The Tiger Times

February 2018


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

Welcome to February! I am happy to report how well things are going at West Newton! Students and teachers have been working hard on increasing skills and meeting goals, and great progress is being made. The staff of West Newton looks forward to sharing your child’s current progress with you during the month of February. Our students are also busily updating their Student Data Pages for my review over the Presidents’ Day weekend. The staff of West Newton wants our students to be able to share their progress from fall to winter assessments with their families; this is one way we are able to share how we collect information and data about our students to best meet their educational needs. February is a busy month with our 3rd – 6th graders taking the ISTEP+ test starting on Feb. 26 through March 9. I am confident that our teachers have prepared students to do their very best on the test. The ISTEP+ test is one measure of students’ skills and abilities, and the data it provides helps schools better determine both strengths and areas to improve upon. West Newton also loves to celebrate our students’ talents so please join us at our annual West Newton’s Got Talent program on Fri., Feb. 23 from 6-8pm in the gymnasium; snacks will also be on sale that evening. As always, thank you for sharing your child with all of the staff at West Newton and for your continued partnership in your child’s education.

With Tiger Pride,

Susan D. Strube, Principal


The West Newton staff utilizes school-wide strategies to support students in grades 1-6 with instruction aligned with the Indiana College and Career Ready Standards. The rigor increases as students progress through each grade level, but all staff use the same common strategies to support student learning.

Reading = Yes, Ma’am and marking & coding for text evidence

Math = CUBES problem solving steps and Math Fact Mastery

Writing = 6 Traits of Writing

Science = Indiana Science Initiative and cross-curricular embedding with reading of nonfiction

Social Studies = Cross-curricular embedding with reading of nonfiction

These strategies support our students with critical thinking skills and set high expectations for completion of work.

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Art Updates from Mrs. Suchy:

Visiting Clay Artist: Our visiting Clay Artist will soon begin her visits to the West Newton Art room. Please check below to find your child's class date. We invite you to participate in this event with your child. This is a great opportunity to work alongside your child and interact with students and staff that are helping make our clay art days a huge success. WE NEED PARENT HELP FOR THIS EVENT. If you are able to help, please have a current volunteer approved application on file or apply at the link below. Any questions, please email Mrs. Suchy at

Parent Volunteer Link:

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the following dates; you don't have to have a student in the class to volunteer:

  • March 12 - 1st/Quattrocchi, 2nd/Bright, and 5th/Barrett
  • March 14 - 1st/Mould, 2nd/Culver, and 5th/Frankl
  • April 5 - 2nd/Liffick and 5th/Wray
  • April 6 - 1st/Lewman and 5th/Edwards-McKeiver
  • April 9 - 6th/Washer and 4th/Yount
  • April 11 - 4th/Green and 3rd/Rini
  • April 12 - 6th/Linton, 4th/Cutshaw, and 3rd/Parker
  • May 8 - 6th/Fortune, 4th/Ryden, and 3rd/Goodin
  • May 11 - 6th/Langley, 4th/Wilson, and 3rd/Keene
  • May 15 - 1st/Burkhart, 2nd/Hofmeister, and 5th/Maydwell

Clay Sign up Link:

Thank you for supporting the Visual Art program at West Newton.

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Recycled Art Projects: All Students are invited to showcase their Recycled Art projects on Friday, February 23 at West Newton's Got Talent. This is an optional, at home, project. Finished projects are due to Mrs. Suchy by Friday, February 16. Informational flyers are available in the office.


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Due to the recent outbreak of Influenza A and B here in the state of Indiana, we feel it’s important to review our procedures in regards to children who are sick at home and/or school.

If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea before school and it’s not related to any other medical condition, it is often most appropriate to keep him/her home from school. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. Please make arrangements for childcare ahead of time to avoid spreading contagious illnesses any further.

Our school guidelines state that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

1. Fever in the past 24 hours of 100 degrees or higher

2. Vomiting/diarrhea in the past 24 hours (not related to other conditions)

3. Strep throat-MUST take antibiotics for at least 24 hours before coming back to school

4. If child has been up most of the night with a bad cough, keep him/her home and its best to see their doctor before returning if symptoms persist.

If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or nurse feels the child may have a contagious illness, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. It is essential that your child’s info is updated with a correct phone number where you can be contacted AND an emergency contact in case you cannot be reached. If your daytime or emergency phone numbers change during the year, PLEASE contact the school’s front office immediately with appropriate contact information.

These guidelines are meant to serve the best interests of all the children and staff here at West Newton. As always, THANK YOU for your efforts in keeping our tiger cubs safe and healthy! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call!

Mrs. Paige Ison, RN

School Nurse


Want to be a bus driver for Decatur Township? Well...

  • Call the transportation office at 317-856-8060 - ask for Mark Anderson!
  • We will train you to get your CDL class B license!
  • Make $19.61 an hour for doing what many parents do for free!


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.

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DMS SLC Open House ~ Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Current 6th grade students are invited to attend Decatur Middle School, for an SLC Open House, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 6:00-7:00. This Open House gives students a better idea about what each Small Learning Community entails to help with their SLC selection .

POPCORN FRIDAY ~ February 9, 2018

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

Sign up to help pop and distribute popcorn: click here

VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY ~ Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Classroom parties will be from 1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Please contact your child's teacher for more information.

PRESIDENTS' DAY ~ (NO SCHOOL) ~ Monday, February 19, 2018

West Newton's Got Talent ~ Friday, February 23, 2018

Our annual WNGT show will be on February 23, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Permission slips for auditions have been sent home. Feel free to contact the school office with questions or concerns.
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West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Friday 16th / 6:00-8:00 --- Movie Night

Friday 23rd / 6:00-8:00 --- West Newton's Got Talent


Tuesday 6th / 6:00 --- PTO Meeting

Friday 9th - Friday 16th --- Book Fair (Lunch with someone you love)

Friday 9th / 5:00 --- Grandparent's Night / Book Fair Grand Opening

Monday 19th - Friday 30th --- SPRING BREAK

Monday, April 2nd --- School Reconvenes


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

Submit your application:

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


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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!


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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