Paw Prints, 04-06-15
From Ms. Marx
Dates to Remember:
Monday April 6 Thomson Kindergarten Registration 6:00-7:00 pm
Wednesday April 8 &15: Early Dismissal, 2:00 pm
April 20-24: Spring Break, schools closed
April 16: Kindergarten Read to Your Child Program 9-10 am or 5-6 pm
May 27: Art and Academics Night
Our fourth and fifth graders were busy taking the MCAS ELA test this past week. Fourth graders will continue this week, as will third graders. Our Thomson students have worked hard and those not testing have been very respectful and considerate of those who are. We are demonstrating the “Respect” in RAISE!
The second grade classes went to the Museum of Science on Wednesday. They had a great time and the students learned so much. They all had different “favorites” from their time at the museum.
Fifth graders had the Techsploration Enrichment program at school on Friday. This is always an informative and amazing experience for the students. It is highly interactive which they love!
Congratulations to our Peace Poem Prize Winners:
A number of Thomson students are winners after having submitted poems to the North Andover Peace Poetry Contest. Their work is on display at the school. It will also be published in the High School’s literary magazine, Bourbon Red, as well as the BRC newsletter. The Stevens Library will feature the poems for all to view throughout the month of April in their conference room. Congratulations to our winners! Check out the poems and celebrate April Poetry Month.
Raising a Reader Program:
Strategies for supporting reading at home. Come meet Anne Joyce and Jaclyn Taylor, elementary reading coaches, and learn about ways you can help develop your child’s literacy skills and promote a love of reading.
Wednesday May 6, 2015 7:00 pm at Atkinson Elementary School or
Wednesday May 13, 2015 7:00 pm at Sargent Elementary School
MCAS Testing Schedule:
We are currently in the middle of the 2015 Spring MCAS testing. The English Language Arts testing schedule will be as follows. Please make every effort to have your child in school when they are scheduled to test.
Our MCAS schedule for Grades 3-5 is as follows:
Tuesday and Wednesday April 7 & 8: Grade 3
Thursday and Friday April 9 & 10: Grade 4
Tuesday and Wednesday May 12&13: Grade 5 Math
Thursday and Friday May 14 &15: Grade 3 Math
Monday and Tuesday May 18 & 19: Grade 4 Math
Wednesday and Thursday May 20 & 21: Grade 5 Science and Technology
Calling All Scientists:
"We take curiosity to a new level! The Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering and math. A multifaceted, multicultural event every spring, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun!"
The Girls STEM Summit
An opportunity for young women in grades 8-12 who love Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)!
Are you interested in a career using a STEM discipline? Would you like to learn more about emerging careers in these fields?
If yes, then join us at Girls STEM Summit-Statewide, hosted by Jr.Tech, Inc and our Lead Partner Biogen Idec Foundation, on Sunday, June 14th at Regis College, our facilities sponsor.
April PTO Meeting
This month’s PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 8th at 7 pm in the Thomson cafeteria. The agenda will be posted on the meetings page of the PTO section of the Thomson website.
Nunan’s Spring Flowers
For those who ordered spring plants from Nunan’s, they will be available for pick-up in front of the school on Friday, April 10th from 3:15 - 5:30 pm. Don’t miss the pick-up window as we don’t have anywhere to store the flowers over the weekend. We appreciate your participation in this fundraiser! Please contact Teresa Krause with any questions email@example.com.
The Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Thomson School!
The spring 2014 Scholastic Book Fair will be the week of April 27th - May 1st. The fair will be open Monday -Thursday 9am-2pm and Friday 9am-12pm. The fair will also be open during the ice cream social on Wednesday night.
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 contact Nicole Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Fifth Grade Committee
The next 5th Grade Committee meeting will be Wednesday, April 8th at 6-7 p.m. in the Thomson School cafeteria.
Fifth Grade Movie Night
Town-wide 5th Grade Movie Night is being sponsored by the Kittredge School PTO on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the NAMS auditorium from 7-9:30 pm. The movie will be Earth to Echo. Cost is $ 8.00 in advance, $ 10.00 at the door, night of (includes popcorn & water). Flyers will be sent to home to 5th graders in backpacks with more details.
Thomson Stump! Trivia Quiz Night
The Third Annual Thomson Stump! Trivia Quiz Night is THIS Friday, April 10th at The Claddagh Pub in Lawrence. Deadline to submit teams is Wednesday April 8th. Get your team together now!
Box Top News
Month of March was awesome for box top submissions. 5L won – with special thanks to Logan S. for submitting a whopping 260 box tops!
