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.):


*PTO Meeting

7:00 PM / Sargent School



8:30-3 PM / Sargent School


NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)


NASEC Assembly: Bubblemania, K-2

9am / TBA

10am / TBA


*Mama Mia, Pasta Ria

5:00-8:00 PM / NAHS



10-10:45 AM / Gym


Half Day / 11:50 AM Dismissal

11:50 AM / Sargent


NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)


*Book Fair



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



*Book Fair Extended Hours

*Gingerbread House making

4-7 PM/Sargent

4:30-7:30 PM/Sargent


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:

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