ForWARD May 3, 2013

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 3, 2013    

In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars
From the Principal's Desk
And Now a Word From the PTO
School News
What's New at After-School
Newton News
Community Classifieds
Ward School Quick Links and Contacts
Ward School
Ward PTO Home
Ward PTO Calendar

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Dear Lynda  Bentley,


Welcome to the latest edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD. 


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From the Principal's Desk  

Dear Parent(s),


At this time we anticipate having 14 classroom teachers for the 2013-2014 school year. Since several of our cohorts have about 50 students, we are waiting for more accurate data regarding families leaving and entering our school before assigning teachers to classrooms. If your children will not be returning to Ward School in the fall, please contact us immediately. Also inform us if you know of any families moving into our community. This information will help us to make the best use of our resources for the coming year.


By today, May 3, you should have received a copy of this letter with an attached optional form. If you feel you have information to add to the placement process, be sure it is received in school by May 13. We need to adhere strictly to this deadline to efficiently do our job in a fair and thorough manner.


The staff will soon begin the process of configuring classrooms for next year. My hope is to provide you with accurate information so that we can work together to minimize anxiety and continue to foster a climate of respect and fairness around this process. The actual process is based on these fundamental ideas and facts.

  • Parents cannot choose their child's teacher by making suggestions to the teacher/principal.
  • We look carefully at all children in making decisions. Parents do not have to make an appointment with the principal or their child's teacher to be given consideration during the placement process.
  • The team does not refer to information from placement letters written in past years.

Our goal is to create balanced classes composed of children who can work together educationally and socially. We believe that children learn from each other as well as from their teachers, and that heterogeneous classes balanced with regard to cognitive, social, and emotional development, skill acquisition, and gender promote the best learning environment for all children. To achieve this, we solicit information from staff who know students in a variety of settings.


Here is what you can do:

We all need to understand that class placement decisions are the responsibility of the child's teachers and the principal. Your child's present teacher has a year's worth of current, rich information and insight concerning how each child works best in school. This information, combined with data from specialists, provides the basis for class placement. This is not a departure from our usual process; it is our attempt for you to let us do our job as fairly as possible.


If you believe you have additional input that will be helpful to the team, please complete the optional form that will be sent home with your child. As in the past, we will try to honor requests for friendships; however, we also believe that children should have the opportunity to develop new relationships with other classmates. If you feel there are important friendships you would like us to consider, you may share this information by indicating at least three friends. Again, we will do our best to honor at least one friendship.


In fairness to everyone, please observe these guidelines:

Because of the demands of time and equity issues, I will not be meeting with parents individually about the placement of students. If there are some circumstances that you think I need to know, please write a separate letter marked "Confidential".


Parents should not talk to teachers about the placement of students. Teachers have been instructed not to have conversations with parents about placement for the coming year.

These conversations place inappropriate and undue expectations on teachers and impact negatively on the fairness of the placement procedure.


Do not request a particular teacher by name or description.


In an effort to ensure a smooth transition, at the end of the school year we will conduct a step up day when all students from each grade level visit with all teachers for the next grade level. A class list will be emailed home at the end of August. This practice allows children to separate from their current teacher appropriately.


All forms and letters must be received by Monday, May 13, to be considered as part of the placement process. Late letters cannot be considered.


I ask that you trust us to use our knowledge of your child to provide a strong educational experience for all students. Placement is a very intricate and thoughtful process that elicits input from many people who have in-depth knowledge of all of our students. An enormous amount of energy goes into this important task. Therefore, once assignments have been made, they are final. Placement letters will go out district-wide in late August. I believe that by our working closely together and communicating in an honest and direct way, we will gain the information needed to make the best decisions for all students.


Audrey Parad Peller
John Ward Elementary School
10 Dolphin Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

 And Now a Word From the PTO


What a year! Thanks to all that helped make this year such a great success. We exceeded our fundraising goals (50% over target!) and had fantastic engagement across the Ward community. The kids are benefiting every day from the increased investments in technology and curriculum related programs such as Creative Arts and Sciences.


Our next PTO meeting is May 10th @ 8:45am in the Dolphin Cafe.   We'll be planning for next year and recruiting for open positions. Please join us and let's keep up the good work!



Auction Fever Returns!

