ForWARD - May 10th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 10, 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 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
  • End of Year Picnic - June 6
  • Spring Concert 4th grade - June 12
  • Last Day of School - June 18

Save the Date: End of Year Picnic
The End of the Year Picnic is scheduled for Thursday, June 6th. Stay tuned for more details.

Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) Update
April was a busy month for CAS.

Our 3rd,  4th and 5th graders enjoyed their annual Origamido Origami workshops.   Our K, 1, and 2nd graders enjoyed story-telling with Kemp Harris.  In addition, the Kindergarten had Birgit Dewrd visit and learned a lot about bees and the 1st grade welcomed local author Emilie Boon into their classrooms. The Museum of Science brought their Lifecycles workshop to the library for the 2nd grade.
Earlier in the month, the 3rd graders received a pilot-workshop called Moshi designed to strengthen their socio-emotional health. Finally, Drumlin Farms came to Ward to discuss Winter Adaptations with the 4th grade.
We still have plenty of programming left this school year including an all-school concert from Groovesity.
Thank you to Robyn Barry, Aisha Grahm, Amy Cook, Mary Jo Sisk, and Robin Schwartz for your volunteer leadership.
We are beginning to plan for next year.  We will need parent-volunteers in the Kindergarten, and 3rd grade.  If we do not have volunteers for those grades, there will likely be no grade-level programming.  Please be in touch with Robin at to learn how you can volunteer with CAS.

Ward Spring Garden Day
Ward Spring Garden Day - Friday May 24th
Spring is in the air! Please save the date for Garden Day: Friday, May 24.  All 16 classes will spend about 20 minutes planting and learning about our school garden.
If you would like to volunteer to help on May 24th- either during your child's class or for a longer period of time - please e-mail Elizabeth Apgar at
We are looking forward to a productive garden season!

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 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"

Newton School Committee Update
The update from the 4/24/19 Newton School Committee meeting can be found 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.