ForWARD June 7, 2013

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 7, 2013    

In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars
From the Principal's Desk
And Now a Word From the PTO
School News
Health Room 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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Mark Your Calendars             


From the Principal's Desk  

We've been busy making plans for the fall.  Ward School has been allocated fourteen classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year.  Based on current numbers, the most likely staffing for next year is:

K Jean Corbo-Hudak
K Cari MacKenzie
1 Jessica Colarusso
1 Meghan McGrath
1 Lisa Petrie
2 Lisa Fabrizio
2 Tamsen Hunter
2 Margie Turetz
3 Katherine Goldman
3 Brad Hammer
4 Jill Kaplan
4 Lauren Ludman
5 Lisa Addleman
5 Denise Costello

Next year, Ms. Goldman's third grade class will be a co-taught model.  This class will be staffed with two teachers who are certified in both elementary education and special education, as well as a full time graduate student intern or aide.   Included in the class will be a number of students who currently receive services outside of the classroom, in addition to the usual range of students that creates a balanced class.  The increased staffing will allow students to receive services within the classroom to address the goals of their Educational Plans.  Many Newton schools are adopting this model for selected grade levels depending on students' needs.  I want to emphasize that both third grades will cover the same curriculum and include students with a variety of strengths and challenges.

Words can't describe our new dolphin mural.  Walking up to the second floor feels like an undersea adventure.  We will be celebrating our mural with a brief presentation prior to the Art Show on June 12.  Meet us in the front lobby at 6:45 PM.

Progress reports will be available on Monday, June 24 through the ParentCONNECT web-based portal.

Class lists will be sent via email on August 23.  This allows us to make adjustments based on enrollment.

I look forward to seeing you at the many upcoming events that celebrate the school year.

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

 And Now a Word From the PTO



PTO Volunteers Needed for Next Year

The PTO is looking for help next year! Please let us know if you are interested in the following. Contact Jodi Figler at


  1. PTO CoVP - Participates in planning for year by attending a few meetings during the summer, attends Ward events to represent PTO, helps with annual fund drive and other fundraising activities, acts as back-up to PTO Co-Presidents if needed
  2. Directory Coordinator - Reviews family data prior to printing by removing current 5th graders, adding all new families, and verifying/collecting missing inaccurate data
  3. Room Parent Coordinator - Recruits Room Parents with flyer and communication through ForWARD, ensures all classes have at least one lead parent, maintains RP list, sends final list to Ward executive secretary, announces RP list in ForWARD, attends first PTO meeting to welcome RPs, sends updates to RPs for dissemination to class parents, sends announcements to RPs as needed.
  4. Winter Family Event Night - Lead the effort for a small fund raiser for Ward
  5. Teacher Appreciation - Work closely with Magda Duchnowska in coordinating monthly Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts
  6. Teacher Raffle - Lead the effort for a spring fundraiser where items are donated by faculty. A "turn-key" program!
  7. Read-in - Work closely with Julia Johnston-Ketterer in coordinating March event.
  8. Garden/Beautification - Continue the great work with a longer term plan/design. Work with teachers on curriculum related projects.


Calling All Walkers

The Safe Routes to School Committee of the PTO is launching initiatives to make walking to Ward School easier, safer and more fun in the next school year. To further these initiatives, the PTO is seeking to identify families that walk or want to walk to school to participate in these efforts and, on occasion, help out. Please contact Ellen Waldorf,, to get your family involved.



Upcoming Events

PTO Thank You Party ~ Tuesday, June 11th @ 7:30PM

All are welcome to attend the PTO thank you party. Please come celebrate the end of great year! Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30pm at the home of Gail Fitzgerald, 75 Intervale Road.


