The Tiger Times

September 2, 2022


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.


Preparing our students to be tomorrow ready!


Dear West Newton Families,

Goodbye, August and hello, September! NWEA testing has been completed in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade for both reading and math. We will be running reports to share with parents at our conferences during the first week of October; that way, you will be provided with support from your child’s teacher to look at areas of strength and growth in both reading and math for your child. Please look for communication in September from your child’s teacher to choose a conference time for October 5.

We have an upcoming PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 6 beginning at 5:30pm in the media center and all parents are invited to attend. Our PTO trash bag fundraiser is going strong through Friday, September 9. Please turn in all orders and payment by next Friday, September 9; all profits will be used to support our West Newton Tigers! Trash bag orders will be fulfilled the first week of October.

Midterm reports will come home on September 7 in grades 1-6. Please sign and return the envelope to your child’s teacher, and please reach out to him or her should you have any questions.

Our West Newton students are amazing! 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



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.


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!!


Trash Bag Rolls are $11.00 each

Sale began - Friday, August 26th

Order Forms & Money due Friday, September 9th

Cash or Check (payable to West Newton PTO)

Delivery Distribution - Wednesday, October 5th during conferences

All trash bags should be picked up by Friday, October 7th

West Newton PTO - Events at a Glance


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

Friday, September 9 ~ Trash Bag Orders & Money Due


Tuesday, October 4 ~ PTO Meeting @ 5:30pm

Wednesday, October 5 ~ Student Led Conference/NO SCHOOL


Free flu vaccines will be provided by Health Hero clinic at West Newton on Friday Sept. 30th! Consent forms will be sent home with students by Sept. 7th and we ask that you have those filled out and returned no later than Sept. 21st. You do not have to worry about billing, we just ask that all insurance information is provided and billing will be sent appropriately. If it is not covered by your insurance, we do not ask for any payments for services. We accept non-insured students as well. Please let us know if you have any questions!!

Paige Ison, RN

West Newton Elementary

School Nurse



If your student does not have the required immunizations, please take note of the following options:

On Wednesday, September 21st, families will have the opportunity to attend a vaccination clinic at the Decatur Township School for Excellence in the Community Room (door 1) from 4:30-7pm. It is important to maintain compliance for the safety of your student.

● Make an appointment with your primary care physician's office

● Marion County Health Department: find a clinic that is administering immunizations, please visit the Marion County Health Department at

● Community Clinic at Walgreens - their Mann Road location at 317-487-0722 for further information regarding possible age and insurance limitations.

If you have made an appointment with your doctor or another provider, please notify your school nursing staff of the date immediately. After your child’s appointment, immunization records should be turned into the school immediately after the appointment.

If you have any other questions or are unsure of what vaccines your child should receive, please call your school and speak to the School Nurse.

Paige Ison, RN

West Newton Elementary

School Nurse



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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P-EBT Cards

Dear Decatur Township Families,

Please visit our Child Nutrition Department Website ( for resources and general information about P-EBT cards.
MSD of Decatur Township and the Child Nutrition Department do not have access to P-EBT information or funds.
All calls and questions need to be directed to The Family and Social Services Administration.

Thank you,
MSD of Decatur Township
Child Nutrition Department

Return to traditional meal benefit eligibility

Since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, school corporations across the country have been operating with the use of a federal waiver that allowed them to feed every child at no charge through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The use of this waiver will not be available for the upcoming school year. Corporations will return to the traditional eligibility requirements for free, reduced and paid meals. This means that for the 2022-2023 school year, MSD of Decatur Township will process free and reduced price meal and textbook applications. Please see attached flyer, and our website for more details.

Thank you

Nicole Moorhead
Director of Child Nutrition
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The 2nd Annual Doc Rather Golf Scramble will be on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Please see the pdf registration form at the end of this newsletter for more information.
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Current Job Openings in Decatur Schools

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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.


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.


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.
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Please see below for current and accurate car rider procedures.

Car Riders:

Thank you for your efforts to ensure our car rider line is running smoothly! As a reminder, please use both the right and left sides of the lower parking lot. It would be best to join the shorter line to prevent back-up on Mooresville Rd. Please pull up so that gaps are not left between vehicles.

During arrival and dismissal, the buses park in front of the school. Students may not be dropped off from a car at the front of the school during arrival or picked up there during dismissal. Please follow the procedures outlined below for car rider drop-off and pick-up at the back of West Newton, Door 10.

AM Arrival:

  • Car Riders
    • Please enter the car rider line through the lower parking lot off Mooresville Road. We are not to block Hayworth Road, so please wait at the bottom of the hill until you can proceed all the way to the top. Do not try to enter the car rider line by entering Hayworth from Mooresville and making a U-turn.
    • In the lower parking lot, please join the line on the right or left side of the lot (either side of the cement medians). Cars will take turns merging into the access road that leads to Hayworth Road.
    • Drop-off is from 7:20-7:40 a.m. Students will not be able to exit vehicles until 7:20 a.m.
    • The first car must pull all the way up to the first red pole by the blue sign.
    • The next 2 cars need to pull up to the second and third red poles.
    • Please have your child ready to exit your car when you pull up to the sidewalk area. Once the school door (10 South) is open, the first three (3) cars are to unload. For safety, students need to be ready to exit the vehicle on the passenger side and parents should remain in the vehicle.
    • In order to expedite unloading, please watch for an adult to wave your child out of the car once you have stopped by the sidewalk.
      • Please do not hold up the car rider line by having last minute discussions, signing papers or waiting to be first in line.
    • Please wait until students are on the sidewalk before pulling away.
    • Students will line up inside the school the hallways and then be dismissed to classrooms at 7:30.
    • Once the bell rings at 7:40 students are considered tardy and must enter through the front doors and come through the office to sign in.
PM Dismissal:
  • Car rider dismissal will begin at 2:20 p.m. at Door 10 South on Hayworth Rd. (same route as AM)
  • If your child is not in line when we begin loading cars we may ask you to pull forward.
  • Once buses pull out of the parking lot, the back door is closed and students will need to be picked up in the office by coming to the door to get them.
  • We request your patience, as we expect a larger number of car riders this year. We will move the line as quickly as possible while student and staff safety will be our first priority.
  • Please ensure your car rider sign is displayed in the windshield.

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.

Decatur Transportation

Find Bus Information Here!

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