ForWARD - June 1st, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 1, 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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  • 5th Grade Bike Safety Ride - June 4
  • Color Day - June 5
  • Spring Picnic -
     June 5 (rain date June 6)
  • 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

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!

5th Grade Bike Safety Ride
Dear 5th Grade Parents,

This Monday is the 5th Grade Bike Safety Ride with Ms. Pargoli and Newton Police Safety Officer Dawn Fleming!

This is a reminder to please bring your child's bicycle to school on Monday morning and lock it up at the tennis court upon arrival.  Please make sure your child knows how to use the lock (combo or key).

A big thank you to all of you who generously said that your child's bike can be used by students in the other 5th grade classes who aren't able to bring in a bike on Monday.  If your child's bike is going to be shared with students from the other two classes, we will store it in the gym after the third class is finished so that it will be secured.  And then you can pick it up at the end of the day in the gym.  All other bikes will be re-locked on the tennis courts.  Once again, please make sure your child is comfortable using his or her lock.

Please don't forget to bring:
  • Bike - Please pump up tires and adjust the seat beforehand.
  • Bike lock
  • And comfortable clothes to ride in.  
Here's the schedule: 
9-9:40 Ms. Addleman
9:40-10:20 Ms. Pike 
10:20-11 Ms. Soucy 

We are still going to ride even if it's a bit chilly!  I'll be at the tennis court on Monday morning to help with locking the bikes and checking in the bikes that are being shared.  

And thank you to the parents who volunteered to help with this event and to Ms. Pargoli for putting this program together.

We are looking forward to a fun and memorable learning experience for the 5th graders!   

Best regards,
Linda Gillespie

Newton Child Assault Prevention Program Seeking Volunteers for 2018-2019 School Year
Do you have three mornings a month free during the school year? Are you looking for a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in children's lives? If so, then join our dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to using guided discussions and role plays to teach elementary age children in the Newton Schools that they have the right to be Safe, Strong and Free with their friends and peers, when they meet adult strangers, and with those who are trusted to take care of them. 

We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. The next training begins on October 28th. 

For more information or an application, please visit our website at or contact Gail Sommer, Director, at 617-969-5906, ext. 143 or

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.

Make Money for Ward When You 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.