Spofford Pond Library Books

Dear Parents,

We want to let you know that your child can take out up to 3 books a week. In addition to your child’s library/media class,  our library is open to students throughout the week to check out books. This is because a significant portion of the library/media class time is spent in the lab.  Please remind your child that they can work with their teacher to  come and check out books during the following times with Mrs. Moore:

Mondays  8:30 – 3:20 pm

Tuesdays  8:30 – 3:20 pm

Wednesday   8:30 to 12:00pm.

We would love parent volunteers to come and help in the library on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays (any time)  and Fridays (any time) to allow students to come and check out books on those days as well.

If you would like to volunteer on one or more of those days and if you are new to the library, we ask that you come in on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday morning for a one time training.

Please contact Barbara Boulay at bboulay@boxfordschools.org to sign up as a library volunteer.

Thank you!

Tri-Town Council News

Join us for an evening with nationally-acclaimed author, educator, and speaker Rachel Simmons!

“Failing Well: Raising Resilient Kids”

Tuesday, February 3rd – 7pm, Masconomet Auditorium
Success isn’t just about winning: it’s about who we are when we fall short. Today, kids and teens have never had more opportunity-or have ever seemed more fragile. When kids lack the skills to face down a challenge, recover from failure or adapt to change, they fall short of reaching their potential. In this talk, you’ll learn strategies you can use immediately to help your child become braver and interpret setbacks with more optimism. You’ll also learn how to explore your own relationship to failure, so that you can model resilience for your child. Register http://www.tritowncouncil.org. For a great article by Rachel, click HERE

DROP-IN Friday 2/6 9:30am – a follow up discussion to the Rachel Simmons talk on “Failing Well: Raising Resilient Kids.” T Whether you can attend Rachel’s talk or not, all will be able to engage in this conversation about strategies and concerns regarding building resiliency in our children. Drop-In Friday will be 2/6, 9:30am at the TTC Office, 49 Main Street,Topsfield, MA. No RSVP needed, just join us if you can.

HORIZONS After-School Enrichment – a few spots left! Fun activities to engage and learn. Go to http://www.tritowncouncil.org, Horizons tab – check individual school listings to see what is still available and for more info.

Healthy Kids = Healthy Communities

The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets will help our children grow! They are the fundamental building blocks of healthy social and emotional development. Assets are both external (resources, relationships and activities) that promote a positive environment for kids, and internal (values, skills, and beliefs) that young people need to develop so they can engage in the world around them and make safe and positive choices! Simply put, kids need these “developmental nutrients” – internal strengths and external upports- so that they can grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Where did “ASSETS” come from?

Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s many social scientists were studying how risky behaviors could derail young people as they moved toward adulthood. Peter Benson, the late CEO of the nationally recognized Search Institute, noticed that while researchers were getting better at naming all the effects of various risky behaviors, there wasn’t much conversation about what positive actions young people could take (or what positive supports adults could offer young people to help them thrive). With this new focus, Dr. Benson and his Search Institute colleagues re-examined the research, and identified 40 building blocks that common sense and educational studies affirmed as leading to positive outcomes.

What DIFFERENCE do Assets make?

Search Institute scientists have been collecting data about youth assets for years. But, instead of asking the question, which asset is the most important, they asked instead, do the number of assets a youth has make a difference? Not surprisingly, the answer is a resounding YES! Data consistently shows that kids – regardless of race, gender, socioeconomics and geographic location – who have fewer Assets are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like substance use and violence. However, kids with a high number of assets are much more likely to make healthy choices and do well in school! Assets have the power to PROTECT young people from risk behaviors, and Assets have the power to PROMOTE healthy, thriving behaviors in our kids. MORE IS BETTER! The more of these positive experiences children have in their lives, the greater the likelihood that they will succeed developmentally.

The power of US!

Building Assets isn’t just about having great families, schools, and neighborhoods. It’s about each one of us choosing to play a role in the raising of our kids.   Most Assets are built through caring relationships, and community resources like schools, libraries, congregations, and community centers can provide a setting where lasting, caring relationships can begin to form between and among adults, teens, and kids. AND Asset building can happen at any age, anywhere, and anytime! Let us not forget that we all have something to offer young people, and in return we all will reap the rewards of a strong, vibrant, healthy community!

Looking for Asset Building ideas? Check out the weekly asset tips in your school’s newsletter!

More information about the 40 Assets and Asset Building can be found at www.search-institute.org


Beginning Band Concert Rescheduled

Dear Parents,

Due to the weather forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday, Mrs. Monty has cancelled  the Beginning Band Concert originally scheduled  this Wednesday night and rescheduled it  to the evening of Thursday, February 5th.

Thank you,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Massachusetts Teacher of the Year: Requests for Nominations

Dear Parents,

Each year the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year (TOY) program honors a Massachusetts teacher who exemplifies excellent teaching in the Commonwealth. Beyond celebrating the individual, the program looks at the complex work that is involved in educating all students through highlighting student achievement, commitment to the profession, innovations in education, and teacher leadership. It draws attention to issues of teacher quality and reiterates the importance of the teacher as the single most important school-based factor in improving student outcomes.

If you know outstanding public school teachers, please nominate them for 2015-2016 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.

For more information on the MA Teacher of the Year program, please click on the following link:


Thank you!
Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

This Week…


Monday          Day 6

Tuesday         Day 1

Wednesday   Day 2

Thursday         Day 3

Friday               Day 4

Principal Coffee: Thursday, January 29th at 9:30 am–PARCC Focus

Hockmeyer is coming to our school this week to take photos of specific groups for the yearbook.  Please see the schedule below. Please remind your child if he/she is scheduled for a photo on either of these days and please encourage your child to dress nicely for the photos. Thank you!

Wednesday, 1/28/2015
6th Grade Class Pictures 1:25 – 1:55

6th Grade Concert Band 1:50 – 2:00 (Cafeteria)

5th Grade Concert Band 2:00 – 2:10

Beginner Band 2:10 – 2:20

Chorus 2:20 – 2:30

On-Line Math League 2:30 – 2:45

Math Olympiad 2:45 – 3:00
Thursday, 1/29/15
ESP 1:30 – 1:40

Student Council 1:40 – 1:50

Green Team 1:50 – 2:00

Glee Club 2:00 – 2:10

Global Child 2:10 – 2:20

5th Grade Jazz Band 2:20 – 2:35

6th Grade Jazz Band 2:35 – 2:55

Online Math League Make-up Test

We will have a Make-up test for all the students in grades 3 – 6 who missed the contest this week. It will be held on Wednesday, January 28th at 8:05 am in the Art Room.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Iyer at aiyer@boxfordschools.org