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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

April 5, 2013    

In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars
From the Principal's Desk
And Now a Word From the PTO
School News
What's New at After-School
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  

Thank you to all the families who sponsored booths and shared bits of their culture through artifacts and food at International Night.  It was a wonderful celebration of the many cultures that comprise our school community.  I'm glad so many families were able to attend and share this amazing experience.

We feel fortunate that the Override passed and funds will be available to work towards keeping our classes smaller and providing additional resources for our schools.  The staff and I appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to the enhancements that will be available for programs in the upcoming budget.

Lockdown Practice

Next week we will be practicing procedures with students in the event of a lockdown.  Students are proficient about leaving the building during our practice evacuation drills. Teachers will be explaining to students that in the unlikely event of an emergency situation, sometimes it is safer to leave the building and sometimes it is safer to be in the building.  We will practice going to a safe place in classrooms and sitting quietly.  Teachers have already practiced lockdown drills and are familiar with the procedures they need to follow which includes pulling down shades, turning off lights, and locking the door. This will be brief but will give students practice in following our lockdown procedure.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

The Art Show has been rescheduled to June 12.  At that time we plan to celebrate our new dolphin mural in the front stairway.
Color Day has been rescheduled to June 18 (rain date June 25).
The last day of school will most likely be June 26.

I look forward to seeing you at the ForWard Auction on April 6.  It's an evening you won't want to miss.

Music News from Mrs. Seals
Dear Ward families,
Hopefully we have seen the last of the snow and spring will be arriving soon! I am happy to introduce my substitute music teacher, Ms. Vale Southard (known to the students as Ms. Southard!). Ms. Southard will be coming in to visit with the students this week, to introduce herself and to see all of the music-making that goes on at Ward.

My last day at Ward will be on March 27th. I will be returning in September to teach your wonderful children again! And I will most likely be visiting a few times before the end of the school year as well. In the meantime, please welcome Ms. Southard into the wonderful Ward community that I am so proud to be a part of!

Have a fantastic rest of the year!
Sara Seals

Music News from Ms. Southard
Dear Ward Families,
Words cannot describe how excited I am to join the Newton community, while Ms. Seals takes some time to focus on her growing family! I was born and raised in Massachusetts and after 3 ½ years outside of the state, it feels great to be back.

I've been involved with music my entire life, and it truly is my greatest passion. After graduating from Algonquin Regional High School, I attended the University of Miami, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. My college career gave me numerous teaching and learning opportunities and exposed me to many different kinds of teaching methodologies, which has helped me become a well-rounded, comfortable, and innovative teacher. Additionally, being part of such a diverse community really has helped shape my teaching style and attitude, and I am so grateful for the great experiences Miami gave me. I was even able to study classical voice and German for a summer in Salzburg, Austria. After graduating this past December, I moved back to Massachusetts, and began a long-term substitute position at Gibbons Middle School, in Westborough, teaching 7th grade General Music, and conducting their choir.
I have heard so many great things about Ward, and about the talented students at this school. I am so excited to jump right in, and have some fun singing, performing, improvising, composing, and getting to know these amazing students.

Vale Southard


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

 And Now a Word From the PTO


***Upcoming Events***



Spring forWARD Fundraiser on April 6th @ 8PM ~ Tickets available at the door!

The forWARD Auction is this Saturday April 6th from 8-11 PM at the Newton Highlands Congregational Church. Tickets will be available at the door if you haven't had a chance to RSVP. Can't make it to the event, but want to support us? Raffle tickets are available for purchase Win great prizes like a sapphire & diamond ring, Red Sox tickets and more.  



City-Wide Newton Services

City-wide Newton Serves is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th, but Ward's Newton Serves will be held on Sunday, May 5th to do a variety of projects at Ward School, inside and out. Contact Heather Pozen at for more information.


