ForWARD December 21, 2012

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

December 21, 2012   

In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars
From the Principal's Desk
And Now a Word From the PTO
School News
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,


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Mark Your Calendars        


From the Principal's Desk  


We are grateful to be adding five new laptops paid for by the district and ten laptops from our PTO.  It is exciting to have this updated technology for student use.    

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, we will hold our annual orientation for parents of incoming kindergarten children at 7:00 PM.  A panel of Ward staff members, including our kindergarten teachers, will provide an overview of the kindergarten experience.  To register, students must turn five by August 31, 2013.  We have the names of some children through the Newton census, but would appreciate your help in getting the word out.  If you know any families with an eligible kindergartner, please have them contact Ms. Tempesta at our school.  Thank you.

You are invited to join the annual Newton Martin Luther King Community Celebration, on January 21st, at 9:30 AM.  This year it will take place at Temple Beth Avodah, 45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton.  The event will feature Newton's All City Treble Singers, Newton North's Jubilee Singers, and student readings from Brown, Oak Hill, and Newton South.

Students in grades K, 2, and 5 will be participating in CAPP (Child Assault Prevention Program) this year.  This program seeks to prevent child abuse by training children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations and by helping parents and teachers support children in this endeavor.  Ward will be hosting a Parent Information meeting on Thursday, January 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM in our cafe.  This is an opportunity to hear practical advice on keeping our children safe.  

During these challenging times, we are reminded of all our blessings.  I hope that you will be able to take a moment during this upcoming holiday season to cherish what you have and to thank those around you.  The staff and I thank you for your support as we work together to make Ward School such a special place.

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

 And Now a Word From the PTO

Annual Fund

Donate to the Annual Fund

There is still time for you to make a 2012 donation to the Annual Fund! As the end of the year approaches, please consider the Ward School when making your charitable contributions. Please clickhere to donate.



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Ward School Care Committee

The Ward School Care Committee is off to a great start! We have organized exciting activities in an effort to help others in our community and the kids have been amazing during this process. We constructed over 100 goody bags for the Newton organization Birthday Wishes, raised over $600 for Unicef with the trick or treat collection boxes, organized a Thanksgiving food drive for the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton, and most recently, made toys for dogs displaced due to Hurricane Sandy. We are looking forward to our next event, Wednesday, February 6th, 2013! (Please note this early release is a Wednesday.) More information will be available in January when you may register your child for another exciting event at Warmly, Alison Best and Amiee Parco.


Book Fair Thank You

Special thanks to Heather Pozen and Jessica Dumphy who organized this year's book fair and thank you to all the volunteers who helped out with it! It was a great event where kids and adults were able to purchase great books at reasonable prices and some of the proceeds will go to more books for Ward school.



***Upcoming Events***


The Kindergarten Pot Luck Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 12th at 7:00pm at the home of Lisa and Chris Kirby. The invitation went out earlier this week, please email if you did not receive it.


PTO Meeting ~ January 15th @ 7:30pm

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night, January 15th at 7:30pm at the Ward school. We will be planning for the many upcoming events such as a free community event scheduled for February 9th, International Night scheduled for March 20th, and the Spring Fundraiser scheduled for April 6th. Help is needed for these events and other activities. Please attend the meeting or reach out to a member of the PTO board if you can help.



On behalf of the PTO board, we'd like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season!!!

Alison Best, Jodi Figler, Gail Fitzgerald, Christine O'Neill, Julia Johnston-Ketterer, Amiee Parco, Karla Siegel & Beth Panella



 School News

 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!                




Newton News and Events




New Year's Open House in Newton: Times Square isn't the only fun place to spend New Year's Eve...the New Year's Open House at Newton City Hall has free live entertainment, face painting, refreshments and balloon animals! From 1:30 to 3:30 on December 31st, there are four different continuous live performances, so you can catch them all: the delightful Joanne Langione Dance Studio dancers in the War Memorial Auditorium, the ever-popular Newton Family Singers in the Aldermanic Chambers, the hilarious Big Joe the Storyteller in the Cafeteria, and puppets and songs with Diana Kane in Room 209. Kids can get their faces painted and get a balloon animal to take home. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Newton Food Pantries, or a child's book or winter clothing item for Cradles to Crayons. Visit for more information, or call 617-527-8283.




Backpacks for Kids in the Rockaways: Occupy Sandy seeks backpacks and school supplies for kids


When the kids lost their home and belongings, they lost their school supplies.


Perhaps you and your kids would consider shopping at for a backpack and supplies (notebook, pens, pencils, markers, etc.) for a child in the hard hit area in the Rockaways. This is the area where the poorest families live, and where the devastation was the greatest. Add a goodie, such as warm socks or mittens, and a personal note (if you mark the package as a gift you can add a personal note). Have send it to:


Church of St Luke & St Matthew

520 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238.


Or drop a backpack with supplies inside in the box in the foyer at First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington St, across from the Newton police station.


If you send a backpack via, please send an email to Margaret Z. at, so she keep track of how many backpacks are sent and tell OccupySandy how many backpacks are coming!