School News  


Please join us Wednesday, June 12 at 6:45 pm for the dedication of our amazing new mural followed by our exciting annual Art Show!!!
Help us honor muralist David Fitcher, the mural committee and our fabulous Ward School artists. Although the Art Show will be ready to view all day on Wednesday, we hope to see you on Wednesday evening at 6:45, too! 
Thank you and see you then, 
Amy Broder

Creative Arts and Sciences Committee Wrap Up 
The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee sponsors AMAZING programming in every Ward School classroom throughout the year.  The programs support Art, English, History, Social Sciences, Music, Physical Education and Sciences curricula and are selected with input from the teachers in order to best enhance what they are teaching.  
This year the CASC brought many exciting programs to Ward School.  Three of the highlights that were enjoyed by the entire Ward student body were: 
  • Meg Tabackso of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority taught students lots of interesting facts about our water supply
  • The lively and talented Opera to Go introduced the art and fun of Opera.
  • Muralist David Fichter was Ward's very own artist in residence.   He worked with the students throughout the year to create a fantastic mural for the entire community to enjoy.  Please take a look or come to the dedication on 6/12 at 6:45.  This program was funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The following programs were also presented by grade level, the brief descriptions do not do them justice as these programs are captivating and enriching: 
  • Miko Imai - beloved author and illustrator shared her stories that touch on her Japanese heritage (K)
  • Honeybees and the Art of Beekeeping - the students learned about the importance of bees in our environment and about the family-like social interactions of bees (K)
  • Helen Keller - dramatic portrayal demonstrating the challenges she faced in her childhood with a goal of instilling a respect for differences (Grade 1)
  • Author and Illustrator Emilie Boon - interactive presentation that culminates in her guiding the students through creating their own accordion book.
  • Suzi Kline - through a fast paced and humorous presentation, Ms. Kline inspires students to write about events in their own lives.
  • Life in Ghana - the students were transported to experience a day in a village in Ghana and learn about the culture through music, artifacts and games (Grade 2)
  • Techsploration: Structures - students learned about building principles and solved construction problems using beams and connectors.  (Grade 3)
  • Science Discovery Museum: Physical Changes of Matter - through interactive experiments, students explored the physical properties of solids, liquids and gases (Grade 3)
  • Lyn Littlefield Hoopes - Lyn shares her poems and leads children to write their own poems inspired from nature photographs (Grade 4)
  • Science Discovery Museum: Lights and Lasers - this program compared and contrasts the properties of sunlight and laser light through interactive demonstration (Grade 4)
  • Judith Steinberg - Ward School's poet-in-residence spent 5 days with the students teaching them to read and interpret published poems and write 4 original poems that were presented to an audience.  (Grade 5)
  • Wingmasters: World of Owls - live Owl demonstration showed the students how these animals use their specialized senses to survive and thrive (Grade 5)
  • Bay Colony Educators: Life in Colonial America - looked at the child's life in 1750's America through clothing, education, chores and games of the time (Grade 5)
Many thanks to all the parent grade reps who helped all of these programs come to fruition: Vicki Spetter Goldstein, Jennifer Weber, Jodi Figler, Sepi Hedayet, Caryn Lipchin, Nancy Sharooz, and to the PTO for funding all of these enriching programs.
We are looking for a parent who will have a child in Kindergarten next year to help with these programs for that grade level.  If you are interested in helping out in any grade, please contact Jennifer Weber at Jennifer Weber at
Lori Belz and Sheryl Kalis, Co-Chairs of Creative Arts and Sciences Committee 
Understanding Our Differences Updates


Grade 4
The Learning Disabilities unit of the Understanding Our Differences program has come to a successful conclusion in the 4th grade. Students learned about various learning disabilities including how learning disabilities are often hidden and how to be a good friend to someone with learning disabilities.They were enthusiastic to meet Terry Bromfield, an educator to adult students with learning disabilities from Lasell College, who also struggled with a learning disability herself. The students asked very thoughtful questions. We would like to thank our volunteer team of Mary Lee, Venki Murthy, Jessica Gilmartin, Julia Johnston-Ketterer, Stacy Schwartz, Karla Siegel, Jade McNeil and Wendy Kritzer. We would also like to thank Ms Packard, Ms Broder, Mr MacPherson, Ms Kaplan, and Ms Goldman and our principal Ms Peller for their support. Understanding Our Differences will present several different programs next year in the 5th grade.  


Grade 3

The 3rd Grade Deafness and Hard of Hearing Unit of the Understanding Our Differences program came to a successful conclusion on Thursday, May 23rd. During this unit, students participated in a variety of activities where they received hands-on experience with fingerspelling, sign language and lipreading. They learned about sound, frequency, communication and the anatomy of the ear. Students discovered that assistive technology can enhance both communication and independence. They were enthusiastic to meet Bonnie Kaplan (and her interpreter Nicole Crossman), who answered all their thoughtful questions.  We would like to thank our volunteer team of: Fabby LaGasse, Marsha Marchant, Christine O'Neill, Mindy Peckler, Jen Rugani, and Jane Taylor.  We would also like to thank Amy Broder, Chris MacPherson, Sheila Packard, Susan Tempesta, Brad Hammer, Marjorie Turetz, and our principal Audrey Peller for their support.     


CARe Committee Project   

The Ward CARe Committee is sponsoring a "Birthday in a box" drive for June. We are making a "box" for a girl between the ages of 5-8.

Please go to SignUp Genius if you are interested in donating items. We're looking for small items for a child's birthday. 


Please email Alison Best with any questions at
Alison Best and Amiee Parco, CARE Committee co-chairs  


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!                




Health Room News

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and birds are singing. But noses are running, eyes are puffy and throats are scratchy. Not only is it Spring, but it is allergy season as well.


Allergens are what cause those uncomfortable symptoms. They are common, usually harmless things, such as pollen, mold spores, animal dander (dead skin flakes and saliva), dust, foods, insect sting poison, and drugs. Allergens are what make people who have allergies sneeze, wheeze, cough or have other symptoms. Allergies are also a common trigger for asthma symptoms.


Allergies are typically genetic. A child whose parents have allergies is more likely to have allergies too. There isn't a cure, but there are ways to control allergies.


First, know what you are allergic to. Your health care provider can help you figure that out. People are allergic to different things. Knowing what makes your symptoms worse can help you avoid those things. Second, get medicine, if you need it. Again, your health care provider can make recommendations of over-the-counter or prescription treatment if that's what is appropriate for your symptoms. And finally, limit the allergens you are around. Here are a few tips for limiting allergens:

  • Use mattress and pillow covers that block dust mites
  • Wash linens and clothing in hot water
  • Use a HEPA filter vacuum trigger
  • Remove stuffed animals from bedrooms
  • Keep bedroom windows closed to avoid pollen
  • Shower and rise hair before bedtime to avoid bringing allergens to bed


Information from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Pediatrics






What's New at After-School

If you have an incoming kindergartner to Ward School and you submitted an application to us back in March, it is now time to officially register your child.  The registration packets were mailed home on June 3, and it contains all the necessary paperwork and the amount of your deposit now due.  These materials and deposit are due no later than Friday, June 14.  Please note:  This is a real deadline as we already have many families on our wait list, so any spots open after June 14 will be given to those waiting families.  Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions: or 617-965-3087.
Thanks for a fabulous school year!  We send out a special farewell to our beloved fifth grade class....we will miss you all!!
Ward After-School is closed for the summer; however, email and voice mail are checked frequently (email is best).  We wish everyone a safe and happy summer! 

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






Newton News and Events



Free Program at Newton Library: Understanding the College Admissions Process, Monday, June 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm


This session will focus on the details and timeline of the application process, how to navigate financial aid requirements, and how parents and teens can collaborate on getting into the best school possible. Understanding the College Admissions Process talk will be given by Lanita Foley, a certified educational planner and independent educational consultant with 15 years of experience in college admission and counseling at Standford University and Phillips Academy. Parents and teens are welcome. The event will take place at the Newton Free Library in Druker Auditorium.




Father's Day Run/Walk: A Run for Dads and for people who love Dads.1st Annual Father's Day Run/Walk 5K

Sunday June 16, 2013 at 9:00am, event starts and finishes at Needham Junction, Needham


A unique way to celebrate Father's Day, a gift he will love and memories your family can treasure.

