ForWARD - March 23rd, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

March 23, 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
  • Kindness Convention - April 3
  • SEPAC Meeting - April 11
  • Ward School Night at Bertucci's Pizza 
    - April 12
  • NewtonSERVES 2018 - April 29
  • Ward Night at the Sox - June 8 - SOLD OUT

Thank You!
Whew!  What an amazing INTERNATIONAL NIGHT!  We hope you weren't too jet lagged and were able to get the kids to school on time!  
Gracias, Mercie, Arigato, Toda! MANY MANY THANKS TO ALL OF THE FAMILIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN INTERNATIONAL NIGHT AND REPRESENTED THEIR COUNTRIES AND make this such a special night for the Ward School, and we are so proud to celebrate our diversity.  

HUGE thank yous to our planning team, led by Cheryl Abramson, Zlatena Simeonova, Ron "the birthday boy" Farrar, and Zena Al-Adeeb. 

Thank you to all of the families that came to get their passports stamped and celebrate all that the Ward School has to offer on a worldwide basis!  

By the way, this is another great event brought to you by the PTO, and it is all made possible through your support and contributions. 

Dear Ward Parents,
We will be having a SEPAC meeting on Wednesday, April 11th at 8:30 in the After School Room.
Come meet Christopher Millikin (Father of a 1st grader) who is our new parent representative to SEPAC, Kristine Barker (Ward Team Specialist), and Kim Gallaugher (Newton SEPAC liaison coordinator). They will give a  description of services, share information about what SEPAC is, and answer questions.
For more information about SEPAC go to: 
Looking forward to seeing you.
Ward PTO

Volunteers Needed for Next School Year 
Have so much free time that you just don't know what to do?  Have 100 hobbies and looking for another one?  Need an outlet for all of your creative and fundraising energy? We are here to help!
We are starting our planning for next year and hope that YOU will play a role.  Please sign up for a volunteer role here here and make next year a success!
Our community is as strong as those that support please be a supporter next year!

Spring Concerts Schedule
The Ward spring 4th grade concert will be Tuesday, May 29 at 10 AM for the school and 7PM for the parents.
4th grade instrumental classes will perform at the 4th grade concert on the 29th.
The Ward spring 5th grade concert will be Thursday, May 31 at 9 AM for the school and 7PM for the parents.
The Band and the String Ensemble will perform at the 5th grade concert on the 31st.

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. 

Newton Heartbreak Hill Road Race & Walk
Sunday, April 15th, Newton City Hall
If you are ready for winter to be over, start dusting off those running (or walking) shoes! The 26th annual Heartbreak Hill Road Race and Family Walk is a perfect way to shake off some of that cabin fever! Just one mile, up and down famed Heartbreak Hill! 
Every runner receives an official digital-clock time, a race medallion, goody bag and a free ticket to the pre-race pasta party at Newton City Hall on Saturday, April 14th. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd place runners in each category win a trophy! The first 500 registrations receive a free t-shirt. 
There are free activities for kids organized by the Lasell College Special Events students. 
Not a runner? Everyone can walk the course at 11:30. 
Registration is easy at  $10 child/$12 adult.

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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.