ForWard - November 24th, 2017

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

November 24, 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
  • School Meeting on Principal Search - November 28
  • Book Fair - November 28-30
  • Third Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - December 2
  • Walk to School - December 6
  • Ward Night at the Celtics - December 13 - SOLD OUT
  • CAPP Parent Workshop - January 5 
  • Second Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - January 20
  • Moms' Night Out - January 25
  • Fifth Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - February 10

Thank You for Turkey Day Food Drive
Thank you to all of the families that participated in the Thanksgiving Food Drive, and extra thanks to Ruth Somers for coordinating this important event supporting others in our community. Thanks Ruth for bringing this important event to Ward School!

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!  

Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) Parent Workshop
Ward School will be participating in the Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP). As parents concerned about the safety of your children, we hope you will join us in participating in this program.

The program has three components: a parent program, in-service for school personnel, and individual classroom workshops for children in Kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 5.
The adult workshop includes information on child abuse, community responsibility toward suspected or identified abuse, reporting of abuse and crisis intervention. The parent workshop also includes detailed description of the children's workshops and discussion about the parents' role in prevention education. We welcome your participation at this meeting on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 8:30 - 9:30 AM in the Dolphin Café.

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

3rd Grade Potluck Coming Soon!  
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).

Ward Community Connections
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 or or reach out to Angela at or Becca at

Walk to School
Mark your calendars for the last Walk to School Wednesday of 2017 on December 6th
Bundle up and get ready for some fun jokes and surprises! 

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.