From the Principal's Desk



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