The Tiger Times

February 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,

As the chill of winter continues to stay with us in February, the students and staff of West Newton have been diligently pursuing purposeful and exceptional instruction and learning. We continue to prepare our students to persevere and fully comprehend the district and state assessments by digging in to the standards at each grade level. Our current school-wide traction (goal) plans are Academic Vocabulary, ELA and Math Content Vocabulary, and Test Taking Strategies – all of these have milestones that we set for students and staff to support instruction and learning. I’m so proud that our students and staff earned a letter grade of B from the Department of Education - WOW! Learning is also intermingled with the fun of being a kid as we cherish the fun times with your children, too! We enjoy Clubs each Wednesday after school and are looking forward to West Newton’s Got Talent on Thurs., Feb. 28 from 6-8pm. I can’t wait to see our West Newton families at WNGT! Our Spring Book Fair is just around the corner with the grand opening and Grandparents Night set for Fri., March 8 from 5:30-7:30pm. Thank you for the thoughtfulness that you have shown to Mr. Werner. And, as always, thank you for sharing your children with the staff of West Newton!

With Tiger Pride,

Susan D. Strube

A Note from your Assistant Principal

Dear West Newton Families,

I wanted to take a minute to thank you for all of the thoughts and kindness. Please know that it is greatly appreciated.


Mr. Werner

Superintendent eLearning Announcement

eLearning was approved by the Indiana State Department of Education for Decatur Township Schools this past Friday, February 1st. Consequently, we plan to utilize our 1st eLearning day on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18th.

This will replace Wednesday, January 30th, the day we closed school due to the extreme cold.

Therefore, we will NOT have school on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18th.

Students will have the opportunity to complete their assigned eLearning work when they leave for the weekend on Friday, February 15 into the next week. Information regarding the eLearning Day is located on our website @ and provides the guidelines for work completion and attendance.

We hope that this transition to eLearning from make up snow days will provide the stability our community deserves.

Again, there will be no school on Monday, February 18th due to our district’s first eLearning day.

Together, we are Decatur Proud!

Thank you,
Dr. Prusiecki, Superintendent of Decatur Township Schools

Inclement Weather Information


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



Yearbooks are $15 each. Order yours today!!

Order Online:

Enter Code: 34023N

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WN Friendship Day Lollipop Sale ~ February 14th & February 15th

Celebrate WN's Friendship Day by purchasing a yummy star lollipop for you and a friend. Yummy STAR Lollipops will be on sale Thursday, February 14th and Friday, February 15th for $1.00 each. All lollipop sale proceeds will support our Student Activity fund, Staff fund and Relay for Life fund.

Valentine's Day Party ~ February 14, 2019

Classroom parties will be from 1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Please contact your child's teacher for more information.

President's Day ~ (NO SCHOOL) ~ February 18, 2019


eLearning was approved by the Indiana State Department of Education for Decatur Township Schools this past Friday, February 1st. Consequently, we plan to utilize our 1st eLearning day on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18th.

Spring Pictures ~ February 20, 2019

Spring pictures will be on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Order forms went home with students on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Spring pictures are taken of students who have prepaid or have order payment in hand the day of pictures only. You can order online by using the following link and order code.

ORDER NOW using order code: 37623VA

POPCORN FRIDAY ~ February 22, 2019

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.

West Newton's Got Talent ~ February 28, 2019

Our annual WNGT show will be on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Student created Recycled Art projects will be on display for your viewing pleasure!


All Students are invited to showcase their Recycled Art projects on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at West Newton's Got Talent. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. This is an optional, at home, project. Finished projects are due to Mrs. Suchy by Tuesday, February 26. Informational flyers are available in the office.

DTEF Night at the Pacers

Check this out: Our school has partnered with the Indiana Pacers to participate in an exciting FUNdraiser opportunity! Sell tickets to select Pacers games, win some neat Pacers prizes, and help raise money for our school! It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or teacher, everyone can participate and have FUN at a Pacers game!

We will have our very own school night at a Pacers game with a check presentation at center court at halftime! Everyone will be together cheering on our hometown Pacers on Thursday, February 28th when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Additionally, you could earn prizes such as:

  • VIP Pregame Viewing

  • 2 FREE Tickets to our School Night

  • Personalized Pacers T-Shirt with your Name on the back

  • Autographed Basketball signed by the entire Pacers team

And if you can’t make it to our school night game, we have 3 alternate games to choose from!

ORDER ONLINE: You have the option to purchase your tickets online. You can even share the offer with family and friends via social media! It will be easier than ever to sell lots of tickets and earn those prizes! Simply go to to purchase your tickets!


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, 5th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Friday, 15th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night

Friday, 22nd / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - West Newton's Got Talent


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

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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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