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A few more days to get matching donations

The Newton Schools Foundation is honored for the second consecutive year to have a
very generous donor who will match up to $25,000 in contributions from the community
to the Calculus Project during the month of March.

Double your impact and donate today:

The Calculus Project has been transformational for Newton students. Since its 2013
launch, enrollment growth in high-level mathematics among traditionally
underrepresented student groups is significant:

• Hispanic student enrollment has increased 70 percent.
• African-American student enrollment has tripled.
• Low-income student enrollment has increased nine-fold!

Here’s how the program works:Calculus Project students attend intensive small-group
summer classes to preview upcoming curriculum, boost their math skills, foster
attitudes that support academic risk-taking and perseverance, and cultivate relationships among peers in the program. During the school year, students receive mentoring and after-school academic support. The program also uses lessons and activities designed to improve self-perceptions about academic accomplishment.

Your support this year will help deepen and extend the Calculus Project’s reach.
Currently serving 109 students in grades 7-10, the program will welcome a new cohort
of 30 incoming 7th graders this summer. If we successfully complete this match challenge,
the resulting $50,000 will support nearly half of the students in the Calculus Program for
this coming year—including the entire new 7th grade cohort.

At a cost of $1,000 per student for a full year of programming, the Calculus Project’s
success depends on a public-private partnership between the Newton Public Schools,
private foundations and corporate donors, and generous individuals like you.
Please help us meet the donor match challenge. Please Donate today!

Upcoming Programs for Teens

Teen Crafterhours,  meet on the second Monday of every month to make crafts and eat snacks. This month will be making bullet journals! Grades 7-12.
April 10th, 6:30 pm, second floor Teen Area

Black Out Poetry, take creativity to a whole new level with Blackout Poetry by using words on the page of a book or newspaper to create one-of-a-kind works of art. All you need is
your imagination. The rest will be provided. Learn more about the art of Blackout Poetry by visiting For ages 13 and up. Register online.
April 13th, 7:00 pm, second floor Computer Center

Get Hooked on Crochet & Knitting, join on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 3:30-5 pm. They have crochet hooks, knitting needles, yarn and the know-how to teach the basics of crocheting and knitting. Come learn how to knit and crochet or just hang out and work on a project! Refreshments will be served. Open to ages 10-18. Register online.

Tween Crafternoons,  meet on the second Tuesday of every month to make crafts and eat snacks. This month: slime! Grades 5-7.
April 11, 3:30 pm, second floor Teen Area

Newton Heartbreak Hill Road Race & Walk

The snow has almost gone, and it’s time to start dusting off those running (or walking) shoes! The 25th annual Heartbreak Hill Road Race and Family Walk is a perfect way to shake off some of that cabin fever! Just one mile, up and down famed Heartbreak Hill!

Every runner receives an official digital-clock time, a race medallion, goody bag and a free ticket to the pre-race pasta party at Newton City Hall on Friday, April 14th. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd place runners in each category win a trophy!

The first 500 registrants receive a free t-shirt. Everyone receives cheers and admiration from the crowd! There are fun free activities for kids organized by the Lasell College Special Events students.

Not a runner? Everyone can walk the course at 11:30 am. Register at $10 child/$12 adult.

Spring and summer etiquette classes

Etiquette classes for Grades 2-12 cover topics such as improving social and communication skills, projecting confidence, combating shyness, strengthening self-esteem and leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, understanding social cues, basic manners, table manners, and more. Now enrolling for spring and summer classes in Brookline!

The spring session begins on April 24th and the summer session begins on June 26th! Enroll before it’s too late at or call 617-608-3920.

Research on depression and anxiety in adolescents

Genesis Vergara, a research assistant with the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Lab at McLean Hospital,  is involved in conducting a research study to improve the understanding of mental illness in youth.

At present, they are recruiting adolescents aged 14-15 years with depression or anxiety to participate in research designed to better understand brain connections and mental illness.  Adolescent participants will be administered a clinical interview and self-report questionnaires, and eligible participants also will receive an MRI brain scan.

Please find attached a letter from the director of this lab, Dr. Randy Auerbach, detailing the study further: Letter.  If you have any questions, please contact Genesis at 617-855-4290 or