ForWard - October 27th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

October 27, 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
  • Halloween Hoot - October 31
  • Early Release Thursday Pizza Sale - November 2
  • Ward Night at Boston College Basketball - November 10
  • Kindergarten Parents' Potluck Dinner - November 12
  • Retirement Party for Mrs. Broder - November 14
  • Book Fair - November 28-30
  • Ward Night at the Celtics - December 13 - SOLD OUT
  • Moms' Night Out - January 25

Annual Fund
The Ward School Elementary PTO Annual Fund is dedicated to expanding the possibilities of our children's education through creative resource enrichment, community building and sustained growth.
  • The Annual Fund subsidizes the PTO's Annual Operating Budget, which supplements school resources and funds community events.
  • Because we are a small community, every family's participation has an even greater impact on our school.
We invite you (yes, YOU!) to contribute today. Please consider contributing today.  Credit cards can be used on our website www.WARDPTO.Org .   

Thank you in advance for your support of our special community.

Retirement Party for Mrs. Broder
Save The Date!
Celebrate Amy Broder's 26 years at Ward. A retirement party for Mrs.Broder will be held on November 14th from 7pm-9pm at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Ave. Come by anytime to wish her well and to say good bye.
As a tribute to the many traditions Amy started at Ward we would love for families to bring their Hero/Shero project to the celebration. If you cannot attend on the 14th but would be willing to loan your Hero/Shero to the party please contact Jen Rugani at

Printed Directory Delivery

The printed Ward Directory is here and is being distributed this week, with one going to the youngest student in your family.  If you need an additional copy for your household, there will be extra copies in the school office and Ms. Tempesta can help you get one.  
You can always access the directory information online through  MySchoolAnywhere, linked here through the Ward PTO website, and we encourage you to download the MySchoolAnywhere app to make connecting with other Ward families even easier.  The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Please email the directory team at if you are having difficulty with your online account.  

Many thanks to our Directory front and back cover student artists, our generous business advertisers, and the team of PTO volunteers and staff that put time and energy into creating this essential resource!

Creative Arts and Sciences Committee (CASC) News
Parents who would like to volunteer/attend at any of the programs please contact Robin, Amy or Sukanya at  CASC requires at least one parent to meet and introduce the performer and stay for the duration of the program.
Upcoming CASC programs are listed below: 
  • Grade 2 - November 6 at 11am, Kevin Hawkes, author
  • Grades K, 1 &@ - December 4 at 8:45am, Len Cabral, storyteller

Early Release Thursday Pizza Sale
Bring Cash!
5th Graders will be hosting our first pizza sale lunch fundraiser of the year at 12.30pm on Thursday, November 2nd, in front of the school.  This is an early release Thursday. 
Please bring cash to pick up for a delicious pizza lunch.  For $5, you will receive pizza, a drink and a treat.  All support is greatly appreciated!
We will also be selling to After School if your child attends there.  
5th Graders and Parents can sign up to help with this fundraiser here: 

Kindergarten Potluck is Coming Soon! 
Thank you so much to Jennifer Tseng and Marc Sabatine for hosting the fourth grade parents last week!
The kindergarten dinner will be on Sunday, November 12th.  You should receive an email invitation soon.

12th Annual Bill's 5K on October 30th
Please join us for the 12th annual Bill's 5K. This fun, family event benefits the Travis Roy Foundation. TRF provides equipment to people with spinal cord injuries to support their independence.

Join us Sunday, October 30th, 9:00AM at Mason Rice Elementary School. Free spooky sprint for little kids at 8:30AM. Halloween costumes welcome!

Register at

Family Runs: Last Saturday was Awesome,
Join Us on November 18th
We had a fabulous group of kids and parents out running the world famous Heartbreak Hill on Saturday!  See Coach Dan Fitzgerald's Instagram to see our aspiring marathoners in action! 

We hope to see even more participants next month, on Saturday November 18th at 9:30 AM, so please mark your calendars! All ages and fitness levels welcome, and strollers welcome too!

Please reach out to Becca at with any questions.  

Moms' Night Out
Moms! Show off your artistic or not so artistic skills, and have fun with us on January 25th at 6:30pm at the Paint Bar in Newton (823 Washington St., Newtonville)

Sign up now, and don't forget to put "Ward School" in the section of ""With whom would you like be seated".  We will paint, have some wine, and have some fun!  Please join us!

Register now, seating is limited.

Community Connections: Join Us!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.  - Margaret Mead
Join Ward Community Connections to change the world...starting here at Ward
Ward Community Connections is a new committee of the PTO focused on building bridges among all families.  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. 
We're working with parents across the city to share ideas, curriculum and best practices and need YOUR feedback to decide what to implement here at Ward.
If you're interested in getting involved and learning more, click here.
 For more information, please contact Angela ( or Becca at

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.