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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 6, 2014 

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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  

    •  Tuesday, June 10: Color Day
    • Thursday, June 12: Spring Concert 7pm @Ward
    • Wednesday, June 18: Retirement Gathering for Karin Lieberman 3pm @Ward 
    • Friday, June 29: Last Day of School - Noon Dismissal 


From the Principal's Desk  



The staff has been working with me to organize the school for the 2014-2015 school year.  At this time, we anticipate teachers will be assigned as follows:

K       Jean Corbo-Hudak
K       Cari MacKenzie
1       Jessica Colarusso
1       Lisa Petrie
2       Lisa Fabrizio
2       Tamsen Hingston
2       Megan Ring
3       Megan Beaulieu-Jones
3       Brad Hammer
3       Jill Kaplan
4       Katherine Goldman
4       Lauren Ludman
5       Lisa Addleman
5       Denise Costello
?   Additional grade 5 classroom

THESE ASSIGNMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON SHIFTS IN ENROLLMENT.  Placement assignments will be sent by email at the end of August.  This will allow us to make adjustments as enrollment shifts.

As the year is drawing to a close, I know many of you want to thank your child's teacher for a wonderful year.  Please remember the Newton School Committee's policy regarding gifts.  The policy states "No teacher in the performance of regular duties shall receive presents from the pupils under his or her direction."  Each year I remind families of our policy and most comply.  However, when some families send in gifts, it places the teacher in an awkward situation.  While teachers appreciate your kindness, they do not want to violate school policy or upset the feelings of the child who has brought the gift.  It can also be upsetting to the children and families who follow the rules.  These people feel disturbed to see some children giving gifts when they were told they should not (even though they wanted to).  It is wonderful that families wish to acknowledge the hard work of our dedicated staff.  The staff would be delighted to receive notes, pictures, or poems to thank them for their service.  You may also honor a teacher through a donation to the PTO.  Thank you for adhering to these guidelines.

Year end Progress Reports will be available for viewing on June 18.


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



 And Now a Word From the PTO 



2014/2015 Ward PTO

Want to help? We are still looking for volunteers to help on the PTO next year. If you would like to volunteer for these positions or any other, please contact Cindy Henry at


  • Care Committee Coordinator - Looking for someone to manage this great community service program. If we don't find someone to take over this role, we will unfortunately have to cancel this special program.
  • Understanding Our Differences - We need volunteers to help run this program for the 3rd grade. 3rd graders focus on visual impairment.
  • Fundraising - Looking for a team leader to manage and implement the 2015 spring auction. We already have some volunteers to be on the team, but we still need someone to lead the team.


Technology Update

We wanted to provide an update on the technology budget conversations that were going on in the city.  The school committee voted unanimously in May to modify the current equity policy slightly. The amended policy states that PTOs may spend an unlimited amount of money on technology, up to the standard* (including bulk replacements). *The standard is a set of technology criteria set by NPS.



***Upcoming Events***


Color Day ~ June 10th from 9am-12pm

Only a few volunteer spots left for Color Day 2014!  Tuesday, June 10th from 9am-12 noon (rain date, June 17th). If you want to volunteer, please email Dawn Davis at ASAP to reserve your space.  We only have a few places open to participate in this year's Color Day.  



PTO End of the Year Party ~ June 10th at 7pm

Please join us in celebrating the end of the school year -- and kick off to next year!  The celebration will take place on June 10th at 7pm at the home of Earl and Cindy Henry, 57 Waban Hill Road North. Please RSVP if you plan to attend -



Retirement Party for Nurse Lieberman ~ June 18th from 3:00-4:30pm

Please join the Ward community to wish Nurse Lieberman well in her retirement. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, June 18th from 3:00-4:30 in the Ward Library. All are welcome to enjoy cupcakes and lemonade!


