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Principal’s Message


October 2016


Dear Sargent Families,

Happy October. September was a blur here the Sargent School be it now has leveled off a bit and we are all falling right into our fall/school routines.

September was a busier than usual month at the Sargent. Along with opening our doors for the 2016-2017 school year, we had our annual “Welcome Back Picnic where both child and adult got to reconnect and swap summer adventure stories. Thanks for organizing Sargent PTO! Our first PTO get together of the year occurred at Jaimie’s this year and it was a fun time had by all. We had two very successful Open Houses where our top-rated teachers got to talk about their classrooms and some of the wonderful things they will be doing this year. We had our first of four fire drills. Both student and staff got the thumbs up from the FDNA. And to round out the month, there was electricity in the air when we had our first outdoor RAISE Assembly. Ms. Courtney Ahearn, our school librarian, read a story to the students which was acted out by some of our student thespians. Great time had by all.  


The North Andover School Enrichment Committee (NASEC) continues their wonderful work for our students by putting on the assemblies of Roots of American Music (grades K-5) and “The Mainely Stars Planetarium” (Grade 3). We have a morning PTO meeting on 10/5/16 @ 9:00 AM. All parents welcome to attend. Sargent students and staff will be getting “gussied up” for Picture Day on 10/6. Early Release Wednesdays (1:45 PM dismissal) this month will be 10/12 and 10/26. Our annual Fun Run takes place on 10/14 (rain date of 10/21) and is always a wonderful Sargent community event and our primary fundraiser for the year. I’ll be bringing my running shoes to that one. For the third year in a row, Safe Routes and Sargent parent volunteers will be coming to work with our second graders and “walkers” on pedestrian safety. We will be having our monthly RAISE Assembly on 10/28. And last but not least, we have our annual Monster Mash on the evening of 10/28 as well. It is sure to be a “boo”tiful time had by all. Yes, a busy October at the Sargent this year!


A couple of other notes:

  • DON’T FORGET. PICTURE DAY IS THURSDAY, 10/6.

  • Attention PM Car Pool pick up parents. Beginning on October 3rd, only those cars with a Sargent issued name placard are able to pick up students. If you do not have a placard, drivers will need to park and go to the office to sign out the child with proper identification.

  • This is from our librarian, Ms. Courtney Ahearn. The Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover Public Schools have partnered to create a One Author, One Community program to North Andover. Our goal is to have every citizen in our community read a work by a single author, in order to create a feeling of community and a love of literature across all generations and backgrounds. Our author this year is Jacqueline Woodson, an acclaimed author of books for children, teens and adults.

On Monday, November 28th, Jacqueline Woodson will be speaking to the 3-5th graders about her experiences as an author. That evening, a public presentation will take place at 6pm, followed by a book signing. Further details on these events will be forthcoming. We will also be hosting community events around various topics related to Ms. Woodson’s books.


Want to get involved? We are currently seeking sponsors for our author visit, as well as prospective hosts for community events. For more information, please check out the One Author, One Community website at: 1a1c.northandoverpublicschools.com.

  • Fall 2016 common assessments: During September and into October, along with getting to know your child in the classroom, we also gave district common assessments to students in the areas of reading, math and writing. Data from these assessments is used by the teachers to help inform their instruction.


Please remember that Sargent teachers and I are here to ensure that the Sargent children receive a quality education academically, socially and emotionally. To that end, no problem that comes up that is getting in the way of this education is too big or too small for us to know. If you have a question or concern, please contact us. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it does not take the place of a strong and open connection/relationship with your son or daughter’s teacher, counselor, principal and school. Contact directly your child's teacher, the counselor or myself with any and all school-related problems, concerns or questions about your child. The “Communication ‘Go To’ Information Chart” on the Sargent Website is another resource that can assist you with specific contact information. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure your son or daughter has a successful experience at the Sargent School. Again, no problem is too big or small!!!

Sincerely,


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal


April 2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:14 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 9:55 AM ]

Dear Sargent Parents,


Well, March came in like a lion and went out like…well....another lion:) With March Madness and the Red Sox Opening Day behind us, hopefully some nice spring weather will be here soon. We had a very exciting MARCH. The NAMS music program came “out country” to us to talk to our current fifth graders about music opportunities up at NAMS for them next year. In addition, our grade 5 students visited NAMS and participated in some writing exhibitions. These were a few of the several “transition activities” planned for grade five students to begin to prepare them for their ascent to the middle school. We squeezed our class pictures in around a snow day. Grade 4 classrooms visited Lowell Mills on their annual field trip to learn some history related to immigration and the Industrial Revolution. Fun and interesting stuff as always! Our friends at the North Andover School Enrichment Council (NASEC) outdid themselves again this month sponsoring assemblies entitled Techsploration (grade 5), Zoo New England (grade 2) and Art Quest (grade 4). Always a good time. And last but not least, we had our first ALICE drill. Great job by students and staff alike. High marks were given by both the NAPD and FDNA.


Finally in March, we had two RAISE Assemblies! In the first, we unveiled our new mascot (The Sargent Shark. Still working on a name:) for the kids while simultaneously celebrating our librarian Ms. Courtney Ahearn receiving  MSLA’s (Massachusetts School Library Association’s) 2017 President’s Award. The President's Award, given annually, honors an MSLA member who in a career of one to five years, has made a significant impact on student learning through a quality school library program. Courtney was recommended as an award because of her contributions to academic and student life at all five North Andover elementary schools last year and this year exclusively at Sargent and Thomson. Courtney uses her unbridled enthusiasm to develop and encourage a love of reading, science, technology and engineering, and art in her students.  Courtney participates in the Hour of Code, teaches additional coding, and co-coordinated last year's North Andover Public Schools Elementary Poetry Contest with K-12 Humanities Coordinator, Lorene Marx. Courtney also has worked closely with the Stevens Memorial Library in the National Readathon and continues strengthening the relationship between the school and public libraries as exemplified by this year's tireless work on the One Author, Once Community initiative…Kudos for Ms. Ahearn. Very impressive for only her second year in the NAPS! The other assembly was a culminating assembly for our annual Read Across America and Beyond Festivities where each classroom's "reading travels" throughout the US and beyond. Additionally, Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivary spoke about the runners from all over the world and shared his thoughts on "Perseverance."


