So much has happened since my last post, written on the first no-school snow day as our New England community celebrated a Patriots' Super Bowl win with a rolling rally in Boston. We have had a total of 5 snow days with a few delayed openings mixed in. As we finally move past those winter weather challenges into a very busy final nine weeks of school, I want to thank you all for your consistent support for our students and the Atkinson community.
We have so many volunteers and cheerleaders rooting for Atkinson each and every day. It's incredible how many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other extended family join us for events and classroom based activities. The kids will always remember the times so and so came in to be their mystery reader in first grade or led a special lesson on robotics in fourth. How many of us remember our parents riding the bus on a school field trip and the pride we felt having them included in our experience. Atkinson students are so lucky to have so many loved ones helping out in the library each week making the lending library all it can be. In the North Andover community, our families and staff are very proud of the work being done within our walls and with the fact that our students are growing up with strong character education at school and at home. RAISE values are alive and well and our students so responsible for their daily exhibition.
We have had an incredible PTO over the past two years under the leadership of Elisa Goldberg and Regina Kean. Big, big thanks go out to them for delivering on their promises of community events and enriching activities that support students and their learning. They've managed to raise a great deal of funding for classroom technology and for student supplies. Regina, Elisa and so many others have continued to positively impact the lives of so many children in our community through the Holiday Social and by supporting the annual St. Jude's math-a-thon. Somehow, our families always make the time to set a great example and to get things done for our kids.
Let's enjoy the last nine weeks and celebrate together the success of our children! Happy spring!
Greg Landry, Principal