The Tiger Times

November 2017


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.

A Note from your Principal

Dear West Newton Families,

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy fall break. It is hard to believe that we have already started the 2nd quarter of school and parent teacher conferences are finished. Thank you to all of our parents and guardians who were able to attend conferences this year – we had 99% participation! In reflecting with many of the teachers, I know they value the opportunity to sit down and talk with parents about student progress and support.

Our annual Veterans Day Program is scheduled for Friday, November 10, beginning at 8:30am and we welcome all West Newton families to attend this significant community event. We have planned special presentations to honor our veterans of the armed forces. I know our students and staff have been working hard and love to show their support to the men and women who have served or are serving our country. We will also have cookies and lemonade following our program with a guided tour of the school for our Veterans and their families.

With the end of fall and the start of winter comes the drop in temperatures. We ask that you check with your child regarding their jacket or coat since our Lost and Found is getting full. Mr. Werner and I give reminders to students on announcements to check the Lost and Found since parents have given their children warm coats and want them to be worn!

The month of November gives us the Thanksgiving holiday and it is always nice to reflect during this time of year about the past year and what a wonderful school we have. I am extremely thankful to be working with great staff, students, and parents! It is remarkable to see so many people come together to support the students at West Newton. Thank you and have a great month of November!


Mrs. Susan D. Strube


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The days are getting chillier as fall continues into winter! It is VERY important that your children are dressing appropriately to prevent any health issues related to the cold! Please make sure they are coming to school with a jacket/coat as they will still continue to go outdoors for recess if weather permits. As the temperature continues to drop, please also make sure your child has appropriate head gear on such as stocking caps and/or scarfs (FYI-heat is released through your head)! Also make sure they are wearing gloves during very low temperatures to help prevent frost bite! We have a limited supply of new gloves, hats, and scarves available, if you're unable to provide them for your student. Remember, just because it’s not snowing does not mean the cold cannot do damage to your little ones!! As always, THANK YOU for helping to keep all our tiger cubs healthy and ready to learn!

Cold and Flu Reminders!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Cold and flu season is upon us! My main goal this season is to keep our West Newton students and staff as healthy as possible. I will need everyone’s help in order to accomplish this goal! The following are some reminders about illness and your children:

1) Students that have a fever above or equal to 100.0 degrees MUST STAY HOME!

2) Students cannot return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medication. The Center for Disease Control recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care.

3) Students will only be sent home sick if they have a fever above or equal to 100.0, vomiting twice or more in 30 minutes, and/or are experiencing frequent diarrhea. If a student has a low grade temperature in the morning or has vomited/had diarrhea they are most likely contagious. PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME!

4) Seek emergency medical attention if your child shows any of these symptoms:

-Fast or troubled breathing

-Bluish skin color

-Not drinking any fluids

-Not waking up or not interacting

-Flu-like symptoms resolve but then return with high fever and/or worsening cough

-Fever with a rash

5) Washing your hands is the BEST way to prevent the spread of cold and flu!!

6) Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze (try coughing into your sleeve instead of your hand-ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer!

7) Please notify the school if your student has been diagnosed with influenza A and please make sure to share any doctor’s notes or medical documentation related to the illness with the school nurse.

Thank you for your help in keeping our Tiger cubs healthy and ready to learn!! J

Paige Ison, RN

West Newton School Nurse


The Holiday Season is just around the corner... Many non-profits are starting their application process for additional help during this time. If you are a family that may need some additional support during this time please contact our Community In Schools Site Coordinator (Mrs. Lecher @ ext. 1140). She will be able to provide you with many different contacts and supports.

One provider is Community Caring and Sharing on 2830 S. Holt Road, 46241. Christmas Sign up for families living in Decatur Township will be: Tuesdays 11:30-3:00; Wednesdays 10:00-3:00; and Thursdays 10:00-3:00. The last day to sign up is November 21, 2017. For information please call 317-243-8023.


Show your #DecaturPride and stay connected by downloading the MSD Decatur Township app to your phone. The MSD of Decatur Township has made it easier to stay informed with each campus and their happenings. You can select which schools you'd like to 'follow' and have a one-stop-shop for all info!


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Veterans Day Program ~ November 10, 2017

West Newton will be honoring Veterans on November 10, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. This convocation will take place to honor and celebrate the men and women that have served our country. Parking will be available in the upper and lower parking lot after the buses dismiss at 7:45 a.m.

POPCORN FRIDAY ~ November 17, 2017

Popcorn is $.50 per bag. Popcorn money will be collected all week and the popcorn will be distributed during the students' lunch time.

Thanksgiving Break ~ No School

Monday, November 20, 2017 - Friday, November 24, 2017. School will reconvene on Monday, November 27, 2017.

West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


Tuesday, 7th @ 6pm ---PTO Meeting

Thursday, 9th / 6:00-8:00 --- Skating Party

Monday, 20th - Friday 24th --- Thanksgiving Break


Saturday, 2nd / 9:00-1:00 --- Winter Wonderland

Monday, 4th - Friday 8th --- Secret Santa Shop / 8:30-1:30

Friday, 15th / 6:00-8:00 --- Movie Night

Thursday, 21st - Tuesday, January 2nd --- Winter Break

Winter Wonderland ~ December 2, 2017

Visit West Newton's Winter Wonderland on Saturday, December 2nd, from 9:00 - 1:00. Take a picture with Santa, browse our variety of vendors, enjoy free kid's crafts, and come hungry for the pancake breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Lunch snacks will be available for purchase from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast - CASH ONLY

Adults - $5.00

Elementary Students - $4.00

Children 5 & under - Free

Winter Music Program ~ December 14, 2017

3rd and 4th grade students will be performing a Winter Music Program on December 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Students should arrive by 6:45 p.m. and meet their teacher in the cafeteria.


All Decatur Township School volunteers must register and be approved before volunteering for the 2017-2018 school year.

Go to

Click on the tab 'Families', then 'Volunteer' to submit an electronic form.

Don't have a computer, not a problem. Volunteer forms are available in the school office.

For more information contact:

Bev O'Toole 317-241-0183 or

~West Newton Singers~

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Support Decatur Township by purchasing a metal "Decatur Proud" license plate. The cost is $10 (cash only) and the profits help the students in our school.


Clipping Box Tops for Education is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school. Your child can earn personal rewards and rewards for their class or grade level when they bring in Box Tops! For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers. You can also download the Box Tops Bonus App to earn even more money for our school.

Thank you for your support!

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It is the Board’s commitment to provide a safe, positive, productive and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Any individual who believes a student has been or is the victim of discrimination, bullying, or harassment should report the situation to the building principal or designee or complete the School District’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying report form, which is available online at
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