ForWARD February 15, 2013

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

February 15, 2013    

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,


Welcome to the latest edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD. 


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Mark Your Calendars             

    • Monday, February 18 Friday, February 22 - February Break, NO SCHOOL
    • Wednesday, February 27  - Talent Show 1, 9:30am @Ward 
    • Thursday, February 28 - Talent Show 2, 1:30pm @Ward


From the Principal's Desk  


It's been an exciting week.  In addition to the piles of snow from Nemo, we celebrated both Valentines Day and the 100th day of school.

Our dolphin mural is nearly complete.  My thanks to all of you who volunteered to assist the children or joined in to add some tiles.  Special thanks go to Sheryl Kalis for writing the Massachusetts Cultural Council grant that supports this project, organizing volunteers and coordinating all the details.  As a final step, we are looking for volunteers to help paint the background walls so that the dolphins will be swimming in an ocean environment.  Let me know if you can join us to paint on the morning of April 7th. Our plan is to have the mural hung for the Art Show on May 1st.

Recently, Maureen Malavase was offered a classroom teacher position in Ashland.   After working here for 12 years, it was difficult to say good-bye to Ms. Malavase.  She has done an extraordinary job working as a classroom assistant to support students with special needs and substituting for teachers during absences.  We wish her well and will truly miss her.  This has necessitated some staffing shifts.  Lisa Rideout will be taking over Ms. Malavase's position in Ms. Hunter's class and Ian Applegate from the Ward Afterschool Program, will be taking Ms. Rideout's position in Mr. Hammer's class.  

At our last School Council meeting we discussed the impact of the new buzzer system and how this will change our current procedures.  The district plan is to lock all doors after the 8:35 bell until the following morning.  Anyone wishing to enter the building will need to buzz the front door or the parking lot door for after school.  We are still figuring out the details, but it is clear that we will all need to work together as we focus on tightening security measures.  As we get closer to the date, I will share the changes that will be implemented.

Have a wonderful vacation break.

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

 And Now a Word From the PTO

Teacher Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year's teacher raffle! The winners can be found on the display board in front of school as well as on the document at the bottom of this web page. As special thanks for helping us out with this popular event, the Ward school teachers and specialists were entered into a separate raffle. Congratulations to Mr. MacPherson who won a new Kindle Fire HD!


BoxTop Deadline - March 1st

We have raised over $500 so far this year with BoxTops. The deadline for submitting them is March 1st. Please bring in any box tops you have been collecting the week after winter break.


Please save the date for our single biggest fundraiser of the year! Look for more details and invitations coming after February break. If you know of a business that wants to become a sponsor, or if you have tickets or vacation houses that you would like to provide for the auction please let us know.


And, it's not too late to volunteer to help during the event. Contact Cindy Henry, 617-928-0853.



***Upcoming Events***


Naomi Singer Read-In ~ March 7th @ 5:45PM

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.


CARe Committee Event ~ Early Release Thursday, March 14th @ 12:30PM

The CARe Committee project will be planting spring bulbs for an older age establishment in Newton. The Ward School publications will keep you posted about the specifics. On-line signups will begin on Wednesday, February 20th at . Sign up early as this event will be limited to 15 children.




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



2013 Walk for Hunger: Do you want to help feed hungry people in Massachusetts?


Food insecurity is a very real problem-over 750,000 people (many of them children and elders) experienced some kind of hunger in Massachusetts last year. Project Bread works with 430 community food programs to provide more than 61 million meals a year to hungry people. Project Bread is also working to improve the quality and sustainability of Massachusetts food programs, especially in schools, so that a healthy and nutritious lifestyle can be available to everyone. Because Project Bread believes that the opposite of hungry isn't full, it's healthy.


But what can you do? You have the ability to change the world, just by taking a few steps. to get more information, register an individual or a team of walkers, or sign up to volunteer. Join over 40,000 people on Sunday, May 5th as we walk 20 miles around Boston, raising almost $4 million to help feed hungry people throughout Massachusetts. We can't do it without you.




Newton Community Preservation Committee: February-March 2013 News


At its January 24th meeting, the CPC voted to recommend further funding for the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program. This recommendation will be referred to the Board of Aldermen's Zoning and Planning and Finance committees. Check the "Board of Aldermen" links at the top-right of for these committees' schedules (under "BOA Calendar") and agendas (under "Committees of the Board" and "Friday Packet").


Upcoming CPC Meetings: There will be no CPC meeting in February 2013. For the CPC's March 14th meeting, requests to be on the agenda - with all materials for the Committee's pre-meeting packet - are due by February 21st.


Seeking Pre-proposals for Next Funding Round: Pre-proposals are now required and are accepted for discussion at any CPC meeting. The earlier you submit your pre-proposal, the better for your project. The next annual cut-off date is June 1st, 2013. Pre-proposals submitted after that date can qualify projects for full consideration only in FY15 (July 2014) or later.


Seeking CPC Members for Historic Resources:

  • If you live in Ward 3 or Ward 4; have a background in history or in the conservation or preservation of historic resources; and are interested in serving as the Mayor's appointee for historic resources on the Community Preservation Committee, please contact Ana Gonzalez at 617.796.1106 or to apply. Under the Community Preservation Act, the CPC makes funding recommendations for affordable housing, historic resources, open space and recreation land to Newton's Board of Aldermen. The Act's definition of historic resources includes archives, art, buildings and landscapes, as well as other resources.
  • If you live in Newton; have a background in history, historic preservation, architectural history, or archaeology; and are interesting in serving on the Newton Historical Commission, please contact Brian Lever at 617.796.1129 or to apply. The Commission is the City's preservation planning body and has the responsibility of surveying and documenting historic properties, advising the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on matters pertaining to historic preservation, enforcing the Demolition Delay and City Landmark ordinances, and working with the public to encourage the preservation of historic properties as well as protecting the City's heritage. The Commission also appoints one of its members to the CPC - that position is currently vacant and has no ward residency requirement.

