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:
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!!!
Annie L. Sargent Elementary School Principal