Kids Activities-Free 30 yard dash for 2-8 year olds, sign up on race day. Fun kid activities range from temporary tattoos, photo opportunities, spin the wheel and many other exciting activities.






Volunteers Needed: Child Assault Prevention [CAP] Program. Helping to keep Newton children SAFE, STRONG & FREE since 1991.


Now seeking Volunteer Prevention Specialists for the 2013-2014 School Year. 16 Continuing Education Credits available for MSW.


The CAP Program relies on trained volunteers to teach elementary students simple strategies to reduce their vulnerability to verbal, physical and sexual assault. Volunteers work in teams, led by an experienced team captain. Training is provided. This year's training begins the week of October 20. Volunteer commitment is 4-6 hours per month, for one school year. For more information and to set up a screening interview please contact Gail Sommer, Director, 617.969.5906 x 143 Visit our website for more information.




Call for Local Artists: Newton Community Education would like to invite all Newton artists to apply for a display spot at this year's Celebrate Newton crafts fair, to be held on December 8, 2013 at Newton South High School.

Celebrate Newton is an annual juried arts and crafts fair that honors the work of outstanding artisans who are residents of Newton or are in some other way connected to the city. Over 50 artisans display and sell their work at the fair; they include weavers, jewelers, quilters, potters, printers, photographers and more. Live music, food, and crafts activities for kids make the fair a wonderful, warm family event. Applications are available on our


This citywide event is sponsored by Newton Community Education, a self-sustaining arm of Newton Public Schools that offers a large variety of classes for both children and adults. Proceeds will benefit our scholarship fund and will help us to grow our program of course offerings.





Newton Community Preservation Committee News:


Updates on New Pre-Proposals

For overviews of the new pre-proposals received by the 1 June 2013 deadline, go and click on Reports & Presentations - Current Status Reports. The full-text pre-proposals themselves are not yet online but will be posted soon, from the Proposals & Projects - Pending link.


Summer CPC Meeting Schedule

The CPC meeting originally scheduled for 13 June 2013 has been canceled.


Wednesday, 19 June 2013, Auburndale Community Library (375 Auburn Street)

The CPC will conduct Committee business starting at 7:00 pm.

Starting at 7:30 pm the Committee will discuss 3 pre-proposals from the Newton Parks & Recreation Department:

  • Newton Highlands Playground (Winchester Street)
  • Waban Hill Reservoir (Chestnut Hill)
  • Farlow Park (Newton Corner)


Thursday, 11 July 2013, 7 pm, City Hall Room 222

  • Durant-Kenrick Homestead, final project report from Historic Newton
  • Historic Burying Grounds, pre-proposal from Historic Newton
  • Museum Archives & Accessibility (Jackson Homestead)

PUBLIC HEARING and possible funding vote on a revised proposal for additional design funding and construction funds


Wednesday, 24 July 2013, 7 pm, City Hall Room 222


  • City Archives Strategic Plan & City Hall Veterans' Wing Historic Artifacts, from City Clerk
  • New Art Center (Newtonville)
  • Needham Street Open Space Plan from Newton Planning Department


Staff Contact: Program Manager Alice Ingerson, 617.796.1144 or



Community Classifieds



Summer and 2013-2014 Dance Classes: All That Jazz Dance Studio is now accepting SUMMER AND 2013-2014 DANCE CLASS REGISTRATION! Please come to our Open House on Thursday, June 13th from 4:00-6:00 to find out why All That Jazz is repeatedly voted Best Dance Studio in Newton for children. Please visit, call Deb Lifson Vogel at 617-641-0784 or email to register today!




