ForWard - June 2nd, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 2, 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, 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Ward Spring Picnic - June 7
  • Ward Red Sox Night - June 9
  • 4th Grade Concert - June 15

 From the Principal's Desk
We hope your family will be returning next fall but, if you are planning to move out of Newton or Ward district, it is important to let our office know immediately.  Not only does this impact our plans for student placement, but you will need information from us for your next school.  Notifying us now will speed up that process. Thank you.
The following looks like our teacher assignment schedule for next year.  It is subject to change, depending on our enrollment:
K       Ms. MacKenzie
K       Ms. Corbo-Hudak
1       Ms. Petrie
1       Ms. Colarusso
1       Ms. Hingston
2       Ms. Ring
2       Ms. Fabrizio
3       Mr. Hammer
3       Ms. Kaplan
3       Ms. Beaulieu-Jones
4       Ms. Goldman
4       Ms. Ludman
4       Ms. Eisenberg (Ritchie)
5       Ms. Addleman
5       Ms. Soucy
5       Ms. Pike
We are pleased to welcome Ms. Eisenberg as a fourth grade teacher.  Ms. Eisenberg received her undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  This year she worked as a substitute teacher at our school.  Due to her recent marriage, she will be changing her last name to Ritchie.  She is a talented teacher, and we are fortunate to have her join our fourth grade team.
Audrey Peller, Principal

Color Day - Tuesday, June 6
Ward Parents! It's Color Day time again -- a celebration of sports, good natured competition, and the end of the school year! We need at least 40 dads, moms, grandparents, and others to make this fun day a success! This day is always eagerly anticipated by our kids, and everything is organized by our fantastic PE teacher, Ms Pargoli. 
Color Day will be held on Tuesday, June 6th, from 8 am-12:30pm. (Rain-make up date is June 13th).  The only thing you need to do is show up and help supervise a station. 
Please go to the following link and note your name AND email address. If you have limited availability, note that in the comments so we can staff you accordingly.
Note: all volunteers must be CORI approved before the event. If you are not sure if you have a recent CORI approval on file, check with Ms. Susan Tempesta in the front office.

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:

 Sign Up for the Spring Picnic on June 7th!

The picnic will be held on the Ward playground and field on Wednesday, June 7, starting at 5:45 pm.  Please RSVP and select your pizza choice by clicking HERE.

The rain date is June 14th.
  • Pizza and ice cream will be available.
  • Knucklebones will provide entertainment!
  • Learn more about volunteer opportunities for 2017-18 at the volunteer table.
Sponsored by the Ward PTO

 Remember to Return your Library Books
As the end of the school year approaches, please make sure to look around for any Ward Library books that you have at home and make sure they are returned soon.  

 Change in Arrival Procedures for Next Year
We wanted to make sure you saw this announcement from Superintendent Fleishman:
Dear Elementary Families,
As this school year winds to a close, we begin planning and preparation for the next school year. Part of this preparation includes an evaluation of current practice and areas for improvement. As discussed at our School Committee meeting last night, we would like to share with you our new drop-off procedures for elementary schools.
In Newton, some of our elementary schools give families the option to walk their children into the building for morning drop-off. When we opened the new Angier and relocated Zervas students to Carr, we determined it was safer and more efficient for families to drop students outside the school. This has worked very well at these two schools and we will now expand this procedure to all Newton elementary schools.
The rationale for the change is three-fold:
  • Maintain school security - Conducting drop-off outside the school allows us to more carefully monitor adults going in and out of the building. It is our number one goal to keep our students safe. Establishing this new practice provides increased security for all.
  • Foster student independence - School is an opportunity for elementary students to learn the skills they need to be successful and independent learners. Entering the school on their own and preparing for their day is an important skill to master at the elementary school level.  
  • Start instruction on-time - We view every minute of our school day as precious time for learning and instruction. When students arrive at the classroom on their own, the teachers can move them more seamlessly into the rhythm of the day. Both Angier and Zervas have found this to be the case.
These changes will go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.  We know this is a change for our families, many of whom have enjoyed bringing their children into the building, helping them to begin their day, and saying hello to teachers and staff. We hope that you will understand that we believe this shift in procedure is best for both the security of our buildings and the academic and social/emotional growth of our students.
Your school principals will provide specific details for the new drop-off procedures over the summer. Staff will be on hand at all schools to assist students and to ensure they reach their classrooms safely.
Thank you for your understanding and I hope your family has an excellent finish to the school year.

David Fleishman


The 8th Annual Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Newton North High School Cafeteria
457 Walnut Street
6:30 pm: Buffet Dinner, Dessert, Beverages, and Mingling
7:00 pm: Awards Ceremony
The Special Educator Awards are presented to Newton faculty and staff members who have done exceptional work with students receiving special education services. Parents/guardians and students may submit nominations and may nominate any staff member who they believe has done exceptional work; in the past we've had regular and special education teachers, aides, BTs, secretaries, principals, and custodians receive awards.
Please note that the awards do not identify you or your child by name, to preserve the child's confidentiality. Only the honoree is given the name of the family who nominated him or her.
  • DON'T feel like you must nominate your child's whole team to avoid hurt feelings. PLEASE only nominate those who have done exceptional work.
  • PLEASE nominate your educator ASAP to enable your honoree to plan to attend the ceremony and bring family/friends. It will also allow us time to know how many people are attending, and how much food to get.

 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.

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 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.