ForWARD - December 13th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

December 13, 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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  • First Grade Potluck Dinner - January 4
  • Ward Night at Boston Celtics - January 8
  • Third Grade Potluck Dinner - January 31
  • Fourth Grade Potluck Dinner - February 1
  • Second Grade Potluck Dinner - February 29

Message from School Nurse
Good morning Ward families,

Cold and flu season is upon us here at Ward Elementary! Please be aware of the symptoms of the flu that may present in your child:
  • Fever and/or chills *important to note not all those diagnosed with the flu will have a fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Body aches/muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Runny/congested nose
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea - this can be a symptom of influenza and can be easily mistaken for a stomach bug
What can we do to prevent the spread of the flu at Ward?
  • Get vaccinated! It is not too late to get a flu vaccine from a community clinic or your primary care practitioner.
  • Stay home when feeling ill. This will help prevent others from getting sick.
  • Hand washing
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
I am working closely with the teachers and custodian here at Ward to continuously sanitize common surfaces around the school to keep us as germ-free as possible. 
We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of illness all year, but especially during flu season! Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well and may spread illness to those around them.

Be well,
Nurse Gretchen
Gretchen Egan, BSN, RN
Ward Elementary School Nurse
10 Dolphin Road
Newton, MA 02459
Phone: (617) 559-6453
Fax: (617) 552-5563

Retirement Party for Ms. Siegel
Please join us to celebrate the retirement of Ms. Siegel.  
When: Wednesday, December 18, immediately after school (3pm - 4pm) 
Where: The Ward Library
Who: Students, teachers, parents & siblings are all invited to come wish Ms. Siegel congratulations on her retirement.

We will have light refreshments, students will be able to make cards, and parents and students will have a chance to say goodbye. 
Hope you can make it!

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, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc. Items not picked up will be donated every other month. Next pick up date will be 12/20/19.  

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

Story Starters Invites Families to Enroll in 5-month Home-Based Program
Story Starters is enrolling families with 3- to 6-year-olds to participate in five-month home-based program! Story Starters uses children's literature to support families in being color brave. We know that racial bias starts early so we give families of all races age-appropriate tools and skills to preempt racial bias and build community change. Story Starters helps families build empathy, support connection, and get into the habit of talking about race.
Families who enroll in our program will receive:
  • One book a month delivered to your home  
  • Parent resources to support and deepen family race conversations
  • Book lists to guide further exploration
  • Events to practice skills and build community
Registration is OPEN now until January 2nd.  We are hosting a Story Starters Open House at the Auburndale Library on December 10th from 5:00-6:30 (pizza included!) for any interested families who want to learn more.  
Our program kickoff event is January 12, 2020 from 3:30-5:00pm. Register today! 

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.