ForWARD November 16, 2012

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

November 16, 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

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Dear Lynda  Bentley,


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


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Mark Your Calendars    


From the Principal's Desk  


As you have probably noticed, the exterior of our building has undergone significant repairs.   Beginning this summer,  crews have done extensive work by repointing the bricks and making repairs to our roof.  To improve the appearance of our building, they also painted some of the window grates and concrete walls, replaced vents, and even washed our windows.  Repairs are now nearly complete.  Currently, the crew is down to one truck and they are working on a few minor repairs.  We appreciate the thoughtful way in which they consulted with our staff to keep the noisy work to non-instructional times and the care they put into improving our school building.
I want to remind parents of students in grades three through five that the dates for MCAS testing are as follows:
  • Language Arts: March 18 - April 5
  • Math: May 7 - 21
  • Science and Technology: (grade 5)  May 7 - 21

Please avoid scheduling appointments that would keep your child out of school during this period. 

As the winter holiday season approaches, I want to remind you of the Newton School Committee's policy regarding gifts.  The policy states "No teacher in the performance of regular duties shall receive presents from the pupils under his or her direction."  Each year I remind families of our policy and most comply.  However, when some families send in gifts, it places the teacher in an awkward situation.  While teachers appreciate your kindness, they do not want to violate school policy or upset the feelings of the child who has brought the gift.  It can also be upsetting to the children and families who follow the rules.  These people feel disturbed to see some children giving gifts when they were told they should not (even though they wanted to).  It is wonderful that families wish to acknowledge the hard work of our dedicated staff.  The staff would be delighted to receive notes, pictures, or poems to thank them for their service.  You may also honor a teacher through a donation to the PTO.  Thank you for adhering to these guidelines.
On November 21, we will be holding our annual Autumnfest, a school-wide sharing of songs of the season.  As we celebrate this season of giving thanks, I want to thank you for your ongoing support of our work as we focus on providing an appropriately challenging academic experience in a respectful environment.  Whether you are volunteering here in the building or working behind the scenes, we appreciate your ongoing involvement.  On behalf of the staff, we all wish you an enjoyable holiday.

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

 And Now a Word From the PTO


Cyber Monday - Shop at

10% of purchases go to Ward School! If you use the link ( click here) to connect to and make your purchases, Ward School will earn up to 10% of your order. There is no added cost to you - just use this link to connect to Amazon!




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. We especially need people to represent the countries and host the booths. Please consider volunteering for this popular event, contact Anna Olivella at .




CARe Committee Cares!

LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAY GIFT? Ward school magnets on sale for only $5 each. Email Alison Best @  and place your order today.


Donated Halloween candy from the Ward School students were donated to a local charity and the candies will be sent to supply treats for our troops overseas.


Thanks to our Ward community and the diligence of our Ward students we raised $505.02 for Trick or Treat UNICEF. This will help families in third world countries have access to better water, food, and shelter. Way to go!!!


During our last CARe Committee event in November our theme was "Caring Cards for Kids". They were distributed to the Child Life Specialists at Newton-Wellesley Hospital to comfort kids when they are medically admitted, come out of surgery, or come into the emergency department.


Next CARe Committee event is Thursday, December 6th from 12:30-3PMClick here to register online. We will be making homemade toys for dogs affected by Hurricane Sandy. Elaine Sanfilippo from AdopTees will come speak to the group about her efforts and we will engage in a DIY dog craft project. Around the December holidays she will deliver our doggie gifts to the Jersey Shore (Monmouth County SPCA). There will be many happy pooches thanks to our project. In addition, Julie Mahoney from Newton at Home, Inc. will join us and we will help fold pamphlets and aid with mailing-related tasks.  Click here to register online


***Upcoming Events***



Students will visit the fair during their media time (see schedule below). Volunteer sign-up forms will go home with students today. Your help is greatly appreciated. If you are unable to come during school hours consider shopping online at: You can also access the link through the Ward School website.


Tuesday - December 4th

8:45-9:15 Hammer

9:30-10:00 Turetz

10:30-11:00 Costello

11:30-12:00 Ludman

Wednesday - December 5th

8:45-9:15 Hunter      

9:30-10:00 Mackenzie

10:00-10:30 Corbo-Hudak

11:00-11-30 Colarusso

11:30-12:00 Peitre

Thursday - December 6th

8:45-9:15 Fabrizio                

9:30-10:00 McGrath

10:15-10:45 Kaplan

11:00-11:30 Goldman

11:45-12:15 Addelman


Questions? Contact Heather Pozen @




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 - Postponed until February
  • 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

Out-of-Assigned District Statement

The Newton Public Schools considers applications for students to transfer to schools outside of their home district. It is the goal of the school system to grant to the degree possible requests for out-of-assigned district placements. Impact on enrollment, staffing and space availability now and in the future are key considerations. Out-of-assigned district placements for students who wish to attend a school in Newton other than his/her district school are limited. Such placements will be made on a space available basis only. In addition to Newton residents, members of NTA Units A, B, C, D, E, NESA, or the Custodial union may also apply for placement of their children in a Newton Public School.  


