Principal's Post - Week of November 18th

posted Nov 15, 2019, 4:08 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Customized North Andover apparel is now available to order. 

NAMS PTAC is once again partnering with Prime Time Sports to bring you great North Andover apparel.  

Click on the sale flyer below for ordering instructions or follow the link below.

Website: NAMS NA Gear

*Username: NAMS

*Password: Knights19

*Please note that the Username and Password are Case-Sensitive. 

All orders must be received by Thursday, November 21st and will be available for pick-up at NAMS the week of December 16th.  Pick-up details will be provided shortly.

Although orders are being delivered to the school, you will be asked for a delivery address when placing your order and there is a $6.99 "delivery" fee.  The delivery address is a requirement of Prime Time Sport's orders website and cannot be suppressed when items are delivered in bulk to one location. We apologize for the extra key strokes.  The fee is for the bundling of items into individual orders. This is a flat rate per order so if you know of another family ordering and wish to share the cost of the fee you can absolutely enter just one order for both families.  Your order will be bundled and delivered to the school as one order for you to separate by family at home.

Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble ordering your gear.

Liz McDevitt (978-960-9077)

elizmcd24@gmail.com

namsptac@gmail.com

The flyer below is clickable and will bring you directly to the page!   

There are 2 pages of items in this store.  Flannel pj bottoms and hockey style sweatshirt are on page 2!!


Rotary Club Fundraiser
December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:

https://warrenmiller.com/events/north-andover-high-school-auditorium-0  

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North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council

Parent involvement is an essential part of NAMS.  The PTAC (North Andover Middle School Parent Teacher Advisory Council) is a great way to find opportunities that might interest you. NAMS PTAC relies mainly on direct donations from the NAMS Community to raise the funds necessary to support these programs at the middle school. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the NAMS PTAC. 

All donations are greatly appreciated and we thank you for your support.

Please check out the Direct Donation Flyer here for more information and how to donate.

Future NAMS PTAC Meetings (All Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Grade 8 Cafeteria)

 December 10, 2019

 January 14, 2020

 February 11, 2020

 March 10, 2020

 April 14, 2020

 May 12, 2020

 June 9, 2020


Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, November 16, 2019 in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.

You can click here to schedule an appointment.

The Lynch family sponsors this blood drive every year in honor of their late son Jack. This blood drive has become one of the largest Memorial drives in the Merrimack Valley. The Red Cross has asked for 100 units, which would equal saving 300+ people through life-saving transfusions. There are approximately 159 spots to fill. Please consider helping! At the end of this blog, you will find a flyer with more information.

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What connects the Christmas Truce of 1914, the Great Green Wall in Africa, Race Amity, and the Irish Troubles?

Don Mullan is the answer. Don will be in North Andover on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the North Andover High School.

Don Mullan, founder of Hope Initiatives International, is an Irish investigative journalist, author, movie/documentary producer, and humanitarian worker. Don will be in North Andover to speak about the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the efforts to have the area named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Don speak about these events and his other work Tuesday evening. This public program is free and open to all. 

At the end of this blog, you can read the Press Release issued by Kathleen Keenan, Stevens Memorial Library Director, regarding the event.


Author Visit - Rob Buyea & Book Order Form

Due: Monday, November 25, 2019

The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is pleased to announce that Rob Buyea (North Andover resident and parent) will be visiting the 6th graders in December. 

Rob Buyea is an American children's fiction author best known for his Mr. Terupt series of novels. In 2011 Buyea won an E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Because of Mr. Terupt. Buyea is now a full time author, residing with his wife, three daughters, and two dogs in North Andover Massachusetts.

You can learn more about Rob at his website: https://robbuyea.com/home

In conjunction with this author's visit, we are offering an opportunity to purchase his books with a 40% discount. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please fill out and return the order form with your payment of cash or check (made out to NASEC) to the main office at NAMS by November 25, 2019.

Checks should be made out to NASEC (40% discount is already reflected on the order form).

Books will arrive in the middle of December and will need to be picked up from NAMS or can go home with students in their backpack.

