Join Educators, Parents and Students at the School Connections Meeting

Green Newton’s Schools Connections will meet ONLINE on Thursday, April  15, from 4-5pm. Google Meet link: meet.google.com/enc-hnvv-yms 

Green Newton’s Schools Connections is a forum for parents, students and educators to promote sustainability in the classroom and beyond. You are welcome to participate as we share experiences and ideas that support the implementation of green initiatives in our schools. 

For more information contact: [email protected] or visit www.schools.greennewton.org

May 1st: Covid-19 Tree Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Help us honor our neighbors and loved one lost to the pandemic at the tree memorial 
dedication ceremony on May 1st, at 2pm at the Newton Centre Playground. With remarks by  Mayor Fuller, and others. SAVE THE DATE!

Thanks to the 4C Tree project, which plants trees to commemorate lives lost to Covid-19, schools in Newton will also have the opportunity to have trees planted on their grounds and nearby. Plans are underway for tree planting in the following schools/locations: Mason Rice, NSHS, Ward, Bigelow, Horace Mann, Pierce, Burr and Angier.

Contact [email protected] if you would like to join the project and have trees at your school. 

Spearheaded by Green Newton’s Environmental Youth Leadership Program, the Capture Carbon Commemorate COVID-19 Tree Project (4C Tree Project) hopes to to demonstrate the resilience of our City through difficult times and its commitment to a healthy ecosystem.

 
 
 

Earth Week Celebration with Newton Students Leaders

Green Newton’s All in for Climate Action! campaign is happening on Earth Week  from April 19–22. Come meet the middle, high and college students who are part of the Environmental Youth Leadership Program. Residents will hear how they can take climate action or join the groups who are leading the climate fight in Newton.

Tables will be staffed by students and adult volunteers at Newtonville Star Market on Saturday and Sunday (17 and 18) and also during the week (19-22) at the Newton Free Library. 

There will be posters for kids to color with Take Action! messages. There will be postcard handouts, plus 200 Earth Day packets for residents to plant milkweed seeds for growing butterfly gardens.

● GN Youth leaders will host a virtual poster-making program for kids on 4/19 from 4-5pm.
● Sidewalk chalk art by students will decorate the Comm Ave carriage lane with Take Action messages
● On April 22 at 7pm – Eating a Plant-based Diet – virtual Green Newton program with library.

More information at 

Bike Rodeo for Grades K-6

Newton Parks and Recreation and instructors from MA Safe Routes to Schools to practice bike riding skills on Sunday April 25th.  Registration for this program opens on April 15th at 6:00 pm. through this link: https://newtonma.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30165

Celebrate safe biking in Newton at the Bike Rodeo!  MA Safe Routes to Schools instructors will teach and review bike riding skills.  Volunteers will also help teach fun stations including knowing signs and hand signals, how to care for your bike, and more. 

This program is geared towards students in Kindergarten through 6th grade at Newton Schools that are comfortable riding a bike independently.  Students will be divided into smaller groups to practice and learn different skills and will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

In order to participate:

  • Each child needs to bring their own bike.  Please make sure the bike fits the child and is in usable condition (chain is intact, brakes work, tires are not flat, etc).
  • Each child needs to bring and wear a properly fitting helmet.
  • Each child must have a parent or adult present for the duration of the program.  

Parents/adults will have an opportunity to meet with volunteers from Bike Newton and Newton Safe Routes to Schools to learn more about biking opportunities in Newton. Social distancing and face coverings are required throughout the event.  May 2nd will be a makeup date in case we need to cancel due to bad weather.

Newton Serves Returns

Newton Community Pride, in partnership with the City of Newton, is pleased to announce the return of NewtonSERVES.  

Sunday May 2, 2021
9 am – 4 pm Rain or Shine 

Check out NEWTONSERVES PROJECTS 2021 at Newton Schools: Brown, Countryside, Horace Mann, Mason-Rice, Newton South, Oak Hill, Peirce, Underwood and all over Newton!

Health and safety of our staff and volunteers is our top priority. Strict adherence to the rules and restrictions for the event allow us to enjoy a day of community service while ensuring we remain compliant with COVID protocols.

Register to volunteer here.

Over 1,000 Newton residents come together in typical years to serve Newton to get our parks and open spaces ready for Spring, to spruce up our schools and not for profit institutions and to contribute food to the Newton food pantries.

Spring is the season to walk or bike to school!

As we head into spring and school returns to full time for many, there has never been a better time to walk or bike to school. If you live too far to walk the whole way, consider parking further from the school and walking the last 15 minutes.

Here are some tips from Newton Safe Routes to School:

  • Join with neighbors and others on your route to set up a Walking School Bus.

  • Find your PTO website and join your PTO Directory to connect with others you could walk or bike with.

  • Park & Walk maps identify crossing guard locations, “blue zone” vehicle drop-off areas, and suggested areas to park and walk over to the school.

  • Look for an email from your principal with detailed information on arrival and dismissal procedures. Additional doors will be open to enable physical distancing on the way into school.

  • Check out transportation resources for each of the Newton high schools and middle schools

Walking and biking can boost students’ health, physical activity, and even their concentration in school. Many students will benefit from a chance to move their bodies before entering into a school environment that is more physically structured than before.

Saving Energy with The Green Team

 
This week’s featured topic is Saving Energy. Teaching students to conserve energy introduces them to the value of energy efficiency. Students can learn how reducing energy consumption can have a positive impact on the environment.

Here are some activities and lesson plans that THE GREEN TEAM has created or collected about saving energy at home:

  • THE GREEN TEAM Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Lesson: Aligned with Massachusetts curriculum standards, this lesson plan, answer key, and pledge card encourage students to calculate the impact of switching to more energy efficient light bulbs as an action to mitigate climate change.
  • Cambridge Energy Alliance Energy Efficiency Lesson Plans: This document compiles a number of activities and lesson plans on energy efficiency, with separation by activity length and topic. Easily adaptable for home use, these lesson plans engage students with hands-on projects on subjects such as wind energy, energy conservation, and insulation.
  • Energy Savings Challenge: Teachers create a list of energy saving tasks and assign a point value to each one: turn off lights (5 points), unplug electronics/appliances while not in use (5 points), switch to LEDs (15 points), electronics free day (10 points), etc. Challenge students to reach 25 points the first week, 50 points the next week, and so on for the entire month of April. Students can also be challenged to create energy saving posters and signs to display around the house.

Presented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. More at The Green Team

Webinar: Environmental Injustice and the Crisis of Environmentalism

Join us at 7pm on Tuesday, January 12 for a virtual session about climate change and the ecological crisis, as well as issues of environmental and climate injustice.

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Students, educators, and parents are invited to participate in the discussion!

Dr. Daniel Faber, Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, will discuss how we must embrace a more transformative politics of environmental justice that addresses the root causes of the ecological crisis, as well as an inspiring vision of a new and better world.

This free program is co-sponsored by Green Newton and the Newton Free Library,
and is a part of the Green Newton Library Series.

Register in advance for this webinar.

Climate Education in Newton Schools – Join our group

Are you interested in advancing Climate Education in Newton Schools? We have a group dedicated to this work. We gather resources, curriculum ideas, and learn about how other communities are implementing Climate Education for K-12. This year we would like to offer Professional Development on the topic for Newton teachers of all grades and disciplines.

Join our Google Groups or contact us if you have any questions: [email protected]