ForWard - March 10th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

March 10, 2017 

Dear Ward Parents,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD for the 2016-2017 school year. 

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  • International Night - March 23
  • Ward After School Applications Due - March 31
  • Spring Auction - April 29
  • Newton Serves community service day - April 30

Applications for Ward After School, 2017-18
Ward After-School is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year!
Applications have been emailed to current families.  For families new to our program, you can email us at to request an application.  Applications are due by Friday, March 31.
Some important things to note about the application process:
  • We have a two-day minimum for enrollment for Grades 1-5, no exceptions.
  • There is a $50 application fee.
  • Applications are due by March 31.  This is a REAL deadline!
  • Tuition costs will be determined by the number of applications received.  To see the current year's rates, please email the director.
  • Our program strives to accommodate all who apply by the deadline.  However, we may receive more applications than spots available in accordance with our child care license.  A waitlist may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at, or 617-965-3087. Thank you!

International Night
Mark your calendar: International Night will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at 6 PM in the Ward school gym. 
This is vibrant, educational and fun event for the whole family. We will gather to celebrate the diversity within our school, and diversity within the larger world. 
This year we will virtually travel to countries from Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. 
Come and discover the customs, foods, and cultures of the world! 

Volunteers Needed: 5th Grade 
Understanding Our Differences Unit
We are in need of volunteers to help run small group activities with the 5th graders on Monday, March 13, from 10:30 am-1:00 pm for the Understanding Our Differences (UOD) Intellectual Disabilities unit.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Alexandra Novina:
This program will include presentations, small group activities, and student guest speakers from Newton North who will share their personal experience with an intellectual disability.

Volunteers Needed: Art Committee
The Art Committee needs volunteers to help with the following jobs through out the rest of this school year. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. 

 After a quick tutorial, volunteers can take materials home to do the framing at their leisure. Once framed, the student art work will be displayed at Ward and The Education Center

Changing Exhibits:
Help Mrs. Broder by taking down and putting up student work on the board(s) in the hallways at Ward.

Art Show:
The Committee is currently looking for more members to help with the planning, set up and takedown of the Annual Art Show to be held at the end of May or early June.  If you cannot commit to being on the Committee, please consider volunteering just  for set up or takedown.  Set up is the Tuesday afternoon before the Wednesday opening. Takedown is early morning after the show closed.

Please contact Elizabeth Roller Apgar at if you are interested in helping.

GELF Dinner is April 1st
Help fund low-income students to participate in Newton Public Schools' life-changing travel opportunities; come to the GELF Dinner!
GELF will hold its annual not-to-be-missed community event, featuring an amazing 5-course gourmet meal (cooked from scratch on-site!!), paired fine beers & wines (featuring Sam Adams beer pairings, a major hit last year!), dancing (with a great live band featuring our own Katani Sumner), 150 like-minded community members, table service by Newton administrators, and a fabulous raffle. Buy your tickets by March 13th and get access to an exclusive early bird raffle for homemade ice cream and waffle cones!
You may pay online here: (scroll down to the bottom for the PayPal button) or send a $150/person check (made payable to Newton Schools Foundation with GELF in the memo line) to Newton Schools Foundation, ATTN: Diane Greer, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
Whether you are coming or not, please consider donating to Support a Teacher to attend the event ($100/person) or making a tax-deductible donation, all possible here: GELF is also looking for volunteers any time between now and April 1st--please email Samantha Mandel at if interested. Thank you for your support.

March Madness Camp Auction!
If you are interested in any of these summer camp options, please email for additional information.
  • Camp Cody
  • Camp Fesseden
  • Steve & Kate Summer Camp
  • School of Rock
  • All Newton Music School
  • Linx 
  • GPS Soccer Camp

School Committee News
Agendas for upcoming School Committee meetings may be found here . The next meetings will be held on March 13 and 27, 2017 at 7 pm at the Education Center on Walnut St. in Newtonville.

Talking to Children About Race
On Wednesday, March 22nd, Newton Public Schools will host a forum entitled "Talking to Children about Race: Why and How?" The session, designed for a K-5 parent audience and led by Horace Mann Elementary teacher Mike Feldstein and METCO director Maricel Sheets, will:
  • Allow reflection of your own experiences around issues of race and racism
  • Demonstrate the importance of early conversations with children on race
  • Provide "how-to" help for guiding children and answering challenging questions
  • Highlight resources available to help parents and families navigate the issues
The forum will be held at Angier Elementary (1697 Beacon St.) from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. An RSVP is not required, but will help the district plan for materials and activities. Please RSVP here:

Responsive Home Workshops
Are you struggling with your child(ren)'s behavior at home?  The tools of Responsive Classroom can be used to help create a calm, supportive and encouraging environment at home too!  These overview workshops are open to the public and no registration is required:
Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The January 31 workshop will be held in the Williams Elementary School Auditorium, at 141 Grove St. in Auburndale.  All other workshops will be held at the Education Center, room 210 at 100 Walnut Street in Newtonville. 
For more information, please contact Amy Kelly at

An Easy Way to Make Money for Ward
Do you have those brown boxes coming to your house too? Amazon Prime?  Amazon Video?  Amazon Music?  Amazon everything? Whatever the reason, please use this link when you are shopping at Amazon.  It is an easy way to support the Ward School PTO:

Please remember that you need to re-click this link or save the address each time you shop at Amazon. 

Or you can set up your computer / phone to support the PTO at and search for John Ward School, and this will store your selection.

Or you can go to the Ward website- and click on "shop amazon"


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.