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Destination Imagination

Does your child like to engineer, draw, act or build? If so, your kids are going to LOVE Destination Imagination. Over 350 Newton students have participated in this life changing program and this year is going to be the biggest yet!!

Registration is now open!

What is DI? (watch an intro video for parents)

This year’s 2017 – 2018 Challenges!!! (Show your kids these videos)
Technical Challenge
Scientific Challenge
Engineering Challenge
Fine Arts Challenge
Improvisational Challenge
Social Action Challenge

Please email any questions to: matthew@newtondi.net

Middle School Resources updated page

The City of Newton’s Executive Office, Health and Human Services Department and Newton Public Schools are working on promoting out-of-school time for middle schoolers. While all young people benefit from out of school time activities that help them grow and learn, middle school tends to be an age when student participation decreases.

We have updated the middle school resources webpage that we created this spring and have added resources for parents like: do-it-yourself tips and guidelines for helping children find productive ways to use their out of school time in a home-based setting and some information on seeking financial aid. We welcome any feedback and ideas you have for this page.

Grab Some BBQ at Whole Foods and Support Our Schools

Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Whole Foods Markets at Four Corners and Newtonville and support Newton Schools Foundation. For just $5 you’ll get a beef or veggie burger, chips, and a drink, and Whole Foods will donate 100 percent of your purchase to NSF and match up to $1000!

August 11th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Newtonville – 647 Washington Street
Four Corners – 916 Walnut Street

www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org

Historic Newton events of interest to children and families

August 16th, 10:30 am
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS: AT HOME AT THE HOMESTEAD
The Jackson Homestead has been occupied for over 200 years, and has seen many changes come to Newton. The Little House by Caldecott Award winner and Newton resident Virginia Lee Burton tells the story of a house similar to the Homestead. Explore the theme of home, and imagine life from a house’s perspective in this fun program. For children ages 18 months to 6 years and their caregivers. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program.

August 28th, 10:30 am
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS: FREEDOM
Today we will read the Caldecott Award winning book Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine based on a true story of one man’s unique, creative escape from enslavement. Preschoolers and their caregivers will be given an opportunity crawl inside Henry’s Box and see other artifacts about freedom seekers around Boston. Includes free entrance to the museum after the program.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free

September 2nd and 3rd, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON
Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free

October 1st, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 pm
HAYFEST
Come enjoy 19th century crafts at the Jackson Homestead! Learn through hands-on activities how Newton families lived in the 1800s. Try your hand at butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping. Jump into a burlap sack for a race or play the hoop-tossing game of graces. Join us for a day of old-fashioned fun for the whole family.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free

Summer Yoga for kids

Summer kids yoga with Tracy Affonso is being held on Thursdays at 4:30 pm at Artemis Yoga in Watertown. Tracy is a former NPS teacher who is a popular kids’ yoga and mindfulness instructor.

Drop-in (as your schedule permits) if you are looking for something after camp or in the late afternoon. Classes will run for the next 8 weeks. Ages: 5 to 12. Sign up for all classes or just a few, please register online by clicking here.

Thursdays, July 6th to August 24th,  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

Meals for kids

Free summer meals for kids are available throughout the summer at various locations, please see the flyer attached for more details, visit www.meals4kids.org or call 1-800-645-8333.

Also this summer, the Newton Farmer’s markets are accepting SNAP benefits and the food pantries in Newton are offering extra food for kids. See the Newton Health and Human Services webpage for more details.

Program Coordinator wanted

Position as Newton South HS Evening Program On-Site Coordinator available

Job Description:

Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm (generally)
Days: M-T when NCE is holding evening classes (there are some weeknights when they do not have Classes)
Summer (starting in 2018): 5 Wednesdays from end of June to end of July

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare Rosters and class materials
  • Help assign rooms
  • Manage surprises – last minute room changes & instructor no shows, etc.
  • Create and put up signs
  • Greet students
  • Coordinate evening program needs with custodians
  • Recruit and supervise student helpers – this might not be necessary as Carmella had other responsibilities)

Location: Will monitor program from South Front Office (possibly work in NCE office on the early side getting rosters and class materials together).

Pay: $20.00/hr

Other:  This person would hopefully be available to attend NCE Staff meetings held at Newton North HS in the morning. If interested, please email Ed Hauben, NCE Director at ed_hauben@newton.k12.ma.us

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! http://newtonfreelibrary.libcal.com/booking/study. 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 http://guides.newtonfreelibrary.net/goodbooks/teenstudynights 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).

July 4th Celebration in Newton

Kids’ Morning
July 4th, 10:00 am – 12 Noon, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace.
Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Kids Morning is cancelled in the event of rain.

Afternoon/Evening Events
July 4th, 12 Noon – 10:00 pm – Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex
The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, face painting, craft vendor booths and food trucks. The free entertainment at the Gazebo is provided by Constantine the Magician, the YCCA Band and Caribbean music by D’Allegro Band from DESFOB, Inc. Then, the fun moves over to the main stage with the fabulous Bo & Bill Winiker Band for more music and dancing from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties. At 9:00 pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks display! The concert and fireworks take place on July 5th in the event of rain. Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org for details.

Nanny share

Are you still trying to sort out after school childcare for the next school year? Family with a wonderful nanny who looks after the children (3 and 1 yo) full time would love to welcome your little ones in their Franklin Elementary School area home in the afternoons.

If interested, please contact Christina Broja at christina.broja@gmx.de.