Paw Prints, 9-15-14
From Ms. Marx
The Blandings have arrived at Thomson!!!!
There was great excitement on Thursday afternoon when the Blanding turtles arrived in Mrs. Waldron ‘s fourth grade class. Two one -week-old Blanding turtles were delivered to the classroom as part of a research project being done in conjunction with the Grassroots Wildlife Conservation Group. The students have learned that these turtles are named after Dr. William Blanding and that they are on the threatened species list. You identify a Blanding turtle by the yellow mark on the underside of its neck. The students will be caring for the turtles including feeding them twice daily and cleaning the aquarium. Today they watched a video and heard Bryan Windmiller, a Herpetologist, speak about the turtles. He will also be coming to Thomson to speak to the students. The students will be monitoring and collecting data on these turtles. This information will be shared with the scientists. All of the classes at Thomson will have the opportunity to come see and learn about the turtles. The students had a writing assignment last night to come up with names for the two turtles. The class decided on “Shelly” in reference to the turtle’s shell and “Long Shot” in reference to the fact that it is a “long shot” for most of the turtle hatchlings to survive. We all look forward to this exciting project.
I want to remind parents that next Wednesday September 17th is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm. Please remember to plan accordingly.
Also, our Thomson Open House in Wednesday September 17th. We hope to see you then.
Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring the Ice Cream Social on Tuesday night. The students were very excited about the event and all had a wonderful time.
Ice Cream Social Recap
It was wonderful to see so many smiling children and parents at the Welcome Back Ice Cream Social last Tuesday! Thank you to the volunteers who helped to set up, scoop, spritz, sprinkle, and serve the super sundaes! The Thomson PTO is very grateful for Mad Maggie’s as they generously donated ALL the ice cream we served at the event. A special thank you is due to Erien Gordon for coordinating the event. Thank you Erien!
September PTO Meeting Recap
The PTO board would like to thank all of the parents and teachers who were able to attend our first PTO meeting of the year last Wednesday. It was great to welcome parents of new Thomson tigers! We appreciate those who signed up to fill some open positions for this year. There will be plenty of ways for parents and families to get involved in the Thomson community throughout the year, do don’t be concerned if you could not attend the meeting.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 7 pm in the Thomson cafeteria. We will vote on the annual budget at that meeting.
Student Directory / Paw Prints Mailing List
The data for this year’s student directory continues to come in, so please continue to spread the word to any Thomson parents that you know who may still need to register. Here’s the link for the registration form: Thomson Student Directory and Newsletter registration form. Alternatively, people can visit the Thomson School website to find the link on the home pagenorthandoverpublicschools.com/thomson/ or they can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for assistance. Thank you!
We will distribute an electronic copy of the Student Directory to each email that was provided for the directory. You will receive this by the end of September.
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Thomson School!
The Fall 2014 Scholastic Book Fair will be the week of September 22nd – through September 26th. 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 email@example.com.
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!
Do you have a child on an IEP or a 504? Then you need a drink!
Join NAPAC this Wednesday, September 17th for an evening of wine or whatever and warm conversation at the home of Elin Anderson at 71 Adams Ave. Bring your own beverage and NAPAC will supply light appetizers. Join new friends who truly get it for this fun evening. New members are especially encouraged to attend! Please email Holly and Maureen at NorthAndoverpac@gmail.com with any questions.
An Easy Way to Help Our School
Use your Target REDcard and help raise funds for our school. Visit Target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate Thomson School, then use your REDcard whenever you shop. When you use your REDcard, Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to our school.
Grandparents, alumni, friends and neighbors are all welcome to participate in the program. The more people we involve, the harder the program works for our school. If you’re already participating, thank you! Check out our school’s progress anytime at Target.com/tcoe.
Town Wide 2 Day Yard Sale Extravaganza!
Saturday and Sunday September 20th and 21st the North Andover Sustainability Committee is sponsoring a weekend event to promote reuse or disposal. Come on out and support your community and environment.
If you want to host a yard sale it’s not too late, fill out the registration form on our website ASAPhttp://townofnorthandover.com/Pages/NAndoverMA_Recycling/index
The Stevens Memorial Library Author Event
The Stevens Memorial Library will be hosting a visit with Esther Ehrlich. Nest is Esther Ehrlich’s stunning debut novel. Her lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting. The program with Esther Ehrlich will take place at the Stevens Memorial Library on Sunday, September 21st at 2:30 p.m. This is a ticketed event. Please call to make reservations (pick up your bracelet for admission). Children’s Room 978-688-9538 or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating will be limited.
Copies of the book are available in the Children’s Room. The book is also the September pick for grades 5, 6, and 7 book clubs.
NABC Registrations Now Open
The North Andover Booster Club has registration open online for Boys and Girls Basketball in Grades 2-8. Grades 5-8 will close on 10/31 and Grades 2-4 will close on 11/15. Late registration will only be available as space permits and with a $20 late fee.
Online registration for Wrestling will open on 9/10.
Please go to the North Andover Booster Club website to register, www.eteamz.com/nabc. Follow the links to your sport.
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