The Spring Auction was a great success. There are just a few of the over 100 auction items remaining. If you are interested in any of these great items, send your best and final bid by 3pm Friday, May 10th to Cindy Henry at Highest bidder takes the prize!



$105 Gift Certificate to Linx

Good for Linx specialty programs or LX sports program. Not eligible for camp.

$105 value


1 Fitness Assessment and 3 Personal Training Sessions

Movement Sciences

607 Boylston Street Boston

$300 value


3 Membership to Forever Fit

191 Watertown Street, Watertown

$199 value


1-Month Full Access Pass for Two

Change Your Body Boot Camp

$580 value


School News  
Please join in helping to spruce up our school.  

Indoor projects include painting 11 bookcases, 8 bulletin boards, 1 sink area and 2 doors.  In addition, we will be helping the artist prepare the stairwell for the Ward mural!

We also have many outdoor projects including removal of the current garden fence to make way for a new and improved garden facade, spreading new playground mulch, as well as general outdoor clean-up and yard work. 

Many hands make light work! The more volunteers we have, the more work we can accomplish.
Thanks for your participation!  

Email Heather Pozen at if you are able to help.

Understanding Our Differences Update

The Blindness and Low Vision Unit of the Understanding Our Differences program has come to a successful conclusion. Students learned about the spectrum of visual disabilities that individuals experience, including blindness and low vision.  They experienced how people with visual disabilities use their other, senses (smell, taste, touch and hearing) to identify objects and how they make individual choices regarding their mobility (using a cane, a dog guide, or a sighted guide).  They also learned how to use a Perkins Brailler and learned about other types of communicative devices, such as electronic notetakers and talking computers.  They were enthusiastic to meet Pam Fernandes, who answered all their thoughtful questions, and were especially excited to meet Pam's dog guide, Cameron!  We would like to thank our volunteer team of: Fabby LaGasse, Melissa Lerou, Mary McKee, Brian O'Neil, Mindy Peckler, Jen Rugani, Jane Taylor, Deb (and Matty) Vogel.  We would also like to thank Amy Broder, Chris MacPherson, Sheila Packard, Susan Tempesta, Brad Hammer, Marjorie Turetz, and Katie Anderson, and our principal Audrey Peller for their support. Understanding Our Differences will present the Deafness and Hard of Hearing Unit on Thursday, May 23rd. Please call/email Alex Chakalis at or 781-760-4739 if you are interested in volunteering. 

From Mrs. Broder and the Art Room

May and June are full of GREAT reasons to give gifts. Mother's Day, Father's Day, end of school, or just getting prepared for the holiday season ahead of time. Choose from dozens of different items: mugs, water bottles, t-shirts, sketchbooks, note cards just to name a few. Personalize them with your child's artwork, and voila you have an original keepsake gift! Any way you slice it, personalized artwork is a truly unique gift. And as an added bonus, this is a school fundraiser and the Ward School Art Program receives 20% of each sale.


We are adding new art every week. So check your child's page, and encourage friends and family members to support Ward, and your budding artist, by buying Artsonia products for all of their gift-giving occasions. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to ask Lena, Stacy, Mindy, or Mrs. Broder, or call Artsonia directly, 1 (800) 869-9974.


Thanks again for your support.


Lena Goodwin (, Stacy Schwartz ( and Mindy Peckler (



Stop and Shop Rewards Are Back!

Help Ward School raise money. Stop and Shop will donate money each time you shop if you register your card as follows:

Go to:
Select "Register your Card",
Enter the first three letters of your last name and  your Stop and Shop Card Number
Click "Continue to Listing"
Enter the Ward School Number 08887
Click "Register my Card"

Thank you  = now start shopping!                




What's New at After-School  


What's New at After-School?

Happy Spring!  Here at After-School, we are taking advantage of this beautiful weather with lots of fun outdoor activities such as golf lessons with Newton Community Golf, an upcoming field trip to the Auburndale Cove for a picnic, a Boston Duck Tour for our 4th and 5th graders, a Lacrosse Club, a Gardening Club, and much more. 

We also recently enjoyed a Career Week at After-School.  Each day, a visitor came to our program to tell us about the work that they love. Our guests included Merav Rosen (woodworker), Luther Gray and Jim Hobbs (jazz musicians), Juanita Allen Kingsley (EMT and Health Care Trainer), Catherine Hartunian (veterinarian), and Lothar Windels (designer).  It was such a fabulous week, and we are extremely grateful and honored that these folks visited with us!