Last day of School ~ June 20th at noon

June 20th is last day of school, 12:00PM dismissal



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Newton News and Events


Student School Supply Program for Bigelow:  Order your student's school supplies for next year today!  Bigelow will be using the convenient services of Staples SchoolKidz, Inc. and their Teacher Tailored® back-to-school supply kit program again this year!


Staples SchoolKidz, Inc. offers brand name items, chosen by the teachers and is exactly what is on your child's supply list.  The Brand names include, Crayola®, Fiskars®, Elmer's® and Staples®.  We are offering this program as a service to the students and parents of our school and hope this makes your preparation for the new school year easier.  Why fight long lines and stress of trying to find every single requested item on your child's supply list?  All of the shopping is done for you!


The SchoolKidz program:  

  • Will save you time
  • Make "back-to-school time" less hectic
  • Offers competitive pricing
  • Avoid those impulse buys and long lines
  • And Bigelow Middle School PTO receives a portion of the sales which will help fund programs like the Creative Arts and Sciences.

You can order the SchoolKidz now through June 22.  Orders cannot be accepted after that.  Click herefor more information.  All kits will be delivered to the school and can be picked up after the Open House on Tuesday, August 26th or the first day of school - details to follow.


Go to: and enter acct #32972. If you have any questions, please email us




Host Families Needed:  Become a Host Family for a Newton South International Student


Each school year Newton South High School hosts up to 20 international students through Educatius International.  These students come from many different countries - Italy, Brazil, Chile, Norway, and China to name a few.  Visiting students go through an application process before they are selected- they are smart, mature, and passionate about intercultural learning opportunities.  Our international students bring so much to the hallways of NSHS and our Newton community.


Host families are to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment; students should become part of your family. We welcome any family (with or a without a high school student of their own) who is excited about this opportunity.  Educatius offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in their home and each family can host up to 2 students ($1,400.00).  Educatius also works with host families to match them with a student who shares the family's interests and values.  Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.


Open your heart and your home...share our unique community! Invite a NSHS international student into your home.  These students will be arriving for the September 2014 school year.


To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Jodi Del Razo or call her at 617-543-8626.




Volunteers are needed for Recycle Sticker Project:  Green Decade Newton, in collaboration with Newton's Department of Public Works, is seeking numerous volunteers (16 years and older) to walk in pairs around Newton's neighborhoods, while adhering "recycling education stickers" onto all residential green bins in the spring and summer months.  Maps will be provided and the work will be conducted primarily during the morning hours. The "Recycle Sticker Project" will help remind all Newton residents of the items that may or may not be placed in our green bins. Funding for the stickers has been provided by Green Decade Newton, Whole Foods Markets Newton and Waste Management. The goal is to raise awareness about recycling, not only to benefit our environment, but also to reap substantial financial savings on the cost of disposing the City's trash.  Please contact to sign up.




NCA Strawberry Festival: Join us at the Newton Cultural Alliance's Second Annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday June 12th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The Strawberry Festival is being hosted by Alderman Vicki Danberg at 30 Chase Street in Newton Centre. Hats off to the NCA! Come celebrate our banner year with sweet strawberries, lovely libations and fun! Featuring a special performance by Newton's own Americana band Waiting for Neil. Tickets are $25-$50.  Please visit for more information.




Unity Festival:  Urban/suburban Unity Festival for economic justice on Saturday, June 7th, 1-5pm, at the First Baptist Church at 848 Beacon Street in Newton Centre. Youth and family program on Justice & Faith from 1-2pm. Various vendors, yard sale and action tables, food, speakers (including Lew Finfer from Raise Up/Massachusetts Communities Action Network), music (including the Newton Family Singers) and dance performances from 2-5 pm. Proceeds to benefit ABCD SummerWorks jobs for Boston youth.


This event is sponsored by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, First Baptist Church & Beautiful Korean Church of Newton, True Vine & Bethel Pentecostal Church of Dorchester, and Living Elevated Church of Brockton, and is made possible through a generous grant from Episcopal City Mission.


