ForWARD November 2, 2012

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

November 2, 2012   

In This Issue

Mark Your Calendars

From the Principal's Desk

And Now a Word From the PTO

School News

From the Health Room

What's New at After-School

Newton News

Community Classifieds


Ward School Quick Links and Contacts

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Ward PTO Home
Ward PTO Calendar

Ward School: 617.559.6450
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Dear Erik  Britt-Webb,


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


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Ward School BannerMark Your Calendars    


From the Principal's Desk  


It was exciting to bring together all the ghosts, goblins, princesses and other costumed students and staff for our annual Halloween Hoot on Wednesday morning.  Our fifth graders led the school in Halloween songs, and each grade level shared a favorite tune.  Special thanks go to Mrs. Seals for her preparation and planning of this invigorating event.


The next school assembly will be our Autumnfest on Wednesday, November 21st.  Under the direction of Mrs. Seals, each grade level shares a song or two to celebrate the season of giving thanks.  Reminder:  There will be a noon dismissal that day to initiate the Thanksgiving recess.

We appreciate your flexibility in rescheduling parent-teacher conferences that were cancelled during the storm.  The system set aside several afternoons specifically for conferences.  We are looking at ways to adjust the teachers' professional development sessions to allow for some additional conference slots.  


The circus is coming to Ward School!  Our fifth grade circus is a spectacular event.  Fifth grade students have been working in small groups to develop their own circus acts utilizing the skills that they have developed in our physical education program.  It's always full of amazing feats and surprises.  You are welcome to join us on December 6 at 9:00 AM for the big show.


Audrey Parad Peller


John Ward Elementary School

10 Dolphin Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459


 And Now a Word From the PTO


Mystery Dinner Thank You!!!

A big thank you to everyone who helped make the 2012 Mystery Dinner a huge success! The fifth annual Mystery Dinner was once again an evening filled with much enjoyment where friends had a chance to connect and new friends were made. For those of you we missed at this year's event, here is a re-cap of the night's activities:


At 6:00pm over 135 people gathered for the Appetizers Party at the home of Jen Weber and Laurence Bailen. A special thank you to Jen and Laurence for the sensational party that kicked off the evening's festivities and for hosting so many of us in their home. Everyone had a wonderful time socializing and enjoying the spread of food and beverages that were provided. It was hard to leave, but...


It was 8:00pm and time to head to the surprise dinner destinations that were revealed during the Appetizer Party. The themed dinners took place at 10 different Ward School homes. An enormous THANK YOU to the hosts who generously volunteered their homes and took such care to prepare these amazing dinners:

  • Julia Johnston-Ketterer and Debra Johnston together with Susan Fabry and Lothar Windels - Sponge Bob
  • Ellen Waldorf together with Leslie Bock - Chef's Whimsy
  • Madelon Bracke and Jan de Boer - Dutch Masters (Highlights from the Netherlands)
  • Mary and Michael McKee - An Evening in Paris
  • David and Debbie O'Rourke together with Heather and Jeremy Pozen - Mexican Fiesta
  • Jen and Jeff Gandel - Sizzling Southwestern
  • Anna and Edward Casajuana - Cuina de Mercat (Seasonal Cuisine) from Barcelona
  • Christine and Jim Elder - Nonna's Catch of the Day
  • Gail and Eric Fitzgerald together with Rachel and Andy Spellman - Some Like it Cold (Champagne and Seafood)
  • Alexis and Charlie Giannakopoulos together with Alex and John Chakalis - My Big Fat Greek Dinner

Look for the evening's menus posted in the front lobby!


After dinner guests reconvened at the final stop of the evening; the Dessert Party, held at the home of Maria Sullivan and Paul Donovan. Another special thank you to Maria and Paul for a spectacularly fun end to the evening. This part of the evening lasted until well after midnight as people recapped their meals, danced and enjoyed the yummy drinks and desserts which were donated by: Kim Creem, Dawn Davis, Deb Gilpin, Joanne Kazarian, Lisa Kirby, Wendy Kritzer, Melissa Lerou, Christine O'Neill, Beth Panella, Jyoti Peters, Sharon Salter, Monika Sawicki, Deb Seigel, Shana Smythe and Deb Vogel. Thanks to all of you for putting together such an amazing array of fabulous desserts!


