Paw Prints, 04-14-14
From Ms. Marx
Second graders had a wonderful visit from Mistress Ann Bradstreet, from one of the founding families of North Andover. They did a little travel back in time to the 1600’s to learn about her life and some history of North Andover. It was a wonderful experience for our students.
Fourth graders have been busy presenting their projects on animals and their habitats. They have worked hard and their projects show their excellent work. We are very proud of them.
Just a reminder, there is no school next Friday. The following week is spring vacation.
Thank you to the parents who covered morning duties for the teachers so that they could enjoy Friday morning’s staff breakfast. It is much appreciated.
May MCAS dates for grades 3-5 are as follows:
May 5 & 6 - Math Grade 5
May 7 & 8 - Math Grade 3
May 12 & 13 - Math Grade 4
May 14 & 15 - Science and Technology Grade 5
Save these dates
Thursday May 15th is Thomson School’s Arts and Academics Night
Wednesday June 4th is our Authors’ Celebration
Let Amici’s Do the Cooking and and Support Thomson
This Tuesday April 15th is Thomson Family Pizza Night at Amici’s Pizzeria, 127 Waverly Rd., 978-725-9339. If you order takeout from Amici’s at anytime between 4 and 8 pm and present the pink Pizza Night flyer, Amici’s will donate a portion of the sales to the Thomson School PTO. If you can’t locate the flyer that went home via backpack last week, you can download another copy from the PTO page of the Thomson website. Find the menu online at amicispizzeria.net, and let Amici’s do the cooking!
The Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Thomson School!
The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be the week of April 28th –May 2nd. Volunteers are needed to help children choose books and make payments. If you are interested in volunteering an hour or two of your time, please click this link to go to our sign-up page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/VLXG2u. If you have any questions or can’t access the online sign-up schedule, please contact Nicole Allen at email@example.com.
Just a reminder that we cannot guarantee you will be placed with your child’s class. The teacher’s schedule is not finalized until the week of the book fair. We will need our volunteer schedule set well before that time. Thanks for your understanding!
Teacher Appreciation Week is Coming!
Teacher Appreciation week at Thomson is May 5-9th.
We are looking for volunteers to bring in breakfast items and/or sign up to help supervise the playground from 8:10 till 8:20 each morning so the teachers can enjoy their delicious breakfasts together! If you can donate a breakfast item or your time, please visit our site at VolunteerSpot and sign up to help—it is greatly appreciated! Together we can help show our appreciation to our wonderful teachers and staff! Thank you!
Please sign up for Teacher Appreciation Week at Thomson! ?Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: ?
1. Click this link (or type into your browser) to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/BjCRAG
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to create an account on VolunteerSpot.) ?
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Please contact Erien Gordon with any questions 978-273-3024 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ice Cream Social for Thomson students, families, and friends!
Come help support the 5th grade committee and meet your friends! On Wednesday, April 30th the Thomson 5th Grade Committee will be scooping sundaes for $3 per sundae from 6:00- 7:30 pm at the Thomson School. All proceeds will go directly to funding the 5th grade end of year events. It’s a great time to check out the buy one-get one Scholastic Book Fair and enjoy a dessert at the same time.
North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) News
Artquest - On Thursday April 17th, 4th graders will compare and contrast works of art from the 18th century to contemporary times, and from different geographical areas in the U.S. Students analyze images for location and historical context. Each region brings with it discussions about its unique history, environment, geography, industry and lifestyles. Featured artists include George Inness, Martin Johnson Heade, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, John Stuart Curry, Albert Bierstadt, and Georgia O’Keefe.
Thanks to a large submission by Brady T., Ms. McNeil’s class is in 1st place with 265 box tops. Coming up fast in second place is Mrs. Radulski’s classroom, but only with a small lead of 15 box tops is keeping them from 3rd place. Will Mrs. Malco’s 3rd place class take the lead? It is still early in the month, so get your Box Tops in by Wednesday, April 30th to help your class win the monthly contest.
Ten-a-Month club members as of the end of February are:
Will A., Sofia B., Adriana C., Calleigh C., Joshua C., Sage C., Brenden D., Eric D., Lilyan E., Mason E., Ryan F., Frieda G., Josilin G., Sam G. Summer G., Margaret H., Savannah H., Silas H., Naliia I., Benjamin K., Brenna K., Caleb K., Daniel K., Emma K., Euphemia K., Grace K., Davin L., Julia L., Natalia L., Abrielle M., Andrew M., Audrey M., Connor M., Lauren M., Vanessa M., Elizabeth N., Ellise N., Jake O., Juliana O., Nicholas O., Dominick P., Aiden R., Dante R., Luke S., Emma T., Garrett T., Kyle T., Mickey V., Alex W., Elizabeth W., Hannah W.
The students with the top five highest submission totals for the year as of the end of March are:
Michael M. 788
Brady T. 518
Nevada F. 412
Kyle T. 348
Andrew M. 314
Sunshine Math Superstars!
Erin R. for passing the 125 Stars milestone!
