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!


    • 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






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

      • 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    

      • Head Coach: Todd Dulin  (Head Baseball Coach & History Department NAHS), email:

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



Adaptations. Gr. K

9:15-10 / TBA

10:15-11 / TBA


Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent


*PTO Meeting

7 PM / Sargent


NAMS Music Program visits Gr. 5

AM / Cafe


Kindergarten Orientation


2017-2018 Kindergartners’ Parents

6:30-7:30 PM / NAHS


NASEC Assembly:

Techsploration. Gr. 5

9:00 AM / Cafe


First ALICE Drill

PM / Sargent


RAISE Assembly

10:15 / Gym


NASEC Assembly:

Zoo N.E. Habitats. Gr. 2

9:15-10 / TBA

10:15-11 / TBA


Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent


Class Pictures

All Day / Sargent


Gr. 5 Visit to NAMS

for Writing Exhibition



Trimester II ends



Sargent Read Across

America Activities

TBA / Sargent


NASEC Assembly:

ArtQuest, Gr. 4

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

1:30 / TBA


Early Release / BB PD

1:45PM / Sargent


RAISE Assembly

(Students & staff only)

10-10:45 AM/Gym


Trimester II Report Cards

Go Home







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

TBA  / Sargent



April Vacation - NO SCHOOL


Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent


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!!!


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal