ForWARD - June 21st, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 21, 2018 

Dear Ward Parents,


Welcome to the LAST edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD for the 2017-2018 school year.  

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  • Last Day of School - June 22

A big, big thank you from Diana, Gabi and Lisa to all of those that contributed to the PTO efforts this year.  From Ward School staff to parents to friends of the school, we thank you for your support and dedication to our community.  
We wish you all the best summer and look forward to seeing you all in the fall for another great school year.  Have a great 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!

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

Update from Newton School Committee
Dear Friends,
This update is for the 06/11/2018 Newton School Committee meeting:
  • Superintendent Fleishman announced the completion of the Ward Elementary Principal search.  Rebecca Brogadir has accepted the position and will be starting in July.
  • Our administrative team reviewed the End Of Year Report on the 2017 -2018 System Wide Goals.  This report includes demonstrates how NPS met its goals for the year.
  • Karen Shmukler, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, led a presentation of Student Services updates.  Of note - Student Services is increasing Social Emotional and Behavioral supports for all students, both in special and general education. 
  • The Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG) updated the School Committee with a final recommendation on Northside elementary school boundary lines.  The recommendation, known as H4, would make capacity at all North feeding schools about 89%.  
  • Superintendent David Fleishman presented an update on his  2017-2018 goals and pointed to achievements across multiple categories. 
  • We ended the meeting by unanimously voting to approve the  donation to Ward Elementary of a "Buddy Bench" in honor of Audrey Peller.  We also voted unanimously to re-elect Diana Fisher Gomberg as the EDCO School Committee representative.
Next Meeting:
  • June 18th @7PM: SEPAC Update, High School Start Time Update, Fiscal and Operational Update and Facilities Update, Discussion of Superintendent's Assessment.
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.

Have a wonderful week!

The Newton School Committee

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.