Community Classifieds




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.




Music School Events:


Brookline Music School's Open Mic Night: Every Thursday from 7:00-9:00pm at Cafe Nicholas.

Brookline Music School faculty Scott Pittman hosts a weekly Open Mic Night at Café Nicholas, 1632 Beacon Street, Brookline in Washington Square from 7:00 to 9:00pm for free. Brookline Music School provides a full drum set, amplifiers for bass, guitar and keyboard, and two microphones for the evening. All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend and perform.


The Open Mic Night is a place to showcase your talent without the intimidating atmosphere. Invite your friends to watch you do your thing on stage! These shows provide an opportunity for musicians to gain experience performing to a live audience.


Brookline Music School welcomes musicians of all ages and levels to this free weekly event. For more information visit, call Brookline Music School at (617) 277-4593 or Café Nicholas at (617) 739-1114.


Brookline Music School Voice Department Open House/Junior District Choral Workshop:Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:00-3:00pm


The Voice Department of Brookline Music School is pleased to announce its third annual Vocal Workshop for the Junior District Auditions on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 pm at 25 Kennard Road in Brookline. This workshop is free and open to all students in the Eastern District who are planning to audition the following weekend.


The voice faculty will rehearse the required piece, drill sight-singing, and offer tips on vocal health and auditioning in this two-hour workshop. RSVP's are requested from those who plan on participating. RSVP's should include student's name, voice part, and school district and directed to Voice Department Coordinator Bonnie Pomfret:


9th Annual Suzuki Flute Workshop: Sunday, January 20 - Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:00am - 5:00pm


Brookline Music School presents the 9th Annual Suzuki Flute Workshop on Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21, 2013 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at 25 Kennard Road in Brookline. 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. Workshop tuition is $120, with additional class fees of $20.


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!); Comfluter (What happens when you mix flutists with Brookline Music School's amazing music technology lab); and Jazz Improv ("It don't mean a thing, if you ain't got that swing!" Learn to express yourself and improvise in the jazz tradition). There is an optional pizza and ice cream sundae party on Sunday night.


Instructors: Amy Poliakoff (director), Julianne Johnston, Jennifer Laurin, PT, Kimberly Lorimier, Laurel Ann Maurer, Noelle Perrin, Norman Thibodeau (flutes), Lindsay Albert (piano), Chris Veilleux (jazz), and Tom Krusinski (dance).


For more information about this event visit, call Brookline Music School at (617) 277-4593, or email Director Amy Poliakoff at


Every Child Can! Introduction to the Suzuki Method: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 8:30am-4:30pm


Brookline Music School presents Every Child Can!© (ECC) on Sunday, January 27, 2013, from 8:30am to 4:30pm at 25 Kennard Road in Brookline. Every Child Can!© is an introduction to Dr. Suzuki's philosophy and its application to Suzuki education.


This course provides an inspiring, in-depth look at the Suzuki approach to teaching and learning for parents, teachers, prospective teachers and others. In addition to exploring the elements of the Suzuki approach and its far-reaching goals, it includes an introduction to learning styles, history of the development of Suzuki education, the role of parents, the importance of Suzuki pedagogical training, and an overview of the SAA's role in supporting teachers and parents. A fast-paced, engaging and inspiring program, ECC includes video materials and SAA-developed courseware, and provides each participant with useful reference materials (manuals) for later study.


This course is required for all new Suzuki teachers, and open to prospective teachers, parents, administrators and all others interested in learning about Suzuki approach to education. For teachers, ECC serves as the first course in the Suzuki Association of the Americas' Teacher Development Program. There are no instrument proficiency requirements and no audition is required.


Facilitator Kimberly Lorimier has been a registered SAA flute teacher trainer since 2000 and has been teaching in Massachusetts for the past 16 years. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan in flute performance and received her graduation certificate from the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan where she studied with Toshio Takahashi. Her studio is currently in Needham, MA and she enjoys freelancing in the Boston area.

The workshop costs $115, which includes lunch. For more information about this event or call Brookline Music School at (617) 277-4593.


Spring 2013 Programs at Brookline Music School: January 29, 2013 - June 17, 2013

Brookline Music School's Term II (Spring) programs begin January 29, 2013, offering a variety of classes and private instruction for all ages and abilities. Term II runs for 15 weeks. Brookline Music School (BMS) welcomes students ages 4 years to adult to study private music lessons on a number of instruments. The school introduced a folk music program that offers group classes for adults and family jams. Music for iPad classes include Garageband for iPad and iPad Band! Jazz/Rock, and Chamber Ensembles are offered year-round for kids, teens and adults. Ensembles provide a unique opportunity to experience the joys of music making with others. Brookline Music School has a wide array of ensembles for all ages and abilities - with multiple performance opportunities - catering to a variety of musical abilities and interests.




Lice Removal: Lice Aunties Newton, started by a Newton mom, now open at 90 Oak Street, Newton Upper Falls. Headlice treatment in our spotless new treatment center. Free headchecks by appointment, Tuesdays in December and January.





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