ForWARD - December 20th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

December 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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  • 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
  • International Night - April 20
  • Ward Night at Red Sox - May 7

Holiday Greetings and Best Wishes for a New Year from Ward PTO!

Thank you!
Thank you Shana Smythe, Susan St. Pierre and all volunteers, for putting together a very successful Book Fair for our school once again.  

We truly appreciate your hard work, commitment and support.

Tardy Line Reminder
REMINDER:  If your child is absent due to illness or travel, or going to be tardy due to an appointment, a call MUST be made to the ABSENCE LINE 617.559.6470 by 8:30 AM. This is required in addition to any emails sent to teachers, and is primarily a safety issue to account for all students quickly each morning.
Please save this important number to your device.  THANK YOU!

Resolve to Walk and Roll More in 2020!
Kick off the New Year with our first Friday Walk and Roll to Ward of 2020 on January 3rd. Walkers, Bikers and Bussers will be greeted with high fives and stickers and bookmarks! As a reminder, "park and walk" is always a great option still keeps traffic and vehicle emissions away from the front of our school building as students begin their day. 

Happy Holidays from Safe Routes to School! 

Save the Date: 
Ward International Night is Thursday, April 20
The beloved and so anticipated Ward International Night is coming up!
As you travel back home or visit countries during the winter break - 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 in April! You'll be more than prepared for it! And it's so much FUN!
Please contact Cheryl  or Zlatena at  if you have any questions.

Save the Date: Ward Night at the Sox
The Ward School Community will gather for a fun night at Fenway on Wednesday, May 7, 2020. 

Order forms will be available right after break and will be due January 31st- please watch for details in backpacks in January!

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

Newton School Committee Update
The update for the 12/16/19 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.