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WARD AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER


QUARTER 3 TUITION: MARCH, APRIL, MAY
It’s hard to believe but it is almost time to pay the final bill of the school year.  Quarter 3 (March, April, May) tuition invoices will be mailed home at the beginning of February.  Your June tuition was prepaid when you registered your child last spring.   Tuition is due by March 1.  Late payments will subject you to being waitlisted for the 2018-2019 school year (more information on applications is below).


SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Enclosed in your Quarter 3 tuition bill will be a letter from us asking you to please consider donating to our Scholarship Fund.  Did you know that typically each year Ward After-School offers approximately $10,000 in financial aid?  With your help, we can continue to do so.  This is a big help to qualifying families, and a wonderful way for you to directly help our Ward community.   Thanks in advance for your donation! 

FEBRUARY VACATION PROGRAM!
Spots are filling up quickly for our fabulous February Vacation Program!  Constance has been working hard planning a really fun week, which will include awesome field trips, delicious breakfasts & lunches, great special guests, etc.  Registration forms were emailed home last week, and paper copies are available in the hallway outside the music room.  Spots are limited, so do not delay in signing up!  It is first come, first serve.  Final day to register (unless we fill up sooner) is Friday, February 2.

STAFFING UPDATES
Oxana, one of our After-School teachers, took us by surprise by resigning from the program at the end of December to pursue another career path.  Fortunately for us, a theater friend of Liz, Meghan Hornblower, was waiting in the wings (haha…a theater analogy!).  Meghan is an actor with the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company which tours around to schools in the mornings performing Shakespeare.  She is able to join us here in the afternoons, and what a wonderful addition she is!  The kids already adore her!  Meghan will also help direct our Peter Pan play, along with Liz and Alex.


PLANNING FOR 2018-2019 AFTER-SCHOOL
Is it just me, or does the year “2019” seem futuristic?? 

Please see below for the tentative schedule for registration:

Incoming Kindergarten:  This year, the Newton Public Schools will be doing a city-wide parent information evening (rather than individual information sessions at the schools).  If you have an incoming Kindergartner, I encourage you to attend this event to learn more about K.   https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2912  

As you’ll see from this link, you will also need to register your incoming K for a screening here at Ward School (Monday March 5 and Thursday March 8).  I will be present at those screening dates to inform parents about our after-school program and hand out applications. 

Kindergarten applications to After-School will be due by Friday, March 30.  This is a real deadline. 

If you have neighbors or friends with incoming Ks, would you kindly let them know about our program?  Word of mouth is our best advertisement! 

Grades 1-5:  Applications for 2018-2019 will be available during the month of March with a due date of Friday, March 30.  More information will come in March when I distribute the applications (via email as well as paper copies available here at the program). 



EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
The next early release day is Wednesday, February 7.  On that day, all grades will be dismissed at 12:30.  After-School will begin at 12:30 for our Wednesday students only.  If your child does not attend After-School on Wednesdays, he/she will need to be picked up at 12:30.  Unfortunately, we do not have room for extra students. 

REMINDERS
*Remember to inform us here at After-School when your child is absent and/or not attending the program on his/her regularly scheduled days.  It is not enough to only inform the classroom teacher and/or the school office. 

*Sign up for the February Vacation Program before all the spots are filled up!

*If you have an incoming K, schedule a K screening with Ms. Tempesta, and I’ll see you there to talk about Kindergarten at After-School! 

*If you have neighbors or friends with incoming Ks, please tell them about Ward After-School!

*If you have read this newsletter, thank you!!  Please email me back and I will enter you into a raffle to win a batch of my homemade chocolate chip cookies!!   Good luck!

Sincerely,

Donna Marohn
Director