The Tiger Times
Dear West Newton Families,
NWEA testing in grades K-6 started on Dec. 1 and will end by Dec. 13. Our West Newton PTO has been busily preparing for some big events in December and we are inviting all of our West Newton students and families to enjoy these events with the staff and PTO.
Dec. 1-13 = NWEA Testing
Sat., Dec. 3 = Breakfast with Santa + Winter Wonderland Craft Fair from 9am-1pm
Pictures with Santa = $5 (cash only)
Breakfast = $6 (13 yrs. +), $1 (5-12 yrs.), $0 (4 and under)
Craft Fair vendors will be in the gym!
Sat., Dec. 3 = Kindergarten Music Program @ 10:30 in the cafeteria
Dec. 5-9 = Penguin Patch during the school day for students to purchase gifts for their families (see information that was sent via Parent Square)
Thurs., Dec. 8 = Grades 3&4 Music Program @ 6:00pm “Star Bucks, the Musical”
Tues., Dec. 20 = Winter Parties @ 1:15-2:00pm
This is also the final day of school prior to Winter Break
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
Kindergarten Breakfast with Santa ~ 12/3/22
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - I'll be happy to answer your questions!
Mrs. Stebbe, West Newton Music Teacher
West Newton PTO - Events at a Glance
Saturday, December 3 ~ Winter Wonderland (Breakfast with Santa & Craft Fair/9:00 -1:00 pm
Wednesday, December 21 - January 4 ~ Winter Break / NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, January 5 ~ School Reconvenes
Tuesday, January 10 ~ PTO Meeting @ 5:30 pm
Indianapolis Public Library: Decatur Branch Programming Survey
Hello Decatur Township community members.
Please share your input on programs you would like to see offered at the Indianapolis Public Library Decatur Branch and what times work best for you and your family. Follow the link to fill out a brief survey. Thank you for your time. https://forms.gle/SMY6iUxCGHUaSbMF9
Distribution of information by a community group in accordance with MSD Decatur policy does not imply, directly or indirectly, that the group's program(s), event(s) and/or service(s) is sanctioned, sponsored or endorsed by the district, the Board of Education or the superintendent."
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.
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 email@example.com for more information!
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.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES STORE
COKE LIDS COLLECTION
FOOD FREE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
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.
Current Job Openings in Decatur Schools
Health Services Newsletter Link, COVID Reporting Form and Updates
- 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.