Category Archives: Events

Help wanted

Parent volunteers are needed to assist with Newton’s beloved Halloween Window Painting Contest.  Volunteers will collect vendor/store release forms for a few hours during September and October, and also tape up banners on October 25th & 26th on store windows so students know where to paint.

This is a very easy, fun and flexible way to get in your steps and make Halloween spook-tacular for all Newton kids!  Email Lori Lass at or call 617-332-9694 if you can help.

Middle and High Schoolers invited to the Greener World Meeting

Come to the first meeting of Students for a Greener World (SGW) for the 2018-19 school year with other Middle and High School kids interested in the environment.

The polar bear mascots will also be there with cookies & fruit to inspire creativity for the upcoming year.  Visit for more info or contact us at

September 17th,  5:30 – 6:30 pm,
Newton Library, Meeting Room A, 330 Homer Street

Donate to the Centre Street Food Pantry and help them reach the goal!

On September 23rd, the Centre Street Food Pantry will participate in The Ride for Food.  It is their biggest community fundraiser, and the money raised allows them to provide hundreds of families in Newton and  surrounding communities with food and other basic necessities.

Please consider donating to the CSFP team to support the riders and help them reach their goal of $25,000.

Here’s the link m  or donate at

Simplifying the College Process a seminar for High School parents

Are you overwhelmed by the college process? Join in as college professionals explain key components, share their best tips and offer a Q&A session to help you navigate junior & senior year successfully!

Free and open to the public

Topics include:

  • EA vs. ED, Common App, Naviance
  • ACT vs. SAT, test prep options, essay-writing
  • College list creation and campus visit
  • Financial Aid opportunities – merit vs. need
  • Junior/Senior year timeline

College Trips and Tips – One-stop college travel guide and trip planner
Edmit – Helping families navigate the Financial Aid process
Summit Educational – Free SAT/ACT practice tests and tutoring services

Moderator: Terry Greene Clark, author of Demystifying College Admissions, A Parent to Parent Guide

September 25th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Wellesley Free Library or
October 9th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Westwood Public Library

Newton Child Assault Prevention Program Seeking Volunteers

Do you have three mornings a month free during the school year? Are you looking for a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in children’s lives? If so, then join the dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to using guided discussions and role plays to teach elementary age children in the Newton Schools that they have the right to be Safe, Strong and Free with their friends and peers, when they meet adult strangers, and with those who are trusted to take care of them.

Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. The next training begins on October 28th . For more information or an application, please visit or
contact Gail Sommer 617-969-5906, ext. 143 or

Newton Community Education Fall SAT & College Readiness Classes

Sign up now for NCE’s fall SAT Prep classes:

  • SAT Math Review – Mondays, October 22nd – November 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Newton North High School
  • SAT Verbal Review – Wednesdays, October 17th – November 28th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Newton North High School

Additional college readiness programs geared towards parents and students:

  • Postsecondary & College Success for Students with Learning Differences – October 25th  at Newton North, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Parents and students welcome.
  • You Can Afford College If…  October 4th at Newton North or November 5th at Newton South, 6:30 – 8:30pm, for adults.
  • Navigating the Student-Athlete College Search and Recruiting Process – a 2 session program, October 30th and November 1st, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Newton North. Parents and students welcome.
  • Getting Divorced? How are You Paying for College? – October 23rd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Newton North, for adults.

For more information about these programs, or to register, visit or call 617-559-6999.

Basketball & Multi-Sports Clinic

Basketball & Multi-Sports Clinic @ Williams Elementary School with Be Ahead of the Game.

This combined series of basketball and multi-sports clinics will introduce a variety of sports and the basic skills needed to play them along with an emphasis on basketball. Sports include soccer, floor hockey, dodgeball, volleyball, and other traditional and non-traditional games, in addition to basketball. Cooperation and teamwork will be the focus, rather than the competition of the games. Your child will learn proper warm-up games and stretching before introducing new sports, their rules and tactics. This is a great way to get in some late day exercise, have fun, and play many types of games, as well as get ready for the upcoming basketball season.

Thursdays, October 4th – November 15th
6:00 – 7:00 pm, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades
7:00 – 8:00 pm,  3rd, 4th and 5th Grades

Register Online by September 15th to get the early bird rate of $135.00, thereafter $145.00. Eventbrite registration fees apply.

Open to children from ALL schools.

Worried about the high cost of college?

Want to hear about options for obtaining quality education for lower cost? Come learn about Study Abroad opportunities at Lund University, Sweden!

Megan Grindlay of Lund University, Sweden will present study opportunities (taught in English) and the application process towards the University. If you are interested in looking into obtaining a higher degree at a lower cost compared to American universities, please sign up at

September 15th, 10:00 am
Collegewise Greater Boston
1185 Washington Street, Newton

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Mayor Fuller will be hosting the 3rd annual ceremonial flag raising at Newton City Hall on September 5th at 5:30 pm. See the flyer here: Flag Raising Ceremony

The event often brings forth a great deal of emotion and sense of purpose. You will hear from families, physicians, non-profits and other neighbors who are part of the childhood cancer community. This beautiful and heartfelt event will help elevate all of the efforts to rid the world of this evil disease.

Come to a Cub Scouts Ice Cream Social

You’re invited to an Ice Cream Social where you can see if Cub Scouts would be a good fit for your child and family.

Cub Scouts is a worldwide program with deep history, created to help prepare our children for their futures by teaching a variety of life skills including personal and civic responsibility, ethical and moral decision making, and goal setting and achievement. This program is a wonderful way to bring together families–boys, girls, siblings, and parents, through structured activities to promote topics including: confidence and self esteem building, good sportsmanship, environmental protection and outdoors skills. During the school year families will participate in a number of fun and educational experiences with games, speakers, field trips, and camping oriented activities.

Enjoy a bowl of ice cream with your family, as you learn from scouts and their families, about what scouting could be for you! If you have questions please contact Rowell Levy at

Cub Scouts (Grades K to 5) for Boys, Girls and Families!
Ice Cream Social, September 11th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Waban Library