And last but not least, special thanks to Jessica Gilmartin for organizing this fantastic event! Having such a generous community makes such a positive impact on our Ward School Community. Thanks to all of you who participated. In the end it was a wonderful evening for all and over $7,000 was raised for the Ward School PTO. A great night! The evening's proceeds will help support the many programs funded by the PTO.  


International Night ~ Volunteers Needed

International Night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th which is a fun-filled educational evening for the whole family celebrating the international diversity of the Ward School! Kids get "passports" to travel to international country booths and there will be an international potluck dinner as well. Please consider volunteering for this popular event, contact Anna Olivella at



Please leave the orange UNICEF boxes with your collections in the Ward lobby on the table outside of the office by Friday, November 9th. Thank you to all the Ward School children who collected money on Halloween for UNICEF! This money will make a difference in the lives of children around the world and will be used to buy medicine, food, vitamins and school supplies.



***Upcoming Events***


5th Grade Bake Sale ~ Election Day

The 5th graders will be holding a bake sale during the election. Stop by on Tuesday, November 6th and pick up some bake goods to help the 5th grade with their annual fundraising.


CARe Committee Canned Food Drive ~ November 1st - 15th

The CARe Committee is holding a canned food drive from November 1st through the 15th. Donations can be brought to the Ward school lobby. Please check the PTO website for a list of needed items. We will be sponsoring the Centre Street Food Pantry which provides families within our community with consistent access to nutritious food in a dignified and sensitive environment.


Grade-Wide Pot Luck Dinners

The grade wide pot luck dinners start this month. Save the date and line up a sitter if you have children in the following grades:

  • Kindergarten hosted by Lisa & Chris Kirby on Saturday, January 12th
  • 1st Grade hosted by Heidi Gardner and Ivan Matviak on Saturday, January 26th
  • 2nd Grade hosted by Heather & Jeremy Pozen on Friday, November 30th
  • 3rd Grade hosted by Jodi & Sam Figler on Friday, November 16th
  • 4th Grade hosted by Madelon Bracke & Jan de Boer on Saturday, November 17th
  • 5th Grade coordinated by Maria Sullivan, location(s) and date TBD (early February)


Closer to each evening you will be receiving an email by grade with more details on your specific event. Please contact Beth Panella at if you have any questions.



 School News



Creative Arts and Sciences News

The Creative arts and Sciences Committee is proud to announce that Ward School has been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  This grant will be used for a school-wide mural project that will be lead by Cambridge based muralist David Fichter.  The project will be kicked off on November 28th when Mr. Fichter visits with all of the grades.  More information to follow.  If you have any questions, please contact Sheryl at

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!                




 From the Health Room 


Making the case for a car-free commute to school

Students across the country celebrated International Walk to School and Bike to school day earlier this month, including students (in Newton and here at Ward School). Thousands of students reaped the numerous health and environmental benefits that walking, biking or riding the bus to school provides. Walking or biking to school shouldn't just be a once a year activity though. We're lucky in Newton that most students live close enough to walk, bike or ride a bus to school every day. Read on to learn why a car-free commute to school is a healthy way to start your day, and tips for getting going!

  • Regular physical activity, including walking to school, provides the following benefits according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
    • Builds and maintains healthy bones, muscles, and joints. 
    • Helps control weight, build lean muscle and reduce fat.
    • Improves sense of self-image and autonomy.
    • Fosters healthy social and emotional development.
  • More students walking, biking or taking the bus helps reduce car congestion around the school, and reduce the environmental impact cars make.
  • Even students who take the bus benefit from walking to and from the bus stop, and the sense of independence created by getting to school on their own.
  • Students who walk and bike to school learn the rules of the road, which can help make them better pedestrians and drivers as they get older and get to school on their own.
  • Even for parents who are planning to drive to work, walking to school can be quicker than dealing with car congestion around the school building. Or if you must drive, consider dropping students off a few blocks before the school and allowing them to walk the rest of the way.
  • It's possible to walk year round, even in New England. Break out those snow boots, hats, gloves, galoshes and rain/winter coats when the weather forecast calls for them.
  • If you're not sure where to begin, consider making a dry run on a weekend when there isn't pressure to be on time. Practice the route with your child so s/he knows where to go.
  • Safety first! Always wear a helmet when bicycling, riding a scooter, or anything else with wheels.

