This is always a busy time of year so to help you out  – okay, it helps me to have these all in one place, too – I have links to some great things going on in and around Newton. If you miss the Race to Nowhere showings in April – there is one scheduled on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 pm at the West Newton Cinema sponsored by Families First.

Week of April 4, 2011

Want to encourage the teens in your life to make good decisions? The Newton high school PTSOs are excited to announce a week of events designed to bring together teens, parents, guardians, teachers, clergy, and the whole community to address and reduce risky teen behaviors.

Highlights of the week of April 4 will include the following:

  • Student assemblies focused on positive decision makingJust Think; Teens Making Smart Choices
  • Adult evening: Tuesday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. — “Breaking Free from Depression” video and panel discussion at Newton South High School
  • Adult evening: Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. —”A Promise to Adam” presentation and small-group discussions at Newton North High School
  • Expo: Saturday, April 9, from 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m., at Newton North High School. In addition to providing valuable information about everything from crash prevention to eating disorders to parent support groups to yoga, the expo will include food, fun, special guests, student performances, and prizes.

Spread the word and plan to join us!

and from the F.A. Day PTO

Beyond Day
Community Newstop
In This Issue
Spontaneous Generation, April 6-9
Historic Newton Events, April
Newton West Little League Registration, April 8
Teen Safety Events, April 7&9
Race to Nowhere, April 8
Boys and Girls Club Luau, April 8
Sega School Benefit, April 9
Race to Nowhere, April 11&12
NNHS Spring Concerts, April 13&14
NewtonPAC SPED Meeting, April 14
NSHS A Cappella Group, April 15
19th Annual Heartbreak Hill Road Race, April 17
BC Lady Eagles Soccer Clinics, February
All That Jazz, April 21
National TriMathlon Day, May 22
Vendors Wanted for Waban Village Day, May 22
Weston – Summer Arts Program, Summer
Math Summer
Project MENTOR
Newton At Home Seeks Volunteers
Quick Links

Spontaneous Generation
April 6-9, 7:30 pm
Little Theatre, Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street
Spontaneous Generation, directed by Graham Techler and Nicole Bunis, produced by Theatre Ink. From the moment when the first bacterium crawled onto the felsic shore and called itself man, Mother Earth has called on one troupe to be the guiding light for the despairing mass: SPONTANEOUS GENERATION! Back with four more action packed shows, combining both short and long form improvisation into one unique and hilarious thrill ride that will have you sneezing with laughter from start to finish. Relying on both audience participation and the cunning of actors, Spon Gen is one show you will not want to miss. Wake the kids! Call the neighbors! Summon the spirits! SPON GEN IS BACK!
Tickets $7 at or (617) 559-6406

Historic Newton Events


Visit the website to learn more about these events:

  • Slavery, Freedom, and the Growth of the African-American Population in Newton
  • The Women’s Peace Movement of Newton
  • A Vacation Week Family Program
  • Slavery in America’s Birthplace: Rethinking the History of Concord, Massachusetts
  • From Hearth to Horizons: 125 years of the Social Science Club of Newton

Newton West Little League Registration Open

Friday, April 8


Newton West Little League still has space for kids ages 4 to 7 (age as of 4/30/2011) in our Farm and T-Ball leagues!  If your son or daughter is interested in playing, please go to and click on the registration link. Kids who are new to baseball, ages 8 and 9, are also welcome.

Registration for these ages will remain open until April 8.

If you have questions, email Eric Moore,

Teen Safety Events
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 pm
Newton North High School


Keynote by Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr., and

“A Promise to Adam” with Barbara Spivak, Howard London, and Claire Masinton
Saturday, April 9, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Newton North High School
Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices FUN, FREE EXPO! All middle schoolers, high schoolers, and parents/guardians are invited. Featuring live performances,henna tattoos, free massages, fitness workshops, a DJ, and prizes, along with information about safe driving, conflict resolution, stress reduction, and much more. Learn more at  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Sign up at

Race to Nowhere

Friday, April 8, 7:00 pm

Newton North Auditorium

Sponsored by the Burr School PTO. Tickets are $10 and will be sold online only.  To purchase tickets go to and look for the listing at Newton North.


