Paw Prints, 03-03-14
From Ms. Marx
Thomson 3-5 students had the opportunity to hear Mr. Cross speak about motivation and perseverance on Thursday afternoon. He talked to them about using the people around them to help them out and that everything was not always going to be easy, but you need to keep trying. Our K-2 students met with Mr. Souza and Mrs. Foster to practice some Whole Body Listening.
We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day at our All School Meeting on Monday morning. In honor of Dr. Seuss and his love for hats, students can wear an animal hat or other fun hat on Friday March 7th.
IMPORTANT MCAS INFORMATION
MCAS stands for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. These tests were developed to find out if schools are educating every student in important academic areas. The tests are designed to measure a child’s progress toward meeting the state educational standards. The results are then used to guide school improvement efforts and to identify student’s needs and schools that need assistance. So, what students should know, what they are taught and what they are tested on are all aligned.
At Thomson School, students in grades 3-5 will be taking the MCAS tests in March and in May.
The March tests are in English Language Arts and our testing schedule is as follows:
Tues March 18: Grade 4 Long Composition Sessions A&B
Wed March 19 Grade 5 Reading Comprehension Session 1
Thurs March 20 Grade 5 Reading Comprehension Session 2
Fri March 21 Grade 5 Make up Testing
Mon March 24 Grade 4 Reading Comprehension Session 1
Tues March 25 Grade 4 Reading Comprehension Session 2
Wed March 26 Grade 3 Reading Comprehension Session 1
Thurs March 27 Grade 3 Reading Comprehension Session 2
Grade 4 Long Comp Make up
Fri March 28 Make up Testing
Standardized testing can create anxiety for some students and may prevent a child from doing his/her best on the tests. The Massachusetts Statewide Parent Information and Resource Center has provided the following list of guidelines for parents to help prepare their child for the testing.
Make sure your child is well rested and eats breakfast.
See that your child arrives to school on time and is relaxed.
Encourage your child to do the best work possible and to have a positive attitude.
Comfort counts, dress in layers!
Remind your child to read all test taking directions carefully and listen to the teacher’s directions.
Encourage your child to take his/her time and check work for accuracy.
To help reduce anxiety:
Talk about the test in a positive way.
Encourage best efforts rather than perfection.
Encourage your child to focus on his/her strengths, such as good memory.
Assure your child that the test is only one measure of academic performance.
Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person’s worth.
IMPORTANT LIBRARY INFORMATION
Children may only check a book out of the school’s library if they have returned the previous visit’s book. Many of the younger children are having a difficult time understanding this concept and have not been able to check out a book for several weeks. We ask that you discuss this with your children and help them locate any checked-out books they may have at home and return them so that they may check a new book out at their next library session.
If your child does not remember the book they had previously checked out, please send an email to Danielle Sams at email@example.com and that book’s title and author can be looked up to help in finding it at home.
Also, at year’s end, if a book has not been returned the student’s family is expected to replace the book.
March PTO Meeting
As the 5th grade’s Mission Pastable! event will be held on the evening of March 12th, the March PTO meeting will be held on the third Wednesday this month, March 19th, at the regular time of 7 pm.
Come support the 5th graders and at the same time enjoy a delicious pasta meal (donated by Taki’s), entertainment (provided by the 5th graders), and a fun time to be had by all!!!
Didn't get your ticket order in before vacation? Don't worry, there are still plenty of tickets available for the 7:00 pm seating and a very limited number for the 5:00 seating. These tickets are being sold on a first come, first served basis and will only be sold at the door if there is room at that seating. A special thank you to those who have already so generously purchased tickets. Tickets will be going home via your child’s backpack.
If you would like to purchase tickets, please complete and return your order form to Thomson School ASAP. Any questions or if you are in need of an order form please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention 5th Grade Families: WE NEED YOUR PICTURES!!!
We are in the process of making a DVD/slide show as a going away gift for the 5th graders. Please send in individual or group pictures of your 5th grader from grades K-5th. In order to make this a huge success we are asking you to send in or burn a CD of 6 pictures. Please make sure they are copies as the pictures will not be returned. Please label them with your child’s name and 5th Grade DVD/slideshow.
Deadline is March 28th.
Box Tops News
I just made our second submission of Box Tops totaling 6,734 Box Tops!! That brings us to a total of $1,330.08 this school year. We are $170 dollars away from reaching our goal of $1,500. Also by shopping through the Box Tops site I have earned $13.77 in e-box tops for the school. Imagine how much money we could raise if we all shopped through the site just once. Simply save the link under your favorites (https://www.boxtops4education.com/marketplace), click on the store you would like to shop at and shop!! It is that easy.
The entries for the February drawing are now closed. Thank you to all who participated. Ms. Marx will be drawing a name from the entries during morning recess sometime next week. The winner will receive a small prize.
Good luck, Thomson Tigers! You did a fabulous job this month! Keep clipping those tops and ask your family to save them also.
