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School Supply Kits Available Now!

posted Jun 13, 2019, 8:57 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Get your school supplies for next year!

It's that time of year again when you can order your All-Stars school supplies for next year. Have a stress free summer with at least one big "to-do" off your list! All lists have been approved by all the Atkinson teachers and will be delivered to your student's classrooms before the 1st day of school, plus, the kits are shipped free to Atkinson.

All orders are due June 30th.

Any questions, please reach out to us at

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Recommended Summer Reading List 2019 for Students Entering Grades K-5

posted May 28, 2019, 9:24 AM by Hillary Stasonis

We are shooting for the moon this summer with our reading goals as we team up with the public library for our Summer Reading Theme, “A Universe of Stories!” The books on this list are just suggestions! There are NO specific required titles for kids to read. Feel free to choose appropriate books for your unique reader. When deciding on books, have your child read a page out loud to see if it’s a good fit. If they struggle with more than a few words, it’s probably too difficult and may be a better choice for a read-aloud.

Boosterthon Fun Run

posted May 13, 2019, 10:35 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated May 13, 2019, 10:36 AM ]

Boosterthon Fun Run 2019
What an amazing fundraiser we did this spring with the help of Boosterthon staff! Our PTO set a goal for $12,000 and, with all of your help and outreach (to all 50 states and several countries), we were able to raise more than $20K for the school...Wow! We will use that funding to buy new classroom libraries, new chromebooks and other essential resources for the school. This one our one big effort this year. I hope it was fun and motivating for the students. I think they all have felt a great sense of pride as we hit our small and large goals. Thank you all for your service to our school and community!

MCAS Dates 2019

posted Feb 5, 2019, 9:21 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated May 13, 2019, 10:31 AM ]

MCAS Dates Upcoming 
Our MCAS dates are set for the spring. Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the MA Department of Education's computer-based tests again this year. Atkinson will attempt to have all three grades tested on the same days to minimize the number of testing dates for the school. Our schedule includes only six-days (versus 14 testing dates in previous years). Please see the schedule below. If you have any specific questions about MCAS, please reach out to your child's teacher or to Principal Landry. Thank you for your support!
  • English Language Arts/Reading: April 9 & 11
  • Mathematics: May 14 & 16
  • Science/Technology (Gr. 5 only): May 20 & 21

Lunch & Recess at Atkinson

posted Feb 5, 2019, 9:10 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Feb 11, 2019, 7:04 AM by Hillary Stasonis ]

Like all elementary schools in town, Atkinson has a mid-day lunch and recess block for each grade level. Grades 1-5 have 45-minutes to be active outside or social inside along with ample time to eat. We work very hard to split the 45-minute block evenly so students usually get enough time for both parts of the day. They typically experience about 23 minutes at lunch and 22 for recess (20/20 on early release days). Since moving to our new playground near the cafeteria, the transition times between both activities is much quicker. As for staffing, we have at least three noon attendants on duty for lunch and three available for recess. Students are well-supported during this important time of the school day. We hope you hear great things about fun times with peers during this time of your child's day. :)

Volunteers for Understanding Our Differences

posted Nov 28, 2018, 9:58 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 10:25 AM by Greg Landry ]

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Understanding Our Differences throughout the year. Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is program that teaches 3-5th graders to develop understanding and respect for fellow students with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities as well as chronic medical conditions. 
  • Program runs 8:45-10:30am 
  • Your child does NOT need to be in the class to volunteer, anyone can! 
  • There is a 20-minute online training session for all volunteers.  
  • Volunteers must have a current CORI on file with the elementary schools. Here is a link to the CORI form: 

New Registrations

posted Jul 10, 2017, 7:28 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 11:10 AM ]

New Registrations 10am-1pm Monday-Friday

After pre-registering online, please visit the front office will all the necessary documents for registration. Please don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns: 978-794-0124 or email Donna Fleming, our school secretary, at Thank you.

NAPS Curriculum Brochures

posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:51 PM by Greg Landry   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 11:10 AM ]

Linked below are the NAPS curriculum brochures for each elementary grade level. Teachers may refer to them at our Open House Nights on September 25 & 26. We expect some of this information to be updated at the district level as we continue to introduce new programs in writing, phonics and mathematics. 

Positive Home-School Communication

posted Sep 20, 2016, 9:34 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 11:11 AM ]

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 particular 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 ways throughout the year!

Wake Up for TV

posted Jan 23, 2016, 8:10 AM by Michael Grant   [ updated Jan 23, 2016, 8:19 AM ]

Atkinson Wake Up for TV from Greg Landry on Vimeo. 

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