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Atkinson Family Guide

posted Sep 21, 2020, 4:03 PM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Sep 22, 2020, 5:24 AM ]

Please find the Atkinson Family Guide which will provide information for our first day of in-person learning on Thursday, September 24, 2020.  

We are excited to see all our All-Stars in the building this week! Thank you for your continued partnership

New Student Registration Information

posted Jun 24, 2020, 6:10 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Are you new to North Andover, and need to register your child for the 2020-2021 school year? 

Please visit the Student Registration page and register online. Following the online registration, required documentation can delivered to North Andover Public Schools Central Office at 566 Main Street.

Central Office will be open for new registrations on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00-12:00. Please have only one family member come in unless they require another person for translation purposes. Please wear a mask when you enter the building. 

Spring 2020 MCAS Dates

posted Jan 10, 2020, 12:41 PM by Hillary Stasonis

English Language Arts - April 14 and 16 (make-ups done by April 30) 
Math - May 12 and 14 (make-ups done by May 22) 
Science - May 18 and 19 (make-ups by May 22) 

Beyond the Classroom

posted Dec 18, 2019, 7:40 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Dec 18, 2019, 7:44 AM ]

With the three school cancellations in December, we have used up our traditional “snow days” for this year. Our last day of school will be Friday, June 19. For any future snow days, we will be using our Beyond the Classroom assignments.

With Beyond the Classroom, students will complete an assignment at home in lieu of making up the cancelled day in June. (As you might remember, in 2017-18 our students didn’t finish the school year until June 27th!)

So, what happens when school is cancelled again?
If school needs to be cancelled again this school year, it will be announced through the usual channels: on the District Homepage, on Dr. Gilligan's Twitter account, and via phone calls and emails home. In these messages, students and guardians will be directed to the Beyond the Classroom website to find their assignments: Assignments will NOT be due the day students return to school. Instead, students will have at least 1 week to complete the assignment.

Have more questions or need more information? 
Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Beyond the Classroom website

Keep Our Community Warm this Winter!

posted Dec 9, 2019, 8:53 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Dec 9, 2019, 8:53 AM ]

Do you have any winter boots, snow pants, winter jackets, and waterproof gloves that you no longer use? If so, please consider donating to Atkinson. We will be accepting appropriate snow clothing for all grades all December.

Atkinson's First Annual Community Potluck Night - Nov 20th

posted Nov 5, 2019, 5:22 PM by Hillary Stasonis
We are so proud of our diversity here at Atkinson Elementary. We are from countless varied backgrounds, we speak over 40 languages, and yet we all come together to support our All-Star learners and this wonderful school community. Please join us for an evening celebrating our diverse family backgrounds and our shared community goals.

When: Wednesday November 20th at 6:00 pm
Where: Atkinson Elementary
Who: All Atkinson students, families, and staff
What to bring: 
  • A dish from your family's background (or just one you enjoy as a family) to share.
  • A serving utensil
  • A recipe card to display that clearly lists ingredients for allergy concerns
Activities will include: 
  • Potluck dinner
  • Story time featuring books from other cultures/in different languages
  • Music and Dancing from around the world
  • Mapping our diversity
How to RSVP: If you are interested in attending please use the following link to let us know how many people will be attending with you and what you will be able to contribute. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

→ Atkinson Community Potluck Sign-Up

Upcoming Events: Literacy Development & K-5 Math Help

posted Oct 7, 2019, 9:53 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Join us for two upcoming events for parents: "K-5 Math: Models and Strategies" on October 28th and "Raising a Reader" on November 5th
K-5 Math: Models and Strategies
October 28th - 9am and 7pm
NAPS Central Office, 566 Main Street, North Andover

Are you struggling to support your student with the “new math”? Do you feel like they are speaking a different language? You are not alone!

Please join Kara Larcome and Jen Hudak, North Andover STEM Director and Math Coach, to experience the “new math.” Learn about Eureka Math and the Massachusetts Mathematics Standards so that you and your student can have a common understanding!

Registration Required:
We want to make sure we have enough resources thus registration is required. Please sign up for one time as the program will be the same for both sessions.

Raising a Reader: Strategies for supporting reading at home
November 5th - 9am and 7pm
NAPS Central Office, 566 Main Street, North Andover

Come meet Kristen Ando, Anne Joyce and Jaclyn Taylor, North Andover's curriculum coordinator and elementary literacy coaches, to learn about ways you can help develop your child's literacy skills and promote a love of reading.

Volunteer for Understanding Our Differences

posted Oct 7, 2019, 7:47 AM by Hillary Stasonis

UOD is a nationally recognized, educational program that teaches elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. UOD is an interactive disability awareness curriculum that North Andover Elementary Schools teach to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Each year, students participate in 2 to 3 sessions introducing various kinds of disabilities. The programs’ goals are to foster respect, acceptance and compassion for people of all abilities as well as increase tolerance and reduce bullying. It reinforces North Andover’s RAISE values.

Atkinson's UOD Dates:

Date School Time Program 
10/22/19Atkinson School8:45 am – 10:45 amAutism Program (5t h grade) 
11/12/19Atkinson School8:45 am – 10:45 amIntellectual Disabilities(4th Grade)
11/19/19Atkinson School8:45 am- 10:45 amChronic Medical(Grade 3)
1/14/20Atkinson School8:45 am – 10:45 amLearning Disability (5th Grade)
1/21/20Atkinson School8:45 am- 10:45 amPhysical Disability (4th Grade)
2/4/20Atkinson School8:45 am – 10:45 amDeafness Program (4th Grade)

Welcome Letter to Families

posted Jul 29, 2019, 7:27 AM by Erin O'Loughlin   [ updated Jul 30, 2019, 6:03 AM by Hillary Stasonis ]

Dear Atkinson Families, 

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter of introduction to you as the interim principal of Atkinson Elementary School. I am honored to become part of the Atkinson community, which has already given me such a warm welcome! In just the few interactions I have had with staff, students and families so far, it has been abundantly clear that this school is a unique and special place.

This summer, I have been spending much of my time getting to know the building and the school’s community. In doing so, I have learned that Atkinson is a place where strong connections are made between home and school and staff members are committed to developing the whole child. In his time as principal, Mr. Landry helped to build a strong foundation of academic excellence and I am excited to continue his legacy at the Atkinson School. Additionally, I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to our custodial staff. They have worked diligently throughout the summer to clean and ready the school for the upcoming school year.

Professionally, I am beginning my eighteenth year working in the North Andover school district. I have worked in many capacities including teaching first grade, third grade and fifth grade at Franklin School and then moving to assistant principal at both the Franklin School and Sargent School. I grew up in North Andover, attended the North Andover public schools, and much of my family resides in town. I love the community of North Andover. Additionally, I have three children. My son is going into sixth grade and my two daughters are going into fourth grade and second grade. I fully understand the challenges and rewards you face every day as you work to ensure your child has the best educational experience.

One of the most important aspects of my work here at Atkinson School will be building strong relationships with students, teachers and families. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so they may learn as much as they can. My passion has been and always will be educating students. With that in mind, you can expect that I will work diligently with teachers to make sure our students are exposed to curriculum and instruction that is both engaging and challenging. I am looking forward to meeting each of you as we start this new and exciting year together!

Please note a few important upcoming dates:

8/29 (1:30-2:30) - Meet and Greet for all incoming 1st graders and new Atkinson families

9/3 - First Day of School

9/25 - Open House (in the evening for parents only)


Erin O’Loughlin M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

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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