The Tiger Times

March 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,

Thank you for supporting West Newton's arts program and enjoying our West Newton's Got Talent Show and Art Show. We have talented tigers at West Newton! We have some special events coming up in March and we would love to see our West Newton families at school for our PTO and Music events:

  • Fri., March 8 = Book Fair Grand Opening and Grandparents Night from 5:30-7:30; delicious dinner items will be on sale and, of course, some great books and fun times!
  • March 12-14 = IREAD for all grade 3 students
  • March 8-15 = Book Fair (families are welcome to have lunch with your child and to browse the Book Fair)
  • Thurs., March 14 = Grades 1&2 Music Program and the Book Fair will be open, too!
  • March 15-21 = STAR/Renaissance testing in ELA and Math

Our students are learning wonderful things each day and teachers love to showcase our students' skills. Thank you for sharing your children with all of us at West Newton. I can't wait to see you at school in March!

With Tiger Pride,

Susan D. Strube

IREAD-3 Short Video for Families and Educators

This three-minute video provides important information for families and educators regarding the purpose of and preparation for IREAD-3.


Parents are invited to attend iPadU. iPadU is a 5 week course being offered at the MSD Decatur Technology Center from 5:00-7:00 pm. Devices are provided to parents during the course.

Dates are to be determined based on enrollment.

For more information or to register for the class, please contact Jason Seaver at


Yearbooks are $15 each. Order yours today!!

Order Online:

Enter Code: 34023N

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STAR Lollipop Sale ~ March 1st & 15th

Yummy STAR Lollipops will be on sale Friday, March 1st and Friday, March 15th for $1.00 each. All lollipop sale proceeds will support our Student Activity fund, Staff fund and Relay for Life fund.

POPCORN FRIDAY ~ March 8th & 21st

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.

Popcorn days this month will be Friday, March 8th and Thursday, March 21st.

Grandparent's Night ~ Friday, March 8, 2019

Celebrate Grandparent's Night at WN on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:00.

Book Fair Week ~ Lunch with Someone you Love

  • Fri., March 8 = Grade 6 at 1:00pm
    • March 8 is also Grandparents' Night from 5:30-7:30pm with a Dinosaur-themed Dinner and lots of shopping for books!
  • Mon., March 11 = Grade 5 at 12:00pm
  • Tues., March 12 = Grade 1 at 10:30
  • Wed., March 13 = Grade 2 at 11:30
  • Thurs., March 14 = Grade 3 at 11:00
  • Fri., March 15 = Grade 4 at 12:30

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

If you would like to volunteer for our Book Fair; please click the link below!

Sign up here!

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Tuesday, 5th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Friday, 8th / 5:30 - 7:30 - - - Grandparent's Night and Book Fair Grand Opening

Friday, 8th - 15th - - - Book Fair (Lunch with Someone You Love)

Thursday, 14th @ 7pm - - - 1st & 2nd Grade Program

Friday, 22nd - 29th - - - Spring Break


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:

Due to the recent outbreak of the Norovirus and strep throat here in the state of Indiana, we feel it’s important to review our guidelines in regards to children who are sick at home and/or at 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 do not send your child to school if he/she has:

  • 1. Fever in the past 24 hours of 100.0 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 in 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


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CANVAS Parent Instructions


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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