ForWard - May 20th, 2016

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 20, 2016 

Dear Ward Parents,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD for the 2015-2016 school year. 

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  • May 25 - Annual Spring Art Show, during school and 7-8:30 pm
  • June 7 - 9 am to noon - Color Day 
  • June 7 - PTO End of the Year Party
  • June 17 - Ward Night at the Red Sox
  • June 23 -  Last Day of School - SCHOOL ENDS AT NOON

Wednesday May 25, 2016

In the gymnatorium during school hours and from 7-8:30 pm
Bake Sale sponsored by 5th grade.

Now Accepting Parent Volunteers for Color Day!
Tuesday, June 7 - 9 am to noon
If you're interested, please email Dawn Davis at to reserve your spot to participate this year's Color Day.
One of the most treasured school traditions at Ward! Your children look forward to this fabulous day all year --  a  celebration of sports, good natured competition, and the end of the school year!  So, be an important part of your child's memory of their Color Day by being a part of the fun on Tuesday, June 7th.  Due to the popularity of this event, PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE MOMS OR DADS WHO CAN VOLUNTEER FOR THE WHOLE MORNING. Please send requests to participate with your availability to
Feel free to bring along your camera! This is going to be the best one yet!!

PTO - Planning for Next Year & End of the Year Party
On June 7, please stop by 76 Cotton Street at the home of Diana Cohen:

6 pm-7 pm -  Volunteers for next year.  We are hoping to bring together all of the volunteers for next year to answer any questions and talk a bit more about the timeline for next year's activities. 

7 pm-10 pm -  End of the year party for all of the volunteers that have made this past year a success -  with a big thank you to Linda Gillespie for all of her hard work and dedication .   
Please contact Diana Cohen with any questions.

Ward Night at the Red Sox - June 17
Tickets sales through the Ward School PTO have ended.  Diana Cohen will be in touch with you to distribute any tickets that have already been reserved.  If you are interested in attending and have not purchased tickets, please feel free to call the box office to inquire if there are any available tickets. 

Upcoming School Committee Meeting 

The School Committee will meet on Monday, May 23, at 7 pm.  All meetings take place at the Education Center, 100 Walnut St., Newtonville.  An agenda for the upcoming meetings is available here.

High School Start Time Working Group 
Just before the School Committee meeting on May 23rd, at 6:00 p.m., the High School Start Time Working Group will hold a general information session to update the community on the status of its work. The presentation will include a brief review of relevant sleep science data, data from the surveys and case studies completed this year, and the opportunity for members of the community to ask questions, raise concerns and provide feedback directly to district leaders engaged in this discussion.

We look forward to your attendance and ask you to encourage others to attend as well. For additional information, please visit the high school start time section of the NPS website at:

Responsive Home Workshops
Practical strategies to promote positive behavior at home.

The tools of Responsive Classroom can be used to help create a calm, supporting and encouraging environment at home too!  Open to the Public - No Registration Required!  The last workshop of the school year will be held on Thursday, May 26, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon St., Waban.  

Join us to learn useful steps for creating a Responsive Home, including: 
  • Family Meeting
  • House Rules
  • Interactive Modeling
  • Positive Language
  • Logical Consequences
  • Choice
  • Quiet Time
The workshop will be taught by Amy Kelly, District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning, Newton Public Schools.

For more information, please contact Kathy Marchi, SEL Department, at or 617-559-6139.

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Shop at Amazon and up to 10% of your purchase goes to Ward.  Please bookmark this page and click here  every time you shop on Amazon.  A percentage of your purchase (which varies by category) will automatically go to Ward. 

Community News and Advertisements  
If you're looking for news about local educational and non-profit events, or services offered by local tutors, merchants, and other service providers, check out the Community Notes page maintained by the Newton PTO Council.  Click here to link to their website, which you can search by category.