ForWARD October 5, 2012

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

October 5, 2012   

In This Issue

Mark Your Calendars

From the Principal's Desk

And Now a Word From the PTO

School News

What's New at After-School

Newton News

Community Classifieds


Ward School Quick Links and Contacts

Ward School
Ward PTO Home
Ward PTO Calendar

Ward School: 617.559.6450
Childwatch: 617.559.6470

Dear Gail  Fitzgerald,


Welcome to the latest edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD.


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From the Principal's Desk


What a wonderful turnout we had for our Back to School Picnic and Curriculum Night. It is always gratifying to know our community is committed to supporting our school. I look forward to meeting new families on October 9 at the PTO New Family Dessert Night.


At this time of year, teachers have been focused on gathering assessment data on students in both literacy and math. This information is used to plan instruction. You will soon have the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher during Parent-Teacher conferences to share information and set goals for the year. Conferences will begin on October 23.


The fifth grade class was recently engaged in a morning of team building activities led by Chris MacPherson, Physical Education Health and Wellness Teacher, and our Grade 5 Teachers. Students participated in a series of cooperative activities designed by Project Adventure to encourage collaboration. Each year, our fifth graders take on special responsibilities and privileges as leaders of our school. Among them are morning announcers, attendance takers, leaders of the Halloween Hoot, and presentations including the Circus, Winter Concert, Poetry Reading and Fifth Grade Musical. It's an exciting year that students will always remember.


We are proud to announce that our 2012 MCAS scores placed us in the 99th percentile of Massachusetts elementary schools. This could not happen without the dedication and skill of the Ward faculty in maintaining appropriate expectations, teaching skills, and strategies to achieve the goals and objectives in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and promoting the value of hard work to achieve goals. We also thank you for the critical role that parents play in encouraging and promoting student growth.


You are welcome to attend our annual Halloween Hoot on Wednesday, October 31 at 9:00 AM. Parents are invited to join us. Please be sure that your child follows our costume guidelines:

  • Students must carry their costumes to school.
  • Students should be able to put their costumes on over their clothes for the sing-along. Keep costumes simple so children can dress themselves in their classroom.
  • Do not bring colored hair spray to school.
  • All costumes should be kid-friendly; young children are easily frightened.
  • All costumes should be school appropriate; children should NOT wear make-up or masks nor should they carry items that may be considered weapons.
  • Parents may wear costumes, but may NOT wear masks. We need to know who you are!

Thank you for your cooperation in making this a safe celebration.


If your child bikes to school, be sure s/he is always wearing a helmet.


Audrey Parad Peller
John Ward Elementary School
10 Dolphin Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

 And Now a Word From the PTO


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Ward School Council Member

Congratulations to Marcia Heron for becoming the new Ward School Council member. The School Council is an advisory group assisting the principal in identifying educational needs and goals of Ward students. The Council also reviews the school building budget and develops the school improvement plan and is comprised of the principal, current Ward teachers and parents, and community members.


***Upcoming Events***


New Family Get Together ~ October 9th @ 7pm

To all of our new families, PTO member Amiee Parco will be hosting a new family dessert get together on October 9th from 7 - 8:30pm at her home at 42 Crosby Road. If you are new to the Ward School Community, we invite you to come meet some new people and learn about what the PTO does. 


Family Picture Day ~ October 13th

Come out and have Coffee Pond Productions take your family portraits. Photos to be taken at the park at Newton City Hall (rain date October 14th). Coffee Pond Photography arranges the scheduling and payment. You can contact them at (800) 632-2323, ext. 0. In addition to providing great family portraits, this event helps raise funds for the PTO.


PTO Meeting ~ October 16th @ 7:30pm

This meeting will be in the Ward School Library. Find out what the PTO does and how you might get involved. There are many volunteer opportunities, big and small. Can't volunteer right now? That's okay - come down and find out what the PTO is working on.


5th Annual Mystery Dinner ~ October 20th @ 6:00pm

You will be receiving your Mystery Dinner invitation in your child's take home folder soon. Now it's time to book your babysitter and enjoy an evening out filled with delicious food and wonderful company.  


The evening will begin at one home for all to enjoy appetizers. It is here that the mystery will be revealed and you will receive the theme and location of your Ward School Host's home. After dinner, everyone will reconvene at yet another Ward School Host's home for dessert.


This is a fantastic evening and a wonderful way to support the Ward School PTO. Please contact Jessie Gilmartin at or (617)281-4535 with any questions or concerns.