“Race to Nowhere” is a documentary which has been taking the country by storm. The film takes a look at the pressures on today’s students. It shows intimate stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, whose lives are packed with activities, leaving little to no room for downtime, family time. 
The film shows parents under pressure to raise high-achieving children who are good at everything – academics, sports, the arts, community service. It offers a look at educators who feel overburdened, stressed and worried that students are not learning anything, and a look at college professors/business leaders who feel young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

“Race to Nowhere” is a call to families, educators and policy makers to galvanize change before it is too late.

This film is intended for mature audiences and may contain content disturbing to children.  This film is not recommended for elementary school-aged children.

Boys and Girls Club Annual Luau

Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm to midnight

American Legion Post 440


Join us at the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton’s Annual Luau. The night will include dancing, music from the Reminisants, an affordable cash bar, great raffle prizes, and a Chinese food buffet. Tickets are just $30 and may be purchased at or in person at the Club. Call (617) 630-2066 for more details.
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Benefit for Sega Girls School in Tanzania

Saturday, April 9, 7:00-11:00 pm

Community Rowing Inc/Harry Parker Boathouse

100 Nonantum Road, Brighton


Afro-Pop rocks the Charles. African music and dance to benefit The Sega Girls School in Tanzania.  Silent Auction Fundraiser


For information or to purchase tickets, go to


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Race to Nowhere

Monday, April 11, 7:00 -9:00 pm and Tuesday, April 12, 7:00-9:00 pm

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium, 2014 Washington Street, Newton

(85-minute film followed by a discussion with Michael Jellinek, MD, Chief of Child Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and President, Newton-Wellesley Hospital)


A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives.


This remarkable new film shines a light on the price young people pay for this “race to nowhere.”  High-stakes testing has replaced meaningful teaching and learning. Cheating is commonplace. Stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant. Many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Attend a screening and become part of the grassroots phenomenon that is feeding a groundswell for change.


Free Parking. Tickets are $10 online ($15 at the door)

For tickets, visit


All proceeds to benefit Newton Public Schools.


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The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps To Help Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy Workshop
April 12, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. 

South Auditorium, 140 Brandeis Road


The Newton Partnership is excited to present Dr. Edward Hallowell, a highly internationally recognized clinical psychiatrist and author who specializes in pertinent family and health issues. Dr. Hallowell, known for his approachable style and his uncanny understanding of human nature, has been featured on Oprah, 20/20, 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review.
Join us for a free parenting workshop. No registration is required.
Dr. Hallowell will discuss a five-step plan for promoting successful learning and lifelong joy that all of those parenting children ages K-12 can use to ensure a lifetime of happiness. Based on current research and his own experience as a father, teacher and child psychiatrist, Dr. Hallowell will outline how one step leads to the next and how the cycle is self-perpetuated. This talk will point out what really matters in childhood, and what does not, while offering practical pointers on how to make the most of the most precious years of life.
Click here to view the flyer.

Spring Concerts
April 13 and April 14, 7:00 pm
Newton North High School Auditorium
The Newton North vocal and instrument ensembles will be performing two
Spring Concerts. The April 13 event will feature the Concert
Choir, Jubilee Singers, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. The April 14 event will feature the Family Singers, Orchestra, and Honors String Ensemble.
Come hear these talented musicians and vocalists. Free admission; donations of $5 are welcome to support NNHS Music Programs and Scholarships.

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Spring Concerts
April 13 and April 14, 7:00 pm
Newton North High School Auditorium
The Newton North vocal and instrument ensembles will be performing two
Spring Concerts. The April 13 event will feature the Concert
Choir, Jubilee Singers, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. The April 14 event will feature the Family Singers, Orchestra, and Honors String Ensemble.
Come hear these talented musicians and vocalists. Free admission; donations of $5 are welcome to support NNHS Music Programs and Scholarships.

