Pokemon Cards

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately, Pokemon cards will not be allowed at school. We have had many children very upset  with “trader’s regret” or  losing cards here.  It has caused too much stress among friendships at recess and on the bus. As a result, teaching and learning time are also affected with children who are upset coming in from recess.  Thank you for your help with this!

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal


If your son or daughter would like to participate in the Masco Youth Basketball Program for the 2017-18 season, you can now register at the following web

(If you can’t click on this address, simply cut and paste it into your web browser.)

Registrations are currently open, but will switch to Late Mode on October 7th. Please register before October 7th to avoid any late fees.

The Masco Youth Basketball program serves children from Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield, in Grades 1 through 8. The program offers an Intramural League for 1st Graders through 8th Graders, and a Travel League for 5th Graders through 8th Graders. Regardless of whether your child plans to play Intramural, Travel, or both, ALL players must register for Intramurals at the above link.

The Intramural Program starts in mid-November. The Travel Tryouts will be held in mid-October. More details will follow via e-mail after Registration is complete.

Inquiries can be e-mailed to mascoyouthbasketball@gmail.com.

Math Olympiad

Hello Parents,

We will be having Math Olympiad teams in Grades 4, 5, and 6 again this year.  As in the past we will be using previous year’s Mcas data and teacher recommendations to select students to participate in the program.  We are expecting the state to release MCAS scores in mid October.  When we receive these scores, teachers and Dr. Castonguay will meet to discuss the data.  Selected students will be invited to participate in 5 contests and weekly practices that will be held during the grade level RTI block.  We will begin in late October and the program will run until early March.


Jennifer Sirmaian

Math Instructional Specialist


School is back in session and so are Tri-Town Council’s Horizons after-school enrichment programs!   Registration is open now for great after-school Horizons programs for fun, adventure, making new friends and trying new things! Check out cooking, chess, STEM activities, drama club, yoga (before school), a variety of art classes, running club, get outside to explore and more!  Super fun and creative activities – something for everyone! Don’t delay! Classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out offerings at Spofford school at http://www.tritowncouncil.org/horizons/

MASCO Youth Hockey – Registration For All Levels is Open

We have revamped our Learn to Skate and Introduction to Hockey Programs to include professional instruction. All sessions are held at Essex Sports Center in Middleton and our 16 week program begins on September 16th at 9:40am.
Visit our website at mascohockey.com or email us at myh.learntoskate@gmail.com for more information.  See you at the rink!
Play for your home towns! – MASCO Pride!!!

Parent Open House Nights!

Dear Parents,

We invite you all to attend our Parent Open House Nights next week. The schedule is as follows:

Grades 3 and 4

Monday, September 11th 6pm-7pm

Grades 5 and 6

Tuesday, September 12th 6pm-7pm

Please report directly to your child’s classroom at 6pm.  You will then be invited to join me in the cafeteria at 6:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you all!


Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Band News!

6th Grade morning Concert Band rehearsals begin at 7:25am sharp on Monday, Sept. 11th. 5th Grade morning Concert Band rehearsals begin at 7:25am sharp on Tuesday, Sept. 12th.  Instrumental lessons for 4th, 5th & 6th Graders will begin the week of September 18th.
Band Registration forms and your Band fee are due by Thursday, September 14th You can download parent information and all forms from the NEW Band website:   https://sites.google.com/boxfordschools.org/spofford-pond-band/  Click on “More” at the top of the website page and then the link for “2017-18 Band Registration.”
Parents of 4th Graders should also return the “Instrumental Choice Questionnaire” to Mrs. Monty byMonday, September 11th even if a child is unsure of his/her instrument choice so that the correct instrumental classes can be scheduled. Please plan to attend the New Parent Information and Rental Night at 6:30pm on Thursday, September 14th.
For more details, please visit the Band website at
– Friday, Sept. 8th         2:15pm   4th Grade Instrument Assembly
 Saturday, Sept. 9th     1:15pm   Spofford Rock Band performance
                                     Endicott Park, Danvers at the ARC Family Fair
– Monday, Sept. 11th     7:23am   6th Gr. Concert Band rehearsals BEGIN
– Tuesday, Sept. 12th    7:23am   5th Gr Concert Band rehearsals BEGIN
– Thursday, Sept. 14th   All Registration Forms & Payment DUE
– Thursday, Sept. 14th   6:30PM – New Parent Information & Rental Meeting
Week of September 18-23 – All instrumental lessons begin
 Mrs. Andrea Monty

Director of Instrumental Music

Spofford Pond School

Boxford,  MA 01921