DASH Disability Awareness Starts Here Sponsored by Tri-Town Council


Dear Parents,

DASH is an AMAZING learning experience for our students!  It has been in our schools for over 20 years and it truly teaches children about diversity and the importance of supporting all of our community members in an inclusive manner. The parents that run this program have always impressed me with how well they have connected with our students to help them develop empathy and understanding for people living with disabilities. 

As your child’s school principal, I ask that you take a moment to read the letter below and consider volunteering your time for this vital educational experience in our school.

Thank you so much!

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal



Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017-2018 DASH programs. Having completed it’s 23rd year, the importance of DASH – to increase the empathy and understanding of those with disabilities – is as great today as the day it started. Unfortunately, we are at risk across the Tri-Town of not being able to bring the curriculum to each grade unless we can replace the Board seats of those who will be stepping down at the end of this school year.

Available positions, with basic descriptions, are as follows:

  • Topsfield Director – manages executive duties with Boxford and Middleton Directors, including scheduling of     meetings, DASH dates, classroom day/times, etc. This position does come with a stipend.
  • Board Liasons – becomes expert in Grade level curriculum (see below for Grades available and the corresponding disability), readies classroom materials, trains Unit Leaders (parent volunteers who teach the curriculum in the class), is available to help volunteer in classroom if needed.
    • Grade 1 (Boxford) – Similarities and Differences
    • Grade 2 (Boxford) – Visual Impairments
    • Grade 3 (Topsfield, Boxford, and Middleton) – Hearing Impairments
    • Grade 4 (Topsfield and Boxford) – Invisible Disabilities
    • Grade 5 (Middleton) – Physical Disabilities
  • Secretary – takes meeting minutes (approx. 4 board meetings per school year), oversees marketing and social media, manages approval and distribution of backpack flyers, schedules training dates, creates Sign-Up accounts to manage volunteers. Most of this job can be done at home.

If you have any interest in learning more, or volunteering for any of these positions, please contact Gretchen Fishman (Boxford Director) at Gretchen_fishman@yahoo.com or Jacki Dubois (Middleton Director) at jackidubois@gmail.com with your town and area of interest.

Thank you for your consideration,

DASH Directors

Retirement Announcement

June 8, 2018

Dear Boxford parents,

I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring on June 30th from my position as Special Education Coordinator at the Cole School. It has been an honor to work with so many of you over the past 12 years, and I can never express how much joy your children have brought me. I will take with me many wonderful memories as I look forward to spending time with my family, and traveling and enjoying the next adventures that life brings.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives.

Warmest regards,

Julie Jayne

Save the Dates!


Online Math League – Celebration

Friday, June 15, 20018

8-8:30 am

Spofford Pond School Cafeteria

This is for students who participated in the Online Math League and their families.


Math Olympiad End of Year Celebration

Monday, June 18, 2018


Spofford Pond Cafeteria

This is for Math Olympiad team members and their families.


Please come and help us celebrate the hard work and dedication of these wonderful students!



If your son or daughter has medication in the Health Office please pick up this medication on the last day of school. Medication can not go home with students.

If you are a parent of a 6th grader and have not sent a copy of your child’s physical and required immunization history please do so. If it is after June 15th please send health records directly to The Masconomet Middle School to the following address:

Attention: Gwen Lemire RN, Masconomet Middle School, 20 Endicott Rd. Topsfield, MA 01983


Mrs. Rowen’s Retirment

Mrs Rowen (Laurie Olshuff-Rowen) is retiring in June. Laurie had been a preschool teacher at the Cole School for 20 years and has taught hundreds of children. We are trying to get the message out to as many people as possible so please share this email with other families too. 
We are putting together a scrapbook from her current and former students and asking families to submit a page. If you would like to contribute a page please submit the following: 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, flat (no 3-D). Photos and stickers are fine. Examples: photos of her student then and a current photo, something you remember about Mrs. Rowen, something your child learned in her class, or just a written letter, etc.
Please include the child’s name and the years they were in her class. 
You may mail this to me or leave in my mailbox at 18 Livermore Rd. You may also drop it off in the main office at the Cole School. They have an envelope to collect them. Deadline is June 10

Last Call! Please take our parent/guardian survey. The survey will close on Monday, June 4th.

Dear Parents,

The Spofford Pond School Site Council invites parents and guardians of Spofford Pond School students to participate in this annual survey. The Site Council, a group of parents and teachers who advise the Spofford Pond School principal and the Boxford School Committee, will use the results of this survey to help us make recommendations about future programs and initiatives. We review responses and read all comments carefully and past surveys have lead to many new programs and improvements to the school.

Your responses to this survey are anonymous. There are opportunities to learn more about our school through embedded links. You can visit them while you take this survey, or at another time at your convenience. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Please access the survey through this link: https://goo.gl/forms/9x48d0tl1reY2plm2


The Spofford Pond School Site Council:

Dr. Kathryn Castonguay, Principal
Ali Coates (Grade 3)
Kara Malo (Grade 4)
Mary Medugno (Grade 5)
Elisa Sanders (Grade 6)
Danielle Emig (Parent)
Judith Werner (Parent)