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.
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 “Amaze with RAISE” 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.
Phone: 978-794-0124 (Main Number, Donna Fleming, Secretary)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Greg Landry, Principal)
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.
K-2 Family Math Night
Don't forget that Atkinson's annual K-2 Family math night is this Wednesday, May 4 from 6-7pm in the cafeteria. Come join us for an hour filled with fun, hands-on math games and activities. Please note that all students should be accompanied by an adult. We hope you can make it! Math+You=Fun
MCAS Dates for Math/Science-Tech in Grades 3-5
Grade 5 Monday & Tuesday, May 9 & 10
Friday & Monday, May 20 & 23
Grade 4 Tuesday & Wednesday, May 17 & 18
Grade 3 Friday & Monday, May 13 & 16
2016 Variety Show
What a show! Big thanks to the students and families for making this event such a success! Without the preparation and attention to detail, our audiences would have not had such a wonderful experience. There were dancers, singers, a guitar player, comedian, gymnasts, martial artists, pianists and actresses on stage who made us smile. It's a big risk for these youngsters. Every single student achieved through his/her effort and we are so proud of them for having the guts to stand in front of hundreds to perform. Staff and students are already counting the days until next year's show!
Celtics and Sal's Teaming Up at Atkinson
Please check out the pictures and video taken during our recent RAISE Assembly in the gym. The Celtics reached out to Atkinson for help with a public service announcement on texting and driving. A number of our 4th grade students came together write the script and to star in the filming of the PSA. The Celtics wrapped it all up with an unbelievable get-together with Avery Bradley, Sal Lupoli and Lucky, the Celtics mascot. Thanks to all involved!! CELTICS "NO DREXTING" PSA
Literacy Night K-5 & PTO Book Fair
Wednesday, March 2 was our first annual Literacy Night at Atkinson. We hope you were able to sign up to participate. We had over 100 students and parents/guardians who came. Thank you all for your support with Literacy Night and with our PTO Book Fair!!
100th Day Service Project K-5
RAISE Reps organized another service drive to help local families. We collected non-perishable foods (hot chocolate, soup, salad dressing, tuna, cooking oil, pasta, sauce) and/or personal care items (toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, chapstick) for local families in need. Each grade level was challenged to collect 100 different things to donate to a local service organization and no surprise, each grade doubled their goal. In total, we collected almost 1200 items to donate to The People's Pantry and Lazarus House. Thank you all so much for your help with this! Our families always set such a great example of the value of SERVICE!
"Fancy Friday" February 12
We hosted our 2nd Annual Fancy/Formal Friday lunch at school for the children on Friday, February 12. Each grade came together for a slightly fancier "restaurant' experience in the school cafeteria. Background music played, lessons on manners were given, waiters and waitresses helped serve and a few other surprises came up that the students enjoyed. Children wore dressy attire; it was like picture-day amplified. It was a great day and a lot of fun!
February 23 NAMS Meeting for 5th Grade Parents
Grade 5 Parents and Guardians, please see the letter linked here for information on an important meeting with Dr. Joan McQuade at North Andover Middle School after February vacation. "Growing Up" Curriculum Invitation
Knights in Training Champs!
We are so very proud of the community spirit we have here at Atkinson. This positive spirit was on display early Saturday morning, October 24, when we came together on the NAHS football field for the 4th Annual Knights in Training Run. Over 60 students and families participated in the event and helped us take home the gigantic trophy for the fourth straight year. Congratulations, Atkinson! Let's go for a five-peat next fall. :)
A RAISE Rep Message...
Dear Atkinson Families,
Thank you for helping so much with the Catie's Closet collection. It has been a great success! The bin is overflowing and many bags are packed around it. Donations will continue to be accepted until December 23. We're sure many children will be very glad to have your donations.Thanks to everyone who supported the raffle baskets at the Holiday Social this year. Some of that money will go to buying Catie's Closet new toiletries for the coming year. This was a great display of service in the school. Thank you! (Katie and Owen, 3rd Grade
Mon, Feb 1 Service Project Starts, Gr. 2 Trip
Mon, Feb 8 Library Lending Week
Tue, Feb 9 "A" Classes Tryout for Variety Show
Wed, Feb 10 "B" Classes Tryout for Show, 1:45pm Dismissal
Thu, Feb 11 "C" Classes Tryout for Show, RAISE Rep Mtg @ 7:30am, PTO Mtg @ 6:30pm
Mon, Feb 22 Library Lending
Tue, Feb 23 Gr. 1 Trip to Ipswich River, Gr. 5 Hands on History
Congratulations to our newly elected 18 classroom representatives for our student council: Katie, Jack, Sydney, Vanio, Meghan, Owen, Hana, Michael, Nessalyn, Dylan, Libby, Krishna, Nina, Andrew, Ava, Jack, Destiny and Ryan! We called these student councilors our RAISE Reps. Candidates ran in grades 3-5 and students voted for the boy and girl in each classroom that they felt would be really good leaders. With Ms. Rivenburg's, Mrs. Dewey's, Miss Foster's and Mr. Landry's guidance, these RAISE Reps will be taking on service projects and will work to creatively solve problems that relate directly to our student body. We all look forward to a very exciting and productive year! Big thanks go out to all the students who participated in the elections!
Schoolyear Registration Times
Registration for new students happens at each neighborhood school. Atkinson's registration times through the year will be 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. We will receive new registrations the first week of school with the understanding that new students will start school on or after September 14th.
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. :)
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 $.75. 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.
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