Girls Who Build workshop to be hosted by LigerBots on October 17, 6:30 p.m.

Newton girls ages 13-18 are invited to a hands-on workshop with LigerBots, the Newton North and Newton South FIRST Robotics Team, on October 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Newton South High School wood shop, room 9271. Find out what happens when YOU pick up a screwdriver! Join in the excitement of solving engineering problems along with other girls in a low-pressure environment! Please wear close-toed shoes. Read more and sign up here. 

Center for Civic Engagement and Service offers volunteer opportunities for students

Is your student looking for a new experience this year? The Center for Civic Engagement and Service can connect your student with a wide range of volunteer opportunities at one of the many community organizations in Newton and the surrounding area. The Center is located in Room 125A (near the Art room) and is open Tuesday through Thursday during lunch periods, and on Monday and Thursday during X-Blocks.  Parent/guardian volunteers are available to help students to identify opportunities that align with their interests and goals.

Fundraiser for Puerto Rico planned in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Celebration

On Wednesday, October 11, students will be collecting money at the entrance of Little Theater as they gather for activities marking Newton North's fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration. In addition, there will be a table on Main Street for money collection during all lunch blocks from October 11-26. 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.

Safety for walkers, bikers, buses, and cars continues to be discussed at NNHS

Several interested parties gathered this week to observe traffic during drop off. Discussion topics included students' inconsistent use of crosswalks, students' desire for parking spots, parking fees, a shortage of bike racks, teacher parking, 20-minute driver wait times on Elm Road, blocked buses, expanded blue zones, and ways to develop students' sense of independence. See photos on the Newton North PTSO Facebook page

Registered 18-year olds can vote; get up to speed before Election Day on November 7

Registered 18-year olds can vote. Voter registration closes on October 18! Parents/guardians who have college students can fill out an absentee ballot application at City Hall and have a ballot mailed to their student. The suggested deadline is Friday, October 13, to allow time for processing. Click here to learn more about absentee voting.

Take time to get informed about local issues and candidates. 

Book signing for Merlantis to be held October 14, 2:00 p.m.

Miss Sharon Ghantous, one of the music teachers at Countryside and Memorial Spaulding, has self-published her first children's book, Merlantis, with dance songs on Amazon create space under the artist name Music Mermaid. Her first book signing is on Saturday, October 14, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., at the Blue Bunny book store in Dedham Center (http://www.bluebunnybooks.com). Music Mermaid will be reading her book, singing her songs, and signing books.

SEPAC hosts School Committee candidate debate on October 19, 7:00 p.m.

The Newton SEPAC (Special Education Parents Advisory Council) is hosting a moderated debate with the contested School Committee candidates on Thursday, October 19, from 7:00- 9:00 p.m., at The Barry Price Center, 27 Christina Street, Newton Highlands. Space is limited. RSVPs are required; please reply to newtonsepacsecretary@gmail.com

Expected candidates are as follows: 

Environmental Forum for Mayoral candidates to be held October 21

On Saturday, October 21 at 4:30 p.m., the two finalists in Newton’s Mayoral race–Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon–will share their visions for addressing local environmental challenges over the next four years. The location will be in de Witt Hall at Lasell College (80 Maple St. in Auburndale), Attendees are welcome to park in lots P2 and P3 that surround the building. Street parking along Maple Street should also be available.

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