Author Archives: Newton PTO Council

Repurpose Your Unwanted Home Goods

Do you have gently used or new household items doing you no good?  Please consider donating blenders, toasters, queen and king bedding, pots, pans, dishes, cooking utensils, silverware, towels and other basic household necessities.  Welcome Home in Newton Centre collects home goods and redistributes them, at no cost, to people who need them.  Please be sure your items are clean and not rusty, torn, stained, chipped or broken before donation.


Please contact us to schedule a dropoff appointment or make a request for items at www.welcomehomemass.org.

Invitation to Joint FORJ Event (NNHS & NSHS): Building School Community Through Affinity Spaces

Building school community through affinity spacesNewton North and Newton South’s Families Organizing for racial Justice (FORJ) chapters are hosting a joint event to discuss how we are building school community through affinity groups on Thursday, January 27 at 7-8.30pm. Students, teachers and administrators will be discussing the history of affinity groups, what they are (and what they are not), and how they function in our schools for various members of our community. All members of the Newton community are welcome, not just those with a connection to these high schools! Please click here to RSVP, and you will receive a Zoom link on the day of the event.

Thanks so much!
FORJ NNHS & NSHS Planning Committee

English Language Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC) Meeting – February 3rd

The English Language Parent Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

ELPAC supports ELL families districtwide and collaborates with schools and districts to improve the ELL programming. 

Meetings are held every other month. Interpreters and/or same language groups are provided with RSVP by January 31, 2022. The February 3, 2022 meeting topics are: Newton Free Library Resources & ACCESS Testing.

RSVP to the meeting here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjxQInxlKSYX_TVwVp5Dr6B4jKC0BBOqXxixNPI91VayV5pw/viewform

Once you RSVP, you will be sent a Zoom link to attend the meeting virtually.

Attached please find translated invitations. Email invitations have also been sent to ELL families from the district ELL office.

Newton Girls Softball Registration is OPEN for K-8th Grades

Newton Girls Softball Rec League registration is open for girls in kindergarten through 8th grade.  Come be part of a team! Supportive coaches teach the fundamentals of softball and help build confidence, determination, and resiliency. There is a place for girls of all ability levels. http://newtongirlssoftball.org/


Early-bird discount for sign-ups before Feb. 1. Please email info@newtongirlssoftball.org if you have any questions. 
Hope to see you in spring! 

Little League Registration Open

Newton SouthEast Little League Spring Registration Now Open

NSELL offers fun and exciting baseball programs for players in grade K through 6. Rising kindergarteners are welcome in our T-ball program. The season runs from late April through the end of the school year and the league serves players who reside or attend schools within district boundaries of Memorial-Spaulding, Mason-Rice, Bowen, Angier, Countryside and Zervas.
Register by February 4th to ensure your child’s space.

Click here to register. Questions? Contact the league by Email or check out our Website.

Adaptive Dance Program – Dance Academy in Newton

The Dance Academy in Newton has recently launched an amazing new adaptive dance program for kids with developmental delays, ASD, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other learning disabilities. We have a class for ages 1.5-5 and a class for ages 6-10 starting this January! Attached is a flyer about the program and there is more info on our websitehere. Contact holly@siagel.com to learn more.

Accepting Pre-K Applications for 2022-23 School Year – Newton Early Childhood Program

Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP) is now accepting applications for students for the 2022-23 school year. NECP will be moving to its new location at 687 Watertown St. midway through next year. The fully renovated building will be completely customized for NPS’ littlest learners! If you have a preschool-age child and would like to learn more about enrolling in this fantastic program in an amazing new space, please visit the application process section of the NECP website at: www.newton.k12.ma.us/NECP.

2021 Pumpkin Smash

Green your Halloween at Newton’s annual Pumpkin Smash on November 6 from 1pm-4pm at City Hall War Memorial. Pre-registration is encouraged, otherwise onsite registration will be available. RSVP and share this event.

What will you do with your pumpkin after Halloween? You could put it in with your yard waste, but how much more fun would it be to smash it? This family friendly event will be focused on options to manage food/organic waste in Newton. All smashed pumpkins will be composted by Black Earth Composting. When you compost your pumpkin, you are reducing waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating a valuable amendment for our soils. It’s going to be a smashing time!

Remember to:

  • Make sure you remove any candles or decorations from your pumpkin (paint is okay)
  • Bring unwanted candy to be donated to our troops
  • Bring old unwanted costumes and maybe find next year’s at the Costume Swap