ForWARD - March 8th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

March 8, 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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Ward School Banner
  • Spring Gala and Live Auction - April 6
  • NewtonSERVES - April 28
  • Ward Night at Fenway - May 10
  • Annual Art Show - May 22

Teacher Raffles Start Next Week
Dear Ward parents - 
We are launching the teacher raffle next week, where your student will have a chance to win one of 22 prizes.
Be on the lookout for flyers in your child's folder next week.
If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela at

Message from School Nurse
A reminder for 5th grade parents: your child brought home an information sheet about postural screening last week. This is offered yearly as a screening for early signs of scoliosis. This year, screening is offered as opt-in only. 
Please sign and return the permission form if you would like your child to be screened. Screenings will be done on March 13th this year.
Aja Hutchins, MS, RN  
Ward School Nurse
Health Room 617-559-6453
Fax 617-552-5563

Applications for Ward After School 2019-2020
Ward After-School is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year!
Applications will be emailed to current families.  For families new to our program, you can email us at to request an application.  Applications are due by Friday, March 29.   
Some important things to note about the application process:
  • Newton will be going to a Full Day K schedule next school year.  Therefore, our K program will now be available beginning at 3:00 four days of week, and at 12:30 on Tuesdays (in other words, same hours as Grades 1-5)
  • We have a two-day minimum for enrollment.
  • There is a $50 application fee.
  • Applications are due by March 29.  This is a REAL deadline!
  • Tuition costs will be determined by the number of applications received.  To see the current year's rates, please email the director.
  • Our program strives to accommodate all who apply by the deadline.  However, we may receive more applications than spots available in accordance with our child care license.  A waitlist may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at, or 617-965-3087

Save the Date for NewtonSERVES Day!
Sunday, April 28th from 9 am to 4 pm
Bring your family and friends to work on various indoor and outdoor projects at Ward School. This is a great and fun opportunity to do some community service together with your children and get to know other Ward families. Registration details to follow. 
Project Lead Volunteers Needed! Please contact Raquel Alencar at if interested. 

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 Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Monthly Presentation
Subject: Mental Health in Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities
Time:  Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Location:  Newton Education Center (100 Walnut Street) Room 217

Join Newton's SEPAC to hear from a leading expert in psychiatry about the prevalence of mental health disorders among children and young adults with developmental disabilities and autism.  Dr. Kerim Munir will provide data and recommendations to parents based on his research and experience in this field.
Dr. Munir, MD, MPH, DSc is the Director of Psychiatry at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, which is a Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.  He is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Families Organizing for Racial Justice Meeting
Tuesday, March 12th 7:30-9pm at Angier Elementary 
City-wide Meeting to explore the relationship between HOUSING, EQUITY AND RACE 
CHILDREN 7 AND OLDER WELCOME (younger ones may play quietly on the side of the room)

There will be a discussion, short video, and an interactive small group activity that could work for kids 2nd grade and above. Younger kids are welcome to be in the room to color or sit with their parents but they might not follow all the content. 

Hope to see you there! Feel free to bring interested friends. 
RSVP HERE for March 12th - we need your pizza count! 

Newton PorchFest 2019
WHEN: June 1st (raindate June 2nd) 

PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people's homes. Last year's inaugural event included 60+ bands. You can participate by signing up to play (all musicians of all types are welcome), host (residents of Auburndale, Lower Falls or Waban), or volunteer.

For more information and to signup, see

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.