ForWARD - October 18th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

October 18, 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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Ward School Banner
  • 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

Printed Directory: Coming Soon
The printed Ward Directory will be coming home to you soon! We distribute one per family, coming home with the youngest child.  If you need an additional copy for your household, there will be extra copies in the school office and Ms. Tempesta can help you get one.  
Hopefully everyone is able to access the directory information online now through our new School Directory online system, Membership Toolkit, linked here through the Ward PTO website. 
Please email the directory team at if you are having difficulty with your online account.  
We also encourage you to download the Membership Toolkit app to make connecting with other Ward families even easier.  The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

Volunteer in Library During your 
Child's Class Library Time
You can sign up to help out during your child's class library time. Parent volunteers are needed to help with circulation, shelving and student library projects.  
Click here to sign up.
For more information on volunteering in the library please click here.
Questions? Please ask Delia Stegmann or stop by the library to speak directly with Sheila Packard, Library Teacher, or email her.

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!

Lost and Found
The Lost and Found is located in the school entrance foyer. Please have your child check for missing items or come in to school and check out the Lost and Found (after signing in at the office). Please consider writing your students name on sweaters, jackets, water bottles, etc. Items not picked up will be donated every other month. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Kelley 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

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 Turkey Trot
Newton Turkey Trot registration deadline less than one week away! - register by 
October 28th for $25 AND to be guaranteed an awesome race T-shirt.  

October 29th price increases to $35! 

The Newton Turkey Trot is raising funds for The Newton Food Pantry and the Travis Roy Foundation's Ethan Wang Fund.   Race day is Saturday, November 23rd  (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) - USATF accredited 5K at 9am,  kids' 1 mile fun run at 8:30am.  Details, registration and volunteer info at

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.