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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

September 20, 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
Health Room 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  


From the Principal's Desk  


It is amazing how quickly the pace has accelerated since those lazy summer days. Teachers have focused on familiarizing students with the structures and rules that help classrooms function efficiently and provide a safe and nurturing environment as they introduce students to the new curriculum. You can feel the excitement in the air that comes with the new year.


I regret that I was not able to join you for curriculum night. I have been struggling with some hip pain and needed to limit my evening work hours. I am hoping that with some treatment I will be back to my usual pace soon.


We are fortunate to have additional staff working with your children during this school year. Our staff includes numerous part and full time assistants, interns, and other support personnel that assist with instruction.


We welcome six student teachers this fall:

Melissa Leonard Kindergarten with Ms. Corbo-Hudak

Katie Wan           Grade 1 with Ms. McGrath

Brittany MacInnis Grade 2 with Ms. Hingston (Hunter)

Mike DeCoste      Grade 4 with Ms. Ludman

Mark Myers        Grade 5 with Ms. Costello

Rachel Griggs      Grade 5 with Ms. Addleman


Assistants have also been assigned in several classrooms to support students in our special education program:

Andrea Baras    Ms. Corbo-Hudak

Taryn Goldman    Ms. MacKenzie

Thuy Truong      Ms. Fabrizio

Abbey Patteson   Ms. Hingston

Ann Siegel          Mr. Hammer

Katie Haylon         Ms. Goldman/Ms. Beaulieu-Jones

Meagan Golden    Ms. Ludman

David Benson     Ms. Addleman


As part of our Response to Intervention (RTI) program, we have two literacy aides, Laurie Filreis and Jason Rago, working with Ms. Franklin to provide additional instruction to identified students in Kindergarten through Grade 3. In addition, Shirley Perez is joining us to provide math intervention in Grades 1 and 2.


Additional support is provided by our Northeastern University Intern, Hannah Kilfoye; our Building Aide, Kelsey Shine; and our Building Based Substitutes, Laurel Kaplan and Tom Doering when they are not covering classes. Since both fourth grade classes increased to 26 students, we were granted additional part-time aides. Cassandra Spittel is working with Ms. Kaplan and Luke Sheppard is working with Ms. Ludman.


Thank you for your generous support of our PTO fundraising efforts that allowed us to purchase 4 iPads for each class in grades K-2 and 4 laptops for each Grade 3-5 classroom. This will supplement our mobile labs that are always in high demand. The district also provided 4 iPads, 4 laptops, and 2 desktop computers for our library.


Parents of students in Grades 4 and 5 should be receiving MCAS results next week. Individual student reports will be mailed home from central office.


A reminder about security...

The doors will not be unlocked until 8:20 AM. Please time your arrival accordingly and dress your children for the weather. If you need child care early in the morning, you may enroll your child in the before school program. More information is available on the NPS website. Please wait outdoors for dismissal unless you have a meeting with a teacher. We are working to comply with district regulations to increase our security.

Thank you.


I hope you can join me for a Principal's Coffee on Thursday, October 3 at 8:30 AM in the Dolphin Café to review our goals for the upcoming year.


Warmest wishes,



REGISTRATION OPEN for Fourth Grade Instrumental Music Lessons and Band & Orchestra Ensembles

  • FOURTH GRADE PROGRAM: Students entering the fourth grade who would like to learn how to play a band or string instrument should register for the program prior to September 20th. Early registration is appreciated. Students enrolled in this program will receive one weekly 30-minute lesson during the school day. Schedules will be created in early September based on enrollments. Lessons are scheduled to begin the week of September 23rd. The website link below will lead you to information about acquiring a musical instrument. The fee to participate in this program is $150 ($75 per semester) and Financial Assistance is available by application which can also be found on the Music Program web page. Students who qualify for financial assistance also qualify for a scholarship instrument. Lessons are not provided for piano or guitar.
  • ELEMENTARY BAND AND ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLES: These ensembles are primarily offered to students who participated in the Forth Grade Lesson Program and would like to continue with their musical endeavors in Fifth Grade. Students will participate in one rehearsal per week held during the school day and will perform a minimum of two concerts (winter concert/end of year concert). The fee to participate in this program is $150 and Financial Assistance is available by application which can also be found on the Music Program web page. Students are expected to participate for the full school year unless unique circumstances prevent this. Students who have learned to play a musical instrument before fourth grade and students who already play the piano or guitar through private lessons are eligible to participate in the Band/Orchestra Ensemble at their school. Please contact the instrumental music teacher at your school to learn more.