Summer Camp: John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton


If you have not signed up for Camp now is the time! We still have limited 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: June 27th - July 3rd (Rate has been discounted to $210)

Session 2: July 8th - July 19th (Rate $410)

Session 3: July 22nd - Aug 2nd (Rate $410)

Session 4: Aug 5th - Aug 16th   (Rate $410)



$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




Summer Little League: Registration is Open for Newton SouthEast Little League's Summer 2013 Sandlot Season


Following the tremendous success of the Sandlot program last year, NSELL is pleased to announce registration for the Summer 2013 Sandlot Program is open for eligible 9-12 year olds. Instead of forming teams with set rosters and coaching staffs we will instead be conducting "Sandlot Baseball Nights" on two weeknights per week from the last week of June through the middle of August. We will provide shirts, hats, umpires, coaches and other game-related logistics. The objective is to give everyone a chance to have fun playing competitive baseball in a well organized environment. The cost is $75 and limited to 75 participants on a first come, first serve basis. Please visit for more details and to register.




Summer Speech and Language Program: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College will be offering a 6-week speech and language therapy program to children/students in the City of Newton with documented need for services. Children must be between the ages of 3 years old and 12 years old. Supervised graduate students in speech-language pathology will provide individual, one-on-one therapy, twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 8th and ending August 14th for a total of 12 sessions. All sessions meet at the Newton Educational Center on 100 Walnut Street on the 3rd floor. The fee is $375.00 for 12, one hour sessions. Spaces are limited but applications will be accepted until the program is filled. Applications are available from school speech-language pathologists or by contacting Laura Glufling-Tham, MS, CCC/SLP at Emerson College at or by phone at 617-824-8318.




Community Farm Summer Program: Newton Community Farm 2013 Summer Programs for Youth

Looking for summer programs for your children, preschool to grade 9? If so, check out Newton Community Farm's offerings at Back by popular demand, NCF will again offer Farm Sprouts, Little Diggers, Farmer in Training, and Socially Aware Young Farmers.


Preregistration is required for all classes. Registration closes one week before class start date. Our exciting programs focus on food, fun, and farming!




Preschool Summer Program: Fun summer program for children ages 2.6 - 5 years

Beautiful Chestnut Hill location. Flexible schedule. Children may attend as few as two weeks or as many as seven. Three or four days per week. Certified Teacher with over 30 years of experience.


For further information or to receive an application please contact Jude at 617-277-6225




Music Lessons: Announcing the grand opening of the Maestro Musicians Academy at the Young Israel of Brookline in Coolidge Corner. Expert lessons in violin, viola, and cello. Perfect for children ages 4 and up.


Stellar faculty with emphasis on developing the potential of every unique student. Sign up for one week of our introductory workshop 4:00-5:30 PM on 6/24-6/30, 7/22-7/28, or 8/19-8/25.


Contact Artistic Director Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A. (857) 756-5230.

Parent tested, child approved!




Art and Music Class: Time for Partners is a delightful art and music class for children 18 months to 4 years, accompanied by an adult. Their summer location is the Franklin Elementary School at 125 Derby Street. David Polansky is the beloved music teacher, and Kim Jaques and Mary Bruno the wonderful art teachers of this long-running, excellent program. There are still a few spaces left for the summer program. For more information, please visit




Children's Theatre Program: Newton Youth Players is delighted to announce its new location of The Newton Cultural Center at Newton City Hall! The popular theatre program for children in grades 2 - 6 still has a few spaces available for the production of "Oliver". for more information.




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




Tutor Service: Boston Tutoring Services, LLC offers one-on-one in-home instruction for K-12 students throughout Massachusetts. Our tutoring services include Private School Admission Test Preparation (ISEE/SSAT), SAT Test Prep, and Academic Subject Tutoring for students in grades K-12. Our experienced staff of tutors are largely Massachusetts Certified Teachers with Master's Degrees or higher. Tutors have been trained to deliver instruction that is customized to each student's needs.


Contact: (781) 248-4558,




Sunday School: The Sunday School for Jewish Studies Open Enrollment


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 or call 617.264.8855.




Performance at Watertown Children's Theatre: Disney's Aladdin Jr. June 14 at 7 pm, June 15 at 2 pm and 7 pm, June 16 at 2 pm, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. A Watertown Children's Theatre musical production.


Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! Filled with magic, mayhem, flying carpet rides, and award-winning songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me!" A cast of students in grades K-9 including Newton's own William Cohen, Mia Hreczuck, Ave Lyons, Myles Murphy, Sophia Murphy, Vytas Navickas, Miranda Newstadt, Jacob Resnick, Liam Walsh, Anna Weylman-Farwell, and Nichol Weylman-Farwell, brings this Disney favorite to life. WCT's Producing Director, Meghan Kenny, who directs this production, says "Exciting, Energetic, and Magical are three great words to describe this production. This cast really embodies their characters to bring the enchanting city of Agrabah to life and send the story of Aladdin soaring through the theatre."


Tickets are $12 and are available now through WCT's website or by calling 1-800-838-3006. For more information, visit WCT's website or call 617-926-ARTS.


About Watertown Children's Theatre: Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, the Watertown Children's Theatre has enriched the lives of thousands of children and families in Watertown and surrounding communities with its award-winning programs. Combining values of artistic excellence with inclusiveness, reflected in its open audition policy its generous financial aid packages and its involvement of entire families, WCT has continuously ensured its place as a highly valued member of this flourishing artistic community. As the resident children's theatre of the Arsenal Center for the Arts, WCT offers year round theatre education programs, including musical and non-musical productions, voice/acting lessons, vacation programs, dance, and performing arts workshops for children in kindergarten through high school. WCT collaborates regularly with the Arsenal Center for the Arts, the Consortium of Boston Area Children's Theatres, New Repertory Theatre and many other local arts organizations.




Performances at Newton North:


Theatre Ink Proudly Presents: Nitrous Oxide, an evening of Sketch Comedy, directed by Ezra Dulit-Greenberg and Jack Reibstein. June 6th & 8th at 7:30 in the Little Theatre, Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460. Tickets $7.00 at, or 617-559-6306.


Theatre Ink proudly presents: The Sixth Annual Playwrights' Festival. Seven original plays dealing with serious, wacky, and inspirational themes. Student written, student directed, student produced. Directed by Peter Diamond and Kelsey Fox. June 7th at 7:30 and June 8th at 2:00 in the Little Theatre, Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, Ma. 02460. Tickets $7.00 at, or 617-559-6306.




Teen program at the Newton Free Library: Teen Korean Cultural Volunteer Outreach: Music Performance, Saturday, June 8, 2:00 pm. Come to the Newton Free Library on Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 pm for an afternoon of music and poetry provided by the students of the Korean Cultural Volunteer Outreach program; a group of teens ages 15 to 19 who work to spread Korean culture They will perform children's songs preceded by brief presentations on the background and cultural importance of each piece. They will also present the poetry collection which they translated and illustrated. The organization has donated Korean books to local libraries and published their first book last year titled When the Tiger Used to Smoke.


*Questions? Email Liz, the Teen Librarian, at or call the Newton Free Library at 617-796-1360. All programs are free and open to the public, parking is free. The Newton Free Library is handicap accessible.


330 Homer Street, Newton, MA 02459 T: 617-796-1360 F: 617-965-8547 TTY:




Online Course: Essentials of Praxis for Children with Autism. Presented by: Dr. Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Available July 29 -Aug 11, 2013.


Spiral Foundation online courses allow therapists and parents to learn from an SPD expert from the comfort of home. Plus you can earn contact hours! Online courses are prerecorded full one or two day courses that present the same content as the live courses.


Children with autism present particular challenges for therapists. Facilitating praxis, imitation and play skills in this population can be difficult and confusing. This course will present an overview of the key aspects needed for effective intervention for practic problems in children with autism. A clinical reasoning framework for intervention of ideation, motor planning, sequencing, bilateral coordination and projected action sequence problems within a sensory integration treatment model will be presented. The important role of imitation and play in facilitating praxis in children with autism will be highlighted. Key intervention strategies using both top-down and bottom up approaches will be highlighted through videotapes, case studies, and lecture formats. Previous attendees of Dr. May-Benson's 2-Day Praxis course will find some review in this course.