In APRIL, we keep the good times coming. Grade 3, 4 and 5 begin the next generation MCAS tests. (See below for MCAS testing schedule and details.) The April PTO meeting is 4/5 @ 7:30 PM. Kindergarten Registration is Thursday, 4/6 from 6-7 PM where we get to meet the parents of 2017-2018 Sargent Kindergarteners. It is like the first day of school all over again! Always a lot of fun! Our annual Spring Book Fair is 4/10-4/14 with Thursday 4/13 from 4-8 PM Thursday 4/13 are the Books Fair’s Extended Hours where families can come and shop from 4-8 PM. At around 6-6:45 PMish that evening, local favorite “Vic and Sticks” will be entertaining the kids in the cafe in their own brand of interactive music. Come one, come all. We have two Early Releases: April 12th and 26th. Dismissal on both days is 1:45 PM. April Break is 4/17-4/21. DON’T FORGET TO COME TO SARGENT’S SCHOOL-WIDE ART EXHIBIT FROM 5-8:00 PM ON APRIL 26TH. IT IS OUR ANNUAL ART FAIR SOCIAL! COME DROP IN AND SEE THE WONDERFULLY TALENTED AND CREATIVE SARGENT STUDENTS' WORK ADORNING THE WALLS AND HALLS OF SARGENT. ICE CREAM AND SLUSH WILL BE SERVED IN THE CAFE. Finally, just in time for spring cleaning, on Saturday 4/29 our Sargent fifth graders will be working with fellow NA fifth graders for the “Drop it and Go” event at NAMS between 10 AM - 1 PM. Always a good time at the Sargent School in the month of April.


Below are a few other important points of note:

  • EARLY RELEASES. There are TWO early releases this month: 4/12 and 4/26. Student dismissal on these Wednesdays is 1:45 PM.

  • Academic Nights: Over the last few months of the year we have our grade level Academic Nights. These events as they are great opportunities for students to show their stuff! The schedule is below:

Grade 1

5/24, 6-7 PM

Grade 2

5/25, 6-7 PM

Grade 3

5/9, 6-7 PM

Grade 4

5/4, 6:30-7:30 PM

Grade 5

6/8, 6-7 PM


  • MCAS 2. As you may know, all Commonwealth public school students from grades 3-10 will be taking the first year of MCAS 2 this spring. The FINAL Sargent MCAS 2 grade level testing dates are below. A few important notes:

    • Again, the MCAS 2 will be a NEW test this spring for ALL students in the Commonwealth in terms of the specifics including guidelines, testing mode, training modules, practice tests, etc., etc. There is an understanding/expectation that it will take some time before teachers and students in the Commonwealth (and North Andover) become comfortable with this new test. We will all be working to familiarize ourselves appropriately with the new test over the next few months. Patience and understanding will be virtues:)

    • All ELA and Math MCAS 2 tests will be done on computers. (This is the direction the DESE is going across the Commonwealth.) This is a change from how students have taken these tests in the past. Over the last few months, grade 3-5 students began better familiarizing themselves with this testing mode by spending some time with basic keyboarding and using computers in school on MCAS 2 practice test training modules provided by the DESE.

    • All grade third, fourth and fifth grade parents are asked to please refrain from scheduling doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc. during MCAS testing days/sessions.

    • Final MCAS Testing Dates:

Grade

ELA

Math

Science

3

4/4, 4/5, 4/6

5/16, 5/17

NA

4

4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

NA

5

4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

5/22, 5/23


  • With the nice weather finally here, please be sure that students are wearing proper footwear to school. In this new burst of nice weather, we've had a lot of scrapes/bumps/bruises recently from falls at recess and PE due to improper student footwear. Please be sure that your son or daughter not wear flip flops to school. Sandals are fine, but sandals should have at least a strap around the ankle for stability. Thank you.

  • UPCOMING IMPORTANT SARGENT DATES (Please visit “Important Dates” section of website regularly for date adds, subtractions, changes, etc.).


Dates

Event

Time/Location

4/3-

5/26

MCAS 2 TESTING

(SEE SCHEDULE ABOVE

FOR

SPECIFIC TESTING DATES)

All day (gr. 3, 4 or 5)

/ Sargent

4/5

PTO Meeting

7:30 PM / Cafe

4/6

Sargent Kindergarten

Registration Night

for 2017-2018

Sargent Kindergartner Parents

6-7 PM / Sargent

4/10-

4/14

Sargent Book Fair

All day / Sargent

4/12

Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent

4/13

Sargent Book Fair

Extended Hours

&

Entertainment (Vic and Sticks)

4-8 PM  / Sargent



6-6:45 PMish

4/13

Bus Evacuation Drills

9:30 AM / Bus loop

4/17-

4/21

NO SCHOOL (April Break)

4/26

Early Release

1:45 PM /Sargent

4/26

Art Fair Social

5:00-8:00 PM / Sargent

 4/28         School Spirit: Pajama Day     

4/29

*Gr. 5 “Drop it and Go!”

10-1:00 PM / NAMS

4/3-

5/26

MCAS Testing Window

(All subjects)

(SEE SCHEDULE ABOVE

FOR

SPECIFIC TESTING DATES)

TBA / Sargent School

5/1-

5/5

*Staff Appreciation Week

5/3

*PTO Meeting

7:00 PM /

Jamies Restaurant

 5/4 Gr. 5 Field Trip: Strawberry Banke 

5/4

Gr. 4 Academic Night

6:30-7:30 PM / Sargent

5/9

2A     2D Field Trip to Johnson Cottage and Stevens Memorial Library


5/9

NASEC Assembly:

WhaleMobile. Gr. 1

8:45 AM / Cafe

5/9

Grade 3 Academic Night

6-7PM / Sargent

 5/11 2B & 2C Field Trip to Johnson Cottage and Stevens
Memorial Library
 

5/10

Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent

 5/12 School Spirit Day: Helping Hat Day 

5/12

RAISE Assembly

1:30-2:15 PM / Gym

5/24

Early Release

1:45 PM / TBA

5/24

Grade 1 Academic Night

6-7 PM / Classrooms

5/25

Grade 2 Academic Night

6-7 PM / Classrooms

5/25&

5/26

Kindergarten Screening

for 17-18 Kindergarteners.

NO SCHOOL FOR

16-17 Kindergartners


5/29

NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

5/30

Understanding Our Differences.

Grade 5. Learning Disabilities

TBA/Sargent


Please remember that Sargent teachers and I are here to ensure that the Sargent children receive a quality education academically, socially and emotionally. To that end, no problem that comes up that is getting in the way of this education is too big or too small for us to know. If you have a question or concern, please contact us. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it does not take the place of a strong and open connection/relationship with your son or daughter’s teacher, counselor, principal and school. Contact directly your child's teacher, the counselor or myself with any and all school-related problems, concerns or questions about your child. The “Communication ‘Go To’ Information Chart” on the Sargent Website is another resource that can assist you with specific contact information. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure your son or daughter has a successful experience at the Sargent School. Again, no problem is too big or small.

