The Tiger Times

December 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

Happy December to all of our West Newton families! Thank you for all of the generous donations to our school’s Thanksgiving food drive; our families donated 1,779 items to the Goodwin Center’s Pantry which provided delicious meals for families throughout Decatur Township. Doing service for others is a great way to begin the holiday season.

The middle of the school year is a great time for families to check in with students on goals. The staff of West Newton supports our students in setting goals to show growth as they begin their winter assessments in NWEA for reading, math, and language arts as well as their winter math facts and writing assessments. Setting academic and personal goals helps to motivate, energize, and focus students, and it is a valuable skill that will benefit learners throughout their lives. Noted in this newsletter are 2 links that parents will find very valuable to use at home - one is for ISTEP for grades 3-6 and the other is for IREAD3 for grade 3.

December is a busy month full of special events so please make sure to keep these dates in mind:

· Sat., Dec. 2 = Winter Wonderland + Breakfast with Santa 9am-1pm

· Dec. 4-8 = Santa’s Secret Shop from 8:30am – 1:30pm

· Thurs., Dec. 14 = Grades 3 & 4 Music Program at 7pm

· Fri., Dec. 15 = Movie Night from 6:00-8:00pm

· Wed., Dec. 20 = Winter Parties at 1:45pm

· Dec. 21 – Jan. 2 = Winter Break

· Wed., Jan. 3 = School Reconvenes

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Strube



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!


Google Play:

2018-2019 Academic School Year Calendar

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West Newton PTO ~ Events at a Glance


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


Wednesday 3rd --- School reconvenes

Tuesday, 9th / 6:00 ---PTO Meeting

Friday, 12th / 6:00-8:00 --- Movie Night

Thursday, 18th / 6:00 ---Skating Party

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


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


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!


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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5106 S. High School Rd, Across from Valley Mills Elementary

December 9, 2017-- 12pm-4pm 6pm-8pm

December 10, 2017- 12pm-5pm

December 16, 2017- 12pm-4pm 6pm-8pm

December 17, 2017- 12pm-5pm

We will have hot chocolate, warm fresh baked cookies, hand-painted ornaments, and Pictures with Santa.

Pictures $5.00

Hot Cocoa $1.00

Cookies $1.00

Hand Painted Ornaments $1.00

Decatur Township Relay for Life Fundraiser! Pets are welcome!

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.


Winter Break is Thursday, December 21, 2017 - January 2, 2018. School will reconvene on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.