Community Notes

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Newton North STEMentors

The Newton North STEMentors are hosting 6 sessions this Winter, starting on December 8th. There are 5 drop-in classes for K-3, 4-6, Girls in STEM, and STEAM. For all drop-in classes, parents will receive a Zoom link and a list of needed materials in advance. Classes are hands-on and station-based. All materials are likely ones students already have at home, such as water, pennies, cups, markers, etc. On January, 13th, we will also be hosting Dr. Ken Lutchen, Dean of Engineering at BU, to talk about his experience as a biomedical engineer. For more information and to sign up, visit the website.

“Coats for Kids”

Due to COVID-19, more kids now than ever are being left without warm clothes and winter essentials such as coats, hats and gloves.  We decided to make a Cradles to Crayons project and we appreciate any children’s winter clothes that you can donate.  Thank you.  Hannah Namini and Makaela Weldon, Bowen alumni.

How to Donate:
-Gather any kid’s winter clothes you have available (new or gently used, no infant clothes)
-Drop off your donations at clothing boxes found at 10 Stiles Terrace or 194 Winslow Road until December 4.  We will also have 4 pickup days.  Email to request a pickup.
-Upon donating, write your name down on the clipboard available in order to enter a raffle for a sweet surprise.  Pickup donations will be entered to win too.

ASA Hoops Now Offering Virtual Training

ASA Hoops is now offering virtual training 4 days per week:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Training is for boys and girls ages 7-14, prices just $10 per session – this is a great way to stay fit and active during this time.  To register please visit: – any questions please email:

Girls Connecting Seeks Middle School & Elementary Level Mentees

I am a junior at Newton North and the Founder of Girls Connecting. Our growing team of volunteers connects by video chat each week to support their younger counterparts. They are 10th grade to college age girls from across the US. In the time of a pandemic which isolates us all, we saw the need for a way to connect emotionally across our community and to make girls feel supported and nurtured. We focus on supporting our community from the high school to college level of mentors through the middle school & elementary level of mentees. The goal is to build a support system for girls in this uncertain time. Contact Alix de Saint-Aignan with any questions or sign up on their website:

2020 Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher

Over these past weeks, many parents have developed a deep appreciation for the job that our teachers do each day. If you are looking for a way to express that appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week or after, here is a way to say thank you.

By donating to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program in the name of one or more of your children’s teachers, you can show your appreciation for them AND support your children’s schools. NSF will notify each teacher honored of your gift and share their names with Principals and the Superintendent. A list of honored teachers will appear on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB.

Your tax-deductible donation will go towards funding NSF grants for promising educational initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in opportunity and achievement.  In furtherance of those goals, in recent weeks NSF directed its resources toward the challenges of COVID-19 with a $85,500 grant for the Newton Public Schools to purchase 300 Chromebooks for students needing access to online learning during school closures. 

It’s easy to donate online, or  you can mail your donation  to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring. 

To find out more about the programs NSF funds, visit our website at (

Girl Scouts of Eastern MA Offer Free Online Programming

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts has lots of online programs available—all are free and do not require a Girl Scout membership. A program that I’m especially excited about is our Daisy meet ups series on Saturday mornings at 9:30. This weekly meeting is geared toward preschool and kindergarten girls, and is run just like a regular Girl Scout meeting. Families interested in joining for a meeting can register here. Participants will receive an email with information about materials and how to log into the meeting.

Girl Scouts is for every girl, and that’s why we embrace girls of all abilities and backgrounds, backed by our strong philosophy of inclusion.  If you are looking for social connection for your girl, check out all of our virtual and at-home programming for all grade levels at Below is an email we received last week about the impact of these meetups.

“I wanted to thank you for this Daisy meeting. It has been invaluable to my daughter to have some sort of social contact with peers during this time. She has an autism spectrum diagnosis, and our school system hasn’t introduced any interactive components to keep up her social skills at this point. These meetings have been VITAL to keeping her at least somewhat connected to children in her age range.  She is VERY excited to become a daisy once the social distancing guidelines are eased, so these meetings have definitely created a future Girl Scout.  We will see you next Saturday!”

Free Programs From the Boys & Girls Club of Newton

Did you know that the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton is offering fifteen virtual programs completely free of charge to all Newton kids in grades kindergarten through twelve? Sign up is quick and easy and can be achieved at
Here are this week’s featured programs. is a digital platform where kids can participate in some of the best activities the web has to offer when it comes to STEM, leadership and the arts. Weekly suggested activities arrive via Facebook and email and participants explore as desired. Anyone who registers and lists the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club as their host organization are entered into a raffle to earn a $100 Visa Gift Card. Story Time on Mondays and Fridays at 2:00 PM is a perfect way for parents to earn themselves a short reprieve form providing 24 hour quarantine care. sessions hosted by members of the Club’s staff and volunteers feature classic tales suitable for kids in grades K-2, and younger! Elementary School girls are invited to take part in Chat Attack, a free girls empowerment group hosted on on Fridays at 3:30 PM.   Kids can stay in touch with their friends and caring adult mentors as they explore a prearranged activity set designed to build self-esteem and to bring out the “superpowers” that we all possess. Riddle Me This offers a weekly brain challenge posted on Thursdays at 1:00 PM on Facebook. It is sure to keep everyone guessing and extra points are awarded for fast thinking.
Contact: David Sellers 617 957-5497

Nature Exploration Virtual Nature Classes for Ages 3 to 7

Looking for a way to engage your young explorer at home and outdoors?

