ForWARD - March 2nd, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

March 2, 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
  • Ward School Council Meeting - March 5
  • Walk to School - March 7
  • Bowling at Boston Bowl - March 17
  • Meeting with Newton School Committee members - March 20
  • Newton Family Conference - March 24
  • International Night - March 22
  • NewtonSERVES 2018 - April 29
  • Ward Night at the Sox - June 8 - SOLD OUT

Principal Search Update
We're starting the principal search process again.
If you are interested in being part of the Selection Advisory Committee and/or the Small Group interview please email us back ASAP at
The dates and times are:
Selection Advisory Committee (SAC):
·        Tue, March 13th,  3:00pm - 4:00 p.m.
·        Thu, March 15th,  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Small Group:
·        Mon, April 9th and Tue, April 10th 9am-10:30am

Ward School Council Meeting
The next School Council Meeting is on Monday, March 5th, at 3:15 pm in Elaine's Office.  All are welcome.

Bigelow 5th Grade Parents' Night
Come and learn about Bigelow Middle School and the transition process from elementary to middle school. Parents only please
Wednesday, March 28th 
Tour of building: 6:15pm - 6:45pm (meet at library)
Informational meeting: 7pm - 8:30pm (auditorium)
More information to come!

Newton School Committee Coming to Ward
Dr. Fleishman, Newton School Superintendent, and Newton School Committee members are coming to Ward for a community meeting on March 20th, from 8:30am to 9:30am. All are welcome.

Newton Spelling Bee
The buzz is... Newton Spelling Bee is back! The fun and educational Spelling Bee for Newton elementary school children in grades 1-5 is back for its 11th year!
If you haven't already signed up, there are five dates for the Bees, with multiple grade sessions on each day, March 26, 27, April 2, 3, & 9. Each garde session is a separate Bee with a first and second place prize donated by Learning Express. Evert speller receives a goody bag to celebrate their hard work. There are just a few spots left! 
Please register online at The registration fee is $10

Teacher Raffles Are Here
Your student will have a chance to win one of 22 prizes.

Flyers are coming home this week!!! They are due back on Wednesday, March 7th. Please drop off the filled out raffle tickets and money (cash or check only) in the front box in the lobby of the school. Each entry is $5.

Alternatively, please print out the attachments.

Ward Community Connections
Lots of exciting events coming up!
-Bowling at Boston Bowl: Saturday, March 17th, at 2 PM 
Come join Ward families and Ward Community Connections (a new PTO group) for a fun afternoon of bowling at Boston Bowl! Our mission is to help make connections among all our community members and ensure that all Ward students and families feel welcome, included, and respected. This event will bring Boston- and Newton-resident families together in Boston, where some of our Ward families live.  
With support from the PTO, we are able to offer tickets for $5, which covers the cost of bowling and pizza. How could you NOT come?! 
Please RSVP (to Angela at so we can make sure to have enough lanes set aside for us. We hope you'll join us for this fun, family-friendly event. If you have questions, please email Angela at

-Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) March City-Wide Meeting: March 13th from 6:30-8:30pm at Angier Elementary School.

We invite your children and teens to join us for this special meeting to share their ideas and learn more about FORJ. Pizza will be served! 

-Newton Family Conference: Saturday, March 24, from 1-4PM at Newton North High School

A conference for Black/African-American and Latino/Hispanic families to provide opportunities for learning, connection, and discussion. This year the conference is open to all NPS families because the event has been so informative and helpful in the past.  RSVP HERE 

Safe Routes to School
Walk to School: Join us next Wednesday, March 7th. Fingers crossed for spring weather! 

Family Runs
We're starting our monthly Family Runs up again in March and going through the end of the school year.  In partnership with Heartbreak Hill Running Company, we'll be getting our bodies and minds in shape for spring sports and marathon season! 

All runs leave from HHRC on Centre Street at 9:30 AM.  

Save these upcoming dates, hope to see you out there! 
* Saturday, 3/17/18
* Saturday, 4/28/18
* Saturday, 5/19/18
* Saturday, 6/9/18

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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.