ForWARD - November 9th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

November 9, 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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Ward School Banner
  • Ward Harvest Fest - 
    November 19
  • 4th Grade Potluck Dinner - November 30
  • 5th Grade Potluck Dinner - December 1
  • 2nd Grade Potluck Dinner - January 5
  • 3rd Grade Potluck Dinner - January 12
  • 1st Grade Potluck Dinner - January 26

Ward Confidentiality Policy for Volunteers and Visitors
Student confidentiality is an essential component of being present in the school environment.  When volunteering or visiting in the school building, the expectation is that you respect the privacy of our students and staff. Ward School is an inclusive school, and we celebrate our students' individual needs and differences.  
By cooperating with our school philosophy, all children are supported and protected, and their right to privacy is preserved. Respecting student confidentiality means not discussing students outside of your school visit.  Should you have any questions or concerns that arise during your visit, please discuss them solely with the teacher or principal if need be.  Your cooperation in this matter is critical and will foster a positive, respectful school environment.
Thank you!

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:

Creative Arts and Sciences Program Update
Sponsored by the Creative Arts and Sciences program and the PTO, Susan Tan will present her "Writing From Life" program to the second grade classrooms on Tuesday November 13th. Susan Tan's program builds connections to children's literacy development and writing skills while linking to the grade 2 reading/writing curriculum. 
For more information, please reach out to one of the CAS chairs.

Ward School Directory
By now you should have received the invaluable copy of the Ward School Directory. You might end up opening this book more often than any other book during the school year. If for some reason you haven't received a copy, please contact Susan Tempesta. There are spare copies in the office.

When you are on the go you can always connect to any Ward family via the online version MySchoolAnywhere. The app is available for download on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

There is a link to the online Directory on the PTO website as well. 
If you have trouble accessing the online directory please contact the Directory team at

Last but not least, all this wouldn't have been possible without our marvelous Directory team - Sarah Lenz, Kathy Shields and Ron Farrar. BIG THANK YOU for putting everything together and raising money for Ward school.

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.

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

Grade Wide Potluck Dinners
Grade Wide Potlucks are scheduled for:
Fourth Grade    November 30
Fifth Grade        December 1
Second Grade  January 5
Third Grade      January 12 (rescheduled from November 17)
First Grade       January 26
You will be receiving an Evite from your grade host with more information and what to bring for the potluck.
Thanks to all the hosts!!!

Lost and Found
The Ward Lost and Found is getting full. Is your child missing a jacket, sweater or water bottle? Chances are, it can be located in the Lost and Found in the school entrance foyer. Come take a look or remind your child to look in the lost and found.  Also, please remind your children to bring their jackets and sweaters in from the playground after recess. 

Items not picked up before 12/18/18 will be donated to charity. 

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

FORJ - Families Organizing for Racial Justice
The next FORJ meeting is on Wednesday, November 14 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Angier Elementary School. This month's topic is "We Still Leave Here: Learning About the History, Language, and Present-Day Experience of the Wampanoag Nation." Please register here.

The December meeting, on December 12 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, will be a FORJ Family meeting for both kids and parents/guardians (topic TBA).

The remaining monthly FORJ meeting dates for the 2018-19 school year are:

November - Wednesday, Nov. 14th
December -Wednesday, Dec. 12th
January - Thursday, January 10th
February - Tuesday, February 12th
March - Tuesday, March 12th
April - Tuesday, April 9th
May - Wednesday, May 8th
June - Thursday, June 6th

To learn more about FORJ, click here.

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.