ForWARD - February 7th, 2020

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The John Ward Elementary School PTO Newsletter

February 7, 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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  • Morning Coffee with PTO - TODAY
  • Ward Community Meeting with Superintendent - February 12
  • Second Grade Potluck Dinner - February 29
  • Shake Shack Donation Day - March 26
  • International Night - April 16 
  • Ward Annual Art Show - May 20
  • Ward Night at Red Sox - May 27

Today at 8:30am: Morning Coffee with PTO
PTO school wide meeting - we will be discussing Ward School PTO Budget and where is the money being spent.
All parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Thank You!
A big thank you to Jake and Sarah Hendrickson and Grant and Sarah Welstead for hosting the 4th Grade Potluck Dinner! Everybody had a wonderful time and enjoyed delicious food in a great company! 

Ward SEPAC Event: Valentine Cards and Treats for 
Special Educators
Calling all Ward Parents! The Ward SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee,) would love your help in showing our appreciation for the Special Education teachers and aides at Ward. We are hosting an afternoon meet-up to put together Valentine's day cards and gift bags for each teacher/aide. We have such an amazing team of special educators and we want to show our gratitude for their hard work and contributions to the entire Ward community. 

When:  Sunday, February 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m. 
Where:  The home of Tabatha Flores: 8 Lee road, Chestnut Hill MA, 02467
Questions: Contact Marriah Vengroff at (339) 203-3316 

We hope to see you there! 

Ward SEPAC Liaisons: Marriah Vengroff & Tabatha Flores

Winter Walk and Roll to Ward Day
Students across the state will be committing to walking/biking/bussing to school during the first week of February. At Ward we will celebrate with our annual kindness themed walk. 

TODAY! Walk, Bike or Bus to school with your kindness hearts and place your hearts inside the box in the front door (we have been collecting all week!). We will celebrate the kindness accomplishments and all the walking and rolling with a beautiful mural of hearts.  

Save the Date: 
Ward International Night is on April 16th!
We're calling out to all families to please consider hosting a booth representing a country - whether it's your native origin, a place you've lived in, or a part of the world that you're interested in or connected to. Your stories can provide a cultural lesson of celebrated diversity. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn about countries, cultures and customs beyond their own. 

Especially to the families new to Ward, please come to our planning and informational meeting on February 27th at 8:30am at the Ward After School room (downstairs close to the cafeteria) to learn more about this highly anticipated event and how you may be able support it. 

Please contact Cheryl Abramson ( or Zlatena Simeonova ( if you have any questions.  

A country host and volunteer sign up sheet will be available soon.

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

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

Newton FORJ Book Group 
(Families Organizing for Racial Justice)

Tuesday, February 25th:

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by: Beverly Daniel Tatum

Newton Free Public Library,  Room B, 6:30-8:30 pm
Adult discussion
Sign up at:

Wednesday, April 29th:

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

Newton Free Public Library,  Room B, 6:30-8:30 pm
Adult discussion

There is no childcare at these events.

Contact: Jennifer Dirga ( with any questions

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.