Category: Education/Enrichment

Yoga & Torah in Conversation: The Hidden Aspect of a Spiritual Journey in Preparation for Purim

This is the third program of The Body in Yoga and Torah in Conversation – a unique integrative and interactive program exploring Jewish and yoga intersections with the body. In both traditions, the body is a vehicle to access the divine, inner world and to connect to a broader understanding. The program explores Jewish traditional texts and relevant yoga philosophy Sutras of Patanjali.

Registration Fee: $18 per person. Register here: Register

Program led by Rabba Claudia Marbach and Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT)

February 10th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

Save the future Yoga & Torah in Conversation program date – Sunday, March 31 -Freeing Ourselves of our Narrowness – Preparation for Passover

Riverside Visioning Meeting

Your opinion matters – if you are looking to have input into the culture, community and smart growth of Newton, then join the Riverside Visioning Plan process.

Riverside T Station is at the end of the Green Line and by both 128/95 and the Mass Pike. A private developer is bringing in a proposal to redevelop it with over 600 apartments and a new retail area. It will be in the middle of Auburndale and Lower Falls and will be a part of the Williams School district. The Vision Plan is to find out what you want and what makes sense for Newton. Come participate in a range of work stations and let us know what you would like to see at the site. Refreshments and children’s activities provided!

Find out more about the Riverside vision plan process and sign up for email updates here. February 10th, 4:00 pm

Williams School gymnasium, 114 Grove Street

Vacation Week fun with HIstory

February vacation week programs at Historic Newton. Bring your family to Historic Newton for a full day of historic fun. With Historic Newton educators, try out colonial-era games, explore the museum exhibits, make a diorama, roll your own candles, and more.

Activities run from 11:30 to 1:30 and from 2:00 to 4:00 with a break for lunch. Come for one activity or stay all day! Recommended for elementary-age children; siblings welcome.
Information: 617-641-9142 .


February 20th and February 22nd, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

February 20th and February 22nd, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton

Spring session ensemble band classes

Spring session ensemble band classes for ages 8-18 of all levels begins the week of February 25th. Band classes meet once per week for 1 1/2 hours and are offered seven days per week.

Plugged In‘s newest program, After Dark, is for already formed bands comprised of high school students that want to take the next step. After Dark offers bands rehearsal space on Friday and Saturday evenings in addition to clinics on topics such as How to Book Gigs, Promote Your Band and Music as a Career. A Plugged In teacher will be onsite to consult during rehearsal time and will present clinic. The Plugged In After Dark program begins the week of February 25th.

For more information on all Plugged In programs and to register, please email info@pluggedinband.org, call 781-444-1879 or visit www.pluggedinband.org.

The Plugged In Band Program is a non-profit rock band program in Needham teaching kids about using music to help others. In addition to ensemble band classes, private lessons, songwriting workshops, summer camp and community performances, five times a year students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians of all levels and needs feel a sense of belonging, have an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world. In the loving and non-competitive environment at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.

All Newton Music School Music and Theater Summer Camp

Do you know… that All Newton Music School has a Music and Theater Summer Camp?

Music Explorers Summer Camp is a performing arts summer camp for children from 5 to 9 years old. They offer courses in theater, dance, music, and visual arts. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to dive deeper into music study and take on more significant roles in the musical theater performance.

During theater class, campers will rehearse the songs, acting, and choreography of a musical where they will learn to let their star shine at the Festival Evening performances!

You may register your child for individual sessions or sign up for both!

Session one: $500.00
July 1st – July 12th (camp closed on July 4th), 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
Musical: Singin’ in the Rain, Jr.

Session two: $550.00
July 15th – July 26th, 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
Musical: Getting to Know: Oklahoma!

Learn more and Online Registration: allnewton.org/summer-camp. For other questions, please email or call the Registrar at naomi@allnewton.org or 617-527-4553.

Future Chefs Challenge

Once again, the Newton Public Schools food service partner Sodexo, is hosting the Future Chefs culinary competition! This year, the theme is Mexican. Just fill out the entry form with your favorite Mexican recipe. One winner from each school will be chosen to participate in a cooking contest at Newton North High School on March 26th. We can’t wait to see your creative recipes and taste those amazing dishes!

Entries are due February 8th. Forms can be picked up in the main office or the cafeteria at each elementary school and then returned to either location by the deadline. For more information, please visit the NPS website.

Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents

Teach children to manage their time, space and materials and keep their emotions in check!

This presentation will cover powerful strategies to help your child develop independent executive function; teach students to internally sense the sweep of time, self-monitor in order to sustain concentration, manage pace, and complete tasks in allocated time frames; improve students’ motivation and task initiation, help them to plan homework and long-term projects/papers, and coach students to think in an organized way; and encourage self-initiative to manage homework and personal belongings.

Ms. Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP is a trained speech-language pathologist who is Co-Director at the Cognitive Connections Executive Function Practice. She is currently working with Newton Public Schools to develop an Executive Function program for middle school students. She provides training and coaching for teachers and professionals, parent consultations, as well as student coaching services. Ms. Jacobsen has worked as an educational consultant and speech-language pathologist in public education, private schools and hospital settings, and has provided teacher training seminars and school consultations nationally.

February 13th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Newton North High School Auditorium
457 Walnut Street, Newton

Maine Arts Camp!

Maine Arts Camp! Find out what makes it so special at the Teen Summer Program Expo.

If you are looking for a great overnight summer experience for your creative 9-16 year-old, come and check out Maine Arts Camp at the Teen Summer Program Expo on Monday, January 28th.

Located on the campus of Colby College, MAC is a small, friendly camp community that is big on empathy and personal growth – and embracing creative opportunity! With an extensive program of activities covering visual arts, theatre, music, dance, culinary arts, robotics and rocketry, film-making, individual sports and more, and with access to Colby’s state-of-the-art facilities, Maine Arts Camp offers exceptionally high quality instruction across a wide range of interests.

Visit www.maineartscamp.com to find out more.

Summer Program Expo
January 28th, 5:30-8:00 pm
Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road

Writing classes available

Advantage Writing provides rigorous writing instruction with honest feedback in a laid-back, red-pen-free environment. The workshops are designed to help middle and high school students build skills to communicate effectively and elegantly in writing. Their workshops demystify the basics of writing and guide students through practical strategies that will take their writing to the next level.

The Basics class focuses on key elements of effective expository prose: thesis construction and development, structuring and supporting an argument, crafting purposeful introductions and conclusions, and writing strong topic sentences. The Grammar & Vocabulary class focuses on the nuts and bolts of writing: active and passive verbs, subject and verb agreement, punctuation basics (comma versus semicolon versus colon), and pronoun use.

Advantage Writing welcomes all levels of writers and are committed to working with students at any stage in their writing process. More information, including instructor bios, can be found on the website. Check out the flyer here: Flyer

For any and all questions please email acarter@advantagetesting.com or call 617-680-7337.