Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Music Camp

Plugged In’s Music That Matters (MTM) summer day camp helps young musicians ages 11 to 18 build their musical skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic, and social competition they often encounter during the school year. This summer day camp, located in Needham, offers a relaxed, non-competitive environment with opportunity for both musical and personal growth. MTM includes all the most popular parts of Plugged In’s Spring and Fall Sessions including band class, songwriting workshops, music video production, offsite events, performance opportunities, and more.

Music That Matters Summer Day Camp
9:00 am – 3:00 pm (late pick up available)
Session 1 – July 10th – July 21st
Session 2 – July 24th – August 4th

For registration or more information visit

Founded in 2002, Plugged In now has over 170 students from all over Massachusetts. Some 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. 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.

Upcoming teen programs @ the library

Teen Study Nights @ the Library, June 15th, 19th, 20th, and 21st:
The Library will remain open late (until 11:00 pm) during finals this year. Don’t stress! Stop by the auditorium for some fun study breaks, like coloring, hula hoops, and snacks. Book a study room online! There will be extra supplies on hand, like paper, hi-lighters, easels and more and every night they’ll offer food, like pizza and ice cream.

Check the library’s website for a complete schedule.

Ice Cream Party: Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off:
June 20th, 7:00 pm, Druker Auditorium: Stop by the Library to celebrate the beginning of summer with ice cream provided by J.P. Licks and Minute-to-Win-It games. While you’re here pick up information on the Teen Summer Reading program. Get involved and explore the theme, “Build a Better World” with programs throughout the summer. Log your reading throughout the summer and help reach the teen goal of 400,000 minutes. If we reach our goal we’ll get a community prize (i.e. Nintendo Switch, bean bag chairs, etc.) that you can vote on for the new teen space. Grades 6-12 (this event is for teens only).

Summer Time for Partners

Long-running Art & Music classes for children 18 months to 3½ years (accompanied by an adult) run by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural affairs, in its summer home of Franklin Elementary School in West Newton.

Learning is FUN with music, dance, art, letters and numbers. Music classes develop physical, verbal, memory and musical skills. Art classes widen a child’s curiosity and build fine motor skills. Air conditioned classrooms in which to learn, explore and make new friends – children as well as adults!

Choose from Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:15 am. Tuesdays: $100 Newton Resident, $120 Non- Resident. Wednesdays & Thursdays: $120 Newton Resident, $140 Non-Resident. Register at, click on MA; click on Newton Parks & Recreation; click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day. For more information, call 617-796-1540.

Ride for Food! Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for riders!

Be part of the Centre Street Food Pantry team and help raise funds to provide good nutritious food to your neighbors.  Register NOW to ride on September 24th or donate to the Centre Street Food Pantry team at the organizer’s website: or contact CSFP’s Team Captain:

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Join thousands and kids and families at aquatic facilities around the globe for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. We’re making a splash to spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives!

The West Suburban YMCA is providing free swim lessons to children of all ages on June 22nd at the following times:
9:15 – 10:00 am
11:15 – 12:00 pm
12:00 – 12:45 pm
3:15 – 4:00 pm

Everyone is welcome. Please call the Y’s Welcome Center at 617-244-6050 to pre-register for one of the swim lessons.

Highlands Afterschool Program

The Highlands Afterschool Program, located in the heart of Newton Highlands Village, has openings next year. It offers a safe, supervised enriching after school environment that meets the needs of middle school children attending Oak Hill and Brown. Activities include sports, arts, cooking, science, homework, field trips, team building and community service.

The program’s home base is at the Brigham House and they also use the Hyde Gym. Transportation is arranged from the middle schools on school buses. Please visit, call 617-999-4617 or email

Free Talk: How to Kick Start your College Essay

Summer is a great time for rising high school seniors to begin work on their college essay. Jane Hirschhorn, an expert writing coach with more than 20 years of experience, will offer tips for students to get started on this critical part of the college application.

Her talk will take place at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, on June 29th at 7:30 pm. All are welcome. For more information or to sign up in advance, contact

Newton Community Education Summer SAT, ACT & College Essay Classes

Summer is the perfect time to prepare for the college application process. Sign up now for our affordable summer ACT, SAT, and College Essay classes:

Write Successful Essays for Your College Application: 4 Wednesdays, June 28th – July 26th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Newton South OR 4 Thursdays, June 29th – July 27th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Newton North

ACT Prep: July 31st – August 1st (Mon, Wed, Fri only), 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Newton North
SAT Math Review:  August 21st – 24th (Monday – Thursday), 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Newton South
SAT Verbal Review: August 21st – 24th (Monday-Thursday), 12:30 – 2:30 pm at Newton South

For more information, or to register, visit or call 617-559-6999

Writing tutor for students of all ages

Writing tutor for students of all ages: college essays, summer reading and enrichment. Summer is the perfect time to relax and write! If your son or daughter could benefit from some structured writing hours over the summer to work on college essays, summer assignments or the writing process, please contact Susan Gedrick. She loves working with student writers of all ages and has over fifteen years of experience as a professional writer, teacher and tutor.

Contact Susan Gedrick at 617-460-6619 or For more information, see

Deepen Your Child’s Understanding and Enjoyment of Math this Summer

Tutoring and math enrichment provided by a proven leader in math education, with over 20 years of elementary and middle school experience, multiple certifications to
support all learners, and master’s degrees in both math and education. Support for any student from K – 8. Contact Steve at or 617- 407-4484.