PROGRAM INFORMATION & REGISTRATION: Registration information and program details can be found on the Newton Public Schools website under Music Programs - Online Registration and Fee Payments are available or you can download a registration form and mail it with your fee payment to: Fine Arts Office, Newton Public Schools, 100 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02460. If you have questions about these programs, please contact Richard King, Fine Arts Coordinator at 617-559-6149 or by




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

 And Now a Word From the PTO


***Welcome Back***  


First we would like to introduce the members of the PTO Board:

Co-Presidents: Alison Best, Gail Fitzgerald and Cindy Henry

Vice President: Megan Flynn

Treasurer: Christine O'Neill

Secretary: Beth Panella


We would like to welcome back all of you who are returning to Ward School and extend a special warm welcome to those families who are new to Ward. We hope your school year is off to a great start!


The PTO offers many avenues throughout the year to stay informed, participate, meet other parents and/or give your time, talent and resources to strengthen our school. We look forward to your suggestions, ideas or any questions that you may have in the coming year.


We would also like to extend our thanks to all of you who have volunteered to work on the many committees that make up the Ward PTO. We invite those of you who would like to volunteer but are unsure as to how or where your help is needed, to please get in touch with any one of us. We look forward to helping you find a way to become active in your PTO. Your interest, time and energy are greatly appreciated by all and directly benefit your children. 




***Upcoming Events***


Welcome Back Picnic ~ Monday, September 23rd @ 6:00pm

Please join Ward Families for our annual back to school picnic. The picnic will be held on the Ward School playground on September 23rd from 6:00-7:30. Pack your picnic or order a pizza from us and we will have it ready for you when you arrive. To place an order to pizza or water, go All orders for pizzas must be submitted before end of day on Friday, September 20.  



 PTO Meeting ~ Friday, September 27th @ 8:45am

Get involved! The Ward School PTO will hold our first general meeting on September 27 at 8:45AM in the Ward Café. Come to hear about what is in store for the year and learn all the great ways you can get involved. 



CARe Committee Event ~ Thursday, October 10th @ 12:30pm

Our first CARe Committee event is scheduled for Thursday, October 10from 12:30 -2:00pm in the art room. Please pack your child a lunch. Your child can meet us in the art room. Our focus will be on gardening and another exciting event TBA. Please sign up your child(ren) on the Ward school website by clicking on this link.
Please pick your child up outside promptly at 2pm. This is a child only event.



6th Annual Mystery Dinner ~ Saturday, October 19th @ 6:00pm


Desperately Seeking Mystery Dinner hosts. We are in need of eight more Dinner Hosts and a Dessert Host. This is a fantastic evening filled with delicious food and wonderful company and a great way to support the Ward School PTO. The evening will begin at one home for all to enjoy appetizers. It is here that the mystery will be revealed and you will receive the theme & location of your Ward School host's home. After dinner, everyone will reconvene at yet another Ward School host's home for dessert.


Please contact Jessie Gilmartin at or (617) 281-4535 to volunteer to host or for more information. Look for your invitation in your child's take home folder in the coming weeks.


Show your Ward School Pride

We have Ward car magnets for sale for $5.00 each. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Cindy Henry at



Picture Day

Friday, October 4 is picture day. Don't forget to submit your paperwork!





***Stay Connected*** 

  • We hope you are finding all of the information you need for you and your children at Ward School.
  • A ton of work has been made on the Ward website which will be our primary way of disseminating information about the many Ward PTO events and opportunities. Check it out at
  • Please look for the ForWard, in your inbox on the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month.
  • On the alternate weeks you will receive a shorter electronic publication called This Week at Ward.
  • Please note that there is a listing of upcoming events posted in the new information board out in front of the school.
  • There is also a Bulletin Board above the radiator in the front hall that has many postings for classes and community happenings.
  • Don't forget to look up at the railing in the front of the school - there is often a Banner hanging to announce upcoming events.




 School News
Shop at and give back to Ward School

Follow this link when you are shopping on Amazon and 10% of the proceeds will go to Ward School.

