Is there someone in your life that struggles with clutter?

Join the Health and Human Services Department for a presentation by experts Bec Belofsky Shuer and Lee Shuer of Mutual Support Consulting. The presentation will include personal insights and tools to help people create a less cluttered life. RSVP (requested, not required: www.surveymonkey.com/r/thestuff).

April 28th, 10:00 – 11:30 am
City Hall War Memorial Auditorium
Newton City Hall

Never Worry Alone

Please join Newton Cares at their spring event, ‘Never Worry Alone’. Come listen to a panel of local mental health experts discuss the issues and challenges that can arise for our loved ones at any time across the lifespan. The emphasis will be placed on recognizing when and how to get help. Resource tables staffed by local mental health organizations will share information with attendees.

RSVP (requested, not required): surveymonkey.com/r/NeverWorryAlone For questions, please email newtoncares@newtonma.gov

May 7th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
345 Walnut St., Newtonville

Get Started Coding

CodeCampKidz is offering 3+ hours of free coding instruction as part of a “Get Started Coding” initiative. Your students are cordially invited to participate.

These are online coding classes with live instructors that the students can attend when their schedules allow. It will take 2 – 3 sessions to complete the projects, learn how the internet works and develop their first basic pages with HTML & CSS. It’s a fun and achievable experience designed to get students interested in coding and build confidence at the same time. If they prefer they can just dive right in and start as a guest. No personal information is required to participate.

Check out the great work they’re doing teaching kids to code: facebook.com/codecampkidz

Here’s a link to the program information and how students can participate: Program and registration information.

Be Zen Through the Chaos: A CPS & Mindfulness Workshop

Do you get emotionally hijacked when your child is disrespectful or pushes your buttons? Do you find yourself too angry or upset to use your parenting skills? This workshop will give you an overview of the life-changing Collaborative Problem Solving parenting approach and specific mindfulness practices to enhance your self-regulation and coping skills in those frustrating moments.

Register at http://www.betheparentboston.com/workshops.html

May 19th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Brookline

Newton Kids PMC Ride

The Newton Kids PMC Ride is back and better than ever! Get your bike ready to roll for this fantastic event. Rider and volunteer check-in begins at 8:00 am. Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue in Newton as many times as they can from 9:00 – 10:00 am. The 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course.

Be sure to stick around for the POST-RIDE PARTY starting at 10:00 am. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more. This is a great way to get kids involved in raising money for an amazing cause. All proceeds go towards cancer research and patient support at the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber.

May 20th, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Click here to register: http://www.kids.pmc.org/newton.aspx

Too old to ride but want to support the event? Please VOLUNTEER:
http://www.kids.pmc.org/newton/register-to-volunteer.aspx

From Conflict to Collaboration

A Parenting Framework That Brings Out The Best in You and Your Child

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting and imposing consequences in reaction to challenging behavior? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in both you and your child.

The Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach gives parents concrete tools to relate better to their kids, reduce challenging behavior, and build their kids’ skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving. See BeTheParentBoston.com/services to register for an upcoming morning or evening CPS workshop in Newton, Brookline or Natick that starts in May or for private coaching in CPS.

Jewish Middle School Program

Are you looking for excellent after-school care combined with fun Hebrew and Jewish learning?​​ Kesher Newton is the place for you!​

​​Kesher Newton, a pluralistic Jewish community that is welcoming to all, is rebooting its middle school program to provide excellent experiential education in Jewish History, Culture, Ethics and Modern Hebrew in a joyful, “camp-like” atmosphere for grades 6-8.

Come and experience the difference in Jewish education Kesher has to offer!

Kesher Newton Middles School program will run on Tuesday afternoons throughout the school year. Contact Ilana@keshernewton.org to learn more!

Let’s get our kids outside!!! Parents volunteers wanted

Laps at Lunch will come back after the break! This is a great program designed to give students a daily opportunity to get outside for movement and fresh air. It allows students to walk laps around the inside perimeter of Burr Park once they’re done with their lunches in the cafeteria. Would you like to help? If interested please contact Mary Fitzgerald (physical education teacher) at: Mary_Fitzgerald@newton.k12.ma.us. More about the program here.

Last Day of School: June 22nd

On April 9th, the School Committee voted the last day of school. It will be Friday, June 22nd. It is an early release day (South 10:50 a.m., North 11:00, Middle Schools 11:30 a.m., Elementary 12:00 p.m.) Want a preview of the ’18-’19 calendar? Find it here: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2#calendar1/20180412/month

You can subscribe to the School Committee Mailing List at the bottom of the School Committee homepage.

Parent Forum: Transgender Youth and Gender Identity 

April 12th, 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Newton North High School, Little Theater

Do you wonder how to understand and support transgender and/or gender non-conforming youth in our community? Catie Curtis, Program Manager from Greater Boston PFLAG, will kick-off this workshop by discussing the terrain of terminology used to describe the spectrum of gender identities and the challenges faced by transgender people. Next, a panel of transgender individuals and family members of gender-nonconforming youth will share their journeys, the struggles they have faced, the ways their families have been strengthened and the types of support they have found to be most helpful. The panel discussion will conclude with a Q & A with an opportunity to ask questions, clarify common misperceptions, and to reflect on how we can be better allies without judgement or alienation. All are welcome!