WARD AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
TUITION: MARCH, APRIL AND MAY
At the beginning of February, you will receive the last invoice for this school year. This tuition period covers March, April and May. Reminder: After-School relies on tuition, so late payments jeopardize the well-being of our program. The due date is March 1, and late payments will be subject to penalties and fines, including being wait-listed for 2019-2020!
CHANGES FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
By now you know that Newton Public Schools have decided to go to a four-day week of full day kindergarten (Tuesdays will continue to be a 12:30 release for all grades).
For Ward After-School, it means we lose our vibrant K program. For forty years, we have proudly offered an enriching and educational program for our Ks, 12:30-3:00. All the after-school programs in Newton deserve a hearty thanks for accommodating Newton’s schedule all these years with such love and commitment!
Have no fear, we will still have our extended day program 3:00-5:50 for grades K-5, as well as 12:30-5:50 on Tuesdays.
Due to the loss of the K program, we will shift our traditional fundraising efforts in February. For the past several years, we have asked for contributions to our scholarship fund. We will continue to offer financial aid to families in need; however, this year, we are asking for donations to go to our general programming to benefit all aspects of After-School. In your last invoice for this school year, please consider making a donation to our program. With your donations, we can continue to hire amazing staff and offer a variety of fun and enriching activities. Thank you in advance for your consideration!
As mentioned above, we look forward to having incoming Ks join the program next school year at 3:00 each day, and 12:30 on Tuesdays. If you have an incoming K, I will be present at Ward School’s K screening days in March to meet families and distribute applications. If you have friends or neighbors with incoming Ks, will you kindly tell them about our program? Word of mouth is the best way for us to advertise our program!!
THE AFTER-SCHOOL PLAY!
Reminder: Due to MCAS testing, the date of the After-School play (“Folk Tales from Far Away”) has changed to Tuesday, April 9. The dress rehearsals will be on Friday, April 5 and Monday, April 8.
The cast has begun rehearsing and they are doing a GREAT job!! We are more than impressed with their dedication and enthusiasm. 😊
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. Spots are limited, so do not delay in signing up! It is first come, first served. Final day to register (unless we fill up sooner) is Friday, February 1.
EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
The next early release day is Wednesday, February 6. 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.
Thank you for reading our newsletter! Let me know if you have any questions!