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ForWARD January 18, 2013

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

January 18, 2013    

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


From the Principal's Desk  


Traffic safety concerns
During the winter, there is a significant increase in the number of cars picking up children.  Please be considerate of the needs of our community and use the blue zone properly. There are only five spaces in the Blue Zone; waiting in one of them slows down everyone.
Is the Blue Zone for you?
Remember that the Blue Zone is not for everyone.  It is meant to be a MOVING LANE.
To use the Blue Zone:
* Children should be able to enter or exit the car independently from the sidewalk.
* Drivers should not leave their vehicles to assist children in the Blue Zone.
If you choose to use the Blue Zone, remember:
Ask your child to meet you in the Blue Zone.  If your child is waiting, stop and pick him/her up.  If not, circle around the block.
Never park in the Blue Zone.  This brings traffic to a standstill.
Be sure to inform other family members and caretakers who pick up your child.   Let's start the year off right!
Updated website
The district website has been reorganized in an effort to assist families in finding resources.  Check out the "For Families" section at for information.
Incoming Kindergartners
On Tuesday, February 5, Ward School staff will be hosting a Kindergarten orientation for parents who will have a child entering kindergarten next fall. This will begin at 7:00 PM.  To be eligible for kindergarten, children must turn five by August 31, 2013.  Please pass along this information.
Please note that on Wednesday, February 6, all students will be dismissed at 12:30.
Audrey Parad Peller
John Ward Elementary School
10 Dolphin Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

 And Now a Word From the PTO

Outreach Tour: School Committee and NPS Leadership Meeting ~ January 30th @ 7pm

Members of the School Committee and Superintendent's office are reaching out to meet with parents at every school in the Newton Public Schools at least once each year. Please come to our school's meeting which has been scheduled for January 30th at 7pm in the Ward library.


The goal of this meeting is to hear parent concerns and answer any questions you might have about the most pressing issues facing the Newton Public Schools, including enrollment growth and space issues as well as the upcoming override vote on March 12th. For more information about the override, please visit


2013 Teacher Raffle

The 2013 Teacher Raffle is underway. Tickets may be dropped off in the lobby by January 25th. Winners will be announced February 8th. You may download extra tickets or view the raffle listhere.



Save the Date for the forWARD Spring Fundraising Auction

When: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7 PM

Where: Newton Highlands Congregational Church

What: Ward's Bi-Annual Fundraising Auction

Please save the date for a great night. We'll have plenty of time to mingle and enjoy great food and drinks --- and of course, bid! We already have a lot of great items secured for the auction including summer camps, sports tickets, overnight stays, dinners, and spa packages.


Mark the date and stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks! If you have any questions about the evening or want to join in and help, please contact Cindy Henry 617-928-0853 /



***Upcoming Events***


First Grade Pot Luck ~ January 26th @ 7pm

The First Grade Parents' Social is scheduled for Saturday, January 26th at 7:00pm at the home of Heidi Gardner and Ivan Matviak. The invitation went out a few weeks ago, please if you did not receive it.


Fourth Grade Pot Luck ~ February 8th @ 7:30pm

The Fourth Grade Pot Luck Dinner is scheduled for Friday, February 8th at 7:30pm at the home of Madelon Bracke & Jan de Boer. The invitation went out earlier this week, please if you did not receive it.


Ward School's Rock of Ages Family Dance ~ February 9th @ 6pm

Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Ward Gym. Harness your Inner Rockstar/Popstar. Come dressed ready to rock! Dance to your favorite songs with DJ Jasper of Siagel Productions. Free admission.


Note: This is a family event, not a drop off event. All children need to be supervised by an adult.


We will need volunteers to staff the event and also to decorate the gym on Thursday, Feb 7th prior to the event.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Heather Pozen at



School News  
Mural Project 
The Ward School Mural project is currently underway and everyone is having a terrific time participating.  All of the students will have a chance to paint during school over the next few weeks.  We are still looking for a few parent volunteers to help out during school hours.  If you are interested in helping out when your child will be participating, please contact your room parent for the specific times.
On Tuesday February 5th there will be a community wide paint/mosaic  evening where everyone (students, parents, teachers) is invited to make their mark on the project.  From 5 - 7:30 that evening, please come help complete the project.  All students must be accompanied by an adult.  Please let Sheryl know if you will be attending.
This project is generously funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ward PTO.



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.

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!                




 News From the Health Room

As you have probably heard, there is a lot of flu around this year. Both respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses have been circulating in the schools. Remember all of these stay healthy tips:


Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.

