The Tiger Times

January 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,

I would like to extend a warm welcome back and Happy New Year to all West Newton families. May this year bring you and your family great joy, peace and harmony, good health, and prosperity. We thank you for your caring support and partnership in working together with your children.

It was a pleasure to share with you the many fun and entertaining holiday events such as our PTO’s annual Winter Wonderland, the PTO & Lions’ Club Breakfast with Santa, and the grades 3 & 4 Music Program. We wish to thank our dedicated parent volunteers and staff members who contributed to the success of our productions.

As always, January will be busy at West Newton! Students have completed their NWEA testing in reading, math, and language arts as well as their writing benchmark and math facts assessments. This month, students in grades 1 & 2 will complete the Indiana Reading Assessment and 1st-6th grade students will receive their new reading benchmark letter. As always, homework each night for all students includes reading, practicing math facts, and word study. Our students in grades 4-6 may have additional work to complete from their school day since their workload is rigorous. Report cards will be sent home on Wed., Jan. 10 with all students so please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a conference.

The West Newton staff continues to enjoy working with you and your children. I’d like to personally invite all West Newton family members to attend our next PTO meeting on Tues., Jan. 9 at 6pm in the media center.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Strube



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.

Art Updates from Mrs. Suchy:

Art to Remember: Thank you to everyone who purchased Art to Remember; we appreciate your support. Online ordering is open until January 12, 2018. Orders will ship to the school and be sent home with your student.

Visiting Clay Artist: We are privileged to have a Clay Artist visiting soon. Parents are welcome to join, with an approved Volunteer Application. Please see the link below to apply. Information will be sent home prior to your student's clay day. $2.00 is required from each student for this project.

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.

Inclement Weather


The days are getting chillier as fall continues into winter! It is VERY important that your children are dressing appropriately to prevent any health issues related to the cold! Please make sure they are coming to school with a jacket/coat as they will still continue to go outdoors for recess if weather permits. As the temperature continues to drop, please also make sure your child has appropriate head gear on such as stocking caps and/or scarfs (FYI-heat is released through your head)! Also make sure they are wearing gloves during very low temperatures to help prevent frost bite! We have a limited supply of new gloves, hats, and scarves available, if you're unable to provide them for your student. Remember, just because it’s not snowing does not mean the cold cannot do damage to your little ones!! As always, THANK YOU for helping to keep all our tiger cubs healthy and ready to learn!

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

2018-2019 Academic School Year Calendar

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Martin Luther King Day (no school) ~ Monday, January 15, 2018

POPCORN FRIDAY ~ January 19, 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.

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, that will begin in February, will be coming home soon.
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West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Wednesday 3rd --- School reconvenes

Tuesday, 9th / 6:00 ---PTO Meeting

Friday, 12th / 6:00-8:00 --- Movie Night

Thursday, 18th / 6:00 ---Skating Party


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

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

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


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


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Thank you for your support!


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