Paw Prints, 10-20-14
From Ms. Marx
We held our second All School Meeting this past Wednesday. Mrs. Crosby’s class welcomed all of our students, staff and guests into the gym with a song of hello in different languages. We then had some students from 3C demonstrate a greeting that we use in Morning Meetings in our classrooms. The 3C students then shared some of their work and our students from Ms. Halbachs’ second grade classroom shared their classroom pledge. The students did a wonderful job! We were happy to see the parents, family and friends of those students who presented there to share the experience.
Starting next week, Mrs. Gordon will be working in our school providing additional hands on science enrichment to each of our classrooms. These experiences will support and enrich the science already being taught by the teachers.
Thomson Night at North Andover High School’s Football Game is Friday October 24th. Come out and support our team and have a fun night with your family!
PARENT Conference days are Monday (10/20) and Tuesday (10/21) this week. These are early release days for students. They will be dismissed at 11:50. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.
Volunteers needed this Friday for playground duty.
From 8:05am - 8:25am help is needed for playground duty during this Friday's teachers’ breakfast. If you can help during this time please contact email@example.com
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!
October Flower Bulb Drive
Throughout the month of October, the Beautification Committee is asking Thomson families to consider donating spring bulbs to plant this fall in front of the school. Our goal is to have a spectacular display in the spring – like last year! Together, we will be planting the bulbs as part of the Fall Clean-up event scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, November 2nd. There is a large basket to collect the donated bulbs inside the Waverly Street entrance of the school. If you have any questions, please email Chloe Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We are asking families to come by and lend a hand. Please bring your 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 email@example.com.
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
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
Would you like to assist in planning and/or creating the 2014-2015 Thomson yearbook? This is a low-key way to volunteer your time for Thomson. The yearbook committee will meet once or twice during November and December to discuss the yearbook content and design, how best to collect photos, and the assignment of yearbook page designers. If you are interested in being on the yearbook committee, please email Brittney Bono at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer in Our Library
If you are interested in volunteering in the school library and missed signing up at the PTO meeting and Open House, please contact Danielle Sams at email@example.com. Working in the library is a great way to get students excited about reading, become familiar with children’s book authors, help students navigate a library and meet your child’s classmates.
Thomson PTO is happy to sponsor the Newspaper club for 4th and 5th grades. The club typically runs in 8 week sessions after school from 3-4pm (possibly a Tuesday) and is open to all budding journalists/photographers/writers in 4th and 5th grade. The first session may run from December to February. We have many talented students who would love the opportunity to develop their creative skills. Parent volunteers are needed to nurture and encourage these skills. If you are interested in helping with this club in any capacity or would like more information, please contact Diane Nikolopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrichment Shows at Thomson
The North Andover Schools Enrichment Council is proud to sponsor quality programs in the arts and sciences at all elementary schools and the Middle School. Every elementary PTO and NAMS PTAC contribute funds to NASEC and further fundraising from the wider community helps to ensure all North Andover children receive the same enrichment experiences. Each grade level will see two shows appropriate to their grade level plus there are two all-school shows in 2014-2015. Our first all school show is the Tanglewood Marionettes on Thursday October 30th. Volunteers are needed to host the performances throughout the year. It is a small time commitment and a great way to share your child's enrichment program experience. Please contact Diane Nikolopoulos at email@example.com for a complete Thomson schedule of enrichment programs. If you would like to learn more about the Enrichment Council in North Andover, please join us for our monthly meetings at 9am on the first Wednesday of the month. We meet at the Youth Center. Everyone is welcome!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. 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.
Girls Evaluations: Players interested in trying out for a girls travel basketball
team should report on the following dates and times to the Middle School Gym:
Grade 5 Girls: Tuesday October 14th & Thursday October 16th (5:30 – 7:30 pm)
Grade 6 Girls: Wednesday October 15th & Friday October 17th ((5:30 – 7:30 pm)
Grade 7 Girls: Tuesday October 14th & Thursday October 16th (7:30 – 9:00 pm)
Grade 8 Girls: Wednesday October 15th& Friday October 17th (7:30 – 9:00 pm)
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 9thfrom 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 otherbuilding 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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