School News  
CARe Committee Project 

The Ward CARe Committee is sponsoring a "Birthday in a box" drive for April. We are making a "box" for a girl between the ages of 5-8. 
Please go to SignUp Genius if you are interested in donating items. We're looking for small items for a child's birthday.
Alison Best and Amiee Parco, CARE Committee co-chairs

The new date is Tuesday, June 18th, rain date is Tuesday, June 25th. Please note the new dates.

Please note that the Ward School Art Show has been moved to Wednesday, June 12 to allow students more time to complete their projects. Mark your calendars now.

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!                




What's New at After-School  


If you submitted an application in March for your child entering Grades 1-5 next year, it is now time to officially register.  The registration packets were mailed home this week, so please be on the lookout.  Inside you will find all the necessary paperwork and the information about your one month's non-refundable deposit.  All the paperwork and the deposit are due back to us no later than Friday, April 26.  This is a real deadline!  We have many families on our wait list so spots will be given to waiting families if we do not receive your packet and deposit by 4/26.  Thanks for your cooperation!

If you have an incoming Kindergartner, we will do the registration packet in June, once Ward School has determined the "A" and "B" groups. 

If you missed our deadline and would like to apply to our program, please note that forms are now accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be added to our wait list.  Applications can be found at under the "Forms" tab. 

Don't hesitate to contact me at or 617-965-3087 if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Donna Marohn
Ward After-School Program
10 Dolphin Road
Newton Centre, MA  02459


News from the Health Room  

Brain Injury Awareness


When a bump on the head is more than just a bump...

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It can result from any force to the head that causes injury to brain cells, such as a contact sport injury, a fall, or whiplash from a car accident. Concussions can occur in any organized or unorganized sport or recreational activity. CDC estimates that 1.7 million Americans sustain a TBI, including concussions, each year. Of those individuals, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.4 million are treated and released from an emergency department. The injured person does not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Symptoms can show up right away or days or weeks after the injury.


Symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish or tired
  • Confusion
  • Trouble concentrating or remembering

Parents and caregivers may notice additional concussion symptoms:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Moves clumsily
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Can't recall events before or after hit or fall


If you think your child may have a concussion, seek medical attention right away. A concussion often does not appear in MRI or CAT scans. A health care provider will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to academics, sports and recreational activities. Children who return to sports and activities too soon risk a greater chance or having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can cause permanent brain damage.


To prevent a concussion, ensure your child follows the rules, whether they're the rules of the game or the rules of the road. Make sure children wear the right protective equipment for their activity such as helmet, padding, eye and mouth guards or shin guards. Parents should learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and should keep their child out of a sports game or activity after a concussion. Remind children that it's better to miss a game or two than the whole season.


Information from and



Newton News and Events



Newton Heartbreak Hill Road Race & Walk: Spring is finally in the air, and it is time to dust off those running shoes and join in the fun at the 21st annual Newton Heartbreak Hill Road Race & Walk. The race takes place on Sunday, April 14 from 10:30am - 3:30pm, starting at Newton City Hall. It is half a mile up and down famed Heartbreak Hill, the day before the Boston Marathon. The race is sanctioned by USA Track & Field, NE; and all runners receive a t-shirt, seedling tree, race medal and official digital clock timing. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in each category receive a trophy. Of course, there is wild cheering, music, games and face painting and games with Lasell College students...and admiration all around!


The pre-race pasta/pizza party is a great way to start off the festivities, the day before the race on Saturday, April 13 at 5:30pm at Newton City Hall, War Memorial Auditorium. The dinner is hosted by Papa Gino's and Whole Foods Market, and is free to all registrants, and just $3 per person for family and guests.


Not a runner? Join in the Family Walk at 3:00 or the shorter Intergenerational Walk around City Hall at 10:30am. Registration is easy, online at See you under the balloon arch!




Piano Celebration: On Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm, Suzuki School of Newton faculty and advanced students will perform at the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham Street, Newton, MA 02465. Distinguished SSN alumna Anna Larsen, age 13, will also be performing. The concert, which will showcase a Steinway B concert grand piano, is free and open to the public. The program ranges in styles from Bach and Beethoven to tango and ragtime and is sure to please piano lovers of all ages.




