A note from Ms. Peller - Dec 21, 2012




December 21, 2012


Dear Ward Families,


I greatly appreciate your support over the past week as we all try to process the tragic event in Newtown. Our awareness has been heightened regarding the importance of enforcing the safety measures that are already in place. Susan and I would like to remind you to sign in and take a visitor badge in the office when you visit school after 8:30 AM and before dismissal.  Please remember that only the front door is unlocked during the school day. In this way, staff can monitor who is in our building. Over the past week, Ward staff members have been closely monitoring student reactions and have contacted parents if concerns were raised.  In the coming weeks, Newton administrators and central office staff will continue to work closely with the Mayor and Newton Police to review current safety policies and to determine what other options should be put in place. Please know we are all trying to determine what is best for our children.


I hope you will take time to relax and take care of yourselves over the holiday break.


Best regards,




Audrey Parad Peller


John Ward Elementary School

10 Dolphin Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459

(617) 559-6450