ForWARD - May 3rd, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 3, 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 - May 3
  • Ward Night at Fenway - May 10
  • Annual Art Show - May 22
  • Last Walk and Roll to Ward of the school year - June 7
  • Spring Concert 5th grade - June 3
  • Spring Concert 4th grade - June 12
  • Last Day of School - June 18

Message from School Nurse
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NewtonServes Day - A Success!
Thank you to over 60 volunteers at NewtonServes day at Ward School. It was a success! All indoor and outdoor projects were completed, including painting multiple sites, carpet cleaning, organizing the library,  gardening and playground maintenance. It was a fantastic community building event, and it could not have been done without your help - Thank You!

A special thank you to Raquel Alencar, Giulia Guffanti, Diana Hashkes, and Bill Kenneally for planning all the details, buying the material and executing the indoor work.

Thank you to Elizabeth Apgar for her permanent work improving our garden and outdoor space, and for planning and executing all the outdoor projects. 

Thank you also to Shana Smythe and Shiela Packard for planning, recruiting volunteers and executing a significant library organization project.

Another big thank you to Cheryl Abramson for sharing her leading expertise from past years and for helping execute multiple indoor projects.

We are also grateful to our principal, Becca Brogadir, who was very supportive, helped organize the list of projects and brought treats to volunteers.

Thank you again to all volunteers!  Without the help of each and every one of you, it would not have been possible! 

Thank you all!

Walk and Roll to Ward - TODAY
A rainy spring won't stop us from walking and rolling to Ward....join us TODAY to collect a backpack charm and say hello to fellow Ward families before school. 

Update from Creative Arts and Sciences Committee 
As part of the Creative Arts and Sciences programming and sponsored by the PTO, Joe and Vida Galeota will present Day in Ghana to second graders on Thursday May 9th. 
The Galeotas have created a charming and rich program about the culture of Ghana. The program brings the students to Vida's village for a day. The day includes the family's morning chores, the marketplace, the school day program and the family's evening activities. Throughout the program, Joe and Vida present artifacts, music, games, and proverbs. Day in Ghana builds on what the second graders have been learning in the classroom. 

Fifth Grade Bike Day
Dear 5th Grade Parents,
Ms Pargoli has organized bike safety training for the 5th grade classes on Tuesday May 28.  Each class will receive bicycle safety training by Officer Flemming, a Safety Office from the Newton Police Department, and will go on a bike ride around the neighborhood to practice what they've learned.
A permission slip will be sent home from Ms Pargoli along with further details on bringing your child's bike and helmet to school that day.
We need 2-3 volunteers per class on Tuesday May 28 to help with the ride.  Please arrive 10 minutes before the ride with your own bike and helmet to accompany the class on their ride.
Here are the times for each class:
10-10:45am 5S - Soucy
10:45-11:25am 5P - Pike
11:30-12:10pm 5R - Raine
We also need extra bikes and helmets so that as many students as possible can participate in the ride.  On the permission slip, please indicate if you'd be willing to let a child from another class borrow your child's bike during the class time or if you could bring an extra bike.
Please let me know if you are able to volunteer or bring an extra bike and helmet.
Kind regards,
Heather Philbrook

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

Newton Kids PMC Bike Ride
Join Ward friends and get your bike ready to roll for the Newton Kids PMC Bike Ride on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 8-11 a.m. 
100% of the money raised by riders goes towards cancer research and patient support at the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Center. 
Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue as many times as they can in 1hour, while the 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course. Be sure to stick around for the POST-RIDE PARTY starting at 10 AM. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more. 
Click here to register:
Select "Ward Elementary School" under the section that lists "Teams"

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.