Sincerely,


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal

March 2017

posted Feb 27, 2017, 5:55 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 8:12 AM ]

Dear Sargent Parents,


I hope you are well. Hard to believe March is in our midst with all of the recent snow days and delayed openings. I’m sure March will be coming in like a “lion” per usual. Hopefully the “lamb” part will come along as well:)  We had a very busy FEBRUARY. We kicked off the month with our annual Winter Carnival. It was a great time had by all. What better way is there to spend a cold winter’s night. A special thanks to the PTO and the multitude of NAMS students and parents who volunteered to set it up, pull it off, and break it down (with the help of our superior custodial team)! It was a lot of fun for student and adult alike! The North Andover School Enrichment Committee worked their magic again with assemblies put on for grade 3 (Museum of Science: Weather), grade 5 (Museum of Science: Science of Sound) and grade 2 (Zoo New England). We continued our marvelous Understanding Our Differences (UOD) workshops/presentations for the upper grades. Math-athlete Madness continued in earnest as kids got to show/practice their math skills in fun and innovative ways ways in the gym and on Google Chromebooks. Yes, always a lot of neat things going on at the Sargent School in the month of February.


In MARCH, we keep up the pace. There are three (3) Early Releases this month: 3/1, 3/15, 3/29. Student dismissal is at 1:45 PM on these Wednesdays.  Our monthly PTO meeting will be at 7PM on 3/1. NAPS Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Price will be talking to those present about the district-wide Kindergarten Plan set for September 2018. The NAMS music program comes “out country” on 3/3 to us to talk to our current fifth graders about music opportunities up at NAMS for them next year. In addition, later on in the month (3/17) our grade 5 students will be visiting NAMS to participate in a writing exhibitions. This is one of the several “transition activities” planned for grade five students to begin to prepare them for their jump up the middle school. Class pictures are now scheduled to take place on 3/16. Also, during the month, grade 4 classrooms will be visiting Lowell Mills on their annual field trip to learn some history related to immigration and the Industrial Revolution. Fun and interesting stuff! Our friends at the North Andover School Enrichment Council (NASEC) outdo themselves again this month sponsoring assemblies entitled Techsploration (grade 5), Zoo New England (grade 2) and Art Quest (grade 4). Cool beans! We have two RAISE Assemblies this month. In one we unveil our new mascot for the kids while simultaneously focusing on “Respect.” (I won’t give away the surprise.) The other will be the culminating assembly for our annual Read Across America and Beyond Festivities which will take place from 3/20-3/31. Read Across America and Beyond will officially end this year in an assembly with a video of each classroom's "reading travels" throughout the US and beyond. Additionally, Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivary will speak about the runners from all over the world and share his new children's book on "Perseverance." On 3/31, report cards for grades 1-5 will be going home. Imagine, all this fun and grades too!


OTHER IMPORTANT SARGENT NOTES.

    • FIRST “ALICE” DRILL. FYI. We will be having our first a scheduled ALICE drill at the Sargent in the afternoon on 3/9. Both NA police and fire will participate. (All NAPS schools will be having similar ALICE drills over the next few school weeks.) This first drill is “purposely announced” to all in the school community (kids, staff, parents) so we can best begin to get used to the new way of doing things. The drill can be considered an "enhanced lockdown" and will be using the language related to the scenario that there is an intruder in the building and there will be some barricading of doors/rooms. For the most part, things should go similarly to last year’s lock down drills with lights off, doors locked, etc. It should take the same amount of time, too. There will be NO Evacuation this time. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will send a letter home after to let you know how it went.

    • EARLY RELEASES. There are three early releases this month: 3/1, 3/15, 3/29. Student dismissal on these Wednesdays is 1:45 PM.

    • MCAS 2. As you may know, all Commonwealth public school students from grades 3-10 will be taking the first year of MCAS 2 in the spring. The FINAL Sargent MCAS 2 grade level testing dates are below. A few important notes:

      • Again, the MCAS 2 will be a NEW test this spring for ALL students in the Commonwealth in terms of the specifics including guidelines, testing mode, training modules, practice tests, etc., etc. There is an understanding/expectation that it will take some time before teachers and students in the Commonwealth (and North Andover) become comfortable with this new test. We will all be working to familiarize ourselves appropriately with the new test over the next few months. Patience and understanding will be virtues:)

      • All ELA and Math MCAS 2 tests will be done on computers. (This is the direction the DESE is going across the Commonwealth.) This is a change from how students have taken these tests in the past. In the coming month, grade 3-5 students will be begin to familiarize themselves with this testing mode by spending some time with basic keyboarding and using computers in school on MCAS 2 practice test training modules provided by the DESE.

      • All grade third, fourth and fifth grade parents are asked to please refrain from scheduling doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc. during MCAS testing days/sessions.

      • Final MCAS2 Testing Dates

Grade

ELA

Math

Science

3

4/4, 4/5, 4/6

5/16, 5/17

NA

4

4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

NA

5

4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

5/22, 5/23

      • I think that is it for now on news related to MCAS 2. Anything new that comes up I’ll share with you accordingly. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    • COLD AND FLU SEASON. It’s the time of year for stomach viruses, colds and the flu.  In order to provide the healthiest school environment, please do not send your child to school when symptoms of illness are present.  Children should be fever free, without vomiting/diarrhea for at least 24 hours.  The best way to protect yourself and your children from contracting any virus is good hand washing.  Thank you.

    • NEXT PTO MEETING. The next Sargent PTO meeting is Wednesday, 3/1 @ 7 PM.  Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Price will be begin our PTO meeting on 3/1 spending some time talking about the Kindergarten initiative. We will plan to run our regular PTO meeting thereafter.

    • CLASS PICTURES. Class pictures have been rescheduled to March 16th.

    • KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION. FYI the orientation for “NEXT YEAR’S 2017-2018 Kindergarten class” is Monday, March 6th from 6:30-7:30 PM at North Andover High School.

    • WINTER SOFTBALL CLINIC. This is from Rick Roche. On March 14, 15 and 16th from 5-6:30 PM at NAHS filed house there will be a Winter Softball Clinic. Each night the clinic will focus on correcting fundamentals of throwing, fielding, baserunning, and hitting. The girls will get a chance to learn with current NAHS players! Camp will feature the following activities: * batting cages & pitching machine * batting stations * mechanics of bunting/slapping * flat glove drills & competitions * base running techniques * individualized instruction.

      • Dates: March 14, 15, 16
      • Time: 5-6:30PM
      • Grades: 1-8
      • Location: NAHS Field House
      • Cost: $60
      • Click here to Register eCommunity Payment Center
    • WINTER BASEBALL CLINIC. This is from Todd Dulin. NAHS Varsity baseball coach. Get ready for the upcoming baseball season.  The high school coaching staff and varsity players will teach skills and run drills at the 11th Annual Scarlet Knights Winter Baseball Clinic. Specifics are below. Thank you for supporting NAHS Baseball.

      • Dates: March 14, 15, & 16.

