Paw Prints, 10-20-14
From Ms. Marx
Thank you to all of the parents who came in for conferences this week. I hope you received useful information on your child. Report cards for first trimester will go home on December 5th.
In addition to the busy time with parent conferences we had our science enrichment start this week on Wednesday. The students are learning about working collaboratively to solve problems involving engineering. We had both High Touch/ High Tech and Mr. Bryan Windmillar (aka the Turtle Man) here to talk with our fourth graders. In addition, on Friday our fourth graders held their big state draft. All students ended up with the name of the state they will be presenting for the state fair project. Lots of excitement in fourth grade this week!
Our kindergarten classes were also presented with a new flowering crabapple tree thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Gordon and the generosity of Rogers Spring Hill Nursery. The students will plant this tree and then make observations in their science journals over the course of the year.
Mrs. Foster’s Guidance Update:
This year during grade level meetings, which happen twice a month, grades 1 through 5 are working on building skills to become better problem solvers. Our first grade level project is identifying the size/level of a problem via a 5-point scale and pairing it with an appropriate solution. Each grade has leveled problems they encounter, and in small groups will be identifying appropriate solutions for each level. The goal is for students/staff to have common language and to create a classroom poster that they can refer to at any time. Moving forward, we will be working on “fine tuning” our listening and communication skills as part of becoming better problem solvers.
In the weekly Kindergarten classroom lessons, we continue to work on identifying and discussing feelings as a “feelings detective”; looking at people’s face, body and surrounding to gather clues that tell us what someone might be feeling. We have also learned how to do a “candle breath” to assist in calming our body…imagine smelling a flower (slowly) then blowing out a candle (slowly). Have your kindergarteners show you how to do this! Moving on, we will be learning more strategies to cope with our emotions. More information to come about this – stay tuned!
Lunch Bunch is beginning to roll out this year. For those that are not aware about Lunch Bunch, it is a supportive program where students meet once a week in a small group during their lunch in the Guidance office. It is an opportunity to build a relationship with new friends (and the guidance counselor) as well as practice social skills and have fun! It is for grades 1 through 5 and lasts about 6 weeks.
If you are interested in Lunch Bunch or have any questions about the above, don’t hesitate to call Stacey Foster, Guidance Counselor (978) 794-1545 ext 6040
Students may wear black, orange and purple to school on Friday October 31st in honor of Halloween.
Cookie Dough Is Coming. Volunteers Needed.
If you ordered any products from the Otis Spunkmeyer catalog fundraiser, please make arrangements to pick up your order between 3 and 6 pm on Tuesday, October 28th. It is very important that the cookies are picked up that day as we do not have any way to store the frozen dough!
Marcy Aubry, coordinator of this fundraiser, needs a few volunteers to help with the orders distribution on the afternoon of the 28th. If you can spare a bit of time to help at the Thomson School that afternoon, please contact Marcy at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t complete this fundraiser without the help of volunteers! Thank you in advance for your support.
Note: The pick-up date for any Mixed Bags orders will be arranged as soon as we have the information from the vendor. Thank you!
Last Chance to Donate Bulbs
The Beautification Committee has been collecting bulbs for planting at our Fall clean up next weekend. If you haven’t yet donated bulbs, but would like to, there is a large basket to collect the donated bulbs inside the Waverly Street entrance of the school. After a long winter, the school looks wonderful when the bulbs come up in the Spring. If you have any questions, please email Chloe Peterson email@example.com.
November 2nd Fall Clean-up
Hope you can join us for a Fall Clean-up on Sunday, November 2nd from 2-4pm to prepare the school yard for winter. If you are free, come by and lend a hand; please bring your own rakes, gloves, and spades to help clean-up leaves and plant fall bulbs. We will provide leaf/lawn bags and light refreshments. If you have any questions, please contact Chloe Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date
Save the Date for Thomson School Night at the Maker Mill on Friday, November 7th from 3-7pm. Come check out the new STEM enrichment center, The Maker Mill, where you can explore, learn, and make! More details and a flyer will go home later this week. Questions, email Finnimore@verizon.net.