Approval for out-of-assigned district placements is subject to space availability in the requested school and grade, and for all subsequent grades as well. Expected class, team and school sizes will be based on the most recent projections by the School Department. Size will be considered for both the requested year and for any future year for which the School Department provides projections.  


Applications for the following school year must be submitted on forms which are available beginning November 19, 2012 in Room 218 at the Education Center. Parents/guardians requesting out-of-assigned district placements should call 617-559-6105 for information. Applications will also be available on-line at  


Completed applications, signed by the in-district principal, can be submitted no earlier than March 1 and no later than May 1. Those received after May 1 and before Labor Day may, under special circumstances, be considered for placement after all other placement decisions have been made. Applications may be mailed in or brought to the Education Center.  


The goal is to announce out-of-assigned district decisions as close to June 1 as possible. Students approved for out-of-assigned district placement should understand that the course assignment process has begun prior to June and that they may not receive their first choices in course selection. Parents are responsible for their child's transportation to and from the out-of- assigned district school.  


For more information about the Out-of-Assigned District Policy, please visit our website


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
Reminder from After-School...

Ward School closes at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 21.  There will be NO AFTER-SCHOOL that day.  All children should be picked up at noon.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Donna Marohn
Ward After-School Program
10 Dolphin Road
Newton Centre, MA  02459

Newton News and Events



Free Drop In Art Activity: Drop-in Family Connections - Visit at the New Art Center in Newton during New Media |Fresh Paint II on Saturday, November 17th from 3-5pm.



This is a free, drop-in gallery visit where families can discover art together at the New Art Center in Newton. New Art Center staff and volunteers lead exhibition-based games and art-making activities specifically geared toward parents and children.


This event is free and open to the public. New Art Center in Newton, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460.




Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market starts Tuesday November 13 and runs every Tuesday through June (except Christmas and New Year's Day) at Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln Street. More than 20 vendors on hand weekly offering a variety of goods from fresh produce, soups, meats, baked goods, etc. For more info, contact Newton Parks and Rec: 617-796-1500.




Newton Holiday Craft Show: Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street. Saturday, November 17th: 10am - 5pm and Sunday, November 18th: 11am - 4pm. There is a little chill in the air, and that means one thing...the holidays are coming! Visit this popular juried holiday craft show just in time for holiday shopping. There is something for everyone on your list, from jewelry, pottery, paintings, fudge, glass, textiles and wooden pieces created by selected artisans from New England. Browse and shop both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, and you will be sure not to miss a treasure or two. or call 617-527-8283.




Celebrate Newton Holiday Crafts Fair: Newton's own holiday crafts fair, is around the corner! It's running this year on Sunday December 2 at Newton South High School, from 10am-4pm. There's live music, a kids crafts table, food, and most importantly, a host of fabulous artists and craftspeople, most of whom are your Newton neighbors. Come see their work, and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts for yourself and/or friends and family. Please visit our website at to learn more about the fair. The fair is sponsored by Newton Community Education; your admission fee of $3 will help us expand our program and grow our scholarship fund (kids under 12 are free). Get a sneak peak at NCE's winter Kids & Teens class offerings at the fair too. We hope to see you all there!




Newton Family Singers Fall Concert: The Newton Family Singers invite you to our Fall Concert - Celebrating the Music of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, on Sunday, December 9th. Come enjoy the enduring hits of Carole King, the Brooklyn-born earth mother, and Joni Mitchell, the poet from the Canadian prairie. And we hope you'll sing along!! Sunday, December 9, 4pm at the Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School Auditorium, 250 Brookline Street, Newton.


The Newton Family Singers are an intergenerational chorus and band celebrating family, community and American folk music. For tickets, and more information about NFS and other upcoming events, please visit or email us at




Brookline Winter Festival: Brookline's First Light Festival, November 29, 5-8pm


The Town of Brookline welcomes the winter season by hosting a town-wide annual celebration on Thursday, November 29 from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The 1st Light Festival is held in Brookline's commercial districts of Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, Saint Mary's and Putterham Circle. This year, Brookline will feature local music, dance, art and entertainment performances, light installations by Sina Lightworks in several locations, and a Brookline photo contest.