North Andover Parent Resource Network
North Andover CARES - Teen Substance Abuse Awareness
March 31, 7:00pm, NAHS auditorium
Community Awareness of Resources, Education, and Services – A night for parents and community members to learn more about how to prevent teen substance abuse and how to find resources in our community to tackle the problem. Parents are important partners in prevention, but it can be hard with peer pressure and the pro drug messages in the media that teens face. This event will feature impactful personal stories from a former NAHS student and a current high school parent that will highlight lessons learned and the importance of family communication. Program participants will also include NAHS Guidance, NAHS Health and Wellness, Director of Youth & Recreation Services, and the NAPD. The evening will end with a special performance by a current NAHS student. The dangers of substance abuse are well known and recent local news reports of drug overdoses have been concerning. This event will provide parents with the tools and support needed to encourage teens to make positive decisions regarding alcohol and substances and also where to turn for help if needed.
Questions or topics to address may be submitted in advance until March 26.
The event is free of charge and open to the public. No registration required. For more information, please contact the North Andover Parent Resource Network at email@example.com.
The final program of the year is What Works and What Doesn’t with Today’s Kids and What to Expect Once they are Teenagers with Dr. Anthony Wolf. It is scheduled for May 13 at 7:00pm in the NAHS auditorium.
Alex T, Brandon L. for passing the 75 Stars Milestone!
Ayden T. for passing the 100 Stars Milestone!
Emmanuel H. for passing the 150 Stars Milestone!
Isabella G, Adriana C, Vanessa M, Thomas S, Ethan H. for passing the 175 Stars Milestone!
Julia L, Catherine G. for passing the 200 Stars Milestone!
Brigid G, Henry W, Maeve G. for passing the 225 Stars Milestone!
Declan C, Oliver P, Maddie A, Daniel K. for passing the 250 Stars Milestone!
Benjamin K, Anulekha S, Ellise N, Aisling C. for passing the 275 Stars Milestone!
Sam G, Simon P. for passing the 300 Stars Milestone!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next membership meeting will be Friday, March 7 at 12:30pm, in the School Department conference room at 1600 Osgood Street, 3rd floor. All are welcome!
Does your child want to try baseball? North Andover Youth Baseball is excited to introduce a Challenger Division this spring and registration, which is free, is now open at www.nayouthbaseball.org. The Challenger Division is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth between the ages 4-18 years, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. Challenger games will be played once a week on a weekend day (time TBD) at the Carl Thomas Field Complex and will last 60-75 minutes. Coaches will pitch and a tee will be used whenever necessary or requested. All players get to hit, play the field and everybody reaches base. There are no outs and each player will be assigned a 'buddy' who will act as a mentor during the games. Not sure if the Challenger Division is the right fit? Join us on March 22 from 10am to noon at the Middle School Gym for an introductory, laid back ‘practice’. Please contact Mike Bono at 339-227-0078 or email@example.com if you are planning to attend, or if you have questions.
Save the Date. On Saturday, March 29, NAPAC will hold its Special Parents Night Out at Jaime’s Restaurant. NAPAC will provide some light appetizers; you provide the company! Join other great folks for socializing, networking, or just being away from the kids for a few hours. Center for the Performing Arts will provide babysitting for only $10 per child. E-mail Meghan at Meghan@cpadance.com to reserve a spot.
Boys, bring your mom, guardian or someone special to the district wide K-5 Mother-Son dance at the North Andover High School Cafeteria. The dance is ONE night only Saturday, March 29th 6pm to 9pm. This year we will have some new and fun editions to the event.
Show off your dance skills and win a trophy!
Watch a breakdance exhibition and learn some moves form London Long and his B-Boys!
Wear sports attire and check out the raffle table with BIG items for all!!! Brooks Summer camp, Red-Sox tickets, local spa gift certificates plus much more to be raffled off!
Tickets will be $30 a family and include 5 raffle tickets. Atkinson believes in including as many families as we can in these important community events. If your family needs support with the cost of admission, please contact your school principal for assistance.
Tickets Sales online NOW at
A Taste of North Andover
Annual Youth Center Fundraiser, March 8, 2014, get your tickets now!
This year we have added an exciting entertainment element: Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Show. Please join us for this annual fundraiser that allows the North Andover Youth Center to offer scholarships and programs to our children. Tickets are $50.00. The evening is a fun social event! Enjoy a night out with your friends in the community sampling food from some of the best restaurants in town.
The evening also includes an exciting Silent and Live Auction with many items up for bid and all proceeds going to the Youth Center. The Live Auction is limited to a few key items to limit the amount of time it takes.
A fun setting as we turn the Youth Center into a celebration zone for one night.
North Andover Youth Baseball
Registration for the Spring 2014 baseball season is open. The season runs from early April to mid-June with a practice or game once during the week and once on the weekend. We have a T-Ball program for 5 and 6 year olds, coach pitch for 6 and 7 year olds, and kid pitch divisions by grade starting at 2nd Grade up to 7th Grade.
Registration fees are as follows:
Tee Ball: $105
Instructional League (coach pitch): $115
A (2nd Grade): $140
AA (3rd Grade): $140
AAA and Majors (4th through 7th Grade): $165
Visit our website to learn more about these programs and for additional registration information: http://www.nayouthbaseball.org
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