Community News

Community News announcements are posted as a service to parents, not as an endorsement from the PTC.  We will post announcements from any Town of Needham non-profit organization that might be of interest to the Broadmeadow community.  To request inclusion of your announcement, please send the information to

School Committee Open House and Technology Showcase Saturday, March 25th, 9-10:30am

posted Mar 23, 2017, 12:02 PM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 12:03 PM ]

The Needham School Committee will hold an Open House on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 to 10:30am in the Da Vinci Lab at Needham High School.

The Open House will feature a technology showcase in the Da Vinci Workshop, a lab space for hands-on learning and technological creativity at Needham High School. The workshop embodies STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) interdisciplinary learning and serves as a space for students and teachers to innovate, collaborate, create and problem-solve. The School Committee looks forward to welcoming the community to this innovative space.

Needham Diversity Initiative Event: "The Evolution of Gender" Tuesday, March 28th, 7:00-9:00 pm

posted Mar 23, 2017, 12:00 PM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 12:01 PM ]

Join us for an evening of discovery and conversation about our understanding of gender and how it has evolved over time. 
  • Gender expression and identity
  • Gender roles
  • Breaking the gender binary
Eliot School Performance Center, Tuesday, March 28th 7-9pm
Co-sponsored by the Needham Free Public Library

Attention 5th grade parents! Needham Parents Care is Now Forming Discussion Groups

posted Mar 23, 2017, 11:57 AM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 11:57 AM ]

As our 5th graders are getting ready to launch into middle school, it is an exciting time and also a crazy one as parents can question how to best parent with the new challenges we and our children face.

We at Needham Parents Care believe that it is essential to come together as a community to talk about these changes and not to go it alone. By talking about these issues we not only create a stronger bond as a parent network that keeps our kids safer, but we also have more information on how to manage the challenges.

Please Stop the Rollercoaster by Sue Blaney is a wonderful workbook that has been used in other communities to help guide parents in discussing critical parenting issues that emerge at this stage of development. We will be creating groups of about 5 to 6 participants per group to get together to discuss these topics. Once the groups are formed, each group will decide on when to meet, similar to the structure of the PTC 3rd Grade Book Club.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please email Tanya Cherkerzian at by April 14th. Groups will be formed and will be starting in May. In your email, please let us know which general timeframes work best for your schedule:

Weekday days
Weekday evenings
Summer Availability

In support of this pilot project, the workbooks are generously being purchased by the Needham Public Health Department.

Needham Junior Football Open House Sunday, April 2nd, 2:00pm

posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:56 PM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 5:56 PM ]

Full size stadiums, breaking through a banner while music blares, cheerleaders and parents cheering them on, standing for the national anthem, PA announcers calling the game, making the big play - Needham Junior Football is the best experience you (and they'll) have in youth sports. To get a feel for the experience, 1st-4th graders, attend the NJF Experience Open House on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm at Needham High School Memorial Field. Run through fun running, catching, blocking and tackling drills, get free giveaways and refreshments. Parents can learn more about NJF's commitment to a safe, fun environment.

Open registration for the 2017 season begins April 1 for current 1st-7th graders for both football and cheer (grades 2-8 for 2017-18 school year). Registration is first come-first served and roster sizes are limited.

SEPAC Educational Presentation: Strategies for Kids with Anxiety Thursday, March 23rd

posted Mar 9, 2017, 12:05 PM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 12:05 PM ]

Anxiety can contribute to poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. This presentation will help parents and educators understand the role anxiety plays in student behavior, and will introduce easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring in students.

6:45pm: Refreshments
7:00pm: Presentation
Broadmeadow Performance Center

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Film Screening, Panel Discussion, Q&A Thursday, March 29th

posted Mar 3, 2017, 8:18 AM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

Screenagers is a film focused on a pervasive parenting issue in the digital age and provides sensible advice on how to best navigate the digital world with your tweens and teens.

The Needham PTC's, Needham Youth Services and Needham Public School have collaborated to present this documentary and panel discussion to share concerns and practical solutions. Tickets are $5.00.


Thu, March 29, 2017
7:00 to 9:30 PM

Newman Elementary School
1155 Central Avenue

7:00 - 7:10 - Welcome
7:10 - 8:20 - Movie
8:20 - 9:30 - Panel Discussion

About the Film:
Parenting in the digital age brings its own challenges and issues to grapple with. Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Cradles to Crayons: Donations being Collected Now thru the end of March. Followed by Town-Wide Event Saturday, April 8th!

posted Mar 3, 2017, 8:16 AM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 8:16 AM ]

March is a great month to clean out your closets and bring your new and like-new children's items to school to help local children in-need! 

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with essential items they need to thrive. A drop box for your donations is located in the Broadmeadow School lobby area for the month March.

Every parent and child is invited to volunteer to help out at the town-wide 9th Annual Day of Service and Giving on Saturday, April 8th at Needham High School from 10-2. Sorting all the collections throughout the town will take place and we need your help! This is a great way to show your kids how to give back to those in need. Parental supervision is required at the event on April 8th.

For questions please contact Nancy Villa at

Bring your ideas! NEF Accepting Spring '17 Small Grant Applications

posted Feb 9, 2017, 11:05 AM by Alyssa Stern   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 11:05 AM ]

For the past 27 years, the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) has funded innovative and enriching programs that "make learning come alive" for Needham public school students. Cultivating Grit, A Study in Courage, StarLab Planetarium,
Kindergarten Math Backpacks, and Excellence and Equity in Education are just a few of the 27 grants we funded last year for Needham's elementary schools. If you have an idea to enhance your child's learning experience or school community, we want to hear from you!

The NEF is now accepting applications for its Spring 2017 grants program. Small grant applications for up to $5,000 are due March 23. For previous NEF applicants, we are happy to report that we are launching a new grant application system this grant cycle! We hope that you will find the new system clear and easy to use. As always, please contact us at if you have any questions.

The NEF continues to offer two additional options to ease the small grant application process: (1)
Express Grants allow applicants to apply for a program already funded by NEF at another school; (2)
Multi-School Grants allow schools to apply together for up to $3000 in funding per school.

Any Needham Public School educator, administrator or community member - including students and parents - is eligible to apply. Contact your NEF school rep for help with an application or shaping an idea. To see what NEF has funded in the past and to apply online, please visit

Sign Up for Citizens for Needham Schools(CNS) Email Newsletter!

posted Oct 29, 2014, 9:00 AM by Sarah Winig   [ updated Jan 8, 2016, 7:03 PM by Alyssa Stern ]

Be informed about Needham's schools -­- subscribe to the Citizens for Needham Schools (CNS) email newsletter at CNS advocates for strong public schools in Needham and educates the community on district-­-wide issues such as school department funding and capital projects. The CNS newsletter provides busy families with relevant, factual and timely information on key school initiatives, and with building projects on the horizon for Hillside, Mitchell and Needham High, now is the time to get informed!

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