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2016 Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher

As the year begins to wind down, many of you are looking for a way to honor and thank the exceptional teachers and staff who have motivated, educated and inspired your students to grow and achieve all year.

As a way to show your appreciation to them, consider participating in Newton Schools Foundations’ Honor Thy Teacher campaign. This special program enables you to honor teachers by giving a gift to the Foundation in the name of the teacher. You may also choose to honor a special education aide, a fine arts or music teacher, or a coach or counselor who has made a difference in your child’s life. A suggested donation is $25 per teacher/staff member.

When you make your donation and identify the teacher(s) or staff you wish to honor, NSF will then:

· Notify the honored teachers and staff of your gift;
· Share the honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals; and
· List each of those honored in the Newton TAB.

You can make your donation on-line at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org. You can also mail it to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459.

Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring. A flyer that includes a donation form was sent to the homes of elementary school students in their backpacks last month, and will be sent again before the end of the year. A flyer will also be mailed to the homes of middle school and high school students (letters to senior student households have already been mailed).

Newton Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance the quality of education in Newton’s public schools. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

High School Start Time Meeting – May 23rd

On Monday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm at the Ed. Center, the district’s High School Start Time Working Group will hold a general information session to update the community on the status of its work. The presentation will include a brief review of relevant sleep science data, data from the surveys and case studies completed this year, and the opportunity for members of the community to ask questions, raise concerns and provide feedback directly to district leaders engaged in this discussion.

We look forward to your attendance and ask you to encourage others to attend as well. For additional information, please visit the high school start time section of the NPS website at: http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/laterstarttime The working group will also be making its year end report to the school committee at the June 20th School Committee meeting at 6:00 pm.

Great conversation with our Legislators

May10PTOC

At our most recent PTOC meeting on May 10th, we were honored to be joined by Senator Creem, Representative Balser and Representative Khan.

Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast

Mayor Setti Warren and the Newton Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast Committee are inviting you to join on the occasion of the 42nd Annual Breakfast. The event will again be held at the McElroy Commons Dining Room at Boston College on Wednesday, May 25th beginning at 7:15 A.M. and ending promptly at 9:00 A.M.

We are honored to announce that John Harthorne, Founder & CEO of MassChallenge, recognized internationally, nationally, & locally as a unique startup – friendly accelerator in helping entrepreneurs across any industry, has graciously accepted our invitation to be our keynote speaker Masschallenge’s record of achievement is vast. John is in wide demand as a speaker and we are most fortunate accepted our invitation.

The “Breakfast” is a wonderful tradition in which hundreds of people of all faiths and heritages join together to celebrate, reflect, and commit to actions that promote racial, ethnic, and religious harmony. This initiative of which so many from the community have been a part, will serve to ensure a rich legacy of compassion, tolerance and understanding will live on for generations to come. Scholarships will be awarded to three high school seniors in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments.

Please click here for a flyer: Prayer Breakfast flyer

We urge you to join us for this special celebration.  The Program will begin at 7:15 A.M. and end in keeping with our planned schedule, at 9:00 A.M.. We look forward to seeing you at the “Breakfast” on the 25th of May. Should you have any questions, please contact Tony Bibbo at 617- 969 – 5906 Ext 305 or email at ajbibbo@aol.com.

Community Discussion on Newton as a Welcoming City For All – April 7th

Help us ensure that Newton is open to people of all races/ethnicities, religions, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

On Thursday evening, April 7th, Mayor Warren will host the first annual community discussion focused on ensuring that Newton is a welcoming community to people of all backgrounds. The forum will include leaders from our community and beyond. This will be an opportunity for residents of all ages to ask questions, and join us in making Newton the most inclusive community it can be.

The discussion will be held in the War Memorial of Newton City Hall, located at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, on Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 pm.