News

X-STEM Symposium

May 3, 2017

On Friday, the 7th and 8th graders joined over 30,000 students to be inspired to learn about and LOVE science! Each speaker left us with an inspiring thoughts.  Visit our Facebook page to see our reflections and more pictures.

Community Service Field Trip

April 24, 2017

67 glass bottles, 673 cigarette butts and 42 plastic bags. These items were just a portion of the multitude of litter our Middle School students properly disposed of along one of many beautiful paths and streams in Reston.  We met professionals from Reston Association just outside of Hunters Woods shopping center to create a plan of action, then we geared up with gloves and grabbers to get down to business, cleaning up a part of our greater community.

See more pictures on our Facebook page!

Kirk Martin Parent Workshop

March 27, 2017

Parents and students of the Newton School had the awesome opportunity of learning from Kirk Martin and his son Casey through their Celebrate Calm workshop! Kirk Martin founded Celebrate Calm in 1996, having learned through his experience raising his own child as well as neuroscience research and personal mentoring with over 1,000 students across the U.S. Kirk shared his knowledge with parents in an engaging, humorous and relevant manner – applying his expertise for their specific situations and offering hope when things can seem impossible! In addition to Kirk’s insight, his son Casey offered his own perspective of how to deal with difficult situations with parents, peers, and teachers. Our Middle School students asked a variety of personal questions and shared anecdotes to search for a good way to balance their emotions and responses to difficult situations that they face. Both our students and parents learned a lot from the Martins and look forward to applying what they learned into their everyday lives. Stay calm!!

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still In Class

March 23, 2017

New York Times article referencing studies supporting The Newton School philosophy and emphasis on movement based learning.

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

By DONNA DE LA CRUZ MARCH 21, 2017

Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom.  But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools. […]

 

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

March 9, 2017

The Newton School welcomed a very hardworking guest this week, Gerry, the guide dog in training!  Gerry, a yellow lab, was joined by his trainer, Bridget Compton, who displayed Gerry’s intensive workload and talents to the students and staff.  Gerry, who is 11 months old, is in the first part of his training through The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and in a few more months will be sent off to New York for further study before he becomes a companion and aide to a person who is blind or disabled.  Gerry spent most of his visit in his working vest, so we knew he wasn’t here to play or snuggle but our students admired his intense concentration, and calm, friendly demeanor!  It was a pleasure getting to meet Gerry and learn all about this important service!

Now Enrolling for Summer Program

February 17, 2017

Our summer program is ready to go and we are currently accepting enrollments.

Learning, Fun & Fitness: Our program focuses on academics (reading, writing and math) interspersed with lots of physical activity and social opportunities. We have specials each afternoon including art, cooking, yoga, swimming (at a local water park, typically Algonkian’s Volcano Island) and a local field trip.  Experienced teachers work with your child in small groups of up to 5 students who are grouped based on academic levels and possible friendships. The program runs for 8 weeks from June 26th through August 18th , 9-3pm each weekday. The cost is $500 per week, with a 10% discount for multiple weeks (4 weeks or more) and siblings.

Lunches for the Homeless Shelter

January 13, 2017

The students did an impressive job on our service project of making lunches for families in-need at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston. Due to your generous donations, they created 192 lunches, each with two ham or turkey & cheese sandwiches, bars, fruit, napkins, a spoon and water. That is over 750 slices of bread, more than 500 pieces of cheese and 50 pounds of deli meat! This was quite the math project – and a test of our organization skills!! We were also able to deliver 30 snack bags with additional items we had remaining.

The experience made quite an impact on our kids, recognizing that many people in our area do not have enough to eat every day. We will continue to participate in similar projects throughout the year to reinforce this message.

Holiday Performance

December 16, 2016

A “BRAVO” is in order for our entire student body following their fantastic Winter holiday performance! Parents, family, and friends gathered in the middle school lobby for an engaging afternoon of poetry, plays, and songs! We are so proud of all of our students and their incredible hard work with the wonderful assistance of our Drama instructor, Mrs. Sigety. Amongst the fantastic performances here was a hilarious retelling of Stone Soup by the 3rd grade class, a stirring story of the first thanksgiving by the 1st grade class, and a touching story of kindness through The Mitten by the 5th Grade! There were a number of musical numbers that required cooperation and coordination across all grades! Following the outstanding performance, everyone enjoyed desserts and socialized before the holiday. We wish all of our students, families, and faculty a wonderous and relaxing Winter Break and Holiday Season. We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!

Winter Wonderland at the Senior Center

December 2, 2016

Joy was in the air, and the festive spirit was infectious as our students in grades 5-8 spent the afternoon decorating the Loudoun County Senior Center in Cascades!  We all worked as a team to put together a 12 foot tree, decorating with the best ornament feng shui.  There wasn’t a resting set of hands in the bunch as all of our students worked hard to ensure the room looked festive and fun!  We adorned the windows with wreaths and tied perfect bows around the various pillars, leaving the lobby area a majestic Winter Wonderland for the Holiday Season!  We are so proud of our students’ hard work in this charitable endeavor –  all our student’s felt good helping others in our community!  Many thanks to Erik at the Senior Center for making this an impactful event for our students!

 

Bingo Night

November 21, 2016

There were big wins, glorious prizes, and delectable desserts when the Newton School celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with BINGO, a mini-raffle and desserts for all!

Newton School families filed into the Middle School where they played five exciting variations of BINGO! Students and parents played their luck and paid diligent attention to the winning calls in hopes of attaining gift cards to Chipotle, Sweet Frog, Amazon, Regal Theaters and a variety of other popular destinations! Raffle tickets were available for exciting opportunities to see Washington Capitals crush the competition, to win two Kindle Fires & an Amazon gift card, as well as to take an educational and relaxing trip to beautiful Colonial Williamsburg! Winners were Silas, Henry and Tyler! After the games were over and the winners collected their prizes, the entire School enjoyed a wide variety of desserts contributed by our families. Everyone filled up on the outstanding, homemade treats featuring cakes, pies, and dream bars!

In all the excitement, the Newton School raised over $1,500. Thank you for your contributions and a happy holidays to all!

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