ForWARD December 7, 2012

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

December 7, 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
From the Health Room
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    

    • Friday, December 7 - PTO Meeting, 8:45am @ Ward School Cafe  
    • Monday, December 10 - School Council Meeting, 3:30pm @ Ms. Peller's Office  
    • Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, January 1 - Winter Recess, NO SCHOOL


From the Principal's Desk  


Inclusive Schools Week
December 3-7 has been designated "Inclusive Schools Week."  During this time, we celebrate the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. (From the  The focus this year is Social Inclusion: More Than a Seat in the Classroom.

Here's how we are recognizing this special week:

In each classroom at Ward School teachers selected a book to read that promotes inclusionary practices.  After listening to a reading of the book and engaging in classroom discussion, students created a paper chain as a representation of our school community being "connected" or "inclusive" as a group.  On provided paper strips, each student wrote a word or a short sentence stating how they connect with other students. They could either use the sentence starter "We are all connected at Ward School..."  or come up with their own word or phrase, such as "sharing favorite stories'" or "singing together at the Halloween Hoot."  Each classroom made a chain with the words and the writers' names on the outside of each link.  All of the chains will be connected and displayed.

Internet Safety
Over the past few weeks, every class has reviewed the Acceptable Use Policy with Mrs. Packard.  This is a set of rules users must follow when engaging in activities that require the use of technology and the Internet.  The policy outlines how students should respect themselves, others, and all equipment in an online environment.  We feel it is essential each year to discuss our rules for using the Internet and technology tools in our school.

School Council
You are welcome to join us at our next School Council meeting on December 10. Members of the School Committee will attend to discuss the upcoming override.  The meeting will take place at 3:30 in my office.

MCAS Dates
The final MCAS testing schedule is listed below.
- English Language Arts

- Grade 3  March 21, 28

- Grade 4  March 19 (composition), April 1, 3

- Grade 5  March 18, 22

- Math
- Grade 3  May 9, 10
- Grade 4  May 13, 15
- Grade 5  May 6, 8    Science/Technology  May 16, 17

Please avoid scheduling any appointments that would keep students out of school on these dates.

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

 And Now a Word From the PTO

Annual Fund

We would like to thank the Ward families who have already generously contributed to the Annual Fund. We have raised over $17K in a very short amount of time! As the end of the year approaches, please consider the Ward School when making your charitable contributions. Please click here  to donate.



forWARD Spring Fundraising Auction ~ April 6th

What: Bi-annual spring event featuring mingling, food, drinks and live and silent auctions

When: April 6, 2013

Where: Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 154 Lincoln Street


Do you have a few morning hours to give us in the next few weeks? Join a small, fun group of volunteers on the auction committee to reach out by phone, online or in person to the many prior and new auction sponsors. We have the lists but not the time to take advantage of the holiday spirit and secure auction items for our spring event. Combine it with your own holiday shopping, start with a friend at your favorite coffee shop - the options are endless! Sign up at the PTO meeting this Friday December 7th or email Cindy



***Upcoming Events***


PTO Meeting ~ December 7th @ 8:45am

The meeting will be in the Ward School Cafe. 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.


School Council Meeting ~ December 10th @ 3:30pm

The next school council meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 10th from 3:30 to 4:30 in Audrey Peller's office. All are welcome to attend. 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.




 School News
Creative Arts and Sciences (CASC)
On November 28, Cambridge based muralist David Fichter had 3 assemblies to kick off the Ward School Mural Project that will take place this year.  He spoke about the history of murals and the process of creating this genre of public art.  The students were really excited by this project in which they will all contribute to a lasting mural that will hang in the front stairwell.  The mural will be created during art classes throughout December and January.  Many thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for providing Ward School with a STARS Residency Grant for this project.  


