The Tiger Times

11/11/2022

MISSION

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.

VISION

Preparing our students to be tomorrow ready!

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear West Newton Families,

West Newton’s students and staff shared a heart touching Veterans Day Program with our community and families. I am always so proud of how our staff supports our students in honoring our Veterans with respect and appreciation.

It is wonderful to see the learning that takes place in our Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms. Our Kindergarten - 2nd grade students finished their NWEA Fluency assessment and more information will be shared with families soon. NWEA Reading and Math assessments will take place in December as we continue to gauge our students’ growth and needs.

Reminders of upcoming events:

  • Movie or Game Night $5 = Fri., Nov. 18 (forms are due by Tues., Nov. 15 - no late forms or at door ‘day of’ will be accepted)

  • Midterm Reports come home = Tues., Nov. 22

  • Thanksgiving Break = Wed., Nov. 23 - Sun., Nov. 27 (school is not in session)

  • Breakfast with Santa & Craft Fair = Sat., Dec. 3 from 9am-1pm

  • Winter Break = Wed., Dec. 21 - Wed., Jan. 4 (school is not in session)

The West Newton staff continues to prepare our students to be “Tomorrow Ready”. Thank you so much for partnering with us in our students’ success and for sharing your children with us. #DecaturProud


With Tiger Pride,

Susan D. Strube

Principal

Veterans Day Program

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SMILE MOBILE ~ 11/15 and 11/17

The Smile Mobile provided through Marion County Health Department will be at West Newton on Nov. 15th and Nov. 17th! It is a complete mobile lab that provides dental examinations, cleanings, x-ray and fluoride treatments along with dental education for students. Medicaid and personal insurance accepted. There will be a $20 mail-in fee for uninsured students. Students will be given an addressed envelope to take home on the day of services, NO CASH PAYMENTS accepted on the day of service. Attached are the consent forms which must be completed and turned in no later than Thursday, Nov. 10th. If you are unable to print off the form, please notify the front office and one will be given to your student to take home. Please let us know if you have any questions!

West Newton PTO - Events at a Glance

westnewtonelempto@gmail.com


NOVEMBER

Tuesday, November 1 ~ PTO Meeting @ 5:30 pm

Friday, November 18 ~ Movie Night / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 23 - 25 ~ Thanksgiving Break / NO SCHOOL


DECEMBER

Saturday, December 3 ~ Winter Wonderland (Breakfast with Santa & Craft Fair/9:00 -1:00 pm

Tuesday, December 6 ~ PTO Meeting @ 5:30 pm

Wednesday, December 21 - January 4 ~ Winter Break / NO SCHOOL

DCHS FOOD BANK

Dry and fresh food items will be available for drive thru pick up for any families with children enrolled in MSD of Decatur Township Schools!
When: Weekly on Thursdays 11:30AM – 12:50PM (when school is in session through May 2023)
Where: DCHS, Door 1

How to apply: Complete the intake form below and submit! (required for each distribution date). The form must be completed by the Tuesday before the pick date.


Please see QR Code below.

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DMS Swim/Dive Team

Attention Parents of 6th Grade Students:
6th Graders can join the Decatur Middle School Swim/Dive Team.
A parent information meeting and suit fitting for athletes will be on December 5 at 6:30 at the DCHS Natatorium (Door 16).
Please reach out to Coach Houston at srhouston@decaturproud.org for more information!

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Kindergarten Breakfast with Santa ~ 11/3/22

The Kindergarten classes of West Newton Elementary will be performing a short program at our Breakfast With Santa event on Saturday morning, Dec. 3, 2022 at 10:30am. Our program will be about 15 minutes long. All Kindergarten students are encouraged to attend, and to dress for the season!

STAR BUCKS HOLIDAY MUSICAL ~ 3rd and 4th Grade

Parents of 4th (and 3rd) graders,


On Thursday, December 8, in the West Newton gym, the 3rd and 4th grade students will be presenting a holiday musical called, "Star Bucks, the Musical". It will be at 6:00p and should last about 45 minutes. ALL 3rd and 4th grade students will be involved in this musical, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to join in some holiday fun all together again! I have created an announcement on Canvas that has links to song files, the script, and a student score. Students should go to the 4th grade Music course, find "announcements" in the menu, and look for the announcement called, "Star Bucks, the Musical" and that is where they can find everything they will need, in order to listen to the music at home, and get (and stay) familiar with the music and script.


There will be opportunities for students to audition for a small selection of speaking roles. We will accomplish that in an informal way during Music class. I will have interested students read lines in the script for the different parts and I will be looking for volume, clarity of speech, speaking slowly, inflection, and ability to memorize lines. If your student is selected, I will let the families know and ask for their permission for the student to have a special part.


I encourage all students to dress in holiday style for our program. That might mean a special holiday outfit, reindeer headband, festive scarf, or whatever puts them in the holiday spirit! Students chosen for specialty speaking parts will need to obtain a costume, of which I have a very small selection and I'm willing to loan those out to the students who may fit them.


