ForWard - May 19th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 19, 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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Ward School Banner
  • TODAY -- Math Morning - May 19, 8:20 to 8:50 am
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - May 23 at 1 pm
  • Ward Art Show - May 24, 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Walk/Bike to School - Talk Like a Dolphin Day - June 6
  • Ward Spring Picnic - June 7
  • Ward Red Sox Night - June 9
  • 4th Grade Concert - June 15
  • Also coming soon, dates TBD: Color Day

 Advertise in the 2017-18 Ward School Directory!
Advertise your business to the Ward Community by purchasing an ad in the 2017-2018 Ward Directory which will be printed and distributed at the end of September.
This is a cost effective way for your business to reach our families and support the PTO. 
In addition to offsetting the cost of printing the Directory, proceeds will go toward PTO funding including Creative Arts & Sciences programming and technology updates.  
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
Email Linda Gillespie at with any questions about directory ads.

 Volunteers Needed - New Exercise Class
Ward School is launching the BOKS program, a morning exercise class for kids in the school gym.  BOKS gives kids a body and brain boost that will set them up for a day of learning.  This program is run by parent volunteers and will be held twice a week before school in the gym.  We are looking for a parent volunteer to help organize the program for the 2017-2018 school year.  You can learn more about the program here:  (  Please contact Lisa Schwarzberg at or Diana Cohen at if you are interested in leading this great program.

 Volunteers Opportunities - Ward Needs Your Help!
 Hi Ward Community,
As we head toward the end of the school year, we need to make sure that we have enough volunteers lined up for the next school year.  
Please use this Google Doc to add your name to any volunteer roles you are interested in.  **For many roles it is helpful to have multiple volunteers so please add your name even if there are other names are already listed.**
As needs and interests change, new roles can be established so please let us know if you are aware of any Ward School needs that are not currently being covered. 
To ensure continuity, it is critical that parents with children in younger grades get actively involved.  We also need more Dads to take an active role.  Please sign up and join our efforts to support the Ward School.
If you are interested in discussing any of the roles in further detail, please contact Diana Cohen at or Lisa Schwarzberg at
We look forward to having you join us!

Ward Art Show - Wednesday, May 24
The Annual Ward Art Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th from 7 to 8:30 pm.  The Show will also be open during school hours on May 24 and 25.  Please help make this event showcasing the amazing art created by Ward students a success!
The Art Committee could still use help framing art work for the show. After a quick tutorial, volunteers can take materials home to do the framing at their leisure.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.  We also need volunteers to set-up (Tuesday, May 23rd from 1-4 pm) and take down (Thursday, May 25th at 3 pm) the show.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Elizabeth Apgar at or sign-up HERE

Spring Spirit Walk & Bike to School Days!
Tuesday, June 6: TALK LIKE A DOLPHIN DAY (and get a Ward Dolphin Tattoo!)! 4th & 5th Graders- we could use volunteers to apply tattoos to they younger kids, come to school early to help out! 
We'll also have new foot charms (more sparkly colors!) for everyone's backpack, and extra chains for anyone who has lost theirs!  For families who regularly drive, we're asking you to consider dropping off at the corner of Mandalay and Dolphin so students can join in the fun and walk down Dolphin to school.  
If you have any questions, or want to help greet our student walkers and bikers, contact Becca:

School Committee Update
The next meetings of the School Committee will be held on May 31, June 12 and June 19 at 7 pm.  Meetings take place in Room 201 at the Education Center, 100 Walnut St., in Newtonville.  A link to the agenda can be found here.

Honor a Teacher While Supporting the Newton Schools Foundation
Are you looking for a way to honor and thank the exceptional teachers and staff who have motivated, educated and inspired your students to grow and achieve all year? Consider participating in Newton Schools Foundations' Honor Thy Teacher campaign. This special program, now in its 20th year, enables families to thank teachers or other school personnel by giving a gift to NSF in their honor.
After receiving each donation (suggested amount - $25/teacher), NSF will:
·         Notify the honored teachers and staff of your gift; 
·         Share the honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals; and
·         List each of those honored in the Newton TAB.

You can make your tax-deductible donation on-line at, or mail it to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring.  Or look for the flyers that were sent home in your child's backpack that includes a donation form.
NSF is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance the quality of education throughout Newton's public schools. Your gift supports NSF initiatives including teachers' professional development and new curricula and learning opportunities, including the following at the elementary level:
  • Elementary Teacher Summer Writing and Research and Writing Institutes
  • Responsive Classroom Training
  • Instrumental Music Pilot Program at Lincoln-Eliot

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.