An important note about idling:

The Massachusetts school idling regulation prohibits motor vehicle idling within 100 feet of school grounds. The fine is $100 for a first offense, and $500 for each subsequent offense. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other air toxics during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children. Children's lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects. Limiting a vehicle's idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and children's exposure to them."

"Turn your key, be idle free!"





 What's New at After-School


November already!!?!  Wow - time is flying by at After-School.  Our first two months brought us lots of fun times, including a wonderful Halloween celebration, a visit from Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton, and a new program called "Ward Bucks" for our fourth and fifth graders, where they work around the school helping out teachers during after-school hours.  We are now looking forward to a field trip to The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum, our traditional Thanksgiving celebration, and a new round of Tuesday and Thursday clubs in the weeks ahead.

We would like to remind everyone that Ward School closes at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 21 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  There is NO AFTER-SCHOOL that day.  All students should be dismissed home at noon that day.


Donna Marohn 






Newton News and Events



Indian Festival: Newton Celebrates India! Experience and enjoy the flavors, music, stories, crafts, fashion and games of Indian culture, right here in Newton! Come to the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street, Newtonville on Saturday, November 10th, 10am - 5pm and travel to this exotic land. You don't need a passport!


There is something for everyone to enjoy and try at the Indian Festival: a cricket demonstration by David Carey, the cricket teacher at The Fessenden school; free Divali-themed arts & crafts for children of all ages, carrom board games to try out, a book signing by local Indian writers, delicious Indian food, a fashion show showcasing the regional costumes of India and an exciting music and dance performance schedule.


The traditional music and dance showcase features dances by Thillai Fine Arts Academy and the Triveni School of Dance; music by Shuchita Rao & Rajesh Pai, the Anubhava School of Music, Ram Naidu & KVS Vinay, Phil Kaplan and Jon Proudman; and more dances by the Upasana School and Aangikam Dance Academy. The Festival ends with a lively Bollywood dance by Bal Vihar of Newton, and community Garba and Bhangra dances.


For more information, call 617-527-8283 or see




Free Food Allergy Lecture: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, "The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family"

Author Susan Weissman will read from her memoir "Feeding Eden" and lead a discussion about raising children with food allergies.


7:00 p.m. at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Free. For info, call the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America - New England Chapter at (781) 444-7778.




Free Parent Education Workshops:


The Importance of Play with Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:00-8:30 pm

The Freedman Center at the MA School of Professional Psychology, 1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA


Learn why "playful parenting" is so important and so successful in building strong, close bonds between parents and children. Dr. Cohen is the author of popular parenting books Playful Parenting and The Power of Roughhousing. For moms and dads of preschool/elementary children! Event is free, but pre-registration is required at or by calling 617-332-3666.


Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: "It's Not Just Jenna" A True Story of Child Sexual Abuse and Survival with Gail Sommer and Meg Bossong

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm

100 Walnut Street, Room 210, Newtonville, MA


As a parent or caregiver to a child, you've probably thought often about all the ways you want to keep your child safe from harm. When it comes to child sexual abuse, though, if you've ever felt uncertain about where to start or what opportunities you have to think about prevention, you're not alone. Join Gail Sommer, of NCSC's Child Assault Prevention program and Meg Bossong, of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, for a short film, and a discussion about understanding child sexual abuse, how to recognize warning signs that a child might have been abused or that someone might be at risk to harm a child, and everyday actions that can help to make kids safer. For parents of children of all ages. For more information, please This workshop is free and no pre-registration is necessary.


