ForWARD - December 14th, 2018

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

December 14, 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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  • Last Day of School (3pm dismissal) - December 21
  • 2nd Grade Potluck Dinner - January 5
  • PTO/Principal Coffee and Conversation - January 11
  • 3rd Grade Potluck Dinner - January 12
  • Meeting with Equity Committee Members - January 16
  • 1st Grade Potluck Dinner - January 26
  • Ward Night at BC Basketball - February 12

Amazing Programs Our Kids Receive at Ward
Has your child told you about his/her positive experience at school with Creative Arts and Science, Technology, Understanding Our Differences Program, Child Assault Prevention Programs, playground, new library books, new water fountains and more? Have you or your children enjoyed one of our many community events?
All this is possible because of parents donations to the PTO! A Big thanks to all of you who have already donated!
We need everyone to chip in -  a gift of any size will help us reach our goal of 100% participation. Remember - $10 buys a book!
Donate Today and be part of the community effort:
·        Venmo at @WardSchool-PTO
·        Drop a check in the box at the entrance to the school
·        Online at 

Reminder: Full Day of School on December 21st
Please note that next Friday, 12/21 -- before the December recess -- is a full day of school with a usual 3 PM dismissal.

Meeting with Equity Committee Members
Save the date! January 16th at 7:30 pm

We have arranged for School Committee members Matthew Miller and Diana Fisher Gomberg and PTO Council representatives to the Equity Committee Jen Abbott and Christine Dutt to come to Ward for a conversation about new equity guidelines and potential of pooling of PTO funds.

This is a perfect opportunity to voice your thoughts and concerns.

Understanding Our Differences: 
Chronic Medical Conditions
On Thursday, December 6, the Chronic Medical Conditions unit of the UOD program was presented to the 4th grade. Students were given introductory presentations and took part in hands-on activities. A terrific guest speaker (and Ward, Bigelow, and NNHS alumnus) discussed his experience with Type 1 Diabetes with the students.

This program is made possible by the PTO with your donations!

A big thanks to the parents who volunteered for this unit: Maria Grossi, Sheryl Kalis, Diana Karthas, Lisa Kirby, and Heather Pozen.

Many thanks also to the 4th grade teachers, other staff members, and Ms. Brogadir for their support.

If you are interested in volunteering for the UOD program, or would like more information, please contact Alexandra Novina:

For additional information:

Volunteer in Ward 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 click here to learn more about volunteering in the library:

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

Suggested Books for Holiday Giving Season by 
Ward Community Connections
During this season of giving and celebration for many families, consider the gift of a book that not only contains interesting, developmentally-appropriate storytelling but also nurtures kids' openness to racial and other kinds of difference and helps them become the community members our increasingly multiracial democracy needs.
Check out the following resources for some great ideas:
With the gift of a book, you can give so much more - empathy, understanding, acceptance, cultural sensitivity, and more!    

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

Newton School Committee Update
The update for the December 10th Newton School Committee meeting is posted 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.