Boxtops for Education

You can raise money for Ward School by clipping boxtops and by shopping at

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 
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!  It's no surprise that this year is off to a great start.  The energy and enthusiasm and joy that the children bring to our program is endless, and we as a staff hope to match it!  This year, we have welcomed 131 students to our program, including 28 kindergartners, and 9 new students in Grades 1-5.  We proudly serve approximately 45% of Ward School's population!
We are currently full on all days for our program, but please contact me ( if you wish to be added to our waitlist.
Have a wonderful school year!

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


Health Room News
Get the Flu Vaccine at WARD, Monday, October 28

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at the Newton Public Schools in October and November. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.


The Ward clinic will be on Monday, October 28, 2013. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms: a consent/screening form and a vaccine administration record/insurance form. Forms are available in the school nurse's office, or may be downloaded Forms are due to the School Nurse by Thursday, October 24, no later.


Parents may choose the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine for their child. Parents must indicate the type of vaccine they wish their child to receive by checking it on the form.


Students in Kindergarten, 1 and 2 grade whose parents choose the flu shot will receive the quadrivalent flu shot that protects against four strains of the flu. Students in 3 through 12 grade whose parents choose the flu shot will receive the trivalent flu shot that protects against 3 strains of the flu. All nasal spray flu vaccine is quadrivalent, so all students in Kindergarten through 12 grade whose parents choose the nasal spray flu vaccine will receive quadrivalent nasal spray flu vaccine. 


Vaccine Information Statements about each type of vaccine are available for review or in the school nurse's office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested.


Seasonal flu vaccine is offered at no cost to families because the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is providing vaccine to communities who choose to vaccinate school-age children. The City of Newton Health & Human Services Department is providing the vaccination supplies and staff time to run the program, with the help of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers. Some costs will be recouped through insurance billing. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.


Please let your child's health care provider know the date s/he receives the flu vaccine so it can be documented in your child's vaccination record. If you or your pediatrician requires a copy of the vaccination record, it is available upon request from the school nurse at your child's school.


Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit


In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick.


For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these and


Newton News and Events



Crystal Lake Event: "PADDLES AND PUMPKINS", Sunday, October 6, 2013, Crystal Lake Bathhouse, 20 Rogers Street, Newton Highlands, MA


2:00-4:00pm Enjoy free Canoeing and Kayaking, Cider, Strung Donuts Game & Pumpkin Decorating

4:00-5:30pm Water Testing Results, New Storm Drain Filters & Watershed Sign

What could be more beautiful than a lovely canoe or kayak ride on Crystal Lake on a crisp autumn day?


Come join the board of the Crystal Lake Conservancy and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department for a Sunday afternoon of FREE Canoeing/kayaking on Crystal Lake. Participants will sign up for a free half hour of boating between 2-4pm to enjoy the pleasures of our a beautiful lake. Lifejackets and waivers will be provided and required. Lifeguard will be on duty. Enjoy the game of catching strung up donuts, fresh cider or decorate your own free pumpkin while waiting!!


Stay and learn about Crystal Lake Conservancy's water testing results for 2013, see the newly launched watershed signs, and hear about the City of Newton's installment of storm drain filters that aim to decrease the nutrient content into the lake and reduce the incidence of algae blooms.


Become a more informed watershed resident and a steward of Crystal Lake!! For More Event Information: or 617.835.7171





The PMC Kids Ride will be held on Sunday, September 29 at 180 Wells Avenue in Newton. Donations go to the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. There will be five different riding courses including: 1 mile office park loop, 10 mile road ride, 20 mile teen ride, toddler ride and a virtual ride. Rides start at 8:45am. There will be kids activities, a fire truck, raffles and more. Post-ride party is from 11am-12pm.  


