The Tiger Times

November 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,

Thank you for your attendance at our parent – teacher – student conferences in October. We had over 98% participation and that is something to celebrate! As educators, the West Newton staff is fully invested in our students’ academic, emotional, and social well-being and we love being partners with our parents.

As the weather turns a bit colder in November we are still warming up to our learning and activities at West Newton. Our students have also been preparing for our Veterans Day Program on Nov. 9. This is always a respectful event for the students, staff, and community. Here are some upcoming events for parents to note:

· Oct. 26 – Nov. 2 = Round 3 of STAR testing ELA and Math

· Nov. 1 – 14 = Major Saver Cards fundraiser for DTEF

· Nov. 6 = PTO meeting at 6pm in the media center

· Nov. 9 at 8:30am = Veterans Day Program – all are invited to attend

· Nov. 14 = School Smiles will be at West Newton

· Nov. 14 = Mid-term Reports come home

· Nov. 16 = Popcorn Sale 50 cents per bag

· Nov. 19-23 = Thanksgiving Break

· Nov. 26 = School Reconvenes

· Sat., Dec. 1 = 9am-1pm Breakfast with Santa and Craft Fair!

I would like to encourage all of our parents to participate in West Newton’s wonderful PTO meeting on Nov. 6 and also bring your families to the Dec. 1 Breakfast with Santa and Craft Fair that is sponsored by our PTO. This is always an amazing community event and the kids have so much fun!

Thank you for sharing your children with the staff of West Newton. I always look forward to coming to school each day because of our students, staff, and families!

With Tiger Pride,

Susan D. Strube


Mrs. Suchy's Art Segment

ART TO REMEMBER: Orders can still be placed online at / online order code is on the personalized order form. Merchandise will arrive prior to winter break.


The days are getting chillier as fall continues to winter! It is VERY important that your children are dressing appropriately to prevent any health issues related to the cold! Please make sure they are coming to school with a jacket/coat as they will still continue to go outdoors for recess if weather permits. As the temperature continues to drop, please also make sure your child has appropriate head gear on such as stocking caps and/or scarfs (FYI-heat is released thru your head)! Also make sure they are wearing gloves during very low temperatures to help prevent frost bite! Remember, just because it’s not snowing does not mean the cold cannot do damage to your little ones!! As always, THANK YOU for helping to keep all our tiger cubs healthy and ready to learn! J

Paige Ison, RN

Volleyball Clinic

VOLLEYBALL CLINIC at West Newton Elementary

The coaching staff at the Middle School, Youth League, and the High School will

offer a 6 weeks volleyball clinic at each elementary, open to all grades.

This clinic offers each girl the opportunity to learn and play volleyball in a fun and

friendly environment. Girls will have chances to win prizes from candy to t-shirts. Registration flyers were sent home with students.

LOCATION- West Newton’s Gym

TIME- After school until 5:00

DATES- Tuesday's

Oct. 30th

*Nov. 6th – No Clinic ~ Elections

Nov. 13th & Nov. 15th

Nov. 27th

Dec. 4th

Dec. 11th


- $30 Checks Payable to DGSA

Bring registration and money to the clinic.


- Dee Taylor - Varsity Volleyball Coach 317 409-2976

Tandace Joseph - Decatur Middle School 317 856-5274 ext. 1134

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Daylight Savings Time Ending Soon

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 4th. Otherwise you'll be ready for school an hour early on Monday, November 5th!

Health Heroes Flu Clinic ~ Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Information and Consent forms regarding FREE flu immunizations were sent home with students. Additional forms available in the office.
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Popcorn is $.50 per bag. Popcorn money will be collected all week and the popcorn will be distributed during the students' lunch time.

Thanksgiving Break ~ No School

Monday, November 19, 2018 - Friday, Friday, November 23, 2018. School will reconvene on Monday, November 26, 2018.
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Decatur Township Wrestling League

The Decatur Township Wrestling League is a 5 week Wrestling League for students in grades 1 to 6 who attend Decatur Township Elementary Schools. Decatur Township Wrestling League is great for student-athletes who want to learn and grow in the sport of wrestling.

2018 DTWL Information


  • Sign up: October 3 - November 1st sign up at
  • Sign ups at DCHS: October 30th and November 1st from 5:30-7:30pm. Enter Door 16
  • Practice /Contest Start: November 5th


  • Decatur Central High School Wrestling Room/Decatur Middle School Wrestling Room


  • Practice: Tuesday / 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Contest: Thursday / 6:45 - 7:30 pm


  • $75 (includes: League t-shirt, USA Membership, League Dues, and Tournament Fees)

More information an sign up can be found at

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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.


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, 6th @ 6pm - - - PTO Meeting

Friday, 9th - - - Veteran's Day Program

November 19th-23rd - - - Thanksgiving Break ~ No School


Saturday, 1st / 9:00-1:00 - - - Winter Wonderland

Decmber 3rd - 7th / 8:30-1:30 - - - Secret Santa Shop

Thursday, 13th @ 7pm - - - 3rd and 4th Grade Program

Friday, 14th 6:00-8:00 - - - Movie Night

December 21st-January 4th - - - Winter Break ~ No School

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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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