Boxford Town Library

Kids of all ages are invited to participate in Boxford Town Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story!” Keep track of time spent reading to earn a free book plus a chance at raffle prizes! Beginning June 15, visit www.boxfordlibrary.org to find out how you can keep track of your reading online, or find a downloadable reading log to use!

 

Boxford School Committee Update: June, 2020

 

As school year 2020 comes to a close, the Boxford School Committee would like to offer some updates and acknowledgements. While we approached school year 19/20 wide-eyed and hopeful, we could not have envisioned what “social distancing,” and “remote learning” would eventually mean in the context we have come to understand and appreciate. It is clear to us now, that while we remain physically distant as a community, we have been brought together on a deeper level, as a school and social community. The BSC appreciates the patience and resilience of every family in the district as we navigated so many challenges and changes. While we are still not certain on the specifics of how “school” will look in the fall, it is clear that the adventure of learning will continue. The BSC would like to offer a few updates as we approach the end of this very notable school year.

 

  • In conjunction with the Board of Selectmen, and the Finance Committee, the BSC was asked to make some additional changes to the FY21 budget. At the Public Hearing meeting on 5/14/20, the BSC voted its finalized budget for submission to the town. The FY21 budget will be voted on at Town Meeting in September.

  • The BSC would like to welcome Lisa Salisbury in her new role for next year as Interim Principal of the Cole School! We are grateful to have a leader who is deeply invested in the Cole School community step into this position.

  • We would also like to acknowledge Betsy Boulanger, who effectively embraced the role of Interim Principal at Cole School this year. In a year fraught with unexpected challenges, the BSC is grateful for the leadership Ms. Boulanger provided to our district.

  • It is with great appreciation that the BSC acknowledges Boxford Cable Access Television, for a generous technology grant to Boxford Public Schools. During this time of remote learning, and recognizing technology as a powerful learning tool, BCATv offered a great resource to the community. We are grateful for their generosity.

  • The BSC would like to thank the Ellard Family, and New England Biolabs, for their generous support to allow the 5th grade Science from Scientists program to continue at Spofford Pond.

  • It is with humble gratitude that the BSC acknowledges and appreciates the adaptability, resilience, and hard work of every classroom teacher, our school staff, and administration as we adopted a very sudden, and new way of providing instruction and support to our students and families.

 

As we continue to navigate these changing times, we are proud and grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to support one another. We understand the sacrifices, and additional roles families had to take on, to support their children’s learning. We are all one learning community, adapting and facing these challenges together.

Upcoming Dates

 

  • 6/25: BSC Remote Meeting 7pm-9pm

  • 6/30: Boxford Town Elections

 

**Agendas, Meeting Minutes, and instructions for joining remote meetings can be found here.

 

Boxford School Committee

Carol Hubbard           chubbard@boxfordschools.org

Elizabeth Palmer          epalmer@boxfordschools.org

Renee Schildkraut          rschildkraut@boxfordschools.org

Terri Teleen                     tteleen@boxfordschools.org

Heather Vaz           hvaz@boxfordschools.org

Technology Return Process

Dear Tri-Town Families:

If you borrowed a TTU-owned device during this spring’s remote learning, please plan to return it on Tuesday, June 16, using the following protocol:
  • Returns occur on Tuesday, June 16, between 8am-2:30pm;
  • Return the device to your town’s primary level building (Cole, Fuller Meadow, or Steward);
  • Please tape a piece of paper to the device and power cord with your child’s first and last name and grade level;
  • Please remember to also return the power cord;
  • Drive up to the front circle of your town’s primary level building, and drop off the device on the table on the curb;
  • Please be sure to stay 6′ away from others and wear a mask;
  • If there are other families dropping off at the same time as you, please remain in your car until you pull up to the table, so only one person is returning a device at a time;
  • If you are unable to dropoff using this protocol on June 16, please email TTU Director of Educational Technology, Steve Guditus, at sguditus@tritownschoolunion.com so accommodations can be made to retrieve the device;
  • Our IT team will organize, clean, and repair loaned devices over the summer, so they can be ready for learning when school begins again in September!
 
Steve Guditus

Director of Educational Technology
Tri-Town School Union: Serving the Elementary Schools of Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield

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Tri-Town School Union Vision Statement

The Tri-Town School Union believes in nurturing a dynamic learning environment where creative thinkers and innovative problem-solvers develop the empathy, resilience, perseverance, self-management, and kindness needed to positively impact the world.

Zoom Update-Family Tech Help

If you are using the tool Zoom to video conference, you may have seen that Zoom has updated their security features, and this software update to version 5.0 must be installed by May 30. If you are using a TTU Chromebook, all you need to do is restart the Chromebook. If you are using a personal computer, be sure to go to the Zoom website and install the software update. If you are using a tablet or phone, simply install the app update. Zoom will prevent users from using Zoom after May 31 if they have not installed the update. If you have any questions about this or need any assistance, please reach out to our Tri-Town IT Team for assistance here: Request for TTU IT Support during Remote Learning

Parent Virtual Coffee!

You are invited to a Parent Virtual Coffee with the Boxford Principals & PTO Presidents on May 21st @ 6pm

There are 30 spots for the virtual coffee.

Please sign up on this Google form link:   https://forms.gle/Xm9MeWqntBk3jMgH9

You may also submit your  questions on the form  directly  to the PTO presidents, Bonnie Thornborough or Michelle Fallis through email.   We have to limit the number of participants to ensure that the experiences is a positive one for all and that we are able to answer all questions.

Our PTO presidents will ask the questions for all participants so that the conversation is well-organized.

We will send out the video conferencing link to all enrolled participants after you sign up on Thursday afternoon.

Hope you can join us!

Yearbook Order–Deadline is TODAY!

Hi everyone,

Just a friendly reminder that TODAY is the deadline to order your 2019/2020 yearbooks.

Please see yearbook ordering details below…

Grades PK-5: It’s time to order your yearbooks! DEADLINE: Friday, May 15

*Please do not order for Sixth-Grade students! Your yearbook is being purchased for you. Thank-You, 6GAC!*

Please click the correct school below. You will log in to TreeRing, input your address, and purchase your yearbooks. Thank you!

*THE SITE MAY SAY YOU HAVE MISSED THE ORDERING DEADLINE – PLEASE IGNORE THIS MESSAGE AND CONTINUE TO ORDER. This is just because TreeRing has blended their ordering options in order to help with school closures.*

Also… If you are a room parent ordering a yearbook for your teacher from your class, can you please let us know? Thank you!

Order COLE SCHOOL Yearbook

(if you need the Cole passcode: 1014435481301179)

Order SPOFFORD POND Yearbook

(if you need the Spofford Pond passcode: 101445024692460)

Please email us with any questions.

Healthiest Wishes!

~Boxford PTO

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