Paw Prints, 11-24-14
From Ms. Marx
Our November All School Meeting on Wednesday started with an African Greeting demonstrated by some of the 5thgraders. This tied in to the book we are reading in 5th grade, Home of the Brave, which tells the story of one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan who came to live in America.
Fifth graders then shared various skits on the importance of reading. They also performed a new rap about squids. They were very entertaining and clearly learned a lot during the squid dissections last week!
Odds Bodkin treated our K-2 students to an Enrichment Council performance about the “Golden Rule”. The students loved this performance, which delivered good messages.
The Thomson PTO Holiday Fair was held on Saturday. It was nice to see so many students – both past and present – families, and staff members enjoying themselves. The kids had a great time playing games, eating, and winning gold fish to take home!
Thank you to the PTO for putting on such a fun event. In this time of gratitude, we are thankful to be part of the warm, welcoming, and caring community that is Thomson.
We hope you will be coming to our Literacy Day Celebration on Wednesday November 26th. You will share some reading time with your child and have the chance to see their reading life displays.
School will be dismissed at 11:50 on Wednesday November 26th. Please plan accordingly.
The Thomson staff wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
KidStuff Coupon Books DUE
There are still several outstanding KidStuff Coupon books that families need to either purchase or return. If you’d like to keep the coupon book, please send in cash or a check for $25 (made payable to Thomson School PTO) immediately; please label the envelope “Coupon Book”. If you don’t want the coupon book, please return it to the school via backpack this week. If you have any questions, please contact Janelle Eddy (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are very close to passing our goal for this fundraiser, so thank you for your participation.
Fall Catalog Fundraiser Recap
Here is a final thank you to all who supported our fall catalog fundraiser this year by ordering items from Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and Mixed Bags. Through your shopping, you helped to exceed the fundraising goal and raise over $4400 dollars for the Thomson PTO! Thank you! This money is used to defray the costs of our class field trips by allowing the PTO to pay for the field trip buses.
We’d especially like to thank Marcy Aubry for doing an outstanding job chairing this fundraiser. Thank you Marcy!
Holiday Fair Recap
The Thomson Holiday Fair last Saturday was a great success! Thank you to all the families that attended this community event. Everyone had a ton of fun. This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the people who volunteered during the fair, donated baked goods and raffle items, and planned all aspects of the event. We are grateful to the many local businesses that donated raffle items and pizza to help the Thomson PTO raise money for school initiatives.
There is a great deal of planning and work that goes into this three-hour event. The PTO would like to thank the following people for managing aspects of the fair:
Katherine Eastwick-Haskell - Giving Tree
Teresa Krause - Nunan’s greenery
Tammy Trombly - crafts
Meg Xenakis - games
Deana Gilbride - photo booth
Marcy Aubry and 5th grade committee - fishbowl game and coat check
Danielle Sams - face painting
Inez Gove - popcorn
Diane Nikolopoulos - bake sale
Brittney Bono - Tiger Spiritwear
The tiger’s share of planning all aspects of the event was handled by two incredible volunteers - Sally Finnimore and Kate Rozzi. Not only did they coordinate the efforts of the various activities, they worked tirelessly for months soliciting raffle and pizza donations, coordinating the class gift baskets, and publicizing the event. We are very fortunate to have them as Thomson parents. Thank you, Sally and Kate, for all the amazing things you do for the Thomson community.
Our next membership meeting will be Monday, December 8 at 9am at the Early Childhood Center. Director of Special Education Leigh Ann Carbone will join us. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!
Also on Monday, December 8, we will host our third workshop of the year: Making Sense of Healthcare Financing for Children with Special Needs. Did you know that any child in Massachusetts is eligible for MassHealth coverage based on disability/diagnosis NOT income? Learn about the MassHealth application process, pathways to eligibility, and what MassHealth can cover for your child. Please join NAPAC on December 8th at 7:00 PM at North Andover Middle School as we welcome Mass Family Voices at The Federation for Children with Special Needs. Please visit their website to learn more about this topic http://fcsn.org/mfv/
For more information, e-mail NorthAndoverPAC@gmail.com.
North Andover Rotary Club Seeks Members
One of the main missions of the North Andover Rotary Club is to support education in local communities and beyond. The North Andover Rotary Club is looking for new members to join their ranks and support their many programs and projects. To learn more about this organization and to join, visit northandoverrotary.org.
The North Andover Crusaders Special Olympic Basketball Team will begin its ninth season on Thursday, December 4th. This Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Team includes players (ages 8-18) with intellectual disabilities playing along-side similarly-aged typically-abled team mates.
The team will practice Thursday nights (excluding holiday weeks) starting December 4th through the first week of March. Practices are held at the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center. The Elementary and Middle School teams will practice from 5:30-6:30pm and the High School teams will practice from 6:45-7:45pm. Volunteering for the Special Olympics is a rewarding experience, provides a meaningful contribution to our community and is a lot of fun!! Please contact Kathleen Keith at email@example.com for more information. Special Olympics Unified Sports brings together Special Olympic Athletes and Team Partners building friendship, character, leadership and inspiring greatness in ALL who participate. Come join the fun!
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