 School News



Creative Arts and Sciences Invitation for Parents

ALL PARENTS ARE INVITED to attend the Opera to Go! concert that will take place in the Ward gymatorium on Friday, October 12th (9 am for Grades 3-5 and 10 am for grades K-2).  This interactive program leads students through the basic elements of opera and improvises an opera that is relevant and accessible to all.  With vivid characters and audience participation, Opera to Go! brings opera alive.  This will be a treat for everyone.


This program is part of the concert series that is being presented throughout all of the Newton Elementary Schools through Creative Arts and Sciences and is generously funded through PTO contributions. CASC sponsors curricula related programs throughout the year and brings artists, writers, musicians, historians and scientists into the classrooms to present very special programs that build upon what the students are learning. Please feel free to contact Sheryl at sheryl.kalis with any questions.

Stop and Shop Rewards Are Back!

 Help Ward School raise money. Stop and Shop will donate money each time you shop if you register your card as follows:




Go to:

Select "Register your Card",

Enter the first three letters of your last name and  your Stop and Shop Card Number

Click "Continue to Listing"

Enter the Ward School Number 08887

Click "Register my Card"

Thank you  = now start shopping!                




 What's New at After-School 


Ward After-School is off to a wonderful start.   We have welcomed over 140 children to our program this year!  We are looking forward to a lot of exciting programming this year, including sports, reading, writing, arts and crafts, martial arts, pottery, skiing, name just a few!


If you would like to learn more about our program, please visit our website,  If you wish to speak to me about enrolling your child, please email me at  It is important to note that (1) we are full and operating on a wait list on some days; and (2) we have a 2-day minimum.

Wishing everyone a wonderful fall season!

Donna Marohn


Newton News and Events



NewtonPAC for Special Education Programs:


October 9th - Learn about Restraint and Seclusion Practices in NPS, Tuesday October 9, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm, 100 Walnut Street, Room 217. Restraint and seclusion is a topic appearing in the news, is part of a Massachusetts State initiative and National discussion. This evening NPS staff will review NPS practices related to restraint and seclusion. More


October 16th - Newton Special Education Programs. An evening to meet administrators and learn about special education services and programs in Newton's Schools for the 2012-2013 school year. More

Tuesday, October 16, 100 Walnut Street, Room 210

Middle and High School Students - 6:15 to 7:30 PM

Pre-School and Elementary School Students - 7:45 to 9 PM


October 24th - Focus Group for Elementary School Parents, Wednesday, October 24th - 4:30 - 5:30 PM, 100 Walnut Street, Room 210. More




Newton School Volunteers Needed: Make a difference in a child's life & your own. Become a Newton School Volunteer.


Tutor a student in math


     - In grade 2-5

     - Once a week

     - For 30-45 minutes

     - Before or after school

Choose the

     - Grade

     - School

     - Day

     - Time


     - Everyday Math Books

     - Learning materials

     - Ongoing support

Play special math games


Please contact Ellen Bender, 617.559.6131,




Volunteer Opportunities with Newton at Home: Newton at Home, a member non-profit organization dedicated to helping Newton seniors age in their own homes, is looking for volunteers who can help senior citizens.

  • We always need drivers who can give rides to seniors. Make a new friend while helping someone get to a doctor's appointment, the supermarket, a social event or the airport.
  • We need people who love to write and who love marketing. Help write marketing and publicity materials, and possible fundraising letters for this new organization still in the start-up phase.

Volunteer as much as you can at your convenience, and know that you have made a difference in a Newton senior's life. You'll meet interesting people and share great conversation along the way! If you are willing and able to help, please call Julie Plaut Mahoney, Ph.D., Coordinator of Volunteers, Newton at Home 617-795-2560 or




New Art Center Free Program: The New Art Center in Newton would like to invite you to the following activity that is free and open to the public:


Artist Talk and Gallery Walk-through, Saturday, October 6 at 3:00pm! Join artist/curator Elizabeth Thach (Brighton, MA) and artist Marisa Tesauro (New York, NY) for an artist talk and curatorial walk-through of the exhibition Out of the Ruins: Reimagining the Romantic Tradition.




Newton Trade & Recycle Day: Saturday Oct. 13 Newton's Trade & Recycle Day- Swap 'til you drop at the Rumford Ave Resource Recycling Center at 145 Rumford Ave, Auburndale


Usable household items, sporting goods, electronics and more can be given away by Newton residents for use by others- and you are also welcome to take other's stuff! 8a-1p for dropping off (City residents), 8a-2p browse (everyone).