Please visit our website,, to learn more about our Program. 

Donna Marohn
Ward After-School Program
10 Dolphin Road
Newton Centre, MA  02459


Newton News and Events




Open Arts Day: The Arsenal Center for the Arts hosts Open Arts Day, a celebration of community, on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The free open house features the diverse programming offered by the Center and its three resident companies - New Repertory Theatre, Watertown Children's Theatre and Quilters' Connection. Throughout the day there will be activities for the whole family: performances, live music, exhibits, demonstrations and workshops in art, theatre and more. In addition, every registrant will receive a ticket to be entered into a raffle for free theatre tickets or summer art classes.


"Since we opened our doors in 2006, we have truly become the multi-disciplinary arts center that the founders envisioned, filled with the energy of people attending performances, creating art, acting, singing, dancing and participating in workshops and classes," states Sharon Glennon, Executive Director of the Arsenal Center. "The Greater Boston community has been incredibly supportive of the Arsenal Center for the Arts, so it gives us pleasure to reciprocate by hosting Open Arts Day - a free, fun way for families to experience the arts."


Activities will include a preview of summer art camp with workshops for children, as well as adults, in pottery, watercolor and printmaking; Quilters' Connection quilting demonstration; New Repertory Theatre preview of Camelot, sing-along with Crazy Neighbors and monologues from Amadeus; performances by Watertown Children's Theatre voice and theater students and a Dress-Up & Photo-Booth. Affiliated arts organizations will offer performances: F.U.D.G.E. Theatre, the middle school a cappella group Bigelow Beats from Newton, New England Conservatory Prep Brass Quintet, and surprise appearances.


Three art shows will be on view: the Faculty & Staff exhibition (May 2 - 29), with a reception to afford the public a chance to meet the artists and staff of the Arsenal Center; Watertown Art Association's May Exhibit; the Arsenal Center's first bi-annual Youth Exhibit, showcasing the art of its young students, sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank. Open Arts Day is supported in part by a donation from Belmont Savings Bank, as well as a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council and the Waltham Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


For more information go to for a schedule of the free events. The Arsenal Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. 617-923-0100.




Newton Sing-A-Long: What would happen if you held a sing-a-long and the whole town came?

Come to a participatory music-making event for singers of all ages and abilities. Join songleader Nick page and the Newton Country Players, Folk Society of Greater Boston, Newton All City Honor choirs, the Newton Public Schools Music Department, Silver Newtones, Zamir Chorale of Boston, Newton Choral Society and Journey Songs on Sunday, May 5th at 4:00pm, at the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street. Admission is free, please bring a donation for the Newton Food Pantries. Call 617-527-8283 for information.




Parent Program: Children, Teens, and Technology Rules of engagement: Are there any?

Co-sponsored by the PTOs from Bigelow, Cabot, Day, Peirce, Newton North, and The Newton Partnership


Dr. Michael Rich, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m., Newton North Auditorium, Light refreshments


Dr. Rich is a pediatrician and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital, Boston. His research explores the positive and negative effects of technology (computer, television, cellphones, etc.) on children and teens.


Join us as Dr. Rich discusses

  • Strategies and tips to manage children's use of technology
  • How to fight the "crowd" mentality
  • Addictive nature of technology as it relates to children with attention issues
  • Impact of violence and inappropriate content on child development

For more information, go to




NewtonPAC Meeting: The Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education (NewtonPAC) presents Dr. Rafael Castro, PhD. discussing Neuropsychological Evaluations on   Thursday, May 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Refreshments and networking will begin at 7:15 p.m. The meeting location is room 210 of the Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newton.


Dr. Castro received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University. He had a staff appointment at Children's Hospital, Boston as a supervising psychologist for a number of developmental clinics including the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and the Preschool Clinic. Highly experienced in the evaluation of a wide range of children, Dr. Castro specializes in the assessment of preschoolers, children with developmental disabilities and Spanish speaking children. Originally from Spain, he is bi-lingual and the father of four young children. Dr. Castro founded ICCD.




