ForWard - June 10th, 2016

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ForWard

The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 10, 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 17 - Retirement party for Sis Belcher - 3 pm
  • June 17 - Ward Night at the Red Sox
  • June 23 -  Last Day of School - SCHOOL ENDS AT NOON
  • Next fall - save the date for Mystery Dinners - October 15 

A COLOR DAY THANKS TO ALL THE PARENT VOLUNTEERS!! 
TOGETHER WE WERE ABLE TO PULL OFF THE MORNING IN STYLE AND EASE! GREAT ENTHUSIASM!!
 
 AND THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS TO SIS BELCHER WHO CREATED AND MANAGED THE AWESOME ACTIVITIES YEAR AFTER YEAR. SIS, YOU PUT YOUR HEART AND SOUL INTO THIS SCHOOL AND
WE ARE ALL SO GRATEFUL THAT OUR CHILDREN HAD THEIR FIRST EXPERIENCE OF PHYS ED WITH YOU AT THE HELM!! 
 
CROWING WINNERS OF EGG TOSS, COLOR DAY 2016: SIS BELCHER AND ABBY PATTESON!!

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. 

Retirement Party for Sis Belcher!
 
Let's wish Sis Belcher a happy retirement with some treats in the library on Friday June 17th at 3pm.  We invite the students and parents that want to wish her all of the best. 

Advertisements in the Ward Directory
We are offering advertising space in the next edition of the Ward Directory to be published in early October 2016.  All advertising space purchased by Ward families will have a special symbol on them to let everyone know that is is a "Ward family owned/run business."
 
The directory will be sent home with all Ward Students in early October and will be used by over 250 families daily.  This is a cost effective way for your business to reach our families.  Please consider supporting Ward and taking advantage of this opportunity to gain high visibility for your business.
 
In addition to offsetting the cost of printing the Directory, proceeds will go toward PTO funding including Creative Arts & Sciences programming and technology updates.
 
AD SIZES AND PRICES
  
A: Full  Page  $500
       8.5" x 11"
  
B: Half page landscape  $250
       8.5" x 5.5"
    
C: Quarter page portrait  $150
     4.25" x 5.5"
  
D: Eighth page landscape  $100
       4.25 x 2.5
  
E:  The "ONE LINER"  $25
    
The deadline to participate is Sept 10th.  Thank you in advance for your support!
 
If you'd like to participate, please contact Linda Gillespie at Linda_Bentley@yahoo.com.

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 beccaschulman@gmail.com 

Next Fall's Mystery Dinner 

Save the date for next year Ward mystery dinner!! October 15th. Please let us know if you are interested in being on the committee or hosting a dinner.  Feel free to contact or Beth Hicks (beth.hicks71@gmail.com) or Alexis Giannakopoulos (alexiag@verizon.net).

Next Fall's Grade-Wide Potluck Dinners 

In the fall, we ask a parent in each grade to host a potluck dinner for the parents in that grade.  This is a great way to get to know the parents of your kids' friends in a casual social setting.  If you would like to host a dinner for your child's grade next fall, please email Kathy Shields, at kburdetteshields@yahoo.com.

Upcoming School Committee Meeting 

The School Committee will meet on Monday, June 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.  For additional information, please visit the high school start time section of the NPS website at: http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/laterstarttime

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.