The Tiger Times

September 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,

September has proven to be another busy month with student academics and activities at the forefront! Our first Tiger Time convocation was certainly enjoyable as we celebrated our Students of the Month, Tiger Stripe winners, perfect attendance, West Newton Spirit awards, and our community partnership with West Newton United Methodist Church. It’s always wonderful to share our celebration of our students’ successes with our West Newton families and community partners!

Our 6th graders had a special day with over 30 volunteers from Rolls Royce who partnered with their teachers – Mrs. Fortune, Miss Langley, Miss Linton, Mrs. Washer, and Ms. Wilson – along with our CIS Site Coordinator Mrs. Lecher to support students in planning for their future careers. Our Rolls Royce volunteers/community partners noted how impressed they were with our students for their perseverance in setting and achieving goals as well as with the respect shown toward our community partners.

We have some wonderful family events coming up that I want to ensure everyone is aware of and has placed in calendar notifications:

  • Sept. 26 Book Fair Grand Opening 5:30-7:00pm
  • Lunch with Someone You Love + Book Fair

Sept. 26 = Grade 4 at 12:30pm

Sept. 27 = Grade 3 at 11:00am

Sept. 28 = Grade 1 at 10:30am

Sept. 28 = Grade 2 at 11:30am

Oct. 1 = Grade 6 at 1:00pm

Oct. 2 = Grade 5 at 12:00pm

  • Oct. 3 is Conference Day – be sure to look for your confirmed time from your child’s teacher. The Book Fair will also be open all day!

Thank you for sharing your child with us at West Newton! We are Decatur Proud and know that our work matters and it is possible!


Susan D. Strube


Mrs. Suchy's Art Segment

Thank you for supporting the art room with art supplies; your generosity is appreciated!

ART TO REMEMBER: Students have started working on their Art to Remember artwork this week. Once the artwork has been completed, order forms with merchandise personalized by their artwork will be available to purchase. Be sure to check out the new jewelry items and my personal favorite, the Christmas ornament. All proceeds from the Art to Remember fundraiser go to support the art room.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 6th grade parents are needed to help with making 6th grade medallions. If you are interested in helping, please contact me at

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The exclusion date for incomplete immunizations will be September 24th. Letters have been sent home with students twice if they are not compliant, so please check and make sure your child is caught up on all required immunizations! Please make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible and inform the front office of that date. Exclusion will not be carried out as long as we are aware of an appointment date. Thank you for your cooperation!
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Popcorn is $.50 per bag. Popcorn money will be collected all week and the popcorn will be distributed during the students' lunch time.


All 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students will have a vision screen. Written notice is required to opt out of the screening.
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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.


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

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Tuesday, 4th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Monday, 10th - - - Trash Bag Orders are DUE

Friday, 21st / 6:00-8:00 - - - Movie Night

Wednesday, 26th / 5:30-7:00 - - - Literacy Night

Wednesday, 26th - Oct. 3rd - - - Book Fair

(Lunch with Someone You Love)


Tuesday, 2nd @6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Wednesday, 3rd - - - Conference Day/Last Day of Book Fair

October 15th-19th - - - Fall Break ~ No School

Friday, 26th / 6:00-8:00 - - - Movie Night


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

Friday, 9th - - - Veteran's Day Program

November 19th-23rd - - - Thanksgiving Break ~ No School

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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