Newton Partnership for Parents of Teens Programs:


Newton Youth Summit, 10/11/12, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Oak Hill Middle School, 130 Wheeler Rd., Newton Centre, MA 02459

Mayor Warren is hosting a Youth Summit to help parents and the larger community understand the challenges facing our teens, to have teens authentically express their experiences, and to coalesce as a community to support teens. The Summit will be held from 6 to 9 P.M. on Thursday October 11, 2012 at Oak Hill Middle School, 130 Wheeler Road in Newton. 200 adults and teens are expected to attend. The evening will include hearing from the Mayor, from teens, small group discussion sessions, and an opportunity for all to express their opinion on the most pressing challenges and most significant opportunities for youth in Newton. For more information and registration click here or email


Aliens from Planet Teen, 10/17/12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Bigelow Middle School, 42 Vernon Street, Newton Corner, MA 02458

Author and psychologist Anthony Wolf will act as a "translator" for parents and teenagers who at times seem to be speaking completely different languages. Dr. Wolf, who is the author of the popular parenting book, "Get Out of My Life! But first will you drive me and Cheryl to the Mall?" will help us consider how to most harmoniously work with typical teen behaviors in ways that strengthen relationships. Learn how to decipher and respond to temperamental teens and tweens and why they behave as they do. This insightful lecture will leave parents with a better understanding of their children and will benefit the whole family. Suggested donation $5 per person.


Navigating the Rocky Road of Adolescence (for parents of students grades 6-8)

4 Wednesdays: 10/23/12, 10/30/12, 11/6/12 and 11/13/12 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

The Freedman Center at MSPP, 1 Wells Ave., Newton 02459

Join psychologist and facilitator Deborah Weinstock-Savoy and fellow parents for this four-session series exploring many changes that occur during adolescence, and how they affect relationships at home and school. Discuss relevant topics such as promoting healthy choices, setting realistic limits and appropriate consequences; understanding when and how to negotiate; dealing with changes and crises (e.g., divorce); identifying risk factors for anxiety and depression; handling experimentation with sex, alcohol, drugs, and learning to "let go" while maintaining family connections. Suggested donation $20 for the series. Financial assistance available. (Note: A group for parents of high school students will be starting Feb. 26, 2013. Registration will be available later this Fall.) For registration information go to The Freedman Center website.


Widening the Lens: Body Image in the Modern Media Culture (for teen participants only)

Wednesday, 10.23.12, 7:00-8:00 pm

West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church St., Newton Corner

This free workshop for teens will be presented by staff from the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association. We will explore the messages embedded in today's media-saturated world and encourage participants to use critical thinking skills when confronted with such images. The workshop explores how the media messages we see and hear every day can potentially impact body image and what we can do to maintain a positive body image and sense of self in the face of these messages. We will look at specific examples of media images and apply critical media literacy skills to them as well as discuss strategies for developing healthy habits and positive body image. Free to all Newton Teens! For more information contact




Newton Community Preservation Committee News: Updated Agenda for October 11th Newton Community Preservation Committee Meeting


Newton's Community Preservation Committee will meet at 7 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2012 in City Hall Room 202. The previously announced public hearing on a new affordable housing proposal has been postponed. The updated agenda includes: a final report on completed affordable housing at 61 Pearl Street (Newton Corner), a possible CPC vote on an off-cycle, supplemental funding request for the Angino Farm barn, and continued CPC discussion of the draft new funding guidelines. The full agenda and packet are online under 'Committees & Meetings' on Contact: Alice Ingerson at 617.796.1144 or







Community Classifieds



The process for submitting classified ads for the ForWard will be changing. In the near future, the Ward School PTO will offer the opportunity to place classified advertisements on our website ( in addition to the ForWard newsletter for a small fee. Please stay tuned for more information.




Halloween Window Painting Contest: The Halloween Window Painting Contest is back, with a new village...West Newton! The painting will take place on Saturday, October 27th between 9am and 4pm (rain date October 28). On-line registration is now open to Newton kids in grades 3 - 8 at $10 per child. The registration deadline is Friday, October 19th. Register soon, it fills up quickly! Any questions, call 617-527-8283.




Two Parent Workshop Series: Spiral Foundation, OTA The Koomar Center, 74 Bridge Street, Newton


Parent Speak: supporting those working with children with autism spectrum disorders


Join us each Monday evening in November for our popular "Parent Speak" workshop series. This 4-week language-based educational program will support parents, teachers and paraprofessionals who work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The intimate classroom setting is ideal for a personalized education. Each participant will walk away with strategies, resources and a greater understanding on tapping into a child's communication needs.