Newton Library Teen Events:


Teen Crafternoons, Wednesday, May 1, 3:30 pm

Get creative in the second floor Teen Area of the Newton Free Library where we will be hanging out, working on crafts. In preparation for Free Comic Book Day on May 4, we'll be making comic book duct tape wallets. Grades 6-12.


Jack Reacher Movie Screening, Saturday, May 11, 2:00 pm

The character from Lee Child's best-selling novel, Jack Reacher, makes an appearance on the big screen in this explosive thriller. The screening of Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, will be held at the Newton Free Library on Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 pm in Druker Auditorium. The film is rated PG-13 and runs for 130 min. The program is open to ages 13 and up.


Teen Summer Reading Poster Making, Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, 3:30 pm

Help prepare for this year's teen Summer Reading Program, Beneath the Surface. We'll be making a huge poster to hang in the teen area to publicize this summer's festivities. Be ready to get messy as we paint, collage and more! Join us on either or both Wednesdays, May 15 and May 22 at the Newton Free Library in Druker Auditorium at 3:30 pm. Grades 6-12.


Mid-May Teen Author Panel with Erin Dionne, Jo Knowles and Gina Rosati, Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 pm

Join us for a special program with Erin Dionne author of Notes from an Accidental Band Geek, Jo Knowles author of See You at Harry's and Gina Rosati author of Auracle. Once each author has read a short excerpt from their book, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Wondering what the publishing process is like, how to find an agent or how long it takes to write a book? Here's your chance to learn about the publishing and writing process. The program will take place at the Newton Free Library on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm in Druker Auditorium. A book signing will follow with books provided by New England Mobile Book Fair. Refreshments will be served.


Roxbury Repertory Theatre reads The Diary of Anne Frank, Saturday, May 18, 2:00 pm

Join us for a 90-minute staged reading adapted from Wendy Kessleman's Tony Award nominated Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank. The reading will take place at the Newton Free Library on Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 pm in Druker Auditorium and will be given by members of the Roxbury Repertory Theatre under the direction of Marshall Hughes. Anne Frank's candid writings have had an impact on communities worldwide and remind us of the cruelty, devastation and inhumanity of genocide. A question and answer period with the


Questions? Email the Teen Librarian at or call the Newton Free Library at 617-796-1380. All programs are free and open to the public. The Newton Free Library is handicap accessible.




Newton's Memorial Day Parade: Looking for Participants for Newton's Memorial Day Parade: The Newton Veteran's Council is looking for any interested groups of children to participate in the city's annual Memorial Day Parade.   A float, a marching band, a sports team, or any other kind of organized group, can march in, or otherwise participate in, the parade. This year, the parade will be held on Sunday, May 19. The parade typically commences at 2:00 pm and marches through Auburndale and Nonantum. The route is about a mile in length. If you are interested, please contact Tom Shoemaker (member of the Veteran's Council and State Commander of the American Legion), for more information. He can be reached at 617-244-5182.




Relay for Life Event: In one month, we'll be kicking off this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Newton-Brookline. We'd love to see you again and you've still got plenty of time to get involved especially since our online tools make planning your Relay activities and asking for donations easier than ever. Don't miss our new video where you can be reminded of all the fun you've had at past Relay events and a virtual guide through your fundraising tools!


Sign up for Relay For Life today.


Whether you've experienced cancer as a survivor or through the struggle of a loved one, there's a place for you at a Relay For Life. We have so many inspiring and fun activities planned for this year's event; we hope you'll join us for another unforgettable night where we'll come together to celebrate, remember, and fight back!


Every dollar you raise will help save lives and empower you to fight back against a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love.

Join us again to fight cancer!




Veteran Appreciation Event: Tuesday May 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Celtics, Patriots, Comedy, Delicious Food & Raffle


Mayor Setti D. Warren invites you to the Grand Opening of the Veterans Service Center. On Tuesday May 7th, all are invited to join Mayor Setti D. Warren for the grand opening of the Veterans Center, a first of its kind center dedicated to providing a variety of services for veterans.

This family-friendly, veterans appreciation event will feature numerous attractions, including appearances by former New England Patriot and three-time Super Bowl champion Joe Andruzzi, and Patriot DL Rob Ninkovich; a Hoops for our Troops basketball challenge, and the chance to play ball with legends from the Boston Celtics; an evening of comedy featuring comedians Steve Sweeney and Rob Steen; and food and beverages courtesy of Cabots Ice Cream, WholeFoods, Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen and O'Hara's. The evening will be emceed by Matt Siegel of KISS 108's Matty in the Morning.


