Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Makers’ Corner Clubs for Middle School

Announcing new fall clubs at the Makers’ Corner! The Makers’ Corner after school program serves students in grades 6-8, and is located in the Underwood School. To register for all clubs, visit www.underwoodafterschool.org.

3-D Printing Introduction and Designing for Real Life – open to 6th-8th grade
Designed for newcomers to the world of 3-D printing, this club will introduce students to 3-D modeling and the 3-D printer using Tinkercad, and use these tools to solve real-life design problems.

October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, November 6th,  2:00 – 4:15 pm


Stop-Motion Animation – open to 6th-8th grade
In this club, students will plan out a short film, using either found or handmade characters and scenery, and produce the movie from start to finish, ending with a shareable video to show friends and family.

October 11th, 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th, 2:45 – 4:15 pm


Woodworking Club – open to 6th-8th grade
In this workshop, make your very own wooden objects, ranging from utensils (spoons, spatulas, spreaders and chopsticks) to coasters and other wares.

October 12th, 19th, 26th, November 2nd,  9th, 2:45 – 4:15 pm

Responsive Home Workshop for Kindergarten Parents and Guardians

The tools of Responsive Classroom can be used to help create a calm, supportive and encouraging environment at home, too! Join to learn useful steps to creating a Responsive Home including:

  • Family Meeting
  • House Rules
  • Interactive Modeling
  • Positive Language
  • Logical Consequences
  • Choice and Quiet Time

October 15th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Day Middle School Auditorium, 21 Minot Place, Newtonville (parking on Albermarle Road – Gath Pool)

*Please note – this workshop is for ADULTS only. Childcare is NOT provided. Please make other arrangements for your student(s) while you attend the workshop. This workshop will be taught by Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, Newton Public Schools. For more information, please email Amy at Amy_kelly@newton.k12.ma.us

Federal Judge, Red Sox Executive, PBS/NOVA Producer to be among Headliners at Newton Inspires

Eighteen Newton luminaries will regale audiences at Newton Schools Foundation’s (NSF) 8th annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community. Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for this showcase of Newton’s talent, creativity, and intellect.

This year’s program features headliners Kimberly Budd, associate justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; David S. Friedman, senior vice president, legal & government affairs, Boston Red Sox; Sarah Holt, producer and director, PBS/NOVA; Richard Primack, professor of biology, Boston University; Peter Slavin, M.D., president, Massachusetts General Hospital; actress and writer Marianne Leone; and entrepreneur Sam Shames, along with many other talented Newton personalities.

The event is FREE to Newton residents and $15.00 for non-residents. Space is limited so register early. To register, go to www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.

For the third consecutive year, Newton Schools Foundation welcomes The Village Bank as lead sponsor.  Newton Inspires is also supported by premium and major sponsors Mark Development Chestnut Hill Realty and The Street Chestnut Hill and Historic Homes. Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can go to http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires-sponsor.

Limited samplings of various refreshments will be available at the beginning of the evening courtesy of the following food sponsors: Anna’s Taqueria, Baker’s Best Catering, Better Life Food, Blue Ribbon BBQ, L’Aroma Café & Bakery, Legal Sea Foods, Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, and Sweet Tomatoes.

November 13th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Newton South High School. Doors open at 6:00 pm to share community and conversation.

Newton Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance excellence and equity in the Newton Public Schools by funding promising initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in achievement and opportunity.

Naming Committee for the School on Nevada Street

The Naming Committee for the School on Nevada Street  seeks comment from parents, school staff and members of the community regarding its preliminary recommendation on an appropriate name. Please see these options for providing your input and listening to discussions:

  1. Public Hearing October 29th,  7:00 pm in Room 210,  100 Walnut Street
  2. School Committee Meeting discussion November 14th, 7:00 pm in Room 210, 100 Walnut Street
  3. School Committee Meeting discussion & VOTE November 28th, 7:00 pm in Room 210, 100 Walnut Street

The Naming Committee welcomes written comments sent to  Naming225NevadaSt@gmail.com

Preliminary Recommendation
That the school building on Nevada Street be named the Horace Mann School at the time appropriate for the implementation of the school department’s recommended H.4 Scenario in September 2019.

The reasoning:
Most importantly, the proposed new district is overwhelmingly made up of households from the current Horace Mann district (86%) and the staff will basically be the same.  They identify as the Horace Mann School.
Secondly, Horace Mann is considered by many as the father of public education.  He championed free, universal, nonsectarian education dependent on trained professional teachers.  It is our good fortune he lived in Newton for some years.  Our City’s history and the high value we place on public education should place Mann’s name in the top tier on any list of names appropriate for a Newton education building.

It is the Committee’s intent to include in its final report to the School Committee suggestions on how the city might continue to honor the contributions of Frank Carr to the Newton Public Schools.

Naming Committee:  Jessica Eldridge-Young, Ted Hess-Mahan (Co-Chair), Daniel Kunitz, Anne Larner (Co-Chair), Robert Smith, Marcia Tabenken, Norah Wylie

Interested in the benefits of studying abroad?

Join other parents and college bound students for “Visit dozens of European & Canadian colleges in one morning w/Sharon Olofsson!”  Sharon is an international college consultant at GatewayEdConsulting.com. She will give her perspective after visiting dozens of colleges in Europe and Canada in the last few years, discussing:

•College selection
•Cost comparison with the U.S.
•and more!

Signup at https://www.meetup.com/College-Abroad/events/254923610/
October 13th, 10:00 am,  Lexington

Percussion Lessons

Percussion lessons for the young and young at heart! 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.

Joe is successful with helping children who struggle with understanding, performing, and reading music. He teaches using techniques that help the student grasp the larger question of “How to be a musician?” utilizing audio and video examples he recorded while living in Ghana for 6 years.

Tutoring can be one-on-one or group sessions. For more information, please contact him at jlareau@fessenden.org or 508-826-9626.

Private Art Teacher/Tutor Available for Fall Classes

Professional painter and printmaker is available to teach elementary through college age students privately or in small groups upon request. She teaches painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, art history, and/or intro to design and will drive to your home for the course.

About the Instructor: Alla Lazebnik is an MFA Painting graduate from Boston University and currently an Art and Design Instructor at Lasell College in Newton. Please contact alla.lazebnik@gmail.com for more details.

Hamilton Ticket raffle

Understanding Our Differences (UOD), the leader in disability awareness education, is sponsoring an exciting raffle to raise needed funds. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see the popular and critically acclaimed show Hamilton: An American Musical at the Boston Opera House in November.

See the UOD website for complete details about this exciting opportunity: www.understandingourdifferences.org/hamilton.

UOD is embarking on a project to raise funds to support digitizing the curriculum, so the critical goal of fostering inclusion for people of all abilities can be shared around the state, the country, and even the world!

Boys & Girls Club after school program and more

With many After School programs in Newton at capacity, the Club never turns away any family regarding membership. They serve over 730 members throughout the school year with many contemporary programs and services that exemplify a commitment to serving our community and youth.

The Club also has a licensed After School program called Curiosity Club. This program serves children in grades K-2 with a STEAM curriculum framework.  Fall 2018 programs include 3D printing classes, Sewing, Russian School of Math, Word Wizards, Science Adventures, and much more!  Additionally, the Club offers in-house transportation to the following schools: Cabot, Lincoln Eliot, Franklin, and Burr. The Club was the first youth organization to partner with Sheprd transportation with special Club rates for those who sign-up.

Please check out John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club at  https://www.newtonbgc.com/ or call 617-630-2066 for more information.