ForWARD - April 5th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

April 5, 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
  • First Friday Walk and Roll to Ward- April 5
  • Spring Gala and Live Auction - April 6
  • NewtonSERVES - April 28
  • First Friday Walk and Roll to Ward - May 3
  • 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 participated and congratulations to the lucky winners! Please find the full list of winners is here

For questions, please contact Gabriela at

Spring Gala and Live Auction
The Spring Gala is TOMORROW!  
We can't wait to see everyone at Union Street Restaurant at 8pm. We will be selling tickets at the door, so if you decide to come at the last minute, we will welcome you warmly! If you want to buy your tickets today, please do so at

In the meantime, feel free to peruse our beautiful art projects and live auction items at

Many thanks,
Caitlin, Magda, and Susan

Classrom Placement Parent/Guardian Input Form
Please read this Classroom Placement Letter to Families and optional PARENT PLACEMENT INPUT FORM 2019-2020 regarding classroom placement for the 2019-20 school year.  
All parent/guardian input forms should be submitted to the main office by Thursday, April 11th.

Creative Arts and Sciences Committee (CASC) Update
As part of the Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) programming, on April 8th, Monday morning, Storyteller Kemp Harris will share his experience as composer, musician, children's author, actor and teacher with the K-2 classrooms. His storytelling program includes developmentally appropriate stories that incorporate music and audience participation. He enjoys keeping the oral tradition of "telling" alive. Stories range from traditional tales, African folk tales and original stories. 
This visit has been made possible thanks to the PTO and CAS. For more information, please reach out to the CAS Chair at: 

Support 5th Grade: Walk for Hunger
Please support the fifth grade graduating class as they participate in the Walk for Hunger, a fundraiser to fight hunger in Massachusetts. Consider joining the team (and walking with your child) or donating to support the fifth graders in their annual service project. 

The Walk is held Sunday, May 5th. We will start at the Public Garden and end before the halfway point as the Walk heads through Newton Center. 

Please email Dan Miller ( with any 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

Eyemobile Saturday
The Waltham Lions will offer free vision screenings this weekend in a mobile health clinic on Moody Street.

Preference is given to those without medical insurance. If vision issues are detected, the Lions may offer assistance for professional follow up.

Since its inception, the Eyemobile has provided a variety of health screenings to more than 25,000 kids and adults.

Lions Eyemobile
Saturday, April 6
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Waltham Community Cultural Center (former South Middle School)
510 Moody Street 

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.