October 2016

posted Sep 26, 2016, 9:46 AM by Michael Motherway   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 8:27 AM by FosterEd@northandoverpublicschools.com ]

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:


  • 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!!!


Ed Foster

Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal