The Tiger Times

May 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,

The school year has flown by so quickly and our children are enjoying their lessons as well as the beautiful spring weather. Soon I will have to say “goodbye” to our graduating 6th graders as they walk the hallways of West Newton for the final time as Tigers and will soon become Hawks. I know that each of our grade levels have some fun end of the year celebrations coming up such as “camping” in grade 1, a class picnic in grade 2, and field day in grade 3. Our 3rd-5th graders will have their Honor Roll Ceremony while our 6th graders enjoy all of the joys of graduation. Here are some important dates and times for you to note on your calendars:

· May 15-16 = BOGO Book Fair – open both days and evenings!

· May 15 = 5:30pm High Ability Tiger Pride Night for grades 2-5

· May 16 = Gr. 5 and 6 Music Program/Coffee House

· May 17 = School Smiles (dentist) at West Newton

· May 23 =

o 8:30am = Grade 3-5 Honor Roll (invitations will be sent)

o 10:00am = Grade 6 Graduation

o 12:00-2:00pm = Grade 6 Celebration

o Report Cards go home for grades 1-6

· May 24 is a Teacher Work Day – school is not in session

I would also like to honor three West Newton teachers who are retiring after wonderful careers: Mrs. Rita Ryden, Mrs. Karen Wray, and Mrs. Susan Yount. Each of them have served the students and community of Decatur Township for decades and will be greatly missed!

Thank you for sharing your children with all of us. It is the greatest honor for Mr. Werner and me to be the administrators of West Newton Elementary. We both look forward to seeing everyone at Registration in July!

With Tiger Pride,

Mrs. Strube

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June 11 & 12 - Full STEAM Ahead! Sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education Summer of eLearning Conference - Focus on STEAM, robotics, coding and more! (Location: DTSE) Register HERE

($30 fee pays for breakfast and lunch both days)

June 13 & 14 - Technology Professional Development - focus on Canvas, eLearning Days, and Google (Location: DTSE) Register HERE (THIS IS FOR MSD DECATUR STAFF ONLY)

June 24-28 - Summer iPad Camp - Free to current 6th graders who will attend DMS in 2019-2020 school year (Location: DTSE) Register HERE

July 9, 17, 23 - iPad University - Free to parents of incoming 3rd grade students for the 2019-2020 school year (Location: Tech Center) Register HERE

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MSD of Decatur Township ~ INTRO TO SPORTS CAMP

MSD of Decatur Township

Intro to Sports Camp

Who: 2019-2020 Kindergarten or 1st grade Decatur Township residents

What: From 12 (noon) – 1 pm participants will be taught by DCHS varsity coaches AND DCHS varsity athletes the basic skills and fundamentals of Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, and Flag Football. Each sport will have 2 days of instruction provided by a varsity coach and varsity athletes. Complimentary lunch may be picked up at the tennis courts, adjacent to the football complex, prior to camp beginning each day.

Where: Decatur Central High School athletic facilities. In case of inclement weather, camp will be moved to the Armstrong Pavilion (PICK UP AND DROP OFF WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE FOOTBALL STADIUM ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CAMPUS ACROSS FROM DOOR 16)

When: June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 25


Cost: $50 per athlete (includes a T-Shirt). Cash and Checks accepted. Checks can be made out to MSD of Decatur Township. Payment can be mailed to Decatur Central High School ATTN: BRAD ROSE 5251 Kentucky Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46221

Equipment: athletes will need to bring a pair tennis shoes. Dress weather appropriate. Shin guards and cleats are recommended but not required.

Daily Schedule

· June 3 and 5 – Flag Football

· June 10 and 12- Basketball

· June 17 and 19 – Tennis

· June 24 and 25- Soccer

Contact the Director of Health and Wellness, Brad Rose @ with questions.

Registration forms are available in the WN school office.

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Additional yearbooks may be purchased on a first come basis for $15.

STAR Lollipop Sale ~ May 10th & 17th

Yummy STAR Lollipops will be on sale Friday, May 10th and 17th for $1.00 each. All lollipop sale proceeds will support our Student Activity fund, Staff fund and Relay for Life fund.

Last Day of School ~ May 23rd

May 23rd is the last day of school for students! Enjoy Summer Break!!!

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


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:

All student medications will need to be picked up by an adult before the last day of school in the nurse's clinic. No medications will be allowed to travel home with any students. All medications not picked up by noon on Friday May 24th will be discarded. We will also send home reminder letters for all medications by Friday May 17th. Thank you!

Mrs. Paige Ison, RN

School Nurse



Ready for summer adventures? Join Camp AYS as we try new activities, make discoveries, and learn through our experiences! Each week will focus on a different activity theme. Throughout the summer, campers will go on field trips to local attractions and, of course, the pool! Expect active games, hands-on projects, and lots of fun with friends.

Camp AYS in Decatur Township will be located at Stephen Decatur Elementary. Camp AYS is available for children entering grades K-6. Campers must be 5 years or older on their first day of camp attendance.

Dates: May 28 – July 19
Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 6:30am – 6pm
Weekly Price: $125 per child

Register today at!

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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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