      • Location: North Andover High School Field House

      • Cost: $60

      • Time: 7:00-8:30

      • Grades: 2-8

      • Checks Payable to: Town of North Andover

      • (Walk-ins are accepted on the day of the clinic, but it is helpful for organizational purposes if you pre-register at community programs by March 9th.)

      • Register at Community Programs:  Rick Galante, Community Programs, NAPS Central Office, 566 Main Street, North Andover, MA GalanteR@northandoverpublicschools.com    

      • Head Coach: Todd Dulin  (Head Baseball Coach & History Department NAHS), email: dulint@northandoverpublicschools.com

    • UPCOMING IMPORTANT SARGENT DATES (Please visit “Important Dates” section of website regularly for date adds, subtractions, changes, etc.).


2/28

NASEC: Zoo N.E.

Adaptations. Gr. K

9:15-10 / TBA

10:15-11 / TBA

3/1

Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent

3/1

*PTO Meeting

7 PM / Sargent

3/3

NAMS Music Program visits Gr. 5

AM / Cafe

3/6

Kindergarten Orientation

for

2017-2018 Kindergartners’ Parents

6:30-7:30 PM / NAHS

3/7

NASEC Assembly:

Techsploration. Gr. 5

9:00 AM / Cafe

3/9

First ALICE Drill

PM / Sargent

3/10

RAISE Assembly

10:15 / Gym

3/14

NASEC Assembly:

Zoo N.E. Habitats. Gr. 2

9:15-10 / TBA

10:15-11 / TBA

3/15

Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent

3/16

Class Pictures

All Day / Sargent

3/17

Gr. 5 Visit to NAMS

for Writing Exhibition

AM / NAMS

3/17

Trimester II ends


3/20

-3/31

Sargent Read Across

America Activities

TBA / Sargent

3/21

NASEC Assembly:

ArtQuest, Gr. 4

8:45, 9:45, 10:45,

1:30 / TBA

3/29

Early Release / BB PD

1:45PM / Sargent

3/31

RAISE Assembly

(Students & staff only)

10-10:45 AM/Gym

3/31

Trimester II Report Cards

Go Home


4/3-

5/26

MCAS 2 TESTING

(SEE SCHEDULE

FOR

SPECIFIC TESTING TIMES)

All day (gr. 3, 4 or 5)

/ Sargent

4/5

PTO Meeting

7:30 PM / Cafe

4/6

Sargent Kindergarten

Registration Night

for 2017-2018

Sargent Kindergartner Parents

6-7 PM / Sargent

4/10-

4/14

*Sargent Book Fair

All day / Sargent

4/12

Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent

4/13

*Sargent Book Fair

Extended Hours

& Entertainment

TBA  / Sargent

4/17-

4/21

April Vacation - NO SCHOOL


4/26

Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent

4/26

Sargent Art Fair / Social

5-7:30 PM / Sargent

*PTO event


Please remember that Sargent teachers and I are here to ensure that the Sargent children receive a quality education academically, socially and emotionally. To that end, no problem that comes up that is getting in the way of this education is too big or too small for us to know. If you have a question or concern, please contact us. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it does not take the place of a strong and open connection/relationship with your son or daughter’s teacher, counselor, principal and school. Contact directly your child's teacher, the counselor or myself with any and all school-related problems, concerns or questions about your child. The “Communication ‘Go To’ Information Chart” on the Sargent Website is another resource that can assist you with specific contact information. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure your son or daughter has a successful experience at the Sargent School. Again, no problem is too big or small!!!

Sincerely,


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal


February 2017

posted Feb 5, 2017, 1:25 PM by Edward Foster   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 7:28 AM ]

Dear Sargent Parents,


I hope you are well as we enjoy yet another Patriot’s Super Bowl championship! Nothing like winter in New England. Between the anticipation of snow days, cheering on our football home team, cold nights, fire in the fire place, sledding, skating, and other times with family and friends; it is an experience our children will hold dear in their memories.


This past JANUARY was a busy month. We began Understanding Our Differences (UOD) for our students. UOD is a district-wide initiative for grade 3, 4 and 5 North Andover students. Led by the NAPAC, volunteers came in to teach our students at various times during the year to teach students about understanding differences in society. It is an eye-opening experience for our kids. All grade 3, 4 and 5 students in North Andover participate in this programming and the next round of UOD.


Math-athlete Madness began again this month for our upper grades (3-5). Lower will be starting up in a month or so. Math-athlete Madness is where K-5 students (as grade levels) meet periodically with Ms. Lahey and others to participate in nontraditional, enrichment-type “math” games/activities!  These non-traditional math games/activities can include physical education math games, computer math games, math projects, etc., etc. All games/activities are designed to sharpen and enhance students’ grade level math skills in a fun and nontraditional way! While these math games/activities are occurring, grade level teachers collaborate with one another to discuss and implement “best practice” math strategies in their classroom. Everyone wins!


Additionally, at our monthly RAISE Assembly, we “ignited” “Respect” throughout the Sargent School and Community by teaching the kids the letter “R” in sign language and having the teachers touch their finger to a student’s finger, who will touch the next student and so on and so on! As we see respectful behaviors happening throughout each day, we can acknowledge it without speaking by enthusiastically showing the “Respect Sign!” It is the hope of the Sargent School Climate Team that the result of this initiative is to increase respectful behaviors to improve the learning and social environment  at the Sargent School.


We also started a couple of really neat after school programs:  The Sargent School newspaper, Sargent in a Nutshell and a Sargent S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) after school program. Both have been well attended by our students.


Finally in January, we had our ALICE Parent Information Night which was very well attended. ALICE is (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) and is being implemented in all NAPSs this year. It is a new system developed to enhance lockdown/safety procedures in schools. To date, all NAPS staff members have been trained, all schools had their ALICE parent information nights presented by the NAPD and all students had grade level age-appropriate presentations. We will be having a school-wide ALICE drill for staff and parents sometime in the near future. Parents students and staff will be notified well before the drill takes place.


In FEBRUARY, we kicked off the month with our annual Winter Carnival. It was a great time had by all. What better way is there to spend a cold winter’s night. A special thanks to the PTO and the multitude of NAMS students and parents who volunteered to set it up, pull it off, and break it down (with the help of our superior custodial team)! It was a lot of fun for student and adult alike! The North Andover School Enrichment Committee will be working their magic again with assemblies put on for grade 3 (Museum of Science: Weather), grade 5 (Museum of Science: Science of Sound) and grades K and 2 (Zoo New England). We will continue our marvelous UOD workshops/presentations for the upper grades (see above for details). Math-athlete Madness continues in earnest (see above for details). We have one remaining Early Release Day this month: 2/15. Dismissal will be at 1:45 PM for all students. Our monthly student and staff RAISE Assembly will take place on 2/17 which is always a lot of fun! Students and staff go on February Vacation 2/20-2/24. And at the end of the month the NAMS music program will come “out country” to us to talk to our current fifth graders about music opportunities up at NAMS for them next year. Yes, always a lot of neat things going on at the Sargent School.


