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News from the Newton PTO Council

Free Summer Music program

Boston Music Institute is offering a FREE morning orchestra program this August at Driscoll School in Brookline. There will be three, week-long sessions, and students may sign up for one, two or three weeks.

BMI also offers optional, low-cost afternoon small ensembles and SAT/SSAT/ACT prep classes. The free large ensemble runs 9:30 am to Noon and is for Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion – ages 8 to 19.

The goal of this program is to provide students from beginning through advanced-intermediate instrumental ability with a rigorous and fun ensemble playing experience, taught by high-level instructors from BMI, in order to grow and develop their individual musicianship and group playing. For more information, visit Boston Music Institute (BMI).

Cabot Carr-nival

The Cabot Carr-nival Committee would like to invite all school families to this fun, annual event.  There will be lots of fun games, inflatables, prizes, a pizza truck, ice cream and much more.

Also this year, the Cabot Carr-nival is piloting a new initiative to make this great community event more accessible and inclusive to all families. To accomplish this goal, we are introducing the following:

1. Noise cancelling headphones available for checkout
2. Craft/sensory table for all kids that need a little down time
3. Break away room to go to if kids get too overwhelmed
4. Bubble machine (thanks to the NECP PTO)

To view the flyer, please click Cabot Carr-nival

June 8th,  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Project Oceanology Marine Science Summer Camp Opportunities

Project Oceanology is a 501(c)(3) year-round marine science and environmental education organization located at Avery Point in Groton, CT with a mission to nurture enthusiasm for science and for our planet’s marine environment. Their summer camps are licensed by the State of Connecticut, their vessel operators are licensed by the U. S. Coast Guard, and their marine educators have expertise, educational backgrounds, and extensive experience in the delivery of marine science and environmental education enrichment programs to elementary through high school students, college students, summer camp participants, and the general public.

For students entering grades 6-12, Project Oceanology is offering two residential camps this summer – Ocean Camp and a new Marine Science Research Experience. Residential campers are accommodated in a hostel for a week-long immersion in hands-on, brains-on marine science education and fun aboard research vessels, along nearby shorelines, and in  marine laboratories.

Details on the camps and registration information is available at https://www.oceanology.org/summer-camps. This year generous donors have also enabled need based financial assistance to offset the cost of tuition.

See the informational flyer and financial assistance form.

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens – talking to your kids about things that freak you out

Talking to Your Kids about Sexting, Drinking, Drugs and Other Things That FREAK YOU OUT.

The Health & Human Services Department is hosting a speaker on parenting teens. This is part of a joint effort with the school department to help parents in the community understand and set boundaries around issues of concern including: vaping, alcohol, substance use, and other risky behaviors. Presented by: Joani Geltman, MSW, Local Expert on Parent-Teen Relationships

Tickets are Free and available HERE. Flyer is available HERE.

May 1st, 7:00 pm
Newton South High School Lecture Hall

Hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services

FORJ Newton Event

Please join FORJ and Co-Sponsor, the Harmony Foundation, for their most high profile event of the year! The featured guests are Debby Irving, racial justice educator and celebrated author of Waking Up White and Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director, Community Change, Inc. and blogger of Black Girl In Maine.

Debby and Shay will explore how we can speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations, explore racism’s impact on their lives and examine how we can create sustainable connections. Please check out the flyer HERE

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will hold a pre-event meetup at 6:30 pm. Do not miss your chance to attend, to speak with the Mayor and join this community conversation! Attendance is free and open to all. RSVP HERE.

April 9th, 7:30 pm
Angier Elementary School