ForWard - June 17th, 2016

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 17, 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 the Back to School Picnic - September 13; the 5th Grade parents' potluck dinner - September 16; and Mystery Dinners - October 15 

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. 

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. 

From the Nurse's Office - Summer Reminders
Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 23. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student -- it must be picked up by a parent. School nurses will not be available after June 23 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child's health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!
  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission. 
Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. Both the flu shot and the nasal spray flu vaccine will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at by mid-September, in preparation for the fall clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.

The flu clinic date for Ward School will be October 5th. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by September 30th. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Artsonia Update 
Arstonia is a school fundraiser that benefits the art program directly.  20% of each sale goes back to the program to buy supplies.  And June is full of GREAT reasons to give gifts - Father's Day, end of the school year, graduation, hostess gifts, or just getting a jump start on holiday gifts for next year. 
Choose from dozens of different items: mugs, water bottles, t-shirts, sketchbooks, notecards just to name a few. Personalize them with your child's artwork, and voila you have an original keepsake gift! Any way you slice it, personalized artwork is a truly unique gift. 
We just added a ton of new artwork. So check your child's page, and encourage friends and family members to support Ward, and your budding artist, by buying Artsonia products for all of their gift-giving occasions. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to ask Lena Goodwin ( or Mrs. Broder (
Thanks again for your support.

Lena  and Amy 

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 

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 ( or Alexis Giannakopoulos (

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

Next Year's International Night
The Ward PTO will be hosting WARD INTERNATIONAL NIGHT next year.  Please think about hosting a country booth! For those of you visiting your native countries these summer holidays - this will be an opportunity for you to bring back a plethora of authentic crafts, and interesting objects to display in your respective country booths and further enrich our Ward School international Night. The kids will love it! If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Abramson at

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:

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.