For questions contact:




New England Chinese Dance Festival:  To celebrate its 5th anniversary, Bright Pearl Dance Academy will hold New England Chinese Dance Festival at Newton north High School on Saturday 7pm June 21st. This special event will feature a wide variety of picturesque dances along with some beautifully crafted costumes, accentuated by various props, including umbrellas, handkerchiefs, and lanterns. The performances will showcase several delightful, ravishing and elegant dance features, some of which were drawn from the unique and aesthetic art forms of dance drama, classical Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy.


The Dance Festival has two special themes:

Chapter I: "Colorful Bright Pearls and Glittery Bright Stars"

Chapter II: "Artistic Traditions: Poetry in Motion and Classical Elegance"


The first chapter will feature a variety of ethnic dances, performed by dancers of all age groups, and will illustrate the colorful and charming ethnic customs of tribes such as the Dai, Uyghur and Han, as well as graceful and alluring dance moves from the ChaoXian tribe.


The second chapter will feature Chinese traditional, classical dances and contemporary dance highlighting the deep and elegant beauty of Chinese traditional culture as well as the splendid, brilliant aspects and brisk beat of modernity.


Any question please call 617-971-8866 or 347-749-5715   




Scholarship Fundraiser:  Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser/CCMAA Martial Arts Demo.  Saturday, June 14, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm, Newton North High School (NNHS) Lasker Auditorium


Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy (CCMAA) will be putting on a performance to benefit the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity. Helen Gee Chin was the administrator at CCMAA for 15 years and a proponent of preserving the history and promoting the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. Over the past three years, the Foundation has awarded more than $25,000 in college scholarships. The event showcases the talent of Academy students and instructors and includes lion and dragon dances, kung fu, tai chi and Chinese choreographed dance. Please see a trailer from our fundraiser DVD: for a snippet of last year's event.


Tickets are $25. Please go to for more information or to purchase tickets. Wheelchair seating is available by emailing or calling 617-527-8890 in advance.




Fundraiser:  Help the Newton Presbyterian Church adult and youth mission team get to Belize by participating in these exciting opportunities!


Saturday, June 7th:  Boot Camp at the West Suburban YMCA 276 Church St. in Newton 7-8am.  Come enjoy a workout with Underwood's own Donna Tartaglino-Fahey and help support our Summer Mission Trip to Belize. Bring water and your enthusiasm!



Saturday, June 14th:  Kids Carnival at the Newton Presbyterian Church playground at 75 Vernon St. from 10am - 2pm.  Come enjoy a day of family fun! There'll be a bounce house, cake walk, face painting and LOTS of fun and games!




Newton Networking Event:  Join the Newton Network to learn how to have a direct, clear, confident communication style to help you succeed and get your desired result.  We will look at behaviors that women can adopt (as well as avoid) to navigate the minefields and increase their success rates. 


Our panel of four highly experienced and sought after experts will offer tips on how women can effectively communicate and achieve both their personal and professional goals. 


There will also be time for networking both before and after the event. 


Please cut and paste the link below to RSVP:


The Newton Network is a networking group for professional women.  You need not be a Newton resident to attend or be a member of the group.  Also look for us on LinkedIn and Facebook.  



Community Classifieds  



Summer and Fall Dance Classes:  All That Jazz Dance Studio is accepting Summer and Fall Registration for Dance Classes!  We are located in the heart of Nonantum in a brand new State-of-the-Art facility.  Classes start at age 2 and are offered 7 days/week.  Please come to our Spring Open House on Wednesday, June 11th from 4:00-6:00 or call to arrange an appointment with Deb Lifson Vogel, the Director. 