To learn more about the event, register to ride or to volunteer, please go to Any questions, please contact Michele Rosenthal ( or Cindy Lam-Yee (




Newton Bike Ride: Ride the Tour De Newton Sunday October 6th, 9:30am

The City of Newton and Bike Newton invite you to join cyclists from across the city in the inaugural year of this 13-village ride. Each village will start the ride simultaneously on a one way circuit connecting all of Newton's villages. Ride groups will be small and led by an experienced cyclist and an experienced "sweep", to ensure a safe and leisurely "no rider left behind" Trip. Riders will be greeted in each village by a community leader, who will hand out a collectible pin for each village.   Learn the best ways to get around the city by bike and maybe see parts of Newton you don't normally visit. Click here for the map: Tour de Newton Route Map. Many riders will complete the entire route but riders welcomed to ride as many or as few of the villages as they want. Registration required. Go to:  




Newton's One to One Program: Could your first through fifth grade child benefit from the consistent, caring friendship of a Newton teenager?   Newton's One to One Program has an enthusiastic and responsible new group of high school juniors & seniors from Newton North and Newton South High Schools.


If you would like the opportunity to have your child matched this academic year with a "Big Brother/Sister", please call or email Nancy Holczer, Program Director by the end of October for more information. Sooner is better through. Please leave a message when calling 617.559.9460 with your name, address, and phone number or email info to Nancy at A program of the Newton Public Schools since 1972.  




Sports Injury Expert to Speak at JCC: Dr. William Meehan, III, a national expert on sports injury prevention and director of The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Waltham, will discuss sports injuries and concussion prevention at a free talk at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton on Sunday, October 6 at 9am. Dr. Meehan is also the director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children's Hospital, the author of Kids, Sports and Concussions: A Guide for Coaches and Parents, and the director of Research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children's Hospital. He is the team physician for the Northeastern University men's ice hockey team. Organized sports participation by children and teenagers is at an all-time high," says Dr. Meehan. "Approximately 38 million children and teenagers participate in organized sports. The benefits of sports participation are numerous. However, these benefits come with the risk of injuries. Proper preparation for individual sports that involves injury prevention education and training is where parents, coaches and schools can make a difference." The Micheli Center educates and trains athletes of all ages to minimize the risk of sports injuries. The talk is open to the entire community. The JCC is located at 333 Nahanton Street in Newton Center. For more information, contact 617-558-6459 or




Benefit for Newton's Theatre Program: DIVAS WITH a TWIST, A benefit for Newton's theatre program for teens and adults with disabilities.


The City of Newton welcomes Divas With a Twist to the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall on Saturday September 21 for an 8:00pm show. The concert is a benefit for The Spotlighters, the City of Newton's theatre program for teens and adults with disabilities. The Divas are among the hottest female voices in the Boston area that sing pop, funk, jazz, rock and Broadway.


The ensemble includes Kristen Huberdeau, the director and founder of The Spotlighters, a Boston Pops Idol winner and Grammy nominated musicians. The Spotlighters are part of Newton's Athletes Unlimited program, which is one of the largest community-based therapeutic recreation programs for people with disabilities in the area. Past Spotlighters performances have included tributes to Glee, the Beatles and Les Miserables. They are currently in production for Classic Broadway.


Tickets are $20.00 and include light refreshments. To reserve your seats call (617) 796-1527 or go to




Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers: Are you someone that believes that all children have the right to be "Safe, Strong and Free?" If so, then join our dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to teaching children in the Newton Elementary Schools the skills that they would need to stand up for themselves if faced with a situation involving verbal, physical or sexual assault.


We are now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. The next training begins the week of October 20th. 16 Continuing Education Credits available for MSWs. For more information or an application, please visit our website at or email Gail Sommer at




Newton Community Education is Hiring: Newton Community Ed is looking for additional help running its growing Kids program.


Here's a chance to make your mark on enrichment programming in our public schools. Responsibilities include: generating ideas for new classes, hiring teachers, writing copy, interfacing with most of Newton's principals, secretaries, and custodians, responding to customer requests, and managing administrative functions related to the successful running of these classes. You should be an ideas-person who likes working with multiple constituencies, and you should have great organizational and writing skills. Knowledge of enrichment programs for kids in and around Newton would be useful but is not required. This is a flexible part time position starting at 15-19 hours/week.


Interested candidates, please email your cover letter and resume Candidates under consideration will receive responses.




Newton Community Preservation Committee: September 12th PUBLIC MEETING: Pre-proposal for Farlow Park (Newton Corner) and Updated Policies


The Newton CPC will meet at 7 pm on Thursday, September 12th at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville. The agenda includes discussion of a pre-proposal for restoring the historic pond and bridge in Farlow Park (Newton Corner) and updated policies: on CPC funding conditions for City projects, procurement for private projects receiving CPA funds, and public notice/participation for housing proposals. Check the program website at under "Committees & Meetings" for the full agenda (with map for the Senior Center) and pre-meeting packet, and under "Proposals & Projects" for the full pre-proposal. Contact Alice Ingerson at 617.796.1144 or for more details.