OTHER IMPORTANT SARGENT NOTES.

  • MCAS 2. As you may know, all Commonwealth public school students from grades 3-10 will be taking the first year of MCAS 2 in the spring. The FINAL Sargent MCAS 2 grade level testing dates are as follows:

Grade

ELA

Math

Science

3

4/4, 4/5, 4/6

5/16, 5/17

NA

4

4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

NA

5

4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

5/22, 5/23


Again, the MCAS 2 will be a NEW test this spring for ALL students in the Commonwealth in terms of the specifics including guidelines, testing mode, training modules, practice tests, etc., etc. There is an understanding/expectation that it will take some time before teachers and students in the Commonwealth (and North Andover) become comfortable with this new test. We will all be working to familiarize ourselves appropriately with the new test over the next few months. Patience and understanding will be a virtue:)

All ELA and Math MCAS 2 tests will be done on computers. (This is the direction the DESE is going across the Commonwealth.) This is a change from how students have taken these tests in the past. In the coming months, grade 3-5 students will be begin to familiarize themselves with this testing mode by spending some time with basic keyboarding and using computers in school on MCAS 2 practice test training modules provided by the DESE.

All grade third, fourth and fifth grade parents are asked to please refrain from scheduling doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc. during MCAS testing days/sessions.

I think that is it for now on news related to MCAS 2. Anything new that comes up I’ll share with you accordingly. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  • COLD AND FLU SEASON. It’s the time of year for stomach viruses, colds and the flu.  In order to provide the healthiest school environment, please do not send your child to school when symptoms of illness are present.  Children should be fever free, without vomiting/diarrhea for at least 24 hours.  The best way to protect yourself and your children from contracting any virus is good hand washing.  Thank you.

  • SCHOOL COUNCIL. School Councils are in all public schools throughout Massachusetts as established by the Education Reform Act of 1993. Membership includes the principal, teacher(s), parent(s), and a community representative. The School Council annually works to adopt educational goals, identify educational needs of students, reviewing the school budget and formulating a school improvement plan.

This year the School Council is working to find more ways to increase “rigor and relevance” for our students by instituting additional academic programming (like our afterschool STEM program and school newspaper) and utilizing parent volunteers to help enable students to access curriculum enrichment programs (via Chromebook usage during Math-athlete Madness and Junior Achievement) and enable our teachers to inform their practice by visiting/observing other classroom teachers in the school and district. Neat things afoot in the area of increasing “rigor and relevance” at the Sargent School.

  • NEXT PTO MEETING. The next Sargent PTO meeting is Wednesday, 3/1 @ 7 PM.  Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Price will be begin our PTO meeting on 3/1 spending some time talking about the Kindergarten initiative. We will plan to run our regular PTO meeting thereafter.

  • UPCOMING IMPORTANT SARGENT DATES (Please visit “Important Dates” section of website regularly for date adds, subtractions, changes, etc.).

2/6

Understanding our Differences

Intellectual Disabilities, Gr. 4

8:40 AM / Cafe

2/7

NASEC Assembly:

Mus. Of Sci.

Science of Sound. Gr. 5

9:15 AM / Cafe

2/8

Understanding our Differences

Chronic Medical, Gr. 5

8:40 AM / Cafe

2/10

Kindergarten Progress Reports

Go Home


2/15

Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent

2/16

Class Photos

TBA / Sargent

2/17

RAISE Assembly

(Students and staff only)

1:30-2:15 PM / Gym

2/20-

2/24

NO SCHOOL (February Break)

2/27-3/3

Read Across America Week (Tent)

TBA/TBA

2/28

NASEC: Zoo N.E.

Adaptations. Gr. K

9:15-10 / TBA

10:15-11 / TBA

3/1

Early Release / BB PD

1:45PM / Sargent

3/1

*PTO Meeting

7 PM / Sargent

3/7

NASEC Assembly:

Techsploration. Gr. 5

9:00 AM / Cafe

      3/7                    RAISE ASSEMBLY (students and staff only) 10:15 / Gym

3/14

NASEC Assembly:

Zoo N.E. Habitats. Gr. 2

9:15-10 / TBA

10:15-11 / TBA

3/15

**Early Release / Dist. PD

1:45PM / Sargent

3/17

Trimester II ends


 3/20-3/31 Sargent Read Across America Activities TBA / Sargent

3/21

NASEC Assembly:

ArtQuest, Gr. 4

8:45, 9:45, 10:45,

1:30 / TBA

3/29

Early Release / BB PD

1:45PM / Sargent




3/31

Trimester II Report Cards

Go Home


   

*PTO event


Please remember that Sargent teachers and I are here to ensure that the Sargent children receive a quality education academically, socially and emotionally. To that end, no problem that comes up that is getting in the way of this education is too big or too small for us to know. If you have a question or concern, please contact us. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it does not take the place of a strong and open connection/relationship with your son or daughter’s teacher, counselor, principal and school. Contact directly your child's teacher, the counselor or myself with any and all school-related problems, concerns or questions about your child. The “Communication ‘Go To’ Information Chart” on the Sargent Website is another resource that can assist you with specific contact information. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure your son or daughter has a successful experience at the Sargent School. Again, no problem is too big or small!!!

Sincerely,


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal


January 2017

posted Jan 2, 2017, 5:50 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 4:52 AM ]

Dear Sargent Families,


Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. As we rounded out 2016 this past month, we began with our annual Book Fair put on by the PTO and punctuated with Gingerbread House making. It was a great success! We ended with our annual December Holiday RAISE assembly where students and staff got into the holiday spirit with seasonal songs. Always a festive time. Frosty even made a visit which is always a big hit!


In January, we keep up the pace. Our early releases this month are 1/4 and 1/25 with student dismissals at 1:45 PM. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON 1/13 AND 1/16 (Martin Luther King Holiday). Our monthly PTO meeting is Wednesday 1/4 @ 7PM in the cafe. Finally, we have six other important items occurring this month:

  • On Wednesday, January 11th, 6-7:30 PM in the Sargent Cafe we have the Sargent ALICE Parent Information Night. ALICE is (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) and is being implemented in all NAPSs this year. It is a new system developed to enhance lockdown/safety procedures in schools. To date, all NAPS staff members have been trained and specific NAPS schools are in the process of having their ALICE parent information nights. The North Andover Police Department will be leading the parent information night and you are welcome to attend. Students will be trained at a later date some point after the parent information night.

