ForWard - September 29th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

September 29, 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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  • Pizza Night at Bertucci's - 
    October 3
  • Flu Clinic - October 3
  • Walk to School - October 4
  • Mystery Dinner - October 14 (invitations will be sent out today)
  • Picture Day - October 16
  • Book Fair - November 28-30

A Smashing Success!


Many thanks to Charlene Gillespie, Karen Yee, Susan St Pierre, and Zena  Al-Adeeb for planning a great back to school picnic! 
A great time was had by all, and it was a great way to kick off the new school year! 
Looking forward to many more great Ward events! Thanks again for your time and support of another great Ward tradition!

Room Parents Needed


Thank you to the 30+ parents who have volunteered to be room parents. There are a number of classes still in need. 
Please check the list below and if you are interested, please email Kristin Golden at
 - Kindergarten  Ms. Corbo-Hudak's class
 - 1st Grade: Ms. Colarusso and Ms. Petrie
 - 2nd Grade: Ms. Fabrizio and Ms. Ring
 - 3rd Grade: Ms. Beaulieu-Jones and Ms. Kaplan
 - 5th Grade: Ms. Addleman

Hosts Needed for Grade-Wide Potluck Dinners


Thanks so much to Diana Cohen and Toli Shabashov for hosting last weekend's potluck dinner for first grade parents!

We're still looking for Hosts for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade dinners, so If you'd be willing to host, here's some more information.  

Every year, the PTO coordinates dinners for the parents in each grade so that we can all get to know each better.  The host's job is to open your home to about 40 adults, send out the email invite (with the email list we'll give you), and provide paper plates and utensils and drinks.  The guests will bring all of the food.  These are adults-only events; kids stay at home.  

If you're willing to host, please email Kathy Shields at, and we can find a date that works for you.

Picture Day Parent Helpers Needed
Looking for volunteers to help out on the Picture Day, October 16th, by class, or any time 8:3-9am or 9:45-1:15pm.

If you are willing to help, please contact Mrs. Susan Tempesta at 617-559-6450.

Pizza Night at Bertucci's in Newton Corner
Please plan to arrive between 5:30 and 6:30 pm to have dinner with your classmates and their families!

15% of proceeds donated to Ward School PTO

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). 
Please consider using corporate matching programs when available to maximize the proceeds to the PTO.

Ward Gear - If You Missed It at The Picnic, 
You Can Still Buy Yours Today!
Show your Ward spirit and earn money for Ward in the process. A portion of each sale goes back to Ward. 

There are items available for every member of the family: t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, hats, onesis, water bottles and more.

Visit the Ward store by clicking here.

Walk To School Wednesdays


Join us next Wednesday, October 4th, for our first Walk (or bike or scoot) to School Wednesday! 
If you normally drive, please consider parking on Mandalay or letting your kids off at the top of Dolphin Road to walk on their own.

Ward Community Connections
Please join us for two community-wide events in early October! 
  • Kid-Friendly Candidates Forum, Monday 10/9 from 3:30 to 5 at the Union Church in Waban. RSVP here.
  • NPS Race, Culture & Identity Programs Meeting, Tuesday, October 10th, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Angier Elementary School. RSVP here.

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.