Education Offerings for Parents of Students 0-13 from The Newton Partnership: Spring 2013

The Newton Partnership is pleased to announce a number of exciting parent education opportunities coming up in April and May! Thank you for forwarding this information to friends, neighbors and colleagues. More information about all of these events is on our



Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm, Franklin Elementary School (Cafeteria), 125 Derby Street, Newtonville. Free. Geared towards parents of children up to third grade.



Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 6:30-8:00 pm, Ed Center (Room 304), 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville. Free event for adults only. For parents of children entering kindergarten in Fall 2013.



Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm, Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street, Room 210. Free. For parents of children of all ages.



Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm, Mason Rice Elementary School (Auditorium), 149 Pleasant Street, Newton Centre. Book signing and dessert reception to follow. Co-sponsored with the Newton Mothers' Forum. $5 suggested donation; free for NMF members. Geared for parents of children ages 2-12 years old.



Monday, May 13, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm, Newton North HS (Auditorium), 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville. $5 suggested donation. Geared towards parents of teens and tweens.


For more information on any of the above events, please visit our




Book Signing: Book signing for Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Mission to Pluto, by Dr Oneeka Williams

Date - April 13th, 2013, Time- 1-3 pm

Where - New England Mobile Book Fair, 82 Needham St, Newton


Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo is a 9 year old girl super surgeon, with special powers, who is committed to addressing problems in the Universe by using surgical techniques. She is assisted by her cast of surgical instruments, an irritable Koala bear, a Gullible Globe and is transported by a very capable Flying Ambulance. She loves science, has a very close knit and loving family and lives on the Island of Positivity. She believes that 'Not even the Sky is the Limit" and so when Gordon the Gullible Globe sounds the alarm that Pluto is very sad because he has been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo is positive that she can do something about that. She jets off to Pluto with her team, operates on Pluto and restores his ability to become a planet again. Will he? Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Mission to Pluto introduces the concepts of the differences between planets and dwarf planet and explains why Pluto lost its status. It explains the significance of Pluto's elliptical orbit and offers some understanding of gravitational forces. This is done in a playful and engaging way that will stimulate young minds. CREATED AND WRITTEN BY HARVARD TRAINED SURGEON- DR ONEEKA WILLIAMS.




Looking for Student Umpires for Newton Girls Softball: Looking for students grades 8 and above that have experience playing or umpiring softball or baseball. Games are Wednesday and Thursday at 5:45 and Sundays 3pm and 5pm. If you are interested, please




Volunteers Needed: The Newton Community Service Center (NCSC) is looking for volunteers to serve in the role of Receptionist/Greeter


As the first person a visitor will see as they enter the agency, this position will serve to create a welcoming yet secure atmosphere at NCSC. Friendly yet professional, the greeter will serve to ensure that people entering the building find their way to appointments yet are discouraged from entering child care areas. Minimum requirement: 6 weekday hours per week.


NCSC strengthens families and the community in Newton, Waltham and surrounding areas by providing programs that support healthy child development, enable parents to balance work and family life, promote effective parenting, and encourage volunteerism. The agency actively engages a racially, economically and culturally diverse population.


For more information, please contact Claire Kashuck, Volunteer Coordinator, 617-969-5906 ext. 210 or




Newton Community Preservation Committee: Allen House Pre-Proposal on April 11th, Next Funding Deadline June 1st


The CPC's meeting on Thursday, April 11th will include discussion of a pre-proposal for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Nathaniel Allen House (35 Webster Street, West Newton), as well as committee business. For the full agenda and full text of this pre-proposal, see the program website at Projects that would like to request funds in fy14 or fy15 must submit a pre-proposal by June 1st, to qualify for consideration in the fall 2013 round. For assistance, contact Alice Ingerson at 617.796.1144 or


Community Classifieds


Spring Vacation Sewing Camp: Sewing Camp 4/13 - 4/21


Free time over April Vacation? Come down to Newton Sewing Studio and learn to sew while having fun! If you already know how to sew try out some of our newest projects designed to suit any level and taste. Maybe you're interested in computerized pattern drafting, machine embroidery, or maybe machine felting! It's all here and more at Newton Sewing Studio, a true sewing destination!


