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Girls Build* Robots Event!

Newton girls 13-18 are invited to a LigerBots hands-on workshop. Find out what happens when YOU pick up a screwdriver! Join in the excitement of solving engineering problems along with other girls, in a low-pressure environment! Please wear closed toed shoes.

Registration and more info at https://ligerbots.org/2017/10/05/girls-who-build-event/
Sponsored by the LigerBots (Newton North & South FIRST Robotics Team)

October 17th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Newton South High School Wood Shop, room 9271

* Ligerbots changed the event name as they recently learned about Girls Who Build, which offers creative, hands-on, and applied engineering curricula for girls and educators. While  not affiliated, they encourage you to check out Girls Who Build workshops.

“Newton Parents Behaving Badly”

The Newton Nomadic Theater’s uproarious production of the Tony award winning God of Carnage is set here in Newton. An 11 year old boy got his tooth knocked out by another boy at Mason-Rice playground. The four parents get together to sort it out and it all goes horribly wrong.

Acclaimed director Paula Plum and her fabulous cast of Linda Goetz, Billy Meleady, Noni Lewis, and Conor Moroney will have you roaring with laughter in this black suburban comedy.

For tickets and info go to http://newtonnomadictheater.org. This week’s shows October 20th and 21st at Newton Community Barn

“Brilliant show, truly gripping – the quality you would expect in a major city theatre on your doorstep!”

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC

Greetings from the Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)!

Whether you are new to Newton, or have a returning student, we would like to introduce you to the Newton SEPAC!

The Newton SEPAC….

  • Advises the School Committee on the education and safety of students with disabilities
  • Hosts a “Basic Rights” presentation annually, to discuss the rights of students and their parents/guardians under state and federal special education laws (Wednesday, November 8th at the Education Center; presented by Ruth Diaz of the Federation for Children with Special Needs)
  • Serves as a liaison between parents of students receiving special education services and Newton Public School administrators
  • Meets monthly with Karen Shmukler, the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
    Coordinates the Annual SEPAC Awards Ceremony in June, so that parents can recognize exceptional Newton Public School Staff
  • Hosts the Newton SEPAC Yahoo Group; an online discussion group which serves as a forum for parents and guardians to exchange information and share community resources
  • Coordinates monthly presentations. For the 2017-2018 school year, we are working on:
    Transition (from Pre-School to Elementary School, Elementary School to Middle School, and from Middle School to High School),  Anxiety in School Children,  Executive Functioning, Personal Safety

All meetings are posted on https://newtonpac.org, and are open to everyone. If you would like to become a member of the yahoo group, send a request to info@newtonpac.org

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Warmly,
The Newton SEPAC Board

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers

Join the dynamic task force of trained volunteer CAP Prevention Specialists committed to
teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with verbal, physical or sexual assault.

Still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. CORI and SORI screenings required. 19 Continuing Education Credits available for licensed MSW’s.

Multi-session training begins on October 29th, the application deadline is October 20th

For more information please visit http://familyaccess.org/family-support/child-
assault-prevention/ or email Gail Sommer at gsommer@familyaccess.org.

16 of Newton’s Own Will Speak at Free Community Event

Boston Globe Movie Critic, MGH Cancer Researcher, Famed Sculptor and More to headline 2017 Newton Inspires. Sixteen Newton luminaries will regale audiences at Newton Schools Foundation’s seventh annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community.

Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for an evening of discussion with some of Newton’s best and brightest. This year’s program features Boston Globe’s Ty Burr; Alice Shaw, MD, director, Center for Thoracic Cancers, Massachusetts General Hospital; Nancy Schön, artist/sculptor interviewed by Jared Bowen, WGBH executive arts editor and Open Studio host, restaurateur David Punch speaking with food writer Andrea Pyenson; along with many other talented Newton personalities.

Newton Inspires is on November 13th, 7:00 – 9:30 pm at Newton South High School. The event is FREE to Newton residents and $15 for non-residents. Space is limited so register early. To register, go to www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.

For the second consecutive year, Newton Schools Foundation welcomes The Village Bank as lead sponsor. Newton Inspires is also supported by premium sponsors Mark Development, Chestnut Hill Realty and The Street Chestnut Hill.

Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can go to http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires- sponsor.
A wide array of refreshments will be available courtesy of the following food sponsors: Anna’s Taqueria, Baker’s Best Catering, Better Life Food, Blue Ribbon BBQ, L’Aroma Café & Bakery, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, Sweet Tomatoes, and Whole Foods Market.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

OMEGA Summit for High School students

The MIT AgeLab is recruiting high school students across New England for the OMEGA Summit. Students will learn about community-based intergenerational programming and brainstorm ideas for intergenerational exchange to prepare them to take on leadership roles in their school and community and to increase relationships between older adults and high school students.

For students grades 9 – 12. RSVP here today to participate in the OMEGA Summit at MIT  on October 21st, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Questions can be directed to omegamit@mit.edu or 617-253-3506.

Upcoming teen workshops at the Newton Free Library

Make Your Own Comic Book Series: in this series of workshops learn about comic book drawing, story telling, structure, paneling and more! Each meeting will focus on a different part of the creative process, and by the end you’ll have a comic book of your own! This is a four-part series, please try to commit to coming to all four Wednesdays October 18th and 25th, November 1st and 8th. Register online. Grades 7-12.


Escape the Room: it’s Halloween Eve and you’ve been invited to a special dinner party at the Library with Dr. Neverdie. As you enter his private library with a group of your friends, the door squeaks closed and clicks. And with that you are locked in. Escape the library before Dr. Neverdie can begin his sinister experiments.

Register online for a time slot (4:00, 5:15, 6:30 or 7:45 pm). Up to eight people can register for each time. October 30th, 4:00 – 9:00 pm, 1st floor rear area. Please show up at least 5 minutes before.

Feel free to come hang anytime 4:00 – 9:00 pm, they’ll also be doing zombie makeup and playing Escape the Room board games and serving refreshments. Grades 7-12.

Newton Community Preservation Committee public hearing

November 16th Hearing on Newton Cemetery Proposal: a new proposal from Newton Cemetery is now online. Written comments on the proposal that are received by October 27th can be sent to the CPC ahead of the November 16th public hearing.

For additional information, go to www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/cpa or contact Alice Ingerson at aingerson@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1144.

Basic Rights in Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals

The Newton SEPAC presents this workshop to provide a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures. Please note that this presentation is a
2-hour event!

Presented by: Ruth Diaz of the Federation for Children with Special Needs

November 8th, 7:00 – 9:00
Room 210, Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newton