Additionally, all of the grades will have an CASC enrichment program in the month of December.
December 12 - The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will visit Grades 1 - 5 for a variety of programs designed to build awareness and respect for the importance of water in our community's daily life.  For more info visit
December 13 - Kindergarten classes will have a visit from beloved children's book author and illustrator Miko Imai.
December 20 - Grade 2 classes will welcome Author Suzy Kline as a compliment to their writer's workshop curricula.

Creative Arts and Sciences 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 with any questions.

4th Grade Understanding Our Differences

The chronic medical conditions unit of the Understanding Our Differences program in the 4th grade has come to a successful conclusion. Students learned how people with allergies and asthma cope with their daily activities. They learned about triggers for asthma and learned how to be good friends to peers with allergies and asthma. They were enthusiastic to meet a Newton South High School student who has many allergies. He answered their thoughtful questions. Fourth graders were also excited to hear from one of their own classmates with asthma. We would like to thank our volunteer team of Sara Singer, Julia Johnston-Ketterer, Wendy Kritzer, Geoff Gilmartin, and Stacy Schwartz. We would also like to thank Ms. Packard, Ms. Broder, Mr. MacPherson, Ms. Kaplan, Ms. Goldman, and Ms. Peller for their support. 


Understanding Our Differences will present the learning disabilities unit for the 4th grade on Wednesday March 27, 2013 from 1-3 PM. Please call/email the 4th Grade Understanding Our Differences coordinator, Laurence Bailen (tel: 617-645-5802 or email: if you are interested in volunteering.

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
Every Tuesday at After-School, we have a Surprise Guest Reader visit us to read to our K-3 students.  Our Guest Reader last week was Mayor Setti Warren!  It was an incredible honor to have the Mayor read "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" to us!  The kids were extremely welcoming to him, and asked him some wonderful and insightful questions. 
Our guest readers this year include:   Meghan McGrath, Karin Lieberman, Naomi Singer, Maureen Malavase (Ward staff members);  Pam Swift (After-School teacher Holly's mom!); and former After-School teacher Olivia Rudkevich.  Stay tuned to hear our line-up for the coming months!

We wish the Ward School families a very happy and healthy holiday season! 

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

 From the Health Room


Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.  


Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.  


Type 1 diabetes, which was previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile-onset diabetes, may account for about 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes, may account for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.  


People who think they might have diabetes must visit a physician for diagnosis. They might have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms:

  •  Frequent urination (can include bedwetting)

  •  Excessive thirst

  •  Unexplained weight loss

  •  Extreme hunger

  •  Sudden vision changes

  •  Tingling or numbness in hands or feet

  •  Feeling very tired much of the time

  •  Very dry skin

  •  Sores that are slow to heal

  •  More infections than usual

  •  Sudden weight loss

  •  Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath

  •  Heavy, labored breathing

  •  Stupor, unconsciousness


Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains may accompany some of these symptoms in the abrupt onset of insulin-dependent diabetes, now called type 1 diabetes. The symptoms can often be mistaken for more common illnesses, like the flu. As with many diseases, early diagnosis goes a long way toward preventing serious health problems, and even death.For more information about diabetes, contact the school nurse or visit or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


Newton News and Events




Parents Helping Parents Support Group: Do you know a parent who feels isolated, lonely or stressed? The holiday season can bring both joy - and stresses - for some families. To help alleviate this stress, The Newton Partnership is continuing to support and promote a drop-in parent group called Parents Helping Parents.


The group met successfully over the last year and is looking to expand the membership to other parents in the community who may benefit from a supportive, anonymous group of parent peers. The group is professionally facilitated and free child care is provided.


The group meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Brigham House in Newton Highlands, located at 20 Hartford Street. This is located near the Newton Highland T stop for those arriving by public transportation.


