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Sargent School Summer Registration

posted Jul 3, 2018, 6:52 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Welcome new families to the Sargent Elementary School! Prior to coming to the school with registration paperwork, please visit the visit the Student Registration page. (This page is also available from the homepage under the summer links section.) There you can pre-register your child and find out what documents you will need to bring to the school. 

The Sargent school office will be open on the following days and times for you to stop by and drop off paperwork:
  • Tuesday, July 17th from 9:30am - 1:00pm

  • Tuesday, July 24th from 9:30am - 1:00pm

  • Tuesday, July 31st from 9:30am - 1:00pm

  • Tuesday, August 7th from 9:30am - 1:00pm

  • Wednesday, August 8th from 9:30am - 1:00pm

Don't forget to order your SUPPLY KITS before June 27th!

posted Jun 20, 2018, 7:36 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 10:04 AM ]

Don't want to think about buying school supplies this summer? The PTO has again teamed up with SchoolKidz, a Staples company, to offer families quality school supplies in a kit delivered directly to your child's classroom for the first day of school.  Supply kits will contain everything your child needs for class, regardless of the teacher they will have in the fall.

Prices for the kits are:
  • 1st grade- $52
  • 2nd grade- $56
  • 3rd grade- $54
  • 4th grade- $41
  • 5th grade- $40
  • Mrs. Clough's Class (MSP)- $54
In addition to the kits, you can add backpacks, water bottles, and other items to your order for an additional charge. 

To order your kit and other items:
  1. Go to www.shopttkits.com
  2. Enter the school's account number- 86272
  3. Choose the appropriate grade level kit: REMEMBER TO CHOOSE THE GRADE YOUR CHILD WILL BE ENTERING IN THE FALL!
  4. Enter your child's first and last name
  5. Add to the cart, confirm your order and checkout
Orders MUST be placed by June 27, 2018!  After this date, SchoolKidz does not allow additional orders!

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Mullen at: r103k@comcast.net

You're Invited to North Andover's Race Amity Day

posted May 23, 2018, 8:40 AM by Hillary Stasonis

https://drive.google.com/open?id=18bC_3IDO8Nc7DnBGNsFcH9X-51iEQMt2
June 10th from 10am - noon @NAHS.


Help the North Andover Public Schools and the Stevens Memorial Library bring people of the Merrimack Valley together to celebrate amity or friendship between people and to share traditions from various cultures.

For more information visit: http://nak12.net/race-amity

5th Grade Move Up Day

posted Apr 6, 2018, 6:41 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The annual move up day and evening will take place on June 21st. This is when 5th grade parents are invited back in the evening to meet their child's 6th grade teaching team after students come to NAMS during the day. For more information see Dr. McQuade's Letter to 5th Grade Parents

Donations Needed!

posted Mar 19, 2018, 7:25 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Sargent is currently looking for donations of both basketballs and soccer balls to be used at recess!  If you happen to be cleaning out, or simply want to contribute a new ball, it would be very much appreciated! Donations can be brought to the main office. Thank you in advance!

2018 Sargent MCAS Testing Dates

posted Jan 29, 2018, 7:27 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 7:43 AM ]

This year MCAS testing will take place on April 5, 10, 11, and 12th, and then on May 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, and 22nd. Take a look at the attached document for more information.


Volunteers needed for Understanding Our Differences

posted Dec 4, 2017, 7:12 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 7:17 AM ]

Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nationally recognized, educational program that teaches elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. Students in grade 3-5 at all elementary schools will participate in two programs this school year. Programs typically start with a 30 minute video or presentation about the disability, followed by 3-4 small group activities that run about an hour, and finish with a speaker and Q&A. We need volunteers to help with the small group activities. 

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for this special program! 


Your child does not need to be in the class to volunteer, anyone can!
  • There is a 20 minute online training session for all volunteers. 
  • Volunteers must have a current CORI on file with the elementary schools. Here is a link to the CORI form: http://nak12.net/CORI
  • More Dates Coming Soon programs are scheduled for the entire school year. We post volunteer opportunities a couple of months in advance and will add new dates throughout the year.

