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Newton Area Flag Football League

After selling out all our roster spots for the fall 2019 season, our spring 2020 registration is currently underway and filling up quickly! Late registration is available until March 14th at $210 per player. All skill and experience levels welcome!

The season begins on April 5 and ends on June 14 with games held at either Highlands Field on Dedham Street in Newton or Daly Field on Nonantum Road in Brighton. Games take less than one hour and are held on Sundays between 9am and 3 pm on one of the recently renovated playing fields. All games are coached, professionally refereed and scored. Registration guarantees each player 8 games, including playoffs and championship awards. Divisions are available for kids ages 5 – 14 / grades K – 10.

More information can be found on our website at

Steve Matthews Shooting Clinic

Steve Matthews current Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the Newton South Lions, and one of college basketball’s all-time great shooters, will run a four day shooting clinic this July 27th through July 30th, 2020.

Location: Newton South High School Field House, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton, MA 02459

Attendees will learn how to shoot with perfect form. The clinic will include all aspects of the game of basketball. There will be lectures, drills, contests, and games.

Dates: Monday, July 27th – Thursday, July 30th

Boys & Girls (Newton Residents only) entering grades 5-9 (Fall 2020)

Time: 9:00am- 1:00pm
Cost: $275 per attendee

Please complete and submit application online at:

Steve Matthews finished his college playing career fifth all-time in the history of the NCAA basketball in three point field goal percentage and three point field goals made. He made well over 100 three point field goals per season. Steve Matthews played at Northeastern University and Emerson College. In his only two seasons at Emerson College, Steve scored 1,139 points. Steve is currently the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Newton South High School. Steve has worked individually with countless grade school, middle school, high school and college basketball players on improving their basketball skills. If you want to improve your shooting ability, this is the clinic for you.

Newton Girls Softball Rec League

Newton Girls Softball Rec League is for girls in kindergarten to 7th grade.  Supportive coaches teach the fundamentals of softball and develop confidence, determination, and resiliency. Team sports can play a great role helping girls face challenges as they get older.  There is a place for girls of all ability levels in Softball, in a different way from soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.  If your daughter is not playing a spring sport, please look at our website:  Also, Rec League Director, James Alandydy, would be happy to talk with you.  Please contact him at:

Girls on the Run registration is open!

Open to 4th and 5th grade girls, Girls on the Run is so much more than a running program! We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident with a fun curriculum that integrates running into the lessons. To sign-up or learn more about the program, visit: (remember to select BOWEN as your location)!

Practices will be Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm.  **(Please note this is different than the fall). We will usually meet on the upper field – or in the case of bad weather inside in one of the GOTR coach’s classrooms.  The season will begin Monday, March 23rd and the Spring Season 5K will be the first week in June (date to be determined)

Head coaches this season will be Teresa Ferguson (grade 3 teacher), Nicole Cameau (grade 4 teacher), and Amanda Tagliaferria (2nd grade teacher) and Alison McClearn (4th grade teacher).

Season Dates:

Girl Sign-Up: Now –  February 12th 
Lottery will run on 2/13 and spots will be secured.
Season Begins: Monday, March 23

Spring 2020 5K: June TBD Additional questions can be directed to Teresa Ferguson at

Registration for Newton SouthEast Little League (NSELL) Spring 2020 Season is Open!

Registration for new and returning players for Newton SouthEast Little League’s Spring 2020 season is now open. NSELL runs several programs in the spring, including T-ball (kindergarten and younger), Farm (1st and 2nd Grade), Minors (AA and AAA) and Majors.

Please visit the NSELL website for additional details about the programs or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

If you have any questions or comments, please use the online feedback form to send them to the league, or contact Mark Field who is a local Bowen dad involved with NSELL.

Cross Country Ski Club in Newton

Do you want to introduce your kids to cross-country skiing and give them the opportunity to ski with other kids their age? Eastern Mass Bill Koch (EMBK) Club is a Boston-area club dedicated to introducing kids to the joys of cross-country skiing and racing. The club is open to children ages 7-13, absolute beginners to experienced competitive skiers.

Kids train at the DCR’s Leo J. Martin Ski Track in Newton Lower Falls from early December until the last snow melts. The facility makes its own snow. Everyone skis Saturday mornings, with some skiing Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings depending on their age/experience. Check out the club’s website and registration information at

Writing Tutors Available

Does your student struggle with school writing assignments? Jane Hirschhorn and her team at JBH Tutoring can help. Jane and her tutors have more than 50 years of combined experience working with students from middle school through graduate school. They tailor their approach to make the best use of each student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and confidence and can also help with college essays.

For more information, please contact Jane at or 617-957-7208. You can learn more about Jane and her wonderful team at

What is idling and why does it matter?

You may have noticed the new Blue Zone signs at your school with the red “No Idling Per State Law” addition.  Vehicle idling is when a driver leaves a vehicle running while it is parked. Idling increases the amount of harmful emissions a vehicle produces. Vehicle emissions are more concentrated at ground level where kids are standing—and breathing.

Children breathe more air per pound of body weight than do adults. For this reason, they take in proportionately higher “doses” of any pollutants, which enter their lungs and, in some cases, bloodstream. Children are more biologically vulnerable to pollution from idling vehicles and the child with the highest exposure to pollutants may be your own; in a line of idling vehicles, pollutant levels may also be elevated inside your vehicle as well as outside.

What can you do to protect your child’s health? For parents and caregivers at arrival and dismissal, it’s simple. If you will be waiting for more than 10 seconds, turn off the engine.
Remind other drivers to do the same.

Check out the flyer No Idling.

Brought to you by Newton Safe Routes to School
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