The Tiger Times

May 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

Dear West Newton families,

As the 2017-2018 school year winds down I am filled with many happy memories of our students and staff. I will be sad to say goodbye for the summer break, but I know that we all need to reenergize for our next school year!

Please call the office staff at 317-856-5237 if your family is moving and will no longer be in the West Newton district next year. That will help us as we plan for next year’s class lists and will also ensure that we get your child’s records sent to their new school in a timely manner.

Many fun-filled and celebratory events are on the West Newton schedule for May:

  • · May 11 & 15 = Visiting Artist
  • · May 16 & 17 = BOGO Book Fair
  • · May 16 = High Ability Showcase of Tiger Pride from 5:30-6:30pm
  • · May 17 = Grades 1 & 2 Music Program at 7pm
  • · May 25 = Last day of school

o 8:30am = Grades 3, 4, and 5 Honor Roll Ceremony

o 10:30am = Grade 6 Graduation

o 12-2pm = Grade 6 Celebration

o Report cards come home with the kids

Thank you for sharing your students with the West Newton staff. We will get to see students and parents at Registration (July 12 from 9am-12pm or 4-8pm; July 14 from 9am-12pm; or July 17 from 4-8pm) as well as our Back to School Night on Aug. 1 from 6-7pm.

With Tiger Pride,

Susan D. Strube, Principal


Yearbooks are $15 each. A limited number of extra yearbooks were ordered and are on sale now. Cash or checks (made payable to West Newton Elementary) are accepted.

School Nurse Note:

All incoming 6th graders are required by Indiana state health department to have their meningococcal and hepatitis A immunization series complete upon entering the 6th grade. Most of you have already received these vaccines, in which case you may check with your school nurse to make sure a copy of updated vaccinations have been received.

If your child does not have the required immunizations, please make a doctor or Marion County Health Department appointment to get these completed before the new school year begins. It is important to have all required immunizations. An incomplete immunization record could lead to exclusion from school.

Immunization records may be brought into the school office during registration or faxed. Our fax number is 317-856-2148. To find a clinic that is administering immunizations, you may check with the school nurse for possible referrals. Walgreens pharmacy may also have vaccinations available. If you have any other questions please feel free to call our school nurse at 317-856-5237. Have a fantastic summer break and as always, be safe!!


Our Lost and Found is full of coats, jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes and other items. If you are missing anything, please stop by the school to look or ask your student to check the table before May 25.

Spring Program ~ Thursday, May 17, 2018

1st and 2nd grade students will participate in the Spring Music Program on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, students are expected in the cafeteria by 6:45 pm, and the program begins at 7:00 pm.


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West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Week of May 7th - 11th --- Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday 1st / 6:00 --- PTO Meeting

Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th --- BOGO Book Fair

Friday 25th --- Student Last Day

**6th Grade Graduation and Celebration**

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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:

  • 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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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.


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.

West Newton Elementary Staff

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Riley Hospital presents "Bear in the Chair" in Sebastian's Honor!!

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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


To learn more about the "Here Comes the Bus" App click the link below.

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!


Show your #DecaturPride and stay connected by downloading the MSD Decatur Township app to your phone. The MSD of Decatur Township has made it easier to stay informed with each campus and their happenings. You can select which schools you'd like to 'follow' and have a one-stop-shop for all info!


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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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2018-2019 Academic School Year Calendar