ForWARD - October 11th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

October 11, 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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  • Mystery Dinner - October 19
  • Flu Clinic - October 24
  • Walk and Roll to Ward - November 1
  • Kindergarten and 5th Grade Potluck Dinner - November 15
  • Ward Night at Boston Celtics - January 8
  • Second Grade Potluck Dinner - January 11

Flu Clinic
The Ward Flu Clinic will be held October 24th. Forms are available from the school nurse or on the Newton Health and Human Services website. Forms are due October 22nd.

Hosts Needed for Mystery Dinner
The Mystery Dinner is FAST approaching (Saturday 10/19) and we still need hosts for dinners and dessert! You do not need to cook a gourmet meal, takeout is fine-the evening is about meeting people, having fun, and supporting our PTO.

If you are able to host a dinner or the dessert party, please contact Anna Feldman at or Betsy Blazar at
We need your help to make this a success!

3 Down, 3 to Go! 
Potluck Dinner Hosts Needed for Grades 1, 3, and 4
Kindergarten Potluck rescheduled for November 15th!  Joe and Renee Moran
2nd Grade Potluck January 11th!  co-hosts: Caitlin & Matt Cusick and Jen & Alex Ewing
5th Grade Potluck November 15th!  Sandra & Kevin Kelley
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.

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 can be found here

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. 


Go Celtics! And Go Ward!

Key Found on Curb
A key on a ring with MGH chain has been found on a curb by the school. Please contact Keren if it's yours. 

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 School Committee Update
The update for the October 7th 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.