ForWARD - April 6th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

April 6, 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
  • Meeting with Principal Finalist Candidate - April 9
  • SEPAC Meeting - April 11
  • Ward School Night at Bertucci's Pizza 
    - April 12
  • NewtonSERVES 2018 - April 29
  • Ward Spring Art Show - May 9
  • PE Showcase - May 30
  • 5th Grade Bike Safety Ride - June 4
  • Color Day - June 5
  • Ward Night at the Sox - June 8 - SOLD OUT

Meet & Greet Principal Finalist Candidate
You are invited to meet Principal Finalist candidate Brian O'Donoghue on Monday, April 9 at 8:30 a.m. He will speak briefly followed by a time for questions. We hope to see you on Monday, April 9.
For the past 14 years, Brian has been the principal of the Buker Elementary School in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. Previously, he was a third and fifth grade teacher in the Boxford Public Schools. Brian has a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree from Lesley University.

Ward Spring Art Show
Opening Night Wednesday May 9th 7pm-9pm. The show will stay up all day on May 10 for families that will not be able to attend on the 9th. 

The Art Committee is looking for volunteers to help with set up on May 8th at 12:45 and take down on May 10th starting at 3:00. Please email Jen Rugani at if you can spare some time to help us out. Adults only please. 

Save the Date for Ward Serves Day!
Sunday, April 29th from 9 am to 4 pm
Please bring your family and friends to help on various indoor and outdoor projects - all to benefit our Ward School!  This is a great and fun opportunity to do community service together with your children and get to know other Ward families as well!

All are welcome even if you can only serve for an hour! Every minute counts! 
Volunteer Registration is now open on the Newton Serves website.  Please register directly at the link below, under "Ward School Service Day and Food Drive"

Or email Cheryl Abramson ( and Diana Haskes (
We need volunteers to help with various indoor projects as well as playground and garden maintenance. We will also serve as a Newton Pantry Food drive location. Details on specific projects and pantry items to come, so please stay tuned.

Whether it's sparing an hour of your time, lending a shovel, or donating a can of soup - YOUR CONTRIBUTION MATTERS! 


Newton School Committee Update
Dear Friends,

This update is for the 03/26/2018 and 04/02/2018 Newton School Committee meetings, as well as additional information about recent program open houses:
1). At both 3/26 and 4/2 meetings, the main topic was the 2018-2019 proposed budget. The question and answer periods were relatively short as we had covered quite a bit of ground at our previous budget meetings (see previous newsletters). The meeting ended with a unanimous straw vote supporting the budget proposal.
2). At the 3/26 meeting we discussed a draft revision of the policy: Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use for Students. The impetus for the new draft was the new requirement for SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) screening. SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs This is a verbal screening for students in grades 7 and 9. A number of revisions were suggested and a final draft will be proposed at an upcoming meeting.
3). School Committee Members were invited to a open houses at Central High School located at 100 Walnut Street and the Harbor Program on the campus of Newton South High School. The facilities for both programs are in renovated spaces as of September 2018. Directors and faculty of both programs discussed how the renovated spaces have made a positive impact on addressing student needs. Central High School, as described by the NPS website, is a small, highly structured, therapeutic setting with a behavior management system built into the school day. The Harbor Program, previously known as the High School Stabilization Program, is a short term program for students in crisis. This program allows students to continue their courses of study with additional clinical supports.
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 very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us via the email address below.
Newton School Committee

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!

One of many exciting opportunities is our Spring Auction Chair. The auction happens every other year and is our biggest PTO fundraiser for the school year, as well as a ton of fun and a great night out. 

Without your support, this position will go unfulfilled...much like our PTO funds.   Don't think someone else will do it....Don't let the PTO struggle next year, help us out and step on in! The Spring Auction is for YOU!

Coming Up Soon:
PE Showcase, Bike Safety Ride, and Color Day
PE showcase is on Wednesday, May 30th, at 8:45-9:15.  
5th Grade Bike Safety Ride is on Monday, June 4th with a rain date on Monday June 11th.
Color Day is on Tuesday, June 5th with a rain date of Tuesday, June 12th. 

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 before then.

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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.