  • This month the Sargent School also begins the Understanding Our Differences district-wide initiative for grade 3, 4 and 5 North Andover students. Led by the NAPAC, volunteers will be coming in on different days to teach our students about understanding differences in society. All grade 3, 4 and 5 students in North Andover will participate in this programming.

  • On January 19th from 6-7 PM, we will have our annual Sargent MCAS Information Night for interested Sargent parents. During this evening I will review last year's Sargent report card and discuss some of the recent initiatives to increase achievement. Information (specific testing dates, format, etc.) regarding this year’s round of state testing for grade 3, 4 and 5 students called MCAS 2 will be forthcoming.

  • Math-athlete Madness will be starting up again after its inaugural season last year. Math-athlete Madness is where K-5 students (as grade levels) will meet periodically with Ms. Lahey, Dr. Foster and others to participate in nontraditional, enrichment-type “math” games/activities!  These non-traditional math games/activities can include physical education math games, computer math games, math projects, etc., etc. All games/activities are designed to sharpen and enhance students’ grade level math skills in a fun and nontraditional way! While these math games/activities are occurring, grade level teachers will be collaborating with one another to discuss and implement “best practice” math strategies in their classroom. Good times are coming!

  • We have a couple of NEW after school programs that will be starting up which are creating an exciting buzz: A Newspaper Club and a Sargent S.T.E.M Program. The Sargent School newspaper, Sargent in a Nutshell, will be back in 2017! Mrs. Ahearn, our library media specialist, will be looking for new reporters to help create two new editions of the “Nut” after the winter break. Starting in January, third grade students who are interested in writing, researching, and being part of a team are invited to join us for our Introduction to Newspapers. We’ll add more staff writers as the year continues, so fourth and fifth graders are encouraged to start sleuthing out scoops! More information regarding start time, registration, etc. will be available after break! We will also be starting a Sargent S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) after school program through Community Programs this winter. STEM Programs are a fun and engaging way to introduce students into the fields of math and science. With this program, students in grades 3-5 will work together as a group to use everyday household items to construct, build, and solve a challenge  presented to them. While incorporating topics in math and science, students will work on math and science concepts, teamwork, and problem solving. Topics include-

    • Snowman Catapult Challenge

    • Science of a roller coaster

    • Exploring Area and Perimeter  

    • Cup Stacking - Mean median and mode

    • Science behind Bottle Flipping

    • Measurement Olympics

Other important program info. is as follows:

    • Grades: 3rd - 5th
    • Time:   Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00PM
    • Dates: Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7,  Feb 14, Feb 28, Mar 7
    • Cost: $60
    • Location: Sargent
    • Teacher: Ms. Cresta
    • An e-mail and hard copy application form will be sent home this week to all grade 3, 4 and 5 parents from Community Programs to sign up for the Sargent STEM after school program. 
  • The Sargent Physical Education Team of teachers is proud to publish its first P.E. Newsletter this school year. They will be publishing one per trimester. See attached.  


A couple of other notes:

  • Important Upcoming Dates (Please visit “Important Dates” section of website regularly for date adds, subtractions, changes, etc.):



1/2

NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)


1/3

Classes resume


1/4

Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent School

1/4

*PTO Meeting

7:00 PM / Sargent School

1/5

Understanding our Differences

Physical Differences, Gr. 4

AM / Cafe

1/6

Understanding our Differences

Autism, Gr. 5

AM / Cafe

1/10

Understanding our Differences

Deafness/Hard of Hearing, Gr. 3

AM / Cafe

1/11

ALICE Presentation

for Sargent Parents

6-7:30 PM / Cafe

1/13

PROF.  DEVELOPMENT DAY

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


1/16

NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)


1/19

MCAS Sargent Parent Information Night

6-7 PM / Cafe

1/24

NASEC Assembly: Mus. Of Sci. Electromagnetism. Gr. 4

9:15 AM / Cafe

1/25

Early Release

1:45 PM / TBA

1/27

RAISE Assembly

10-10:45 AM / Gym

1/31

NASEC Assembly:

Mus. Of Sci. Weather. Gr. 3

9:15 AM / Cafe




2/1

*PTO Meeting

9:00 AM/Sargent

2/1

Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent

2/3

*Winter Carnival

6-8:00 PM /

Sargent School

2/6

Understanding our Differences

Intellectual Disabilities, Gr. 4

AM / Cafe

2/7

NASEC Assembly:

Mus. Of Sci.

Science of Sound. Gr. 5

9:15 AM / Cafe

2/8

Understanding our Differences

Chronic Medical, Gr. 5

AM / Cafe

2/10

Kindergarten Progress Reports

Go Home


2/15

Early Release

1:45 PM / TBA

2/16

Class Photos

TBA / Sargent

2/17

RAISE Assembly

1:30-2:15 PM / Gym

2/20-

2/24

NO SCHOOL (February Break)

2/28

NASEC: Zoo N.E.

Adaptations. Gr. K

9:15-10 / TBA

10:15-11 / TBA

  • *Indicates PTO event
  • EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAYS. On SOME Wednesdays during the school year the early release dismissal time is 1:45 PM. All students will be dismissed at 1:45 PM on the following Wednesdays: (9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 12/7, 12/21, 1/4, 1/25, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/7)

  • On 11/23 & 6/23 (tent. last day of school if 5 snow days), dismissal will be @ 11:50 AM.

  • All third, fourth and fifth grade parents are asked to please refrain from scheduling doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc. during MCAS testing days. The MCAS testing window for the 2016-2017 school year currently is 4/3-5/26. More specific dates will be forthcoming. Thank you for your support.


Please remember that Sargent teachers and I are here to ensure that the Sargent children receive a quality education academically, socially and emotionally. To that end, no problem that comes up that is getting in the way of this education is too big or too small for us to know. If you have a question or concern, please contact us. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it does not take the place of a strong and open connection/relationship with your son or daughter’s teacher, counselor, principal and school. Contact directly your child's teacher, the counselor or myself with any and all school-related problems, concerns or questions about your child. The “Communication ‘Go To’ Information Chart” on the Sargent Website is another resource that can assist you with specific contact information. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure your son or daughter has a successful experience at the Sargent School. Again, no problem is too big or small!!!

