Act submissions being accepted for Newton Has Talent through April 9 at 12 midnight

Newton Has Talent, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newton, is accepting submissions through April 9. Performers may enter in the Youth Division (ages 19 and under) or the Adult Division (ages 20 and over). Anyone over the age of 13 who lives, works or goes to school in Newton may enter! The final event will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center in Newton. Get more information at

Enjoy a fact-filled evening with the Newton PAC for Special Education on March 20, 7:30 p.m.

Everything you always wanted to know about Student Services and Special Education but were afraid to ask

Monday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

The Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Room 210

(Rescheduled from March 14)

Don't miss out on this fun night! Come share stories with and ask questions of your Board Officers and other parents. No topic is too small or insignificant!


7:15 pm Light refreshments and networking

7:30 pm Business topic - Proposed draft of new by-laws

Help Newton Schools Foundation by supporting NNHS marathon runner Anna Ford

Newton North's own Anna Ford, administrative executive assistant to Principal Turner, jack of all trades, and secret weapon of the PTSO, is generously raising money for Newton Schools Foundation by running in the Boston Marathon this spring. Incredibly, this is Anna's fourth Boston Marathon and ninth overall. See a photo of Anna running and make a donation here.

Junior class counseling groups to run March 16, 23, and 30

The Newton North Counseling Department works not only to support juniors throughout their third year of high school, we also want to support parents/guardians as well. Therefore, a few counselors will facilitate a 3-week, Junior Parent Group, during the following consecutive Thursday mornings: March 16, March 23 and March 30.  The groups will be held at Newton North in the International Café from 9:05 a.m.-10:20 a.m.

Sophomore class enjoying "Dodgeball" double header; join the fun on March 17!

Students from the Class of 2019 enjoyed a fun movie night watching "Dodgeball," on a recent Friday, and their industrious class officers are following up with a dodgeball-themed special event on Friday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. The evening will include dodgeball matches, music, and more. Parents/guardians of sophomores are asked to donate snacks that will be sold at the event (please sign up HERE) and to urge their students to support their class by attending. Tickets are $5. 

Thank you to class liaisons Mary Gibbs, Lori Knowles, and Andrea Steenstrup for working with the class officers to make these events a success; thank you to all parent/guardian donors; and special thanks to West Newton Cinema for generously donating two giant bags of popcorn for the movie night!

Letter from superintendent about start times

Dear Newton Families,

Since Fall 2015, the district has been engaged in a thorough exploration of later start times for Newton high schools. This work was predicated on the significant research demonstrating the importance of adequate sleep for adolescents at appropriate times. Surveys of students, faculty, and families, as well as input from other stakeholders, led to the formulation of six potential scenarios. Feedback on those scenarios was gathered and analyzed this fall and shared over the past few months.

Learn about local women's stories on March 18, 2:30 p.m., Durant-Kenrick House

Women makin’ it work.

Spanning more than 350 years, the stories of the women who lived at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds illuminate women’s experiences from the Native people and first European settlers through the revolution and early republic, up into the 20th century. As part of Women’s History Month, learn about how women took ownership of their lives and circumstances and how their experiences differed across time, race, and class. Free.

March 18, 2:30 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
286 Waverley Avenue, Newton

Nomad Story Slam is back on March 19, 7:30 pm.

Nomad Story Slam, Friday, March 19, 7:30 p.m., at Gregorian Rugs, 2284 Washington Street, Newton Lower Falls
The Nomad Story Slam is back for another great night of storytelling inspired by the Moth Radio Hour. Anyone can throw his or her name in the hat and tell a five-minute, true story connected to the theme of the night. The theme this time is "appetite"--appetite for risk, appetite for love, for food, for danger, ...

All invited to Newton Chinese Culture Festival on March 11, 10:00 a.m., at City Hall

Chinese American Association of Newton (CAAN) is proud to announce that it will host this year's Newton Chinese Culture Festival with Newton Chinese Language School (NCLS) and Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) at Newton City Hall on Saturday, March 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

This event is supported by the Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs. This is the third consecutive year that the Chinese Culture Festival will be hosted at the Newton City Hall.

Chinese culture is one of the world's most enduring as well as most robust cultures. In order to present this glorious Chinese culture to our friends and neighbors, each year's Newton Chinese Culture festival features different themes. For the past two years, we  showcased Chinese traditional instruments and costumes. The theme for this year will be Chinese painting, which is one of the most glorious artistic traditions in the world

At the festival, we will introduce you to the history and the different styles of Chinese paintings. You will have a rare opportunity to watch our artist painting at close distance, and you will learn some basic painting techniques from our Chinese painting masters.

In addition to the Chinese painting, you and your family can also enjoy seeing traditional Chinese folk dance, listening to Chinese folk songs, and tasting traditional Chinese food. For children, there  will be many other activities like art crafting, face painting and games.

We hope this will be wonderful celebration of the Chinese culture with the whole Newton community. Please bring your family and friends along to participate in this cultural festival!

If you have questions or need additional information, email Mr. Anping Shen, Ed.D., President of Chinese American Association of Newton here.


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