We make it easy for you with Quick Drop Off, Flexible Hours, and Online Booking.  Ages: 5+. Skills needed: None!


Newton Sewing Studio:, 617-213-0344




April Vacation Week Camp: Creative Connections, K-5 vacation week camp at Brandeis University


During Spring Vacation, April 16th-19th, enroll your child at Creative Connections Camp, a camp for school age children grades K-5. A program of Lemberg Children's Center, Creative Connections utilizes the campus of Brandeis University for many stimulating activities, field trips, and experiences. For children interested in art, fun, environmental science, and theater. Register today! Email us at More information at




April Vacation with Newton Community Ed: If you're still making plans for April break, NCE has your back. Kids in grades 1-4 can sign up for our Engineering & Electricity Workshop, and kids ages 11 and up can enroll in our Babysitting and/or CPR classes. See our website for upcoming spring classes as well, including Flag Football for grades 3-5, and Soccer and T-Ball for the younger set.


Be sure to check out our vast summer program offering, where you'll find something for every child in the family, from your pre-school actor to your teenage technologist. For more information or to register, call 617-559-6999 or visit




Spring Soccer and Tee Ball: Be Ahead of the Game is offering spring soccer and tee ball, as well as April vacation camp and summer camps. Please visit




Newton Community Education Summer Offering for Middle-School Kids:

Bootstrap: Practical Math for Programming Video Games


Bootstrap is a computer programming course with a twist-come learn programming basics in the Racket language, and use your skills to program your own video game using algebraic and geometric concepts. You will put your knowledge into action to create a computer game of your own design. Once you learn Bootstrap, these skills can be put to use in other programming environments, and even in your math class! No previous programming experience necessary.


Grades 6-8. August 19 - August 23, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Newton North High School. $275  




Summer Theatre Camp: "Please Sir, I want some more"...

There are still a few spots open for the Newton Youth Players' summer production of "Oliver!" Newton Youth Players is a wildly popular theatre program for elementary school children that boasts filled registration one year in advance for its school year programs. The summer play is especially delightful because of the extra time that can be spent on the preparation. Rehearsals are from 9am - noon, giving ample time to work on choreography, scenery and props production.


The first rehearsal will take place on June 27th at Newton City Hall in the War Memorial Auditorium. The subsequent rehearsals and performance will be at Franklin Elementary School, 125 Derby Street in Newton. The performance is July 17th. Please register


For those looking for a full day of theatrical experience, there is a wonderful companion afternoon program "Choices". From 1pm - 3pm, June 27th - July 11th. Directed by Marlene Fereshetian and Ruth Housman, it is an original story building program, using music, humor, magic, dance and art. This program will also spend its opening day at Newton City Hall, and then continue to Franklin School. Registration and more information is at




Preschool Summer Program: Fun summer program for children ages 2.5 - 5 years.

Beautiful Chestnut Hill location and flexible schedule. Children may attend as few as two weeks or as many as seven. Three or four days per week. Teacher with over 30 years of experience. For further information or to receive an application please contact Jude at 617-277-6225




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




Community Concert: New Philharmonia Orchestra presents Community Concert: Meet the Orchestra

Featuring Newton's All-City Orchestra


Sunday, April 7 at 3pm at First Baptist Church, Newton Centre

Tickets: $10-$15, | 617.527.9717


Bring your family and meet the orchestra through music, hilarity, and hijinx! The New Phil and the Newton All-City Orchestra, Greg Livingston, director, presents an imaginative and fun afternoon of music. Featuring music by Bach and Schubert plus a hysterical performance of The Composer is Dead with text by Lemony Snicket and narrated by local actor Jake Berger! Audience members of all ages are invited to meet and try the instruments after the concert at New Phil's famous Instrument Petting Zoo! Join us and make musical memories!