Newton Community Preservation Program website: Staff contact: Alice Ingerson,, 617.796.1144.


Community Classifieds


Music Classes: Suzuki Prep Free Trial Class on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00-9:45am


The Suzuki School of Newton offers free trial classes for its Suzuki Prep program for children ages 2-4 and an adult caregiver. This is a fun way to share time with your child: sing, move to music, do pre-instrumental Suzuki activities, and hear live instrument demonstrations from the SSN faculty. What a great way to have quality time together, learn what Suzuki music lessons are all about and find out why the Suzuki philosophy works! Do activities that prepare your child for Suzuki instrumental study and help choose an instrument for your child. Learn all about the essence of successful instrument lessons and home practicing by grounding the parent with enough tools in the Suzuki philosophy of learning, child psychology, music pedagogy as well as incentives to prepare the Suzuki family for musical instrument study.


There are 15 45-minute sessions each semester. Tuition is $342 for each adult caregiver plus child, siblings receive a $50 discount. There is an annual registration fee of $45. Classes are limited to 6 participants, and SSN reserves the right to cancel a class due to underenrollment.   Please RSVP for free first class by calling the SSN Office at 617-964-4522 or email us Classes are held at the Suzuki School of Newton, 225 Nevada Street, Newtonville MA




In Home Tutor: Call Y3K TUTOR IN YOUR HOME today, when schoolwork goes the wrong way!

Our many years of experience in teaching and educational consulting has developed the right way to motivate, the right way to teach, be understood, and be remembered. We tutor special ed. such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, Autism, Emotional/Behavioral, and gifted. We also tutor regular ed. and test preparation. All subjects and ages are taught. Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson. Call 781-492-8700 or log on to




Child Care Open House: NCSC Open House: Early Education & Child Care on Saturday, March 2 9:30am to 11:30am


Drop in to tour our facilities, talk with teachers and current parents, and let your children explore our large, bright classrooms through activities. We offer full-day, year-round early education and child care for infants through 5 years (meals and snacks provided). NCSC is a Brazelton Touchpoints Site. Enrollment for fall is open now. Located at 492 Waltham Street, West Newton, behind CVS. For more information, please visit or call Linda at 617-969-5906 x121.




Vacation Art Program: 2013 February Children's and Teen School Vacation Art Programs! Monday, February 18, Friday, February 22nd, 9am-4pm.


Our popular vacation program offers students the opportunity to try a variety of art projects in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. These popular programs are a great way for your child to have fun and stay engaged during the school vacation. Our program runs Monday, February 18th- Friday, February 22nd. Your child will enjoy four art classes each day including drawing, painting, ceramics and theater, as well as a 20-minute snack time and 50-minute lunch/recess time.


Children are grouped by grade in small groups no larger than 15 students. They stay with their group all day for the full week. In addition to our professional and experienced teachers and office staff, each group has an individual counselor who attends classes, snack, lunch and recess.




Performance at the JCC: The JCC Magic Ark Performing Arts Series for Families presents Circo Comedia


The Magic Ark Family Series presents the hilarious comedic duo of Circo Comedia on Monday February 18th at 11am and 1pm. Performances take place at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street in Newton. Tickets are $13 general admission and can be purchased online at or by calling 617-965-5226.


Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy and daredevil stunts are the signature style of CIRCO COMEDIA starring the fantastic duo Jean Saucier & Patrick Côté from Montreal - performing their distinctive style of humor, acrobatic tricks, daring feats, magic and eccentricity.


Following in the tradition of the Quebec Circus, Jean Saucier, master equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician performs his feats from dizzying heights while Patrick Côté, burlesque clown, expert roller skater and drummer, innocently tries his best to be the (imperfect) assistant. This is family entertainment at its finest! Deliriously funny - filled with unforgettable moments.




Performance at the Watertown Children's Theatre: Watertown Children's Theatre presents The Pajama Game, March 15 at 7 pm, March 16 at 2 pm and 7 pm, March 17 at 2 pm, in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown.


A Broadway musical-comedy classic, featuring the hit musical numbers Steam Heat and Hernando's Hideaway! Relations at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, between bosses and workers! Everything comes to a head when the employees strike for a 7 1/2 cent pay increase, making sparks fly in the factory! A cast of 4th-9th graders bring this childhood classic to life. WCT's Producing Director, Meghan Kenny, who directs this production, shares her enthusiasm for the show and its cast, saying "These kids deserve 4 full houses and 4 standing ovations! Their hard work, dedication, and teamwork are simply inspiring. I am so proud of each of them and can't wait to see them light up the stage." Tickets are $12 and will be available beginning February 12th through WCT's website at or by calling 1-800-838-3006. For more information, visit WCT's website or call 617-926-ARTS.




Performance at the Newton Cultural Center: For a delightful school-vacation treat, don't miss the Tanglewood Marionettes production of "The Dragon King" on February 24th at the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street in Newtonville. Due to overwhelming demand, the 2:00 show has sold out, but a 3:30 show has been added. Space is limited, so order your tickets soon! Tickets are $8 in advance at


An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, "The Dragon King" is the tale of an intrepid Grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea to seek the Dragon King, and the answers to why he has forsaken the land above. With colorful sea creatures and beautiful stage sets, this exciting adventure is a heart-warming tale that will thrill young and old alike.


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