Sincerely,


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal


December 2016

posted Dec 5, 2016, 3:22 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Dec 31, 2016, 3:30 AM ]

Principal’s Message


December 2016


Dear Sargent Families,

Happy December! It is hard to believe the holiday season is upon us.  In November, we began with a “Boo” and ended with a “Gobble” and A LOT in between. We began with a Mock Election organized by grade 2 and 3. Students in grades K-5 at the Annie L. Sargent School participated. Students at each grade level talked about the electoral process and went to their perspective voting station to cast their ballots! Some classes even "registered", went to a check-in area, and received an "I Voted" sticker! The results....Clinton/Kaine 285, Trump/Pence 126, Stein/Baraka 20, and Johnson/Weld 17! We also held a genuine election this month for the Sargent mascot official name. The winner……...The Sargent Sharks! We held our annual Parent Conferences which went well as always. NASEC presented Bubblemania to our K-2 students and the fifth grade held their annual Mama Mia, Pasta Ria dinner at NAHS. Grazie! We held our monthly RAISE Assembly and the Grade 1-5 kids returned from Thanksgiving Break to view author Jacqueline Woodson who visited North Andover as part of the One Author, One Community Series. Finally, our annual Book Fair took place the last week of November into December. This year, during the extended hours, interested students could make gingerbread houses in the cafe to begin to get into the holiday spirit. It was a big hit! Yes, lot’s of neat things happening at the Sargent per usual!


In December, we keep up the good work in the classroom. There are early releases on 12/7 and 12/21. Dismissal is 1:45 PM on these dates. On 12/16 report cards go home for grade 1-5 students. Our annual December Holiday RAISE assembly (students and staff only) is on 12/23. Then, the December Break is upon us-12/26 - 1/2. Happy Holidays!


Later on in January (1/11/17, 6-7:30 PM in the Sargent Cafe), save the Date. I know you have heard that the Sargent School as well as the entire NAPS district is adopting ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) this year to enhance lockdown safety procedures. To date, all NAPS staff members have been trained, some specific NAPS school staffs are in the process of having final trainings and specific NAPS schools are beginning to have their ALICE parent information nights. The Sargent School ALICE parent information night is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th from 6-7:30 PM in the Sargent cafeteria. The North Andover Police Department will be leading the parent information night and you are welcome to attend. Students will be trained at a later date some point after the parent information night.


We also begin in January our Understanding Our Differences district-wide initiative for grade 3, 4 and 5 North Andover students. Led by the NAPAC, volunteers will be coming in on different days to teach our students about understanding differences in society. All grade 3, 4 and 5 students in North Andover will participate in this programming.  


Finally, on January 19th from 6-7 PM, we will have our annual Sargent MCAS Information Night for parents where I will review last year's Sargent report card and discuss some of the recent initiatives to increase achievement.


A couple of other notes:

  • Important Dates this Month (Please visit “Important Dates” section of website regularly for date adds, subtractions, changes, etc.):


12/7

Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent

12/21

Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent

12/23

RAISE Assembly

PM / Gym

12/26

-1/2

NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

1/2

NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

1/3

Classes resume

1/4

Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent School

1/4

*PTO Meeting

7:00 PM / Sargent School

1/5

Understanding our Differences

Physical Differences, Gr. 4

AM / Cafe

1/6

Understanding our Differences

Autism, Gr. 5

AM / Cafe

1/10

Understanding our Differences

Deafness/Hard of Hearing, Gr. 3

AM / Cafe

1/11

ALICE Presentation

for Sargent Parents

6-7:30 PM / Cafe

1/13

PROF.  DEVELOPMENT DAY

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

TBA / TBA

1/16

NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)

 1/19     MCAS Sargent Parent Information Night                                           6-7 PM / Cafe

1/24

NASEC Assembly: Mus. Of Sci. Electromagnetism. Gr. 4

9:15 AM / Cafe

1/25

Early Release

1:45 / TBA

1/27

RAISE Assembly

10-10:45 AM / Gym

1/31

NASEC Assembly:

Mus. Of Sci. Weather. Gr. 3

9:15 AM / Cafe

   

*PTO event


Please remember that Sargent teachers and I are here to ensure that the Sargent children receive a quality education academically, socially and emotionally. To that end, no problem that comes up that is getting in the way of this education is too big or too small for us to know. If you have a question or concern, please contact us. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it does not take the place of a strong and open connection/relationship with your son or daughter’s teacher, counselor, principal and school. Contact directly your child's teacher, the counselor or myself with any and all school-related problems, concerns or questions about your child. The “Communication ‘Go To’ Information Chart” on the Sargent Website is another resource that can assist you with specific contact information. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure your son or daughter has a successful experience at the Sargent School. Again, no problem is too big or small!!!

Sincerely,


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal


November 2016

posted Nov 5, 2016, 6:57 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 1:16 PM ]

Principal’s Message


November 2016


Dear Sargent Families,

Happy November. It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! October was chock full of learning and fun here at the Sargent. The North Andover School Enrichment Committee (NASEC) continued their wonderful work for our students by putting on the assemblies of “Roots of American Music” (grades K-5) and “The Mainely Stars Planetarium” (Grade 3). Our Sargent students and staff got all “gussied up” for Picture Day. The weather cooperated and we had our annual Fun Run outside. We have some fassssssttttt kids but a not so fast principal we discovered! For the third year in a row we had our Safe Routes program where a staff member from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Sargent parent volunteers worked with our second graders and “walkers” on pedestrian safety. We participated in the annual Apple Crunch!!!!! Hope you heard it. And some Sargenters partook in the Smolak Farm Corn Maze on one of the early release days. We had our monthly RAISE Assembly where we began the discussion on the Zones of Regulation school-wide program (More information will be forthcoming.) and School Resource Office Caffrey spoke to the kids again about Halloween safety. Last but not least, our annual Monster Mash took place. It was a “boo”tiful time had by all. Yes, quite a busy October at the Sargent this year!


In November, we begin with a “Boo” and end with a “Gobble.” We begin with a Mock Presidential Election organized by grade 2 and 3. Students in grades K-5 at the Annie L. Sargent School participated. Students at each grade level talked about the electoral process and went to their perspective voting station to cast their ballots! Some classes even "registered", went to a check-in area, and received an "I Voted" sticker! The results....Clinton/Kaine 285, Trump/Pence 126, Stein/Baraka 20, and Johnson/Weld 17! We will also be holding an genuine election this month for the Sargent mascot official name. Over the years, we’ve had a few names (Stingrays, Sharks, etc.). Our fantastic student council will be organizing the election. I know they will be vigilant in ensuring their are no hanging chads:) Stay tuned… Parent Conferences are November 8th. No school for kids. However, there are child activities at the Steven’s Library that day if you are interested. On November 16th, NASEC presents Bubblemania to our K-2 students. That night, our fifth grade puts on their Annual Mama Mia, Pasta Ria dinner at NAHS. Grazie! Please visit the Sargent PTO website for more details. Our monthly RAISE Assembly will be toward the end of the month. Thanksgiving mini-break begins on Wednesday 11/23 with a half day, 11:50 DISMISSAL and no school on 11/24 and 11/25. Author Jacqueline Woodson visits North Andover on November 28th as part of the One Author, One Community Series. For the author visit, students will have the opportunity to view/listen to her via presentation at NAHS or simulcast. More information will be forthcoming. Picture Retake day is November 29th in the morning. Finally, our annual Book Fair will take place the last week of November into December. (On that Wednesday, 11/30 Extended Book Fair hours are 4-7 PM and Gingerbread House making is 4:30-7:30 PM.) Yes, lot’s of neat things happening at the Sargent per usual.