Spring Concert: Get ready to dive into the warmer weather with the Newton Family Singers as they perform their Spring concert ...The Tide is High, Songs Reflecting on the Water. Go with the flow, and join us for a program of tender, poignant and rocking water-inspired songs by an eclectic mix of artists including the Beatles, Lyle Lovett, Blondie, the Grateful Dead and the Indigo Girls.


Sunday, May 5th, 4pm at the Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School Auditorium, 250 Brookline Street, Newton. Bring your family and come sing with us! The Newton Family Singers are an intergenerational chorus and band celebrating family, community and American folk music. Tickets can be purchased online! Visit or email us




Youth Football and Cheerleading Information Night: The Newton Mustangs Youth Football and Cheer is holding an information night on Friday April 5th at 7pm. Location is TBD and will be announced on our website at We are open to all Newton Students in grades 2 thru 8. See our website for more information or to join the mailing list. Registration for new players will begin in April.




Personal Chef: Having a Graduation Party & Too Busy to Cook?

Too Busy to Cook 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! Contact me at or call me at 617-309-0454.




The Spiral Foundation Programs:


LiveTalk - Neurobytes - Unraveling the Auditory System: Monday, April 8, 2013

You're invited to our next exciting, new educational "LiveTalk" Neurobytes series - Unraveling the Auditory System! for parents, occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants, and teachers.


Guest Speaker: Dr. Ron Minson, MD

Integrated Listening Systems


Moderator: Dr. Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L

Director of Research and Education, Spiral Foundation


This "LiveTalk" will discuss the neurology and function of the auditory system. We will discuss how this system impacts functional performance including emotional regulation, motor skills, and language processing. Rationale for auditory-based intervention programs will also be addressed.


Course Objectives:

By the end of this presentation the participant will:

1) be able to describe how the auditory system neurology impact functional performance;

2) understand the neurology and functions of the auditory system.


Are you interested in better understanding how the nervous system works in sensory integration and sensory processing and how that nervous system processing relates to function? Here is your chance to find out!


Join us each month to explore the workings of the nervous system with an expert in the field. Each Neurobyte "LiveTalk" presentation will examine a part of the nervous system, discuss the neuro of that system and relate that aspect of sensory processing to function.


Sign up for individual podcasts or buy the whole series so you don't miss a single talk.


"LiveTalks" are audio only podcasts that are recorded live. Recordings of past "LiveTalks" are available on the Spiral Foundation website:


Parent Support Group session: "Living With Uncertainty": April 24, 2013 7:00-8:00PM

Facilitated by: Allison Andrews, PsyD. and Geraldine Arceri Rapela, MS, OTR/L


Register for Spiral's next exciting Parent Support Group session - Living With Uncertainty. It's a great topic you don't want to miss out on!


This support group offers parents a chance to connect with other parents of children with sensory processing disorder. While you might swap stories and share advice about the practicalities of living with a sensory sensitive child, the focus in this group is on how YOU are feeling, coping and struggling. This is a chance to share your experiences with other parents who "get it" because they are living it too.

When a child faces more than the average challenges, parents live with a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about the future. Connect with other parents and have an opportunity to share your worries and fears as well as ways you cope and even thrive in the midst of uncertainty.  

DATE: April 24, 2013


COST: $10 (free for spouses!)


Upcoming Parent Groups: Registrations will open approximately 2 weeks prior to courses:


May 22: Dealing with friends and family: How do you explain SPD? Does everyone get it? Are the grandparents on board? Join us for a chance to talk about how friends and family help and hinder our jobs as parents.


June 26: Getting ready for summer: As stressful as the school year is for many kids, it still provides a level of structure and support. Connect with other parents and talk about getting ready for the summer.


Spiral's Parent Support Group is facilitated by Allison Andrews, PsyD. Allison is an OTA The Koomar Center parent and also a psychologist with a practice focused on supporting the well-being of the parents of special needs children. For more information see her


*Each group session will also have an occupational therapist serving as a co-facilitator.