All That Jazz is the Proud Winner 4 years in a row of Best Dance Studio for children in Newton, Needham and Wellesley as voted by the Newton Tab Readers Choice Awards!,, 617-641-0784




Summer Soccer Clinic:  Boston College Lady Eagles Soccer School

Come join the Boston College staff and team at our summer clinics! The focus of the summer clinics is to provide fun and development at our incredible facility at BC for young ladies ages 6-14. We offer 2 sessions this summer: Summer Session 1, June 24-27 and/or Summer Session 2, July 21-24. The clinic runs from 9am-3pm and cost 295$ per clinic. Visit for more information.




Summer Youth Theatre:  There are still some openings for kids in grades 1 - 6 in the Newton Youth Players adapted summer production of the all time favorite hit 'Annie' inspired by the well-known comic strip. Based on Little Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy and their search for a family of their own in depression-era New York City. Popular songs include Tomorrow, It's the Hard-Knock Life, Maybe and You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile. From June 30 - July 24, 9am - Noon at Newton City Hall, young actors work with specialists in drama, music, scenery design and choreography, culminating in a wonderful musical production.


Need a full day of summer activity? The New Art Center is now running a program in Newton City Hall from 1 - 3pm, from June 30 - July 17. An afternoon of visual arts, including collage, printing, 3D and inventions. Call 617-796-1540 for more information.




Summer Theatre Program:  Boston Patio Playhouse, Brookline's newest youth performance group, is now registering for its 2014 summer programs!


The Backyard Opera Summer Program is open to all students ages 12-18 who are interested in opera, operetta, and classic musical theater. July 7-18 (Mon-Fri), 9:00am-4:00pm.


The Front Porch Players Musical Theater Summer Program is for students entering grades 6-10 who love classic and contemporary musical theater. August 18-29 (Mon-Fri), 9:00am-3:30pm.


During each two-week program students will receive training in voice, dance, drama, and backstage skills, while working on either an Opera Gala or a Broadway Musical Revue performance! No auditions necessary, and each student will be cast as a soloist. Both programs are located in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. Visit for more information and to register today!




Watertown Children's Theatre Programs:

Grease: School Version.  Tickets on Sale NOW!

Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Book by JAMES LAPINE, Presented through special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


June 20, 7 pm

June 21, 2 pm & 7 pm

June 22, 2 pm

Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts


Saturday, 7 pm performance ONLY

Come in your favorite Grease-inspired costume and be entered to win two tickets to our fall musical!

Buy tickets online: or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006


AUDITION for our Ten Minute Play Festival!

Open Auditions.  Grade 6 to adult.  Tuesday, June 3, 6:30 -8 pm

The Playwriting Workshop students are excited for you to audition for their brand new ten-minute plays!  Six world premiere readings are looking for actors of all ages! Must be available for one rehearsal on June 10 (evening) and one performance on June 14 (daytime). There is no cost to participate.  For more information, or to sign up for an audition, email


Spring Final Class Presentations!

Saturday, June 14. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts

Beginning at 11 am

Page to Stage: Funky Folk Tales

Wildcard: Improv Troupe

Music & Movement: Boys Only Dance

Wildcard: Ten Minute Play Festival

For more information, call 617-926-ARTS


Summer Voice Registration is Open

Grades 4 - adult.  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

Spaces still available 4:30-7 pm in both sessions

Sign up for one or both sessions!

Session 1 - July 7-30

Session 2 - August 4-20


Visit our website: for more information or to reserve a space!


REGISTER NOW for Summer Stage 2014!

ArtVenturers I: Jungle Jams - Gr. K-2

ArtVenturers II: Big Top Bonanza - Gr. K-2

ArtVenturers III: Adventure on the High Seas - Gr. K-2

Broadway Live: Through the Years - Gr. 3-5

Bard Battles and Classic Chaos - Gr. 3-5


Summer Art Camp Registration is Open!  Classes begin June 16

No matter what age, there's something new to learn at the Arsenal Center this summer!  Here are just a few examples of our week-long workshops for three age groups from 5+: Mosaics & More, Young Sculptors, Drawing & Painting, Puppets, Props & Plays - Super Heroes, Comic & Cartoon Characters, Basic Jewelry, Pottery.  Morning and/or afternoon options.


