ForWard - May 26th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 26, 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
  • Walk/Bike to School - Talk Like a Dolphin Day - June 6
  • Color Day - June 6
  • Ward Spring Picnic - June 7
  • Ward Red Sox Night - June 9
  • 4th Grade Concert - June 15

 From the Principal's Desk
The staff and I wish to thank you for a delicious luncheon in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.  We truly enjoyed the yummy food, beautiful roses, and the opportunity to sit down together.  Thank you also for the coffee mugs.  We definitely feel appreciated, and thank you for making this happen.
I hope you had the chance to view the Art Show this week as well as our celebration of Children's Day.  It could have easily been a display in an art gallery. Each finished product is something to celebrate. Amy Broder deserves enormous credit for developing our young artists.
It seems that Heelys (sneakers/shoes with wheels) have become popular again. They are not allowed at school.  Please save these for events outside of the school day.
Our next school-wide event will be Color Day on June 6.  I hope to see you there!
Audrey Peller, Principal

Walk/Bike to School Day - Tuesday, June 6
TALK LIKE A DOLPHIN DAY (and get a Ward Dolphin Tattoo!)!
Practice your dolphin sounds and learn about how dolphins communicate here:  AND here  We can't wait to hear all of your chirps and squeaks!
We'll also be celebrating Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on June 6th, so please make sure to thank your neighborhood Guard and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts keeping our students safe on the streets this school year! 
If you have any questions, or want to help greet our student walkers and bikers, contact Becca:

Thanks to the Art Show Volunteers
Thanks to all of those who made the Art Show so beautiful this week.  Our tremendous thanks go to Mrs. Broder, the Art Committee: Elizabeth Apgar, Betsy Blazar and Jen Rugani, and their team of volunteers, including: Ron Farrar, Caryn Lipchin, Alexis Giannakopoulos, Essie Kalashnikova, Tara Cunningham, Rashi Khanna, Anne Clark, Ruth Somers, Karen Yee, Jeanne Choe, Stacy Schwartz, Diana Hashkes, Zlatena Simeonova-Ezzat, and Deb Gilpin.

5th Grade Service Project
Last week, the Ward 5th graders finished their grade's service project by delivering items for the child life department at Newton Wellesley hospital. 


 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 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!

Burr Elementary Book Drive to Help Local School
Burr School is partnering with PA Shaw Elementary in Dorchester to help them stock their library with much-needed books!! The school's library collection is only a third of the size it should be, so we are hoping everyone can clean out their bookshelves and help this school build the library its kids truly deserve.
To help accomplish this, the Burr School PTO will be holding a book drive on Sunday, June 4th from 3-5 pm in the Burr School parking lot. Please go through your bookshelves and see if there are some gems we can pass along to this local school in need. Please, please, please pass this information along to anyone who might be willing to donate some books!
Hope to see you next Sunday at the book drop-off!

For more info:

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

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.