ForWARD - May 17th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 17, 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
  • Annual Art Show - May 22
  • Ward Spring Garden Day - May 24
  • 5th Grade Bike Day - May 28
  • 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

Volunteers Needed for Next School Year
Have so much free time that you just don't know what to do?  Have 100 hobbies and looking for another one?  Need an outlet for all of your creative and fundraising energy? We are here to help!
We are starting our planning for next year and hope that YOU will play a role.  Please sign up for a volunteer role here and make next year a success!
Our community is as strong as those that support please be a supporter next year!
We are looking for a Co-President to work with Bill, as Gabriela is ending her 2 year role.
We are also looking for a Treasurer to take up the job, which Zlatena has performed so well for the past 2 years.
Without your support, these positions will go unfulfilled...much like our PTO funds. Don't think someone else will do it.... Don't let the PTO struggle next year, help us out and step on in!
If you have any questions, please email Gabriela at

Message from School Nurse
Hi Fifth Grade Parents,
This is a reminder that the 5th Grade will be having a lesson on human growth and development on Tuesday, May 21. Detailed info was sent by email on Monday, including instructions for opting out if you do not want your child to participate. 
Please call the health room if you have any questions or concerns, or did not receive the email that was sent on Monday.
Nurse Aja Hutchins
(617) 559-6453

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!

5th Grade Bike Day
On Tuesday May 28th, 5th grade students will go on a bike ride around the neighborhood after receiving bicycle training by a Safety Officer from the Newton Police Department. Ms Pargoli sent home a permission slip 
that should be returned to classroom teachers as soon as possible.

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.

10-10:45am 5S - Soucy
10:45-11:25am 5P - Pike
11:30-12:10pm 5R - Raine

If you would like to volunteer, please email Heather Philbrook at

5th Grade Bake Sale at Art Show
Please support our final fundraising effort of the year by purchasing some tasty goodies while you enjoy the wonderful artwork at the Ward Annual Art Show next Wednesday evening. There will be cookies, cupcakes and brownies galore, all for just $1 each.

All proceeds go toward the 5th Grade class gift and graduation costs.

Ward PTO Volunteer Appreciation Party
Dear Ward PTO Volunteers,
Please come celebrate a great year for the Ward PTO and all your hard work.  Stop by for a drink and light appetizers.  We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 pm - 9:00pm.
Location: 41 Woodlawn Drive Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Questions: Please email Linda Gillespie at or Gabriella 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

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.