Principal Lahey's Monthly Update For November

posted Nov 21, 2017, 1:25 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Sargent Families, 

The holiday season always makes me reflect on the kindness of others. I feel truly blessed to be the principal of Sargent School. I wish the very best for my teachers and staff all year, but this week their impact is especially felt as I pause and think of these past months and the gratitude I feel for them as I navigate my first year as Principal. They are a gift beyond measure to me. 

I believe school should be fun. I can say with confidence that each person that engages with your children works hard to foster joyful learning in every regard. Our staff is comprised of a diverse and talented team. They are a team of educators that plan the learning, work daily to provide a safe and thoughtful learning environment, and nurture friendships so everyone feels included. The staff here at Sargent work tirelessly to ensure that your children enjoy success. I
am so proud and grateful for of each of them. 

Additionally, during this time of thankfulness, I want to acknowledge the value I place on the active partnership you have generously offered as parents supporting our school. We are grateful for your communication and support of our efforts in leading the learning that happens here each day. The gift of your volunteerism has had enormous impact on our staff, and, ultimately our students. This was most recently evidenced by the huge turnout for our fifth grade fundraiser, Mama Mia Pasta Ria last week. The evening was so fun and a testament to the many hours of planning and executing by so many parents. The culmination of your efforts was seen on the faces of our 5th graders as they strutted their stuff as singers, waiters and caring friends. It was a memory maker for each student and adult there! 

This week marked the start up of our Book Fair. As my mother often reminded my six siblings and me, “many hands make light work.” It has been inspiring to see the “many hands” so many of you have offered during such a busy week of preparation at your own homes for Thanksgiving. You are modeling and supporting your children in powerfully, positive ways and we are grateful. 

We have begun our Understanding Our Differences program. This year third, fourth, and fifth graders have the privilege of attending this program. NAPAC (North Andover Parent Advisory Council) collaborates with the North Andover school district to continually improve the educational opportunities available within our schools. NAPAC has put together a hands-on program so that third, fourth, and fifth graders will attend the program twice this year and focus on different topics. So far, fifth grade has attended a session on autism, fourth grade has attended a session on physical disabilities, and third grade will be attending a session on
deafness. This inspiring work directly supports our goal of inclusion in tangible and meaningful ways for our students. Thank you to the many volunteers for this gift. 

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I do not have to look far to see the many people I am grateful to know and work with. Thank you for the wondrous ways you have supported each other with the shared vision of modeling and giving generous, thoughtful, support to all students who are the faces of this amazing Sargent family. On behalf of each member of this inspiring Sargent Staff, I hope you and your family enjoy a loving and joyful Thanksgiving!

Gratefully,
Karen

North Andover Food Rescue

posted Nov 21, 2017, 7:51 AM by Hillary Stasonis

The North Andover Food Rescue is looking for volunteers to help collect and distribute uneaten, unopened food from the Sargent cafeteria. A shift of only 20 minutes can make a huge difference for many people in our community! To read more about the Food Rescue and how it works, click here.  To volunteer, please sign up here.  You can also visit the Food Rescue website.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Kristi Hale and Jess Belongia at nafoodrescue@gmail.com

Principal Lahey's Monthly Update For October

posted Oct 2, 2017, 5:12 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 5:13 AM ]

Dear Sargent Families,

I would like to begin my monthly update for October by thanking you for the warm encouragement and support I have felt as the new Principal of Sargent School. We have enjoyed a wonderful school opening in transitioning over 560 students back to school. It has been a whirlwind of fun activity in establishing new routines, seeing familiar faces and making new friends.

September brought great kudos from the North Andover Fire and Police Departments as our students and staff worked hard to keep safety at the center of all we do during our first fire drill and ALICE drill of the year. It is energizing to see our K kids adjust and shine as our newest members of our Sargent family. I know you would feel warm and proud to have watched how our 5th graders stepped up as leaders to escort the K kids during dismissal with the K teachers. These peer leaders took great pride in their role. It was uplifting to watch K kids listen and follow them with awe for how great the “big kids” were as helpers. Wonderful modeling, especially during the first month of school; a “win-win” for all involved.