View Event Schedule Here




Newton Community Preservation Committee News:


Next Funding Deadline: 1 June 2013

Projects that submit pre-proposals by this deadline can qualify to submit a full proposal next fall for either fy14 or fy15 funding. Full instructions & read-only forms are online under 'Guidelines & Forms' from Contact us to request a fillable form or for help in adapting the form for your project: Alice Ingerson, 617.529.9337 or

Next CPC Meeting: Thursday, 9 May 2013, 7 pm, City Hall Room 222

This agenda includes:

Historic Burying Grounds - new requested uses for remaining funds

Newton's Capital Improvement Plan & CPA funding process - discussion with Board of Aldermen President & Vice President

Museum Archives - update on anticipated project costs & schedule


What's online from

  • full meeting agendas, under 'Committees & Meetings'
  • full text of the Allen House pre-proposal, from 'Proposals & Projects - Pending'

The full pre-meeting packet for the May 9th meeting will be online by May 2nd.


Community Classifieds



Summer Camp: We are going to be holding a summer camp at Top Banana Education Foundation in Newton, MA. Our camp is an educational program that incorporates fun for all campers attending. Each week at the camp there will be a theme we center our activities around and will be for campers ages 6-10 years old. Our camp helps students with their math skills, handwriting and reading skills (including comprehension). We will be working off the summer reading list and will be practicing what the students have learned in math over the past school year. We feel it is extremely important that kids don't lose what they already know over the summer months. We also feel it is extremely important kids have fun over the summer, they are on vacation after all!

For more information:




Summer Camp: If you have not signed up for Camp now is the time! We still have space available in all of our sessions!


The goal of our camp is to provide opportunities for children to explore their creative and athletic potential while cultivating friendships and sharing new experiences with their peers. We believe we have achieved the perfect balance of free play, structured play, small and large group activity. We go swimming every day, we take full day field trips every Tuesday and Thursday, and we are always outside and on the move.


Session 1: Picing is now discounted due to the late school release date. Your pricing will be adjusted accordingly! Camp wll being on June 27th!

Session 1: June 27th - July 3rd Regular Camp is now $210 and Ext. Camp is $250

Session 2: July 8th - July 19th Regula Camp is $410 and Ext. Camp is $500

Session 3: July 22nd - Aug 2nd

Session 4: Aug 5th - Aug 16th



$50 Discount if you sign up for 2 Sessions!

$100 Discount if you sign up for 3 Sessions!

$200 Discount if you sign up for all 4 Sessions!


You can register online or download an application for printing on legal sized paper by clicking here:

To inquire about Teen Camp for 13 & 14 year olds, contact Joli Anza at




Youth Football and Cheer Program: Are you ready to Kick, Punt, Pass and Cheer?


The Newton Mustangs offer football and cheer for all children in grades 2 through 8. There are no try outs and all players are placed on teams according to grade.


You can learn more and register now at WWW.NEWTONMUSTANGS.ORG. (registration discount through memorial day)


We will also hold a Kick, Punt, Pass and Cheer Clinic on June 21st - 6:00pm at the West Suburban YMCA 276 Church St, Newton Corner, MA 02458!   Practice the basics or grow your skills in football and cheerleading. We encourage all who are interested in learning about what the season will offer to join us at the clinic.




In Home Tutor: Call Y3K TUTOR IN YOUR HOME today, when schoolwork goes the wrong way!

Our many years of experience in teaching and educational consulting has developed the right way to motivate, the right way to teach, be understood, and be remembered. We tutor special ed. such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, Autism, Emotional/Behavioral, and gifted. We also tutor regular ed. and test preparation. All subjects and ages are taught. Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson. Call 781-492-8700 or log on to




Summer Music Lessons: Summer Music Lessons & Camps at School of Rock, 120 Elm Street, Watertown, MA! Now taking bookings for various performance programs, recording studio classes, camps, for May, June, July, and beyond. Call 617-923-3434 or visit us at for more information. Ages 7-18.