Newton Schools Foundation Alumni Awards:

Save the Date: Saturday, April 27th, Alumni Awards Celebration 2013 at Newton South High School 7-10 p.m.


Come All! Join the Newton Schools Foundation for an exciting night celebrating Newton Alumni and showcasing innovation - past, present and future - in the Newton Public Schools. We will honor outstanding alumni from Newton North and South who are innovators in their respective fields. Chef stations, open bar (beer & wine) throughout the evening, along with lots of time to reconnect with old friends and make news ones. For details or tickets please go Are you a Newton alum or do you know other Newton alumni? Please e-mail Jessica Souke at with your name and contact information to help us spread the word and build our alumni network. Thank you!




Events at Historic Newton/The Jackson Homestead and Museum:


Tickets are on sale for the Newton House Tour! The 31st Annual Newton House Tour will be held on May 19, 2013, 12-5 pm. Buy your tickets now online or call 617.796.1450.


Saturday, April 6, 2:00 PM


Join us for an intimate concert of classical guitar music played by students from the New England Conservatory studying under renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk. Spend an afternoon enjoying music and light refreshments in a cozy setting. Free.


Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, noon-5:00 PM


Newton residents are invited to enjoy free admission to the Jackson Homestead and Museum.


Thursday, April 11, 7:30 PM


Boston's metropolitan landscape has been two hundred years in the making. From its proto-suburban village centers of 1800 to its far-flung, automobile-centric exurbs of today, Boston has been a national pacesetter for suburbanization. Given that Newton is one of Boston's oldest suburbs, it has played a major role in the various phases of metropolitan Boston's development. Join National Park Service Community Planner Jim O'Connell for a fascinating talk about Newton's role in this growth.Cosponsored by Historic Newton and the Newton Free Library. At the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street. Free.


Tuesday, April 16, 2:00 PM


A Vacation Week Family Program

Thinking about getting your garden started for the season? Come get your hands dirty and learn how to get your garden ready for a productive season using contemporary techniques for preparing the soil and planting crops that have also been used for centuries. A program for the whole family! Cost: $30 per family (4 people max, 1 adult required) $25 for members of Historic Newton or Newton Community Farm. Includes museum admission, materials, and snack. Prepaid registration is required, limit 25; call 617.796.1450 to register. Cosponsored by HN and NCF.


Thursday, April 18, 2:00 PM


A Vacation Week Family Program

Have you been wondering about all the construction going on at the big green house on the corner of Waverley Avenue and Kenrick Street? Be among the first to see the amazing restoration of the historic house in person and help us develop our family activities for the new museum. You'll be able to tell your friends that you helped create museum exhibits! We'll start with a tour of the historic house, spend time with the new interactive exhibits in the Family Learning Center, then enjoy a snack on the new grounds. Cost: $10 per family, $5 for members. Includes museum admission, materials, and snack. Prepaid registration is required, limit 30; call 617.796.1450 to register. At the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue.



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.


Newton Salutes-Restoring Farlow Park Bridge and Pond: In 1880 John Farlow, a successful railroad businessman, donated land to the city for the purposes of creating Newton's first open space for recreation and relaxation. The focal point for the park was a lovely pond and handsome Adirondack style bridge. However, in the 1950's, the water was drained from the pond and the deteriorating bridge removed. This exhibit documents the history of the park and contemporary efforts to restore it.


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.


ForWARD Submissions 

Next deadline:  Tuesday, April 30th at noon for the May 3rd issue.

Please send articles to

The ForWard will now be distributed electronically on the first and third Friday of every month instead of monthly as in past years.  On weeks when the full newsletter is not distributed, This Week at Ward will be used to inform you of dates and events in the upcoming week.  We hope that a single email each week will help you keep track of important dates and events.

The Ward PTO, at its discretion and as space is available, may permit announcements to appear in the ForWard from not-for-profit organizations that offer a direct service to children/families in the Ward community and from for-profit individuals or businesses that offer a direct educational service to children/families in our community. The Ward PTO may edit announcements and does not endorse any individuals or business whose announcements are published.     

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