ForWard - November 7th, 2014

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

November 7th, 2014 

Dear Ward Parents,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD. 

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Mark Your Calendars

  • November 7th, All School Concert: Journey into Jazz, 9am
  • November 11th, Veterans Day, no school
  • November 20th, 5th Grade Circus, 9am
  • November 26th, Thanksgiving, noon release
  • December 2nd - 4th, Book Fair, all day
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 Ward PTO Annual Fund
November marks the beginning of the Ward PTO's Annual Fund Season! The Annual Fund is the PTO's biggest fundraising activity every year. Our goal for the2014/2015 school year is $22,000. Remember, all funding stays directly at Ward and helps to pay for new playground equipment, Creative Arts & Sciences programs, technology and much more. All donations are tax-deductible. Take advantage of the 2014 tax season and make your donation before the end of the year. Also note that many companies offer matching gift programs - please see if your company can match your gift! Look for more details in letters that went home with your kids this week. Use the supplied envelope and leave a check in the box in the lobby, or pay online at


Ward Community Meetings

The first in a new series of new Ward Community meetings will take place for students on Monday, November 10th with a highlight on Ward spirit. Send your kids to the meeting in style with their very own Ward gear. Shirts, hats, water bottles and more can be purchased online at A portion of the proceeds from each sale directly benefit the Ward PTO.


Dad's Night Out

We are hoping to re-ignite the Ward Dad's Night Out. If anyone is interested in helping coordinate an activity for dads, please let us know - contact Cindy Henry at


Journey into Jazz Concert, Friday November 7th

We are thrilled to welcome the amazing musical talents of Journey into Jazz to Ward School! The concert will take place this Friday, November 7th in the gymnasium at an all-school assembly. The Creative Arts and Sciences (CASC) program is able to bring these incredible performances to Ward School because of your generous contributions to the Ward School PTO. A huge thank you for your continued support! If you are interested in volunteering at this or other CASC events, please contact Dawn Davis email


Annual Ward Book Fair, December 2nd - 4th

The annual Ward book fair will take place from December 2nd - 4th, including an opportunity to shop on the evening of Thursday, December 4th. Please mark your calendars; additional details (including a request for volunteers) will be forthcoming!


Artsonia Fundraiser

Looking for a great hostess gift, gift for the grandparents, aunts, uncles, mailcarrier, special thank you notes for a birthday or holiday gift, or a keepsake for your child of their Ward art experience? Artsonia is the answer. Buy custom gifts featuring your child's artwork, and help raise funds for our school art program. 20% of your purchase goes directly back to the art program for use in the classroom. We are adding new artwork every week, so keep on checking back. If you have any questions about the program or how to access your child's account please email Lena Goodwin at or call Artsonia directly 1-(800)-869-9974. Thank you for your support. Amy Broder, Lena Goodwin and Stacy Schwartz.


Grade-Wide Potluck Dinners

Thanks so much to Elizabeth and Coleman Benedict for hosting the 1st grade dinner last weekend! Dinners for the kindergarten and second grade classes are coming up soon:

Kindergarten hosted by Mary Jo Sisk and David Grossman - November 15

2nd grade hosted by Laurie and Jon Ufland, Megan Flynn and Bill Chura - Nov 22

Dinners for the third, fourth and fifth grade classes will take place in January.