ForWard - June 3rd, 2016

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 3, 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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  • 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

Library Volunteers Needed!
Ms. Packard kindly requests parent volunteers to help in the library on either Friday June 3rd or Friday June 10th. Help is needed to put books in order. After a busy year in the library, our kids have enjoyed many books, and sometimes they don't always wind up in the right spot! The library needs as much help as it can get to put books back in their place. Please consider volunteering on either one (or both!) of these days. The more parent volunteers, the faster we can make the library ready for our kids in the fall! Please email Elie Bosco at with the dates you are available.

Color Day is Tuesday, June 7 - 9 am to noon
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!  Children will receive their color assignments soon.  Any questions, contact

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.

Room Parents 2016-2017! 
Join us as a Room Parent next year! Whether you've never been an RP or are a seasoned veteran, we need you to help support our teachers and your children's classrooms! We're looking for Dads and Moms across all grade levels from K-5 and are hoping to fill positions this spring and summer so that we can get going quickly at the start of next year.  Responsibilities are totally manageable, even if you work full time. Email your name, grade preference (especially if you have more than one child at Ward next year) and any questions to Becca at 

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, June 6 and 20, 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 
The Working Group will make its end of the year presentation at the School Committee meeting on June 20. 

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:

A Message from Newton PAC
Every year, the Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education (NewtonPAC) honors educators who have done exceptional work with children with special needs at the Special Educator Awards.  Parents, guardians or students nominate the awards, and everyone who is nominated receives an award.  This year will be our 7th awards presentation on June 13, in the cafeteria at Newton North.
The NewtonPAC recognizes that because the awards are parent-nominated, there will always be wonderful educators who do not receive an award in any given year.  We work very hard to get the word out about the awards to as many parents of kids with special needs as possible.
Thank you so much for your support. All the best, Eileen Sandberg, Chairperson, NewtonPAC.  For questions, contact

Honor Thy Teacher
It's that time of year! If you want to do something special for your child's teacher or other staff this year, consider the Newton Schools Foundation's Honor Thy Teacher program. Make a $25 donation (or any amount) to the foundation in the teacher's name. Teachers, as well as their Principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.  Look for a flyer in your child's backpack soon. Or go to to donate online. Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing the quality of education throughout Newton's schools, including a summer writing institute for elementary school teachers and a music enrichment program. Read more about all of NSF's projects on our website!

Make Money for Ward When You Shop at Amazon
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.