The Tiger Times

September 20, 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,

We are heading in to some big annual fall events for West Newton: the Cruise in Car Show, the Book Fair, and fall conferences!

· Cruise in Car Show takes place on Sat., Sept. 21 from 10am – 2pm and almost everything is free! There will be a drawing for 2 bikes for students who attend and put their name in the drawing.

· West Newton PTO’s Annual Book Fair begins on Wed., Sept. 25 from 5:30-7:00pm and it promises to be an amazing Literacy Night celebrating the joy of reading books! The Book Fair will be open each day Sept. 25, 26, 27, 30, and Oct. 1 from 8:30am – 1:30pm and 8am – 7pm on Oct. 2 which is Conference Day.

· Look for your child’s Conference time letter coming home soon. School is not in session on Oct. 2 due to holding conferences, but the Book Fair will be open all day.

As always, thank you for sharing your child with the staff of West Newton.

With Tiger Pride,

Principal Strube

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Gym News

From the gym…

August was a great month in the gym! We learned, reviewed, and practiced the rules in the gym, whistle cues, and expectations – and NON-expectations! Practicing the wrong way to line up, enter the gym, and treat peers made everyone laugh, but was a great reminder of the better choices we can make every day.

Skills that we worked on in August were running, chasing, fleeing and tagging while playing games like Sharks and Minnows, Color Tag, and Pacman Tag. Another skill that students worked on was throwing a ball with accuracy while playing Skittles. The 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes did their first of three assessment days (the other two will be in January and May), which included timing a five-lap run, and pushups and sit ups for one minute each. Their goal is to show improvement from August to May in each event. Finally, several classes are learning new cool down games, such as Quiet Ball and Wink.

Next month, in September, we’ll be focusing on the skills used in Kickball and Field Hockey. It’ll be SO much fun!!!

Last, but not least, if you ever have a concern or just want to chat, please call me here at school (317-856-5237) and I’m happy to get back with you as soon as possible. Thank you for sharing your greatest treasures with me! I’m honored and humbled by your trust!

Mrs. W

WN Tiger Pride Koozie Sale

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A Note from the Nurse

Just a reminder that Health Heroes' will be visiting West Newton on Oct. 3rd. All students are eligible to receive a flu shot as long as a consent has been filled out. This is free of charge with or without insurance, they do ask though that insurance information is provided on the consent form for proper billing. Please be on the look out for these forms which will be handed out to students November 18th. Please let me know if you have any questions!!!

Paige Ison, RN

West Newton Elementary

School Nurse



Adult/Child Lunch that does not attend WN cost is $3.50

This includes 1 entree, 2 different sides and 1 milk.

We do not accept credit cards

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POPCORN FRIDAY ~ September 27, 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.

Lunch with Someone You Love

  • Wed., Sept. 25 = Grade 5 at 12:00pm
  • Thurs., Sept. 26 = Grade 3 at 11:00am
  • Fri., Sept. 27 = Grade 1 at 10:30am and Grade 2 at 11:30am
  • Mon., Sept. 30 = Grade 6 at 1:00pm
  • Tues., Oct. 1 = Grade 4 at 12:30pm

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

WN PTO Meetings

Our PTO meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00-7:00 pm. All parents are welcome!! The meetings take place in the Library - enter through door 6! Hope to see you there!!

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Tuesday, 3rd @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Monday, 9th - - - Trash Bag Orders DUE to school

Friday, 20th / 6:00 - 8:00 - - - Movie Night

Wednesday, 25th / 5:30 - 7:00 - - - Literacy Night

Wednesday, 26th - Oct. 3rd - - - Book Fair (Lunch with Someone You Love)


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


Our students need you!

*We CDL Train*

Contact our Transportation Department

317-856-8060 or apply online at

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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