Find class descriptions for both arsenalARTS & Watertown Children's Theatre in our new catalog  To register or ask questions, call Bev at 617-923-0100 x8309.


Quilters' Connection Annual Quilt Show

Friday & Saturday, May 30 & 31, 10am - 5pm, Sunday, June 1, 11am - 3pm

Arsenal Center for the Arts

Donation: $8.00

More than 200 original traditional and contemporary quilts on display!

Demonstrations, Boutique & Sale, Children's Scavenger Hunt and a Silent Auction of Quilts by Members


QC 2014 Show Invite: More information at  




Summer Vacation Workshops:  At the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown


The Arsenal Center for the Arts offers a wide variety of week-long art workshops this summer, from June 16 - August 22.  Choose from Comics/Cartoons, Creative Creatures, Puppets, Mixed-Media, Drawing, Basic Jewelry, Circus Art, Pottery and much, much more.  Morning and afternoon workshops for three age groups from 5+.  Supervised Lunch and Extended Day options available.  Classes are held at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.  Free parking and easy access to public transportation. 


Registration and Information:  617-923-0100, ext. 8309.  Visit for workshop descriptions.  Scholarships and Membership discounts are available.  




Summer Programs: School's out in just a few weeks but Newton Community Ed has you covered! We have weekly programs all summer long for all ages. Lots are full, but lots still have room for your kids. We start the week of June 23, just after school ends. Call us at 617-559-6999 or to see our wide selection of Kids summer programs and pick one that's just right for you.




Summer Camp:  John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton

If you have not signed up for Camp, now is the time! We still have space available in all of our sessions for both ages 6-12 and our unique Teen Camp for ages 13 and up!   Camp will begin on June 23rd!


Kids ages 6-12

The goal of our camp is to provide opportunities for children to explore their creative and athletic potential while cultivating friendships and sharing new experiences with their peers. We believe we have achieved the perfect balance of free play, structured play, small and large group activity. We have done all of this while maintaining an impeccable safety record for over 50 years.


Teens ages 13 and up

Teens will get the opportunity to attend all Tuesday and Thursday field trips with the rest of the summer camp.  During the afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, teens will get to hear from guest speakers from various career backgrounds including, Susan Tran of Channel 7 News, Phil Lipof of Channel 5 news as well as the opportunity to get an inside look at the Marriott Hotel and The Village Bank.  Guest speakers will include people from the fashion industry, music and dance industries, the world of politics, the medical field and many more!  Click here to see the current Teen Schedule.


**There will be no camp Friday July 4th due to the Independence Day holiday



$200 discount if you sign up for all four (4) Sessions, 5% Sibling discount



A non-refundable deposit equal 1/3rd of the total balance is due with application. Full Payment Due 06/02/14



On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays camp meets at the Club and travels to the Cove in Auburndale. Each Park Day starts with a Club & Class Period followed by two Athletic Periods, where campers exercise and play games designed to teach teamwork and leadership skills. Campers not engaged in athletics get to choose their own activities from a wide variety of board and field games or participate in Arts & Crafts. Breaks for food, hydration, and relaxation are evenly spaced throughout. Our Camp Goes Swimming Every Day!


You can register online or download an application for printing by clicking here:


On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Newton Community Partnerships for Children & Families is sponsoring Same Page Parenting: A Free Workshop for the Modern Family from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  For more information, please click here.




Summer Math Sessions:  Math summer early bird discount - summer is a great time to catch up and get a Jump Start into the next year.  Mathnasium Learning Center in Newton Highlands offers individualized math summer programs in a fun, relaxing environment. Spread your sessions throughout the summer or complete in a couple of weeks.  Save $50 when you register by May 31 or Call us to schedule a Free Trial (617) 340-3665.




