ForWARD - January 11th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

January 11, 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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  • 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 Bertucci's - February 6
  • Ward Night at BC Basketball - February 12
  • Spring Gala and Live Auction - April 6
  • Annual Art Show - May 22

Meeting with Equity Committee Members
Wednesday, January 16th from 7:30-8:30 pm
Diana Fisher Gomberg & Matthew Miller from the SC, and Jen Abbott & Christine Dutt from equity committee will come to Ward to talk about the new Equity Guidelines and the potential pooling of funds. This is a good time to ask questions and get information on how the new equity guidelines will affect your children.
We encourage you to attend the meeting!

Child Assault Prevention Program (CAAP) Update
It was great to see so many parents join the CAPP parent meeting last Friday.
The CAPP staff showed the parents what they teach our children in class which was incredibly informative.

CAPP program is taught in K, 2nd and 5th grades.

It is fully funded by the PTO and would not be possible without your generous donations.

Thank you!
Thank you Allison and Balaji Gandhi for hosting the second grade potluck this past weekend.  

Save the Date - Ward Night at Bertucci's
Wednesday, February 6th

Treat yourself for an evening out and join other Ward families for dinner at Bertucci's.

A percentage of your purchase goes back to the PTO (Dinning for Dollars).

Ward Crisis Team
The PTO has a Crisis team to help Ward families in time of need. The Crisis team will arrange for food, clothes, driving etc.

If you have an unexpected crisis in your family, please contact Ms. Brogadir, the school psychologist Ms. Leggio or social worker Ms. Kennedy to let them know. 

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

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.)

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 SEPAC Monthly Presentation
Subject:  10 Traits of Effective Parents in Special Education
Time:  Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Location:  Newton Education Center (100 Walnut Street) Room 210

Attorney Jeffrey Sankey will discuss common traits often shared by parents who best navigate the special education process.

Ward's SEPAC Liaison:  Chris Millikin

Jewish Family & Children's Service Sibshop
The JF&CS Sibshop is a free support group for kids 8-14 who have siblings with special needs.  Participants will share and obtain support while also engaging in fun activities like Sky Zone and snow tubing. 

Time:  One Sunday/month, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Location:  Drop off and pick up at the Newton JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA

Registration:  Please contact Angela Waring, Respite and Recreation Program Manager, at or 781-697-7232 to register.

Families Organizing for Racial Justice Meeting
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! 

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

Please RSVP here.

New England Camp Fair
The New England Camp Fair will hold its 4th annual event on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Underwood  School from 11:30am - 2:30pm. 
The Camp Fair is FREE and open to the public, and brings together camps serving kids ages 5-14.

Bring your camper(s) and engage with staff from 20+ premier day and sleepaway camps from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut. Participating camps run the gamut, including traditional day and overnight camps, sports camps, theater camps, computer camps, fencing camps, arts camps, as well as many other themed camps.

Visit for a complete list of camps attending.

Parking and refreshments are also free! 

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.