Nationwide Recall of Auvi Q(R):

The state has notified all school nurses that the pharmaceutical company Sanofi US has issued a  Nationwide Recall of Auvi Q(R) Due to Potential Inaccurate Dosage Delivery. Auvi Q is a brand of epinephrine auto-injector used for severe allergies/anaphylaxis. If you have this medicine in your home, please visit the following website for more details: https://www.auvi-q.com/  or speak to the pharmacy where it was purchased.

Online Math League Information

Online Math League Information

The Online Math Leagues for grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have their first practice session next week from Nov 3 – 6. The first contest will be during the week of Nov 16th. All grades except grade 5 will meet in the Art Room from 8:05 to 8:35. Grade 5 will meet in Ms. Magee’s room (#30). If you have not sent in the permission slips yet, you may send them with your student on the practice day.

You can find more information along with permission slips in the virtual backpack.

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

The schedule for the first session is as follows:

Tuesday, Nov 3          Grade 4

Wednesday, Nov 4     Grade 3

Thursday, Nov 5        Grade 5

Friday, Nov 6             Grade 6

Homework Assistance at Boxford Public Library

The public library is offering after school homework help!   Children can take Bus 14 to the public library right from our school!  Please write a note to indicate that your child will be taking this bus if attending the homework help there.

Homework Assistance area is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
– The area is open to any child who is old enough to work independently and requires minimal supervision, ideally for children in grade 3 and up.
– No advance registration is required
– Light Snacks are provided
– Children sign-in so we have a record of who is in the area
– Children remain in the area unless they need a resource from the library or need to use the restroom
– Adult Volunteers are present to a) supervise, b) provide assistance if a child has a question with their homework
– Homework area closes at 4:30 pm.  Children not picked up by then will be moved into the library to await pick-up.
– For the safety of the children: all adult volunteers will have CORI checks, there will always be two volunteers in the Homework Assistance Area with the children, and children need to be signed out by a responsible adult when they are picked up.

Band Fundraiser

Reminder – the Spofford Pond Band will be selling Skida Hats & Headbands on  Thursday, 10/29 from 12-1:30.  If students wish to purchase something, they can visit the sale during their lunch period on Thursday.  Prices are as follows: Adult hats $28 (these may fit older children), Kids hats $26, Headbands $15.  They will also be sold at the PTO Halloween Party on Friday evening.
All items are priced below retail price.  Cash or checks made out to Spofford Pond Band Parents will be accepted.

Food Drive at Spofford Pond School

We will be participating in food drive from October 30th to November 20th. We will begin this Friday with children making a non-perishable food donation if they wear halloween costumes or orange /black clothing.

Governor Baker’s non-profit youth organization Project 351 is running their annual Fall Service program to end hunger in the Commonwealth by raising awareness, resources, and food donations for hometown food pantries. Boxford Ambassador, Alex DiBlasi, will be using The Spofford Pond School as Boxford’s host site for non-perishable food donations which will be collected until Friday, November 20th.

Your much appreciated donations are for Our Neighbor’s Table (www.ourneighborstable.org) in Amesbury.  Did you know that 1 out of 16 people in the Merrimack Valley grapple with hunger every night?  Our Neighbor’s Table is an invaluable resource for our area.  It has offered food assistance for decades to families in our surrounding communities. They have a Food Pantry which is stocked with groceries, hygiene items, and baby products and they host a weekly Wednesday evening dinner to over 150 hungry people!  They also deliver hot dinners to people who cannot get out and supply holiday meals to over 400 families every season.

Think Central – Math in Focus

All parents and students in grades 3-5 have access to Think Central, which is the online piece to our Math In Focus program.

With this site, when you click on My Library, you have access to the student edition of your child’s math textbook.   There are also Student Interactivities, which are video tutorials and math games for most chapters.   It also contains Math Background Videos that are an excellent resource for parents to watch if you are looking for more information about the Math In Focus Program techniques and philosophies. 

Another good resource from the Think Central website is the glossary from the textbook.  This may help students when working with Math Vocabulary.  This can be found at the end of Volume B.

  

For the Think Central Website, most student’s usernames are:  

first name last name with no spaces

The password for all students is:   mathisfun  

Think Central

Think Central is the online tool to use with our Math in Focus program.

Go to http://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

State: select Massachusetts

District: select Supervisory Union 58, Boxford 01921

School: select Spofford Pond School

Username :____johndoe___________________

Password: mathisfun

              then

Click on:  My Library

This shows all of your available materials including your online book, workbook, background videos, student interactivities and virtual manipulatives.

Grade 6 students have access to their math materials at

My.hrw.com

Username: first name last name (no spaces)

Password: mathisfun

If you need further assistance, please see your teacher or contact Jennifer Sirmaian (Math Support Specialist) at jsirmaian@boxfordschools.org

Collecting Candy for our Heroes Overseas

As a way to give thanks to the men and women in our military, students in Mrs. Liacos’ class are spearheading a community service project collecting candy for our troops.  If your child has extra or unwanted Halloween candy please have him or her bring it to Spofford Pond School between November 2nd – November 6th. Every homeroom will have a designated area to store the candy.  All of the candy collected will be donated to Operation Troop Support, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping active military and veterans. The candy collected during this drive will be included in care packages to soldiers who are risking their lives overseas. If you wish to learn more about this organization please visit www.operationtroopsupport.org. Thank you for caring!

PTO Halloween Party!

READY FOR A WICKED FUN HALLOWEEN PARTY?

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

REGISTER FOR THE HALLOWEEN PARTY

PIZZA, VEGGIES & DRINKS PROVIDED 5:30-6:30pm.  ICE CREAM SUNDAE BAR.
(Gluten Free Pizza / Dairy Free Dessert available with registration)

SPOOKY CRAFTS, MUSIC & GAMES!

SPOOKTACULAR SPIRITWEAR SALE

** 3RD ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF! (MUST REGISTER) **

FUN FOR EVERYONE!

PARENTS IN COSTUMES ENTERED TO WIN A GIFT CARD TO MAGGIES FARM!

QUESTIONS?

For the Halloween Party contact Jill Thorpe at jillthorpe67@gmail.com

For Chili Cook Off contact Julie McGee at julie.mcgee@comcast.net.

If links above do not work, please go directly to the sign up  https://boxfordmapto.wufoo.com/forms/p1hmkjka1oqrnmh/

See payment instructions on the sign up form.

The Spofford Pond Band Fundraiser–Skida Hats and Headbands

Reminder – the Spofford Pond Band will be selling Skida Hats & Headbands on Wednesday, 10/28 from 9:30-11 and Thursday, 10/29

from 12-1:30.  If students wish to purchase something, they can visit the sale during their lunch period on Thursday.  Prices are as follows: Adult hats $28 (these may fit older children), Kids hats $26, Headbands $15.
All items are priced below retail price.  Cash or checks made out to Spofford Pond Band Parents will be accepted.

Apple Seed Magazine Submissions Due Friday!

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please remember that if you have a student in grades 3, 4, or 5 that would like to submit a piece for consideration for the Winter Edition of Apple Seed – the deadline for submissions is this Friday, October 30th.  Details for entries and submission forms may be found on the Spofford Pond School website.  Students should pass their submissions into their homeroom teachers before the end of the day on Friday.  We are still looking for submissions so we hope you will encourage your blossoming writers, artists, and photographers to participate in this wonderful program.
Thank you,
Donna Morton – ELA Curriculum Support Specialist
Donna McArdle – Writing Coach