10 a month contestants:
Devin Y., Lauren S., Angelina., Trinity M., Jakobe O., Lila C., Violette S., Javier P., Timothy W., Justin F., Amelia W., Nathan G., Kory T., Gavin D., Madyson T., Ava P., Lauren D., Reagan V., Kyle T., Silas H., Lilyan E., Cate M., Ryan F., Mason E-H., Jocelyn., Tali L., Sofia B., Frieda G., Emma T., Gaelan., Brendan C., Aaliyah., Anthony C., Nicholas O., Abby., Brenna K., Vanessa M., Taina R., Adrianna C., Maylen., Dante R., Brandon K., Meghan E., Caden B., Hannah W., Lauren M., Gabriel S., Alex W., Tom S, Ryan O., Dominic D., Sam G., Will A., Eric D., Katelyn F., Lily H., Luke S., Derek E., Davin L., Jake O., Aidan E., Nick C., Logan S., Brendan D.
Sunshine Math Superstars!
Congratulations to: Ariana C., Lilyan E., Michael G., Reagan V., Sofia B., Artem L., and Oliver P. for completing 16 worksheets.
Keep up the great work superstars!
Please be advised that worksheet 10 will conclude the Kindergarten program. 1st - 5th will continue till worksheet 25.
(Please note that Kindergarten students are recognized after submitting 5 worksheets and grade 1-5 will be recognized after submitting 8 worksheets and 16 worksheets.)
IMPORTANT! A couple of reminders: 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 email@example.com.
Drop it and Go!
Donate the things you no longer use and help our 5th Graders with their annual service project, a community effort to support the R.A.I.S.E. values of Service and Empathy.
Simply collect the following gently used items from your home: clothing, blankets, sheets, and towels,household furnishing, sports equipment, books, dvds, cds, and video games, games and toys, baby furniture and equipment/gear, and kitchen items.
Bring them to the North Andover Middle School on Saturday, April 11th from 10 am to 2 pm. We will collect your donations from you curbside – you don’t need to leave your car. We will sort them for delivery to these local charities: Friends of Stevens Memorial Library, Goodwill, Community Giving Tree, and Nevins Farm.
NAPAC Special Education News
Our next membership meeting will be Monday, April 6 at 9am at the Early Childhood Center. Director of Special Education Leigh Ann Carbone will join us. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!
On Tuesday, May 5, Sarah Ward will talk to parents about executive functioning. Sarah is a dynamic and popular speaker. She will primarily target the middle grades, but her information is valuable for all. The event is free and open to the public. 7 pm, NAHS auditorium. Co-sponsored by NAPAC and the North Andover Parent Resource Network.
On Wednesday, May 13, Jessica Minahan, BCBA, special educator, and author of The Behavior Code andThe Behavior Code Companion, will discuss how children with anxiety present in the classroom and effective strategies for supporting them. Ms. Minahan is currently consulting for the North Andover school district on how to implement behavioral support in the schools. 6-8pm, NAMS auditorium.
The Special Olympics will be May 20th this year. NAPAC is looking for a volunteer to chair the coordination of NAPAC’s table at the event. It is easy, fun, and gratifying. There are lots of volunteers willing to staff it and purchase/solicit donations for water and snacks, but we just need someone to organize it. If this appeals to YOU, we could use some help!
And it is that time of year again to seek candidates for next year’s Advisory Board. As you know, it is the law that every district has an Advisory Council. This is a very important organization, as every single child on an IEP or 504 Plan is represented by this group. Whether the district has a strong group is up to you. Become an active member of NAPAC. You will not only be helping your child, but will help every child in the district. Please fill out the application for the position that appeals to you!
Tennis and Field Hockey Clinics
Community Programs is pleased to announce that we will be offering both a Tennis and Field Hockey Clinic this summer. The Field Hockey Clinic is being held at North Andover High School Upper Turf June 24 - June 26 (8:30-12:00PM) for students entering 4th - 8th Grade. The Tennis clinic will be held at the North Andover High School tennis courts for 6 sessions June 29 - August 6 and the times will vary based on the age of each participant. Additional registration information and schedules can be found at http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/commprograms/summerclinicsandleagues.cfm Please contact Community Programs at 978-794-3080 with any questions.
Move the Rock Hoops
Community Programs is once again teaming with North Andover High School boys varsity basketball coach Paul Tanglis to offer two weeks of Move the Rock Basketball Clinic. The clinic will be held on July 20 - 24 and August 3 - 7 at North Andover High School 9:00AM - 1:00PM for boys entering 3rd - 9th grades. To register please visit http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/commprograms/summerclinicsandleagues.cfm
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