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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

Mother’s Helper Available!

Are you looking for some help this summer with the kids at home? Need someone to take kids to the playground, kick a ball around, get some sprinkler fun going, read stories and play games?

Fun, responsible Newton South boy would love to help you out. Jesse, a rising sophomore, studied child development at NS at the preschool program. Working with one regular family, he would love to find another. Jesse lives in Newton Highlands and is really mobile by bike or T.  Affordable and flexible, he can’t wait to get to know your kids. Please email

College Essay Workshop

Write your college essay in a fun, interactive summer workshop! Led by master educator and writing coach Vered Strapp, this four-day workshop will walk you through the process of brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and revising a college essay that puts your best self forward. Using Vered’s detailed feedback and individualized approach, you will leave the workshop feeling confident in your completed Common App essay.

Vered Strapp has served on the faculty at Gann Academy for fourteen years teaching English to grades 9-12. She is a graduate of Newton North High School. She holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Teaching writing is Vered’s passion. She enjoys making a personal connection with students and families who work with her.

The workshop will take place online on July 14th, 16th, 21st, and 23rd from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. For more information, please email

Summer writing camp

Summer Ink, a Boston-based writing camp for rising 5th-9th graders, is moving online this summer. Their series of four one-week sessions will start on July 6th. See the  flyer here. Financial aid may be available for qualified applicants.