Paw Prints, 03-23-15
From Ms. Marx
This week Thomson K-2 students were able to enjoy the Tanglewood Marionettes and their production of Fairy Circus. This is a wonderful enrichment opportunity and the students had a good time. Zoo New England was here on Friday and brought special guests for the second graders.
Thank you to all of the families who participated in the book drive. We had a tremendous response and will be donating books both to our community and to the Oliver School in Lawrence.
The fifth grade class hosted a sold out Pasta Night on Wednesday. The students did a wonderful job hosting, waiting on tables, singing and keeping all of their guests well fed and entertained! We were very proud of their work!
Thank you to the parents who worked with the fifth graders for Past a Night, it is a bug undertaking! Thank you too to the parents who come twice this week to cover morning arrival duties for the teacher’s breakfast. It is much appreciated.
Dismissal Procedure Reminder:
If you are dismissing your child, it is imperative that you send a note in on the day of dismissal. If a change occurs and you need to dismiss your child in a different manner, call before 2:30 so that we can be sure to get to the student/teacher/patrol and know that the information has been transferred accurately. Thank you.
MCAS Testing Schedule:
March 31st will mark the beginning 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 March 31 and Wednesday April 1: Grade 5
Thursday April 2: Grade 4 Long Composition
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
WEDNESDAY MARCH 25th is a FULL DAY OF SCHOOL with a 3:00pm dismissal.
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.
Nunan’s Spring Fundraiser
If you loved the winter greenery, just wait till you see the spring flowers! The Thomson PTO and Nunan Florist & Greenhouse in Georgetown, MA are pleased to offer again beautiful Easter Lillies, Tulip Plants, and Daffodil Plants to the Thomson community. All orders and payments need to be sent back to school by March 27th. Orders will be available for pick up at Thomson School on April 10th from 3 - 5:30 pm. Please note that this year flowers will NOT be delivered in time for Easter (April 5th).
Thomson Playground Committee
The Town of North Andover’s evaluation of the playgrounds across town is complete, and the Thomson School playground was found to be one of the best in terms of condition, accessibility, and diversity of age-appropriate options for play. The town is putting together two different budgets to help with both annual upkeep and minor repairs to the playgrounds and play structures, which is good news for everyone. To clarify, the playground evaluation did not take into account any activities that are part of the hard top (four-square, hopscotch, basketball, funnel ball, etc.)
After some discussion at the March PTO meeting, the participants decided to put together a small committee of people who want to look at some next steps for the Thomson School playground. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Amy Mabley firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomson Stump! Trivia Quiz Night
Calling all Thomson Grown-ups! Get together for a fun, unique night out with friends and families of the Thomson community by participating in the Third Annual Thomson Stump! Trivia Quiz Night on Friday, April 10th at The Claddagh Pub in Lawrence. Get your team together now!
Sunshine Math Superstars!
Congratulations to: Elle G, Rose G, Julia L, Summer G 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.
North Andover Parent Resource Network
The next NAPRN event “A Survival Guide for Helping Your Teen Stay Safe with Drinking and Drugs” is scheduled for April 1, 7:00pm, in the NAHS auditorium. This program was rescheduled from January 28th due to the weather.
The March 5th program “Helping Kids Cope with Loss and Change” is currently playing on the local CAM Ed stations – Comcast 99 and Verizon 28. Air times are: Sunday at 10 am; Tuesday at 12am; Thursday at 10 am; Friday at 7pm
For more information or a copy of Cheryl Amari’s Resource List, please contact the North Andover Parent Resource Network at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Brenda Reeve at 978-685-6068.
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.
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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