Spring Concert: Newton Family Singers Spring Concert - The Tide is High


Get ready to dive into the warmer weather with the Newton Family Singers as they perform their Spring concert ... The Tide is High. Go with the flow, and join us for a program of tender, poignant and rocking water-inspired songs by an eclectic mix of artists including the Beatles, Lyle Lovett, Blondie, the Grateful Dead and the Indigo Girls.


Sunday, May 5th, 4pm at the Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School Auditorium, 250 Brookline Street, Newton. Bring your family and come sing with us!


The Newton Family Singers are an intergenerational chorus and band celebrating family, community and American folk music.


Tickets can be purchased online! Visit or email us




Concert: Come join the celebration and experience a world-class performance from the Philippine Madrigal Singers right here in Boston!


As one of the world's highly acclaimed and consistently awarded choirs, the group was recently invited to participate in the American Choral Director's Association Conference in Dallas, Texas (2013), America Cantat 7 in Bogota, Colombia and the World Symposium for Choral Music in Argentina (2011).


This May, they are coming to Boston as part of their 50th year celebration of sharing their music to different corners of the globe, so do yourself a favor and don't miss out! Save the dates and save yourself a seat HERE. (! It's very easy!


Here's when they're performing:

Friday, May 17, 2013 8pm - First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St. Boston, MA

Saturday, May 18, 2013 8pm - St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 5 Linden Place, Boston, MA

Check out their renditions of the following songs:

Michael Jackson's Earth Song (

Jason Mraz's I'm Yours (

Coconut nut (


Not yet convinced? Read this!

Did you know that in 2009, the MADZ were named as the UNESCO Artist for Peace for their extensive work towards promoting peace, cultural diversity, and understanding through music?They've also collaborated with other world-class choirs such as the Swingle Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Coro Unibersidad de Mendoza, MIT, Yale School of Music, Calvin College, and more.


Currently under the direction of Mark Anthony Carpio, the ensemble continues to perform a wide repertoire of various styles and forms: Renaissance and Classical music, Filipino and International folksongs, contemporary and Avant-garde music, Opera and even popular music. In keeping with the madrigal idiom, the choir's unique set up often involves performing while seated in a semi-circle, without a conductor. You name it, and they can sing it!

Check out their website for more information:




Summer Theatre Program: "Please Sir, I want some more"... There are still a few spots open for the Newton Youth Players' summer theatre program production of "Oliver!".

The first rehearsal will take place on June 27th at Newton City Hall in the War Memorial Auditorium. Rehearsals are from 9am - noon, giving ample time to work on choreography, scenery and props production. The subsequent rehearsals and performance will be at Franklin Elementary School, 125 Derby Street in Newton. The performance is July 17th. Please register


For those looking for a full day of theatrical experience, there is a wonderful companion afternoon program "Choices". From 1pm - 3pm, June 27 th - July 11 th. Directed by Marlene Fereshetian and Ruth Housman, it is an original story building program, using music, humor, magic, dance and art. This program will also spend its opening day at Newton City Hall, and then continue to Franklin School. Registration and more information is at




A Midsummer Night's Dream Performance: Theatre Ink and South Stage presents the 30th annual Shakespeare collaboration: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. During a wild midsummer night four lovers escape parental scrutiny in the woods and blindly wander into a power struggle amid the denizens of this dreamy land. To complicate matters a motley band of players are readying a performance when magic, mischief, and mayhem ensue. Love, Identity, Parental Authority, Sexuality, Power, and donkey lust (?) are all part of Shakespeare's most often performed comedy. Directed by Ross McDonald with actors from both Newton North and South High Schools. May 9th and 10th at 7:30, May 11th at 2:00, Seasholes Auditorium, Newton South High School 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre, 02459. Tickets at, 617-559-6306




Sideways Stories from Wayside School Performance: Watertown Children's Theatre's Play Factory presents Sideways Stories from Wayside School, May 17 at 7 pm, May 18 at 1 pm, and May 19 at 1 pm, in the Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Wayside School was accidentally built sideways.


