Category Archives: Community Notes

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

Provide feedback to NPS Food Service program

Sodexo is looking for parent feedback about their food services. This survey is a great way for them to get feedback from us. Please note that there is both a parent survey and a student survey (middle and high school students only.)

The survey is open for the month of October. Survey results and a proposed plan of action to improve service will be shared in late fall/early winter

Parent survey link: Parent survey
Student (middle and high school) survey link: Survey

Soccer/yoga program for girls

Soccer on the Mat ™, the innovative soccer/yoga program for girls ages 10 to 14 and created by Alison Foley, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Boston College, is now registering for their late fall session at Artemis Yoga in Watertown.

Registration link – click here
November to January,  4:00 – 5:30 pm, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons
One Class per week: $200.00

If you would like to learn more about Soccer on the Mat or read about it in the Boston Globe, please visit

Newton Family & Friends Ski Trip

Randy Friedman, father of two boys in the Newton schools and Director of Ski & Travel,  recently started Seven Travel LLC for the purpose of creating community by planning and participating in family ski trips.

The next trip is December 8th – 10th to Sugarloaf, ME. SIGN UP BY NOVEMBER 3!

For all of the details, please visit or contact Randy by email Randy at or phone at 617-970-3079.

Newton Harvest Fair

The 42nd annual Harvest Fair is a two day event on the Newton Center Green. Admission is free.

Kiddie amusement rides and face painting are on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. On Sunday come to the Craft Show, Green Expo, Free Pumpkin Decorating and fabulous entertainment.

This year, there are two entertainment stages! The dance stage on Langley Road will feature performances by Giroux Brothers, Joanne Langione Dance Studio, Suzuki School of Newton, Creative Steps Dance Studio, DEAFinitely and Dance’n Feet. The band stage is located at the Beacon Street end of the Newton Center parking lot, and showcases seven terrific local bands: Delmore; The Conservatory at Highlands; Big Chief; YMCA Center for Creative Arts; Loose Change; Atoms & Energy and Tommy and the Cables.

The favorites at Harvest Fair on Sunday are still there…free pumpkin decorating sponsored by Wegman’s, kiddie amusement rides, the 150 different craft and business booths selling everything from hand-made beautiful jewelry, clothing to imaginative gifts, and the Green Expo, sponsored by Green Newton, with exhibitors offering solutions for reducing your carbon footprint. As always, gotta have great food and they do!

Visit or call 617-796-1540 for more information.

October 14th and 15th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Children’s book author signing

Miss Ghantous, one of the music teacher at Countryside and Memorial Spaulding, has self published her first children’s book Merlantis under the artist name Music Mermaid. Meet Music Mermaid, creator of the new book “Merlantis”, a modern version of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale “The Little Mermaid,” at her book signing.

Music Mermaid will be reading her book, singing her songs and signing books. Dress up like a Prince or Princess, Merfolk, one of your favorite sea creatures, or just come as you are! All welcome!

October 14th,  2:00 – 3:00 pm
Blue Bunny book store, Dedham Center

Candidate Showcases and a Ballot Issue Debate

Newton’s four Neighborhood Area Councils, Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls,
Newtonville and Waban, will present two Candidate Showcases and a Ballot Issue Debate

  • The first event will be a moderated one-hour discussion between Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon, candidates for Newton’s next mayor. This session will be moderated by Marjorie Arons-Barron, Waban resident, and distinguished print and broadcast journalist.
  • The second event will showcase School Committee candidates in contested citywide races. This session, also to be moderated by Marjorie Arons-Barron, is planned to last about an hour, and will showcase the eight candidates running competitively from four city wards. All Newton voters will be able to choose among and vote for these aspirants to the School Committee.
  • The third event, scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm, is a formal debate on the question voters will face on the ballot, whether to accept or reject a proposed revision of the Newton City Charter. The debate will include leaders of the proponents and opponents of the charter.  This session will be moderated by John Katsulas, Director of the Boston College Fulton Debate Society.

October 22nd, beginning at 1:00 pm
Angier School, 1697 Beacon Street, Waban

Rockin’ Kids’ Halloween Party!

The Newton Mothers’ Forum is pleased to invite you to a Rockin’ Kids’ Halloween Party! Featuring The Stacey Peasley Band, plus kids crafts, professional face painting and balloon animals – this party is sure to delight even the most discerning ghosts and goblins. Kid-friendly snacks and coffee for the grown ups.
For kids 7 and under (costumes optional) and their parents or caregivers. FREE for NMF members and $20.00 per family (cash only) for non-members. All proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Newton.
For questions, please email

October 22nd, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
The Boys and Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street – plenty of overflow parking around the corner at Horace Mann and along Ablemarle Street.

For more information about the Newton Mothers’ Forum go to

Preschool Fair

The Newton Health and Human Services Department is hosting a FREE Preschool Fair. Representatives from Newton preschools will be there to talk about their programs and provide more information. There will be games and activities for kids to enjoy.

There will be resources for parents including a Newton Preschool Guide, Financial Aid tips, and more! For more information visit or check put this flyer: Preschool Fair

October 28th, 10:00 am – 12:oo pm
Newton South High School Cafeteria