We began a new Sargent tradition on the first day of school with our K-kids. Each morning we come together as a community outside to do the Pledge of Allegiance. Our Flag holders are the students who are celebrating a “birthday” that day. For students with a birthday on Saturday they hold the Flag on the Friday. Students with a Sunday birthday will be Monday Flag holders. On rainy days, the students hold the flag in their classrooms and we do the Pledge of Allegiance over the PA. It has become a wonderful way to come together as a school family as we begin our day. Mr. Shelkowitz, our music teacher, has written a special Sargent Birthday song that will debut next week! 

I have also ventured into the world of Twitter. If you follow Twitter, our account is called “Sargent Sharks.” It is a wonderful way to offer a glimpse into the daily life of Sargent School. I hope you will become a follower and allow it to bring a smile to your day to see the joy and marvelous learning happening each day at Sargent.

Our Sargent family is blessed with the huge hearts of our PTO and its many, many volunteers. I continue to be amazed by your generosity and kindness. You warmly welcomed our teachers back with thoughtful gifts of food and classroom support. I hesitate to list the hundreds of ways we are supported by you. We are grateful to the many, many volunteers that add positive energy to help fuel our school daily. I join each teacher and staff member in thanking you for the gift of your time and talents. Our students benefit greatly by your kindness, and the connection we share with you in making Sargent school a family that supports each other; it is impactful, great modeling for our children to see. As I have said often, when families and school partner together ~ our students will soar! Thank you! 



Looking ahead to October we are up for great learning with a big dose of fun thrown in to create a joyful learning environment. Here are a few items to note as we begin October: 
  • North Andover School Enrichment Council Tuesday, 10/3/17
    “Poetry In Motion” K-2, and Gr. 3- 5  (2 performances)

  • Picture Day Thursday, 10/5/17
    Always a big event for our students!

  • Welcome Back Family Picnic Thursday, 10/5/17 5:00-6:30 pm
    DONATE FLASHLIGHTS AND BATTERIES!
    This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to share time together. This year the PTO is spearheading a FLASHLIGHT & BATTERY drive for the victims of the Hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico. Please consider donating FLASHLIGHTS AND BATTERIES during our Welcome Picnic or send to school with your children this week. Thank you!

  • Sargent School Annual FUN RUN!  Friday, 10/13/17 (Rain Date: 10/20/17)
    For those of you that are new to this energizing event, it is a big day for the Sargent Sharks! The PE staff along with our PTO volunteers will have our playground field looking like a mini-marathon backdrop. The kids are always fired-up for this day. Aptly named, the number one goal is to have Fun! It is our largest fundraiser and I believe among our best day of the year to see first hand what our “Sargent Family” looks like. Thank you for your generosity in sponsoring your children.

  • Knights On The Run Saturday, 10/14/17 Check in at 8am Kids run at 9am
    Please see the link: www.knightsrun5k.com
    We want to keep the running going, from our Fun Run to Knights On The Run! Atkinson school has won the Trophy 4 times, and last year Thomson School won it. Something tells me the SHARKS OF SARGENT SCHOOL ARE READY TO RULE!! It is sure to be a fun morning for one and all and a fabulous fundraiser.

  • Halloween Spirit Day Tuesday, October 31st
    Students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school with a few restrictions. This is optional (please do not feel like your child has to wear a costume) this mirrors our “Spirit Day Celebrations” that happen throughout the year on different days. The kids love to dress up on Pajama Day or Patriots Day so we would like to start a new tradition and have Halloween become a Spirit Day as well. The few restrictions are as follows:
    • Costumes must be school appropriate (all ages considered)
    • No masks or face paint can be worn.
    • No accessories that may be “accidentally” used inappropriately or lost. (Halloween night is a big night and you want to be sure you have all the pieces in place for Trick or Treating.)
    • Things like Harry Potter glasses, or Mickey Mouse Ears are fine. The main thing is no facemasks and no face paint.
    • I reserve for all teachers the right to make decisions around what is and is not appropriate for teaching and learning, including the request for removal of items like capes, glasses, etc.
    • I will send out a follow up reminder just prior to Halloween. Thank you.

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