Community Notes

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Drive for Five for the Newton Community Freedge


Tanglewood Marionettes performs The Dragon King

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

Newton Women in STEM Fair

Beginner Class in Japanese Language and Culture

Are you an elementary or middle school student interested in learning more about Japanese language and culture?  If so, this weekly online offering by Boston Sakura Kids is just for you!  This 8-week beginner class will teach you about the Japanese writing system, words and phrases, pop culture, traditional Japanese culture, and whatever else you’re interested in. This program is stress free, cost free, and open to middle school and elementary school students!

Weekly, starting March 3, 2023 | Fridays 7-8pm | On Zoom.  If you are interested, please fill out the form available at

Newton Youth Lacrosse

Learn to play North America’s oldest team sport and the fastest game on two feet!  Newton Youth Lacrosse 2023 season registration is now open for boys in 1st through 8th grades, and beginners of any age are welcome!

NYL is dedicated to providing Newton boys and their families with a community-based developmental lacrosse program.  Boys will have an opportunity to learn the game of lacrosse while being placed on evenly balanced teams to play against neighboring towns – we focus on equal playing time for all, and emphasize learning, mentorship, sportsmanship, and above all, fun!  We welcome NEW players at any age or grade (we typically have many new middle school players each year). Financial aid is available for qualifying families.

Practices start in March and end in June, and games are played on Sundays starting in April.  Learn more about the program here: and register at

Please contact Jason Boggs with any questions about the program or to be connected with a current NYL parent:

Little League Registration

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 18th to ensure your child’s space.
Click here to register. Questions? Contact the league by Email or check out our Website.

Time for Partners

Newton Cultural Development’s music and art program, Time for Partners, is in full swing Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at City Hall. Toddlers make art, music, and friends, together with their adult partners. The winter/spring session is open for registration now; for more information or to register, click here.

Newton Girls Softball

Registration for Spring Rec 2023 Softball is open! Sign up your player(s) in the appropriate grade level division HERE. Sign up now and check it off your to-do list! For any questions, please contact 

Newton’s One-to-One Program

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “big brother/sister program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for almost 50 years.  If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can commit 2 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May – you should contact us. 

Here is a link to the program information and application:

For questions or more information, please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at or 617-315-8733

Support Newton Kids

The Department of Children and Families is seeking to keep Newton children in their schools and communities. We want to ensure that when DCF assumes care and custody of a child, that child is able to remain in their school, with their friends and the adults that support them. In order to accomplish this, DCF is looking for Newton parents who
would consider becoming a short-term caregiver for a student in need at their child’s
Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in participating or learning more.

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.

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