A couple of other notes:

  • Important Dates this Month (Please visit “Important Dates” section of website regularly for date adds, subtractions, changes, etc.):

11/2

*PTO Meeting

7:00 PM / Sargent School

11/8

NO SCHOOL FOR KIDS (ELECTION DAY); P/T Conferences

8:30-3 PM / Sargent School

11/11

NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

11/16

NASEC Assembly: Bubblemania, K-2

9am / TBA

10am / TBA

11/16

*Mama Mia, Pasta Ria

5:00-8:00 PM / NAHS

11/22

RAISE ASSEMBLY

10-10:45 AM / Gym

11/23

Half Day / 11:50 AM Dismissal

11:50 AM / Sargent

11/24-11/25

NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

11/28-12/2

*Book Fair

TBA/Sargent

11/28

Author (Jacqueline Woodson) Visit – One Author, One Community Series; Grades 3-5

TBA/NAHS

11/30

*Book Fair Extended Hours



*Gingerbread House making

4-7 PM/Sargent


4:30-7:30 PM/Sargent

11/29

Picture Retake

8:45-10:30 AM /  Sargent


  • This is from our librarian, Ms. Courtney Ahearn. The Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover Public Schools have partnered to create a One Author, One Community program to North Andover. Our goal is to have every citizen in our community read a work by a single author, in order to create a feeling of community and a love of literature across all generations and backgrounds. Our author this year is Jacqueline Woodson, an acclaimed author of books for children, teens and adults.

On Monday, November 28th, Jacqueline Woodson will be speaking to the 3-5th graders about her experiences as an author. That evening, a public presentation will take place at 6pm, followed by a book signing. Further details on these events will be forthcoming. We will also be hosting community events around various topics related to Ms. Woodson’s books.


Want to get involved? We are currently seeking sponsors for our author visit, as well as prospective hosts for community events. For more information, please check out the One Author, One Community website at: 1a1c.northandoverpublicschools.com.

Please remember that Sargent teachers and I are here to ensure that the Sargent children receive a quality education academically, socially and emotionally. To that end, no problem that comes up that is getting in the way of this education is too big or too small for us to know. If you have a question or concern, please contact us. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it does not take the place of a strong and open connection/relationship with your son or daughter’s teacher, counselor, principal and school. Contact directly your child's teacher, the counselor or myself with any and all school-related problems, concerns or questions about your child. The “Communication ‘Go To’ Information Chart” on the Sargent Website is another resource that can assist you with specific contact information. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure your son or daughter has a successful experience at the Sargent School. Again, no problem is too big or small!!!

Sincerely,


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal


October 2016

posted Sep 26, 2016, 9:46 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 8:27 AM by Edward Foster ]

Principal’s Message


October 2016


Dear Sargent Families,


Happy October. September was a blur here the Sargent School be it now has leveled off a bit and we are all falling right into our fall/school routines. September was a busier than usual month at the Sargent. Along with opening our doors for the 2016-2017 school year, we had our annual “Welcome Back Picnic where both child and adult got to reconnect and swap summer adventure stories. Thanks for organizing Sargent PTO! Our first PTO get together of the year occurred at Jaimie’s this year and it was a fun time had by all. We had two very successful Open Houses where our top-rated teachers got to talk about their classrooms and some of the wonderful things they will be doing this year. We had our first of four fire drills. Both student and staff got the thumbs up from the FDNA. And to round out the month, there was electricity in the air when we had our first outdoor RAISE Assembly. Ms. Courtney Ahearn, our school librarian, read a story to the students which was acted out by some of our student thespians. Great time had by all.  


The North Andover School Enrichment Committee (NASEC) continues their wonderful work for our students by putting on the assemblies of Roots of American Music (grades K-5) and “The Mainely Stars Planetarium” (Grade 3). We have a morning PTO meeting on 10/5/16 @ 9:00 AM. All parents welcome to attend. Sargent students and staff will be getting “gussied up” for Picture Day on 10/6. Early Release Wednesdays (1:45 PM dismissal) this month will be 10/12 and 10/26. Our annual Fun Run takes place on 10/14 (rain date of 10/21) and is always a wonderful Sargent community event and our primary fundraiser for the year. I’ll be bringing my running shoes to that one. For the third year in a row, Safe Routes and Sargent parent volunteers will be coming to work with our second graders and “walkers” on pedestrian safety. We will be having our monthly RAISE Assembly on 10/28. And last but not least, we have our annual Monster Mash on the evening of 10/28 as well. It is sure to be a “boo”tiful time had by all. Yes, a busy October at the Sargent this year!

A couple of other notes:

  • DON’T FORGET. PICTURE DAY IS THURSDAY, 10/6.

  • Attention PM Car Pool pick up parents. Beginning on October 3rd, only those cars with a Sargent issued name placard are able to pick up students. If you do not have a placard, drivers will need to park and go to the office to sign out the child with proper identification.

  • This is from our librarian, Ms. Courtney Ahearn. The Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover Public Schools have partnered to create a One Author, One Community program to North Andover. Our goal is to have every citizen in our community read a work by a single author, in order to create a feeling of community and a love of literature across all generations and backgrounds. Our author this year is Jacqueline Woodson, an acclaimed author of books for children, teens and adults.

On Monday, November 28th, Jacqueline Woodson will be speaking to the 3-5th graders about her experiences as an author. That evening, a public presentation will take place at 6pm, followed by a book signing. Further details on these events will be forthcoming. We will also be hosting community events around various topics related to Ms. Woodson’s books.


Want to get involved? We are currently seeking sponsors for our author visit, as well as prospective hosts for community events. For more information, please check out the One Author, One Community website at: 1a1c.northandoverpublicschools.com.

  • Fall 2016 common assessments: During September and into October, along with getting to know your child in the classroom, we also gave district common assessments to students in the areas of reading, math and writing. Data from these assessments is used by the teachers to help inform their instruction.


Please remember that Sargent teachers and I are here to ensure that the Sargent children receive a quality education academically, socially and emotionally. To that end, no problem that comes up that is getting in the way of this education is too big or too small for us to know. If you have a question or concern, please contact us. Social media is a wonderful tool, but it does not take the place of a strong and open connection/relationship with your son or daughter’s teacher, counselor, principal and school. Contact directly your child's teacher, the counselor or myself with any and all school-related problems, concerns or questions about your child. The “Communication ‘Go To’ Information Chart” on the Sargent Website is another resource that can assist you with specific contact information. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to ensure your son or daughter has a successful experience at the Sargent School. Again, no problem is too big or small!!!

Sincerely,


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal


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