ForWARD - October 12th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

October 12, 2018 

Dear Ward Parents,


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

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  • Picture Day - October 12
  • Mystery Dinner - October 13
  • Ward Night at Celtics - October 22
  • Kindergarten Potluck Dinner - October 27
  • Halloween Hoot - October 31
  • Ward Harvest Fest - November 19
  • 4th Grade Potluck Dinner - November 30
  • 5th Grade Potluck Dinner - December 1

Thank You
A big THANK YOU to the Ward community from Nurse Hutchins for making the flu clinic a success! About 130 students have been vaccinated! 

CAS: Engaging, Inspiring, and Exciting Ward Learners
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the amazing programs that CAS (Committee of Arts and Sciences) has planned at Ward this year.  At CAS, we work with teachers to bring in special presentations that enhance the curriculum and educational experience at Ward. 
CAS is completely funded by your generous donations to Ward's PTO.
We will be kicking of the year's program with Passages: Exploring the Migration of Music by the Voci Angelica Trio, who will be performing for our entire student population next Monday at 9 AM.   Here is description of this interesting program:
Voci Angelica Trio presents an interactive educational program, "Passages", for elementary and middle school children. Students learn about geography, the early history of human emigration, and the diverse cultures, languages and music of six continents. Voci Angelica performs its own arrangements of world folk music reimagined for two voices, cello and percussion. Audiences become part of the experience: answering questions in a quiz-show format, creating body percussion to rhythmically infectious songs, and learning ancient dances. Instruments: Cello, Djembe, Claves, Cuatro, Maracas, Shell Shaker, Tambourine Stick, Finger Cymbals, Doumbek.
CAS volunteers are busy booking programming for our current school year.  So far, we have the following programs confirmed (more are being booked daily):
Kemp Harris, a local storyteller, will be presenting for K-3. Origamado will provide Origami workshops for all classes, 3-5.  
Birgit Deweerd, will be back in the Kindergarten teaching about bees. 
The first grade will enjoy local author Emilie Boon and Sheryl Faye's Helen Keller play.  
The 2nd grade will be visited by author, Susan Tan.  Tan is an Asian American author will be able to tie together the writing units our 2nd graders have been working on with their study of China culture. 
The Museum of Science will bring their Life Cycles workshop to Ward as well.
Our third graders will begin their programming today with Eric Olson, aka, the Canopy Guy, who will climb a Ward Tree, and then teach the students about his findings.  Later this fall, they will meet David Kelley, a local mystery sports author. In June, educators from the Newton Historical Society will present on mapping using our evolving city as a model.  Then, Telescploration will come to Ward and teach about simple circuits.
We are continuing to book additional programs, including the itinerary for our 4th and 5th grades.
Please feel free to email with any and all questions. 
Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to coordinate at the grade level.
Additional volunteers to escort presenters and represent CAS at these programs are welcomed.
Thank you,
The CAS Chairs, Robin, Amy, and Ferd

Ward School Directory: Available Online and Print Version Coming Soon
The printed Ward Directory will be coming home to you soon! We distribute one per family, coming home with the youngest child.  If you need an additional copy for your household, there will be extra copies in the school office -just ask Ms. Tempesta.
Everyone should be able to access the directory information online now through MySchoolAnywhere, linked here through the Ward PTO website. 
Please email the directory team at if you are having difficulty with your online account.

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 Posts

Update: Ward Community Connections Meeting 
The first Ward Community Connections meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:45 PM  at Ward. We'll have light snacks and drinks, and good conversation. Mrs. Brogadir will also be joining us for the first portio nof the meeting.
We value your participation and your input on how we can all ensure that Ward is a supportive and inclusive community for all students and families.

Please RSVP here

Green Expo 2018
Join Green Newton on the Newton Centre Green for a day of fun and learning about the environment.  Organized by Green Newton in collaboration with the Newton Harvest Fair, the event will have:
* Test drive of electric cars
* Test drive of electric bicycles
* Grassroots groups that can tell you how you can take action now
* Activities on the environment to keep kids engaged!
* What Newton schools are doing about recycling
* And much more!

Sunday, October 14, 2018
From 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Newton Centre Green
1188 Centre St, Newton Center

Newton Family Conference
Dear Newton Families,
For the past few years, the Newton Public Schools have hosted the Newton Family Conference - a conference for Black/African-American and Latino/Hispanic families to provide opportunities for learning, connection, and discussion. Because the event has been so informative and helpful, this year we are expanding it to invite ALL NPS families.
We postponed last spring's conference to this fall and now I am pleased to invite you to the 2018 Newton Family Conference to be held on Saturday, December 1st from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Newton North High School. The goal of the Newton Family Conference is to build relationships between families of color and white families within the district; advance dialogue around issues of race, culture, and identity; and create opportunities for families within NPS to meet each other. The Family Conference is one way in which the Newton Public School District is seeking to create culturally responsive school communities with equity and excellence for all.
Participants at the conference will attend workshops on "Courageous Conversations About Race" facilitated by NPS trained facilitators. These sessions will be similar to the workshops in which Newton faculty and staff are participating. In addition, we will offer sessions at the conference that will provide parents with ideas and strategies for talking to their children about race. Our goal is for you to partner with us as we strive to make our Newton school community welcoming and inclusive to all students and families.
To facilitate your participation, limited childcare, provided by Newton classroom aides and high school students, will be available for children in grades K-5. Please RSVP at: Workshop online selection forms will be emailed by November 5th to those that RSVP.
I hope you will consider attending what should be an excellent conference.
David Fleishman

Community News and Advertisements  
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