ForWard - September 22nd, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

September 22, 2017 

Dear Ward Parents,


Welcome to the latest edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD for the 2017-2018 school year. 

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Ward School Banner
  • First Grade Parents' Potluck - September 23
  • Back to School Picnic - September 26
  • Pizza Night at Bertucci's - 
    October 3
  • Flu Clinic - October 3
  • Mystery Dinner - October 14
  • Picture Day - October 16
  • Book Fair - November 28-30

Ward School Annual Fund


Every dollar counts and we NEED YOUR FAMILY to make this year's drive
a success! 
The Ward Parent Teacher Organization (of which all Ward parents and teachers are automatically members) spends $150-$200 per child per year on top of what the City of Newton allots for your child's education and enrichment.  
For your child, this means:
  • classroom technology, 
  • books and supplies for classrooms and the school,
  • library and class parties, 
  • community activities including the fall and spring picnics, and 
  • all of our Creative Arts & Sciences programming throughout the year.

Please mail your contribution to: 

WARD SCHOOL PTO, 10 Dolphin Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
All checks to be made to:  WARD PTO
Credit cards can be used on our website: www.WARDPTO.Org (Please consider adding 5% to your donation for our service fee). Also, corporate matching programs may support your donation to the PTO.

Back To School Picnic


This time we mean it!

Please join us at the Ward School PTO "Back to School" Picnic

Where: Ward School Field

When: Tuesday, September 26th  5:30 - 7:00 pm

Why: Food and fun!

The Ward PTO will be providing pizza and bottled waters. An ice cream truck will also be on site (please bring cash).

Fun activities for the kiddos of all ages! Meet and greet old friends and new, and learn about volunteer opportunities in the school. Ward School T-shirts will be for sale for $15!

See you then!

Meet the School Psychologist
Hello and welcome to a new school year! I wanted to write and introduce myself. My name is Paola Rengifo and I am thrilled to be the new school 

This is going to be a fun year filled with learning, growing, and many adventures! Last year I was the school psychologist at Cabot Elementary. Prior to that, I worked at a 5th - 12th grade charter school in Boston. 

As a school psychologist, I work closely with teachers, parents, students, and community members to help create a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment for all students. I complete assessments, classroom observations, and consult with staff and parents when needed. I may meet with students individually or in small group settings to provide counseling services, social skills lessons, or skill building in a variety of areas. 

Your child may frequently see me in their classroom conducting classroom observations, participating in class meetings, engaging in social skills training activities and partaking in staff consultation. Children may be invited from their classroom to join a student for a social lunch, recess activity, or to participate in a game. 

I will be at Ward on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me! 

Paola Rengifo, M.S.Ed., NCSP Bilingual School Psychologist 
(617) 559-6457

Walk to School Wednesdays
Save the dates below for our monthly walk to school days this year. The first Wednesday of every month starting in October!
  • Wednesday, 10/4
  • Wednesday, 11/1
  • Wednesday, 12/6
  • Wednesday, 1/3
  • Wednesday, 2/7
  • Wednesday, 3/7
  • Wednesday, 4/4
  • Wednesday, 5/2
  • Wednesday, 6/6

Girls on the Run
We're getting very close to having enough participants and volunteer leaders to get a Ward Girls on the Run group going. We're looking for girls in 3rd to 5th grade to participate and parents who might be able to volunteer as leaders. 
If you or your daughter has interest, please add your name and info here.

There are several other Newton elementary schools running successful Girls on the Run programs, so we're hopeful we can make it happen here. Learn more about the mission and impact of GOTR here.

NPS Race, Culture & Identity Programs/
Ward Community Connections
Earlier this week, Superintendent David Fleishman shared with the community the NPS goal to provide interested elementary families with opportunities, as well as information and resources, to feel better equipped to address issues of race, culture, and identity with their children.

Our Ward Community Connections committee is part of this city-wide effort, focused on building bridges among families within the Ward community. Our goal is to work to ensure that all students and families feel welcome, included and respected within the walls of our school and beyond.

Join us to share your thoughts, plan events, or learn more! We hope to include a spectrum of voices, perspectives and experiences and need your help, even if your time is limited! 

Click here to submit your email to stay in the loop.

Join families from across Newton on Tuesday, October 10th, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Angier Elementary School for the first city-wide forum of the year. RSVP here.

Ward PTO/Heartbreak Hill Running Company
Family Runs!
Save the dates below for our facilitated family runs with our partner, Heartbreak Hill Running Company! 

All runs are on Saturdays at 9:30 AM and depart from HHRC on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Centre Street.
  • Saturday, 10/21
  • Saturday, 11/18
  • Saturday, 3/17
  • Saturday, 4/28
  • Saturday, 5/19
  • Saturday, 6/9

Newton's One to One Program
Newton's One-to-One Program, our very own "Big Brother/Sister Program" has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 30 years.
If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can you commit 2.5 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May you should contact us.
To get more information, please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at or 617-315-8733.

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.