ForWARD - May 25th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 25, 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
  • PE Showcase - May 30
  • Crossing Guard Appreciation Day - May 30
  • 5th Grade Bike Safety Ride - June 4
  • Color Day - June 5
  • Spring Picnic - June 5 (rain date June 6) ** NOTE THE NEW DATE
  • Walk to School - June 6
  • Ward PTO Volunteer Appreciation Party - June 7
  • Ward Night at the Sox - June 8 - SOLD OUT
  • Last Day of School - June 22

Thanks for Your Support 
What?  School is almost over?  Well then, we have some things to discuss with you! Looking back on the year, we want to thank you all for your support of the PTO.  
Because of your support, we have been able to do many things to contribute to the Ward School, including:new projectors in the classrooms, new playground equipment, new water filters and drinking fountains, new technology purchases such as laptops, community building events such as the picnics and sports events, classroom support for daily needs such as general supplies and books, dedicated support for Newton Serves, spectacular oh-so-famous events like International Night, management and funding of the school garden, important food donations to the food pantry, the printed school directory as the go to for play dates, valuable programming such as  Creative Arts and Sciences and Understanding our Differences, teacher appreciation events, and so much more...and so much more.  
Thank you all for contributing to the Ward School, and for being part of this great PTO community.  
We look forward to your ongoing support in the upcoming school year.  

Understanding Our Differences:
Deafness and Hard of Hearing 
On Monday, May 21, the Deafness & Hard of Hearing unit of the UOD program was presented to the 3rd grade. Students were given introductory presentations and took part in hands-on activities. A wonderful guest speaker from the EDCO program at NNHS also discussed his experience with deafness with the students, with the assistance of an interpreter.

A big thanks to our wonderful parent volunteer team: Rasha Shimy, Lisa Kirby, Beth Hicks, Maria Grossi, Marilyn Berman, and Gabriela Kroszynski.
Many thanks also to the 3rd grade teachers and other staff members for their support.

If you are interested in volunteering for the UOD program please contact Alexandra Novina:

Understanding Our Differences: Thank You! 
A huge Thank You to our UOD parent coordinators for all their time and hard work this year:
Alexandra Novina - 3rd grade
Aoife O'Dwyer 4th Grade
Alexandra Chakalis - 5th grade
Last Friday, former Ward student Jon Hammer (Brad Hammer's Son), was presented with the Katie Lynch award. Jon has been a speaker in the 4th grade Understanding Our Differences Program, about Type 1 diabetes.

Come One, Come All! To the 5th Grade PE Showcase
Wednesday, May 30, 8:45am - 9:15am
Ward Gymnasium

You are cordially invited to the Class of 2018, 5th grade PE Showcase.  The PE Showcase is a time for the students to share the performances they created in correlation with the units we have covered this year.  Students were able to create their own original group dance, fitness or circus routine.  They have put in tremendous effort in over the last few weeks to prepare for the big show.  

We look forward to seeing many of you in the audience next week.  Please do not enter the building until 8:30am.  Once you enter, proceed directly to the gym. 

Ms. Pargoli

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
The teacher appreciation luncheon was held on Tuesday, May 22nd which was very much appreciated by all the Ward teachers and staff. Thank you to Diana Hashkes, Sara Wantman, Ruth Somers, and Gabriela Kroszynski for helping with the planning and set-up for the luncheon and all the monthly breakfasts this school year. Also a big thank you to all the families that donated money to Annual Appeal, because thanks to you, the PTO is able to sponsor such events.
Next year, the teacher appreciation breakfasts will be run to include parent participation and will be divided each month by grade. Please look for information on this in the beginning of the year. 

If you have any questions or would like to help out with the teacher breakfasts and/or luncheon next year, please contact Diana Hashkes at

Do You Care About Our Environment? 
If So, We Still Need a Parent Volunteer to Do a Recycling Survey on Behalf of Ward 
Newton's Director of Environmental Affairs, Waneta Trabert, has asked Green Newton's Schools Connections group to help conduct a study of current waste, recycling and composting practices in Newton Schools.  The data will help to better focus city resources on significantly improving the sustainability of our schools.

The survey is fairly extensive and will help us get valuable information on existing practices at individual schools. You can take a look: Sustainable Materials Management Survey.

We are asking that the assessment  be completed by a person or group that has an existing relationship to the school. Primarily the assessment involves documenting observations by doing a walk-through of the school. Some questions may require communication with custodial staff, administrative staff, or faculty. We ask that you read through the assessment BEFORE starting it, and please plan for a around 5 business days to complete it.

To volunteer, please contact

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!

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
Celebrate our awesome Crossing Guards for keeping us safe as we walk to and from school each day, next Wednesday, May 30th! Please make sure to say a big THANK YOU to
  • Christine Gentile who guards the Waverly @ Lorna Road intersection
  • Marc Dumoulin who guards the Ward Street @ Waverly intersection
  • Cheryl Amendola who guards the Ward Street @ Hammond Intersection 
Homemade cards and flowers are welcome and appreciated! The Safe Routes to School Committee will also be providing each crossing guard with a small gift to thank them for their service this year.   

Walk to School 
Save the date for the final Walk to School day of the year on Wednesday, June 6th

Ward PTO Volunteer Appreciation Party
Please join us to celebrate a great year for the Ward PTO!  Please stop by for a drink and a bite to eat.  We look forward to seeing you then!
Thursday, June 7 at 7:30pm at Linda & David Gillespie's house - 41 Woodlawn Drive
Please RSVP to Linda at or to Gabriela at if you have't done so already.

Lost and Found
Fitbit found on Ward field last Friday afternoon. If yours, please contact Magda at 617-548-1600.

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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.