ForWard - January 12th, 2018




The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

January 12, 2018 

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
  • Online Auction - January 22
  • Second Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - January 20
  • Moms' Night Out - January 25
  • Ward School Night at Trampoline Park - January 26
  • Dads' Night Out - February 2
  • Walk to School - February 7
  • Fifth Grade Parents' Potluck Dinner - February 10
  • International Night - March 22
  • Ward Night at the Sox - June 8

Did you know that the PTO paid for Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) and teacher breakfast this month? 
Creative Arts and Sciences Committee is also funded by the PTO. 
This is why your contributions are so important!

Annual Fund Drive - Thank You!
A tremendous thank you to all of our 2017-2018 Annual Fund participants.  We are thankful for your support of the Ward School PTO.  Because of your contributions, we are able to support our children and Ward community for this school year.  Your donations help us to deliver enhanced curriculum, playground and classroom enhancements, and community events that make Ward School stronger.  
Again, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT in the past, today, and in the future, and for making this year's Annual Fund a success.  We are proud of our community and its commitment to our children.

Message from School Nurse
January 2018

Dear Ward School Parents,

With the cold weather comes cold and flu season. I'd like to remind you of some examples of when your child should be kept home from school. If everyone does their part, hopefully the spread of disease can be diminished. If your child is diagnosed with strep throat, please report this to the health room. Remember that twenty-four hours of antibiotic therapy is required for children to return to school after diagnosis of strep throat. Respiratory infections can trigger an asthma attack in certain susceptible children, so we want to prevent that. Please keep your child home if he/she has:
  • A fever of 100 degrees or greater in the past 24 hours
  • A communicable disease diagnosis
  • A cold in the active stages: coughing, running nose, and sneezing
  • A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
  • An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption
  • Vomiting or diarrhea during the past 24 hours
  • Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medication
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to stop by the health room or give me a call.
Valerie Carroll, BSN, RN, NCSN

Creative Arts and Sciences Committee Update
Poet Laureate Judith Steinbergh is returning to Ward to conduct her poetry workshop for the Fourth grade.  The program will be held over multiples days in January and February,  with the first workshops on January 11, 2018.    

Ms. Steinbergh, a Bunting/Radcliffe Fellow, has published 5 books of poetry, numerous tapes and CDs for children and three textbooks for teaching poetry.  

Stay tuned for upcoming CASC program offerings! For more information, please contact Robin, Sukanya, or Amy at

Second and Fifth Grade Wide Potluck Dinners
The 2nd grade dinner is on Saturday, January 20th and the 5th grade dinner is on Saturday, February 10th.  Invitations for both dinners have been sent.  
If you have a child in those grades and did not receive an invitation, please email Kathy Shields at and she will get you that information.

Future Chef Recipe Contest
Newton Public Schools Food Service will once again host the Future Chef Competition for students in grades 3-5. This year, we're looking for your favorite Healthy Asian Fusion recipe! 
One winner from each elementary school will be chosen to compete at a chef's event at Newton North High School on Tuesday, March 20th
Entries are due by Monday, February 5, 2018. 
Visit the website to download the recipe card entry form and to find out more details about the competition. 
Good luck!

Ward International Night
SAVE THE DATE: Ward International Night is on March 22nd

We're calling out to all families to please consider hosting a booth representing a country - whether it's your native origin, a place you've lived in, or a part of the world that you're interested in or connected to. Your stories can provide a cultural lesson of celebrated diversity. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn about countries, cultures and customs beyond their own. 

Please contact Cheryl Abramson ( or Zlatena Simeonova ( if you have any questions.  We are also looking for volunteers to help organize this truly exciting evening, so please feel free to reach us if interested. 

A country host and volunteer sign up sheet will be available soon.

Responsive Home Workshop
Struggling with behaviors at home? The Responsive Classroom strategies can work at home, too.
Join us to learn useful steps to creating a Responsive Home, including:
  • Family meeting
  • Interactive modeling
  • Logical consequences
  • House rules
  • Positive language
  • Choice and quiet time
The workshop will be taught by Amy Kelly, District leader of Social and Emotional Learning Newton Public Schools
Open to the public, no registration required. 
Wednesday, February 7th, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
District Educational Center, room 210
100 Walnut St, Newtonville
For more information, please contact Amy Kelly at

City of Newton Annual Camp Fair
The City of Newton is having the annual Camp Fair Sunday, January 28th. 
It will take place at Newton North High School in the Cafeteria from 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM (Snow Date 2/4/18). 
Come see what is being offered in Newton for the summer of 2018! 
Child entertainment will be provided by Wicked Cool Science from 12:00-3:00 PM.

Moms' Night Out
You survived the crazy, busy and fabulous holidays and now you have so much time and nothing to do.  Don't fret, the PTO is here for you, Mom!  20 moms are feeling the same way and decided what they really need is a night out at the Paint Bar.  It sounds great, doesn't it?  Join us!
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!  

Don't miss a night where you get to go out and have fun AND get credit for giving back to the school.  In my mind, it is a win-win.  Sign up today!

Dads' Night Out
Dads... this is your chance! Mark your calendars for February 2nd
Come to Terry O'Reilly's in Newton Centre. Live music and Celtics on TV. PM start. 
A great chance to meet other Ward dads and have a great night out! Thanks to Dave Gillespie and Jon Ufland for organizing!

Ward Night at the Sox: 
Tickets Sale Has Been Extended for 1 Week 
(or earlier if we sell out)
Friday, June 8th - Red Sox v. White Sox
Back by popular demand, we will be taking a group over to the game this Spring.  We only have 100 tickets, so they are first come first serve up until January 12th.  
Please put your application and check in the "Red Sox" box in the lobby.

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.