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Home & School Connection

posted Feb 7, 2017, 10:25 AM by Greg Landry

Check out these interesting and informational newsletters. Atkinson School subscribes to them each year to help our kids and families utilize good strategies for academic and social growth. Enjoy!

NAPS Curriculum Brochures

posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:51 PM by Greg Landry

Below, are the curriculum brochures for each grade level. Teachers may refer to them at our Open House Nights on September 26 & 27. We expect some of this information to be updated at the district level as we introduce new programs in writing, phonics and mathematics. 

Highlights from Last Year

posted Sep 20, 2016, 10:02 AM by Greg Landry

Atkinson RAISE Letter Pics

We had an amazing afternoon today with our final fire drill (Bravo, kids!...90 seconds to evacuate and account for everyone :) and we formed two more RAISE letters on the playground for a picture. Please ask your kids about the experience. It was an exercise in teamwork as we had to set up and shuffle our way around the playground while the fire department set their ladder truck over us for the best angle. Dr. Price and Mr. Gilligan were with us, along with a good number of North Andover's finest firefighters. Thanks to all who participated! Please see the pictures above.

 

K-2 Family Math Night

Atkinson's annual K-2 Family math night was on Wednesday, May 4 from 6-7pm in the cafeteria. Thanks to all who joined us for the hour filled with fun, hands-on math games and activities. Math+You=Fun

 

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

  

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!

Student Handbook 2016-17

posted Sep 20, 2016, 9:38 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 9:57 AM ]

Handbook A copy of the new Elementary School Handbook is posted on this page below. 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!

Positive Communication

posted Sep 20, 2016, 9:34 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 9:58 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!

Supply List 2016-2017

posted Sep 15, 2016, 6:08 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 9:56 AM ]

New Supply Lists
Thanks for providing anything you can from this list below. It really helps out in the classroom. 

First Day Info

posted Sep 3, 2016, 6:25 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 9:55 AM ]

  • Dismissal Form Please complete this form and send it in to the school for the first day. If dismissal plans change during the year, please get a new copy to the front office. Thank you.
  • Media Release Form Please fill this out completely in order to give permission for your child's image/work in different types of media released or published by/for the school.
  • Library Permission Form Please complete this form so your child may borrow books from our school library collection. Library borrowing usually happens every other week throughout the year. Thank you, volunteers!
  • Car Drop-off and Pick-up 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!
  • Atkinson Specialist Schedule Check out when your child has Art, Music and PE each week. Feel free to print a copy for the refrigerator. :)
  • Atkinson Lunch Times 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 healthy snack each day even if your child buys a lunch at school. Thank you!
  • New Family Orientation Slides Please review these slides if you are a new family and may have logistical questions about Atkinson Elementary. Feel free to email questions to Mr. Landry, Principal, at landryg@nak12.com. Thank you!
  • Atkinson School Rules
  • Responsive Classroom Overview
  • Atkinson's Responsive Classroom Brochure
  • Medical Records 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!
  • Fundraisers 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. Muchas gracias!
  • 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.
  • 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.

Dismissal Plan

posted Aug 9, 2016, 11:54 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 9:59 AM by Greg Landry ]

Thank you for printing out and completing the dismissal form 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 informing her of the plan for dismissal. Or, you are welcome to visit the front office for any other time when your child's dismissal plan changes. Thank you very much for your attention with this form. 

Important Dates

posted Aug 9, 2016, 11:47 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 10:00 AM by Greg Landry ]

September 23 RAISE Rally, NA Spirit Day (Wear Red and Black)
September 26 Open House Night for K-2
September 27 Open House for grades 3-5
September 28 Early Release 1:45pm
September 30 PTO Glow Run 2.0 Fundraiser for Technology
October 3 Rosh Hashanah
October 4 Enrichment: Roots of American Music (K-2 9-9:45, 3-5 10-10:45)
October 7 School Photos-Individuals
October 10 No School-Columbus Day
October 11 Yom Kippur
October 12 Early Release @ 1:45pm
October 14 Understanding Our Differences: Grade 5
October 18 Grade 3 to Plimouth Plantation
October 26 Early Release @ 1:45pm

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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