ForWard - June 16th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 16, 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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  • 5th Grade Graduation - June 21
  • Lost and Found Cleanout - June 21
  • Last Day of School - June 23, Early Release at 12:30
  • Save the date for the fall - Mystery Dinners are on October 14

Color Day - Thanks to All
Red, blue and matter what the color, a blast was had by all. Another great Color Day in the books! Thanks to Val Beaver, Lisa Kirby, and Stacy Schwartz for taking the lead in organizing the day, and also to Ms. Pargoli for planning her inaugural Color Day. We are also thankful to the many parents who came to volunteer and support this great school tradition. You made it all a great day for the Ward community, and we thank you!

Lost and Found Clean Out Time!
Please check the lost and found for any of your children's belongings.  Everything left in the lost and found will be donated to charity on Wednesday, June 21

 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.  Notices were sent home with your children this week if they have books checked out. 

 Families In Need of After School Care
If you are in need of after school care for your children and are not or cannot participate in the Ward After School Program, can you please email your name and number of children to Lisa Schwarzberg at  We are hoping to work with other community organizations to assist with after school care and need to understand how many people this will impact.  Please email Lisa as soon as possible, and thanks!

 Save the Date For Mystery Dinners
Ward's Mystery Dinners will take place this fall on October 14, 2017.  If you are willing to host a dinner, or the appetizer or dessert parties, please contact Beth Hicks at  

 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.

School Committee Update
The next meeting of the School Committee will be held on 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
The year is coming to a close!  Don't miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year.  Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation's Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this.  Look for a flyer in your child's backpack or if you have children in the upper grades, you will have already received a letter by mail. To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing the quality of education, including teachers' professional development and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton's schools. Teachers, as well as their Principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by JULY 31 their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.


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.