ForWARD - March 29th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

March 29, 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
  • Spring Concert 5th grade - June 3
  • Spring Concert 4th grade - June 12

Teacher Raffles 
Thanks to all who handed in their raffles! We reached our goal and raised $3000!
If your child wins an item, you will receive an email by Wednesday next week.
Good luck to all!
For questions, please contact Gabriela at

Spring Gala and Live Auction
Dear Ward Parents,

The Spring Gala is coming up next weekend! 

We will be selling Gala tickets in person TODAY before school from 8:15-8:30. It would be a great time to bring in your checks and make sure your name gets on THE LIST!

Here is the essential information:

Please join us for Ward Elementary School's Spring Gala on Saturday April 6, 2019 from 8-11 pm at Union Street Restaurant, Newton Centre

Live auction & Art auction
Music & raffles
Lite bites & cash bar

There are four ways to purchase tickets:

*** IN PERSON! TODAY at Ward school starting at 8:15 am!
1) Leave a check in the box in Ward's front lobby. Please put names of attendees on the envelope
2) Venmo $75 per person to the Ward PTO Venmo account (WardSchool-PTO). Be sure to indicate attendee names in the comment field.
3) Pay online at

Please email with any questions at

We hope to see you all there! 
Susan St. Pierre, Caitlin Cusick, and Magda Duchnowska

Save the Date!
The Ward School 4th and 5th grade spring concerts are coming soon so please mark your calendars!
5th Grade: Monday, June 3rd  9am for the school  and 7pm for families
4th Grade: Thursday, June 12th 10am  for the school and 7pm for families.
Students should arrive at school for the morning performance in "regular" clothes. For the evening concert students should come to the gym at 6:45PM wearing black bottoms and a white top.
If you have any questions please let me know!
Caroline Frick, Ward Music

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 TODAY.   
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

Annual Art Show
Ward's Annual Art show will be on May 22 at 5pm.

If you are able to help with setup on May 21 at 12:30pm or take down on May 23 at 3pm, please email Betsy Blazar at

Lost and Found
Spring has arrived so let's clean up the Ward Lost and Found. Is your child missing a jacket, hat, sweater or water bottle? Chances are, it can be located in the Lost and Found. Please note that the Lost and Found has been moved from the school entrance foyer to the area near the stairs leading to the Library. 

Come take a look or remind your child to look in the lost and found. Items not picked up by 3:00 pm today, will be donated to charity. 

If you have any questions, contact Sandra Kelley at

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

Weekly Parent Workshop: Raising Resilient Teens
Are you the parents of a teenager? Do you sometimes struggle knowing how best to support your teen? And yourself? Join us to learn about parenting teens.
A weekly educational, practical group for parents to learn more about: 
- building resilience and knowing when to worry
- communication and connecting with your teen
- healthy habits for teens and parents
- teen stress and setting limits

For: parents of teens (middle and high school students)
Place: Newton Wellseley Hospital
Cost: $15 per person, scholarships available as needed
Group leaders: Juliana Chen, MD; Tai Katzenstein, PhD, Susan Maxwell, LICSW

For dates and times, please call 617-243-5497

A Mindful Approach to Managing Media
Join us for a viewing of "Like", a documentary exploring the impact of social media on our lives, followed by a panel discussion with NWH Child and Adolescent experts.

Are children and teens addicted? Are we? What do parents and kids need to know?

May 8th, 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Newton Wellesley Hospital
Shipley Auditorium
2014 Washintgon Street, Netwon

To register, please call 617-243-5497 or email

Social Media Discussion and Screening of LIKE
Please join us for a viewing of "LIKE" -- a documentary film that explores the impact of social media on our lives followed by a panel discussion with NWH child development experts.
Technology is a tool. It's here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what's really happening? Are children and teens addicted? Are we? What do kids and parents need to know?
WHEN: Wednesday May 8th 6:15-8:15pm  
WHERE: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a seat, please register at

For more information about the film and/or to watch the trailer:

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.