The Atkinson Elementary School is a vibrant learning environment growing with positive energy and effort. Our school community embraces the philosophy and goals of North Andover Public Schools around academic and social expectations.
Our mission is to cultivate a respectful community of engaged learners, insightful thinkers, and effective communicators who are ready for their next level of learning.
Built in 1964 as a neighborhood upper elementary school and named for Frederick Atkinson, a respected doctor and school committee member, our elementary school provides care and challenge for all students each and every day. You'd never know that the school just celebrated its 50th anniversary judging by its appearance inside and out.
Atkinson School is the “Home of the All-Stars," but it’s also the birthplace of our town's RAISE values: Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service & Empathy. Our students are encouraged to be high achievers and productive citizens and to “RAISE and Shine” everyday! Atkinson educators present our children opportunities for academic and social-emotional growth that build on our community values and beliefs.
We expect our 415 students to be the all-stars of today and tomorrow; good and smart people who lead by example. As a community of talented teachers and supportive parents, we'll be RAISE-ing the bar as high as we can for our children in developmentally appropriate ways on academic, social and emotional learning for years to come.
We've adjusted the lunch times for students this year. Within a 45-minute timeframe, students will have a lunch and recess block. Please send in a snack each day even if your child buys a lunch at school. Thank you!
This file gives an overview of the test and some information about how the school prepares. There are links to the Department of Education district & school profiles pages that highlight Atkinson performance over time.
Over the summer, Principal Landry will be available for helping with registration on several mornings from 8:30am-12pm (July 1 & 7, August 11, 13, 20, 25 & 27). Please drop in or call in advance to schedule an appointment. Mr. Landry's email address is email@example.com and his phone number is 978-794-0124 x56100. During the school year, our weekly registration times are Monday-Friday 10am-1pm. Please register onlineprior to bringing in your child's documentation: birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residency in North Andover and a recent utility bill. Thank you!
Monday, August 24: K-5 Class Assignments Emailed at NOON
Tuesday, September 1: New Family Orientation & PTO Popsicles on the Playground, 6:30pm (rain date on Sept. 3, same time)
Tuesday, September 8: Grades 1-5 First Day & Kindergarten Class Visits, 9:30am
Wednesday, September 9: Kindergarten First Day of School, 8:10am
Tuesday, September 28: K-2 Open House
Wednesday, September 29: Grades 3-5 Open House
October 19 & 20: K-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences
Classroom Assignments 2015-2016
Each family will be notified of classroom assignments for the 2015-2016 school year via an email from NAPS School Messenger on Monday, August 24 at 12pm. Please make sure your email information is up to date on our PowerSchool Parent Portal. Information on the e-mail will be family/student specific and not include a complete class listing. Class lists will not be posted at the schools this year. Have a great summer!
New Family Orientation, Popsicles on the Playground
We hope you'll join us for our New Family Orientation on Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30pm (rain date Thursday, September 3, 6:30pm). It's a casual meeting on the playground when Mr. Landry introduces himself and the school to new families. We welcome all new families to school prior to day one so that there is some familiarity with surroundings and school procedures. Tours may or may not be available depending on the maintenance schedule. Atkinson PTO will provide popsicles to families who attend. Students can play while parents and guardians can ask questions. If you can't join us, there is a general slideshow posted above for your reference.
If you are curious about what your child may need for a grade level at the beginning of the year, please see the supply list linked above. Please do not feel obligated to provide any of these materials. It's just a guide in case you want to pick up a few things at Walmart or Staples as your child starts looking forward tohis/her school year. :)
8:10am Students may arrive at school. Supervised morning recess.
8:25am The bell rings and students enter school.
8:35am Students are officially tardy for school. Parent/guardian must sign in.
3:00pm Students are dismissed from school. Supervised patrols by staff.
Dismissal Plan 2015-2016
Thank you for printing out and completing the dismissal form (linked on this page) for the first day of school or whenever a long-term change happens. It is very important that your child (and we) know how he/she is being dismissed each day. We have 3 patrols for dismissal: cafeteria (car pickup, Kids Stop, Parker/Main St. walkers), playground exit (Mass. Ave. walkers), gymnasium (bus riders). If you cannot print out the form, it is imperative that you write a note for your child's teacher or visit the front office for any other time when your child's dismissal plan changes. Thank you very much for your attention to this form.
Please make sure your child’s health records are up to date. The State mandates that health forms for any new student be completed prior to entry into the school. Please present your child’s health records to the secretary and nurse as soon as possible. Thank you!
