Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

SAT/ACT Tutor available

Sam Frank, Yale graduate and a resident of Newton, is available to tutor high school students in their homes for the SAT and ACT.

Please call or email either to arrange a preview session (free of charge for all prospective clients) or to ask questions about test prep, the college application process, SAT subject tests, differences between the SAT and ACT, etc.

Sam’s tutoring rate is $150.00 per hour. Until September 1st, pay the reduced rate of $100.00 per hour for Newton residents. For families in need, he’s happy to discuss your circumstances for possible additional discounts.

Contact Sam at 413- 717-7466 or samuel.e.frank@gmail.com

Newton Firefighters want to help extinguish hunger in Newton!

From June 8th to June 22nd, Newton Firefighters will be holding a food drive on behalf of the three food pantries in Newton; the Centre Street Food Pantry, the Newton Food Pantry and the Arabic Baptist Church, which together serve more than 1,000 families a month in our community.

Please donate canned or packaged non-perishable food items (that are not opened or expired) and toiletries (standard size) to your local fire station. Let’s support the Newton Firefighters in their fight to end hunger in our neighborhoods!

Be part of the SOLUTION for opioid epidemic – Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

Misuse of prescription drugs is a common way for teens and adults to start down the road of addiction. The most typical place young people get access to prescription drugs is their home medicine cabinet. A few simple steps can have a significant impact on limiting unsafe access to these powerful drugs:

  1. Immediately and safely dispose of any unused medication (for more information on disposing of medication, see www.newtonma.gov/newtonpath)
  2. Secure all prescription drugs that are currently being used in a lock box or other inaccessible location.
  3. Track all prescriptions, including counting pills to ensure they are not being taken inappropriately.
  4. Talk to your kids about never taking any drugs that are not prescribed specifically for them by their health care provider.
  5. Talk to your health care provider about limiting prescriptions of opioids and seeking alternative strategies for pain management when possible.

Honor Thy Teacher Campaign

Don’t miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year! Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this. Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack or if you have children in the upper grades, you will have already received a letter by mail.

To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org. Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing educational excellence, including teachers’ professional development, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton’s schools. Teachers, as well as their Principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by July 31st their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.

First Lego League Info night

The Newton LigerBots are hosting a First Lego League (FLL) and Jr. FLL Info Night for elementary and middle school aged students and parents.  FLL is the FIRST LEGO robotics competition for fourth through eighth graders. Junior FLL is a project-based FIRST program for children in grades K – 3.

In addition to building and programming LEGO robots, each year’s themed FLL challenge a project for which team members brainstorm and present creative solutions to real life problems. This year, all the FIRST competitions will be space themed and the FLL game is titled “Into Orbit”. The presentation is aimed primarily at parents, but kids are also welcome to come and learn more about the FLL program and participate in STEM related activities. Eastern MA Champion FLL team The Day Dragons will join current LigerBots students and coaches who have participated in FLL in the past will lead a presentation with general information on FLL as well as on how to start your own team. There will be demonstrations of EV3 robots, STEM activities, and people to answer any questions you may have. Email fll@ligerbots.com for more information.

June 20th, 7:00  – 9:00 pm
Newton North High School, Film Lecture Hall (just off the front entrance at Tiger Drive)
457 Walnut Street

Try the Y

Saturdays are free all summer long! Guests must present a valid ID at the front desk. Summer Programs begin the week of June 18th. Keep your mind and body active all summer long with programs to keep you and your children busy.

Summer program highlights:

• Swim lessons for all ages, with day and time options to fit every schedule!
• TRX suspension training for ages 55+
• Youth basketball league
• Summer Session, a youth music writing and recording program for ages 12+
• And more!

View all summer programs and register online at wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050.

Pick-Up Ultimate Frisbee for Adults

The West Suburban YMCA is offering Wednesday night pick-up ultimate frisbee on the New Balance Track & Field. Meet on the turf field at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, June 27th through August 8th (no frisbee on July 4). Cost is $10 to drop-in. Please contact Chris Ellison, Sports and Recreation Director, at 617-244-6050 x3806 for more information.

Pickleball is Back!

Join us Tuesdays from 9:30 am-11:30 am and take up a new sport: Pickleball! What’s Pickleball, you ask? Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. All are welcome. $5 drop-in fee.

Summer is upon us, and there’s a camp experience to fit every child’s needs!

• Camp Pikati is a summer day camp at the West Suburban YMCA, offering a traditional camp option or sports camp option, for children ages 3-15.

• Camp Chickami is a traditional outdoor summer day camp in Wayland, MA for ages 6-15.

• Camp Frank A. Day is an overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA for ages 7-15.

Registration for summer camp is ongoing, but sessions are beginning to fill. For more information, visit wsymca.org or contact Camping Services at 617-244-6050 x3008 or email campingservices@wsymca.org.

West Suburban YMCA Center for Creative Arts Outdoor Concert & BBQ – June 16th

Join the Y’s Center for Creative Arts (YCCA) for their final concert of the school year hosted at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre! There will be food, games and music all day long for friends and family. Music starts at 10:00 am. For more information, contact Kevin O’Connell at kevino@wsymca.org.

Annual Golf Tournament – June 18th

Join Y Staff and Volunteers on Monday, June 18th for our Annual Golf Tournament being held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. The golf tournament is a fun day on the course and supports the Y’s Annual Campaign, providing financial assistance to local families in need. For more information or to register as an individual, contact Sara Pollock DeMedeiros at 617-244-6050 x3099.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson – June 21st

The West Suburban YMCA is participating in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, a global event designed to build awareness and generate attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning. The Y is offering several time options throughout the day on June 21st for children and families to access a free swim lesson. Visit wsymca.org for more information and to register.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Summer ACT Boot Camp

The ACT is the college-readiness standardized test of choice in most of our country, and it is steadily gaining in popularity here in Massachusetts. It is accepted by all colleges and may be a better choice for some students. The ACT tests math, science, reading, and writing (the writing portion of the test is optional). NCE is pleased to partner with Summit Educational Group to offer a comprehensive program that covers all sections of the ACT exam. You’ll cover fundamental academic skills like algebra, critical reading, and grammar, as well as essential test-taking strategies.

The program will run Monday – Thursday. Students will take a full-length practice exam during the first class (1:00 pm finish that day). All materials are provided. Register at newtoncommunityed.org or call 617-559-6999.

August 20th – 23rd, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Attention Angier, Bowen, Franklin, Horace Mann, Memorial Spaulding and Ward Schools

Volunteers from Angier, Bowen, Franklin, Horace Mann, Memorial Spaulding and Ward Schools are needed for a School Survey.

Green Newton’s Schools Connections Group in collaboration with Newton’s Department of Environmental Affairs, needs volunteers to conduct a recycling survey on “waste, recycling and composting practices” in the schools listed above.

Volunteers from other Newton schools have offered to conduct the survey, which involves documenting observations by doing a walk-through of the school. Some questions may require communication with custodial staff, administrative staff, or faculty. We ask that volunteers read through the assessment BEFORE starting it, and please plan for a few hours or so to complete it in the next few weeks if possible.

Here’s the survey: Sustainable Materials Management Survey.

The data to be collected will help to better focus city resources on significantly improving the sustainability of our schools. Please contact info@greennewton.org to let us know if you are interested in volunteering for this project.