Sign up for a virtual PUDDLESTOMPERS Nature Exploration class! Each weekly class consists of a pre-recorded lesson with three fabulous naturalists teachers who will lead the children through a virtual circle time about a springtime topic. Then head outside for an interactive outdoor experience where the children can follow along, either with the video or in their own explorations. Afterwards, one of the teachers will read a story based on a springtime topic.

Every participant will get:
* a STEM activity sheet
* an outdoor activity or scavenger hunt
* a handout to extend the learning into the home
* a coloring sheet

Topics so far include “Signs of Spring,” “Birds:Nesting,” “Soil,” and “Seed Growth.” Up next:”Worms!” The beauty of these classes is that they are pre-recorded and can be watched at any time! Price: $15.00 per lesson.

Additional details are available at or As always, your teachers are here for you! If you have any questions, email and a teacher naturalist will be in touch!

Virtual Music Lessons

I am writing as a local, Boston-based (for 9+ years) professional musician and experienced teacher offering Zoom private lessons in Bass (upright, electric), Voice, Ukulele, and Song Writing. Specializing in American Folk Music, Jazz, Orchestral, Pop, Children’s Music, all kinds of fun!! I realize online learning has been a challenge for many families, and have been encouraged to hear from students and parents that music is still going well. 

These are trying times for everyone, and would love to connect with anyone interested in more music! I can offer a 20% discount off the first lesson for referrals for Bowen and Newton Public Schools families. 

Contact Brittany Karlson

Mad Science Providing Activities in Free Daily Email

Mad Science is making an attempt to ease the stress of parents and teachers by providing our activities for FREE in a daily email. Here are the daily projects I have emailed this week: Crystal growing, Worm Farming and the Viking Barometer.
The resources students will receive are:
  • Designed with individual grade modifications for grades K-5.
  • Do not involve additional screen time.
  • Follow DOE curriculum frameworks.
  • Completely FREE.

If you would like to receive these emails, sign up here.

Steve Matthews Shooting Clinic

Steve Matthews current Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the Newton South Lions, and one of college basketball’s all-time great shooters, will run a four day shooting clinic this July 27th through July 30th, 2020.

Location: Newton South High School Field House, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton, MA 02459

Attendees will learn how to shoot with perfect form. The clinic will include all aspects of the game of basketball. There will be lectures, drills, contests, and games.

Dates: Monday, July 27th – Thursday, July 30th

Boys & Girls (Newton Residents only) entering grades 5-9 (Fall 2020)

Time: 9:00am- 1:00pm
Cost: $275 per attendee

Please complete and submit application online at:

Steve Matthews finished his college playing career fifth all-time in the history of the NCAA basketball in three point field goal percentage and three point field goals made. He made well over 100 three point field goals per season. Steve Matthews played at Northeastern University and Emerson College. In his only two seasons at Emerson College, Steve scored 1,139 points. Steve is currently the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Newton South High School. Steve has worked individually with countless grade school, middle school, high school and college basketball players on improving their basketball skills. If you want to improve your shooting ability, this is the clinic for you.

Writing Tutors Available

Does your student struggle with school writing assignments? Jane Hirschhorn and her team at JBH Tutoring can help. Jane and her tutors have more than 50 years of combined experience working with students from middle school through graduate school. They tailor their approach to make the best use of each student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and confidence and can also help with college essays.

For more information, please contact Jane at or 617-957-7208. You can learn more about Jane and her wonderful team at

What is idling and why does it matter?

You may have noticed the new Blue Zone signs at your school with the red “No Idling Per State Law” addition.  Vehicle idling is when a driver leaves a vehicle running while it is parked. Idling increases the amount of harmful emissions a vehicle produces. Vehicle emissions are more concentrated at ground level where kids are standing—and breathing.

Children breathe more air per pound of body weight than do adults. For this reason, they take in proportionately higher “doses” of any pollutants, which enter their lungs and, in some cases, bloodstream. Children are more biologically vulnerable to pollution from idling vehicles and the child with the highest exposure to pollutants may be your own; in a line of idling vehicles, pollutant levels may also be elevated inside your vehicle as well as outside.

What can you do to protect your child’s health? For parents and caregivers at arrival and dismissal, it’s simple. If you will be waiting for more than 10 seconds, turn off the engine.
Remind other drivers to do the same.

Check out the flyer No Idling.

Brought to you by Newton Safe Routes to School
For more information, email or visit

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