Join us for ANY or ALL 4 sessions:

Sensory Integration and Autism, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

Strategies to Support Executive Function, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

Play Skills in the Lives of Children with Autism, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012

Enhancing Social Skills in Children with Autism, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

Each session is presented at OTA from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. 6 total contact hours available and equivalent AOTA CEUs


Early Bird Registration until November 1, 2012: $180 - Individual; $225 - Parent couple

Registration after November 1, 2012: Single lecture - $60, Individual, Parent Couple - $75

Full workshop: Individual - $200, Parent Couple - $250

Register Now!


LiveTalk Parent Forum: Troubling Tags & Socks

Our next LiveTalk session for parents, "Troubling Tags and Socks" will be held Monday, October 15th. During this hour-long phone chat, parents will learn tips to help a fussy dresser.

"LiveTalk" is a phone-in (and computer chat) session giving parents the chance to chat with an expert, hear strategies and ask questions from the convenience of home.

Time: 7-8 p.m., Cost: $15

Location: Anywhere! You call from a phone or chat via a computer. Instructions for calling into the chat will be provided upon registration.

Register for Troubling Tags and Socks Now!




Kids Karate: Free Trial Classes at Lasell College

Friday, Oct. 26, 5:00-6:00 p.m. or Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Girls and boys, entry ages 1st thru 5th grades. $79 for once-a-week or $99 for twice-a-week, per 7 week session. Free uniform for those who enroll. For more information, please see or leave message for Rich Jacobs, KIDS' KARATE Director, at (617) 527-8052.





Join over 325 Newton youth basketball players in the Metrowest travel league. The program stresses basketball skills, sportsmanship, and fun in a competitive environment. Girls and Boys in 4th-8th grades who live in Newton or attend Newton schools through the METCO program are eligible to tryout.   New players are welcome. Tryouts begin on October 9. The schedule and full details about the program can be viewed at    

Questions can be e-mailed to Ted Tye (for girls teams) at or Lenny Gentile (for boys teams) at



Youth Basketball: NAA Winter Youth Basketball for grades 3 through 12. Registration opens by Sept. 24th: Newton Community Education (NCE) is in partnership with the Newton Athletic Association (NAA), a non-profit volunteer-run organization that manages and administers youth basketball leagues in Newton. Leagues are for players from the third grade through high school. The league is generally considered a boys league, but girls are welcome to play. All players are welcome regardless of ability or experience. A mandatory evaluation clinic will be held on October 21 (make-up date on October 22) in order to create and balance the teams. There are 10-12 games per league played on either Saturdays or Sundays, depending on the league. Practices are one night each week, Sunday-Thursday. The Program runs Mid-November through Mid-March. Fee: $125 - for additional players from one family $95. Information and application online at Application deadline Oct. 20th.




Flute Lessons: or (617)527-4413




In Home Tutor: Call Y3K TUTOR IN YOUR HOME today, when schoolwork goes the wrong way!


Our many years of experience in teaching and educational consulting has developed the right way to motivate, the right way to teach, be understood, and be remembered. We tutor special ed. such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, Autism, Emotional/Behavioral, and gifted. We also tutor regular ed. and test preparation. All subjects and ages are taught. Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson. Call 781-492-8700 or log on to




Family Daycare: Play group openings - family daycare setting - for children 2 & 3 years old to pre-school age. Tues & Thurs 9am-1pm, Sept 2012 to June 13, 2013, follows Newton Public School calendar. Warm, loving, active environment. Bright, sunny, indoor and outdoor space. Convenient location off Commonwealth Ave. Between Centre and Walnut Streets. License # 9005453. Contact Lynda via email: or phone: 617.527.2117.




Family Day Care: DoReMi Family Day Care. Fall/Winter enrollment. Children 2-5. DoReMi FDC offers music curriculum throughout the day, engaging math, literacy, science and art activities. Homemade meals and snacks provided. Fully fenced playground with organic mulch. Experienced, certified early education provider. Location: Newton Center, Rt9 and Parker Street. For more information refer to the website or contact Anna @ (617) 564-0259.




