ForWARD - June 15th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 15, 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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  • Ice Cream Social with Newton Firefighters - June 18
  • Last Day of School - June 22

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse
Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 22. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student -- it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 22 to return medication to families.
Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child's health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at
West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!
  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission. 
Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The flu shot (no FluMist again this year at school) will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.
The flu clinic date for Ward School will be Wednesday, October 3. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by Monday, October 1. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.
Have a happy and healthy summer!

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!

Class of 2018: 5th Grade Class Gift Unveiling
The 5th Grade graduating class is pleased to debut their 2018 gift to the Ward community on the last day of school, Friday, June 22nd.  Look out for a new addition to the school grounds as you make your way into school in the morning.  We're excited to celebrate the installation with all of you! 

Honor Thy Teacher
As the school year comes to a close, don't miss your chance to thank teachers and staff who made a difference to your child this year! Making a donation to Newton Schools Foundation's Honor Thy Teacher program is a great way to do this.  Look for a flyer in your child's backpack or if you have children in the upper grades, you will have already received a letter by mail. 
To donate online and to find out more about the programs NSF funds, go to Donations are tax-deductible and go toward enhancing educational excellence, including teachers' professional development, initiatives to close the achievement gap, and new curricula and learning opportunities throughout Newton's schools. 
Teachers, as well as their principal and the Superintendent, will be notified of this honor, and if you donate by JULY 31 their names will appear in a special notification in the Newton TAB.

Visit the Ward School Garden this Summer!
School may be winding down for the summer, but the plantings in the Ward School Garden are in full swing! Please stop by the garden throughout the summer and sample some of the vegetables planted by Ward students.  The garden committee will also be hosting an open garden night later this summer.  Stay tuned for details!
We are also recruiting volunteers to help maintain the garden over summer break.  Volunteers can sign up for a week during which they will check in on the garden 2-3 times to check the sprinklers, water dry areas within the raised beds, water the new perennial plantings from Ward Serves, pull weeds, and enjoy some of the harvest!  You do not need to be a green thumb to volunteer!  We are happy to meet to show volunteers the sprinkler system and go over any questions.  
If interested, please contact Elizabeth Apgar at

Free Ice Cream Social with Newton Firefighters 
Local 863
When: Monday, June 18
Who: Newton Firefighters and the community. All are welcome!
What: Ice cream, popcorn, tattoos, touch a truck and much more fun
Where: Firehouse #3, 31 Willow Street, Newton Centre 
Why: To connect with and give back to this great community

Red Sox Night
Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd,
Because of Diana Cohen I got peanuts and cracker jacks,
I think she deserves a pat on the back,
For its thanks thanks thanks for the game at the Red Sox,
If you don't tell her thanks it is a shame,
For its 1 , 2, less than 3 weeks to summer and what fun at the old ball game!
Thanks Diana for a great Red Sox night! 

Color Day
Color Day is over and we can't thank Ms Pargoli and Val Beaver enough for organizing this great event.  Thank you to all of the parents and other volunteers for coming out to support the successful execution of Color Day.  This is another great Ward School tradition, and a fantastic end to the school year.  
We are already looking forward to next year!  Thank you for your help and for making our kids smile!

PTO Appreciation Party
And that's a wrap! Thanks to everyone who came out to the PTO Appreciation Party and so many thanks to Gabi and Linda for arranging it all. Many thanks to the always generous Gillespie family for hosting us all, and over and out to Bill and Gabi to carry the torch next year. 
Thanks again to all who have helped and supported the PTO this year! You have made a difference in the lives of the children!

Boys and Girls Club of Newton
With many After School programs in Newton at capacity, the Boys and Girls Club of Newton never turns away any family regarding membership. We service over 730 members throughout the school year with many contemporary programs and services that exemplify our commitment to serving our community and youth. 

The Club also has a licensed After School program called Curiosity Club. This program serves children in grades K-2 with a STEAM curriculum framework.   Click here for more information 

The Club was the first youth organization to partner with Sheprd transportation with special Club rates for those who sign-up. 

Lost and Found
Lost that favorite sweatshirt?  Can't find your most comfortable t shirt?  That's because your child's entire wardrobe is in the Lost and Found!  Please come into the foyer of the school to claim your lost belongings before the end of the school year.  
At the end of the year, all remaining items will be donated.  Grab your stuff soon!

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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.