ForWard - January 26th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

January 26, 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 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
  • NewtonSERVES 2018 - April 29
  • Ward Night at the Sox - June 8 - SOLD OUT

Message from School Nurse
Dear Ward School Parents,
With the cold weather, we usually see an increase in cold and flu-like illnesses. I'd like to remind you of some important items and also some examples of when your child should be kept home from school. If everyone does their part, hopefully the spread of illness can be diminished.
If your child is diagnosed with the flu, please report this to the health room.
A child must remain free from fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication before they can return to school.
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

Ward Night at Launch Trampoline Park is Tonight
In the famous words of David Lee Roth, "Jump!"
Please come TONIGHT to Launch in Watertown and let your kids jump, dodge, dunk, and more. Most families are arriving between 5 and 6. A great night for he kids, and think how easily they will go to bed because they will be so tired. It's a win-win. 
Please mention that you are with Ward School when you sign in at Launch. Remember to bring your grip socks or buy a pair there. "Those who don't jump will never fly" (Different context but still a great quote).
See you tonight!

This Week Concluded the Yearly Child Assault Prevention Workshops at Ward
The workshops are made possible and funded entirely by the PTO and your financial support.

Each year Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Specialists come to the elementary schools to teach children vital skills to help them stay SAFE, STRONG and FREE.
CAP teaches children simple strategies to reduce their vulnerability in situations involving bullying, strangers, and abuse by known persons. The workshops consist of basic, age-appropriate, skill-oriented discussion and role plays for each topic and ends with Review Time, a voluntary opportunity for children to talk 1:1 with a CAP Prevention Specialist. The program is delivered annually to Kindergarten, Second and Fifth grade.
For help approaching this conversation at home visit the CAP website at for a link to the Adult Information Guide.

The Art Committee Needs Your Help
Please consider helping us get ready for the art show by framing art work. Stop by the art room any morning and meet our new art teacher(if you haven't yet), Meghan Decatur, and pick up some art work to take home and frame. Ms. Decatur will give you a quick tutorial on framing. You can email ahead of time and let her know you will be coming in:
We are also looking for volunteers for set up and take down of the art show. Please keep it in mind as any help you can give will be appreciated! More to come once the date is set!
Thanks - the Art Committee 

Grade Wide Potluck Dinners
Thanks so much to Linda and Dave Gillespie for hosting last weekend's second grade potluck! A great time was had by all. 
The last dinner of the year is for 5th grade parents, on Saturday, February 10th

If you are missing an invitation, please email Kathy Shields at and she will get you that information.

Ward International Night
You want to travel around the world, but who has time? We just happen to have the perfect solution: travel around the world at 10 Dolphin Road. Yes, that moment you have been waiting for....INTERNATIONAL NIGHT IS ALMOST HERE!  The planning is just beginning, so before you pack your bags, sign up to help out here:
Host a table for your home country, help coordinate one of our school's best nights ever, and be a key player in celebrating the great diversity we have at Ward School.  The event is on March 22nd from  6-8pm in our school gym, and this is one that can't be missed!

More details to is going to be...wait for it....legendary. INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 2018...AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE NIGHT.  We can't wait to have you join us!

Moms' Night Out & Bonus Fundraising for Ward PTO
This Thursday evening, several wonderful moms enjoyed a fun night at the Paint Bar. We had over 30 moms get together to catch-up, meet new people and channel their inner Van Gogh!
As an added bonus, fellow Mom, Laurel Britt-Webb (Beckett, grade 4), offered to donate 5% of sale on Peach products. She brought catalogs and shared digital links to items for the ladies to consider. Much fun was had by all!
What is Peach? Peach is on a mission to be a force for good. They are a women's clothing and accessory brand focused on empowering women. Their clothes "elevate your everyday" and transition from gym to work to play. In addition to clothes, they offer Thrive workshops, support female entrepreneurship and are committed to charities such s Dress for Success and Undies for Everyone. It is an up and coming Athleisure lifestyle brand and based in Waltham.
All purchases made thru this link will qualify to be used toward Ward PTO donation.

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 result in a payback range of 4% - 8.5% on total purchases.

But you have to click the link EACH time you go to shop as the cookie expires after 24 hours.

Dads' Night Out
Dads... waiting for that perfect night out?  Trying to find something to do on February 2nd because there is nothing else to do in all of Boston?
We know Dads, we know.  That's why we are here for you. Come to Terry O'Reilly's in Newton Centre. Live music and Celtics on TV. 7:30 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!

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.