The September 2014 newsletter is here, chock full of news to catch everyone up after the summer. Many thanks to all who contributed, particularly our newsletter editor Douglas Leith.
All members will receive this newsletter by email only, unless they have specifically requested to receive a paper copy. We’re happy to accommodate requests for printed newsletters, but we are grateful to any and all members willing to read the newsletter online or print their own copies: the printing and postage savings really add up!
That email particularly highlights the following two volunteer opportunities: we hope you’ll consider helping out!
Charter Commission Signature Drive Update
Our signature collection team has been making great use of the beautiful weather we’ve had this summer! As of the June annual meeting, we needed 60 completed petition sheets (2,700 signatures). Over the summer, 6 of us
have collected 24 sheets (1,080 signatures) at the library and the farmers’ markets, which brings our remaining tally needs to 36 sheets (1,620 signatures). We hope that this group can fill another 20 of these 36 sheets before the end of October.
That would bring our remaining need to only 16 sheets. Based on our experience, getting a completed sheet takes roughly 2 hours of work.
We are seeking League members who will volunteer to complete 1 or 2 sheets before the end of October. It’s more fun to collect with a friend, so team up with someone… or if you are inexperienced and would prefer to go with a signature gathering buddy, please contact Rhanna Kidwell (617-244-3832) or Bonnie Carter (617-969-0686). You can collect by standing out at the library, by going door-to-door, or by taking a sheet with you to meetings or other gatherings with a concentration of Newton voters. Again, doing it with a friend is much more fun! If you can help out, or have any questions, please contact Rhanna Kidwell at the phone number above or at
Education Committee Update
The Education Committee welcomes additional members to help advance our 2014-15 agenda. Members are welcome to attend monthly meetings, help with events on the day of, or keep all the planning on track for us – all types of help welcome. This year, the Education Committee will be focusing on the following activities:
Advancing Civic Education: Building on last spring’s successful event, the Education Committee hopes to organize and present the second annual “civics bee” for middle school students. We will need hands-on help on the day of the event and to coordinate with a teacher at the selected middle school.
Funding Curriculum-Driven Technology: The Education Committee is teaming up with the Municipal Finance Committee to present a topic meeting on creating a sustainable funding model for technology in Newton’s schools. A topic meeting is scheduled for later this year.
Thinking about class-size measures: The League currently has a position regarding class size. Current methods of measuring class size fail to recognize the other staff resources available in the room. This year, we will look at how other school districts handle this in order to start the process of making any changes to the position, if necessary.