10th Annual Trade and Recycling Day - October 5thNewton residents may drop off books, household items, bicycles and reuseable building materials, such as plumbing and lighting fixtures, and non-upholstered furniture (no mattresses or couches) between 8am and 1pm on Saturday October 5 at the Rumford avenue depot (off Lexington street in Auburndale). Materials for recycling will also be accepted.




Food Pantry: The Centre Street Food Pantry had a busy summer and is gearing up for the fall. As you do the same for your families, please consider donating school snack items, healthy breakfast foods, and soups for the families on our list.


Centre Street Food Pantry, 11 Homer St, Newton Center, MA 02459,, (617) 340-9554





Community Classifieds



Kindergarten Soccer: Register for Fall Kindergarten Soccer!


Since 1993, Kindergarten Soccer has been introducing children to soccer in a fun and non-competitive environment, where girls and boys develop friendships, learn teamwork, and gain confidence. We play on Saturday mornings at Richardson Field in Waban, starting September 7. Join us and meet other Newton families! The program is open to all Newton children who will start kindergarten in the fall of 2013.


Kindergarten Soccer is a program of the Zervas Elementary PTO since 1993. For more information and for online registration, please visit our website:




Dance Classes: All That Jazz Dance Studio is still accepting registration for the 2013-2014 school year! Proud winner 3 years in a row of best dance studio for kids in Newton, Needham and Wellesley, as voted by the Readers Choice Awards.


Classes start at age 2 for boys and girls and are offered 7 days a week. And, effective Oct. 7th, we will be moving to a Brand New State-of-the-Art Location at 330 Watertown St. in Newton! Classes start at 232 California St., Newton on Friday, Sept. 6th.;; 617-641-0784




Dance Classes: Jazz, Hip Hop and Creative Dance

Ages 3 to 5 yrs, 8 Fridays, 1:15 pm-2:00 pm, $96

Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street, Newton


Dancers will learn the basic elements of Jazz Dance and Hip Hop set to today's popular music. Along with dance technique instruction, they will be given the opportunity to creatively express themselves through open ended movement. The class will include stretching exercises, progressions across the floor and sequences of age appropriate choreography that will build week to week. This fun, lively 45 minute class is offered to students who danced with us last season as well as new students.


Class dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22. To register, please follow the link below:




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. Fall registration. Free Demo Class Sept.17. Private lessons available too. Contact:,, 617-527-4942




Music Lessons: Learn how to play jazz at Harvey Finstein School of Music in Newton! Now forming new bands; all instruments and levels welcome. Learn how to read, improvise, and perform live with recitals at Ryles Jazz Club. Taught by accomplished, experienced professional musicians. Contact Eric at (617) 939-7308 or for more information.




Music Lessons: Announcing the grand opening of the Maestro Musicians Academy at the Young Israel of Brookline in Coolidge Corner.


Expert lessons in violin, viola, and cello. Perfect for children ages 4 and up. Stellar faculty with emphasis on developing the potential of every unique student. We are Parent tested, Child approved!


Contact Artistic Director Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A. (857) 756-5230.




Preschool Music Program Open House: The Suzuki Preschool of Newton will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday September 24th from 5pm-7pm at 1860 Washington Street Newton MA 02466. This is a great opportunity for you to meet the staff and administrators, take a tour of our new facility and learn about our integrated arts and music program. We offer daily Suzuki music instruction for children ages 2.9-5 years of age. Bring the entire family for a chance to explore this wonderful preschool environment.




Math, Handwriting, English and IT Classes: Top Banana Education Foundation

We are an after-school and weekend organization that focuses on the development of brain-based learning curricula in our Math, Handwriting, English and Information Technology classes! We have Math classes for students in grades Kindergarten through 7th grade, Handwriting classes for students in third grade, English classes for students in 4th and 5th grade and our new class this year, Information Technology, is for students in 7th and 8th grade!


To learn more about our program please visit our website: or call us at (617) 795-1557.




Reading and Writing Programs