ForWARD - November 2nd, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

November 2, 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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  • First Friday Walk and Roll to Ward - November 2
  • PTO Coffee and Conversation with Principal - November 5
  • Election Day Bake Sale - November 6
  • Ward Harvest Fest - November 19
  • 4th Grade Potluck Dinner - November 30
  • 5th Grade Potluck Dinner - December 1

PTO Coffee and Conversation with Principal
This coming Monday come for the evening edition of the PTO coffee and conversation with Principal Brogadir this coming Monday:  November 5, 7-8pm at the library
You will hear an update from the principal and see a presentation about the New Equity Guidelines which will be implemented in 2019/20 school year. To see the New Equity Guidelines (approved by the School Committee on 06-18-18) go here.
Light snacks will be availble. 

Ward Annual Fund
Dear Ward School Families,
Hello again from your friends at the PTO. 

Fall is well underway and so is our most important fundraiser - the Annual FundCampaign. As we all know, the teachers and staff at Ward work tirelessly to foster students' growth each and every day - but to bring the most incredible learning experience possible to our children, it's up to all of us together to raise $40,000.
Our effort will be short (through December 31st). Most importantly, it will only be successful with everybody's participation!  No amount is too small, every dollar counts (remember that $10 buys a book)!
We need your family to make this year's drive a success!
All donated funds go directly to our children and the Ward school!
Please drop off a check in the box at the entrance to the school, our donate here. A special thanks to the families who have already generously donated!
If you have any questions, please contact your PTO team (Gabriela, Bill and Zlatena) at:

Election Day Bake Sale Hosted by 5th Grade
November 6th
8am - 1pm (or while supplies last)
Ward School Gym
Please come support the 5th grades at  their first bake sale of the year. Om Election Day, November 6th, we will be selling lots of treats in the gym.
The 5th graders raise money in order to support some of the special activities planned for their final Ward year - including graduation, a class community service project, their yearbook and the class gift to the school.
They would love your support! 

Thank you
A big thank you to Anna and Matan Feldman for hosting the Kindergarten potluck dinner this past weekend.  

Ward School on Twitter
Did you know that you can follow Ward School on Twitter? If you have an account or plan to make one, follow us: @ward_elementary.

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

Ward Community Connections
The next Ward Community Connections meeting will be on Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm in the Ward Library.
We plan to decide on our specific goals for this year. Please join us to discuss the actions we can take this year to build a stronger, more inclusive community for all Ward students and families.
Please RSVP to Tara Cunningham and Angela Brooks at

Newton SEPAC Monthly Presentation
Subject: Basic Rights in Special Education
Time: Wednesday, November 7, 7:30-9pm
Location: Newton Education Center (100 Walnut Street, Room 210)
Dan Heffernan, a Newton parent and special education attorney, will present an overview of special education law, a discussion of IEPs, the responsibilities of the school district, and approaches to resolving disagreements or disputes.
Ward's SEPAC Liason: Chris Milikin

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.