Wednesday, February 10th
Early Release 1:45pm dismissal
February 15th – 19th
School Closed for Winter Break
Wednesday, February 24th
Early Release 1:45pm dismissal
From the Principal
Hello Parents and Caregivers,
Thank you to everyone for the tremendous response to the before school chess club and thanks to Thomson parent, Greg Shea, who will be coordinating our experienced and inexperienced chess players. We have reached the limit on the number of students and are no longer accepting permission forms. For those students who sent in a permission form we will be sending out a note that we received your form along with a reminder of the dates.
Welcome to several new Thomson families and students. Over the past few weeks we have welcomed several new students and families to Thomson. Our students have been excellent in welcoming the new students into their classes and helping them out at recess, lunchtime and throughout the day. One of our classes even wrote welcome cards for their new student!
Please join me in welcoming Heather Ursu as our new part time Title I support aide. Heather began this week and will primarily be working to support students in reading in grades 4 and 5. Heather graduated from Merrimack College with a Master’s degree in Education. She student taught at the Sargent school in grade 3 and worked at the Sargent as a teacher substitute. She also has a background in project management, sales and marketing. She began this week and we are thrilled to have her join our team and supporting students!
I am also excited to let you know I have been working with Merrimack College to have Thomson School be a service-learning site for college students. Students from the college looking for service learning hours (often part of their major) will volunteer time at Thomson to assist the teachers in supporting their class as an extra pair of hands or work with students to promote their math or reading progress under the direction of the classroom teacher. We have our first student, Allison Galotti, coming to Thomson this week on Tuesday. Ms. Galotti will be working Tuesday afternoons for 2 hours in Ms. Sciamanna’s kindergarten class.
A reminder that if your child is going to be out due to illness, please call the main office and leave a message for Ms. Memmolo. Parents who do not call their child in will receive an automated call and your child’s absence may be marked as unexcused. Thanks!
It is great for students if they can start their day with their peers between 8:10-8:25am. Students can say hello to friends, enter the building with their class and start the in class morning routine with everyone else. The tardy time is 8:35am but if you can get your child to Thomson between 8:10-8:25 it is appreciated.
Chris Raymond, Thomson Principal
Library Update from Ms. Ahearn
Hello Thomson kids, teachers, and parents!
We’ve had a wonderful start to the New Year here in the Thomson library! As you may know, the new library schedule has separated “library instruction time” from “library check-out time”, which has meant that I have been able to visit with more classes than ever before. On average, we’ve had about seven classes every Thursday come in for library instruction!
With the younger grades, we have been talking a lot about using our library, and how we can choose books. We’ve done lessons on trying new things - not just reading the same book every week! - and a few lessons on where certain kinds of books are in the library, including our collection of fairy tales. We’ve also had a chance to talk a bit about the differences between fiction and nonfiction, and how you can read a nonfiction book to discover new information using the table of contents, glossary, and index.
The older classes have been discussing some current trends in information literacy, such as digital citizenship (how can we show our RAISE values when we’re online?), using databases, and creating works cited pages to prepare for middle school. In the coming weeks, we’ll be exploring making Google slideshows and presentations, as well as discussing how to synthesize what we read in books and online into our own words.
For more information on what we’re doing in the library, please visit the library blog: napselementarylibraries.blogspot.com, or follow me on Twitter @ NAPS_Librarian!
Counselor Chat from Ms. Foster
It's a busy time of year for everyone and with lots going on! I am here to support all of Thomson's students, and if you have a concern or a question about your child, I am happy to talk.
Kindergarten: In Kindergarten we are continuing our weekly Zones of Regulation lessons designed to foster self-regulation skills. Your children have become great feelings detectives and identify and recognize all of the Zones. Zone charts were sent home in the fall, if you would like another one, please let your teacher know. You can use the charts as a tool to discuss your child's feelings (and let your little one explain it to you!). We will be moving into learning more strategies for calming and problem solving in order to get back to our green zone "ready to learn". Keep an eye out for information coming home on strategies as we learn them.
Grade Level Meetings: Grade Level meetings are usually once or twice a month with the entire grade meeting with myself and/or Mr. Raymond. We took a break from our meetings but will be resuming them soon! Our last lessons were around kindness and how to use our new buddy bench! Grade level meetings offer a great opportunity to support our RAISE values.