The Power of Positive Discipline with Dr. Deborah Weinstock-Savoy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:00-8:30 pm

The Freedman Center at the MA School of Professional Pschology

1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA


Learn how to set limits with young children while enhancing the development of their self-esteem. Presented by popular presenter Deborah Weinstock-Savoy, Ph.D. Event is free, but pre-registration is required at or by calling 617-332-3666.


The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, an evening with Dr. Edward Hallowell

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 7:30 pm

Leventhal-Sidman JCC

333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA


Best-selling author Dr. Edward Hallowell will address concrete actions that will encourage the development of happy, moral, and connected adults. Co-sponsored by the Newton Public Schools and the Leventhal-Sidman JCC. For more information, contact or 617-558-6414, or click here.




Free Newton Inspires Event: Prominent Newtonians Share Their Passions at Free Community Event


The Newton Schools Foundation will hold its second annual Newton Inspires-An Evening of Ideas and Community on November 14, 7-9:30 p.m. at Newton South High School. NPR's On Point host Tom Ashbrook, novelist and writer Anita Diamant, Boston Globe movie critic Ty Burr, and Defending Jacob author William Landay will join 14 other accomplished and prominent Newtonians to share their passions and answer questions about a variety of topics ranging from arts and entertainment, through sports and science, to business and politics.


This free even is the NSF's way of giving back to the community that generously supports us so we can support Newton's students by bringing innovative programs and services to the Newton Public Schools. The event is free but space is limited and filling up fast, so register today at www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.orgor call 617-559-6120.




Newton Community Preservation Committee Events:


November 5th Community Preservation Committee: Special Meeting with Board of Aldermen on new Funding Guidelines On November 5, 2012 the Community Preservation Committee will meet with the Board of Aldermen from 7 to 7:45 pm in City Hall Room 202, to seek comments and questions on the CPC's draft new Funding Guidelines from Board members who could not attend the September & October public hearing & meetings. Although this meeting is not a public hearing, the public is welcome to attend. The draft Guidelines and the full agenda are online from


November 14th Community Preservation Committee: Public Hearing on Affordable Housing in Newtonville, Final Vote on New Funding Guidelines. The next regular meeting of Newton's Community Preservation Committee, at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in City Hall Room 202, will include a rescheduled public hearing for affordable housing proposed on Eddy Street (Newtonville) and adoption of final new Funding Guidelines. See for the full agenda (under 'Committees & Meetings'), full text of the housing proposal (under 'Proposals & Projects'), and draft Guidelines (under 'News').


Contact: Alice Ingerson at 617.796.1144 or




Snow Shovel Volunteers Needed: Can you help your neighbors shovel snow this winter? Please consider volunteering your time or adding you name to our paid Snow Shovelers List. The applications for volunteer & pay-to shovel opportunities can be found on the following web page:



Community Classifieds


Girls Basketball: Newton Girls Basketball Association (NGBA): Registration is underway for the upcoming Newton Girls Basketball season. Join the more than 500 players from second graders through Eighth graders who play NGBA basketball. This is a recreational basketball league for Newton girls and girls attending Newton schools with fun for beginners and experienced players alike! Games are played on Saturdays for all grades, starting early December and continuing into mid-March.


Scholarships are available based on need; please see the website for details. To register, obtain additional details and to find out more about the league, please visit our website at $15 late fee for grades 3-8 after 10/21, grade 2 after 11/2.


Top 10 Reasons to Play NGBA Basketball this winter:

10. No goalkeepers to block the shots

9. Great exercise

8. Participate in another team sport

7. Learn basketball skills

6. Make new friends!!!

5. Off-season cross training for soccer

4. Entertainment for parents on Saturdays

3. Girls get new sneakers

2. The March Madness tournament rivals the NCAAs

1. It's really a lot of fun!!!!




Free Basketball Clinic: There will be a free basketball clinic at the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Newton North High School Coach Paul Connolly and Coach Joe Killilea from Newton South High School will conduct this year's clinic, along with assistance from current Newton North and Newton South players. There will be three 2-hour sessions. Boys and girls ages 6-8 will run from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00a.m. Boys and girls ages 9-11 will run from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30p.m. And boys and girls ages

12-15 will run from at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m. Participants should wear sneakers and appropriate playing gear for participation in drills and scrimmages.


