ForWARD - January 25th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

January 25, 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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  • Online Auction - January 24-31
  • 1st Grade Potluck Dinner - January 26
  • Ward Night at Bertucci's - February 4 (note date change)
  • Ward Night at BC Basketball - February 12
  • Spring Gala and Live Auction - April 6
  • Ward Night at Fenway - May 10
  • Annual Art Show - May 22

The Auction is Under Way...
Remember to Bid Early and Bid Often! 

The Ward School 2019 Silent Auction is open until 9PM on January 31st. 

Join Us for Winter Walk and Roll to Ward
On Friday, February 1st, we will kick off the new month with a special kindness-themed Walk and Roll to Ward. Students will collect heart charms for their backpacks this month as we focus on keeping our hearts healthy with exercise and also with simple acts of kindness. 

Worksheets with blank hearts will be sent home with students around February 1st. Work with your child to cut out the hearts and write/draw an act of kindness that he/she has given or received each day. 

A box to collect completed hearts will be in the front lobby thru February 8th. A new bulletin board on the first floor will then display the hearts for the month of February. Submittals can be anonymous or include a name....let's crowd that board, and our community, with kindness together! 

Questions? Caitlin Cusick or Sarah Hirzel

Ward Night at Bertucci's
Note the new date: Monday, February 4th
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).

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

Future Chefs Culinary Competition

Once again, the Newton Public Schools food service partner Sodexo, is hosting the Future Chefs culinary competition! This year, the theme is Mexican. Just fill out the entry form with your favorite Mexican recipe. 
One winner from each school will be chosen to participate in a cooking contest at Newton North High School on Tuesday, March 26th. 
We can't wait to see your creative recipes and taste those amazing dishes!
Entries are due Friday, February 8th. Forms can be picked up in the main office or the cafeteria at each elementary school and then returned to either location by the deadline. 
For more information, please visit the NPS website:

Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, January 26th at Newton North High School 
Come to enjoy Chinese crafts and games, paintings, music and traditional Chinese food! 
Games and food in cafeteria 4:30 - 7:30pm
Performances in  auditorium 6:30 - 8:30pm

A Step Ahead Basketball
A Step Ahead Basketball (ASA Hoops) is offering a February Vacation basketball clinic for boys and girls ages 7-15 at the Brown Middle School.  This clinic will run Monday to Friday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.  Register here.  
In addition to school vacation clinics ASA also offers a variety of summer camps in Newton and surrounding communities.  For more information about our camps, please check our website at or contact Brendan Smith at

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.