The Tiger Times

April 2019


The MSD of Decatur Township is Student Invested, Community Connected. We prioritize Student learning, Safety and Customer Service, fostering a support system for our families.

A Note from your Principal

Dear West Newton families,

The students and staff of West Newton welcome the warmer weather and the time it offers to have fun during outdoor recess and after school! The beginning of April means many things at West Newton:

· The Decatur Art Show on April 11 at 6pm at the public library

· ILEARN testing in grades 3-6 April 22-May 3

· Music Program preparation for our 5th and 6th graders for May 16

· Visiting Artists in the art room – opportunities for families to visit

· The Decatur Technology Showcase on April 16 at DELC from 5-7pm

· Movie Night at West Newton on April 26 from 6-8pm

· The Grade 6 High Ability Showcase at DMS on April 30 from 5-6:30pm

Our West Newton Tigers are hard workers and our teachers truly enjoy teaching them each day. 3rd – 6th graders are well-prepared for ILEARN and please know how much the staff appreciates how you support and reinforce your children’s learning. I look forward to seeing you at school this month as well as around Decatur Township. Thank you for sharing your children with the staff of West Newton!

With Tiger Pride,

Mrs. Strube

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Our yearbook order has been placed. Please expect 3-5 weeks for delivery. Extra yearbooks have been ordered. Additional yearbooks may be purchased on a first come basis for $15.

STAR Lollipop Sale ~ April 12th & 26th

Yummy STAR Lollipops will be on sale Friday, April 12th and Friday, April 26th for $1.00 each. All lollipop sale proceeds will support our Student Activity fund, Staff fund and Relay for Life fund.


Popcorn is $.50 per bag. Popcorn money will be collected all week and the popcorn will be distributed during the students' lunch time. All proceeds benefit the Student Activity fund and the Staff Fund.

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Monday, 1st - - - School Reconvenes

Tuesday, 2nd @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Friday, 26th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night


Week of May 6th - Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, 7th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Wednesday, 15th and 16th - - - BOGO Book Fair

Wednesday, 15th @ 5:30pm - - - Tiger Pride Showcase

Thursday, 16th @ 7pm - - - 5th & 6th Grade Program

Thursday, 23rd / 12:00-2:00 - - - 6th Grade Celebration


All Decatur Township School volunteers must register and be approved before volunteering for the 2018-2019 school year.

Go to

Click on the tab 'Families', then 'Volunteer' to submit an electronic form.

Don't have a computer, not a problem. Volunteer forms are available in the school office.

For more information contact:

Bev O'Toole 317-241-0183 or


All students have homework each evening which includes reading for 20 minutes, studying word study words, and practicing math facts. Students in grades 4-6 may have extra work for any assignments not completed in class that day.

Practice equals mastery ~ students will gain confidence and show success in the classroom. If you need help with ideas and/or strategies, contact your child's teacher.


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Letters will be sent home tomorrow for all 5th graders regarding 6th grade immunization requirements. If your child has already received these vaccines then you may disregard this letter. These added vaccinations will be required upon 6th grade enrollment, so please take the time to review and make necessary arrangements before the next school year. If you have any questions or you are not sure if your child has received these, please feel free to contact nurse Paige! Thank you!

Mrs. Paige Ison, RN

School Nurse



Ready for summer adventures? Join Camp AYS as we try new activities, make discoveries, and learn through our experiences! Each week will focus on a different activity theme. Throughout the summer, campers will go on field trips to local attractions and, of course, the pool! Expect active games, hands-on projects, and lots of fun with friends.

Camp AYS in Decatur Township will be located at Stephen Decatur Elementary. Camp AYS is available for children entering grades K-6. Campers must be 5 years or older on their first day of camp attendance.

Dates: May 28 – July 19
Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 6:30am – 6pm
Weekly Price: $125 per child

Register today at!

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Support Decatur Township by purchasing a metal "Decatur Proud" license plate. The cost is $5 (cash only) and the profits help the students in our school.


Clipping Box Tops for Education is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school. Your child can earn personal rewards and rewards for their class or grade level when they bring in Box Tops! For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers. You can also download the Box Tops Bonus App to earn even more money for our school.

Thank you for your support!


It is the Board’s commitment to provide a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Any individual who believes a student has been or is the victim of discrimination, bullying, or harassment should report the situation to the building principal or designee or complete the School District’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying report form, which is available online at
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