It was supposed to be only one story high, with thirty classrooms all in a row. Instead, it is thirty stories high, with one classroom on each story! Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happen at Wayside - especially on the thirtieth floor! An ensemble cast of 3rd-5th graders brings this childhood favorite to life. Director Jennifer Vento shares, ""The wacky world of Wayside School includes a teacher who zaps children into apples, an eccentric dance teacher, two talking pigtails, a mysterious and spooky substitute teacher and 14 students who ride the wave of this zaniness. The cast does a great job of connecting to the whims and reactions of the students in Wayside School and bringing out the nuances in the script.   General admission tickets are $10 and will be available beginning April 30th through WCT's website at or by calling 1-800-838-3006. For more information, visit WCT's website or call 617-926-ARTS.




Newton Robotics Team Events:


Meet the Robots - Join your Newton LigerBots Robotics Team on Saturday May 18th for their annual Meet the Robots event at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands (90 Lincoln St). There will be many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activities for children. Double Helix, the LigerBots' new robot will be there for kids to drive, as well as other robots big and small. Also learn about all of the different robotics teams in Newton and how you can become a part of one.


Fire & Ice Fundraiser- Have a nice dinner on the town at Fire & Ice (205 Berkeley St, Boston, MA) on May 16th and help the LigerBots to raise money for their team. A portion of all proceed at Fire & Ice will be donated to the Newton LigerBots for all diners who present the LigerBots flyer to the restaurant. Come for the fun, relaxing atmosphere with a near infinite selection of food while supporting your local robotics team.




Sunday School for Jewish Studies: The Sunday School for Jewish Studies is now accepting registrations for grades K-7 for the 2013-2014 school year. The Sunday School is an independent school offering a once-a-week program for children in the greater Boston area for over 40 years. Located at the Oak Hill Middle School in Newton, our school is committed to providing a Jewish education that fosters a strong sense of Jewish identity for children and families with diverse traditions of Jewish observance. Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation is available but not required, and students may enter in any grade. Interfaith and nontraditional families are welcome. For additional information, please visit our website at or call 617.264.8855.




Fashion Show Fundraiser: The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton's 16th Annual Fashion Show, BOLD and Beautiful, will be on Wednesday, May 22, at Karoun Restaurant in Newton.

Featuring fashions and accessories from a few of Newton's most original shops including: Brussels Sprouts, Folklorica, Stash and CERI|COMO, this stylish affair will focus on individual style, with a particular eye toward wear-ability for women of many different shapes, sizes, ages and tastes. This year, we are asking guests to, "Find yourself on the runway," - whether by seeing a new look or possibly modeling one! Guests will also enjoy the colorful décor and sizzling Middle Eastern cuisine at Karoun. Once again, there will be an array of must-have baskets for raffle, an exciting BLING prize, and all that swag!


Tickets are $75 each and include dinner and table seating. Table sizes will vary, and can be reserved by contacting Diane Marangoly, Events Coordinator at: (617) 630-2066




Book and Author Luncheon:The 29th annual Friends of the Newton Free Library Book and Author Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013.   The authors this year are William Landay and Randy Susan Meyers.   Enjoy a Chicken, Salmon, or Vegetarian lunch at the Newton Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue at Route 128 starting with a cash bar at 11:30, with luncheon and speakers from 12 noon to 2:45 pm - in time to pick up your children.   New England Mobile Book Fair will have copies of the authors books for sale and the authors will be signing books.


William Landay is the author of the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob (set in Newton), The Strangler, a Los Angeles Times Favorite Crime Book of the Year, and Mission Flats, winner of the Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel and a Barry Award nominee. A former district attorney who holds degrees from Yale and Boston College Law School, Landay lives in Newton, where he is at work on his next novel of suspense.


Randy Susan Meyers is the author of The Comfort of Lies (Feb 2013) and The Murderer's Daughters (January 2010//St. Martin's Press.) Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Randy now lives in Boston with her husband, where she teaches writing seminars for Grub Street Writer's Center, and is the mother of two grown daughters.


The price for the luncheon is $45 per person.   Sponsorships are $75 and $100.   Purchase tickets online at or send your check for $45 per person made payable to the Friends of the Newton Free Library to Book and Author Luncheon, PO Box 600533, Newtonville, MA 02460. Specify the names of those who will attend the event & include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please indicate your preferences for chicken, fish, or vegetarian entree for lunch.




Nutrition Workshop for Adults: Eat Right and Love Your Body: Nutrition Solutions and Body Image Workshop for Adults. June 6-7-8:30pm-92 Pearl Street, Newton Corner.