Any questions, please contact Karen Melota or Aya Goldman at karenmelota@gmail.com or ayay@verizon.net

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Supporting our Soldiers

In conjunction with the North Andover Reads program and the focus on service, the S.O.S. Club (Support our Soldiers) at NAHS would like to collect items for care packages. They intend on sending care packages to deployed service members, including NAHS alumni from Tuesday, November 12th through Wednesday, November 27th. Please see the flyer outside the main office or on our website for more information regarding what items we are hoping to collect. Collection bins are in the main lobby.

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Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)


Saturday, November 16th

 Jack Lynch Memorial Blood Drive in the NAMS Gym from 8:00-2:00 p.m.


Monday, November 18th

 NAMS School Council Meeting @ 2:35 p.m. in room S101

Tuesday, November 19th

Wednesday, November 20th

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, November 21st

Friday, November 22nd


Monday, November 25th

Tuesday, November 26th

Wednesday, November 27th


Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School


Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

 Trimester 1 Chorus Concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: 

Kathleen Keenan, Stevens Memorial Library Director 

KKeenan@NorthAndoverMA.gov

(978) 688-9505 ext. 42021

November 7, 2019


What connects the Christmas Truce of 1914, the Great Green Wall in Africa, Race Amity, and the Irish Troubles?


North Andover, MA - 


Don Mullan is the answer. Don will be in North Andover on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the North Andover High School. 


Don Mullan, founder of Hope Initiatives International, is an Irish investigative journalist, author, movie/documentary producer, and humanitarian worker. Don will be in North Andover to speak about the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the efforts to have the area named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Don speak about these events and his other work Tuesday evening. This public program is free and open to all. Registration is recommended via the Library’s calendar www.StevensMemLib.org or call the Library at 978-688-9505 ext. 42016.


A search on “Don Mullan” may bring up his most famous book Eyewitness Bloody Sunday or the Sundance Award winning movie Bloody Sunday, about the Irish Troubles. It may bring up the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the Flanders Peace Field Project, Don’s work to create a UNESCO World Heritage site, whose goal is remind people of our common humanity even during the trauma of war and a place to make a commitment to a shared future.  


Or, you will find yourself watching a BBC video about Africa’s Great Green Wall, a project to plant trees in 11 countries spanning the Sahara east to west, whose aim is to halt the desertification of the continent. What is Don’s connection to Africa? The Laudato Tree Project in Ireland. The Irish government has pledged 1.2 million Euros to the Green Wall. 


Following Don’s talk in North Andover, he will be a presenter at the National Center Race Amity Conference (https://raceamity.org/race-amity-conferences/). Don’s conference program connects the stories of African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who left the U.S. for his safety, with Daniel O’Connell. While in Ireland, Douglass heard 19th century Irish leader Daniel O’Connell, known as “the Liberator,” speak about the civil rights issues there. 


Daniel O’Connell would recognize a kindred spirit if he met Don Mullan, for O’Connell described himself as


"I am the friend of liberty in every clime, class and color. My sympathy with distress is not confined within the narrow bounds of my own green island. No—it extends itself to every corner of the earth. My heart walks abroad, and wherever the miserable are to be succored, or the slave to be set free, there my spirit is at home, and I delight to dwell.”


For more information about Don Mullan and Hope Initatives International, visit donmullan.org


Don Mullan’s evening program is the culminating event of North Andover Reads. The Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover School District partner each year for North Andover Reads, aimed at bringing our community together through literature and events around a common theme.  


This year we learn about and celebrate the many people who served in World Wars I and II as soldiers, nurses, ambulance drivers, code breakers, phone operators and more – our R.A.I.S.E. Service value.  For more information about North Andover Reads, visit nak12.net/NAReads. 


Thank you to the Stevens Memorial Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library, the North Andover Public Schools with special recognition for the North Andover High School History Lab and the High School History Club, North Andover-Boxford Veterans Services, and In Their Footsteps (http://intheirfootsteps.org/) for their support.


The Stevens Memorial Library is located at 345 Main St., North Andover, MA. The Library’s hours are Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Follow the Library via its website, Twitter @StevensMemLib or on Facebook.

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Jorge Goncalves,
Nov 15, 2019, 4:08 AM
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