April 2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:14 AM by FosterEd@northandoverpublicschools.com   [ 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:






4/4, 4/5, 4/6

5/16, 5/17



4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19



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.).










All day (gr. 3, 4 or 5)

/ Sargent


PTO Meeting

7:30 PM / Cafe


Sargent Kindergarten

Registration Night

for 2017-2018

Sargent Kindergartner Parents

6-7 PM / Sargent



Sargent Book Fair

All day / Sargent


Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent


Sargent Book Fair

Extended Hours


Entertainment (Vic and Sticks)

4-8 PM  / Sargent

6-6:45 PMish


Bus Evacuation Drills

9:30 AM / Bus loop



NO SCHOOL (April Break)


Early Release

1:45 PM /Sargent


Art Fair Social

5:00-8:00 PM / Sargent

 4/28         School Spirit: Pajama Day     


*Gr. 5 “Drop it and Go!”

10-1:00 PM / NAMS



MCAS Testing Window

(All subjects)




TBA / Sargent School



*Staff Appreciation Week


*PTO Meeting

7:00 PM /

Jamies Restaurant

 5/4 Gr. 5 Field Trip: Strawberry Banke 


Gr. 4 Academic Night

6:30-7:30 PM / Sargent


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


NASEC Assembly:

WhaleMobile. Gr. 1

8:45 AM / Cafe


Grade 3 Academic Night

6-7PM / Sargent

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


Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent

 5/12 School Spirit Day: Helping Hat Day 


RAISE Assembly

1:30-2:15 PM / Gym


Early Release

1:45 PM / TBA


Grade 1 Academic Night

6-7 PM / Classrooms


Grade 2 Academic Night

6-7 PM / Classrooms



Kindergarten Screening

for 17-18 Kindergarteners.


16-17 Kindergartners


NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)


Understanding Our Differences.

Grade 5. Learning Disabilities


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.


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal