This Week At Ward - January 25, 2013

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This Week At Ward

January 25, 2013   

Teacher Raffle - Deadline Extended Until February 1st

There is still time to return your teacher raffle tickets! The deadline has been extended to February 1st. The winners will be announced February 8th."2013 You may download extra tickets or view the raffle list 


Please join us in welcoming Superintendent David Fleishman and School Committee Members Matt Hills, Claire Sokoloff, and Geoff Epstein to the Ward School on January 30th at 7pm in the 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

Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 5:00-7:00pm* 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.
* Due to a conflict with an event at Bigelow, the time for our dance event has been changed to 5-7pm. Please note that food will not be served. You are welcome to bring your own food and dine in Ward's Dolphin Cafe.
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 gymon Thursday, Feb 7th prior to the event.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Heather Pozen




The International Night will be held on March, 20th from 5:30 to 7:30. This is one of the most amazing events at Ward School. It's an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures, there are booths for different countries, activities for kids, performances and a pot luck dinner. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, February 6th at 8:30 AM in the Cafeteria to discuss the details and the logistics of the event. Everyone is welcome to attend. We would like this year, to have a booth of the USA. If you are interested in hosting it or any other booth of another country, or in volunteering for the event, contact Anna or call 617 314 0087.

Ward Safe Routes To School:

Announcing Newton Safe Routes to School winter walking campaign.Share the Love of Walking is a 2 week event starting Friday, February 1stand ending on Valentine's Day Thursday, February 14th.  

Ward Safe Routes encourages you to walk to and/or from school as much as possible during these 2 weeks. We will cap off the Winter Walk event with a school wide walk to school on the last day of the eventFebruary 14thThere will, as always be special giveaways for the families who walk on this day. Ward has so many families that walk everyday rain or shine please join them for some fresh morning air by walking to school. 


Safe Routes Winter Walking Safety Tips:

With winter finally giving us some snow, there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind while walking. Be aware of the conditions on the sidewalk and look out for icy patches that could cause you to slip and fall. Also, look out for broken tree branches or shrubs that are blocking the way or about to fall. Anywhere you encounter a blocked sidewalk or dicey intersection along your walk you should report it to the City of Newton. By law in Newton, businesses and homeowners must shovel the sidewalks surrounding their property. It is also illegal for homeowners to dump snow on the city sidewalks from their property. You can report these problems to the city directly online through their 311 system on the main website, The 311 reporting system is the big green button on the left side of the homepage and it is easy to navigate - and anonymous.



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 email if you did not receive it.

Save the Date - Naomi Singer Read-In
No cooking dinner + unplugged kids + meaningful book discussion + home by 7:30PM?  It sounds too good to be true!  Mark your calendars for the annual Naomi Singer Read-in on Thursday, March 7th, starting at 5:45PM.  Details to follow in the next few weeks. 

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