The Tiger Times

October 28, 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,

Thank you so much for over 97% attendance at our West Newton Parent-Teacher Conferences! We have such a close community of families, students, and staff! You also made our Book Fair a huge success which means our PTO will have money to purchase items for our classrooms. Our next PTO meeting will be on Tues., Nov. 1 at 5:30pm in the media center.

Students enjoyed “Fall Into Good Books” celebrations throughout the school on Friday. There is nothing like enjoying a good book on a crisp, autumn day! A reminder that we do not hold Halloween parties at school and students should not wear costumes to school on Oct. 31, please.

West Newton’s Veterans Day Celebration will be held on Friday, November 11 beginning at 8:30am in our gymnasium. This is a solemn yet joyful event as our students and staff honor our community’s Veterans. Please see more information about that event in this newsletter.

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


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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


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

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


Saturday, Decebmer 3 ~ Winter Wonderland from 9:00 - 1:00

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

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


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


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 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 with occasional announced exceptions throughout the school year!!


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.


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.


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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