ForWARD - January 4th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

January 4, 2019

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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  • Walk and Roll To Ward - January 4
  • 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
  • Online Auction - January 24-31
  • 1st Grade Potluck Dinner - January 26
  • Ward Night at BC Basketball - February 12
  • Spring Gala and Live Auction - April 6
  • Annual Art Show - May 22

PTO Coffee and Conversation with Principal
Please join us for a PTO Coffee and conversation with the Principal on Friday, January 11 at 8:30am in the After School Room.  
School Social Worker, Meghan Kennedy, and School Psychologist, Bree Leggio will share about their roles at Ward and give an overview of Social and Emotional Learning in the elementary years.

Meeting with Equity Committee Members
January 16th at 7:30 pm

We will have representatives from the Equity committee and School committee come to our school to talk about the new equity guidelines and potential pooling of PTO funds.

January is AUCTION Time!
Attention Ward Community! The auction is only a month away! 

Our online auction goes live on January 24th and lasts one week, ending on January 31st. We have lots of great summer camp options, gift cards for dining and services around town, sports memorabilia, and some wonderful golf outings and other exciting experiences. 

Jan 24 - 31st ONLINE AUCTION
April 6th SPRING GALA & LIVE AUCTION at Union Street in Newton Centre

And finally, please consider making a donation! The auction will be much more fun and more successful if more of our community contributes. Is there anyone willing to:
  • Host a whisky or wine tasting evening for 3-4 couples
  • Cook soup or stew once a week for a month
  • Bake a cake or cookies for a birthday or other event
  • Have your small business sponsor our event (several sponsorship levels are available starting at $250)
  • Donate any excess gift cards received over the holidays 
  • Any other ideas? The deadline is fast approaching! 
Please be in touch with any contributions ( or email us individually)

Thank you and we hope you all had a wonderful winter break!

Susan St. Pierre, Caitlin Cusick, and Magda Duchnowska

Annual Art Show
The annual art show will take place on May 22 from 5:00-6:30pm.

If you are interested in framing student work in preparation for the show, please email Betsy Blazar at - you can bring the art home and then back when you are done!

Additionally, please let Meghan or Betsy know if you're interested in helping with the Artsonia website throughout the year (photographing artwork and uploading to the website.)

Winter Collection Drive
The 4th grade is holding a winter collection drive from January 2 to January 30th to help Cradles 2 Crayons. 

Cradles 2 Crayons accepts new and like new items for ages 0-12.

They are most in need of the following items:
- Clothing up to size adult medium
- Shoes
- Books
- Winter hats
- Winter gloves/mittens

Donation boxes are in the Ward lobby. 

Thank you for your support!

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

New Meeting - Families Organizing for Racial Justice 
FORJ - Families Organizing for Racial Justice - will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Angier Elementary. 

The meeting is family friendly so feel free to bring the kids (see the agenda below)! Please RSVP here.

6:30 - 7pm - Pizza Dinner and Socializing
7 - 7:30pm - Art Activity focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired themes
7:30 - 8:30pm - Video and Small Group Discussions on Standing Up Against Racism and Bias at our Schools (including 
older students sharing with younger students). 

City of Newton Camp Fair
Newton North High School (in the cafeteria)
Sunday, January 27, 12pm - 4pm
snow date February 3

Visit with Newton Parks and Recreation, Newton Public Schools, Historic Newton and the Newton Free Library to see what is being oferred in Newton for the summer of 2019

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.