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Mayor’s New Years Open House and Food Drive

On December 31st, begin the New Year Celebrations at 10:00 am at Newton City Hall, by helping to sort food donations for Newton’s four food pantries, plus a food donation for our sister City of Lawrence. Children are welcome.

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Newton Food Pantries, as well as an item to contribute to the Soldier’s Care packages. Please visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org for donation details.

Then come back to Newton City Hall to celebrate the incoming New Year with Mayor Setti Warren from 1:30 – 3:30 with an afternoon of fun and activities that the whole family can enjoy. There are three outstanding family entertainers, and the good news is that you don’t have to pick one, as they repeat their performances three times!

  • Karen K & the Jitterbugs is an national award-winning band known for their upbeat tunes that keep hands clapping and feet jumping at their rockin’, crowd-engaging shows performed across the country.
  • Newton’s favorite Davey the Clown can often be found at rubber chicken farms scouting new talent for his show. Kids and parents alike love his juggling, amazing magic, incredible unicycle tricks, hilarious antics, balloon sculpture and accordion playing.
  • Hailed as “One of the best in the business” by the Boston Globe, Big Joe the Storyteller has been delighting children and families for many years with his exciting storytelling show – with a huge collection of original and classic tales as well as a box filled with puppets, props, and surprises.

Two fabulous face painters will be on hand to decorate little faces for the festivities, and don’t miss the great arts & crafts project offered by our own Time for Partners art teacher, Terry Curtin!

The Mayor’s Open House is free to the public, and sponsored by Newton Community Pride and the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs.

Growth Mindset

Have you heard that Newton Public Schools is asking teachers and staff to explore how encouraging a “growth mindset” can motivate students to learn? Do you know that the research-based growth mindset is useful for all ages and in all settings—school, home, work, athletics? Come to a Parent/Guardian workshop on getting up to speed on the growth mindset.

Newton North School Council and PTSO invite any and all parents/guardians to a fun and engaging evening exploring the growth mindset. As Principal Jen Price shows you how Newton Public Schools faculty are being trained in the use of the growth mindset, you’ll learn:

  • Effective ways to give praise
  • Useful methods for encouraging children and teens to try new things and accept challenges
  • Constructive ways to respond to failure
  • Successful strategies for creating a parent-teacher dialogue about students’ development

You will also have a chance to apply the growth mindset during an interactive challenge.

To learn more about the growth mindset, read The Significance of Grit . or view this Ted Talk by Angela Duckworth.

December 3rd, 7:00-8:30 pm
Newton North High School cafeteria

VOTE on Tuesday, November 4th!!

Please go out and cast your vote. If you are unsure of your polling place (some have recently changed) ,  the following link will allow you to enter you address and

1. find your polling location
2. see exactly what will be on your ballot

Click here:     Where do I vote and what will be on the ballot?

Newton Leads: Ideas and Action – Next meet-up on October 29

“Newton Leads: Ideas and Action” is a new initiative designed to actively engage and partner with the Newton community to create a more livable, sustainable city.

Through a new web platform and monthly village meet-ups, citizens will be able to receive information and updates on city initiatives and events and share their ideas and input. The next village meet-up will be on Wednesday, October 29th at the Metro Credit Union in Nonantum.

Mayor Warren and City Department Heads will be available to hear input and answer questions beginning at 6:00 pm. Mayor Warren and city officials will also host a “virtual ideas session.” Anyone who is unable to make the meet-up will be able to stream the conversation from their computers or smart phones beginning at 7:00 pm.

From Newton Police Safety Officer Dawn Fleming:

I have witnessed parents making U-turns directly in front of the school, pulling into resident driveways to turn around disregarding the child that is walking on the sidewalk. Using the Blue Zone as a personal parking space showing a lack of consideration for other students and parents, double-parking and letting their child or children out of the car into the street instead of letting them out onto the sidewalk.

All of these types of unsafe driving behaviors are being done on a daily basis, defeating the purpose of the Blue Zone and the ability for a safe environment for your child. When you drop your child off/pick up at school, remember it is your responsibility to keep your child and others safe. Parents want to watch their child enter the school and drive away knowing their child’s in the safe environment, what some parents fail to think about is the way they drive away, making a U-turn or driving with excessive speed to work. All it takes is one time for you to hit a child and your life and your family’s life will change dramatically. No one would ever want to hit a child but with the current unsafe driving behavior it can happen to anyone!

The Newton Police Department employs 58 crossing guards for all 15 Elementary Schools, which is more than most cities in Massachusetts. Dropping your child off at school and letting him/her walk across the street without using the crossing guard defeats the purpose of having them there for your child’s safety. We appreciate that the majority of parents are friendly and treat our crossing guards with respect but unfortunately some of our crossing guards have reported that parents have used profanity and have been very disrespectful towards them.

We try to maintain as many crossing posts as required by the number of children crossing with our guards. If the guards are not being utilized that post may be eliminated.
Please remember to drive safely for the well being of all children attending our schools.
Thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter.