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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
    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:
    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.

Represent Sargent at the "Knights in Training Kids Run"!

posted Sep 22, 2017, 12:30 PM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 7:21 AM ]

The 7th Annual Knights in Training Kids Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st.  Each year a special trophy is awarded to the one North Andover elementary school with the highest participation rate! Last year the THOMSON TIGERS dethroned the 4-time champion ATKINSON was an incredible achievement. 

My question for you today is, who will bring home the trophy for 2017?  Could it be the SARGENT SHARKS?!

The Knights in Training Kids’ Run (for kids under 12) will be held at NAHS on Saturday, Oct. 21 as part of the 2017 Homecoming celebration.  

  • Registration Fee: $10.00. 
  • Check-in begins at 8:00AM
  • Kids’ Run begins at 9:00AM

*ALL participants receive a race bib at check-in, a Knights on the Run band bracelet and lots of great giveaways!

Register online at or download a mail-in form below.

Questions? Email:

Opening of School Letter to Parents 2017

posted Sep 4, 2017, 5:24 PM by Michael Grant   [ updated Sep 4, 2017, 5:33 PM ]

Dear Sargent Families,
I am writing to you on this sunny Labor Day from my desk at Sargent. I came in early this morning to leave a few things on our new teachers’ desks to wish them well on their first day.  I assured them in my note that they are being welcomed into a warm family of learners where positive, meaningful connections will be made with their students, our engaged parents, and with their colleagues.
Although the lights are off in our school this morning, there is a feeling of brightness for me as I walk these dark, quiet halls. The brightness comes from my gratefulness in being given this inspiring opportunity to lead this school with the trust and support from you and our amazing educators. When I interviewed in June and met with the Sargent staff and many of you parents, I shared that the foundation of my work as principal would be in recognizing two important cornerstones. Those cornerstones are:

1.     “Everything I do must be student-focused.”
2.     “I cannot do this job alone.”
I am resolved to keep the needs of all students at the core of what we do. Whatever the demands and complexities of our work may be, it is my job to keep it “about the kids, and what is best for them to remain fun-loving, curious, confident learners.” In order for me to be successful in leading this effort, I need your help. I cannot be successful without your valued insight and that of my caring staff. I know with 100% confidence, if we partner together, with the needs of our kids as our focus, then our students will soar!  I invite you to be an active participant at Sargent School!
Our school is fueled on positive energy! Our staff is energized and alive with the anticipation of a wondrously, fun, engaging year of learning! Every member of our school team of educators will have laser focus in seeing that your child will feel safe, accepted, and will be a valued friend. We recognize that we must respect and appreciate our similarities and differences in order to grow and flourish as a community.
Communicate, communicate, and communicate! It is the key to our success as a community.  We will have a long and rewarding relationship with you if we all work hard to share our thoughts and affirm each other through multiple forms of communication. Email, notes, backpack correspondence, whatever works best. My mantra has often been “when in doubt ~ CALL!”  No questions or concerns are too small if it impacts the success of our students feeling seen, heard and valued as engaged, joyful learners.
Our teachers have added a bright shine to their classrooms through their thoughtful hard work. From our most seasoned teacher to the new staff beginning tomorrow, all share the common thread of creating a welcoming, vibrant classroom. Students’ names are brightly attached to desks and other places in the room to make students feel they are important and they belong. We have a new and colorfully painted lobby to showcase. This work was done with our newly hired Art teacher, Ms. Hannah Brady and student and parent volunteers this summer.  As I drove away today, I was so proud to see the hard work of the wonderful volunteers who have made the outside of our school look well cared for and welcoming. Thank you for your time and talents. Our top-notch custodial staff worked hard all summer to ensure that classrooms were cleaned to look new and that each teacher request was met in adding to, or rearranging their classrooms for a fun learning environment. And, most importantly, the hard work of the custodial team was done with a positive pride in making Sargent School the best it can be. We are all grateful to Joe, Pat and Sam for their tireless efforts.
As you can see, I cannot do this job alone. School has not even started and I am humbled and grateful for the many who partner in supporting our school community with the their signature strengths.  In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Here’s to a remarkable year of working together for each and every child who are the faces of our wonderful Sargent Community!
Gratefully yours,
Karen Murdoch-Lahey, M.Ed, CAGS
Annie L. Sargent Elementary School
300 Abbott Street,
North Andover, MA 01845
Phone: (978) 725-3673
Fax: (978) 725-3678

Summer Registration 2017

posted Jul 12, 2017, 6:03 PM by Michael Grant



Tuesday, July 11th 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday, July 18th 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday, July  25th 9:00am -12:00pm

Tuesday, August 1st 9:00am -12:00pm

Tuesday, August 8th 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday, August 15th 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday, August  22nd 9:00am - 12:00pm

Important Dates

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:44 AM by   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 4:44 PM ]

Below is the Sargent calendar as of 6-4-17. Please check Sargent Important Dates regularly for adds, deletes, changes and important notices)


*Breakfast Buddies

-Mon. 6/5 K

-Tues. 6/6 1

-Wed. 6/7 2

-Thurs. 6/8 3&4

-Fri. 6/9 5

7:30-8:25 AM / Cafe


NAMS move up day for grade 5


Gr. 3 Field Trip Wenham Museum


Gr. 4 Field Trip Museum of Science


**Early Release

1:45PM / Sargent


Grade 5 Academic Night

6-7 PM/ classrooms & cafe


Field Day (Students only)


Firehouse Presentation K-2 (Students and staff only)

TBA / Blacktop


NASEC Assembly: 3-5 UNH Red Wagon Performance (Students and staff only)

8:45-9:30/ Cafe


Grade 3 End-of-Year Party



Flag Day (Students and staff only)

AM / Blacktop


Brooks Day Field Trip for grade 5


NASEC Assembly: K-2 UNH Red Wagon Performance (Students and staff only)

1:35-2:20 PM/ Cafe


Kindergarten End of Year Party

11-12 / Reynolds


Brooks Field Trip Grade 5 (Rain Date)


School Spirit Day: Crazy Outfit Day


Grade 2 End of Year Party

11-12 noon / Sargent Garden


Summer Reading Assembly (K-2, 3-5)

PM / Gym or Cafe


Gr. 1 End of Year Party

1:15-2:15 PM / near tree outside


Gr. 4 End of Year Party

12:16-1:01 / field near pick up


Final RAISE Assembly (Students and staff only)

1:30 PM / Gym


Clap Out for fifth graders. (Students and staff only. Gr. 5 parents invited to gym)

AM / Schoolwide


Last Day of School/Half Day/11:50 STUDENT dismissal

11:50 PM student dismissal / Sargent

  • *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.

MCAS at the Sargent

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:29 AM by   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 1:37 PM ]

Last year's (2015-2016) MCAS student result reports were sent home in grade 4 and grade 5 student backpacks on September 30th. Please contact your child's teacher and/or school administration if you have any questions.

The following are some other important points related to MCAS 2:

        • As you may know, all Commonwealth public school students from grades 3-10 will be taking the first year of MCAS 2 in the spring. The FINAL Sargent MCAS 2 grade level testing dates are as follows:






4/4, 4/5, 4/6

5/16, 5/17



4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19



4/25, 4/26, 4/27

5/18, 5/19

5/22, 5/23

  • Again, the MCAS 2 will be a NEW test this spring for ALL students in the Commonwealth in terms of the specifics including guidelines, testing mode, training modules, practice tests, etc., etc. There is an understanding/expectation that it will take some time before teachers and students in the Commonwealth (and North Andover) become comfortable with this new test. We will all be working to familiarize ourselves appropriately with the new test over the next few months. Patience and understanding will be a virtue:)
  • All ELA and Math MCAS 2 tests will be done on computers. (This is the direction the DESE is going across the Commonwealth.) This is a change from how students have taken these tests in the past. In the coming months, grade 3-5 students will be begin to familiarize themselves with this testing mode by spending some time with basic keyboarding and using computers in school on MCAS 2 practice test training modules provided by the DESE.
  • All grade third, fourth and fifth grade parents are asked to please refrain from scheduling doctor’s appointments, family vacations, etc. during MCAS testing days/sessions.
  • I think that is it for now on news related to MCAS 2. Anything new that comes up I’ll share with you accordingly. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Internet Safety

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:28 AM by

This is a new age in which we live as there have been more and more elementary students with access to electronic devices, Internet at home, and social media. Related to this, there has been an overall uptick in school of some student-to-student conflicts (mainly in the upper grades, 4 & 5) with on-line postings, texting, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., etc. These sorts of conflicts can have a negative affect on students socially, emotionally and academically. Please be aware of your child's access and "doings" on line and contact us if we can provide any assistance.

