ForWARD - September 20, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

September 20, 2019

Dear Ward Parents,


Welcome to the new edition of the Ward Elementary School Newsletter ForWARD for the 2019-2020 school year.  

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  • International Walk and Roll to Ward - October 4
  • Kindergarten Potluck Dinner - October 11
  • Mystery Dinner - October 19
  • Flu Clinic - October 24
  • Ward Night at Boston Celtics - January 8

Thank You to Back to School Picnic Volunteers
A big THANK YOU to all volunteers who made the picnic happen. Both kids and adults had a wonderful time!

Room Parents Needed
All grades/all classrooms are still in need of volunteers! 
A great way to get involved with your child's class is to be a room parent. There are usually 2-4 room parents for each classroom and they provide vital support to teachers by organizing classroom events and recruiting volunteers. 
If you are interested in being a room parent, please email

Ward Night at Boston Celtics
Join friends from the Ward School community to cheer on The Boston Celtics together on January 8, 2020 at 7pm. Order forms will be in backpacks over the next week. A small portion of the ticket fee benefits the Ward PTO and it's critical programming. Kindly return order forms and payment (made out to Ward PTO) to the labeled box in the front lobby of the school. 

Please read the important details about receiving tickets on the form. 

Questions? Go Celtics! And Go Ward!

Grades 1-5 Potluck Dinner Hosts Needed
Thank you to Joe and Renee Moran for hosting the October 11th Kindergarten Potluck (details forthcoming).  Who wants to open their home for grades 1-5? 

You choose the night between now and December and we'll help you through the planning process.  Your home should have enough space to accommodate approximately 50 adults in an informal setting.  Hosts only need to supply paper goods and drinks and the guests will bring food based on assignment.  
If you are willing to be a host for your grade, please contact Laurie Ufland.

Hosts Needed: Mystery Dinner 
Mystery Dinner will be Saturday, October 19, 2019

The evening is a great opportunity to meet other parents, have a fin night out and support Ward!

If you are interesting in hosting a dinner, or the appetizer or dessert parties, please contact Anna Feldman or Betsy Blazar.

Stay tuned for more details.

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

Ward FORJ (formerly Ward Community Connections) 
Ward FORJ is having its first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, October 16 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Please join us! More details to follow.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Angela Brooks and/or Jeanne Choe-Arrieta.

You Are Invited: Bowling with Ward FORJ
Ward FORJ is going bowling! Won't you join us! Ward FORJ is joining with our Boston classmates and families to enjoy a fun-filled time of bowling and conversation!    
Saturday October 26, 2019
Boston Bowl
820 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA  02122
$5.00 per person, includes bowling and pizza
Please RSVP by Saturday October 19, 2019 to Tara Cunningham so we can make sure that we have lanes and pizza for everyone.
Brought to you by Ward FORJ and the PTO

Newton FORJ Book Group
For more information: contact Jennifer Dirga
The group meets at 6:30-8:30pm. There will be no childcare available at these events.
Dates and books:
Tuesday, September 24: Oak Hill Middle School library
The Poet X
Elizabeth Acevedo
Thursday, October 24: Oak Hill Middle School library
Raising White Kids
Jennifer Harvey
Monday, November 18: Brown Middle School library
Born A Crime
Trevor Noah
Monday, December 16: Brown Middle School library
Nonfiction choice:
Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
YA choice:
The Hate You Give
Angie Thomas

Tuesday, January 14:
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria
Beverly Daniel Tatum
Tuesday, February 25: Newton Free Public Library,  Room B
Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry
Wednesday, March 18: Newton Free Public Library,  Room B
White Fragility
Robin Diangelo
Wednesday, April 29:
Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan
Monday, May 18:
Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahri

Monday, June 22:
Full Cicada Moon
Marilyn Hilton
Thursday, July 9:
There, There
Tommy Orange

Thursday, August 13:
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
Zaretta Hammond

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.