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Get involved in working for connected communities and racial justice!

Calling all parents who want to get involved in working for connected school communities and racial justice!

Join FORJ – Families Organizing for Racial Justice – to learn what several Newton Public Schools are doing to bring their communities together while working to reduce racism and injustice on many levels.

After the presentations, you will have time to meet and talk with other parents at your child’s or teen’s school. This is a great opportunity to get inspired and meet people across Newton who care about racial justice and want to develop their cultural competence.

February 8th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Angier Elementary School

Please RSVP here:

To learn more, visit Want to join the mailing list to learn about future opportunities? Please email the FORJ Coordinator at and put “JOIN FORJ” in the subject. Be sure to include your name and what schools your children attend.

The next meeting on February 28th,  6:30 – 8:30 pm is “Talking to Children about Race and Racism: Why and How?” Come to learn effective ways to talk with your children about race and racism next week in Boston at the beautiful Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St. Dorchester, MA 02125. There is ample parking around this community center, but you can also carpool or take the T to Dudley Station and walk over easily.
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Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Info Session

Are you a current 10th or 11th grade girl looking for a meaningful summer experience honing your coding skills and learning new ones? If so, join this information session about the Girls Who Code (GWC) Summer Immersion Program, a free, 7-week experience for girls to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their communities and be competitive in the job market of the future.

No prior experience or participation with GWC necessary to apply for the summer program. Stipends are available based on need. Early decision applications are due Feb. 16th; all applications are due March 16th.

GWC is a national nonprofit organization leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. The information session is for current 10th and 11th graders and their adults or anyone who would like to know more about the GWC Summer Immersion Program. No registration necessary.

February 12th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

Local couple seeks 6 month rental

Working couple w/2 cars seek 3 bedroom, 1½-2bth rental for 6 months starting March 1st or April 1st in Newton, Brookline, Brighton, Chestnut Hill, W. Roxbury, JP; near T.

They are Newton homeowners with an adult daughter who seek a 6 month rental (house or apartment, furnished or unfurnished) while their house undergoes renovation, starting on March 1st or April 1st. Preferences include walking proximity to basic shopping and public transportation for downtown commute. They are non-smokers, make active use of a kitchen and their only pet is a well-behaved rabbit who spends most of her time in a cage. They will need access to 24/7 parking for two cars.

The location preferences are Newton, Brookline, Brighton, Chestnut Hill, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, but would consider other very close-by areas if they provide walking proximity to the T and/or commuter rail.

Please contact Amy and Jim at 617-861-7358 or 617-698-2252, x1.

Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools present “Reducing Anxiety in Kids”

Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools present: Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA who will speak on Reducing Anxiety in Kids.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior methods and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. Easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring will be discussed. This event is free of charge.

Bio: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide ( Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

February 28th, 7:00 pm
Newton North High School Auditorium

Do you have an instrument that you don’t need or want anymore?

Abigail Miller, twelfth grader at Newton South High School, is currently running her fifth instrument donation drive since 2012. She does this because she really enjoys playing music and hopes that she can help others get the chance to love it as much as she does.

Through a partnership with Berklee College of Music, the instruments Abby collects will be donated to local nonprofit organizations and schools who provide music education to underserved populations. Berklee’s Office of Community and Government relations oversees a donation program to donate quality computer hardware, musical instruments, and production equipment to communities in need. Examples of their partner organizations include the Boys and Girls Clubs, various Boston Public Schools, the Haley House, Girls Rock Campaign and several locations of YMCAs.

If you have instruments that you are no longer using and may like to donate, please contact her at For more information or questions, you can visit or shoot her an email. Thank you very much!

Mason-Rice Online Auction

The Mason-Rice Elementary School PTO’s annual online auction is now open for bidding! The auction will run through January 30th, with proceeds going to the Mason-Rice PTO in order to support the over 500 students at Newton’s largest elementary school.

Go to!

The auction truly has something for everyone…

  • Summer Camps! Camp Cody, WSYMCA, BC Basketball Camp, Chestnut Hill School, BSC Wellesley, Grossman, Tenacre, Fessenden, Meadowbrook, Babson…
  • Fitness classes (rock climbing, rowing, bootcamp, yoga, etc.), Life Time Athletic passes, Beaver Day School pool membership, Orangetheory Fitness passes, pilates for teens, gymnastics birthday parties…
  • Hotel Indigo overnight stay, museum passes (ICA, Peabody Essex, deCordova, etc.), theater tickets, boat tours, opera tickets, Newton Police Department tour, Wachusett ski lift tickets…
  • Gift cards to many local stores and restaurants…and SO MUCH MORE!

Let the bidding begin!

Events at Historic Newton

Ongoing through February 28th : DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL EXHIBIT

Meet notable early 20th century women from Newton’s Jewish community in Nonantum and beyond in this exhibit about how Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe adapted to life in the Boston area. The exhibit goes with a free talk, “Daughters of the Shtetl,” as part of the Newton History Series. Admission: Free

February 22nd,  7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums. Information: 617-796-1450.

February 3rd and 4th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


Tupelo Junction is a modern folk and bluegrass quartet that also dabbles in roots and country. Featuring Conor Fortin, Sarah Gordon (who grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton North High School), Whit Hall, and Corey Fein, the band plays everything from jigs to hoedowns, bringing their own style to classic folk and bluegrass songs from America’s early settlers as well as contemporary folk tunes. Their three-part harmonies and fiddle breakdowns will inspire you to laugh, cry, and maybe dance, too.

Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, and Historic Newton members. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets through or call 617-641-9142.

February 11th, 2:30 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue



Between 1882 and 1924 over one million Jewish women emigrated from Eastern Europe to America. With them they brought the rigid role of women inherent in shtetl life; their lives had been confined to the kitchen, marriage and motherhood. When these Jewish women and their daughters arrived in America, there was a clash between the patriarchal culture of Europe and the new freedoms that America offered. Historian Herb Belkin will talk about this culture clash in a lecture that describes how Jewish girls and women adapted to life in America and went on to become leaders in the labor, suffragette and feminist movements while preserving the traditions of Jewish life. Admission: Free

February 22nd, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


Drop by the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds for a special family meet and greet with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. Chat with the Mayor, and also visit our museum exhibits (we’re offering free admission during this time) to meet the three families who lived in the home. A Historic Newton educator will lead a drop-in family activity to explore the places and spaces a city needs, then design your own Newton! Look at genuine atlases to understand how Newton has changed over time, play a sorting game, and draw your own plans for Newton’s development. Admission: Free.  Information: 617-796-1450

February 23rd, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

The public is invited to attend a citywide celebration of Dr. King’s legacy at the 50th Annual City of Newton Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, former Mayor Setti Warren, and School Superintendent David Fleishman will be honored guests at the event which this year is being hosted by Pastor Sean Witty of the Frist Baptist Church of Newton. There will be student performances by The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, Newton All City Treble Singers, Newton All City Troubadours, and Newton North Jubilee Singers, and the Myrtle Baptist Church’s The Love Tones will also perform.

Members of Rotary Club of Newton will be collecting donations of toiletries to be distributed to Newton’s Food Pantries. The event’s major community sponsor is The Village Bank.

January 15th, 9:30 am
First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street, Newton Centre

Opportunity to join the board at the Centre Street Food Pantry

The Centre Street Food Pantry board is looking for an energetic new board member with a background in marketing and advertising. We are a working board and in addition to managing programs, we ask our members to help out at pantry-related events and host work days at the pantry. We meet monthly on Tuesday evenings. If you are interested in being part of this fun and meaningful non-profit board, please send a resume and letter of introduction to