Brandon L. for passing the 150 Stars milestone!
Emmanuel H. for passing the 200 Stars milestone!
Vanessa M, Kae S. for passing the 225 Stars milestone!
Adriana C. for passing the 250 Stars milestone!
Maeve G. for passing the 275 Stars milestone!
Julia L. for passing the 300 Stars milestone!
Summer G, Declan C, Maddie A. for passing the 325 Stars milestone!
Oliver P. for passing the 350 Stars milestone!
Anulekah S. for passing the 375 Stars milestone!
Simon P, Benjamin K. for passing the 400 Stars milestone!
Keep up the great work superstars!
The Sunshine Math program will be finishing soon. This week the final worksheet will be distributed and next week you will receive the last commentary (or answer key). We will continue to collect corrected worksheets and receive reported star totals through email at email@example.com until Friday, May 9th. After this date, please feel free to continue completing the worksheets on your own if you need additional time. However, we will not officially continue to track star totals after May 9th. Thank you.
Make sure student’s first and last name are on the corrected worksheet you send back, along with the total number of stars at the top or email the total number of stars along with student’s name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Andover Parent Resource Network
The NAPRN event “North Andover CARES – Teen Substance Abuse Awareness” was held on March 31st and featured impactful personal stories from a former NAHS student and a current high school parent. Other program participants included NAHS Guidance, NAHS Health and Wellness, the Director of North Andover Youth & Recreation Services, and the NAPD. A recording of the program can be seen on the local access cable TV for the next several weeks and is also available by VOD on the North Andover CAM website http://www.northandovercam.org. CAM Ed stations Comcast 99 and Verizon 28 will show the program on Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 12 noon and 1am on Sundays.
Copies of the “Youth Resource Guide” are available from North Andover Youth & Recreation Services, 33 Johnson Street. The recently updated guide is a comprehensive list of contact information for local therapists and counselors. Please contact NAY&RS Director, Rick Gorman, at 978-682-9000 for more information.
The next NAPRN event is “What Works and What Doesn’t with Today’s Kids and What to Expect Once they are Teenagers” with Anthony Wolf, PhD, on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00pm in the North Andover High School Auditorium. The event is free of charge and open to the public. No registration required. For information or questions please contact the North Andover Parent Resource Network at email@example.com.
NAPAC Special Education News
May is elections month in NAPAC, so if you are interested in serving in an official capacity, contact NorthAndoverPAC@gmail.com. All positions are open, and some have no candidates. Consider joining a great group and making it even better!
The Special Olympics will be May 21. NAPAC could use your help staffing our table. Contact NorthAnodverPAC@gmail.com to volunteer, or watch your e-mail for an opportunity to sign up.
Friends of Stevens Memorial Library Spring Book Sale
Once again—a chance to buy great books at great prices at the Friends of Stevens Memorial Library spring book sale. There will be thousands of hardcover, paperback and children’s books as well as DVDs, CDs, VHS videos, and audio books priced from $.25 to $5.00.
The sale hours are Friday, May 2 from 4-7pm (Silent auction and sale of select books, including select children’s books, 3-4:45pm), Saturday, May 3 from 9am-4pm, and Sunday, May 4 from 12-3pm. (On Sunday, fill a bag for $5.00 bags provided)
Book sale proceeds are used to purchase museum passes (newly added this year Harvard Museum of Natural History), to support the summer programs and to help fund other building projects in the library.
We are still accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs and audio books. Donations can be dropped off at Stevens during regular business hours. If you would like to volunteer to help with sorting, please visit our website at http://groupspaces.com/FriendsofStevensMemLib
North Andover Sustainability Committee Events
Save the date: May 3rd speaker series will be on solar energy.
Town Wide Earth Day Celebration on Saturday May 3rd from 9AM-2PM. Stop by the DPW on Osgood Street and get supplies and select a piece of North Andover to clean up. Trash pick-ups will be made at certain locations. Grab your friends and neighbors and spend some time outdoors and beautify your community.
Compost bins made by Earth Machine are available for sale at the DPW any time during the year for $43. More information on http://www.earthmachine.com/. Compost bins are a great way to reduce the amount of trash you generate and create wonderful multipurpose soil easily.
Rain Barrels made by Great American Rain Barrel are available for pre-order online at http://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/. Select "shop local programs" and the North Andover tab or call 800-251-2352.
Recycle those old shoes, boots, sandals and sneakers that are worn out, no longer fit or no longer wanted. Bring them down to the DPW on Osgood Street during the Town Wide Earth Day Celebration from 9AM-2PM. The sneakers will be recycled through Terracycle and money generated supports our schools. For more information http://www.terracycle.com/. We do have ongoing shoe collection bins at some schools, if you want to join this ongoing collection program email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Online registration opens on April 1st for Cheering Grades 3-8, Football, Field Hockey and Boys Volleyball all Grades 5-8. Please register early to avoid any late fees. Some sports close early. See the NABC website for more information about each sport and to register: www. eteamz.com/nabc.
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