ForWARD - June 14th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

June 14, 2019

Dear Ward Parents,


Welcome to the LAST edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD for the 2018-2019 school year.  

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  • Last Day of School - June 18 - DISMISSAL AT NOON

Message from Health Room: 
Please Pick Up Student Medication
All meds will need to go home with a parent or guardian prior to the end of the school day on June 18. If your student has a med that has not been needed this school year, you are welcome to pick it up at your earliest convenience. Meds cannot be stored in the health room over summer break, so if they are left at school they will be discarded. 
If your student has an epi-pen, inhaler or other medication at school this year, Ms. Hutchins is sending home a copy of the necessary paperwork for you to complete over the summer.

End of School Picnic Thank You
A big thank you to Cheryl Abramson, MaryJo Sisk and other volunteers for organizing the fabulous End of School picnic. The kids and parents had a blast with the games and the DJ was a smash hit!

Visit Ward School Garden This Summer
School may be out in the summer, but the plantings in the Ward School Garden are in full swing! We are recruiting volunteers to help maintain the garden over summer break. Volunteers can sign up for a week during which they check in on the garden 2-3 times: Summer Garden Sign Up
Our drip irrigation/timer system has greatly reduced our watering needs, but we depend on volunteers over the summer to make sure the system is running, water areas the system does not reach, enjoy some of the harvest, and weed, weed, weed!
You do not need to be a green thumb to volunteer! We are happy to meet to show volunteers the irrigation/timer system and go over any questions. If interested, please contact Elizabeth Apgar at
We will also be hosting an open garden night later this summer. Stay tuned for detail.

Lost and Found
The school year is coming to an end, so let's clean up the Ward Lost and Found. Items are located in the school entrance foyer.  Come take a look or remind your child to look in the lost and found. 
Items not picked up by 12:30 pm on Tuesday, 6/18/19, will be donated to charity
If you have any questions, contact Sandra Kelley at

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!
If you have any questions, please email Gabriela at

Advertise in 2019-2020 Ward School Directory
The directory team is already getting ready for the next school year. You can too! Advertise your business to the Ward Community by purchasing an ad in the 2019-2020 Ward Directory.
This is a cost effective way for your business to reach our families and support the PTO. 
In addition to offsetting the cost of printing the Directory, proceeds will go toward PTO funding including Creative Arts & Sciences programming.  
A: Full  Page  $500 - 8.5" x 11"  
B: Half page landscape  $250 -  8.5" x 5.5"
C: Quarter page portrait  $150 - 4.25" x 5.5"
D: Eighth page landscape  $100 -  4.25 x 2.5
Email Kathy Shields at for a sign up form or with any questions about directory ads. 

Are you Ready to Travel World? 
Ward International Night 2020!
As you travel back home or visit countries during the summer holidays - think about the amazing sites you'll see, the wonderful people you'll meet, the unique culture you'll experience , and the interesting cuisines you'll try  - and bring them back to our school to share! 
Please consider hosting a country booth next school year! You'll be more than prepared for it! And it's so much FUN!
Please contact Cheryl at or Zlatena at if you have any questions.

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

Welcoming Newton Survey
"Welcoming Newton" is a grassroots effort led by a pair of Newton citizens to support newcomers to our city while also furthering the engagement of all residents in all things related to life in Newton.
They are in their developmental stages and are conducting a survey of current Newton residents. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to fill out.

Thank you for your participation!

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.