January 2017

posted Jan 2, 2017, 5:50 AM by Edward Foster   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 4:52 AM ]

Dear Sargent Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. As we rounded out 2016 this past month, we began with our annual Book Fair put on by the PTO and punctuated with Gingerbread House making. It was a great success! We ended with our annual December Holiday RAISE assembly where students and staff got into the holiday spirit with seasonal songs. Always a festive time. Frosty even made a visit which is always a big hit!

In January, we keep up the pace. Our early releases this month are 1/4 and 1/25 with student dismissals at 1:45 PM. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON 1/13 AND 1/16 (Martin Luther King Holiday). Our monthly PTO meeting is Wednesday 1/4 @ 7PM in the cafe. Finally, we have six other important items occurring this month:

  • On Wednesday, January 11th, 6-7:30 PM in the Sargent Cafe we have the Sargent ALICE Parent Information Night. ALICE is (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) and is being implemented in all NAPSs this year. It is a new system developed to enhance lockdown/safety procedures in schools. To date, all NAPS staff members have been trained and specific NAPS schools are in the process of having their ALICE parent information nights. 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.

  • This month the Sargent School also begins the 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.

  • On January 19th from 6-7 PM, we will have our annual Sargent MCAS Information Night for interested Sargent parents. During this evening I will review last year's Sargent report card and discuss some of the recent initiatives to increase achievement. Information (specific testing dates, format, etc.) regarding this year’s round of state testing for grade 3, 4 and 5 students called MCAS 2 will be forthcoming.

  • Math-athlete Madness will be starting up again after its inaugural season last year. Math-athlete Madness is where K-5 students (as grade levels) will meet periodically with Ms. Lahey, Dr. Foster and others to participate in nontraditional, enrichment-type “math” games/activities!  These non-traditional math games/activities can include physical education math games, computer math games, math projects, etc., etc. All games/activities are designed to sharpen and enhance students’ grade level math skills in a fun and nontraditional way! While these math games/activities are occurring, grade level teachers will be collaborating with one another to discuss and implement “best practice” math strategies in their classroom. Good times are coming!

  • We have a couple of NEW after school programs that will be starting up which are creating an exciting buzz: A Newspaper Club and a Sargent S.T.E.M Program. The Sargent School newspaper, Sargent in a Nutshell, will be back in 2017! Mrs. Ahearn, our library media specialist, will be looking for new reporters to help create two new editions of the “Nut” after the winter break. Starting in January, third grade students who are interested in writing, researching, and being part of a team are invited to join us for our Introduction to Newspapers. We’ll add more staff writers as the year continues, so fourth and fifth graders are encouraged to start sleuthing out scoops! More information regarding start time, registration, etc. will be available after break! We will also be starting a Sargent S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) after school program through Community Programs this winter. STEM Programs are a fun and engaging way to introduce students into the fields of math and science. With this program, students in grades 3-5 will work together as a group to use everyday household items to construct, build, and solve a challenge  presented to them. While incorporating topics in math and science, students will work on math and science concepts, teamwork, and problem solving. Topics include-

    • Snowman Catapult Challenge

    • Science of a roller coaster

    • Exploring Area and Perimeter  

    • Cup Stacking - Mean median and mode

    • Science behind Bottle Flipping

    • Measurement Olympics

Other important program info. is as follows:

    • Grades: 3rd - 5th
    • Time:   Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00PM
    • Dates: Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7,  Feb 14, Feb 28, Mar 7
    • Cost: $60
    • Location: Sargent
    • Teacher: Ms. Cresta
    • An e-mail and hard copy application form will be sent home this week to all grade 3, 4 and 5 parents from Community Programs to sign up for the Sargent STEM after school program. 
  • The Sargent Physical Education Team of teachers is proud to publish its first P.E. Newsletter this school year. They will be publishing one per trimester. See attached.  

A couple of other notes:

  • Important Upcoming Dates (Please visit “Important Dates” section of website regularly for date adds, subtractions, changes, etc.):


NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)


Classes resume


Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent School


*PTO Meeting

7:00 PM / Sargent School


Understanding our Differences

Physical Differences, Gr. 4

AM / Cafe


Understanding our Differences

Autism, Gr. 5

AM / Cafe


Understanding our Differences

Deafness/Hard of Hearing, Gr. 3

AM / Cafe


ALICE Presentation

for Sargent Parents

6-7:30 PM / Cafe







MCAS Sargent Parent Information Night

6-7 PM / Cafe


NASEC Assembly: Mus. Of Sci. Electromagnetism. Gr. 4

9:15 AM / Cafe


Early Release

1:45 PM / TBA


RAISE Assembly

10-10:45 AM / Gym


NASEC Assembly:

Mus. Of Sci. Weather. Gr. 3

9:15 AM / Cafe


*PTO Meeting

9:00 AM/Sargent


Early Release

1:45 PM / Sargent


*Winter Carnival

6-8:00 PM /

Sargent School


Understanding our Differences

Intellectual Disabilities, Gr. 4

AM / Cafe


NASEC Assembly:

Mus. Of Sci.

Science of Sound. Gr. 5

9:15 AM / Cafe


Understanding our Differences

Chronic Medical, Gr. 5

AM / Cafe


Kindergarten Progress Reports

Go Home


Early Release

1:45 PM / TBA


Class Photos

TBA / Sargent


RAISE Assembly

1:30-2:15 PM / Gym



NO SCHOOL (February Break)



Adaptations. Gr. K

9:15-10 / TBA

10:15-11 / TBA

  • *Indicates PTO event
  • EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAYS. On SOME Wednesdays during the school year the early release dismissal time is 1:45 PM. All students will be dismissed at 1:45 PM on the following Wednesdays: (9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 12/7, 12/21, 1/4, 1/25, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/7)

  • On 11/23 & 6/23 (tent. last day of school if 5 snow days), dismissal will be @ 11:50 AM.

  • All third, fourth and fifth grade parents are asked to please refrain from scheduling doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc. during MCAS testing days. The MCAS testing window for the 2016-2017 school year currently is 4/3-5/26. More specific dates will be forthcoming. Thank you for your support.

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