ForWARD October 18, 2013

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

October 18, 2013 

In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars
From the Principal's Desk
And Now a Word From the PTO
School News
Health Room News
What's New at Afterschool
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 feels like the fall weather has definitely arrived.  Cool mornings and warm afternoons lead to piles of unclaimed outerwear on the playground and throughout the building.  Thanks to our PTO, we have an organized area outside the music room for forgotten items.  Please label all outerwear with your child's name and check frequently for missing clothing and lunch boxes.
You are welcome to join us for our annual Halloween Hoot singalong led by our fifth grade students.  It will be held at 9:00 on Thursday, October 31, in our gym.  All students and parents are invited to wear costumes.  Please follow the school guidelines to keep this a safe holiday for all students:
* Keep it simple.  Students should carry their costumes to school and be able to dress themselves.
* Costumes should be kid friendly, not frightening.  No toy weapons are allowed.
* Do not bring colored hair spray to school.  
* Children should not wear masks.  We need to be able to identify all students quickly.
Start time
As we began the school year, you may have noticed there was a change in the published start time for elementary school from 8:35 AM to 8:25 AM.  This message is an attempt to share the thinking behind this change.  Elementary teachers have always been ready to welcome students to their classrooms beginning at 8:20 AM.  They start instruction and activities upon the arrival of their students, but our practice has been, and continues to be, that the 8:35 time is when all students are expected to be in class.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicated to Newton Public Schools that by not publishing our start time at 8:25, we were underreporting our actual instructional hours.  We have now rectified this in our communications.  Thanks for your understanding.
I want to remind you about school rules for dogs and other pets:
* Due to allergies and student fears, pets are not allowed in school.  
* Please keep dogs on a leash and away from the school entrance and Blue Zone.
* Do not leave dogs unattended.
* Always clean up after your dog.
Thank you!



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

 And Now a Word From the PTO



Room Parents

We would like to announce the Ward Room Parents for 2013-2014. Click here to view list. Please join us in thanking these 43 parents who have stepped up to help in their children's classrooms to support the teacher, facilitate volunteer opportunities, organize events, and help keep parents apprised of classroom activities and needs. Their efforts are greatly appreciated!



Halloween Hoot ~ Parent Volunteers Needed

Halloween is going to be a busy day at Ward with the Halloween Hoot and various classroom parties/activities. We need parent volunteers to help Susan Tempesta with the security system. If you are able to help for any part of the day, please contact Cindy Henry at



Ward School Directory

We regret the delay in distributing the Ward School Directory and hope to have it out at the end of the month. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.




***Upcoming Events***


CARe Committee Event ~ November 7th from 12:30-2:00pm

Our next CARe Committee event is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th from 12:30-2pm. We only have a few spaces left!!! This time we will assemble goody bags for Birthday Wishes. We need adult volunteers as well. This is a fun and exciting project. Please pack a lunch for your child. Please email with any questions. Sign up at


Grade-Wide Pot Luck Dinners

In the past we have had pot luck events on an ad hoc basis and people have reported that they were great ways to have a fun evening while getting to know fellow parents. For the last 2 years we decided as a PTO to help ensure that happens in each grade.


We have hosts lined up for four out of the six grades and have two dates scheduled.

  • Kindergarten host needed!
  • 1st Grade hosted by Diana and Anatoli Shabashov which will be held sometime in January
  • 2nd Grade hosted by Beth and Bill Hicks on Saturday, February 1st
  • 3rd Grade host needed!
  • 4th Grade hosted by Heather & Jeremy Pozen on Saturday, January 25th
  • 5th Grade hosted by Christine & Jim Elder, date TBD


These nights will be a great way to meet and socialize with other parents in your child's grade. The evening is for adults only and it is not a sit down meal but rather more of an informal gathering. Closer to each evening you will be receiving an email by grade with more details on your specific event, but plan on a fun night out! Please contact Beth Panella if you can host either the Kindergarten or 3rd grade pot luck.






 School News

 Shop at and give back to Ward SchoolFollow 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!                




Health Room News

Warning Signs of Diabetes

A Collaboration between the Jordan Bennett Weiss Fund and the City of Newton Health Department


JBW Fund - PO Box 590223 Newton Centre MA 02459 -



Familiarize yourself with the warning signs / symptoms of diabetes. Sometimes the symptoms are very obvious, and other times they are not.
Early detection and knowledge of the warning signs is your greatest weapon against the disease and its complications!*



TYPE 1 DIABETES MELLITUS: These symptoms often occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention.

٭ Excessive thirst

٭ Frequent urination, sometimes exhibited by bedwetting

     (in large quantities)

٭ Sudden vision changes

٭ High amounts of sugar in the blood and/or urine   (A sweet, fruity odor may be  

     present in urine, on one's breath/body.)