If you have any questions about our upcoming performance, please feel free to respond to this message, or email me at dstebbe@decaturproud.org - I'll be happy to answer your questions!


Mrs. Stebbe, West Newton Music Teacher

PASSION PROJECT FUNDRAISER

Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Brown and I am an Elementary Education major at the University of Indianapolis. I will be conducting my student teaching at West Newton Elementary School this upcoming spring semester. Part of my student teaching experience is to develop a passion project that gives back to the community. Music has always been one of my great passions growing up and I believe that music offers an opportunity to engage children academically, socially, and creatively.


My passion project is to raise money to acquire musical instruments and resources for the West Newton’s music program. During the holiday concert family and friends are encouraged to participate in a raffle of various gifts and events. I hope that the new instruments and resources brought into the music room will help students find their passion for music.


Please plan on participating in this fundraising event on December 8th to help support your child and the children of West Newton Elementary.

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VETERANS DAY PROGRAM ~ 11/11/22

West Newton will be honoring all who served during our Veterans Day Program on Friday, November 11th at 8:30 am.

THANKSGIVING BREAK ~ NO SCHOOL

Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - Friday, November 25, 2022. School is closed and will reconvene on Monday, November 28, 2022.

LOST and FOUND

Our Lost and Found is full of coats, jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes and other items. If you are missing anything, please stop by the school to look or ask your student to check the table.

POPCORN FRIDAY EVERY WEEK

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 Friday will take place every week!!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES STORE

West Newton has a book store with school supplies (ie: pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, etc) in addition to trinket style school suppplies (ie: pencil sharpeners, small notepooks, pencil pouches, etc). Students may bring cash to shop at the supply store. The supply store is open every week on Monday and Wednesday only.

COKE LIDS COLLECTION

Send in your Coke lids and Coke codes! All Coke products (Coke, Sprite, Barq's, Pibb, Dasani, etc.) either have a code under the bottle lid or in the box/sleeve. All these codes can be used to earn money for West Newton! Your child can earn personal prizes and prizes for their class if they bring in these codes.

FOOD FREE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

You are welcome to send a donated book, puzzle or game to celebrate your child’s birthday. Due to food allergies and diet restrictions, all birthday celebrations will be FOOD FREE. This is to assure that all students can participate in the birthday celebrations. Students will be recognized on the announcements and in their classroom for their special day. At times, parents have asked us to help them by passing out birthday party invitations to children in the class. We are not able to do this unless every child in the class is invited.

NO SMOKING / NO VAPING POLICY

Decatur Township School Police Department, (DTSPD), in collaboration with the Drug Free Coalition, is excited to offer a new diversion program for students found to be in possession of tobacco products,

e-cigarettes, and or vaping devices. DTSPD has also partnered with our local courts in an effort to minimize the use of these products and devices on our campuses. Our students, if found with the aforementioned items, would be in violation of Indiana Code 35-46-1-10.5, Minor in Possession of a Tobacco Product or an Electronic Cigarette or 7.1-5-12-8 Smoking in a Prohibited Area. Each of these would be met with an Indiana citation, also known as a “Uniform Traffic Ticket,” (UTT). When submitted to the courts, the cost of the ticket for this violation is $170.50. This is an actual ticket and will affect your license or the ability to obtain one if left unpaid. Our objective however, is not to create financial hardship, but to have an opportunity to educate students and families on the dangers of vaping and tobacco products. Twice per month, DTSPD officers will present a 1-hour class for students who have opted to accept the terms of the diversion program. The cost of the class for a student attending alone is $75.00. If a student attends the class with a parent or guardian, the class is discounted at a cost of $25.00. Upon the completion of the class, the UTT, or citation, will not be referred to the courts, and there will be no record of the violation. A student may only participate in the program once per school year, and only twice throughout their entire school career.

VOLUNTEERS

All volunteers are required to submit a volunteer application and clear a background check prior to volunteering at any Decatur Township school. It is important to submit your application at least 2 weeks prior to the field trip, field day, and/or any other special event to ensure we get the background check results to clear you to volunteer. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. To begin the volunteer process, click the application link below.


Volunteer Application

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Current Job Openings in Decatur Schools

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Health Services Newsletter Link, COVID Reporting Form and Updates

Click here for important information from our district Health Services!



  • We encourage all families to conduct a daily screening of your children prior to sending them to school. COVID symptoms are any of the following:
    • Fever or chills
    • Sore throat or shortness of breath
    • Cough (especially new onset, uncontrolled) or shortness of breath
    • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain
    • Headache (particularly new onset or severe especially with fever)
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • A positive COVID case will need to quarantine/isolate at home for a period of five (5) days. A student/staff member may return at the conclusion of five days if they are no longer showing any symptoms.
    • If your child tests positive, please access our “COVID Parent Reporting Form” on the main page of our website, or call your school’s front office. The following link is the reporting form:
    • Click here for the Parent COVID Reporting Form
  • Students who are close contacts may come to school because of our mask requirement. A medical note is required if close contacts quarantine at home.
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