ForWARD - December 6th, 2019

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

December 6, 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
  • Walk and Roll to Ward - December 6
  • Book Fair - December 10-12
  • First Grade Potluck Dinner - January 4
  • Ward Night at Boston Celtics - January 8
  • Fourth Grade Potluck Dinner - February 1
  • Second Grade Potluck Dinner - February 29

Out of District Placement for 2020-2021
Each year, the Newton Public Schools considers applications for Newton students to transfer to a school outside of their home (assigned) district. Out-of-Assigned district placements are limited and made on a space available basis. Newton residents, as well as members of NTA Units A, B, C, D, E, NESA, and the Custodial Union, may apply for placement of their children in a Newton Public School. 

Impact on enrollment, staffing and space availability, for both the requested year and for future years, are key considerations in the application process. Class, team and school sizes will be based upon current projections by the School Department. 

Applications for the 2020-2021 can be submitted between March 1 and May 1, 2020. Forms are available at the Education Center (100 Walnut Street), online at, or here. For Newton parents, completed applications must be signed by the in-district principal and submitted to the Education Center. 

Applications received after May 1, but before Labor Day may, under special circumstances, be considered for placement after all other placement decisions have been made. Out-of-assigned district decisions will be announced as close to June 1 as possible. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of students approved for out-of-assigned district placement should understand that the course assignment process has begun prior to June and that they may not receive their first choice in course selection. Parents are responsible for their child's transportation to and from the out-of-assigned district school. 

Once an out-of-assigned district placement is approved, the student will follow the feeder pattern for the new school through middle and high school. The family does not need to request any further out-of-assigned district placements for that child and does retain the right to return to its "home" school at the beginning of a new school year. Similarly, once children of staff and students in the METCO program are placed, the assigned elementary placement becomes their home school, and they will follow that school's feeder pattern. 

Interested families may contact the Elementary Education Office (grades K-5) at 617-559-6105 or the Secondary Education Office (grades 6-12) at 617-559-6115 for additional information

Potluck Dinner Hosts Still Needed for Grade 3
We are still looking for hosts for the 3rd grade potluck. 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 Diana Hashkes

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.