Communication & Problem-Solving Guidelines
Atkinson staff takes pride in responding to parent/guardian concerns in a timely and respectful manner. When a school problem arises that relates to your child, the following process should be followed:
Contact your child's teacher first. Depending on what was shared at home, the teacher will often be able to provide another side of a story that brings about understanding. If a student is having a hard time with content or peers, our teachers are famous for making adjustments to their instruction or management to help students in any way they can.
Contact the principal next. Often, the issue could be a larger one that extends beyond a child's particular classroom. It might be a concern about behavior, communication, curriculum, playground conditions or a number of other bigger issues. The principal can email, talk on the phone or certainly meet in person to share our thoughts on the matter in order to help with the problem.
Consider the next level. If there ever is an issue that cannot be solved at the school level and needs to be brought to the superintendent level, it should be done in collaboration. Over time, there have been problems that required input from the system’s leadership and these matters have been worked on together. Attempts to solve a problem should be made at the school level before it's brought to the superintendent or school committee level.
Social media can be an efficient and effective communication tool, however, we ask that you please consider the potentially detrimental effect a post could have on students, parents/guardians, staff and/or the school community. Thank you very much for reflecting on this process and for supporting the school in so many other ways throughout the year!
Thank you so much for your help with our school causes! Because of your purchases, the Atkinson PTO is able to support Enrichment Programs at our school, as well as, provide teachers and staff with supplemental funding to support classroom needs beyond what is covered by the school district.
RAISE Magnets for Sale
If you'd like to own one of those snazzy RAISE magnets that you see on cars across town, see Mr. Landry. Each magnet is $5 and proceeds go directly to the Building Respectful Community/RAISE committee for use on activities and programs that impact social-emotional learning in North Andover.
The Elementary School Handbook
A copy of the new Atkinson Elementary School Parent and Student Handbook is posted on this page and on the side menu to left. The elementary handbook has a great deal of information that I hope you’ll find useful. In the handbook, you will find entries on attendance, birthdays, food safety, homework, health, PTO and our code of conduct that is directly linked to RAISE. Some handbook items apply only to adults while others should be read or shared with your child. It should take no more than 30-minutes to review the entire handbook. As we work to make fewer copies and to promote the use of our school website, I encourage you to download the handbook from the link below, although hard-copies of the handbook will be available in the Atkinson office and/or can be sent home at your request. Our goal is to have all children and families aware of our school procedures and policies. As the practices and policies around school conduct are updated this year to link to our work with Responsive Classroom training, we will certainly let you know. Thank you all for your time and support!
Car Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
Please re-view the document linked on this page for clarification. It highlights our general procedures in the morning and afternoon around cars and children. It is very important that you read and follow the guidelines listed on the linked pages so that we can get students to school on time and safe while avoiding traffic jams on the main roadways. In the afternoon, it is also important to follow the dismissal routes so that students are dismissed in an orderly and safe manner. The system breaks down when we have people take short cuts around the procedures. Thank you very much for your cooperation!
Lunch Program Info
Elementary school lunches cost $2.50 this school year. Milk only is $.65. Lunch snacks are offered to kids in grades 3-5 for $.75 each. Students are also eligible for free/reduced lunches based on family income. Please send in those forms ASAP. The School Lunch Program will again offer a “point of sale (POS)” debit system at the Atkinson School this year. This system eliminates the need to give your child school lunch money on a daily basis-we try to collect money from home on Mondays.
Responsive Classroom Parent Brochure
Please see the link above for some important information about the Responsive Classroom approach that's been adopted at Atkinson School. Please ask your child(ren) about their experiences with morning meeting and about their "hopes and dreams" for the school year.
Placement Input Letters
Before the end of June each year, our grade level placement teams will be meeting to discuss data that will help us create class assignments for students entering grades K-5. The placement procedure is an involved and thoughtful process. Factors we consider for placement into balanced groups include academic effort and achievement, gender, as well as social relationships and learning style. Our goal is to create classes balanced academically and socially to meet each and every learner's needs.
The mission of North Andover Public Schools is to cultivate a respectful community of engaged learners,
insightful thinkers, and effective communicators.
It is the policy of North Andover Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, color, homelessness, sexual orientation, age or disability in its education programs, services, activities or employment practices.
Atkinson Elementary School is located at:
111 Phillips Brooks Road | North Andover, MA 01845 | Phone: 978-794-0124 | Fax: 978 794 2454