The Tiger Times

October 4, 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,

October is here and our PTO has wrapped up another successful Book Fair. Thank you for joining us for lunch, attending conferences, and sharing the love of reading with your children! It’s always wonderful to see the joy a new book brings to children! Here are some important items for this month:

· Tues., Oct. 8 = PTO meeting from 6-7pm; planning for our December events

· Oct. 14 – 18 = Fall Break – enjoy this wonderful time with your family!

· Yankee Candle flyers have been sent home and these products make terrific gifts for upcoming holidays. Profits go back in to our classrooms to support student learning! Orders are due by Oct. 28.

Please contact Miss Denee at West Newton if your student is in need of any items such as school supplies or warm clothes for the upcoming winter. Thank you for sharing your child with us each day.

With Tiger Pride,

Principal Strube

Gym News

From the gym…

September was a great month in the gym! We played two weeks of kickball games, then two weeks of floor hockey games, and most students really enjoyed learning new skills and improving familiar skills.

The skills that we worked on in kickball were kicking, fielding, throwing and pitching the ball. In floor hockey, we worked on striking a ball with the hockey stick and ACCURACY to get those goals!

Did you know??? When your student comes to their specials classes, they review their weekly vocabulary word as part of the specials lesson. Usually, I remind them of their word, have someone tell me the definition, and someone else uses it in a sentence pertaining to the gym or a sporting event. (Warning! Cute story with a moral coming up!) In September, one of second grade’s words was DESCRIBE. I thought it would be fun to have them “describe” something in the gym, which they did spectacularly – they are SO observant! It was successful, so I thought it would be fun to let them describe me, too. I found out, among other things, that I have black and white hair, and I’m “kind of” old. (They’re pretty much right!) The moral of the story is… If you don’t want to hear the truth, DON’T ask a second grader! LOL!

Next month, in October, we’ll be focusing on literacy. Each week, I’ll introduce three or four popular or classic children’s books by giving a short summary of the story. Then we’ll play a game based on, or adapted for that story. I’m especially excited about the 5th and 6th grade lessons, because one of the books I’m featuring this year is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and we’re going to play Quidditch. It’ll be SO fun!!! Make sure you check in with your student to find out about some of the other books that are presented. Perhaps you could even read one together!

Finally, if you ever have a concern, please call me (317-856-5237) and I’ll get back with you as soon as possible. Thank you for sharing your children with me! I’m honored and humbled by your trust!

Mrs. W

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WN Tiger Pride Koozie Sale

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POPCORN FRIDAY ~ 10/11/19 and 10/25/19

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, October 11th and October 25th!!


Fall Break is Monday, October 14, 2019 - Friday, October 18, 2019. School is closed and will reconvene on Monday, October 21, 2019.

PICTURE RETAKES ~ Thursday, October 24, 2019

Students who are new to West Newton or were absent on the initial picture day will have their photos taken on Friday, October 12th. Order forms were sent home with students. Additional order forms are available in the office.

Students who had pictures taken, but the parents are unhappy with the photo, may have their picture retaken as well...

  • Please Note: If wanting replacement packages, original packages must be returned day of retakes to get replacement packages.

VISION SCREENING ~ November 14, 2019

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


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 2019-2020 school year.

To complete the volunteer form now - click here

The application can also be found at

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


Our students need you!

*We CDL Train*

Contact our Transportation Department

317-856-8060 or apply online at

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Wednesday, 2nd - - - Conference/Book Fair/Trash Bag Order Pick Up

Tuesday, 8th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

October 14th - 18th - - - Fall Break

Friday, 25th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night


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

Friday, 25th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night


Saturday, 7th / 9:00 - 1:00 - - - Winter Wonderland

Monday 9th - Friday 13th / 8:30 - 1:30 - - - Secret Santa Shop

Friday, 13th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night

Decatur Township Library Cards

Decatur Township has entered into a partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library. Through this partnership, every year we provide the library with a list of our students, and they match the list with their database of patrons. If a student does not currently have a library card, they will be issued one. This program has been very successful in our schools and in other districts in Indianapolis.

The special card students receive will give them access to all of the library’s digital materials, such as databases of magazine and journal articles, downloadable ebooks, emagazines and audio books. In addition, it will give them very limited access to physical items, such as regular books. Of course, you can change this to a full access card by visiting your library. This is an outstanding opportunity for your student. If for any reason you do not wish for your child to participate, please contact our school office for paperwork to opt out.

Any questions or concerns about the program can be directed to Lynn Hodgkin, Elementary Media Coordinator, at 317-856-2221.

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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