Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Food for Families: Free backpacks filled with breakfast and lunch essentials

Weekends and school vacations can be a significant hardship for families without access to school-supplied breakfast and lunch. The City is offering FREE backpacks to families filled with breakfast and lunch essentials at community locations to help ensure that all our families with need have adequate food on the table throughout the school year. Here is a list of the locations to pick up a free backpack:

Newton Health and Human Services, City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Fire Station 10, 755 Dedham Street
Newton Boys & Girls Club, 675 Watertown Street
Newton Free Library,  330 Homer Street

The FUEL program will also be providing FREE backpacks of breakfast and lunch essentials at some Newton Public Schools this year. The backpacks are designed for a child to have breakfast and lunch on the weekends. To request to have FUEL backpacks at your school, contact fuel@redeemerchestnuthill.org or call the Health Department at 617-796-1420.

For more information on food programs or for additional services offered by the City of Newton Social Services division, visit www.newtonma.gov/food or call 617-796-1420.

Navigating the new reality: Juuling and Schooling

Come to a free community lecture and open discussion on the juuling, vaping, nicotine, and marijuana trends in our schools. Registration requested, see this flyer Navigating for details.

September 26th, 7:00 pm
Newton Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium

Cultural understandings through language study

Come to an evening with Deborah Fallows, linguist and author of Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language. Deborah will speak about cultural understandings acquired through language study from her personal experience of living in China from 2006-2010. The evening will also include an armchair conversation and Q&A with the audience, before concluding with refreshments and a chance to meet Deborah.

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language and her new book Our Towns (written with husband James Fallows) will both be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested. Please email nancyfenstmeacher@comcast.net to sign up.

October 2nd, 6:30 – 8:15 pm
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road

Sponsored by The Newton-Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program, the Newton Chinese Language School, and Primary Source

Everybody Signs

Stories, conversations, and art…all in American Sign language. See the flyer for information the Everybody Signs classes starting October 7th.

Learn about PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychatric Disorder Associated with Strep)

Have you ever heard of a child suddenly developing separation anxiety, OCD, aggression, bedwetting or having difficulty in math and handwriting?  Learn more about PANDAS and where to get medical help/treatment.

October 16th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street