Category Archives: From the PTO

Tanglewood Marionettes Perform The Dragon King, Thursday, February 24th

The Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally-touring marionette company whose unique productions have been seen by hundreds of thousands of children and families across the country. Newton Cultural Development is proud to present their show, The Dragon King, at 11am and 1pm on Thursday, February 24 (February vacation week).

In this show, a terrible drought has overtaken the land, the world has turned brown and lifeless, and the people are beginning to wonder why The Dragon King, ruler over all things water, has not delivered life-giving rains in a very long time. An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, The Dragon King tells the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above. 

Don’t miss the beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, colorful sets, and fully immersive theatrical experience for all ages. Advanced ticket purchase is required.

More information and ticket sales can be found on this page. These shows always sell out, so order your tickets today. If you need scholarship assistance, email

Impact of Override on Newton Public Schools

On Monday, January 23rd, Interim Newton Public School (NPS) Superintendent Kathy Smith and Assistant Superintendent/Chief Financial & Administrative Officer Liam Hurley presented a Budget Preview for the 2023-24 school year to the School Committee. The presentation described the impact of $4.5 million that would be provided by the March 14th Override and included two budget scenarios: one if the Override passes and one if the Override fails.

You can review the power point presentation here and can watch the School Committee presentation from Monday on NewTV here. (The budget presentation begins at the 38 minute mark.)

Do you have questions about the Override?

There will be a Virtual Town Hall meeting about the March 14 Override this Thursday, January 26, starting at 7:00 p.m. 

Join the zoom meeting at

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Winter Clothing Drive: Now through January 31st

As the weather turns cold, the Newton Food Pantry Teen Ambassador Program is collecting winter gear to distribute to Newton Food Pantry clients! Spread some love this winter and drop off new or gently used winter hats, mittens, gloves, snow pants, jackets, and socks (new only) in sizes from kids to adults.

Donations can be dropped off at Bigelow from now until Tuesday, January 31st. The collection bin is blue and right in front of the Bigelow front office.

Winter Walk, Ride & Roll: Wednesday, February 1st

Show your New England spirit by walking, biking, rolling, or taking the bus in the winter! Join students across Massachusetts in celebrating Winter Walk, Ride & Roll Day on Wednesday, February 1. Newton families, please do your part by keeping your sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Notice a problem (potholes, damaged sidewalk, faded or missing crosswalks) on your route? Be part of the solution and alert the City of Newton via Newton 311.

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Lunar New Year Celebration and Classes for Area Youth

Dear Community Partners,

Happy New Year! Included below are new events and workshops to share with your community that will spark their creativity at the New Art Center! We have holiday and vacation art programs for children and teens. Families can attend our Lunar New Year Community Cultural Day. We also have several short workshops for parents and kids to create something together! 

New Art Center offers full and partial scholarships, just fill out our Tuition Assistance Form to apply. We welcome students of all ages, skills, abilities, and levels.

Lunar New Year Community Cultural Day

January 22, 2023
Free and Open to Public

Join the New Art Center and our friends from the Korean Cultural Society of Boston for a special Lunar New Year Celebration! This Cultural Community Day celebrates the Asian Lunar New Year with art activities, decorations, and performances. Bring the whole family for a day of fun.


A non-profit community space for art.

Classes  |  Exhibitions  |  Donate Now  |  617.964.3424  |

61 Washington Park, Newton, MA 02460

Bigelow PTO Meeting with NPS Superintendent

Thank you to all who attended Tuesday’s PTO meeting and joined in the thoughtful discussion about Bigelow and our school district.

From left to right: Newton Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Smith, School Committee Members Kathleen Shields and Cove Johnstone Davis, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, Bigelow Principal Chassity Coston

Newton’s 55th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration

The City of Newton will host the 55th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. at Newton North High School.

If you would like to attend (young children are welcome), please register in advance following this link: Registration for Martin Luther King Day Celebration

In honor of the celebration, the City of Newton is hosting a food drive to benefit the Newton Food Pantry, Newton Centre Food Pantry, and the Arabic Baptist Food Pantry. Locations for food donations include:

  • Village Bank Locations *
  • Scandinavian Living Center
  • Newton City Hall (please note: City Hall is closed on Saturdays)
  • Newton Police Headquarters
  • Newton Free Library

*Village Bank Locations ONLY until noon on 1/14/23.

Find out more details about the celebration to honor the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. at: 55th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration