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October Newsletter

posted Oct 15, 2018, 12:04 PM by Hillary Stasonis

Dear Sargent Families,

We have enjoyed a wonderful school opening in transitioning 470 students back to school. It has been a whirlwind of fun activity in establishing new routines, seeing familiar faces and making new friends.

This is our second year where we come together as a community outside each morning to do the Pledge of Allegiance. Our flag holders are the students who are celebrating a “birthday” that day. For students with a weekend birthday, we will either celebrate on the Friday before or the Monday after the weekend birthday. On rainy days, the students hold the flag in their classrooms and we do the Pledge of Allegiance over the PA system. It is a wonderful way to come together as a school family. Mr. Shelkowitz, our music teacher, leads the morning announcements and a special birthday song that he has created.

Our Sargent family is blessed with the PTO and its many volunteers. The Sargent Staff and I continue to be amazed by your generosity and kindness. We consistently feel supported by you. We are grateful to the many volunteers who add positive energy to help fuel our school daily. We thank you for giving 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. When family and students partner together, our students soar!

I want to give a special shout out to Mr. Guarente, Ms. Kodys, and Mrs. Keyo. Without them our Fun Run would not have been a success. There is a lot of behind the scene action that takes place, and we are grateful for all of their time in helping to make this event a great accomplishment. The kids had a blast running their laps through mud!

October has brought great learning opportunities in creative and joyful learning environments. Here are a few items to put on your calendar for October:

  • Knights On The Run-Saturday, 10/20/18 Check in at 8am Kids run at 9am Please see the kink We want to keep the running going, from our Fun Run to Knights On The Run!

  • North Andover Enrichment Council, Tuesday, October 23rd “Mainely Stars Planetarium”-Grade 3

  • J.Allen, an internationally recognized speaker on social and emotional education, will be giving a presentation for parents and guardians on Wednesday, October 24th at 6pm in the NAMS auditorium.

  • Halloween Spirit Day Wednesday, 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 continue this tradition that we started last year. 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 items 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.