ForWARD - March 9th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

March 9, 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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  • Bowling at Boston Bowl - March 17
  • Meeting with Newton School Committee members - March 20
  • International Night - March 22
  • Newton Family Conference - March 24
  • Ward School Night at Bertucci's Pizza 
    - April 12
  • NewtonSERVES 2018 - April 29
  • Ward Night at the Sox - June 8 - SOLD OUT

Teacher Raffles are Due on Monday, March 12th
Your student will have a chance to win one of 22 prizes.

Flyers are coming home this week!!! They are due back on Monday, March 12th. 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 these two attachments.

Ward International Night
Travel around the world on March 22nd from 6-8pm!  Yes, that moment you have been waiting for.... IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!  Please mark your calendars and pack your bags. Your passports will be waiting!
We still need "pilots" and "flight attendants" - if you can help out on the day from 3pm - please sign up here:
For all our country hosts, we appreciate it if you can confirm your commitment by March 12th with Cheryl ( or Zlatena ( if you haven't done so already.  We will host a meeting for all country hosts and volunteers to finalize details before the event - information soon to follow.
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 2018...AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE NIGHT.  We can't wait to have you join us!

Applications for Ward After School, 2018-2019
Ward After-School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year!
Applications have been emailed to current families.  For families new to our program, you can email us at to request an application.  Applications are due by Friday, March 30.
Some important things to note about the application process:
  • We have a two-day minimum for enrollment for Grades 1-5, no exceptions.
  • There is a $50 application fee.
  • Applications are due by March 30.  This is a REAL deadline!
  • Tuition costs will be determined by the number of applications received.  To see the current year's rates, please email the director.
  • Our program strives to accommodate all who apply by the deadline.  However, we may receive more applications than spots available in accordance with our child care license.  A waitlist may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at, or 617-965-3087. 

Newsletter from Newton School Committee
The Newton School Committee has started doing a newsletter to inform parents what's going on at NPS. The first newsletter is presented below:
Dear Friends,

We, your Newton School Committee, are writing to provide you with an update on the happenings within the School Committee.

This update is for the SC meeting which occurred on 03/05/2018:

1). In his report, Superintendent Fleishman noted the tragic recent school shootings in Florida and he explained NPS has been working on a variety of security and mental health measures to increase student safety. He also pointed out an article written on the subject by NPS Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Karen Shmukler.

2). The High School Principals' update was presented by Henry Turner (NNHS), Joel Stembridge (NSHS) and Toby. Please see the attached presentation. Key elements include information regarding Safety/Security, High School Start Times and Information Technology.

3). Our English Language Learner program leaders, Allison Levit and Sara Hamerla, walked us through the details of Newton Public School's ELL program. In addition to providing services to over 1,500 students, the program has received recognition for their outstanding original teaching materials.

4). Two updates came from our current SAWG (Student Assignment Working Group). In addition to scenarios presented at the last SC meeting, two new scenarios were added: A3 and G2. They also highlighted an upcoming Public Hearing on April 25th at 6:30PM during which residents can provide feedback.

We hope you have found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website (

Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via

As always, we are ready, willing and able to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the information below.

Newton School Committee

Newton Human Rights Commission Special Events
Learn about the Muslim Experience in our Community & Show Support for Newton's Muslim Families!

The Newton Human Rights Commission welcomes all Newton residents to two special events happening this month: 

-An Interfaith Panel Discussion on Wednesday, March 14th, at 7PM at the Newton Free Library Druker Auditorium.  Join local clergy members for a dialogue examining the three Abrahamic faiths, their engagement in the world and the education of women.  

-Unveiled: A One-Woman Play on Five Muslim Women on Tuesday, March 20th at 7PM at the Newton Free Library Druker Auditorium. This work examines the lives of five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world and what lies beneath the veil. Performance will be followed by a Q&A session.  

These events offer a chance to learn about the Muslim experience and engage in a community interfaith dialogue while showing support for Newton's Muslim families.  Join in the discussion and expand your awareness! For more information, contact the Newton Human Rights Commission at

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 
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! 

The First Inaugural Season for 
Newton Flag Football League
Registration to the Newton Area Flag Football League (NAFFL), a new youth sports league offered during the spring season, is currently underway.

The season begins May 6 at Daly Field on Nonantum Road. Games take less than one hour and are held on Sunday afternoons between 2 and 7 pm, all games are coached, refereed and scored. Registration guarantees each player 8 games, including playoffs. Divisions are available for kids ages 5 - 12. 

More information can be found here:

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
* JUNE-New Date to be Announced Soon! Please save the date of Saturday, 6/9/18, for the Girls On the Run 5K! We're hoping to bring a Ward team together to train for and run in this event.  Please email Arissa Oh ( if you're interested in participating! 

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

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.