Sina Lightworks (Brookline residents Alejandro and Moira Sina) will be displayed at The Fireplace Restaurant, Washington Square Tavern, Fire Opal, Muddy River Art Gallery, Clear Four Bakery, Chobee Hoy Associates and more.

A Brookline photo contest will accept any photo of Brookline. Email high quality photo submissions Submissions will be voted by how many "likes" a photo gets on the 1st Light Brookline Facebook page. The winner will receive a free jigsaw puzzle of the prize photograph from Eureka Puzzles, with additional puzzles for sale at participating Brookline businesses.

Brookline's Winter Festival is organized by the Economic Development Division and volunteers to celebrate the upcoming holiday season, to support Brookline's retailers and to integrate light and color by the local community during the darkest time of the year.

Participants during the 1st Light Festival include banks, restaurants, retailers, hotels, realtors, churches and more, by providing entertainment by local musicians, singers, dancers, artists, face painters, magicians, poets and puppeteers. Detailed maps with performance times and locations will be available at Brookline retailers and online.




Scholarship Fundraiser: NESA Scholarship Fundraiser at Fiorella's Italian Restaurant, 187 North Street, Newtonville on Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Each spring the Newton Educational Secretaries Association gives a scholarship to one graduate from each Newton North & Newton South. Fiorella's has graciously agreed to donate proceeds to help fund these important scholarships for families in need on the evening of Wednesday, December 5, 2012.


Come help us fund the scholarships while enjoying a delicious meal before the holiday rush! All you have to do is go to Fiorella's for dinner between 4:00 & 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5. Bring this flyer & tell them you are there for the NESA Fundraiser (please see Susan Tempesta for a copy of the flyer). Fiorella's will be donating 20% back to our scholarship fund. They will also honor this for their Express locations as well as take-out! Thank you for participating and enjoy your evening out!




Newton Community Preservation Committee: November 2012 Reminders

Regular CPC Meeting on Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 7 pm, City Hall Room 202

Agenda includes:

-- rescheduled public hearing on affordable housing proposal for Eddy Street (Newtonville)

-- CPC working session, final revisions in & adoption vote for new Funding Guidelines


Online from

-- full agendas & pre-meeting packets (under 'Committees & Meetings')

-- full proposals & supporting documents (under 'Proposals & Projects')


Printed copies available for reference:

-- full agenda & pre-meeting packet for 14 November 2012 meeting, basement counter of Planning &

   Development Dept., City Hall

-- fy13 proposals, Reference Department, Newton Free Library (Homer St.)



Final Wrapup & Presentation of New Funding Guidelines on Thursday, 29 November 2012, 7 pm, Druker Auditorium, Newton Main Library (Homer Street). We'll start with refreshments, summarize what we heard in our year of neighborhood birthday parties & online survey, present the new Funding Guidelines, then leave plenty of time for comments & questions.


Contact: Alice Ingerson, aingerson@newtonma.govm, 617.796.1144.




Free Talk at the Newton Library: Unleash Your Inner Filmmaker, Nov. 19

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a world renowned film maker? Robert Gerst's new first-of-its-kind book, Make Film History: Rewrite, Reshoot, and Recut the World's Greatest Films, and the accompanying hands-on website, is for every movie lover who has ever asked, "How did they do that?" or said, "I'd like to make a movie, too!" Join him on Monday, November 19 at 7:30 pm for a talk that will show you how you unleash your inner artist and learn to rework and re-edit landmark films. During the talk Gerst will outline moments when imaginative filmmakers from Georges Mèliès to James Cameron advanced the art of film from nineteenth century photography to the digital epics playing in today's multiplex theaters. He will also briefly demonstrate how, by using the book's webpage, film aficionados can rework and re-edit landmark movies. Watch, second-guess, or do it yourself, as the building blocks of movies emerge. Make Film History! The talk will be followed by a book signing. Robert Gerst brings hands-on experience to contemporary arts education. A former Alderman, he is Chairman of the Newton Community Education Commission, and at Massachusetts College of Art he is Chairman of the Liberal Arts Department and teaches classroom-based and online courses in film history, film aesthetics and literature.




Community Classifieds



Kids' Karate: Lasell College--Free Trial Classes

Friday, Dec. 14, 5:00-6:00 p.m., or Saturday, Dec. 15, 10:00-11:00 a.m.--- for Jan-Feb 7-Week Beginners Session. Girls and boys, entry ages 1st thru 5th grades. $79 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.




