The Tiger Times

August 21, 2020


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!

A Note from your Principal

Dear Tiger Families,

Our goal at West Newton is to make each day count! As we finish out day 12 this school year, I am Decatur Proud of our students and staff for responding to new safety procedures and routines with discipline and focus.

We are jumping into academics as well with continued emphasis on academic and content vocabulary, and our new English Language Arts curriculum, “Into Reading” for grades 1-5 and “Into Literature” for 6th grade (HMH). All students, including remote and on-site, are learning and practicing how to access technology resources such as Canvas, Webex, Savvas (formerly Pearson Math), and HMH. Thank you for your continued support with charging iPads nightly and reminding your child to bring the iPad back to school each day. For our remote learning families, we appreciate your support and communication to ensure active participation through Webex and Canvas.

We are “stronger together” as the West Newton Family of students, parents/guardians, and staff, all working toward increased student achievement. Thank you for sharing your children with us!

With Tiger Pride,

Mrs. LeMay, Principal

Social Emotional Learning

Here at West Newton, we want students to be successful in all aspects of school. In addition to teaching core academic subjects, teachers and staff teach Social Emotional Learning skills or SEL.

What is SEL? Teaching SEL skills your child the tools to understand their emotions, communicate effectively, engage appropriately with other students, and cope with hardships and disappointments.

How do we teach SEL? We teach using the Second Step program. It is taught in all grade levels and in all schools throughout Decatur Township. It teaches skills in the following areas:

  • Skills for Learning: Students learn to help themselves, listen attentively, stay on task, and be assertive when needing help.

  • Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their emotions and recognize the emotions of others.

  • Emotion Management: Students learn skills to help them calm down or reset when dealing with unexpected emotions.

  • Problem Solving: Students learn the process of solving problems in a positive way.

How can you support SEL at home? In addition to the lessons taught in class, your child will be bringing home Home Links that accompany the lessons. These Home Links have fun activities and conversation starters that you can do with your child.

I am honored to be the Social Emotional Learning Coach at West Newton. Please keep your eyes open for more Second Step updates!


Sara Whitman

West Newton Needs a Motto!

Please share with your student - student suggested entries only, please!!

What’s a motto? A motto is a short phrase or sentence that shows values and beliefs.

The PBIS Committee is having a contest to find a motto for West Newton. Think about TIGER Pride, your favorite parts of school, or what West Newton means to you. The motto should be meaningful and inspiring. The grand prize winner will have their motto displayed in the front office on a plaque! First and second runners up will receive prizes as well.

All entries are promptly due on Monday, August 31st. Judging will be blind. Please complete the Google Form West Newton Needs a Motto! to enter. Good Luck!

2019/2020 YEARBOOK ~ $15

We have extra 2019/2020 yearbooks available to purchase. This yearbook is a limited edition featuring many fun photos over the years of Mr. Werner, due to his retirement. We also made room for mentioning the COVID-19 it is history in the making!

Yearbooks are $15 each. Cash and Checks are accepted. Checks should be made payable to West Newton Elementary. Limited supplies, first come - first serve, while supplies last! Students will be given the purchased yearbook to bring home on the same day cash/check is brought to school.

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Picture Day ~ Wednesday, 9/2/2020

Picture Day is coming up on 09/02/2020!

We will not be sending paper Order Flyers home with students this year. Be sure to preorder your pictures. This year ALL orders must be submitted online using the link below.

Order online at

It generally takes approximately 3-4 weeks to process the orders and get them shipped back to our school. Portrait packages will be sent home with students when they arrive.

Virtual Tiger Time ~ Friday, 9/4/2020

Our Tiger Time recognizes Student of the Month, Class Spirit Nominations and other exciting things that are happening within our school. More details on how to tune in to watch our virtual Tiger Time coming soon!


Order forms were sent home with students on 8/17/2020. Hopefully you have already started selling these amazing trash bags. All rolls are $10 each. Cash or Checks are accepted for payment. Please make checks available to West Newton PTO. Orders and money are due back to school by Tuesday, 9/8/2020.

Thank you for your support!!

Decatur Middle School Sports

6th graders are ENCOURAGED to participate in limited athletics at the middle school level. They are still required to have a physical and all electronic forms on file. All of these forms can be found at under the MORE tab.


Please have interested families contact Mrs. Harvey, DMS Athletic Director, at 317-856-5274.

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Please remember to screen your child for possible COVID-19 symptoms listed below. We can all do our part to keep our students, families and staff safe.

Students are doing an amazing job wearing their masks and following safety procedures. Thank you for continuing to send your child to school wearing a mask.

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No School Visitors

No visitors will be allowed inside buildings for any reason other than to pick up or drop off their child beginning on the first day of school. This includes walking your child to class, eating lunch with your child, class parties, events and convocations. Masks must be worn at all times by parents or anyone that is able to enter the building.

  • All Parent meetings will be held via phone or virtually. This includes parent/teacher conferences, or IEP/504 meetings.
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Reading Benchmarks - 8/6/2020 - 8/31/2020

Clearsight (formerly Airways) Testing Grades 3rd -6th 8/17/2020 - 9/4/2020

I-Ready Testing Grades 1st - 2nd - 8/17/2020 - 9/4/2020

Decatur Transportation

Find Bus Information Here!

Canvas Parent Instructions