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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.

EveryBody Sign: ASL Classes for All!

EveryBody Signs will offer three classes this fall. Their mission is to teach language to help build a bridge between the Deaf and hearing communities. For details, please email everybodysigns@gmail.com

Mondays 5:45 – 6:45 pm teen/adult class, 6:45 – 7:45 pm children’s class, Sundays 10:00 – 11:00 am younger children and family class.
Auburndale Community Library

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

PSAT Bootcamp

High school students preparing for the PSAT and SAT are invited to attend a PSAT Bootcamp being offered by expert tutors and Newton parents, college math professor Neil Hatem and ELA/SAT teacher Erin Giesser. During these sessions, students will receive strategies for taking the Reading, Writing and Math sections of this timed test. Students will build skills and increase confidence so that they enter take tests with knowledge and self-assurance.

Sessions are offered September 22nd, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 6th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and October 14th, 4:00 – 7:00 pm in Auburndale. Fee is $150/session. Classes limited to 15 students. Students make take one or several sessions. Please contact Erin at egiesser@gmail.com for more information or to register.

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.

A great music school in Newton Highlands!

Now that fall is underway a lot of students are trying instruments for the first time. It can be a tricky process but the amazing faculty at The Conservatory at Highlands is here to help! Their teachers are experienced, patient, kind and supportive and have many years of experience helping students turn those “squeeks” and “squacks” into the sweet sounds of Hot Cross Buns, Star Wars and beyond.

Try learning an instrument along with your child in our parent/student lessons. It is an amazing and educational activity for the family. They help musicians of any age and offer guitar, bass, drums and rock bands as well as classical strings and piano and voice!

Trumpets, trombones, saxophones, flutes and clarinet players? They have the best, most patient and inspiring teachers. If you’re already experienced, their pros can help take you to the next level of playing.

Music helps students build their identity and learn a gift of a lifetime. For miore info, visit www.highlandsconservatory.com,  Sign Up Here (no commitment necessary) or call/or text  617-903-0944 or e-mail info@highlandsconservatory.com

The Conservatory offers music lessons on many instruments, including: piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, baritone, oboe, ukulele, and even harmonica! Sign up for rock bands, which meet weekly; or record in our state-of-the-art recording studio with audio production lessons and more!

The Conservatory at Highlands is locally owned and operated and offers a 21st-century music education that is equally inclusive and challenging taught by the best musicians in Boston and Greater Boston. “Cultivating Musicianship Through Community” The Conservatory is your community music school, where we can all learn and develop the craft of music together. Stop in and check it out at 51 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands.

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