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.

Women of Science team takes second and sixth place in state competition

Two NNHS Women of Science teams competed successfully in the 16th annual Women of Science Scholarship Competition at Bedford High School on December 8, One team came in second place and the other, sixth, out of 38 teams from all over Massachusetts. Team members had a great time building mousetrap-powered vehicles, studying famous female astronomers and astronauts, and speaking with female science professionals during a networking lunch.

Adults try micropipetting and taste tests at Science Education at NNHS and Beyond on December 6

More than 25 parents/guardians joined the PTSO for a fun evening learning what Newton North students are doing in science class, hearing about the Science Department's need for new equipment to introduce teens to cutting-edge work in genetics, and trying out micropipettes and a taste test.

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