ForWARD - April 26th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

April 26, 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
  • 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
  • Last Day of School - June 18

Fifth Grade Fundraiser - Pizza Sale
Please bring $5 cash for early release lunch on Tuesday, 4/30/19 (rain date Tuesday, 5/7/19). Enjoy a slice of pizza, drink and a treat. Pizza Sale will be located on the field behind the blue zone. Families must walk/park to participate in the pizza sale. 
Hosted by the 5th Grade and Open to All.  Proceeds go to support the 5th Grade class gift, given back to Ward at the end of the year.
Questions? Please contact Sandra Kelley at 

Save the Date for Ward Serves Day!
Sunday, April 28th from 9 am to 4 pm
Please bring your family and friends to help on various indoor and outdoor projects - all to benefit our Ward School!  This is a great and fun opportunity to do community service together with your children and get to know other Ward families as well!
All are welcome even if you can only serve for an hour! Every minute counts! 
Volunteer Registration is now open on the Newton Serves website.  Please register directly at the link below, under "Ward School Service Day and Food Drive"
Or email Raquel Alencar (, Diana Haskes ( or Giulia Guffanti 
We need volunteers to help with various indoor projects, such as painting, as well as playground and garden maintenance. We will also serve as a Newton Pantry Food drive location. Details on specific projects and pantry items to come, so please stay tuned.
Whether it's sparing an hour of your time, lending a shovel, or donating a can of soup - YOUR CONTRIBUTION MATTERS! 

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 (FORJ)
The next FORJ meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 8th from 7:00 PM to 8:30PM at Angier Elementary School. 
The meeting will be a panel discussion entitled "Exploring the Experiences of Asian American Students in Newton," and it will explore:
  • the history and demographics of the Asian American community in Newton
  • the experiences of Asian American students in Newton
  • perspectives from a panel of students
  • a Q&A session
  • opportunities to learn more about the history of the Asian American community. 

This workshop is for parents/adults only.  RSVP HERE

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.