Elementary School Resource Officer / ALICE Information

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:25 AM by   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 4:53 PM ]

Last year, Officer Kara Caffrey began as the NAPS Elementary Schools’ Resource Officer. Officer Caffrey works as yet another resource in the NAPS’s elementary schools helping to educate and support North Andover kids and families. You will often see Officer Caffrey visiting the Sargent and at Sargent after school functions getting to know the kids in a positive way. Make sure you give her a big hello when you see her!

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 and ALL NAPS schools have had their ALICE parent information nights. In addition, ALL NAPS students (Including Sargent's) have had grade appropriate ALICE presentations put on by Officer Caffrey and Freddy.

We had our first a scheduled ALICE drill at the Sargent in the afternoon on 3/9. Both NAPS police and fire participated. (All NAPS schools had similar ALICE drills.) This first drill is “purposely announced” to all in the school community (kids, staff, parents) so we could best begin to get used to the new way of doing things. The drill can be considered an "enhanced lockdown" and we used language related to the scenario that there is an intruder in the building. There was some barricading of doors/rooms, but no evacuation scheduled. It went very well for the first time doing it.

The Sargent School engaged in our second planned lockdown DRILL on 6/1 utilizing many of our new ALICE procedures including using the language related to the scenario that there is an intruder in the building, locking of doors/rooms and some barricading of doors/rooms. Some classes also evacuated the building. NAPD were on hand and participated as well.

Similar to fire drills, these ALICE drills will be occurring periodically throughout the school years in the future in all North Andover schools so we can best prepare ourselves in ensuring the safety of North Andover students during a potential crisis. Sargent students and staff as well as NAPD did a wonderful job during the drill. We will use this experience to continue to enhance our potential crisis response. Please contact me if you have any questions.

RAISE at the Sargent

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:24 AM by   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 4:48 PM ]

During the school year Sargent school students and staff do a host of school activities related to creating a positive school climate and RAISE (Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service and Empathy).

Early in the school year our school counselor will talk to students about what to do if they are having conflicts with fellow students.

During the school year, we at the Annie L. Sargent School will continue our efforts this year to promote the values of RAISE in our school community every school day. Organized by our School Climate Committee we will be promoting a sense of community among members of our Sargent family and continue the teachings, learnings and activities of students related to the principles of RAISE.

We will continue our tradition of  “Watch out, Shout out! Fridays” where RAISE-worthy deeds during the week are recognized on the intercom between refrains of The Isley Brothers/Otis Day and the Nights: “You Make Me Want To Shout!” Also, our monthly RAISE assemblies that focus on various principles of RAISE. Assemblies include special guest speakers from the community, for example we’ve had in the past Officer Mark Wilson and Kara Caffrey from the NAPD as well as students from NAHS.

Finally, each month we have a school-wide RAISE Assembly in which we celebrate one of the principles of RAISE as a school community. In September, the RAISE Assembly was focussed on" Achievement through Perseverance." A few students from grades 4 and 5 worked with our librarian Courtney Ahearn as she read aloud a book about perseverance. The book was called Try Again, Sally Jane by Mary Diestel-Feddersen. Students acted out parts of the book as she read. As students held up RAISE signs to kick off the assembly, a mystery guest (A student from Miss Shannon's class) appeared wearing a red cape holding the letter 'P" for Perseverance, which turned RAISE in PRAISE for working hard to achieve!  To help define perseverance, students from 3rd grade made a poster that read "Try, try, try again."  The poster has found a permanent home outside our library. Later in the week, examples of  student perseverance were given by teachers for our Friday Shout Outs, and will continue to be our focus this year.  All of this connects wonderfully to our work in the classroom with the Growth Mindset.  

October was focused on Respecting yourself and others through walking safety. We combined the Safe Routes work with the lower grades to focussed on walking safety. School Resource Officer Kara Caffrey spoke to the students on Friday, which was the day of our Monster Mash and Halloween weekend.  Officer Caffrey answer a wide assortment of questions from the students regarding walking safety when trick or treating.

During our November RAISE Assembly our very own Courtney Ahearn dazzled the students with a story by Jacqueline Woodson which was projected in full screen to the students. Courtney's very animated story telling was a wonderful prelude to the students attending the wonderful district assembly at the High School where they were able to meet  award winning author and have her take questions from them. Her message was one of Respect, Achievement and Inclusion.

In December was our annual Holiday Sing-a-long. Each grade level was able to stand and show off their multi-talents with the accompaniment of our master of music, Mr. Shelkowitz!  Various Sargent cultural holiday celebrations were highlighted as well. And, no Holiday Sing-A-Long would be complete without the appearance of our secret guest dancing performance of Frosty the Snowman! Great time was had by all. It was a great day for Inclusion and Respect at the Sargent. 