٭ Extreme hunger (increased appetite)

٭ Rapid or unexplained weight loss

٭ Fatigue (weak and tired)

٭ Irritability and mood changes

٭ Drowsiness, lethargy

٭ Nausea and/or vomiting

٭ Abdominal pain

٭ Rapid, hard breathing (heavy, labored)

٭ Confusion, Stupor, Unconsciousness

TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS: These symptoms occur gradually, however, they must receive immediate medical attention.

٭ Blurred vision

٭ Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers

٭ Frequent infections of the skin

٭ Recurring skin, gum or urinary tract infections

٭ Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds

٭ Itching of skin and/or genitals

٭ Drowsiness

٭ Slow healing of cuts and bruises

٭ Any of the symptoms listed under type 1 diabetes

Karin Lieberman, R.N.  

What's New at Afterschool
We're really into the swing of things here...our year is off to a smooth start!  Some of the recent highlights at Ward After-School include:  an apple picking field trip, determining Newton's best pizza (Bill's Pizza won), a visit with some farm animals in our K program with Michelle's Menagerie, making pottery on our potter's wheel, and much more!  There is never a dull moment!
We'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the wonderful Ward School staff for sharing their space with us so that we can offer these fun, hands-on, creative activities.  Special thanks to Audrey Peller, Susan Tempesta, Doug David and Paul Fadden for all their support!
Donna Marohn

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

Newton News and Events



BULLY: Community Screening and Dialogue

First Unitarian Society in Newton is sponsoring a community screening of the documentary film BULLY. Please join us Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:30 - 9 p.m., 1326 Washington Street in Newton. The event is free. Pre-registration is strongly recommended (space is limited). A facilitated discussion about the film will directly follow the screening.


This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. BULLY, a documentary film directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, shows the human side to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. Join us to view the film and to discuss the vital role we can all play in addressing this crisis.


NOTE: Children are welcome, but please note that the film is rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, disturbing content and some strong language. Childcare is available for children whose parents want to view the film, but requires an email by 10/25 to specifying the names and ages of the children.

RSVP using the following link:




Demystifying Teen Relationships: at the Waban Library, Tuesday October 22 from 7 to 8:30 pm

Please join us at an educational community meeting for parents of middle and high school students on Tuesday October 22 at 7 pm at the Waban Library. Let's work together with our teens to develop safe and healthy dating relationships. There will be speakers from Journey to Safety, Reach Beyond Domestic Violence and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. For more information and to RSVP, as space is limited, please contact Debby Belt at




Fostering Executive Function Skills -- presented by Sarah Ward, MS., CCC/SLP

Sponsored by Zervas Elementary School PTO, and Newton PAC for Special Education

Thursday, November 7, 2013 7 PM at Newton North High School Lasker Auditorium


Does your child...

complete his/her homework, but forget to turn it in?

seem overwhelmed when faced with a long term project?

have trouble managing his/her time or materials while performing home or school tasks?


Learn strategies to help your child to efficiently manage his/her own tasks, time, space, materials (while keeping everyone's emotions in check!). RSVP REQUIRED:




Newton at Home Volunteer Opportunities:

Newton at Home ( has volunteer opportunities for youth to engage with Newton seniors in your neighborhood. A member of the Village to Village Network ( this Newton non-profit is a members' driven, neighbor-to-neighbor organization serving our city's residents 60 years of age and older.


Parents: Consider becoming a volunteer for Newton at Home. Drivers are needed to accompany members to appointments, shopping and trips to Logan Airport. As parents in Newton you know your way around! Be in touch to support a growing community of neighbors-helping-neighbors.

Please call 617-795-2560 or email:




Newton CPA News: Newton Community Preservation Committee:


November 4th PUBLIC HEARING on Myrtle Village Affordable Housing Proposal (West Newton), Newton Community Preservation Committee and Planning & Development Board


At 7:30 pm on Monday, November 4th at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St, Newtonville, the Newton CPC and Planning & Development Board will hold a joint public hearing on the Myrtle Village proposal for affordable housing (Curve Street, West Newton). Check the program website for the full agenda under "Committees & Meetings - Current CPC Meetings," and the full text of the proposal under "Proposals & Projects - Pending." Contact Alice Ingerson at 617.796.1144 or for details.





Community Classifieds



Kids' Karate: Free Trial Classes

Friday, Nov. 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m., at Lasell College. Girls and boys, entry ages 1st thru 5th grades. $79 per 7-Week Session. For more information, please or leave message at (617) 527-8052.




Math, Handwriting, English and Information Technology classes: Top Banana is an after-school and weekend organization that focuses on the development of brain-based learning curricula in Math, Handwriting, English and Information Technology classes! Math classes for students in Kindergarten through 7th grade, Handwriting classes for students in 3rd grade, English classes for students in 4th and 5th grade and new this year, Information Technology* is for students in 7th and 8th grade!


Top Banana's new Information Technology & Computer Science class is a rigorous yet fun program where students are taught the principles and ideas behind computers and the gadgets they use every day! The topics include computer components, operating systems, networks & communications, how the internet is structured, algorithms, programming structures, basic data structures and more. In addition, students will take time to master spreadsheets in Excel to organize scientific and financial data and manipulate it using formulas. This unique and exciting class for 7th and 8th graders will be offered on Sundays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

To learn more please visit the website: or call (617) 795-1557.




