Letter from superintendent about 2017-18 NPS budget

Dear Newton Community,

Last week, the School Committee approved the budget for the 2017-18 school year. The final approved budget allows us to preserve so many of the programs and supports we have worked hard to implement over the past several years. With additional savings realized late in the process, we have been able to partially restore program areas we thought we would need to reduce more significantly.

Fine Arts Department sponsors pottery making by students for veterans

The Fine Arts Department, with the generous support of the PTSO, invited any teacher from Newton North to bring his/her class to Ceramics on April 4 and April 6 to make gifts for veterans. PTSO funds were used to purchase clay, extra tools, and glaze to make this project possible. Art teachers taught participants how to make and decorate bowls, cups, and wall hangings to be presented to veterans on Memorial Day.      
Each participant in the Memorial Day presentation that happens here at North will be given a handmade piece. Students and teachers will also be encouraged to come to Ceramics anytime during the third week of May to pick up a piece to give to a veteran whom they know.
Eileen Gagarin and Cindy Masoff
Fine Arts Department

Beatlejuice and Friends: The 2nd British Invasion of Needham to be held April 29, 7:00 p.m.

The Plugged In Band Program is excited to present the British Invasion of Needham, featuring Boston’s #1 Beatles cover band, Beatlejuice and Friends, on Saturday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m., at Powers Hall in Needham. This 21+ event will provide an evening of amazing music, dancing, a cash bar and fish & chips and other delicious options provided by Captain Marden’s Cod Squad – all at a modest price. The event will support the Plugged In Band Program in Needham.
Since 2002 Plugged In has been teaching youth how to be in a rock band, the importance of using their music to make positive change in the world, and instilling in them the confidence to do so.  Plugged In is a welcoming place where young musicians can express their creative side, be nurtured, and learn to give back to their community. What makes Plugged In special is a commitment to including all students, regardless of their ability to pay or the costs associated with accommodating students with special needs. In this environment of compassion and acceptance, all of students learn the power of helping others. 
Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Powers Hall
1471 Highland Ave.
Needham, MA 02492
Tickets are $35 per person in advance online at www.pluggedinband.org and $45 per person at the door.

Impact provides self-defense training at NNHS

Students in Ms. Courtney Albert's Sexuality and Health 2 class will be introduced to self-defense training provided by IMPACT on April 13. This program helps students improve their ability to respond to unsafe, uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous situations.  They learn verbal de-escalation skills and learn assertiveness and physical self-protection as a last resort. Part of the funding for the training will come from mental health monies raised by an Educational Excellence campaign in 2014-15.


Body Confidence Day returns on April 12

Students from the Body Confidence Club hosted the fourth annual Body Confidence Day, "Perfectly Imperfect," on April 12 with collaboration from Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association. The goal of this day is to start a conversation on the under-discussed yet prevalent subject of how we view ourselves. The day was designed to encourage students and staff to talk about body image and work towards a place of greater confidence. The advisor for the club is Physical Education, Health and Wellness teacher Courtney Albert. 

Donate used sneakers on April 30 at City Hall

Students for a Greener World will be collecting sneakers for recycling and reuse on during NewtonSERVES on Sunday, April 30, at Newton City Hall. This is our third year with this project, inspired by Cabot Elementary’s Green Team — we have collected and distributed over 300 re-usable pairs so far! Sneakers will be collected outside of City Hall from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and will be bagged according to adult and kids sizes.  Sneakers in good condition will be distributed to individuals in need; the rest will be taken to Nike’s outlet in Wrentham for recycling.

Join PTSO efforts next year by volunteering your time!

Are you new to Newton North or are you looking for a way to get more involved? The PTSO is looking for volunteers for 2017-18. According to kidshealth.org, "Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community."

Newton North depends on the generosity of parent/guardian volunteers to help keep our community informed, connected, and strong. Can you help? Please consider the excellent opportunities below.


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