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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 1st, 2015 

Dear Ward Parents,

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

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Mark Your Calendars 

  • May 2nd, Ward Fundraising Auction
  • May 5th, PTO meeting, 8.45am
  • May 7th, Early release and pizza lunch
  • May 25th, Memorial Day (no school)
  • June 1st, 5th Grade musical
  • June 16th, End of year PTO party


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 PTO Meeting, May 5th 

Please join us for our last PTO meeting of the year. May 5th at 8:45 AM in the after school room.


 2015-2016 Ward PTO

It takes a village. The PTO is a critical bridge between the school and families. It takes a lot of work and help to ensure we are meeting those needs as well as raising critical funds to pay for the technology, books and classroom supplies that all your children use everyday.

We are looking to fill the following roles for next year:

Co-Chairs - we are looking for 1-2 people to join Linda Gillespie in chairing the PTO

Website - we are looking for 1-3 people who can help update the PTO website throughout the year.

Newton Serves - this is a one day event every spring where you can help find volunteers and coordinate projects.

Please contact Linda Gillespie if you are interested in any of these vacant positions.


PTO End of Year Party!

PTO End of Year Party - Please join us on June 16th at the home of Linda Gillespie to celebrate the end of a successful PTO year! Adults only. More details to come.


Early Release Pizza Lunch, May 7th
Back by popular demand: Thursday Early Release Pizza Lunch at Ward! Thursday, May 7th at 12:30 outside school. $5.00 for pizza, water and a freeze pop. Come have lunch with your friends and benefit our 5th graders at the same time!

Garden Day, May 6th

Wednesday May 6 is Garden Day. Each class will have the opportunity to come outside to the school garden and plant some delicious vegetable plants that will be available to harvest during the summer.

I'm looking for volunteers to help throughout the morning. We shall be starting at 8.30 and working straight through until approx 2. Any amount of time that you can help is much appreciated. Please contact Aoife O'Dwyer at or 617-678-2344 if you can volunteer.



Mark your calendars for the Ward Annual Art Show - Wednesday, May 20th.

The show will be held in the Ward School Gymnasium throughout the day on Wednesday with an evening reception from 7 pm - 8:30 pm.

This event is not to be missed - a culmination of all the incredible work Ward students create throughout the year - you'll be amazed! 

For anyone who would like to help hang the show please contact Deb Gilpin at


 Walk/Bike to School and CROSSING GUARD APPRECIATION day, Wednesday, May 6!

**Show your appreciation for the crossing guards who keep us safe rain, snow, or shine! Consider a note or card of thanks, or a small token to recognize these hard working "safety heroes" who will be wearing special sashes on May 6! And pick up a small prize from Safe Routes to School for walking/biking to school!


Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Say "Thank You" to the exceptional teachers and staff who motivate, educate and inspire your students to be the best they can be by participating in the Honor Thy Teacher campaign. Newton Schools Foundation created this special program for parents to honor teachers by giving a gift in their name. You may also choose to honor a special education aide, a fine arts or music teacher, or a coach or counselor who has touched your child's life. Suggested donation is $25 per teacher/staff member.

NSF celebrates Newton Public Schools teachers and staff by:

  • Notifying honored teachers and staff of your gift         
  • Sharing honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals
  • Listing all honored teachers and staff in the Newton TAB

You can make your donation on line at or by mailing your donation to Newton Schools Foundation, 246 Dudley Road, Newton, MA 02459. Please include the names of teachers and/or staff at which school that you are honoring. Flyers will be going home in elementary school backpacks in the next week. 

Newton Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance the quality of education in Newton's public schools. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.