ForWard - June 5th, 2015

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 5th 2015 

Dear Ward Parents,

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

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Mark Your Calendars 

  • June 9th, Color Day
  • June 10th, Reception honoring Mrs. Abramovitz, 3-3.45pm
  • June 11th, 4th Grade Spring Concert
  • June 16th, End of year PTO party
  • June 22nd, 5th Grade Graduation
  • June 24th, Last day of school


Reception for Mrs. Abramovitz 
Please join us for a reception honoring Mrs. Abramovitz, our Social Worker, who is retiring this year. Family members and students are encouraged to stop by to pass along their well wishes and sign a memory book for her.  
Wednesday, June 10th, 3:00-3:45 pm, Ward Library
Light refreshments will be provided.

From the Principal's Desk

As we approach the final weeks of school, I want to be sure to express the gratitude of the Ward staff for the many ways in which you contribute to the important work of educating all children. We appreciate your partnership in the process as we work to create the optimal learning environment for our children. During the coming weeks there will be opportunities for sharing and celebrating our learning.

Gift Policy

It has been Newton School Committee policy that teachers cannot accept gifts. However, conflict with the state policy prompted further discussion and a revision of the policy. At a recent meeting, the Newton School Committee revised their gift policy to read: "If a gift for an individual educator is being considered, Newton Public Schools encourages only 'class gifts' (not to exceed $150) as long as the gift is identified as being from the class and the identity of the givers and the individual amounts are not identified to the recipient. Personal gifts of value to staff are not permitted. "

Some final thoughts:

We are in the process of placing students in classes for next year and will continue to watch enrollment over the summer. All Newton elementary schools will be sending out class placement through email at the end of August. If your child is not returning to Ward School next year, please let me know. Remember, our office is closed for the summer so accessing your child's records will be easier before the close of school.

Progress Reports will be available for viewing via the portal on June 22. The last day of school for students is June 24 with dismissal at noon. Our farewell assembly for fifth grade students (graduation) will be held on Monday, June 22, at 9:00 in our gymnatorium.