ForWARD - September 7th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

September 7, 2018 

Dear Ward Parents,


Welcome to the FIRST edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD for the 2018-2019 school year.  

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  • Flu Clinic - October 3
  • Mystery Dinner - October 13

Back to School Picnic
Thank you to Karen Yee, Susan St. Pierre, and Charlene Gillespie for putting together such an amazing Back to School Picnic on Wednesday!

Message from School Nurse
Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held during the school day at the Newton Public Schools beginning in late September. Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 may receive vaccine.

The Ward clinic will be on October 3, 2018. Each student to be vaccinated must have a parent/guardian complete two forms:
1. Consent/Screening form
2. Vaccine administration record/Insurance form.

Forms are available in the school nurse's office, or may be downloaded at You may electronically complete the form, print, sign and return to me.

Only the flu shot (no nasal spray) will be offered at school this year. The Vaccine Information Statement about the flu shot, and additional information for families including tips on preparing kids for a shot is available at or in the school nurse's office. There is no cost to receive the vaccine, but insurance information is requested. All students, regardless of insurance status, are invited to receive vaccine with parent permission.

Students are not required to receive flu vaccine, however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and up. There are many places to get a flu vaccine including at school, your primary health care provider or community clinics. For additional clinic dates for the whole family, visit

In addition to vaccination, it is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette by washing hands often; covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the arm; and staying home when sick.

For more flu prevention tips, talk to the school nurse or check out these websites: and

Aja Hutchins, RN

Volunteers Needed for Ward Care Committee
Coordinate multiple donations and projects to support our community during the year. Past projects have included Food Bank Drives around Thanksgiving, Book Drives, Pet Shelter Drives, UNICEF collections, Cradles to Crayons, and Clothing Drives.
If interested, please contact Gabriela.

Volunteers Needed for Annual Fund
Work with the PTO chairs and the room parents to publicize the goals of the Annual Fund, draft mailings, track contributions, send acknowledgement letters and raise awareness of Annual Fund.
If interested, please contact Gabriela.

Volunteer in Library During your 
Child's Class Library Time
You can sign up to help out during your child's class library time. Parent volunteers are needed to help with circulation, shelving and student library projects.  

Click here to sign up and here to learn more about volunteering in the library.

Questions? Please ask Linda Gillespie or stop by the library to speak directly with Sheila Packard, Library Teacher, or email her.

Room Parents Needed
A great way to get involved with your child's class is to be a room parent. There are usually 3-4 room parents for each classroom, and they provide vital support to teachers by organizing classroom events and recruiting volunteers. 

If you are interested in being a room parent, please email Linda Gillespie.

Hosts Needed for Mystery Dinners
Ward's Mystery Dinners will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018. This is a fun community fundraising event and a great way to meet parents in all grades while supporting the PTO. 
If you are willing to host a dinner, or the appetizer or dessert parties, please contact Anna Feldman or Betsy Blazar by September 17!

Advertise in Ward School Directory
Do you have a business that you'd like to publicize in the Ward Community?  If so, please consider purchasing an advertisement in this year's Ward School Directory.  The hard copy Directory is frequently used by all families and will be sent home with your children in October.  Here are the ad prices for this year.  
If you are interested in purchasing an ad, please reach out to Ron Farrar or Kathy Shields
A: Full Page  $500
     8.5" x 11"
B: Half page landscape  $250
     8.5" x 5.5"
C: Quarter page portrait  $150
   4.25" x 5.5"
D: Eighth page landscape  $100
     4.25 x 2.5
E:  The "ONE LINER"  $25
     Business name, address, phone number and e-mail.

Make Money for Ward When You Shop on Amazon
Simply bookmark this new link and click it every time you want to shop on Amazon:
Qualifying purchases made through the link above result in a payback range of 4% - 8.5% on total purchases.

But you have to click the link EACH time you go to shop as the cookie expires after 24 hours.

The payout percentage Ward receives on purchases through the Amazon Associates program (using the link above) is much greater than the payout percentage received through the Amazon Smile program.  
Questions?  Contact Linda Gillespie.

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.