Intramural basketball registration begins at club registration for the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club's many intramural basketball leagues for children ages 6-18 begins on Monday, October 22nd. All current Club members are eligible to play. New families may purchase a Winter Seasonal Membership for $100 or a $125 General Membership for the remaining year.


Volunteer Coaches Needed: The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club is looking for volunteer coaches and referees for its intramural and Inter-Club Basketball Programs. Here is your chance to have a positive effect on the life of a child! All levels of experience accepted.


For more information contact Jennifer McAuliffe, Program Director at




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




Preschool Open House: Are you looking for a high quality preschool program for your child? Come visit the Pine Manor College Child Study Center in Chestnut Hill. Open House - for families with children ages 2 years 9 months up to age 5 on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


The Ann Pappajohn Vassiliou Child Study Center is located on the campus of Pine Manor College at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. Come tour the Child Study Center and learn about our enrollment options. Meet the director and staff and enjoy some refreshments. Children are welcome too! Reservations are not necessary. Please visit our website at to learn more about the curriculum, philosophy, and professional teaching staff. For more information please contact Lynne Love, Director at llove@pmc.eduor call 617 731-7039.




Dr. Dolittle Performance: Watertown Children's Theatre presents Doctor Dolittle, November 16 at 7 pm, November 17 at 2 pm and 7 pm and November 18 at 2 pm, in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown.


The cast of 1st through 5th grade students is working to explore the humor and fantasy of this classic tale of kindness to all creatures, in a musical adaptation that trots, crawls, and flies across the stage - from the small English village of Puddleby-in-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world - in search of the oldest and wisest of earth's creatures, the Great Pink Sea Snail! WCT's Producing Director, Meghan Kenny, who directs this production, is "thrilled that the cast gets to work with puppets in this production; whether it be operating a single puppet, collaborating with a cast-member or interacting with numerous puppets onstage."  


Puppetry workshops have been part of the process for the participants, who are also learning to embrace Dolittle's love of all living creatures. "Thanks to this new design element, cast members have the opportunity to learn to work with puppets onstage and breathe life into a wide array of animal characters," says Kenny.   Newton residents Caroline Hoban, Mia Hreczuck, Nadia Huber, Amelia Kane, Rachel Manning, Sara Manning, Ella Metcalf, Ruby Metcalf, Julia Miller, Lauren Miller, Myles Murphy, Sophia Murphy, Vytas Navickas, Riley Raker, Jacob Resnick, Liam Walsh, Anna Weylman-Farwell, and Nichol Weylman-Farwell perform in this talented cast!


Tickets are $12 and will be available beginning October 23rd through WCT's website or by calling 1-800-838-3006. For more information, visit WCT's website or call 617-926-ARTS.




Music School Concerts: Brookline Music School's 2012-2013 Faculty Artist Series presents: Roving Soul on Sunday, November 11, 2012, 4:00pm at Brookline Music School. Free with reception to follow.


Brookline Music School (BMS) presents Roving Soul on Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm in Bakalar Recital Hall for free. Roving Soul is a trio that blends traditional and modern folksongs that speak the common language of the human experience by spanning decades and world cultures. Their unique form of composed, interpreted and improvised music is multi-ethnic, imaginative and rich with feeling, in which every song tells a different story. Roving Soul is BMS faculty Chris Veilleux on alto and soprano saxophones, Jerry Sabatini on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Greg Loughman on double bass.


Brookline Music School's 2012-2013 Faculty Artist Series will continue with Sunday concerts at 4:00pm with a concert to be determined on December 9, Amy Poliakoff, flute, Phil Rush, viola, Michelle Rush, violin and Lindsay Albert, piano (Trio Op. 18 of Maurice Durufle, flute and viola solo selections) on February 10, Nara Shahbazyan, cello and guest artist on piano (Romantic to Contemporary period including Schuman, Webern and Piazzola) on March 10, and Valerie Ross, piano (Romantic to Modern, Brahms, Debussy, Rzewski and Messiaen piano) on May 12. Meet the artist receptions will immediately follow each concert.              