We continued with our RESPECT theme during January's Assembly.  We did the "Mannequin Challenge" where by some classes "froze in place to demonstrate what RESPECT looks like in their classrooms. The students were creative and purposeful in showing an array of poses. It was a lot of fun and we hope to have another Mannequin Challenge in before June. A group of teachers lead by our guidance counselor did a brief skit illustrating the "Zones of Self-Regulation" that were both fun and impactful.

In February, Massachusetts State Trooper Bob Holland. A graduate of Sargent School and North Andover Middle and High Schools.Trooper Holland spoke to our students regarding the importance of  Respect and what that has meant to his career as a three sport varsity Captain at NAHS and Captain of his football team at Stonehill College. He shared stories of becoming a Massachusetts State Trooper and why Respect is at the very core of all that he does. Sargent School awarded Trooper Holland its 1st  Alumni Respect Award. 

For March, NAHS Band members were in attendance to celebrate the unveiling of our amazing painting of our school mascot "the Sargent Shark" by the renowned painter Rob Surrette.  Thanks to the generous contribution from our PTO, the unveiling was met by awe inspired applause as our PTO President Sheryl Sciaudone and Assistant Superintendent Greg Gilligan pulled the tarp away revealing our beautiful new Mascot!! During the same assembly we honored our very own Librarian Extraordinaire ~ Mrs. Courtney Ahearn! Mrs. Ahearn was the recipient of MSLA Presidents Award. As part of our celebration four students from the 3rd grade read a Dr. Suess like "Proclamation" (written by our very on Mrs. Gildea in 3rd grade) congratulating her on this wonderful honor! We surprised Mrs. Ahearn by having her parents and her husband join us in placing a crown and sash to acknowledge this wonderful, well-earned award! 

Also in March we had a second assembly at the end of March when Read Across America and Beyond activities culminated with a video of each classroom's "reading travels" throughout the US and beyond, as well as Boston Marathon Race Director speaking about the runners from all over the world and share his new children's book on "Perseverance." 

Finally, May’s RAISE assembly initially was focused on how to use our new “Buddy Bench” which will be located on the playground shortly! It ended up being much more. During our RAISE Assembly, we welcomed Mrs. Kate Middlemiss as our featured speaker. Kate is a former Kindergarten teacher. She and her husband founded the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation, in honor of their son, Joseph, who passed away at age six from cardiomyopathy.  The Foundation's objectives is to promote “Random Acts of Kindness” on local, national and international fronts, and to educate children on the power of kindness by supporting the efforts of schools. The foundation contributions aid research and spread awareness of childhood heart conditions while providing financial, social and emotional assistance to families impacted by these.

The Buddy Bench is a very generous donation sponsored by the Roberts family in memory of their son, Nicholas.  During the assembly, Mrs. Roberts and her daughter, Leyla, who is a Sargent 1st grader, were asked to join our celebration by sitting on the newly christened Buddy Bench during our assembly in the gym. The Buddy Bench has small heart on it with Nicholas and Leyla’s name engraved on it. The Buddy Bench will soon have a permanent home outside on the grounds of Sargent School!

It was an inspiring assembly! Mrs. Middlemiss was wonderful in  explaining the ripple effects of kindness in large and small ways and how our individual choices can affect others in positive ways both big and small. The Buddy Bench, and what it represents was enthusiastically received by students and staff alike. It is a wonderfully welcomed addition to our Sargent community and helps accent our RAISE values. A sincere thanks goes out to the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation and the Roberts family!

Dismissal and Early Dismissal

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:22 AM by


With the largest elementary school population in North Andover and only one secretary in the office, dismissal time can be hectic. To provide a smoother dismissal and to ensure students are dismissed correctly, if there is to be a change in your child’s regular dismissal procedure, a dismissal note should be written and sent to school with your child that morning. No calls with dismissal changes will be accepted after 2:00 PM. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us to create a smooth and safe school dismissal for all.


On Early Release Wednesdays during the school year, the dismissal time is 1:45 PM for all students. These Wednesday dates are as follows: (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 all other Wednesdays, dismissal will be at regular time (3:00 PM). All Wednesday dates not listed above will be full days and thus students will be dismissed at 3:00 PM.

On Half-Days, dismissal will be @ 11:50 AM for all students. These dates are as follows: 11/23, 6/23 (Scheduled last day of school with five snow days.)

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