This workshop is designed for you to gain a greater understanding of how to meet your nutritional goals in a simple fashion and without deprivation. We will focus on developing a nonjudgmental attitude towards your body and learning to be respectful of the whole self. Led by Stacy Schwartz, Nutritional Health Coach and Cybill Goldberg, LICSW, the participants will learn how destructive body thoughts can sabotage the success of eating healthy and self-acceptance. Participants will learn how to build a new relationship with food and their body. An interactive group setting will allow for all members to leave feeling better about themselves inside and out.

Pre-registration required: Contact Kristin 617-558-1881 x12 or email




Events at Historic Newton/The Jackson Homestead and Museum:


The 31st Annual Newton House Tour

May 19, 2013, 12:00-5:00 pm

Volunteers Needed! Attend the tour for FREE! Volunteers are needed for one of two shifts (11:30 am-2:30 pm or 2-5 pm.) In return for service, all volunteers receive a free ticket. To volunteer for the tour, please fill out the volunteer form or e-mail


Buy your tickets now online or call 617.796.1450



Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, noon-5 PM


Newton residents are invited to enjoy free admission to the Jackson Homestead and Museum.


Saturday, May 4, 3:00-4:30 PM


Join us for an afternoon of enchanting music-a combination of chamber music and solo works by Schubert, Siber, Britten, Dowland, and Giuliani- performed by New England Conservatory students studying under renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk. Spend an afternoon enjoying beautiful music and light refreshments in an intimate setting. Free.


Saturday, May 18, 5:30-7:30 PM


The Preview Party celebrates the homeowners and the homes being featured on our 31st Annual Tour. Join us for sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and fine wines and get a sneak preview of the homes featured on the Tour. Individual tickets $125 each by advance registration only. Sponsorship opportunities also available; buy tickets online at or over the phone at 617.796.1450.


Sunday, May 19, noon-5:00 PM


Featuring private homes that highlight interior design, architecture, and historic renovation throughout Newton, the House Tour benefits Historic Newton's programming. Advance sale tickets: $25 for Historic Newton members/$35 for nonmembers. Ticket prices increase $5 the day before the tour, so buy now and save! Buy your House Tour tickets at or by calling 617.796.1450.


Thursday, May 23, 7:30 PM


This month's book selection is Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall. Recognized as a major work and a touchstone for any future discussion of the origins of America's military escalation in Vietnam, the book exploits a wide array of new sources to explore America's Vietnam policy. Well written and accessible, it cogently and systematically undermines the argument that America's military escalation in Vietnam was in any way inevitable or necessary. The book club is free and open to all, new members are welcome.



Confronting Our Legacy: Slavery and Antislavery in the North: This new exhibition transforms the lower gallery of the museum into a three-dimensional learning center with hands-on activities and information about colonial slavery, the Underground Railroad, and local abolitionists.


An Architect Ahead of Her Time: Annie Cobb (1830-1911): Starting in the 1870s, Annie Cobb built 16 homes in Newton Highlands and exhibited at the World's Fair of 1893 in Chicago. She was arguably the first woman architect in America, and succeeded in fashioning a career for herself in the male world of building in a time when women's work was mainly limited to the home.


Newton and the Civil War: In celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Historic Newton will be featuring a changing exhibit showcasing Newton residents in the Civil War. Also be sure to visit our new Women's Fashions of the Civil War Era exhibit.  


Peeking into Newton's Toy Chest: The values and lessons toys teach us, as shown by the Historic Newton collection, are explored in this exhibit. Children's attractions include hands-on toys and a model train.


Mapping a New Town: 1714-1874: Maps depicting Newton's growth over the centuries are displayed; special activities for children are also featured.


Newton Salutes-Restoring Farlow Park Bridge and Pond: In 1880 John Farlow, a successful railroad businessman, donated land to the city for the purposes of creating Newton's first open space for recreation and relaxation. The focal point for the park was a lovely pond and handsome Adirondack style bridge. However, in the 1950's, the water was drained from the pond and the deteriorating bridge removed. This exhibit documents the history of the park and contemporary efforts to restore it.


The Newton History Gallery: Featuring tools, furniture, clothing, and toys to illustrate the Newton of the past.  

The Jackson Homestead and Museum is open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, and Noon to 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. If you need special assistance, please call 617-796-1450.



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