Mentors needed for first-generation students! Learn how you can help at the Transitioning Together Open House on November 2

Do you want to give back to the Newton North community? Have your children gone through the post-high school planning process, turning you into a veteran of college applications and more?

Your expertise is needed! Help a family inexperienced with the post-high-school planning process stay on track during junior and senior year. You are invited to attend an informational open house on Thursday, November 2, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Newton North cafeteria to learn more.

Dr. Susan Swick explores parenting skills in talk on resiliency

About 200 parents/guardians joined the Newton North PTSO for a presentation by Dr. Susan Swick on managing vulnerability and fostering resilience in teens on October 11. Special thanks to Dr. Swick for a great session and to all those who attended! Thank you also to teacher Michael Barrington-Haber for setting up the PowerPoint, student Caitlin Agnew for videotaping the talk, and volunteers Elizabeth Reilly and Sally Brickell for arranging the event. For details, see the flyer at NorthPTSO.org.

Fundraiser for Puerto Rico runs through October 26

Students are collecting donations during all lunch blocks until October 26 to support Puerto Rico. Collections to date total $1003. The kindness club is also collecting donations. The money collected during this schoolwide fundraiser will be sent to the Boston Foundation; they will channel the funds to different humanitarian organizations supporting Puerto Rican hurricane victims both on the island and in the U.S. Find more information at http://www.tbf.org/giving/make-a-gift/boston-united-for-puerto-rico.

Candidate showcases and ballot issue debate to be held October 22

Join Newton’s four Neighborhood Area Councils--Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville and Waban--for a pre-election event at Angier School. Come to one portion or stay for all three.

1:00 p.m. Moderated one-hour discussion between Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon, candidates for Newton’s next mayor. This session will be moderated by Marjorie Arons-Barron, Waban resident and distinguished print and broadcast journalist.

Newton Free Library has teens and families covered in October

Make Your Own Comic Book Series, four Wednesdays--October 18 and 25 and November 1 and 8, 6:30 p.m., second floor Teen Area: In this series of workshops we'll learn about comic book drawing, story telling, structure, paneling and more! Each meeting will focus on a different part of the creative process, and by the end you'll have a comic book of your own! This is a four-part series and we ask that you try to commit to coming to all four! Register online. Grades 7-12

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