Art Center Programs:


Friday, November 9, 6-8pm Opening Reception for New Media | Fresh Paint II and Sarah Pollman: Photography, free and open to the public.


Saturday, November 10, 3-5pm Photography Workshop and Critique Group with Sarah Pollman for adults and high school students. $10 admission free, registration required.


Monday, November 12, 9am-4pm Veteran's Day Vacation Art Program for children and teens, $55 for the entire day.




Parent Workshops at the Spiral Foundation: Last call to join us Wednesday, November 7th for "Dogs, Horses, OT, Oh My!" with Jennie Dapice Feinstein, PhD(c), OTR/L, Perkins School for the Blind. Come learn about the types of animal-assisted interventions for children with disabilities, from hippotherapy to assistance dogs.


Date/Time: Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 parent/professional ($10 for a second parent)

Location: This course will take place at our new site, 74 Bridge Street, Newton MA 02458

Click here for more info.




Jackson Homestead and Museum Events:


Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM-noon: BURYING GROUNDS CLEAN-UP

It's time for our late-fall cleanup of one of Newton's most historic spaces-the East Parish Burying Ground. Help tidy up the premises and see the results of our now-completed headstone restoration. Please bring gloves and rakes if you have them! Meet at the corner of Centre and Cotton Streets.


Thursday, November 15, 7:30 PM: MAP NIGHT

Ever wondered what your neighborhood looked like 50 or 100 years ago? 150 years ago? Join Allison Carter in looking at our collection of historic atlases to find out the answers to questions such as: Whose farm was subdivided to make your house lot? When was your street first laid out? All ages are welcome. Free.




You are invited to attend the fifth annual Newton Preservation Awards! Help us celebrate individuals and projects that have chosen preservation as a sustainable reinvestment in the Newton community. To attend this event, please RSVP to 617-796-1450 or by November 20. Light refreshments to be served. Event will be held at Boston College Alumni House, 825 Centre Street. Free.


Thursday, November 29, 7:30 PM: HISTORIC NEWTON BOOK CLUB

The next selection of Historic Newton's book club is American Colossus by H. W. Brands. In his story of the economic transformation of American society after the Civil War. Brands provides a rounded and largely fair portrait of the capitalists and the world they made. As a New York Times review observed: "Brands, a terrific writer who commands his material, handles this sprawling, complicated story with authority and panache... as close as serious history gets to a page turner." The book club is free and new members are always welcome.



Confronting Our Legacy: Slavery and Antislavery in the North: This new exhibition transforms the lower gallery of the museum into a three-dimensional learning center with hands-on activities and information about colonial slavery, the Underground Railroad, and local abolitionists.


An Architect Ahead of Her Time: Annie Cobb (1830-1911): Starting in the 1870s, Annie Cobb built 16 homes in Newton Highlands and exhibited at the World's Fair of 1893 in Chicago. She was arguably the first woman architect in America, and succeeded in fashioning a career for herself in the male world of building in a time when women's work was mainly limited to the home.


Newton and the Civil War: In celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Historic Newton will be featuring a changing exhibit showcasing Newton residents in the Civil War. Also be sure to visit our new Women's Fashions of the Civil War Era exhibit.  


Peeking into Newton's Toy Chest: The values and lessons toys teach us, as shown by the Historic Newton collection, are explored in this exhibit. Children's attractions include hands-on toys and a model train.


Mapping a New Town: 1714-1874: Maps depicting Newton's growth over the centuries are displayed; special activities for children are also featured.


The Newton Farmers Market: Celebrating a Third of a Century: Opening at City Hall in 1980, the Newton Farmer's Market has grown into a community event with two locations, and offers local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, preserves, and more.


The Newton History Gallery: Featuring tools, furniture, clothing, and toys to illustrate the Newton of the past.  


The Jackson Homestead and Museum is open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, and Noon to 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. If you need special assistance, please call 617-796-1450.



ForWARD Submissions

Next deadline:  Tuesday, November 13th at noon for the November 16th 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.