Lunch Bunch: Lunch Bunch is a great opportunity for a small group of students (in grades 1 to 5) to meet weekly in the Guidance Office during their lunch time. It is an opportunity for students to get to know one another in their grade as well as a great way for me to get to know the students. It's a casual group, at times there is an activity/game and other times the topic of discussion is decided by the group. The group meets 6 times. The most difficult part of Lunch Bunch is getting to everyone that would like to participate! Be patient and I promise at least one group before you leave Thomson!
Take away tidbit:
Deep breathing is a great relaxation tool, it can calm physical effects of stress as well as increase energy and focus to help problem solve. Many students know that this breath is one I often teach and is one of my favorites (along with the hot cocoa breath and minion breath). It's called the candle breath.... Imagine you are holding a flower, bring it to your nose to take a deep breath for a count of 5. Then hold the breath while you switch your hand to a candle (raise index finger) exhale pretending as if you are blowing a candle out for a count of 5. Repeat 3 to 5 times.
If you would like more information about the above, or want to touch base about your child, please don't hesitate to reach out!
The next PTO meeting will be this Wednesday, February 10th at 7pm in the Thomson Library. The agenda will include the DESE Report Card and a recap of the Father-Daughter Dances. Please join us Wednesday.
Pasta Night! Save the Date!
5th grade will once again be hosting Pasta Night on Wednesday, March 23rd. There will be 3 seatings at 5pm, 6pm, and 7 pm. A flyer to order your tickets will be coming home in the next few weeks. Don't miss this Thomson night out with our 5th grade students as the hosts and servers.
Save the Date! Stump Trivia!
The 4th annual STUMP trivia night will be held Friday, April 8th at the Claddagh Pub. More details to come, but book your babysitter now for this super fun night!
Congratulations to the following students for completing 8 worksheets:
Second Grade: Persephone C. Silas H. Josiah M. and Avan S.
Third Grade: Isabella G.
Fifth Grade: Ellise N. and Luke A.
Keep up the great work superstars!
Please be advised that worksheet 10 concluded the Kindergarten program. 1st grade through 5th grade will continue until 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.)
If you chose to print out the worksheets yourself, or you need one of the answer sheets for an assignment previously completed, they can be found on the Sunshine Math link found under the Thomson PTO website:
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Sunshine Math Coordinators Marc Credi and Joanna O’Connell at: email@example.com.
**Sunshine Math Club is supported locally by Staples® in North Andover (73 Turnpike St). Our special thanks to Staples management and staff for providing all copying services and supporting this Club at Thomson elementary!
North Andover Parent Resource Network
On February 11th at 7:00pm. Lynn Lyons will be presenting “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: How to Stop the Worry Cycle at Home and School”. Due to a conflict at the high school, the location for this program has been changed to the middle school auditorium.
The next NAPRN event is on March 24th, 7:00PM in the NAHS auditorium. The program is “Raising Confident Girls and Boys” and it is being presented by Rick Irving.
North Andover ROCKS!
Are you looking for a way to kick off your February vacation? If so, please consider a family night out at MetroRock in Newburyport on Saturday February 13th from 6pm-8pm. If you have never tried rock climbing - this is your chance! It’s a great way to get some exercise and have fun with your kids! If you or are your kids are afraid of heights, don't let that stop you; you can always just "boulder" (navigate the walls horizontally but not far off the ground.) If you are more adventurous, you can use the auto-belays to climb high and be slowly lowered down. There is something for everyone!
Metrorock can accommodate 250 so registration is required to secure a spot. Payment will be made at MetroRock. MetroRock’s normal rates apply ($20 per adult, $16 per child 7+, $10 per child under 7). This event is being organized by the Atkinson PTO.
Play Ball! Spring Baseball Registration is Open
Registration is open for the 2016 baseball season and on the North Andover Youth Baseball website (www.nayouthbaseball.org).
For the second winter in a row, NAYB is offering a winter clinic at the Home Grown indoor sports facility at 400 Osgood Street. This clinic will run on Saturday mornings during the month of March. This is an excellent opportunity for players in Grades 2 through 5 to get prepared for the spring season, which (hopefully) will begin in early April. The cost for the winter clinic is $50 for four 1-hour sessions.
2016 spring baseball registration is open for all K-5 players. Kindergarten aged players are eligible for tee ball ($75), 1st graders Instructional League/coach pitch ($100). These programs meet once during the week and once on the weekend from late April until the end of school. 2nd and 3rd graders are eligible for A/AA ($140), and 4th and 5th graders for AAA/Majors ($175). Please visit the NAYB website for additional information about these programs or to contact a league official with questions.
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