ForWARD - March 16th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

March 16, 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
  • Kindness Convention - April 3
  • Ward School Night at Bertucci's Pizza 
    - April 12
  • NewtonSERVES 2018 - April 29
  • Ward Night at the Sox - June 8 - SOLD OUT

Teacher Raffles - Huge Success!
Thanks to all the students who bought raffle tickets, and to the teachers for donating their time!!!
Winners will be contacted directly in the next few days.
Special Thanks to Noa Layani from 5S for her hard work and hours of dedication - sorting hundreds of raffle tickets!
Congratulations to the winners ! ! !

Ward International Night
Travel around the world on March 22nd from 6-8pm!  Yes, that moment you have been waiting for.... IS NEXT WEEK!  Please mark your calendars and pack your bags. Your passports will be waiting!
We still need volunteers - if you can help out on the day from 3pm - please sign up here: 
For all our country hosts, provide your scavenger hunt questions by Monday, March 19th to Cheryl ( or Zlatena (
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 2018...AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE NIGHT.  We can't wait to have you join us!

Enjoy a Slice of Pizza Before Heading into 
International Night
Before enjoying International Night, stop by with your family and enjoy a slice or two of pizza!  The 5th Grade class will be hosting a pizza sale during International Night for all to enjoy.  Please bring cash.  All money raised will support the 5th grade class gift that the 5th grade will give back to Ward School at the end of the year.  
We hope that you'll stop by for a slice or two before embarking on your tour around the world on International Night!  

Lost and Found
Is your student missing a Razor scooter or North Face green winter boots or Blue Champion snowpants (Ella on nametag) or Gray Nike pullover (Faisal on name tag) or a red North Face jacket  or a bright pink LL Bean sweatshirt or gray Lands End snow pants or a blue Osh Kosh winter jacket or a sweatshirt, t shirt, water bottle, hat or gloves (several full pairs are among many singles)?

There are a ton of items in the lost and found located at the front entrance to the school.  Please take a look to see if anything belonging to your student is there.  

All items still there will be donated to Cradles to Crayons during the April break so please take a look when you are in the building for conferences or International Night.

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. 

Annual School Kindness Convention
Kindness Convention: Tuesday, April 3rd from 8:30 to 9:30 AM

Ward Faculty and the Community Connections Committee of the PTO invite you to join us on Tuesday April 3rd at 8:30 AM for the annual school Kindness Convention that we are opening up to parent participation for the first time! 

Ward's Kindness Convention was created over 10 years ago with the purpose of supporting diversity, inclusion, and respect for cultural differences in our school.  In our efforts to increase family engagement and discussion on these topics, we are inviting families to attend this year.  

With generous support from the Newton Schools Foundation, we are also able to provide a copy of the book featured in our activities to each Ward family! It should be a wonderful event that will spark meaningful conversation with your children in their classrooms and at home! 

Please join us and share in the discussion in your child's classroom! RSVP HERE!

Ward Dolphins Go Bowling
Saturday, March 17th, at 2 PM 
If you'd like to join us but haven't RSVP'd please reach put to Angela at so we can make sure we have space. Boston Bowl is located at 820 Morrissey Blvd in Dorchester.

Families Organizing for Racial Justice 
Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) March City-Wide Meeting: rescheduled to March 27th 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. Ward Community Connections families will be leading a kids brainstorming and ideas sharing station. Pizza will be served! 
Because the date has changed, please RSVP again here

Newton Family Conference Postponed
The Newton Family Conference initially planned for March 24 has been postponed to the fall.

Ward Night at Bertucci's Pizza
The Ward night at Bertucci's pizza is planned for April 12th. More details to follow!

Family Runs
Regardless of your skill level, you and your kids are invited to run alongside marathon trainees on Heartbreak Hill on Saturday morning at 9:30am. Our partners, Heartbreak Hill Running Company, will lead this fun, quick and free event starting at their shop at the corner of Centre Street and Commonwealth Avenue. No RSVP necessary, we hope to see many Ward families there! 
This weekend will begin the spring session of our monthy family runs that will go through the end of the school year. All runs leave from HHRC on Centre Street at 9:30 AM.  
Save these upcoming dates, hope to see you out there! 
* THIS 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! 

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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.