The Tiger Times

April 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,

Welcome back from spring break! I hope everyone had a chance to rest and relax as well as enjoy some family time together. I want to make you aware of a few events that are happening this month. First, on Tues., April 10 at 6:00p.m., we will hold our PTO Meeting in the media center – we welcome all parents and guardians. Our PTO is busily planning for the Grade 6 Celebration as well as preparing for our May BOGO Book Fair.

The month of April marks the end of the year testing window. We will begin administering the second round of ISTEP to our grade 3-6 students beginning the week of April 16th. Our school-wide strategies of marking and coding for text evidence, CUBES, and Yes, Ma’am have proven valuable tools for our students. The second round of ISTEP is multiple choice responses and will also be paper/pencil for our students rather than online.

April 25th is a day set aside to recognize West Newton’s administrative assistants. We are fortunate to have extremely competent, efficient, and pleasant secretaries who run our school office. Bridgett Enright is the principal’s secretary and Cindy Mills is the clerical/receptionist; both do a magnificent job monitoring phones, assisting visitors and students, tracking attendance, helping with injured students, assisting with emergency drills, and a host of other responsibilities that come with running a very busy school office. Mrs. Enright and Mrs. Mills are great staff members to know and can answer almost any question you might have about our school!

Finally, the month of April offers several opportunities to showcase our students’ talents. Wed., April 11 beginning at 5pm at DTSE’s Community Room is the Decatur Township Technology Showcase featuring projects from students in grades 3-12 throughout the district. Thurs., April 12 from 6-7pm at the Decatur Township Public Library is the Decatur Township Art Show featuring student artwork winners in grades 1-6 from West Newton as well as the other schools in the township.

Thank you for sharing your children with the staff of West Newton!

With Tiger Pride,

Susan D. Strube

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

West Newton Elementary Staff

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West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Tuesday 10th / 6:00 --- PTO Meeting

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


Week of May 1st --- Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday 1st / 6:00 --- PTO Meeting

Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th --- BOGO Book Fair

Friday 25th --- Student Last Day

**6th Grade Graduation and Celebration**

POPCORN FRIDAY ~ April 6, 2018

Popcorn is $.50 per bag. Popcorn money will be collected all week and the popcorn will be distributed during the students' lunch time.

National Youth Art Month

We will hold our annual Art Celebration on Thursday April 12 from 6:00-7:00 at the Decatur Branch Library. Every student participating in the art show will be awarded a certificate. There will also be Principal and Superintendent Awards in addition to one gift card presented for each of the following levels: Decatur Central, Decatur Middle School, Kindergarten, Grade 1-3 and Grade 4-6. You must be present to receive your gift card if you are selected.

As part of the celebration we encourage you to visit the Decatur Library located on Kentucky Avenue to see the student art work. During your visit please cast your “VOTE for the People’s Choice Award”. Student’s names will be entered for a gift card drawing at the evening of the event.

Sports Physical Night ~ Thursday, April 12, 2019

Decatur Township athletic physical night is Thursday, April 12 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Decatur Central High School gym. Please enter door 16. The cost will be $20. This physical will be good for the entire 2018-2019 school year. Forms will be coming your way soon. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to take care of this before the summer comes.

WN Movie Night ~ Friday, April 13, 2018

West Newton students grades 1-6 are welcome to join us for movie night to spend a couple hours with friends, enjoy a movie, and a snack! Students are welcome to bring blankets, pillows, or other possessions to make them comfortable during the show! (Please keep all technology at home.)

Elementary Girls Volleyball Clinic

The coaching staff at the Middle School, Youth League, and the High School will offer a 5 week volleyball clinic at each elementary, open to all grades. At the end of the 5 weeks there will be an All-Star Team selected to practice an additional 2 weeks, a 1st-3rd grade team and a 4th-6th grade team. May 19th will be the All-Star Tournament at the Armstrong Pavilion.

This clinic offers each girl the opportunity to learn and play volleyball in a fun and friendly environment. Girls will have chances to win prices from candy to t-shirts. Cost for the the clinic is $30.

West Newton's Volleyball Clinic will be held every Tuesday - immediately after school until 5:00 pm. Registration required - watch for forms to come home soon. Students should stay after school on the following dates:

  • April 3
  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 24
  • May 1
  • May 8 *Clinic will be on Wednesday due to the Elections
  • May 15

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Art Updates from Mrs. Suchy:

Visiting Clay Artist: Our visiting Clay Artist will soon begin her visits to the West Newton Art room. Please check below to find your child's class date. We invite you to participate in this event with your child. This is a great opportunity to work alongside your child and interact with students and staff that are helping make our clay art days a huge success. WE NEED PARENT HELP FOR THIS EVENT. If you are able to help, please have a current volunteer approved application on file or apply at the link below. Any questions, please email Mrs. Suchy at

Parent Volunteer Link:

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the following dates; you don't have to have a student in the class to volunteer:

  • March 12 - 1st/Quattrocchi, 2nd/Bright, and 5th/Barrett
  • March 14 - 1st/Mould, 2nd/Culver, and 5th/Frankl
  • April 5 - 2nd/Liffick and 5th/Wray
  • April 6 - 1st/Lewman and 5th/Edwards-McKeiver
  • April 9 - 6th/Washer and 4th/Yount
  • April 11 - 4th/Green and 3rd/Rini
  • April 12 - 6th/Linton, 4th/Cutshaw, and 3rd/Parker
  • May 8 - 6th/Fortune, 4th/Ryden, and 3rd/Goodin
  • May 11 - 6th/Langley, 4th/Wilson, and 3rd/Keene
  • May 15 - 1st/Burkhart, 2nd/Hofmeister, and 5th/Maydwell

Clay Sign up Link:

Thank you for supporting the Visual Art program at West Newton.

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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.


The West Newton staff utilizes school-wide strategies to support students in grades 1-6 with instruction aligned with the Indiana College and Career Ready Standards. The rigor increases as students progress through each grade level, but all staff use the same common strategies to support student learning.

Reading = Yes, Ma’am and marking & coding for text evidence

Math = CUBES problem solving steps and Math Fact Mastery

Writing = 6 Traits of Writing

Science = Indiana Science Initiative and cross-curricular embedding with reading of nonfiction

Social Studies = Cross-curricular embedding with reading of nonfiction

These strategies support our students with critical thinking skills and set high expectations for completion of work.

Riley Hospital presents "Bear in the Chair" in Sebastian's Honor!!

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All Decatur Township School volunteers must register and be approved before volunteering for the 2017-2018 school year.

Submit your application:

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


To learn more about the "Here Comes the Bus" App click the link below.

Want to be a bus driver for Decatur Township? Well...

  • Call the transportation office at 317-856-8060 - ask for Mark Anderson!
  • We will train you to get your CDL class B license!
  • Make $19.61 an hour for doing what many parents do for free!


Show your #DecaturPride and stay connected by downloading the MSD Decatur Township app to your phone. The MSD of Decatur Township has made it easier to stay informed with each campus and their happenings. You can select which schools you'd like to 'follow' and have a one-stop-shop for all info!


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Support Decatur Township by purchasing a metal "Decatur Proud" license plate. The cost is $10 (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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