Category Archives: Education/Enrichment

Green Newton Schools Connections Meeting

The last School Connections meeting of the year is coming up this week. This group is committed and dedicated to making a difference in our schools. Thank you to committee members for all the support in recent months!

It’s not too late to meet and share your ideas for next school year. More information here.

May 23rd,  3:45 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street,  third floor arc

Come hear what Newton students are doing for the environment

Please join Green Newton as students from Newton schools show how they are contributing to the sustainability of Newton and beyond. Highlighted will be:

  • Angier Elementary School’s Cafeteria Recycling & Composting
  • Oak Hill Middle School’s Global Goals Exhibition
  • Newton South High School’s Capstone Healthy Landscaping Project
  • Newton North High School’s Student Climate March
  • SGW’s community environmental outreach

Following these presentation and the Students for a Greener World (SGW) Wild Boar Awards, Green Newton will present the 2019 Green Newton Environmental Leadership awards to the following recipients:

  • Individual: Andy Gluck
  • Local Organization: The Newton Citizens Commission on Energy
  • City Department: Newton’s Public Buildings Department and Design Review Committee
  • Green Newton Special Appreciation Award: Ira Krepchin

May 20th, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

Navigating the College Application Process: a Panel Discussion for Parents

The college search and application process can be complicated and taxing for high school seniors and their parents.

Want to learn how to make the process less stressful? Come to a panel discussion with college counselor Maruta Vitols, psychologist Debbie Offner, writing coach Jane Hirschhorn and Newton parent Betsy Blagdon.

Admission is free. Please register for the event here. For more information, contact Jane Hirschhorn at

June 6th, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

Newton Parks and Recreation summer camps

Now is the time to register for a Newton Parks and Recreation summer camp! Check out the programs at and click on Camps. You can register online at or call 617-796-1500 for more information. These programs still have openings:

  • Kids Korner ages 3 – 5.  A great introduction to summer camp. Located at the Burr Park Community Center.
  • Albemarle Acres grades 1 – 6.  Group activities and swimming at Gath Pool. Located at the Horace Mann School.
  • Centre Acres grades 1 – 6. Group activities and swimming at Crystal Lake. Located at the Newton Centre Hut.
  • Outdoor Adventure grades 2 – 6.  Outdoor discovery and canoeing. Located at Nahanton Park on the Charles River.
  • Thundercat Sports ages 7 – 12. Learn the skills to play a variety of different sports each day. Located at Pellegrini Park.
  • Specialty Camp at Peirce School grades 2 – 8.  Specialty weeks that are still open include Ultimate Frisbee (grades 2-8), Puppet Lab (grades 3-8), Beyond Beginner Chess (grades 2-8), Mad Science (grades 2-6), or Science Robotics (grades 2-6). Located at Peirce School.
  • Acres in the Falls grades 5 – 8. Choice activities with field trips and swimming at Crystal Lake. Located at the Brigham House.
  • Counselor in Training Programs grades 8 – 11. Participate in a 2 or 3 week session to develop your camp counselor skills. Programs are available at several of our camp sites.

SAT/ACT Test prep and College essay support

Former English teacher will provide individual test prep for the Verbal section of these tests (Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Writing.) Improve skills, learn test-taking strategies, and build confidence. Also available to help kids through the process of writing their college essays.

Cynthia Carpenter has 30 years of teaching experience mostly in Brookline, Concord and Lexington, and is a Certified Literacy Specialist with a special interest in Secondary level literacy. She is available during the summer and fall.

Resume and excellent parent and professional references upon request–including Newton parents. Contact her at or 978-952-8871.