ForWard - November 10th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

November 10, 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 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
  • Third Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - December 3
  • Ward Night at the Celtics - December 13 - SOLD OUT
  • Second Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - January 20
  • Moms' Night Out - January 25
  • Fifth Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - January 27

November is National Diabetes Month
On January 19, 2003, Jordan Weiss, a fourth grade student at Mason-Rice School in Newton, Massachusetts passed away in his sleep from complications of undiagnosed diabetes.
To honor Jordan's memory, the JBW Fund was established by his family, friends and community to foster awareness and education of the warning signs of diabetes. Sometimes the signs are obvious and sometimes the signs are subtle, limited and attributed to another illness. The latter was the case for Jordan.
Become familiar with the warning signs of diabetes. Knowledge is an important weapon against this disease and its complications.
Warning Signs of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes:
These symptoms can occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention.
· Excessive thirst
· Frequent urination, sometimes exhibited by bedwetting (in large quantities)
· Blurry vision
· Sugar in the urine
· Sweet, fruity odor on breath
· Increased hunger
· Weight loss
· Fatigue
· Drowsiness, lethargy
· Irritability and mood changes
· Heavy, labored breathing
· Confusion, Stupor, Unconsciousness
Type 2 Diabetes:
These symptoms occur gradually and must receive immediate medical attention.
· Blurred vision
· Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers
· Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds
· Drowsiness
· Slow healing sores or frequent infections
· Any of the symptoms listed under Type 1 diabetes
Many of these symptoms can be related to illnesses that are not associated with diabetes. This should be discussed with a health care provider.
For more information, talk to your school nurse or visit: or

Annual Fund
Will you be an important part of this year's success? 
The Ward School Annual Fund need you to help us drive toward our annual goal.  Of course, a gift of any size to the Fund is appreciated by us, and the easiest and most cost efficient way of making your gift is going online to
Thanks once again for your support of Ward School!  

Make Money for Ward When You Shop on Amazon
Simply bookmark this new link and click it every time you want to shop on Amazon:

There are two ways to help support WARD through your online purchases at, but did you know that one option is better than the other? The payback amount Ward receives on purchases through Amazon Associates is much greater than the payback amount received through the Amazon Smile program. In fact, qualifying purchases made through the link above or on our website can result in a payback range of 4% - 8.5% on total purchases through our link. In contrast, if you shop through Amazon Smile and select Ward as your qualifying charity, only 0.5% of qualifying purchases help to support Ward. That's a big difference!

What's the bottom line? By shopping through the link below or on the Ward PTO website, a greater portion of your purchases help to support Ward-at no cost to you!   But you have to click the link EACH time you go to shop as the cookie expires after 24 hours.

So please book mark this link and click it every time you go to shop on Amazon: . And please delete any old links you have bookmarked as they will no longer get us paid.
Questions?  Contact Linda Gillespie at

Creative Arts and Sciences Committee (CASC) Update

The CAS Committee has almost finished the programming for this school year.  These programs were chosen with teachers and are all active programs that have strong ties to the curriculum.  If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please be in touch.

On Tuesday morning, our 2nd graders had the pleasure of listening to children illustrator Kevin Hawkes explain his work as a children's book illustrator.  Our second graders learned while they laughed.

We have a busy year of activities planned for all Ward children. 

Kindergarten:  They will learn about Honeybees and the Art of Beekeeping and a workshop on Bubbles from the Discovery Museum.

1st Grade:  Our first grade will learn about Insects from Brandeis Professor Eric Olson, learn about creating a book from children's author Emilie Boon and watch Sheryl Faye Presents Historical Women, Helen Keller

2nd Grade:  Besides Kevin Hawkes, the 2nd grade will participate in the Lifecycles workshop from the Museum of Science and learn about Ghanian culture from Joe and Vita Galeota.

K, 1st, and 2nd grades will also receive a visit by African-American Storyteller, Len Cabral.

3rd Grade:  Our 3rd grade will receive a visit from local sports-mystery writer, David Kelley.  The Newton Historical Society will also visit with a maps program.  In addition, Telescploration will present on Structures.

4th Grade: Poet Judy Steinberg will be workshoping on multiple visits with our 
4th graders.  We will have two science programs, Geology: Rock Detective from the Museum of Science and Light from the Discover Museum.

5th Grade: Our 5th graders will be the students in Newton to participate in a paper cutting workshop with Giles LaRoche.  They will also have a visit from Potato Hill Poetry and Wingmasters, who will present on owls.  Artquest will give an excellent 2-part workshop on Early American Art during the Colonial Times.

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades:  Our upper grades will participate in an hour long Origami workshops.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs or actually attend one as a parent volunteer, please be in touch at

Your CAS Chairs,
Amy, Sukanya, and Robin

Update on Grade-Wide Potluck Dinners
Kindergarten Potluck is This Weekend!  3rd Grade Potluck Coming Soon!  
The kindergarten dinner will this Sunday, November 12th.  You should have received an email invitation.  If you did not, please let Kathy Shields know, at  
Invitations for the 3rd Grade Parents Potluck, which will take place on Saturday, December 2, should be coming soon.
Potlucks for the 2nd and 5th grade parents will take place in January.  The 2nd grade on Saturday, January 20 and the 5th grade on Saturday, January 27.

Mrs. Broder's Retirement Party
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

Library Volunteers Needed 
Thank you all who signed up to help at  the library! Your help is much appreciated!

Volunteers are still needed so if you would like to sign up please use this link to access the calendar (Username: . Password: Ward2017).

Family Runs
Join Us Next Saturday, November 18, at 9:30am!

Join other Ward families and families from all over Newton for fun and fitness in our neighborhood! Meet at Heartbreak Hill Running Company at the corner of Centre Street and Commonwealth Ave.  All ages and fitness levels welcome, strollers welcome too! Spread the word, it was a blast last time!  

Please reach out to Becca at with any questions. 

Parent Focus Group on After School Programs in Newton
Cambridge Focus is seeking parents of children 4 to 14 years old to give their feedback about after school programs in Newton.

Each participant will receive $75 in cash at the end of an informal small group discussion requiring no longer than 90 minutes.

Early evening times are available on November 14th and 15th. A light dinner and refreshments will be provided. The meeting will be in Newton.

If you are interested please follow the link and fill in the contact form

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 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.