Save the date: Bring your teen to the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo on Tuesday, January 8, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

The Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo is the place to be for parents/guardians and their teens on Tuesday, January 8, 5:00-7:30 p.m. The expo is a free, fun gathering of many non-profit organizations that support teens and families in Newton and provide educational and prevention information and constructive activities.

Donations to Ed Ex fundraising campaign will be matched up to $15,000!

An altruistic Newton North family has offered to match donations up to $15,000 to this year’s Educational Excellence fundraising campaign, focused on purchasing equipment for science classrooms and laboratories this year. Please be inspired by this generous gesture and double the impact of your donation. Your $25 will become $50, $100 will become $200, and $500 will become $1000. Thank you for your support!

PTSO funds provide fast computer so art teacher can better assist students

Art teacher Shannon Slattery noticed this fall that too much of the time she allotted to helping students assemble digital portfolios for their college applications was being wasted while she watched her 10-year-old computer "beachball." She approached the PTSO for help, and the PTSO board approved $1300 for the purchase of a new computer. Tech specialist Phil Golando determined what computer would be best, placed the order, and set up the new computer.

West Suburban Y to offer January program for teen girls on healthy body image

Beginning in January, the West Suburban YMCA in Newton Corner will offer a free program for high school girls called “The Body Project.” The Y is partnering with MEDA (Multi-service Eating Disorders Association) to offer a six-week program that provides a forum for girls to confront unrealistic beauty ideals and engage them in the development of a healthy body image through verbal, written and behavioral exercises. The meetings are to be held Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Newton food pantries seek donations and sorting help this month

Help our neighbors facing food insecurity and donate to the Newton Food Drive, which is collecting donations now through December 27 at City Hall and at more than 30 other locations across Newton. The city’s four food pantries provide meals for more than 1,800 people each month, and they need help to keep up with the growing need right here in Newton. The pantries are asking for breakfast foods, including cereal, granola, oatmeal, energy and granola bars, non-perishable milk boxes (not juice), coffee, tea, and peanut butter.

PTSO supports teachers and staff with food, funds

The Newton North PTSO shows appreciation for hard-working teachers and staff throughout the year. In addition to hosting two annual Teacher Appreciation events--dinner during teacher conferences and refreshments for the spring Retirement Tea--the PTSO (through its class liaisons) hosts four TGIF breakfasts during the year (one per class). PTSO funds cover a monthly ice cream break for teachers and staff, and PTSO funds enable the principal to occasionally offer a boxed lunch or light refreshments for faculty and staff gatherings.

Newton Free Library offers programs in December and for winter break

Tuesday, December 18: Teen Year-End Trivia 

6:30-8:00 p.m., Teen Area 

Here's your chance to test your knowledge about 2018!  We'll have questions on the news, pop culture, and entertainment over the past year. Make a team or come stag. Pizza and refreshments provided. There will be prizes! Grades 7-12.

Thursday, December 27: Vacation Book Club

4:00-5:00 p.m., Teen Area

LigerBots to host competition for elementary and middle school students on December 15, 9 a.m.

The LigerBots will host the Newton Championship, a FIRST LEGO League robotics competition for elementary and middle schoolers, at Newton North on Saturday, December 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to come and watch. Admission is free! About 600 Massachusetts students in grades 4-8 will compete using LEGO robots they designed, built, and programmed to perform complex tasks.

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