Theatre Performance: NNHS Theatre Ink Presents Rumors Nov. 1, 2,& 3 at 7:30: Rumors, by Neil Simon, depicts one uproarious night in the lives of four wealthy couples where everything that can go wrong, does. With their hostess missing and their host mysteriously injured, the party guests must do their best to avoid any rumors spreading that could jeopardize their snooty status. Full of sharp wit and hilarious physical comedy, Rumors pokes fun at today's upper crust with a nod towards the classic farce. This show contains some language that may be inappropriate for younger audiences. Directed by Mr. Dan Fabrizio. November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Seating is General Admission. Performing Arts Center at NNHS, 457 Walnut St. Newtonville. Tickets $7.00 at or 617-559-6406.




Waban Library Events:

Celebrate Waban Library Center's Third Birthday with an Evening of Music and Dancing

1608 Beacon Street, Newton on Saturday, October 20th at 8pm.


Join us for Cocktails, Buffet & Dancing. Enjoy a Salsa Dance demonstration by Salsa Matei, Then, take to the floor and dance. Tickets are $35, RSVP to or at 617-244-0700. The WLC is a non- profit run solely by volunteers and funded by private donations and special events. Be part of it. For more information about the Waban Library Center check out our website at


Bridge Class: Introduction to Bridge, $240 at the Waban Library Center, 1601 Beacon Street, Newton Ma, 02468. The WLC is pleased to offer a series of 8 adult beginner bridge lessons that will be taught by certified bridge teacher, Silver Life Master (and Wabanite) Jori Ceder Grossack. Jori has been teaching bridge since 2003 and loves when her students become inspired by this amazing game. Lose all of your preconceived notions that bridge is your grandmother's game. It is not! It is thrilling, fast paced and fun.


During each two hour class, students will review last week's lesson (and, yikes, homework), teach new concepts, then supervise your play of the hand. There is no need to have any knowledge of the game or similar trick-taking games (like Whist) and no need to bring a partner. If you would like to sign up with a friend or family member, great! This is a great way to keep your minds sharp!

Two separate series are being offered:

Wednesday Afternoon Series: 8 Weds, 1:45pm-3:45pm 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12

Thursday Evening Series: 8 Thurs, 6:15pm-8:15pm 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13


To register, please click Email us at for more information.




NE Aquarium Educational Event: W20: Women Working for the Oceans:   W20 is a nonprofit working with the NE Aquarium in order to raise women's awareness of and involvement in saving our oceans. We offer educational events throughout the year and invite everyone, men and women, to join us at our next event!        


ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE: Driving Change on our Streets and in the oceans. We hope you can join us on October 23rd for our Climate Change event, Roadside Assistance: Driving Change on our streets and in the oceans. Our panel, moderated by Emmy award winning journalist Lisa Hughes and featuring some of New England's best known, car savvy professionals will inform, debate and educate about car emissions and what you can think about when making your next car purchase to insure that you have made the decision that will help protect our oceans and our health.


We are also excited to have the expertise of Bud Ris, Pres. and CEO of the New England Aquarium to guide us through the basics of the concerns about climate change and its effects on our oceans and on us. Before you come, visit the NEA's quick reference guide to the issues of climate and how it is already impacting New England.


Join us! We look forward to seeing you on October 23rd!!




Memorial-Spaulding Fundraiser - Onsite Document Shredding: Here's your chance to safely dispose of private documents you can't just throw away. The Memorial-Spaulding PTO is hosting a fundraising "shred" on Saturday, October 27 from 10 am to 1 pm in the School parking lot. PROSHRED - the most experienced document destruction company in the US - will have a shredder truck on site to receive and destroy your material. You can even watch via monitor as your documents get destroyed in real time, and 100% of the shredded materials will be recycled and made into other paper products. The cost is $10 per box and all proceeds will benefit the PTO and School.


ForWARD Submissions

Next deadline:  Tuesday, October 16th at noon for the October 19th issue.

Please send articles to

The ForWard will now be distributed electronically on the first and third Friday of every month instead of monthly as in past years.  On weeks when the full newsletter is not distributed, This Week at Ward will be used to inform you of dates and events in the upcoming week.  We hope that a single email each week will help you keep track of important dates and events.

The Ward PTO, at its discretion and as space is available, may permit announcements to appear in the ForWard from not-for-profit organizations that offer a direct service to children/families in the Ward community and from for-profit individuals or businesses that offer a direct educational service to children/families in our community. The Ward PTO may edit announcements and does not endorse any individuals or business whose announcements are published.     

About NPS TAC Support for PTO Communications

Volunteers from the Newton Public Schools Technology Advisory Council (NPS TAC) are helping to set up and support PTO communications, including this system used by the Ward PTO. 
Learn more here.