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Make your route to school safer

International Walk & Roll to School Day is coming up the first week of October. In preparation, Newton parents – what is it that keeps you or your children from walking or biking safely to your destination? Be part of the solution and alert the City of Newton via Newton 311.

Potholes, sidewalk repairs, traffic signal not working, faded or missing crosswalks, shrubs overtaking the sidewalk. Snap a photo to include if you can, note the location, and submit to Newton 311 at  https://newtonma.mycusthelp.com/webapp  You can also call 311 from your landline, 617-796-100 from cell to report problems.

Make Newton safer for everyone! Brought to you by the Newton Safe Routes to School Task Force. To learn more visit https://www.facebook.com/NewtonSafeRoutes or email newtonsaferoutes@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed for Halloween Window Painting Contest

Beside trick-or-treating, the next best thing about Halloween in Newton is our beloved Halloween Window Painting Contest for 3rd – 8th graders, which this year is enjoying its 20th Anniversary!

The Cultural Development Office very much needs volunteers to tape up the orange assignment sheets to the village store windows on October 24th or October 25th. With hundreds of students signed up every year to paint in six villages, your help is needed to keep this wonderful community event going strong.

Please give two hours of your time, email Lori Lass at llass@newtonma.gov or call 617-796-1540.

Story Starters

Story Starters is an eight-month program that supports families to become more brave talking about race and skin color. It is a local Newton-based program for 3-5 year-old kiddos in the Newton area. It’s designed to be accessible for families who are just starting to talk about race with their kids. The program helps families of all races practice day-to-day family conversations and actions toward racial justice and equity.
Program participants receive:

  • 8 books featuring a racially diverse range of protagonists (one book a month)
  • Conversation guides for parents
  • Books lists to support further exploration and conversation
  • Additional parent resources on how to start and deepen family race conversations
  • Invitations to three family events and two parent events to build skills and foster community
  • Registration ends on September 23rd, so register today!

If you have questions about the program please contact Ellie Axe at ellie@story-starters.org. To learn more about the program visit https://www.story-starters.org/program-details.

Register here www.story-starters.org/registration-payment Participation includes suggested donation, with full and partial scholarships available.

FREE Family Art Drop-In

Drop in – everyone makes art! Visit the New Art Center for an exciting free program for children with their parents, grandparents, or guardians. Explore two art-maker spaces; different projects each time!

This is a work-together program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more at https://newartcenter.org/free-family-art-drop-in-2019/ or call 617-964-3424.

Theme: Animal Creations
October 6th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, FREE! Drop In Anytime

Theme: Tremendous Trees
November 17th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, FREE! Drop In Anytime

New Art Center in Newton
61 Washington Park, Newton

Looking for a volunteer community service opportunity?

Volunteer at the Centre Street Food Pantry!

• Their mission is to provide consistent access to nutritious food to over
300 families per month in a dignified and sensitive environment.
• They serve families from Newton, Brookline, Brighton, Watertown,
Waltham, Needham, Wellesley, & West Roxbury.
• Times for volunteering include three Monday mornings/month, 8:00 –
9:30 am; various shifts every Tuesday, between 12:00 – 8:00 pm; and 1st Saturdays of
the month, 11:00 am – 2:00  pm.
• Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to volunteer. Volunteers 12-15 years old must be
accompanied by a parent or guardian while at the pantry. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to help clients shop, but there are lots of other tasks at the pantry.
• A short one-time training is required to volunteer. Please go to this webpage to register:
https://www.centrestfoodpantry.org/get-involved-2
• For more information, contact Volunteer@centrestfoodpantry.org

Newton FORJ Book Group

The Newton FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) Book Group will meet 6:30-8:30 pm. Between now and the end of the year, the books will be:

September 24th,  Oak Hill Middle School library
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

October 24th, Oak Hill Middle School library
Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

November 18th, Brown Middle School library
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

December 16th, Brown Middle School library
Nonfiction choice: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates or
YA choice: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dirga at jenniferdirga@gmail.com. There will be no childcare available at these events.

Job Opportunity at the After School Language Program

Spanish / French / Chinese speaking persons wanted for NCE/IES After School Language Program

  •  Candidate must be fluent in the language they teach.
  • This position does not require Teaching Certificate. Training and materials will be provided. Classes are for 1 hour at different schools on different days.
  • Lessons are taught with games , skits , songs and rhymes.
  • Candidate must have a car.
  • Compensation is minimum of $30 per class.

If you are interested in teaching or substituting please contact Joanna Hooley at mjjehooley@gmail.com or 617-325-0040.

Learn about a proposed health regulation at the Public Listening session


A public health regulation is proposed to restrict sales of electronic cigarettes to adult-only (21+) stores. A public listening session regarding this draft regulation will be held in early October. Learn more here: www.tinyurl.com/NewtonEcigs

October 3rd, 7:00 – 9:000 pm
City Council Chambers, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter

NewtonSTEM.org publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers.

Sign up for the weekly email here http://newtonstem.org/email-list/, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Now in its ninth year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton.

For more information — or to submit announcements — email info@newtonstem.org.

Free webinar about navigating insurance for mental health treatments

Families for Depression Awareness is releasing their free “What Families Need to Know About Mental Health and Insurance” webinar  In this webinar, you’ll learn ways to help your loved one navigate insurance and pay for mental health treatment. Family caregivers and expert presenters will discuss important considerations for choosing a health insurance plan, ways to overcome insurers’ barriers to care like prior authorization and inadequate networks, and what is need to appeal insurance decisions.

This program is designed for family caregivers and adults concerned about paying for a loved one’s treatment. Please share this email with anyone who may find the information helpful. Register today to receive the recorded webinar to be released October 23rd, 12:00 pm. After the webinar, complete an online evaluation to receive a copy of the “Coping with Stress” brochure!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Arielle Cohen at 781-890-0220 or
ari@familyaware.org if you have any questions about this upcoming program.