Apple Seed/Apple Sauce Magazines

An announcement was recently made to congratulate our Grade 3 – 5 students whose entries were chosen to be published in the Winter edition of the Apple Seed Magazine.  Letters of congratulations will be coming in the mail soon.
The Apple Sauce – Grade 6 announcements will be made mid January.
If you have a child who is considering submitting work for the Spring editions of Apple Seed or Apple Sauce, and they want to get a head start on their piece, the deadlines for submitting work are:
Apple Seed (Grades 3-5) – Friday January 29th
Apple Sauce (Grade 6) – Friday February 26th
Guidelines and submission forms may be found on the Spofford Pond School website.
For any questions: Please contact Donna Morton or Donna McArdle at 978-352-8616

Happy Holidays!

Dear Parents,

With the holiday season upon us now, most families are preparing for their own family celebrations that support many important family traditions and your own heritage. Heritage is a vital part of who each one of us is as it contributes to our sense of self.  It is something that across our history was passed on through story telling from one generation to the next.  Now, the art of story telling (with all the media that surrounds us) is a lost art. So, by telling stories to your children about their family heritage and traditions, you are creating a chance for them to practice listening and reinforcing their own catalogue of family stories that they will carry with them for their lifetime.

So, a wonderful gift to give this holiday season is the time to tell your own established family story and traditions that your child will carry on in his/her life. Traditions are wonderful ways to carry on important family history as well as important memory making for all!  I wish you all a wonderful vacation week of family holiday memory making!

School vacation week begins on December 24th.  Students return to school on January 4th. Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay

 

Children’s Books for Gift Ideas

From the ELA Curriculum Support Specialist

Mrs. Donna Morton

Once again I’d like to provide a resource for parents and guardians who are looking for great book ideas during this gift-giving season. I hope you’ll visit the link to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) website below to see what is new in quality literature and consider adding a title to your child’s personal library or visiting the local library over the winter break to check out and share some of these wonderful books!

Enjoy the Season!!!

2015 Notable Children’s Books

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

According to ALSC policy, the current year’s Newbery, Caldecott,  Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books automatically are added to the Notable Children’s Books list.

According to the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee manual, these categories loosely represent the following:  Younger Readers – Preschool-grade 2 (age 7), including easy-to-read books; Middle Readers – Grades 3-5, ages 8-10; Older Readers – Grades 6-8, ages 11-14; All Ages – Has appeal and interest for children in all of the above age ranges

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb

 

 

 

MASCONOMET HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL BOOSTERS

Come show your support!

We invite all of the girl and boy players from the Tri-Town to come to Youth Night to be held on Friday, December 18th at the Masconomet High School Gym. The Masconomet Boys Varsity will face Triton at 6:30pm.  Youth players are to arrive at 6:15pm wearing their travel or intramural basketball team jerseys for free admittance and to grab a great spot to watch the game. The youth players will be called to line up just prior to the game to participate in a high-five tunnel and there will be a youth basketball game at half-time. This is a great evening for both our youth and high school players.

Go Chieftains!!!

 

 

Register Now for Tribal 2016 Spring Lacrosse!

 

Don’t miss out!  Register now for Tribal Lacrosse  (boys and girls, grades K-8). While best efforts will be made to accommodate all players who register prior to the December 15th, 2015 registration deadline, we strongly encourage families to register early as we will be closing registration for age groups as they become full; players will be waitlisted if teams are full.  After December 15th, a late fee of $50 will be applied to all registrations.  Financial assistance is available.

 

Please go to www.triballax.org for more information and to register.

 

Parent Conferences

Just a reminder that we have parent conferences on Thursday, December 10th  and Friday, December 11th.  There will be a 12pm early dismissal on both days for the conferences.  Specialist staff will be in the cafeteria to answer any questions you may have about your child’s progress in their classes.  The book fair will also be going on during those two days!