The Ward School newsletter, formerly known as The ForWard, is under construction. In the meanwhile, Becca's Weekly Update to Families will be the vehicle by which the PTO will communicate school and community activities. Watch for these PTO updates on alternating weeks from Becca.
Messages for Students
The school office receives many phone calls during the school day from parents who want messages delivered to their children about after-school arrangements. We ask that you make all necessary arrangements before your child leaves home so that phone calls are not needed. We know real emergencies do arise and we are happy to take messages in these cases. However, please make every effort to think about your child’s plans the night before so a note can be written to the teacher if a child’s after school arrangements will be changed. When making arrangements for a child to go to another home after school, be sure the “receiving” parent is aware of the arrangement. Remember, only people you have designated on your child’s information card are allowed to pick up your child after school.Messages for School Staff
If you would like to leave a message for a teacher, principal, or other staff member, please call the office at 617.559.6450 or email the staff member directly. The secretary will record the message and place it in the person’s mailbox. Staff will respond promptly to any message left for them. Staff can not be disturbed from the classroom to answer phone calls, but will respond to the message as soon as possible.Opportunity to Discuss Issues Concerning Students
Both school and home can work together to help support and encourage your child. It is important to let the teacher know immediately if a concern about your child arises. If you wish to speak to your child's teacher, call or email during the school day and leave a specific message, or send a note explaining your concerns. This gives the teacher a chance to confer with other faculty if appropriate, and respond to you in a timely fashion. If you need more than a telephone conversation, you should not hesitate to arrange an appointment to meet your child's teacher at a mutually convenient time.Snow Delays and Cancellations
Additional info re: Connect-Ed: Connect-Ed is our citywide communication system. When there is a school arrival delay or cancellation due to weather, etc., this system broadcasts a voicemail message to the telephone number of your choosing as indicated on the yellow “Student Contact Information” form distributed at the beginning of the school year. Please be sure to advise the office whenever your number(s) change.
Parents will be notified using our reverse 911 system in the even school opening is delayed or school is cancelled. Information about delayed openings and school closings will be broadcast by 6:30 AM on the following radio and television stations:
WBZ 1030 AM WEEI 590 AM
WHDH 850 AM WILD 1090 AM
WNTN 1550 AM WRKO 680 AM
WNEV-TV Ch. 7 WCVB-TV Ch. 5
WBZ-TV Ch. 4 Cable Ch. 13
This information is also available on the district website.
Do not call the police or fire departments.
Although school may be open on days following snow or ice storms, parents should use their own judgment in determining whether road conditions in their areas permit children to proceed safely to school. The judgment of the parent will be accepted as a legitimate reason for student absence.Webpage
Please visit our school’s web page. Reminders about upcoming events will be listed. There are links to special sites for kids and classroom web pages as well. It is our policy to use only the first name of students.