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5th Grade Move Up Day

posted Apr 6, 2018, 6:43 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 3:57 AM by Greg Landry ]

The annual move up day and evening will take place on June 21st. This is when 5th grade parents are invited back in the evening to meet their child's 6th grade teaching team after students come to NAMS during the day. For more information see Dr. McQuade's Letter to 5th Grade Parents

Traffic Changes PHASE 2

posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:44 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 4:10 AM ]

Another small change to traffic will happen after April vacation. At that time, no more NAMS vehicles (cars/buses) will be exiting through Atkinson and Beacon Hill Boulevard. Only ECC and Atkinson will use that road. Fewer cars moving through the yard is should be an improvement. Also, we believe all construction vehicles will be entering the expanded construction area through 125 or NAMS. 

We appreciate all the work families have done to adjust to our changes. Overall, things have gone very well. In fact, afternoon dismissal has been quicker by almost 5 minutes and morning arrival has only had only one day with any kind of back-up from Mass Ave. 

Please continue to keep your eyes peeled when entering the school grounds; there are always pedestrians nearby and most of the time they're students. Follow the rules of the road, especially when the school buses are stopped in front of the school. Continue to be patient and we'll get your through in good time. Thanks, everyone!

PHASE 1 Message

Starting Thursday afternoon March 29, you will notice an increase in the number of vehicles coming through Atkinson and out Beacon Hill Boulevard. This is because the kindergarten construction project is beginning.

Atkinson’s car lines won’t change, but for the remainder of the year, buses will drop-off and pick-up at our FRONT door.

We expect that this will cause some delay in the morning and afternoon. We ask you to please be patient and always consider student safety as you move through the campus.

Please be extra vigilant and watch for staff directing kids through the car lines during the morning and afternoon “rush hours.”

Because of the potential delays with car drop-off, we encourage families to have students walk or ride a bike safely to school whenever possible.

All other dismissal patrols will stay the same.

If you have any questions or concerns, please join us for our PTO meeting on Thursday night at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Dr. Price and Assistant Superintendent Mealey will be there to discuss the kindergarten project and traffic flow, as well as, about the upcoming changes to NAMS and Atkinson fields.

Traffic Pattern changes will be posted here: http://nak12.net/ECC-traffic

MCAS Schedule Spring 2018

posted Jan 16, 2018, 10:49 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 4:10 AM ]

The following schedule is for MCAS Spring 2018 testing at Atkinson Elementary. All tests will be taken on chrome books in grades 3-5. There will be make-up times scheduled for any child who may be absent on his/her testing days. 

Grade 3 ELA Wednesday, April 25, Thursday, May 3 CHANGED
Grade 3 Math Thursday and Friday, May 17, 18

Grade 4 ELA Friday & Monday, April 27, 30
Grade 4 Math Friday & Monday, May 11, 14

Grade 5 ELA Tuesday & Wednesday, May 1, 2
Grade 5 Math Tuesday & Wednesday, May 8, 9
Grade 5 Science Tuesday & Wednesday, May 15, 16

ELA Make-up Dates: Friday, May 4, Monday, May 7
Math & Science Make-up Dates: May 21-24

Home & School Connection Newsletter

posted Jan 16, 2018, 10:42 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 10:53 AM ]

A great tool for schools and parents is the Home & School Connection newsletter. I love reading the articles each month about coaching my kids at home in a way that brings out their best. Hope you, too, enjoy reading and using this helpful resource!

Happy New Year!

posted Jan 9, 2018, 6:36 AM by Greg Landry

This year, Atkinson students are looking forward to a long list of RAISE-related activities that will make their scholastic experiences wicked awesome. We know the A stands for achievement and connects directly to the academic efforts being made in classrooms on reading, writing (Lucy Calkins) and mathematics (Eureka). It's exciting to see the growth across all areas K-5 as teachers become more familiar with new curricula and as students apply their new knowledge and skills. The RAISE Reps will be planning fun and meaningful social and service activities in the coming months. In late January, we will have our "New Year's Ball" to celebrate the changing calendar together. It's a fancy dress-up spirit day that students have loved over the years. The Reps will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local pantry and raising money for a buddy bench for the school playground in March and April. During March Madness, we also run a shooting contest during recess time to bring awareness to a local cause. After kids in grades 3-5 give it their all on MCAS, we'll end the year with some exhibitions of student work, our variety show, field day and rock-paper-scissors tournament. 

Busy Fall of Service

posted Dec 12, 2017, 12:54 PM by Greg Landry

The Atkinson PTO families, students and school staff have put in a lot of time this fall delivering on our promises to serve the community. We recently had our first Holidays Night of Giving to support North Andover families who have asked for assistance this season. It was an enormous amount of work for all involved, but so worth it! We appreciate how our PTO has continued to strive to build in community events that support our school while also leaving time for families to spend at home together. This balance is important and seems to be really working well. We've also collected letters and sweets that we sent to the troops after our Halloween trick or treating. The students and families have collected non-perishables for Lazarus House in Lawrence to go along with the apple crisp trays Atkinson staff prepared around Thanksgiving. So much done, so much to still do. I'm so proud of the effort and care Atkinson All-Stars are willing to share. Thanks to so many helpers! #RAISE

Great Energy!

posted Oct 24, 2017, 12:43 PM by Greg Landry   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 12:44 PM ]

We've had some really great experiences lately that involve our students and families, like Glow Run 3.0, our pep rally, NAHS football game, Knights on the Run, our PTO meetings, the fall book fair and "Trunk or Treat," a couple of enrichment shows, safety drills and more. September and October have been very busy, but very fun for the community. Thanks for your support with all of it!

Tweeting Away

posted Sep 19, 2017, 4:36 AM by Greg Landry   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 4:51 AM ]

Thanks so much for signing up to follow me on Twitter! I'm having a great time getting around and capturing some of what makes our school special. Please keep an eye out for your child's classroom and/or grade level tweets. Enjoy they day!

First Day of School

posted Aug 10, 2016, 10:38 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 12:45 PM by Greg Landry ]

We're back! Over the summer, some things have changed. We've had a few retirements, a few new hires and a few structural changes to the building. We've also enrolled a good number of new All-Stars. All are very positive things for the growth and evolution of our school.

Mrs. Woundy and Ms. van der Beek have both said goodbye after years of teaching our children; we wish them the best of years to come. Miss Mizia, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Heffernan and Mrs. Cayon all join our staff in different and important roles. Miss Mizia will be teaching kindergartners in KB. Mrs. Murphy will lead students in 5D, our additional 5th grade classroom. Mrs. Heffernan joins us to inspire students artistically in the visual arts studio and Mrs. Cayon has been added to our special education intervention team. Mrs. Beckley has moved into first grade and Mrs. Nunan is back in fifth grade with her team. I am so excited to see all of these teachers (and more) back in action.

The school building has undergone its share of upgrades this summer. New A/C was installed in one classroom upstairs. Floor tiles and carpet squares have been replaced in various spaces. Walls were razed and built in our shared art/music/library spaces. Lighting and electrical upgrades were also made. Walls, floors and railing were painted by the NAPS painting crew. Rick Gorman, from our NA Youth Center, has purchased a new 70" LED TV for our cafeteria so students can enjoy visuals during Landry Lessons, assemblies, at lunchtime and after school. The building really looks glossy again as we open thanks to Mr. Speight and Mr. Hanson, our exceptional custodians. 

School hours are 8:25am-3pm. I hope your children are excited about all they can learn and do together in the months to come. Thanks for all your support along the way! See you all very soon.

Greg Landry, Principal
11th Year at Atkinson

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