KidStuff Coupon Savings Book Fundraiser
Thank you to those who either submitted the $25 payment or returned the KidStuff Coupon Savings Book that was sent home last week. The deadline for your decision is today, so please either submit a payment or return the book. Thank you for your support of this fundraiser.
The Thomson School Holiday Fair will be held on Saturday, November 22nd from 11 am to 2 pm at the school. As many of you know, this is a fun and exciting day for the Thomson community to come together before the holidays. There is a great raffle, crafts for kids, a delicious bake sale, and the best games in town!
In order to make this event successful, we need your help that day. Volunteers are needed to work at the games, arts & crafts, bake sale, face painting & more. You can sign up to volunteer a few ways:
1)Sign up online at VolunteerSpot http://vols.pt/wcEuu7. You will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
2)Return form that will be sent home this week
3)Contact Kate Rozzi email@example.com or (508) 982-9395 to learn more about the volunteer opportunities.
More info about the Holiday Fair will be sent home this week! Thanks in advance for all your help!
Square 1 Art
To support the 5th Grade Committee Fundraising, students have been creating one-of-a-kind artwork in their art classes - thank you to Mrs. Rivera and Mr. Ruzicka for all of their help! You will be able to view this artwork in personalized catalogs that will be coming home to you in early November and order great keepsakes and gifts that will be delivered before the holidays. In the meantime, you can check out www.square1art.com/shop for product and gift ideas!
People’s Pantry Food Drive
In the spirit of service to our community, the Thomson PTO collects food and personal care items for the People's Pantry located at the North Parish Church here in North Andover. The People's Pantry serves over 12,000 of our neighbors every year. Donations can always be left in the basket by the office anytime during the school year. In addition, we will be holding special food drives this year. Our first drive is "THE HARVEST DRIVE". Please consider donating from now until NOVEMBER 20, 2014. We are looking to collect at least 200 items by then. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Suggested needs of the Pantry at this time include SOUPS and CRACKERS, Hot chocolate mix, Coffee and Tea!
Holiday Fair Theme Baskets
We are accepting donations from all grades for the theme baskets for the Holiday Fair, which will be raffled at the end of the fair. Letters went home last week with instructions and suggestions. Donations can go in the boxes located in each classroom pod and need to be in by Friday, November 14th. If you have questions please contact Sally Finnimore at firstname.lastname@example.org The themes for the grades are as follows:
Kindergarten: Frozen and Crayola/Play-doh
First: Legos and STEM
Second: Beanie Boos and Are You Ready for Some Football?
Third: Arts & Crafts and Superheroes
Fourth: Baking for Kids & Minecraft
Fifth: Slumber Party & Family Movie Night
We are also looking for donations of large baskets for the raffle.
Box Top News
Just a friendly reminder, make sure to include both your first and last names AND homeroom on box top submission sheets, please! This will allow both student & classroom to get credit. With one more week of October left 4G has the lead, with 1C sneaking up behind them. Thank you all for your continued support, good luck!!!!
Recycle those FISH BOWLS!!!
The Thomson 5th Grade Committee is asking anyone with fish bowls from previous fairs to recycle them. Dust off those bowls and send them in. There will be a clearly marked bin outside the main office to put them in. Thanks! We appreciate the help! Any questions, please contact Inez Gove at email@example.com
North Andover Schools Enrichment Council Show
NASEC is proud to present The Tanglewood Marionettes for grades 3-5 on Thursday, October 30th. The show is "The Dragon King". Be sure to ask your child about the beautiful hand crafted marionettes and the highly-skilled puppeteers as the story is brought to life with scrolling sets and special music. Our K-2 audience at Thomson will also experience the Tanglewood Marionettes with a show entitled "The Fairy Circus" later in the year. Please contact Diane Nikolopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Enrichment Council and volunteer opportunities.
