ForWARD - February 8th, 2019

Contact Group(s): 




The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

February 8, 2019

Dear Ward Parents,


Welcome to the new edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD for the 2018-2019 school year.  

* To stop receiving this newsletter, or update your email information please use the links at the end of the newsletter.

Ward School Banner
  • 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

Message from School Nurse
Hi Ward Families! We have seen some sporadic cases of influenza at Ward. One of the ways we can minimize spreading the flu is to keep sick children at home until they are completely well. 
This helpful document from the City of Newton can help you decide if your child is ready to return to school after being out sick.


Aja Hutchins, MS, RN  
Ward School Nurse
Health Room 617-559-6453
Fax 617-552-5563

Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents
Sponsored by Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools:
Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7:30 - 9 pm

Newton North High School
457 Walnut Street
Newton, MA

Teach children to manage their time, space and materials (and keep their emotions in check)!

This presentation will cover powerful strategies to help your child develop independent executive function; teach students to internally sense the sweep of time, self-monitor in order to sustain concentration, manage pace, and complete tasks in allocated time frames; improve students' motivation and task initiation, help them to plan homework and long-term projects/papers, and coach students to think in an organized way; and encourage self-initiative to manage homework and personal belongings.

Ms. Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP is a trained speech-language pathologist who is Co-Director at the Cognitive Connections Executive Function Practice. She is currently working with Newton Public Schools to develop an Executive Function program for middle school students. She provides training and coaching for teachers and professionals, parent consultations, as well as student coaching services. Ms. Jacobsen has worked as an educational consultant and speech-language pathologist in public education, private schools and hospital settings, and has provided teacher training seminars and school consultations nationally.

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

Families Organizing for Racial Justice
February 12th, 2019 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Angier Elementary
with optional school group time at 6:30pm or 9pm
Join us for an interactive evening with Madeline McNeely, founder of Conditioning Leaders. She is a facilitator, trainer, coach and consultant who will share with us practices gleaned from her most popular trainings on good group leadership practices to ensure your FORJ team is operating at its best. 

Newton Spelling Bee
A fun and educational elementary school Spelling Bee fir Newton children in Grades 1-5

March 18, 25, 26, April 1, 2
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Ave

- Children compete within their own grade level only
- All the spelling words are grade appropriate
- 1st and 2nd place winners receive a gift certificate from Learning Express
- Every speller receives a gift in celebration of their hard work

For guidelines and to register:

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.