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NewtonPAC for Special Education Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Room 210, Education Center, 100 Walnut St, Newtonville 


What is “Social Thinking”? Presented by Tracey Stoll, M.Ed. Founder and Executive Director of Learning Solutions, LLC. Tracey will speak in detail about:  What social thinking is; what effects social thinking; and how we know if a student will benefit from social thinking groups and strategies?  Social cognitive thinking groups are beneficial for learners experiencing social challenges among their peers, and within daily life.  Participants will come away with increased knowledge and understanding of social cognitive thinking, and strategies to stimulate the development in diverse learners.


Newton Parent Advisory Council (NewtonPAC) for Special Education meetings are free and open to all people interested in learning more about special education in Newton.


NSHS’s Award-winning Student-run A Cappella Group
Friday, April 15, 7:30 pm 

Newton South Auditorium


The Newtones, NSHS’s award-winning student-run A Cappella group, will be presenting this year’s Acafest, featuring themselves, Newton South’s new Southbeat, Boston University’s Bostones, and Brandeis Starting Point. This year’s proceeds from Acafest will go to the Boston Arts Academy, a nonprofit fundraising and program-development arm of the Boston Arts Academy. All donated monies will help to bridge the gap between what Boston Public Schools can provide and the true cost of a rigorous arts and academic education.


Students will be selling general admission seating for $10 in person and at the door as available. Other seating will be available at – premium seats ($15- front section) and special seats ($12- side sections).  Handicap seating is available as well.


Visit the Newton South website or contact Rachel at or Jackie at for tickets or more information.


19th Annual Heartbreak Hill Youth Road Race
Sunday, April 17, 12:00-3:00 pm 


A one-mile race, up and down historic Heartbreak Hill. It is not as serious as it sounds. It is tons of fun, with music, hip-hop warm ups, face painting, raffle prizes, medallions and goody bags for all the runners – and lots of cheering and celebrating!
For the serious runners among you, it is also a sanctioned USA Track & Field race with finish line digital display clock timing and plenty of competition, not to mention trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category.
Not a runner? Join Mayor Setti Warren for the Family Walk at 3:00 pm, and walk the course.  It is a great way to take a walk with your family, friends – and the Mayor!
Register on line now at The first 500 entries get a free t-shirt.  All registrants get a free ticket to the pre-race pasta/pizza party at Newton City Hall on Saturday, April 16 at 5:30 pm.
Call us at (617) 527-8283 with questions.


BC Lady Eagles Soccer Clinic
April 19-21, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

BC Newton Campus
The BC Lady Eagles Soccer School will be holding their April Vacation clinic for girls ages 6-14. Come join us for soccer fun and development.
Click here to register.

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All That Jazz Dance Studio
Thursday, April 21, 1:00-2:30 pm

Looking for an activity over April vacation?  Come to our Free Fairy Princess Tea Party.Come dressed as your favorite fairy or princess and be prepared to dine and dance the day away.

Don’t miss our Free Upcoming Performances:  Saturday, April 30 at Kids Fest at Newton City Hall. Performances are at 3:00 and 4:00 with a Free workshop at 3:30. Sunday, May 15 at the Atrium Mall in Chestnut Hill.  Performances are at 1:30 and 3:00. Please call Miss Deb Lifson Vogel at (617) 641-0684 or visit our website, for more information on all of these wonderful events!

National TriMathlon Day
May 22

Join kids across the country taking part at more than 200 Mathnasium Learning Centers!


The TriMathlon is a math competition for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students – it’s free and open to everyone. There will be goodie bags for participants, medals and prizes for local winners, and over $10,000 in awards for national winners.  To register, go to


Vendors Wanted For Waban Village Day
May 22, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Waban Center
Do you have crafts to sell or jewelry, or some other unique item, come display them at Waban Village Day. Waban Village Day takes place in the center of Waban, at Beacon Street and Woodward Streets. It is a fun family event attended by over 200 families.  If you are interested in having space at Waban Village Day send a note to Liz Zagorianakos at

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Math Summer
Mathnasium Learning Center in Newton Highlands offers individualized math summer programs in a fun, relaxing environment.  Schedule your 12 tutoring sessions ($495) around your vacations and camps.  Save $50 when you register before June 1. Visit or call us for a free trial (617) 340-3665. 

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