The Tiger Times

October 2017


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,

September was a busy month at West Newton and truly seemed to fly by! Our students are certainly busy learning and growing each day and since time is flying by then we must be having a great time learning! Our students have completed their first grading quarter and are eager to share their accomplishments at our Oct. 4 Conference Day. School is not in session on Oct. 4, but the school will be open all day as teachers meet with parents, guardians, and students regarding their grades, data, and setting goals. It is also Book Fair time at West Newton which is always a favorite time for our students, teachers, and families. Thank you to our PTO for always dazzling us with wonderful books and volunteering their time to help students shop for something new to read. I’d like to invite parents and guardians to our next PTO meeting held on Tues., Oct. 10 in the West Newton media center from 6-7pm. October also means a well-deserved respite for our students with Fall Break from Oct. 16-20; school reconvenes on Oct. 23. Thank you for sharing your students with us as West Newton is always focused on student learning, safety, and customer service.


Mrs. Strube

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Hurricane Harvey Donations

Our kindness and generosity in collecting donations for our partner school in Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey was a huge success. Thank you to all West Newton families who donated, we raised $807.10!!! Way to go West Newton Tigers!!

Cold and Flu Reminders!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Cold and flu season is upon us! My main goal this season is to keep our West Newton students and staff as healthy as possible. I will need everyone’s help in order to accomplish this goal! The following are some reminders about illness and your children:

1) Students that have a fever above or equal to 100.0 degrees MUST STAY HOME!

2) Students cannot return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medication. The Center for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care.

3) Students will only be sent home sick if they have a fever above or equal to 100.0, vomiting twice or more in 30 minutes, and/or are experiencing frequent diarrhea. If a student has a low grade temperature in the morning or has vomited/had diarrhea they are most likely contagious. PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME!

4) Seek emergency medical attention if your child shows any of these symptoms:

-Fast or troubled breathing

-Bluish skin color

-Not drinking any fluids

-Not waking up or not interacting

-Flu-like symptoms resolve but then return with high fever and/or worsening cough

-Fever with a rash

5) Washing your hands is the BEST way to prevent the spread of cold and flu!!

6) Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze (try coughing into your sleeve instead of your hand-ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer!

7) Please notify the school if your student has been diagnosed with influenza A and please make sure to share any doctor’s notes or medical documentation related to the illness with the school nurse.

Thank you for your help in keeping our Tiger cubs healthy and ready to learn!! J

Paige Ison, RN

West Newton School Nurse

Reading Success

The seeds for success in the classroom are sown at home. Encouraging children to read at home is one of the most powerful ways that parents can support students’ learning. Just 15 minutes of reading at home per day can make a difference in students’ reading fluency. Prioritize reading with these tips:

  • Always have books on hand;
  • Focus on their interests;
  • Read out loud together;
  • Make it a routine;
  • Be a patient listener;
  • Cut the distractions;
  • Ask questions.
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5 Top TIps for Parents from Apptitude2Learn

#1 Vigilance~
In the evening, children definitely need their sleep and time to de-tech for the day. We recommend that students do not go to bed with their device. Setting up a charging station that is in a common area of the home will help keep the device out of the bedroom at night. Please note that the device may not be needed for all assignments.

#2 Accountability~It is important to know what your child is doing on the device. To view all previously opened apps, double click home (or four finger swipe up on screen).

#3 Notifications~Swipe up the control center from the bottom of the screen and tap on the crescent moon icon to turn on “Do not Disturb.” This will block any notifications from popping up while your child is working in an app. You can customize notifications by tapping on Settings – Notification Center.

#4 Guided Access~If your child has trouble staying focused on their work within a specific app, Guided Access enables you to set up the iOS device so that you cannot leave apps, and you are able to control which features of the app you are allowed to use or not use.

#5 Restrictions~If certain apps, such as iMessage or FaceTime, have become a distraction, you can set up restrictions on your child’s iPad. You can access this feature in Settings – General – Restrictions.

CANVAS Parent Instructions

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POPCORN FRIDAY ~ October 13, 2017

Popcorn is $.50 per bag. Popcorn money will be collected all week and the popcorn will be distributed during the students' lunch time.

School Smiles ~ October 3, 2017

Applications will be sent home with students prior to October 3.

Online Application:

Parent Conferences (no school) ~ Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fall Break ~ No School

Monday, October 16, 2017 - Friday, October 20, 2017. School will reconvene on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Picture Retakes ~ October 27, 2017

Please send students dressed for Picture Day if the student was absent, not enrolled at West Newton yet, or you were unhappy with the original photos taken. Packages received must be returned for students having their pictures retaken. New packages will be delivered to the school within 4-6 weeks.


All Decatur Township School volunteers must register and be approved before volunteering for the 2017-2018 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

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Tuesday, 3rd @ 6pm --- PTO Meeting

Wednesday, 4th --- Student Led Conferences / Last Day of Book Fair

Monday, 16th - Friday, 20th --- Fall Break

Friday, 27th / 6:00-8:00 --- Movie Night


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

Thursday, 9th / 6:00-8:00 --- Skating Party

Monday, 20th - Friday 24th --- Thanksgiving Break

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Support Decatur Township by purchasing a metal "Decatur Proud" license plate. The cost is $10 (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!

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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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