ForWARD - May 24th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

May 24, 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 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
  • Color Day - June 4
  • End of Year Picnic - June 6
  • Spring Concert 4th grade - June 12
  • Last Day of School - June 18

TODAY: Ward Spring Garden Day 
Ward Spring Garden Day is today!
All 16 classes will spend about 20 minutes planting and learning about our school garden.
We are looking forward to a productive garden season!

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

Color Day - Volunteers Needed!
Ward Parents:
It's Color Day time again-- a celebration of sports, good natured competition and the end of school year! 
We need at least 40 moms, dad, grandparents, and others to make this fun day a success! 
This day is always eagerly anticipated by our kids and everything is organized by out fabulous PE teacher, Ms. Pargoli.
Color Day will be held on Tuesday, June 4th 8:00-12:30 ( Rain date June 11th) The only thing you need to do is show up, help supervise a station and have fun!
Please go to the following link and note your name and email address. If you have limited availability, note that in the comments so we can staff accordingly. 
All volunteers must be CORI approved before the event. If you are not sure if you have a recent CORI approval on file, check with Ms. Susan Tempesta in the front office.

End of Year Picnic is June 6th - 
A "Do Not Miss" Event!
Hello Ward Parents,
Ward's annual End of Year Picnic is coming soon!!! This is a great event on the Ward field that will bring together Knucklebones sports, music, pizza, ice cream, and a ton of fun!  

The picnic is Thursday, June 6th (rain date June 11th) and starts at 5.45pm.  

Please come and celebrate the end of the school year with the entire Ward community! 

5th Grade Bike Day
Dear 5th Grade Parents,

This Tuesday is the 5th Grade Bike Safety Ride.  Please lock up your child's bike in the tennis court when you arrive at school.

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

On Tuesday please remember to bring

  • a bike - please pump up the tires and check the seat height
  • helmet
  • bike lock - please make sure your child knows how to use the lock

Thank you to Ms Pargoli for organizing this great program.

We are still looking for parent volunteers to ride with each class. If you'd like to volunteer, please email Heather Philbrook at

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

Sock Box for Kids: Last Chance to Donate!
Here is the message from the former Ward student, Maya Schwarzberg, who started Sock Box for Kids:
Thank you for all of your support for Sock Box for Kids. Because of Ward's support I was able to donate almost 400 pairs of socks to Rosie's Place. 

Sock Box for Kids is a charitable organization, trying to make it so homeless children who don't have access to socks will now have access to socks. Our goal is that every child in the Boston area has socks. We collect donations in boxes ("Sock Box") placed around the Boston area. We ask for people to bring socks that are new or used and in fairly good shape. We bring the socks to Rosie's Place to give to homeless children.

The Sock Box will be in the front foyer until the end of the school year. 

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) 
Family End of Year Meeting: 
Show, Tell, Learn and Celebrate!
Join us to celebrate FORJ! Bring your children!
Wednesday, June 12
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Angier Elementary

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.