  • Wash your hands often -- when they are dirty, before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing into a tissue
  • Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 15 seconds before rinsing and drying.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are ok to use when your hands aren't visibly dirty


Cough Etiquette

  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands - use a tissue or your elbow


Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.


Stay away from people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick


If your child unfortunately does get sick, please follow the illness policy of the Newton Public Schools. You must keep a child at home if s/he has:

  • a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the past 24 hours (or has taken a fever reducing medication within the past 24 hours)
  • a cold in the active stages: coughing, running nose, sneezing
  • a sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
  • an undiagnosed rash or skin eruption
  • vomiting or diarrhea during the past 24 hours
  • head lice that has not been treated


If you are uncertain if your child should come to school, please contact the school nurse. Additionally, it is helpful if you report illness to the school when keeping your child home. Nurses monitor illness patterns throughout the school district.


Newton News and Events




The city is sponsoring its yearly camp fair this year on Sunday January 27 at Newton North High School from noon to 4pm. Camps run by Newton Parks & Recreation and the Newton Public Schools (including Newton Community Education and SPACE camp), will be represented at the fair. Come early to reserve your child's spot in the program of his or her choice for Summer 2013, or to learn more about the many varied options offered in our city.




MLK Community Celebration: You are cordially invited to attend the 45th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Newton Community Celebration on Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:30 A.M. Temple Beth Avodah, 45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton Centre, MA. 02459.


Honored Guests:

Mayor Setti D. Warren

Superintendent of Schools - David Fleishman

Reflections by Newton School Students


Musical Selections by: Newton All City Treble Singers

Newton North Jubilee Singers

Myrtle Baptist Church's - The Love Tones


Please bring non-perishable food items, which are being collected for donation to the Newton Food Pantry. Convened by the City of Newton, Newton Interfaith Clergy Association, the Newton School Department, and the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic & Religious Harmony




Newton Partnership Events:


January is National Mentoring Month!

Think back to when you were a kid. What kind of relationships did you have with adults (or wished you had)? Perhaps you had a coach, religious leader, teacher, family friend, parent, or sibling who you looked up to. Positive adult role models in the lives of youth can make all the difference in helping young people to be healthy and productive. Encouragement and support go a LONG way towards helping kids make good decisions that affect the rest of their lives. Many kids need more support from adults than they are able to get in school and at home. By volunteering as a mentor, you are helping a young person not feel quite so alone in the world.   Pay it forward and change someone's future! Contact for more information.


Newton Youth Summit Action Groups: January 15 and/or January 17

Following the first successful Mayor's Newton Youth Summit in October, 2012, teens and adults who are interested in participating in an "Action Group" are encouraged to attend one or both of two upcoming meetings in preparation for the Second Newton Youth Summit on March 20, 2013. This is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on well-being of Youth in our City. Session 1: 1/15/13 at 5:30 at the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club (Boardroom); Session 2: 1/17/13 at 5:30 at the YMCA (Wellness Room). Please visit more information, or contact Jenny O'Leary, City of Newton Youth Services Director,


Register Now for a Four-Session Discussion Group for Parents of High School Students on February 27, March 6, 13 and 20th, 2013

Join other parents of high school students (9th through 12th grade) and professional facilitator, Dr. Deborah Weinstock-Savoy to explore the many changes that occur during adolescence, and how they affect relationships at home and school. In the "Navigating the Rocky Road of Adolescence" Series, participants will discuss relevant topics such as promoting healthy choices, setting realistic limits and appropriate consequences; understanding when and how to negotiate; dealing with changes and crises (e.g., divorce); identifying risk factors for anxiety and depression; handling experimentation with sex, alcohol, drugs, and learning to "let go" while maintaining family connections. This popular group will run on four Wednesdays: February 27th and March 6, 13 and 20th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at The Freedman Center at the MA School of Professional Psychology, 1 Wells Avenue, Newton. To view a flyer, click here. Pre-registration is required at or by calling 617-332-3666 x1250. Financial assistance is available.


Seeking Teens 10-18 to Participate in Health Advisory Program

Open to any Newton teen age 10-18, the Health Advisory is an opportunity to improve your awareness of healthy nutrition and exercise. Students are assigned to a screened adult advisor, who will work with them to set healthy, realistic goals. Students are given a pedometer for periodic check ins (have you walked your 10,000 steps today, Mom and Dad?) and participate in fun activities matched to their own goals. For more information about this FREE program,


Dreamfar 10K Race: Make a New Year's Resolution to Run on January 27, 2013!

