ForWard - November 17th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

November 17, 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
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive - November 20
  • Fifth Grade Pizza Sale Fundraiser - November 21
  • School Meeting on Principal Search - November 28
  • Book Fair - November 28-30
  • Third Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - December 2
  • 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 - February 10

Ward Principal Search: Message from Newton 
School Superintendent
Dear Ward Families,
As you are aware, Elaine Harold is serving as interim principal through the end of the 2017-18 school year. We are so fortunate to have an interim principal who is highly skilled and experienced. I know Elaine will continue to do everything possible to support Ward through the end of the year.
Selecting a principal is one of the most critical decisions made by a superintendent. Principals are expected to provide excellent educational leadership, establish a positive school culture, and manage the daily operation of the building. Since the principal's position impacts the entire school community, it is important that the process provide an opportunity to solicit feedback from a range of stakeholders, including parents and families.
The principal search process that we are about to enter will include opportunities for parents to provide input electronically, serve on a Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) and meet finalists as they visit the school. Please select the following to link to participate in the online survey: Ward Principal Parent Survey. The survey will be available through December 15.
I am scheduling a meeting with Ward families to discuss the principal search. At this meeting, I will review the process and timeline for selecting a principal, solicit input on the professional and personal attributes you seek in a principal, and explain how you may be directly involved in the search process.
The meeting will take place on November 28, 8:30 a.m. at Ward. I hope you will be able to join me so we may work together to secure the best possible leadership for all members of the Ward community.
David Fleishman

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!  

Thank You Mrs. Broder
Thank you to Amy Broder for her wonderful contribution to the Ward School, and thank you to Jen Rugani for organizing a great retirement party to celebrate Amy Broder! Thanks a million Jen!

5th Grade Pizza Sale Fundraiser
On Tuesday, November 21, Ward School 5th Graders will be hosting another pizza sale fundraiser in front of Ward School starting at 12:30 and concurrently down in After School.
A slice of pizza, a water and two cookies will be $5.00 or two slices for $5.00.  All money raised will support the 5th grade class gift that the 5th grade will give back to Ward School at the end of the year, and also go toward the 5th grade yearbook, supplies needed for the 5th grade community service project and other 5th grade end of year events.

Blue Zone Rules
Did you know that the Blue Zone has some rules and you should follow them?  All you ever wanted to know about the Blue Zone but were afraid to ask: School Drop-off and Pick-up Zones

The city of Newton has created designated drop-off and pick-up areas at many schools in the city. These school drop off and pick up zones have been created and authorized by city ordinance #19-179 and are commonly referred to as "Blue-Zones".

School drop-off and pick-up zones were designed to allow for improved traffic flow and safer drop off and pick up of students. School drop off zones are in effect Monday through Friday on days that school is in session. The ordinance specifically states:

  • No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of school until the scheduled start of school.
  • No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from one hour prior to the scheduled end of school until 30 minutes after the scheduled end of school.
  • Vehicles may stop in the school drop off zone during the above restricted times to engage in the dropping off or picking up of passengers, which shall not be permitted for a period of longer than one (1) minute.

Parking is allowed in a school drop off zone outside of restricted times.

For these drop off and pick up zones to work correctly, the following must occur:

  • No vehicles may be parked or left unattended in a school drop off zone during the restricted times. This includes parents waiting for their child to come out of or go into the school.
  • No illegally parked vehicles can be waiting near the school, for example in restricted parking areas, within corners, blocking driveways, bus stops, etc.
  • Parents should not pick up students when double or tripled parked.
  • Students must enter and exit on the sidewalk side of the vehicle.
  • Other parking restrictions around the school area must be enforced.

Please abide by the rules of the Blue Zone and keep the peace at 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:

Qualifying purchases made through the link above or on our website result in a payback range of 4% - 8.5% on total purchases through our link.

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

Update on Grade Wide Potluck Dinners

3rd Grade Potluck Coming Soon!  

Thanks so much to Jen and Alex Ewing for hosting last weekend's kindergarten dinner! 
The 3rd grade potluck will take place on Saturday, December 2.  You should have received an email invitation.  If you did not, please let Kathy Shields know, at
Potlucks for the 2nd and 5th grade parents will take place in January and February. The 2nd grade on Saturday, January 20 and the 5th grade on Saturday, February 10 (note the date change from what was announced last week).

Turkey Day Food Drive

Help local families in need! 

Bring your donation to school on Monday, November 20. 

Every grade is being assigned a wish list of specific food items:

Kindergarten- For Starters Kickoff
Canned Soup
Bread Mixes
Applesauce or Canned Fruit

1st Grade - Warm Beverages, Warm Heart
Hot Chocolate

2nd Grade - Sweet and Savory Sides
Canned Cranberry Sauce or Dried Cranberries
Stuffing Mix
Chicken or Turkey Gravy

3rd Grade - The Great Greenbean Casserole
Canned Green Beans
Mushroom Soup
French Onion Strings

4th Grade -Delicious Desserts
Cake or Cookie Mix
Pie Crust Mix or Graham Crust
Pie Fillings (Cherry, Apple or Pumpkin)

5th Grade - Dressing up the table
Festive Plastic table cloths
Roasting Turkey Tin Pans

As always, the pantry would be grateful for the following items:
Canned Vegetables, Beans, Fruit & Soup, Grocery Gift Cards & Reusable Shopping Bags

Family Runs
Join us tomorrow, 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!  

We'll be taking a break for winter weather from December through February, but will begin again on March 17th 2018.  

Save the dates below for these SPRING Family Runs! 
  • Saturday, March 17
  • Saturday, April 28
  • Saturday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 9
Please reach out to Becca at with any questions. 

Community Connections/
NPS Race, Culture & Identity Iniatives
We're hosting our first Ward-only meeting of the year on Tuesday, December 5, in the evening. We hope to include a spectrum of voices, perspectives and experiences and need your help, even if your time is limited! 
Please join us to share your thoughts, plan events, or learn more.  Click here to submit your email to stay in the loop.  

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.