Macbeth at Watertown Children's Theatre: Watertown Children's Theatre's Black Box series presents Macbeth, October 25 at 7 pm, October 26 at 1 pm and 7 pm, and October 27 at 1 pm, in the Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. Performers will bring to life all of the "Double, double toil and trouble" set forth in this unique adaptation of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Witches, a ghost, secrets, murder and lies push Macbeth towards the throne of Scotland. Will he succeed or will greed and guilt overcome him? A cast of 6th-9th graders, including Newton's own Liam Walsh explore the themes and words of Shakespeare in this adapted production. Director Cassandra Lovering says, "Asking these students to grapple with themes of revenge, overreaching ambition, fate, and madness has been a fulfilling and inspiring experience."


Come and experience the results of Macbeth's gradual, insatiable descent into blind ambition.   This production contains recorded gunfire, stage combat, and spooky imagery, and is not recommended for audience members under age 10. General admission tickets are $10 and will be available beginning October 8th through WCT's website at or by calling 1-800-838-3006. For more information, visit WCT's website or call 617-926-ARTS.




Theatre Ink Performance: Theatre Ink presents THESE SHINING LIVES by Melanie Marnich. These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable. It explores the true story of their employment at the Radium Dial company in the 1920's, which cared more about profits than their employee's safety. Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits-or endanger the lives of those who come after them. Oct. 31, Nov.1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2013, at 7:30, Performing Arts Center, Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460. Tickets $7.00 at 617-559-63006




Haunted House: The Mason Rice 5th graders will be presenting a Haunted House on October 26, 2013 from 5:30-8:30 at Mason Rice Elementary School. This is a fundraiser for the 5th grade class and will feature the 5th graders as monsters, ghouls, zombies, and mad scientists. Please come see their efforts and have a frightful tour of their Haunted House! The cost is $5.00/person.




Private School: Girls Leading, Learning, Succeeding

Are you a parent with a daughter in 5th grade who is thinking about private Middle School? If so, please join other parents for a neighborhood coffee to learn more about Dana Hall.


Dana Hall is a private all girls school for grades 6-12, located in Wellesley. This gathering is an opportunity to learn about a terrific option for your daughter's education. Several Dana Hall parents and staff members will share information and answer questions.


Date: November 6, 2013

Time: 8:45 - 9:45 AM

Location: 34 Bradford Road, Newton

RSVP If You Plan To Attend:




Jewelry to Support the Newton PTO Council: Jen Eddinger Studio is happy to support the Newton PTO Council. This November, 50% of Online Sales Donated to Newton PTO Council!


Jen Eddinger Studio produces jewelry inspired by yoga and life. The perfect holiday gift for the special women in your life!




Salon to Support Newton Public School: Beginning October 21st through November 2nd, SalonCapri (in Newton Highlands) will donate 10% of the cost of the service to the Newton public school of the client's choice.


The owners of SalonCapri, Nick and Amy Penna have been long-time residents of Newton and are raising their children in the Newton Public School System. They take pride in their community and want do what they can to give back. By launching this promotion they hope that it will cultivate a long-lasting relationship with their fellow Newton neighbors and within the Newton School system.




Annual Auction: The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton's 18th Annual Auction is just one month away! Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online.


This is a truly exciting year for us, as we will be hosting the event here at our Club. We will be offering tours to further wow guests with our Club, staff, programs and services - and most of all, our promising young people! Of course, we will still have a great evening bursting with prizes and silent, premium and live auctions.


Friday, November 15, 2013

John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club, 675 Watertown Street, Newton, MA

6:00pm Cocktail Reception (Club tours, silent and premium auctions)

7:30pm Dinner

8:00pm Live Auction

Tickets are $100 each and include complimentary valet service.


There are a number of must-have items in our auction this year - from designer handbags by Michael Kors, Coach and Kate Spade NY to autographed sports memorabilia, such as a glove worn and autographed by Milan Lucic, and a 2004/2007 World Series Commemorative shadowbox with baseball signed by David Ortiz. We have tickets to concerts for all music genres including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Beyonce, PINK, and even Rod Stewart. We also have four Executive Suite tickets to the Bruins vs. the Leafs, dinner for 10 at Del Frisco's Grille (opening soon in Chestnut Hill!), and even a stay at a luxury condominium in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado. There is truly something for everyone, bidding starts at a fraction of the value, and it all benefits our Club - it's a win-win for everyone!



ForWARD Submissions 

Next deadline:  Tuesday, October 29th at noon for the November 1st 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.     

About NPS TAC Support for PTO Communications 

Volunteers from the Newton Public Schools Technology Advisory Council (NPS TAC) are helping to set up and support PTO communications, including this system used by the Ward PTO.  
Learn more here.