Category Archives: Community Notes

Open Houses for Highlands After School Program

The Highlands After-School Program, just for middle school children, is hosting Zoom Open Houses for interested families weekly in July. Here’s the link for information on how to join:

This is a terrific opportunity for parents to learn more about the program as they plan for the upcoming school year. There’s a lot of uncertainty in school schedules and HASP is planning for all possible school day scenarios.

If you can’t make a Zoom meeting or would like more information contact Rochelle Acker at 617-999-4617 or or visit

July 10th, 16th, 21st and 29th. via Zoom

Community-driven Gym for High School kids

Bigger Muscles, Better Intentions (BMBI Fitness) is a new fitness studio helping local area kids (as well as adults) to learn more about safe ways to better their own physical fitness and provide extra opportunities through community service. Todd Miskell, a personal trainer for the past 10 years in the Newton area, provides a true “organic” feel, where the kids in the area take pride in what they’re doing.

For more information, contact him at (617)467-4172 or

81 Union St, Newton Centre

ELL Summer Enrichment

Check out online ELL enrichment this summer. There are Story Times and Conversation Groups being offered over 8 weeks of the summer at the elementary level. These groups are meant to be a fun and engaging way for your child to practice their English and meet other students their age. Additionally, there will be Spanish and Portuguese Story Hours for students who speak these languages as their home language.

There is no need to pre register. This is a drop in activity. Just click on the zoom links in this page to join the group on the day of the class.

If you need help or more information, please contact Allison Levit at

Science Mentoring Program

The Newton South Science Team is starting a middle school mentorship program to give interested students an introduction to high school science. COVID-19 unfortunately has cut the middle school science curriculum short, and it would be beneficial to rising freshmen (and younger students) to not only regain some of that lost time over the summer, but also interact with high schoolers.

They’ll be going over the basics of physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as other topics like engineering. Science Team members would love to mentor anyone with an interest in learning about science. For more information simply fill out this survey!

Children’s Summer Drawing Challenge

Join a community of people coming together online during the pandemic this summer with Schools for Children’s Summer Drawing Challenge, #SFCDrawingChallenge.

Sign up for free and get a new drawing prompt daily from July 1st – August 31st. Draw as often or as little as you like, and gain new skills. For more information click here