Internet Safety and Social Media
Presented by the Parent Resource Network, this program will help parents and community members learn more about the issues facing our students in the online world and how to navigate this digital world in a respectful and responsible manner. Topics including personal safety, privacy settings, the legal implications related to bullying and criminal harassment, and an individual’s digital footprint will be discussed, along with school policies regarding technology and internet controls. This program will be presented on Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm in the North Andover Middle School Auditorium.
Resources will also be available for parents to take home. The event is free of charge and open to the public. No registration required. For more information, please contact the NAPRN at email@example.com.
On Thursday, November 6 at 7pm in the high school auditorium, the Parent Resource Network will present "Bully Busting & Managing Meanies." In this free workshop, Director of Simply Social Kids, Nadine Briggs, will discuss effective bullying prevention for elementary-aged children. Nadine will offer tips for conflict resolution, collaboration, and parental influence.
Join us on Monday, November 10 at 9am for our next monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the Early Childhood Center (ECC) conference room. Special Education Director Leigh Ann Carbone will be present to share her updates and hear any general concerns (please note: due to time constraints and the nature of the meeting, we cannot address individual concerns in this forum). Come help us plan events for the year and provide input on how you would like to see NAPAC grow! All are invited and encouraged to attend.
And on Thursday, November 13, join us at 7pm in the NAMS library for a unique opportunity to meet various special education experts. Each attendee will have an opportunity to ask questions of an attorney, advocate, neuropsychologist, transition specialist, reading specialist, and special education director in a one-on-one capacity. The event is free and open to the public.
For any questions on any of the above, please contact 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.
Hands on Opera
Come see the Treble Chorus of New England's HANDS ON OPERA production of Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas". This production if fully staged, costumed, choreographed and sung by singers age 9-18. The performance is at the West Middle School, 70 Shawsheen Road in Andover on Saturday, November 1st at 7 pm and Sunday, November 2nd at 2 pm. Tickets are $16/adults, $10/students and seniors. For more information, contact Anna S. Choi at 978.470.8263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. or www.treblechorusne.org.
NABC Registrations Now Open
On line registration for NABC basketball is open through 10/31/14 for grades 5-8 and November 15th for grades 2-4.
Boys Evaluations: Players interested in trying out for a boys travel basketball team should report on the following dates and times to the Middle School Gym*:
Grade 5 Boys: Monday October 27st & Wednesday October 29th (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
Grade 6 Boys: Tuesday October 28th & Thursday October 30th (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
Grade 7 Boys: Monday October 27th& Wednesday October 29th (7:30 - 9:00pm)
Grade 8 Boys: Tuesday October 28th& Thursday October 30th (7:30 - 9:00 pm)
* Tuesday night (10/28) evaluations will be at North Andover High School
Please sign up on the website prior to travel evaluations. Players in the later travel sessions should arrive 15-20 minutes early to check in, so we can start your session on time.
Online registration for Wrestling is now open.
Please go to the North Andover Booster Club website to register, www.eteamz.com/nabc. Follow the links to your sport.
Friends of Stevens Memorial Library Fall 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, November 7th from 4 - 7pm (Silent auction and sale of select books, including select children’s books, 3 - 4:45pm), Saturday, November 8th from 9am-4pm, and Sunday, November 9th from 12-3pm. (On Sunday, fill a bag for $5.00 bags provided)
Book sale proceeds are used to purchase museum passes, 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 https://sites.google.com/site/friendsofstevensmemlib/
Move the Rock Hoops
Fall Clinic 2014 for Boys in grades 3-8
Come join the North Andover High Boys basketball program and gear up for the 2014-15 basketball season. The clinic is designed to get players ready and in shape for the season. Cost: $150 for all 6 Sessions. You can also pay $25 per session. You can register online at http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/commprograms/summerclinicsandleagues.cfm. Walk in registrations will also be accepted. Email questions to coach Paul Tanglis at email@example.com
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