For more information, please contact Meg Morgan at Parents Helping Parents 617.926.5008 x102 or go to




ELL Resource Fair: There will be a Resource Fair for families of English Language Learners or former ELLs on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Newton North cafeteria (457 Walnut St.). Families are invited to learn about some of the different school and community resources in Newton. There will be information available on the following topics:

  • summer camp and after school programs
  • pre-school programs
  • adult English classes
  • supporting your child in school, understanding the schools - conferences, report cards, testing etc.
  • Newton Public Library
  • high school guidance counselors and college and career counselors
  • Boys and Girls Club

The City Social Worker will answer questions and free flu shots from the Health Department will be available. Childcare (for kids over 5 yrs. old), dinner and interpreters will be provided in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Korean.


Transportation available upon request. Please RSVP to your child's ESL teacher or to Dianna Kobayashi at 617-559-6045 or Let us know if you need an interpreter in another language.




Mayor Town Hall Meeting - Override Proposal: Mayor Setti Warren will host a series of Town Hall meetings to discuss and answer questions about the override proposal, which voters will be able to weigh in on March 12. The next Town Hall meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon St., Waban. Admission is free and open to all Newton residents.


Community Classifieds




Indoor Winter Lacrosse: Newton Recreation Indoor Winter Lacrosse Program 2013 at NEWTON NORTH HIGH SCHOOL


Recreation Lacrosse Schedule & Format

LOWER ELEMENTARY GROUP 3-4:30PM Grades 2nd-4th

UPPER ELEMENTARY GROUP 4:30-6PM Grades 5th-6th

MIDDLE SCHOOL GROUP 6-7:30PM Grades 7th-9th*

*inexperienced 9th grade players


All sessions for Elementary & Middle School Programs will be played in the SOA on Sundays from January 6th through March 3rd. Inexperienced players are welcome and encouraged to participate!!


HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM 7-9:30PM -Grades 9th-12th

All High School sessions are on Thursdays from January 3rd through March 7th


Equipment Needed: Sticks, helmets, gloves, sneakers, pads, and mouth pieces are required.


Registration Fee: $140/player ($210/family), $150 Non-Resident


Mail in Registration Only. Application and Information is available at: Any Questions e-mail: Bussy Adam: TIGERLAX34@VERIZON.NET




Boys Lacrosse: NEWTON YOUTH BOYS LACROSSE registration is now open for the 2013 Spring Season. Please visit our website at for more details.

Season begins in April 2013 but registration will fill very quickly. Levels currently offered:

U-9 (Learn to Play) - 1st & 2nd Graders

U-11 - 3rd & 4th Graders

U-13 - 5th & 6th Graders

U-15 - 7th & 8th Graders




Skiing and Snowboard Lessons: Newton Parks and Recreation is offering skiing and snowboarding. Grades 3 - 5 on Tuesday afternoons and Grades 6 - 12 on Friday evenings.




December Recess Sewing Camp: Kids can't wait to have time off school but how soon does the novelty wear off? Don't get stuck scrambling to entertain them. Send the kids to sewing camp and let the fun and creativity begin! Beginners and seasoned stitchers will appreciate our mix of fun and useful projects. We welcome kids as young as five and parents are more than welcome to stay and sew with us. Dec 26th through Jan 1st - Half or Full days.





Sunday, January 20 & Monday, January 21, 2013 from 9:00am-5:00pm

This two-day workshop features a master class, group class and ensemble or reading class each day, and ends with an informal concert. Non-Suzuki flute students are welcome to join in the fun but should be familiar with some of the repertoire from the Suzuki Method.


Course Offerings: Each student will participate in 3 hours of classes daily including: A Master class with 3 or 4 Students of Similar Age and Ability; Group Repertoire Class and either: Ensemble; or Beginning Reading Class. Optional classes include Dance, Outside the Box (Whistles, Key Clicks, Harmonics and more!); and Comfluter (What happens when you mix flutists with Brookline Music School's amazing Technology Lab). Optional Ice Cream Sundae/Pool Party on Sunday night.


Instructors: Amy Poliakoff (Director), Julianne Johnston, Jennifer Laurin, PT, Kimberly Lorimier, Laurel Ann Maurer, Noelle Perrin, Norman Thibodeau, Lindsay Albert and Chris Veilleux.

