ForWARD - February 15th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

February 15, 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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  • Spring Gala and Live Auction - April 6
  • Ward Night at Fenway - May 10
  • Annual Art Show - May 22

We Take Attendance Seriously!
Please adhere to the following guidelines when reporting your child(s) absences, late arrivals, or dismissals:
If your child is going to be tardy, absent, or dismissed early you need to communicate in the following manner to the Main Office:
  1. Absences:  Call 617.559.6470 (not the main number) by 8:45 AM; email is not acceptable.
  2. Late Arrivals (after 8:45 AM): Call 617.559.6470
  3. Early Dismissals: Send a note with your child for "day of" dismissals.
  4. If your child is an AfterSchool student, please contact AfterSchool directly via phone or email with attendance information.
It is the responsibility of the Main Office to quickly account for all children each school day, for the purpose of state reporting and, even more importantly, safety.  
Please help us to do this in an efficient manner by adhering to these simple rules. If you are unclear on any of the above, or have questions about a variation on the theme, please call Susan Tempesta in the Main Office for further assistance.

Thank you!

Volunteer to Help with Kindergarten Screening
The PTO is looking for volunteers to help welcome new kindergarten families to Ward when they bring their children for kindergarten screening.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for this year's kindergarten families to share what you've learned over the last year with new families.  The time commitment is SMALL - just an hour and a half of your time on Monday, March 4 or 5.  
To sign up, please register for a time slot here or or email Kathy Shields at to sign up.  
Helpers will be collecting directory information from new families, photographing the children for the school's use, escorting parents around the building, and answering questions.

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 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.