Music School:  New Newton music school opens its doors this summer at Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA)


The Maestro Musicians Academy is announcing the grand opening of its West Newton location on July 1. Specializing in instrumental and vocal music instruction, the music school serves ages 4-104. Instruments taught include violin, viola, cello, piano, and voice.


The Maestro Musicians Academy will kick off its first year at the GBCCA at 437 Cherry Street with a special Father's Day Instrument Petting Zoo on Sunday, June 15 from 1-3 PM. This hands-on activity will allow children ages 4 and up to explore the instruments and hear faculty members play.  


RSVP to Daniel by June 13 at (857) 756-5230.


Music teachers at the Academy are highly trained professionals who love working with kids.

According to artistic director Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A., "music lessons provide the ideal creative growth-opportunity in our communication-deprived digital society. The Maestro Musicians Academy is Parent tested, Child approved, meaning that we strive to make every child and parent feel inspired in a positive, yet structured environment."


Throughout the school year, lessons run on a 16-week per term basis. Parents and adult students may find out more by visiting the music school's website at or by calling Daniel at (857) 756-5230.


About Maestro Musicians, LLC


Serving greater Boston, the Maestro Musicians Academy is based in Brookline's Coolidge Corner, the Jewish Community Day School of Watertown, and now, in West Newton. We believe that the relationship between teacher, student, and parent constitutes the most important aspect of music instruction and make it a priority to provide and nurture this bond. The Maestro Musicians Academy is Parent tested, Child approved!




Kids Karate: Fall Free Trial Classes--at Lasell College

Friday, Sept. 19, 5:00-6:00 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 20, 10:00-11:00 a.m.. Girls and Boys, entry ages 1st thru 5th grades. $79 per 7-Week  Session, or $99 twice-a-week. Free uniform upon enrolling. For more information, please see or leave message at (617) 527-8052.




Nursery School:  Temple Beth Avodah Nursery School is now enrolling for the 2014/15 School Year


Limited Openings:

Me 2 Toddler Program 18 months-2.8 years T/TH

Preschool ages 2.9-3.8 years, 3 or 5 day schedule

Transition to Kindergarten 4-5 years, 5 day schedule


Flexible Lunch, Enrichment, and Extend and Play options until 5:00p.m.  Experienced, nurturing teachers and a low teacher to student ratio.  Please contact:  Heidi Baker, Director:, 617-527-0045 extension 110




Tutor:  Experienced Peer Tutor - Math/Science

18 year old Belmont Hill graduating honor student available to tutor your Elementary, Middle, High School, or College son or daughter. Experienced childcare provider.  High performance tutoring in the following courses: All math courses through BC Calculus, including Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus/ AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics.


Contact: 617-549-0331 and




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, Executive Function, and gifted.  We also tutor regular ed. and test preparation.  In addition to academic subjects, we teach children organizational skills, homework coaching, study skills, and time management. All subjects and ages are taught.  Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson.  Call 781-492-8700 or log on to




Job Opening:  Did you love summer camp?  Share your passion and enthusiasm with helping parents find the perfect camp for their child. Camp consultant business is looking for a motivated, energetic person who loves everything "camp"!


Responsibilities include: 32 hours (flexible), Summer travel to visit camps, Computer knowledge, Strong interpersonal and phone skills, and LOVE working with families and children.


Contact: Abby Shapiro at or 617-244-3316




Seeking Rental Apartment:  The close friends of a Bigelow family are immigrating to Newton from war-torn Syria and looking for a 2-3 bedroom apartment to rent in on the north side of Newton ASAP. They are lovely, responsible and kind people, who have ample income to rent.  The Bigelow family is also willing to co-sign the lease for added peace of mind for the landlord. If anyone knows of an apartment, please contact Stefano Kotsonis at 617-833-0188.




ForWARD Submissions 

Next deadline:  Tuesday, June 17th at noon for the June 20th 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 Wardwill 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.