For a brochure click here. For questions email Amy Poliakoff: To register, call Brookline Music School at: (617) 277-4593.




February & April Vacation Camps: School of Rock Boston at 120 Elm Street in Watertown is now accepting enrollments for February Break & April Break Rock Star Performance Boot Camps. Seeking singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, and keyboardists between the ages of 8-18 for the weeks of 2/18-2/22 and 4/15-4/20. Being in a band, record an EP, play a rock show all within a 5-day span! Call 617-923-3434 or email for an application packet. All camps run 9a-3p and are tax-deductible.




Winter Musical: Watertown Children's Theatre is currently enrolling for our winter production of The Pajama Game, the Tony-award winning musical-comedy. In today's challenging economic climate, enjoy this romantic comedy that centers around the battle between labor and management over an all important seven-and-a-half cent raise for the workers of the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory! From retro-costuming, classic vocal numbers and broadway based choreography this production is sure to educate, enlighten, and entertain.


Open to Grades 5-9, this musical features familiar songs like "Hernando's Hideaway" and dance numbers like "Steam Heat" that will bring parents and audience members back to the Golden Age of musicals. A strong ensemble cast ensures that there will be fun for everyone who participates in this classic show, recently revived on Broadway with Harry Connick, Jr in the role of Sid. Orientation begins December 2, so register your child now for a winter full of musical theatre fun! For more information, visit!




Art Center Open House: New Art Center Open House December 9th 1-4pm

61 Washington Park St. Newtonville, MA 02472. Meet our teachers and learn about our art classes and programs for children, teens and adults. There will be children's activities in our studios and art galleries as well as a crafts fair, ceramics demonstration and building tour.




Scholastic Book Fair: NCSC Book Fair: December 15, 9am - 1pm. Books and gifts for ages infant to 5 years. Activities for children of all ages. Featuring books from Scholastic, Inc. Entertain your children while you shop: sing with Hugh Hanley 9:30-10:30, Big Joe the Storyteller 10:45-11:45, Newton Fire Truck 10:00- 11:00, Puppet Making with Puppet Showplace Theatre 10:00-1:00, and more. Free child ID kits by MasoniCHIP ( Proceeds benefit the early education and child care programs at Newton Community Service Center. Open to the public. Located at 492 Waltham Street, West Newton. For more information: 617-969-5906 or





Brookline Music School seeks an Instructor of PIANO for immediate appointment for spring term and beyond with intention to extend to upcoming school year as a regular faculty appointment. Private teaching includes working with ages 6 years and older, including adults. Preference is given to candidates who also have experience and interest working with 4-6 year-old young beginners in both class and private lesson settings. This position also has the potential to include teaching group classes, coaching chamber music ensembles, and accompanying. Teaching takes place at Kennard House, our main location, with additional instruction in the Brookline Public Schools and other satellite locations.



Brookline Music School seeks an individual with a proven record of teaching various age groups who is passionate and committed to growing a studio through solid pedagogy and recruitment. Organizational, communication and interpersonal skills are essential in order to represent the school to our students' families. An undergraduate degree in performance or pedagogy is required; a graduate degree or the equivalent - demonstrated through teaching and performing experience - is preferred.



Candidates should send a cover letter, résumé and a list of references with email and telephone contact information to with the job title in the subject heading. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Review of applicants will begin immediately.



A private, nonprofit community school for the arts, BMS is the oldest and largest cultural institution in Brookline. Founded in 1924 by the Brookline Public Schools, its original purpose was to enhance school orchestras by providing music lessons after hours on school premises. BMS became a private organization in the 1940s and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1967. Constituting a unique model of cooperation between public and private sectors, the Brookline Public Schools continue to generously donate classroom space to Brookline Music School for private music lessons.




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Join an entrepreneurial culture that fits your lifestyle and passion for education


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Our candidates would earn a commission based income that can range of up to $50,000 per year.


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