Category: Education/Enrichment

Drop off a dish to help

Drop off a dish to help feed the Boston homeless on Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble Give is a national effort of volunteers who prepare and assemble individual containers of Thanksgiving meals to deliver to homeless people in 16 major cities throughout the country.

Boston is just starting out, and they were able to deliver 100 meals last year.  This year their goal is 500.  Let’s help them exceed their goal!  You can drop off a warm dish on Thanksgiving morning or stay and help!  If you would like to help but will not be around on Thursday,  please email wrwoodruff@yahoo.com to arrange to drop off a donation on Tuesday or Wednesday  (something like cookies, pumpkin bread, corn muffins, pie as long as it does not need to be refrigerated).

For more information, go to gobblegobblegive.org.  Check the Facebook Gobble Gobble Give Boston page this week for more details about the drop-off location.  The drop-off location will be in or near Newton.

Tutor Available

Duer McLanahan is a tutor, teacher, children’s songs and guitar teacher offering tutoring/teaching in reading comprehension, speech and vocabulary, syntax, sentence and paragraph structure, expository essay, prose, poetry, creative writing.

In addition, he can tutor Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Certifications and professional development

  • Mandarin Proficiency Level Exam (汉语水平考试) Peoples Republic of China Intermediate, Grade 6 (10 points below Grade 7)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (A.C.T.F.L.) Mandarin proficiency level: Intermediate-High

Licensing

  • Massachusetts Department of Education: Academic Educator Licenses
  • Elementary Grades 1-6; Special Education Moderate Disabilities Grades Pre-K—8

Technical skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft WORD and Apple PAGES. Basic knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint.

Contact Duer McLanahan by email duermclanahan@gmail.com or call/text 617-817-3440.

Voice Lessons

Get the Best from Your Voice!

Is your teen participating in choir or theater? Is she interested strengthening her voice and performance skills? With a focus on healthy singing and versatility, lessons with Jacqueline Novikov improve pitch, range, coordination and confidence.

Sunday afternoon lesson availability, two performances per semester, and flexible scheduling for busy students and families. Contact Jacqueline Novikov at jn@forma-music.com and learn more at jacquelinenovikov.com.

Writing Tutor Available

Does your student become frustrated or intimidated by writing assignments? Jane Hirschhorn can help them become a more successful writer. In her more than 25 years of tutoring experience, Jane has worked with students of differing abilities from middle school through graduate school. Jane tailors her approach to make the best use of each student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and confidence. Jane is also available for help with college essays.

For more information, please contact Jane at jane@jbhtutoring.com or at 617- 957-7208. You can learn more about Jane at her website jbhtutoring.com.

Food Service survey

We need your help to improve our food service! Please fill out the appropriate survey below and tell us what is working and what could be better. Thank you from the Newton Public Schools Food Service.

Parents survey: https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106965/1407/

Student survey (middle/high school): https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106963/3d77/

Student survey (elementary – to be filled out with parent/guardian): https://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/106964/171b/

Holiday Gift Drive

The City of Newton Health and Human Services Dept. and The Village Bank are teaming up again for the annual Holiday Gift Drive. Please help by donating gifts for children ages newborn to 10:

  • New, unwrapped toys
  • Gift cards from local Newton merchants

Donations will be accepted from November 12th – December 10th. Your gift will benefit deserving Newton families this holiday season. You can drop off donations at the following Village Bank locations:

Auburndale – 307 Auburn Street
Newton Highlands – 56 Winchester Street
Newtonville – 332 Walnut Street
Nonantum – 411 Watertown Street
Waban –  89 Wyman Street
West Newton – 1369 Washington Street

We Still Live Here: Learning about the history and present-day experience of the Wampanoag Nation

“We Still Live Here: Learning about the history and present-day experience of the Wampanoag Nation” is an opportunity to gain knowledge as well as guidance about talking with your children about how Native Americans in the New England region have been treated and how they are reclaiming their language today. A tribe member will join  to answer questions. Children 8 and up are welcome to attend!

FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) All Schools Monthly Meeting. PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/d95JxnYvNZg49lwl2.  For more information, please email ericastreitkaplan@yahoo.com.

November 14th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon St, Waban

5th annual Newton Turkey Trot

Online registration for the 5th annual Newton Turkey Trot closes on November 12th! This event kicks off on November 17th (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) with a 1 mile kids’ fun run at 8:30 am followed by the 5K race at 9:00 am.  For information and to register, visit www.newtonturkeytrot.org

Not a runner? Join the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of the website. All proceeds from the race go to the Newton Food Pantry.

Wondering about weed? Myths, facts, and marijuana in Newton

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will introduce local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD who will enlighten us with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks and benefits, adolescents and the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use.

Dr. Kevin Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, cannabis researcher and author at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Nicole Danforth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Booma, MD, to answer questions from the audience. Whether you’re an adult considering giving legal marijuana a try, a parent worried about preventing teen use, or just plain curious, this is the event for you! It’s free and open to the public.

November 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm
The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
Campus Center, 777 Dedham Street, Newton