ForWARD - January 17th, 2020

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

January 17, 2020

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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  • Third Grade Potluck Dinner - January 31
  • Fourth Grade Potluck Dinner - February 1
  • Morning Coffee with PTO - February 7
  • Second Grade Potluck Dinner - February 29
  • International Night - April 16 
  • Ward Annual Art Show - May 20
  • Ward Night at Red Sox - May 27

Understanding Our Differences: 
Intellectual Disabilities Unit
On Monday, January 13, the Intellectual Disabilities unit of the UOD program was presented to the 5th grade. Students were given introductory presentations and took part in hands-on activities. A wonderful guest speaker from NNHS discussed his experience with an intellectual disability.

A big thanks to the parents who volunteered for this unit: Bethany Mashini, Dave O'Rourke, Heather Pozen, Rashi Khanna, and Gabriela Kroszynski.

Many thanks also to the 5th grade teachers, other staff members, and Ms. Brogadir for their assistance and support of this valuable program.

If you are interested in volunteering for the UOD program, or would like more information, please contact Alexandra Novina:

For additional information:

2020 Art Show
The Annual Art Show will take place on May 20, 2020 from 5-6:30pm. 

If you are interested in framing art work (this can be done from home!), or helping with setup or takedown, please email Betsy Blazar at

Secure Your Tickets: Ward Night at the Sox
The Ward School Community will gather for a fun night at Fenway on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Order forms are coming home in backpacks or can be found here. First come, first served. 

Deadline: January 31st and must be returned to the Red Sox box in the lobby. 

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. 

The next pick up date will be 02/14/2020.  

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

MLK Jr. Day Volunteering Opportunities
Ward FORJ wants you to know about a few MLK Jr. Day volunteering opportunities and events:
MLK Day of Service Event at the West Suburban YMCA, Newton, MA: Monday, January 20th at 10 am. For more information, please visit
Newton's 52th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration: Know Your Neighbor, First Baptist Church, Newton Centre: Monday, January 20th at 9:30 am. For more information, please visit

The Cambridge MLK Day of Service: Many Helping Hands 365, Central Square, Cambridge, MA: Monday, January 20th from 2-5 pm. For more information, please visit

The Helping Hands Workshop by Fenway Community Center, Boston, MA: Monday, January 20th from 10 am - 12 pm. For more information, please visit
Annual MLK, Jr Tribute Concert, Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA: Monday, January 20th from 1-3 pm. For more information, please visit

Newton School Committee Update
This update is for the January 13, 2020 Newton School Committee meeting:

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.