about navigating the benefits and challenges of increasing technology in our lives.

An open Q & A discussion with Newton-Wellesley’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry experts will immediately follow at 7:45 pm, featuring:

· Susan Swick, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
· Michael Jellinek, MD, Medical Director, Psychiatry, Director of Collaborative for Healthy Families and Children
· Nicole Danforth, MD, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
· Richard Ginsburg, PhD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Parents are invited to watch the film with their children (recommended for ages 10 and older). This event is free and open to the public. To register, please call 617-243-5900.

May 23rd, Film screening 6:30 pm, Q&A, 7:45 pm
Newton-Wellesley Hospital Shipley Auditorium, 2014 Washington Street, Newton

Flyer attached.

Dance for a Great Cause!

All Newton Public Schools families and kids are invited to register for the first annual Newton South Dance Marathon to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital. The Dance Marathon, organized by Newton South’s Raise A Smile Club, will include performances by SASA’s Zamaana, Newtones, KungFu, and Brown Middle School’s DEAFinitely as well as food, raffles, tattoos, face painting, and, or course, dancing!

Register now at https://events.dancemarathon.com/event/NSHS2018

May 25th, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Newton South cafeteria

The Monologue Project: Voices of Color

“I wanted to share in the telling of stories of people of color in our community. A long overdue opportunity to reaffirm that yes, we are here.”- Student performer, The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, 2017.

Join Newton Theatre Company, in partnership with Newton North High School, Newton South High School and Newton Department of Health and Human Services, as it brings back to the stage for the second year in a row The Monologue Project: Voices of Color! Similarly to last year, this show is part of a Festival of the Arts in Newton.

The Monologue Project promises to be a unique and inspiring event, showcasing Newton students of color as they perform their own original prose and poetic writing. The show will be followed by a talkback with the performers. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this artistic, community event and to support Newton youth as they share their stories.

The show runs June 1st – 3rd with two evening performances June 1st and 2nd and one afternoon performance June 3rd. Admission to the show is free and there is no need to get tickets beforehand. More information can be found at www.NewtonTheatreCompany.com

June 1st and 2nd, 7:30 pm; June 3rd,  2:00 pm
Cultural Center Auditorium, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton

Time for Partners – Summer!

The popular art & music class for children ages 18 months to 4 years with an adult is thriving in the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall!

A terrific way to learn, have fun and make friends – and that’s not just for the kids! Parents, nannies and grandparents enjoy this long-running program also. Children make creative and enriching art projects and enjoy singing and fun with beloved performer David Polansky.

The classes fill up very quickly, so don’t wait! The summer program is on Tuesdays from July 10th – August 14th, and the Thursday classes are July 12th – August 16th.

The fall classes are also ready to enroll. To register: www.activityreg.com click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Register, click on Programs or Activities, click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day. Or call 617-796-1540 for more information.

Affordable Tutoring this Summer

Mindfulness Tutoring specializing in individual SAT/ACT prep offers affordable tutoring.  For over 25 years they’ve supported individuals as they meet challenges and discover their
strengths.

Contact Susan Alves, PhD at 617-515-5285 or susan@mindfulnesstutoring.com for local references and rates or visit www.mindfulnesstutoring.com.

Avoid the Math Summer Slide

Studies show that most students fall behind more than 2 months in math over the summer months. Summer is a great time to catch up, keep up, or get a jumpstart on next year’s math.

Mathnasium Learning Center in Newton, Needham and Wellesley offers effective, affordable (as low as $29.00/session) tutoring with flexible individualized scheduling. Save $50.00 when you register before May 31st. Learn more at www.MathSummer.com or call 617-340-3665.

Opera Camp: How to Create an Opera

VOICES Boston and Boston Lyric Opera are offering Opera Camp to singers entering 3rd-8th grade in the 2018-2019 school year.

Learn to create your own musical and try each step along the way! Write your own lyrics and songs. Create sets, costumes, and props. Rehearse and perform your world premiere. Play theater games, act, sing, draw, design and more!

Cost: $500.00 for currently enrolled VOICES Boston Student, $600.00 for non-VOICES Boston Student. $100.00 deposit to register. Registration Deadline: May 31, 2018

Click here to register: http://www.voicesboston.org/join-voices/blo-summer-opera-camp/
For more information, contact Kalee at kburrows@voicesboston.org

Newton Family February Ski Vacation to the Alps

Newton dad, Randy Friedman, of Seven Travel has lined up a family ski vacation to the Alps over February school break. Come join other Newton families and friends as you head to Innsbruck, Austria February 15-22, 2019!

Great skiing, scenery, sightseeing, shopping and much more. Skiers and non-skiers alike will have a blast visiting this historic cultural Capital of the Tirol.

Click http://www.seventravel.org/ and go to Trips.