Topics Covered:

  • Intro to Autism and Praxis
  • Overview of Praxis Dysfunction
  • Observations of Praxis in Children with Autism
  • Characteristics of Children with Praxis Deficits
  • Model of Praxis within Sensory Integration
  • Understanding the Components of Praxis
  • Typical vs. Autism Praxis Development
  • Characteristics of Praxis Deficits in Children with Autism
  • Imitation and Praxis in Children with Autism
  • Play, Praxis, and Autism
  • Comparison of Cognitive, Imitative, Play, and Praxis Characteristics
  • Introduction to Intervention
  • Levels of Adoptive Response
  • General Intervention Principles
  • Facilitating Components of Praxis


Course Objectives:

1)     Delineate the essential components of praxis.

2)     Identify key intervention strategies for practic dysfunction in children with autism.

3)     Apply essential top-down and bottom up treatment principles appropriately to different practic problems.

4)     Explain how various praxis problems impact functional performance and identify strategies for improving performance.

An exam will be available at the end of the online courses that must be completed to earn contact hours.

Viewing Window: July 29 - Aug 11, 2013

REGISTER BY July 29th (Limited spaces available!)

Price: $200 (Early Bird: July 15, 2013)   $210 (Register after July 15, 2013)




Personal Chef: Too Busy to Cook is a one-woman personal chef service based in Newton, MA. I encourage you to take a look around my website, because hiring a personal chef is so much easier than you think! Contact me today to see how I can help make your busy day less hectic!




Wine Education and Tasting: How would you like to have a wine education and tasting at your home or place of work conducted by a former Newton Schools Educator? A wine professional with over 16 years in the wine industry will help answer all those "wine boggling questions" such as how to order wine in a restaurant, marry ing wine and food, does the glass matter, cork vs. screwcap and much more!


Sounds wonderful but too expensive? Not so! of "Let's Wine Together" to the rescue! For an affordable, vino educational and fun-loving experience, contact us today or call 617-945-4946.

Let us hear from you today so we can "wine together"!




Events at Historic Newton/The Jackson Homestead and Museum:


Sunday, June 9, 2:00 PM


Oak Hill Park - A "Local Utopia"

In 1995, architecture critic Robert Campbell wrote, "The greenbelt system is what's unique about Oak Hill Park. There's nothing else like it in Massachusetts. And it's still intact. Even in today's privatized world, nobody has chopped the Oak Hill Park greenways into private, fenced barbecue patios." Join us on a walking tour of this little-known corner of Newton, a community built to house veterans after WWII. Join local resident Paul Eldrenkamp to discover what Campbell found so appealing about this close-knit neighborhood, and observe what's changed in the 18 years since Campbell wrote so compellingly of its charms. The tour will start and finish at the Shuman Center, 675 Sawmill Brook Parkway.



Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 PM


Remembering Harriet Tubman: Her Life and Legacy in 2013

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman's death, and there have been many efforts to commemorate her remarkable life and living legacy. The creation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument by President Obama highlights the extraordinary accomplishments of one of America's most unlikely heroes and endearing freedom fighters. Speaker Kate Clifford Larson, PhD., is an historian and leading Harriet Tubman scholar and the author of Bound For the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero. She has been a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous museum, community and public history initiatives

related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland, Delaware, and New York. Join us for our Annual Meeting at 7 PM, followed by the lecture at 7:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue.


Sunday, June 23, 2:00 PM


The Stanley Steamer Twins: Inventors in Newton Corner

From the late 1880s until they died, twin brothers F.E. Stanley, F.O. Stanley and their families made Newton Corner their home. The factory where they invented and produced the famous Stanley Steamer motor car was nearby off of Galen Street. Up the hill on Centre Street at the location of the old Hyde Farm, F.E. established a family compound where three Stanley-built homes still exist, and the location of two other structures can be referenced. Join life-long neighborhood resident Ken Gleason in discovering the fascinating story of these brothers, their families, and their inventions. Meet in the corner of Farlow Park at Church and Eldredge streets. Free.


Thursday, June 27, 7:30 PM


The book club reads works of American social history. The book club is free and open to all, new members are welcome. Please call 617.796.1450 for the book selection for this meeting.



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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