Join students, teachers, and community members for Dreamfar High School Marathon's first annual 10K race in Sharon, Massachusetts. The Dreamfar program teaches students realistic goal-setting, the value of commitment, and teamwork. Dreamfar High School Marathon program has members at both high schools. To learn more about Dreamfar, contact Executive Director Jamie Chaloff at To register for the 10K, go to All proceeds go to Dreamfar to help support high school marathoners!


February 1 - 14 Teen Fitness and Nutrition Campaign

The Newton Partnership is sponsoring a Teen Fitness and Nutrition Campaign February 1 - 14. Stay tuned for more information, including Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1 (discounts for healthy food at participating eateries). For more information




Tutors Needed: "I think I'm getting smart!" Become a Newton School Volunteer and hear these words from a student.

*Tutor a 2nd - 5th grade child in basic mathematics concepts once a week for 30-45 minutes.

*Select your preferred school, grade, day, and time.

*Play special math games that reinforce skills and help students gain confidence and competence.

*Training, Everyday Math books and learning materials, and ongoing support are provided.

*No teaching experience is needed.


For more information, please contact Ellen Bender at 617.559.6131 or




Newton Community Preservation Committee Meeting: January 24th Public Hearing on Funding for Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program


The Newton Community Preservation Committee's meeting on Thursday, 24 January 2013, at 7 pm in City Hall Room 222 will include the public hearing postponed from January 10th, on further funding for Newton's long-running Homebuyer Assistance Program. The full meeting agenda and full text of the proposal are online from Contact: Alice Ingerson,, 617.796.1144.


Community Classifieds

Karate: KIDS' KARATE--at Lasell College

Free Trial Class, Sat., March 1, 10-11 a.m. Girls and boys, entry ages 1st thru 5th grades. $79 per 7-week session.




Piano lessons: KEYS FOR KIDS piano lessons. Small groups organized by age (4-11).

Outstanding methodology. Experienced, certified instructor. Proven success. Keys for Kids goes beyond ordinary piano lessons: it teaches well-rounded musicianship. Winter registration. FREE DEMO CLASS Feb. 6, 2013. Contact: or (617)




Newton Parks & Recreation Toddler and Adult Programs:


Drop-in Playgroup for ages 3 & under at Nahnton park Nature Center:


Fencing at the Newton Centre Hut:


Wednesday Cribbage games for Adults at Nahanton Park:




Creative Writing Workshop: The Waban Library Center is thrilled to announce two upcoming Karen Day Creative Writing workshops for 4th and 5th graders!


First, on Saturday, January 26th, a Boys-only workshop will be held from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Does your son have a big imagination? Is he interested in writing but doesn't know how to get started? In this workshop, local children's author Karen Day will introduce basic fiction writing techniques such as how to create strong characters and plots. Boys will brainstorm for ideas and leave with the start to their very own stories. No experience necessary! $20 Registration Fee.


Then, on Saturday, February 9th, a longer workshop will be held for boys and girls in 4th and 5th grade, from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Creating a strong narrative voice is one of the most important ingredients in fiction writing. Local children's book writer Karen Day will take kids through exercises she does when creating fictional characters. We will also talk about plot, setting and how to make narrators come alive! No experience necessary. $25 Registration Fee.


Both workshops will be held Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street. Pre-registration is required: email us at Spaces are limited!




Theatre Programs:


No School on January 21 (MLK Day)? Come to the Arsenal Center for the Arts for Winter Workshop Fest! WCT, arsenalARTS and New Repertory Theatre are teaming up to provide a fun-filled day of theatre, visual art and more at the Arsenal Center!


Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Arsenal Center for the Arts

Grades K-5: puppetry, improvisation, & hands-on design

Grades 6-9: stage combat, Broadway song and dance, & theatrical design


Register NOW for Winter Programs!

Homeschool: Behind the Scenes, Thursdays, 10:30-12, Grades 3-7

February Vacation: Around the World with WCT, February 19-22, Grades 1 - 4 and NEW! Grades 5 - 8 Stage Combat!


Register NOW for Summer Programs!

ArtVenturers I: Let's Go to the Circus, June 24-28, Grades K-2, co-sponsored with arsenalARTS

Backstage Pass, July 8-19, Grades 5-7

Shakespearience: All the World's a Stage, July 22-August 2, Grades 3-5

Broadway Live: Rock 'n' Roll!, August 5-16, Grades 6-9

ArtVenturers II: Adventures in Candyland!, August 19-23, Grades K-2, co-sponsored with arsenalARTS

Listed Grades - Completed School Year 2012-2013. Extended Day Option is available for all programs for an additional fee. For more information, or to register, visit our website!




The Dragon King Performance: Looking to fill some of the school vacation time? The Tanglewood Marionettes production of "The Dragon King" at the Newton Cultural Center on February 24th at 2pm, will delight everyone in the family! An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, it is the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea to seek the Dragon King, the Ruler of the waters, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above. With colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure, "The Dragon King" will thrill young and old alike. Tickets are $8 in advance/$10 at the door at




Spiral Foundation 2013 Symposium


Join us March 22nd and 23rd for the Spiral Foundation 2013 Symposium: Early Identification of SPD and Related Difficulties. This highly anticipated symposium will cover exciting new research and clinical advances! For a list of speakers and topics, click here.


Also join us for the Pre-Conference Course: Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers™ with Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA on Thursday, March 21. This presentation is ideal for therapists, teachers and parents. For more information on the pre-conference course, click here.


Spiral will also host a post-conference research forum on Sunday and a wine and cheese open house Friday evening at OTA The Koomar Center in Newton, MA!

We hope you join us for any or all of these events. The symposium is just around the corner, so please take a look at the offerings and register soon to take advantage of early bird rates!

For more information and registration click here!





Don't miss out on the 4th annual family friendly a-cappella concert, Acappelooza IV, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Newton North High School auditorium. Featuring Newton North's Forte, Newton South's Newtones, the Berklee College of Music's Pitch Slapped, and Boston's professional vocal band Ball in the House. This is a perfect family night out! Tickets can be purchased at Questions: contact Anne Kalis




Film Festival: Belmont World Film Celebrates the Full Moon January 26 at the Studio Cinema

Belmont World Film's Family Film Festival will hold a "Full Moon Festival" for families on Saturday, January 26, the day of the full moon, at the Studio Cinema in Belmont (376 Trapelo Road). It features two films about the moon--Lotte and the Moonstone Secret at 10:30 AM and Moon Man at 1:00 PM, which will be followed by a discussion of the phases of the moon led by Amanda Thompson, school and education coordinator for the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science. Half-moon cookies, courtesy of Whole Foods Market Fresh Pond, will be given out at each screening.


Lotte and the Moonstone Secret is a beautifully drawn animated film that is part of a series created by animators in Estonia and Latvia. The film features a very inventive cartoon dog named Lotte, the Mickey Mouse of Estonia, who experiences a wide variety of fascinating and highly imaginative encounters, that encourage flexibility, exploration, and adventure, as well as wonder, curiosity, and eagerness to learn about other kinds of people and places. The film takes place in a friendly world that is free of violence and is suitable for children 3-8.


Adapted from the worldwide best-selling children's book written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer, Moon Man examines themes of loneliness, difference, understanding and acceptance with a story about how the man in the moon, bored of sitting in his silvery cage all the time, hitches a ride to earth on a shooting star. It is recommended for children ages 7 and up.


Giveaways during the festival include a gift certificate from the family-friendly Full Moon Restaurant in Cambridge, passes to the Museum of Science's planetarium, a bicycle helmet from Belmont Wheelworks, and a light up full moon clock.


Tickets are $5 for children, $8 for adults, and $7 for seniors, students, and Belmont World Film members, or both films for $8 for children and $12 for adults. Purchase tickets online at or in person at the Studio Cinema box office. For more information or call 617-484-3980.




Events at Historic Newton/The Jackson Homestead and Museum:

Thursday, January 31, 7:30 PM


This month's book club selection is Stayin' Alive: The 1970's and the Last Days of the Working Class by Jefferson Cowie. The author has written a wide ranging political, cultural and economic history which examines the 1970's as a crucial, pivotal era that transitioned America from the New Deal (with its large, optimistic middle class) to the dampened expectations of the 1980's and into the present. Cowie captures nothing less than the defining characteristics of the 70's decade. The book club is free and open to the public. 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.




Personal Chef: Too Busy to Cook? Your family can come home to healthy home cooked meal.

The Lovin Spoonful is a one-woman personal chef service in Newton. I provide customized meals cooked in your home. I cater to busy families, friends who want to share home cooked meals and seniors. Custom meals tailored to your tastes and schedule. I include cooking, packaging, labeling and reheating instructions, and leave your kitchen at least as clean as I found it! Optional grocery shopping, special diets, can also be accommodated. Contact me at or call me at 617-309-0454.

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