Paw Prints, 1-26-15
From Ms. Marx
Our fourth and fifth graders ended the week with a presentation from the North Andover Historical Society. They learned about the town of North Andover and its families during the 1600’s. Kathleen Benner Duble, author of The Sacrifice, spoke to the classes about how she got her ideas for the books she has written. She helped them explore ways to come up with topics to write about. Both grade levels participated in a Writer’s Workshop with her and they were able to share their writing samples and get feedback from the author. The presentation was excellent and the students really enjoyed spending time with the author of a book they have read!
Our January All School Meeting on Wednesday focused on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and acceptance. Ms. McNeil and Ms. Cyr’s classes performed a play about being kind and including all at recess. Ms. Gilmartin’s class, first graders and second graders all performed different songs or chants about Martin Luther King. The students did a nice job sharing his message.
Thank you to the parents who covered morning arrival on Wednesday for the staff breakfast. It is appreciated!
Dates to remember:
Wednesday, January 28th is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm. Please plan accordingly.
THOMSON Night at North Andover High is February 6th. The Knights will play against Andover
WINTER JUBILEE AND SWEETHEART DANCE ARE THIS WEEKEND!
Winter Jubilee: 4th and 5th grade girls and their adult guests on Friday 30th January from 7-9:30pm.
Sweetheart Dance: 2nd and 3rd grade girls and their adult guests on Saturday 31st January from 6:30pm-9pm.
Location: North Andover Middle School
Tickets are still available and may be purchased at http://nandoverdances.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $25 per couple and $10 per additional girl.
THERE WILL BE NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR.
Please consider Forgetta's Flowers (978 682 3885) for corsages and boutonnieres as they kindly donate centerpieces that are raffled at the end of the evening. Also NOVA Salon is offering special hair services for the dances. Call 978 685 9723 for an appointment.
Don't forget cash or checks for raffle tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5- great prizes!) and photography (packages are $18 or $20- order forms available at each dance).
Bring a donation of any size for the North Andover People's Pantry and receive 1 free raffle ticket per couple. Suggested donations: Baby food, Baby Cereal, Soup, Canned Beans
Any questions, contact Diane Nikolopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978 687 5345.
Volunteers and Bakers still needed for the dances!
Please visit VolunteerSpot http://vols.pt/BJHgtt to sign up for donations of baked goods, and to volunteer on both evenings.
We need many more baked good (store bought is fine) for both Friday and Saturday evening.
We also still need volunteers as follows:
Friday night- setup from 3-5pm (4 volunteers), refreshment table from 7-9:30pm (2 volunteers)
Saturday night- setup from 3-5pm (2 volunteers), Photo table from 6:30-9pm (2 volunteers), Raffle table 6:30pm-8:30pm (2 volunteers), refreshment table from 6:30-9pm (3 volunteers), and yearbook pictures (1 volunteer at 7:30pm to take pictures of girls and Dads), cleanup at 9pm (2-3 volunteers to help dismantle lights etc)
Please contact Colleen Jackson at email@example.com or 978 604 2151 with any questions.
Order Your Tickets for the Manchester Monarchs Hockey Game!
Along with some other North Andover elementary schools, Thomson School families have an opportunity to attend the Manchester Monarchs vs. Hartford Wolf Pack hockey game on Friday, February 27th at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. As the PTO is organizing this as a community event and not a fundraiser, ticket prices are $17 for adults, $12 for children under 12. Flyers with ordering details will come home this week via backpack. If you want to order today, you can download the flyer from the PTO section of the Thomson website. Questions? Contact Amy Mabley firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunshine Math Superstars!
Congratulations to: Ariana C., Lilyan E., Michael G., Elle G., Naomi H., Kyle T., Frieda G., Tali L., Finn R., Adriana C., Rose G., Oliver P., Sam G., Davin L., Simon P., Catherine G., Summer G., Emmanuel H. for completing 8 worksheets!
Keep up the great work superstars!
(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.
Attention 5th Grade Parents
Parent-Only presentation in the Middle School auditorium on Tuesday February 3rd
From 6:30-8:30 pm. NAMS principal, Joan McQuade, will open the program with an overview of connecting the needs of the adolescent with the middle school philosophy and practice. The school nurses will provide an overview of the "Growing Up" curriculum as well as show the videos that are shown in class. The nurses will answer any questions you may have regarding this unit.
North Andover Parent Resource Network
North Andover Parent Resource Network will host Joani Geltman presenting A Survival Guide for Helping Your Teen Stay Safe with Drinking and Drugs. This program is particularly helpful for parents of children in grades 5-12. Much of the advice and tips provided can also be applied to other parenting issues. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, January 28th in the North Andover High School Auditorium at 7 pm.
Bracelet Making Class
Use gimp and lanyard string to make colorful bracelets. This program is open to girls and boys ages 6 and over and will be taught by two fourth graders. It is sponsored by Aaron's Presents, a non-profit based in Andover that awards grants, support and mentorship to children in the eighth grade or below who are willing to take the initiative to turn their thoughtful, creative ideas into reality. Join us on Friday, January 30th from 3:15-4:15pm at the Community Room in the Stevens Memorial Library. The program is free but limited to 10 children. Please email NorthAndoverPac@gmail.com to sign up.
Join us for our next monthly meeting on Monday, February 2nd at the ECC at 9am. For any questions please contact us at NorthAndoverPAC@gmail.com.
Early Release Day Activities
Join friends at the Stevens Memorial Library for an afternoon filled with games and fun! Every Wednesday after school until 4:00 pm in the Community Meeting Room. Board games of all sorts will be available and everyone is welcome.
If you have questions or need more information call 978-688-9505 ext. 42027email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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