Ice Skating Lessons: For Ages 4 1/2 to Adult. Recreational, Figure, or Hockey. Helmets are mandatory for age 41/2 -9 yrs and recommended for all students. Class Schedule & Registration Info:






Parent Workshops:

Promoting Organization and Successful Activity Transitions in Children: Parents and teachers join us for "Promoting Organization and Successful Activity Transitions in Children." We will discuss strategies to help children navigate daily activities happily and successfully.

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.

Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 7-8 p.m.


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


Parent Speak: Attend one or all 4 sessions. This 4-week language-based educational program will support parents and paraprofessionals in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Date: Last 3 Mondays in November and first Monday of December

Time: 7-8:30

Cost: Single Session $60; Full Workshop $200; Rates for Parent Couples also available.


More Info: CEUs available through AOTA for professionals.




Doctor 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.


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.


Registration is now open for all summer programs at Watertown Children's Theatre. For more information or to register visit




Family Film Festival: Belmont World Film, which has presented the best in international films from around the globe for children and adults since 2001, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Family Film Festival with "Magic and Movies," with three days of live action and animated films from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland, the UK, Germany, Estonia/Latvia, Canada, China, the US, and elsewhere-many of them US or New England premieres.


The weekend opens with "Magic Friday," magical programs of live action films and performances at the Studio Cinema in Belmont (376 Trapelo Road. Programs include:


"MAGIC" FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (Studio Cinema): Featuring free ice cream treats compliments of Moozy's in Belmont.

4:45 PM: THE MAGICIANS by Joram Lürsen (The Netherlands, 2011, 94 min.) New England Premiere * Age 5+ * In Dutch with English subtitles. Preceded by a live magic show by Bill Cook, featured in the film Make Believe.

7 PM: MAKE BELIEVE by J. Clay Tweel (2010, 88 min.) * Tweens & up. Followed by a live magic show by Bill Cook, featured in the film, and a Q&A with producer Steven Klein.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (Studio Cinema, Belmont)

10:30 AM: ANIMATED BEST LOVED CHILDREN'S BOOKS FROM SCHOLASTIC/WESTON WOODS STUDIOS: Program I (USA, 70 min.) * Age 3-10 featuring Knuffle Bunny Free, The Red Hen, Happy Birthday Moon!, Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct, Doctor De Soto, Hi! Fly Guy, Knuffle Bunny Free, Swimmy, Chicken Soup With Rice.

12 PM: ERIC CARLE, PICTURE WRITER: THE ART OF THE PICTURE BOOK by Kate Geis (2012, 30 min.)Shown with THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR (6:12 min.) and followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kate Geis. * All Ages * Sponsored by Cambridge Savings Bank

1:30 PM: THE MAGIC PIANO AND THE CHOPIN SHORTS (2011, 62 min.) New England Premiere * All ages.

3 PM: VICTOR AND THE SECRET OF CROCODILE MANSION by Cyrill Boss & Philipp Stennert (Germany, 2012, 91 min.) US Premiere * Age 8+


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (Studio Cinema, Belmont)

10:30 AM: ANIMATED BEST LOVED CHILDREN'S BOOKS FROM SCHOLASTIC/WESTON WOODS STUDIOS Program II (USA, 70 min.) * Age 3-10 featuring Bink & Gollie, Sky Color, Frederick, Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct, Pete's a Pizza, I'm Fast, Knuffle Bunny Free, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

1:30 PM: CANADIAN/QUEBEC SHORTS I: GROWING PAINS (60 min.) * All Ages. From the National Film Board of Canada with a spotlight on Quebec.

1:30 PM: LOTTE AND THE MOONSTONE SECRET by Heiki Ernits & Janno Põldma (Estonia/Latvia, 2011, 75 min.) New England Premiere * Age 5 & up

3 PM: ONE LIFE by Michael Gunton & Martha Holmes (UK, 2011, 85 min.) US Premiere * All Ages



Children $5; seniors, students, MFA & BWF members $7; nonmembers $8. Available online or in person at the Studio Cinema Box Office.


For full descriptions and trailers, visit For more information call 617-484-3980.




Family Daycare: Openings - Lynda's Play Group - Family Daycare Setting. OPENINGS NOW for children 18 months old to pre-school age. TUES & THURS 9am-1pm. I follow the Newton Public School 2012-2013 calendar. Convenient location in Newton Centre, off Comm Ave between Centre and Walnut Streets. Warm, loving, caring energetic provider. Bright, sunny indoor space - 1st floor family room with lots of windows. Great outdoor space - fenced in yard with swing set, climbing structure, large "digging" area, etc. Opportunity for children to develop skills needed for pre-school and being a friend. License #: 9005453. CPR and 1st aid certified. Contact Lynda or 617.527.2117.






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