9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try


This is a great article for parents about helping children with anxiety.

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try


Feb 9:   Helping Girls Build Self-Kindness,

Middleton Health & Wellness Commitee is pleased to sponsor (February 9):


Howe-­Manning Cafeteria: 7pm

It is now well established that today’s girls are more stressed out than ever before and worry about body image and fitting in. As early as age 5 girls can begin to worry about looking fat.

Major concerns for parents include: Anxiety, Poor Body Image and Low Self-Esteem, Eating Disorders, Weight Concerns, and Bullying/Dating Violence. Modern issues are also at play: over- scheduling, poor lifestyle habits, lack of sleep, and digital consumption, which can disruptimportant bodily rhythms needed to keep girls in balance. For girls in competitive sports, pressure to perform in all areas of life can add to stress. New neuroscience research on the adolescent brain illuminates some of things that go on with girls, including major miscommunications that can happen with mom and friends!

Parents can play a key role as their daughters’ transition from childhood through adolescence as role models for self-care and healthy body image, including being mindful of “fat talk” and appearance-related comparisons. Learn strategies and ease your mind.

This workshop is for you if you worry about the following with your daughter, now or in the future:

  • She has no self-confidence.
  • She hates her body.
  • She stresses about sports/school performance.
  • She is eating too much or too little.
  • We’re fighting a lot.
  • She is being secretive.
  • She is being bullied.
  • She has no friends.
  • She’s addicted to her cell phone.
  • She won’t talk to me.
  • I can’t do anything right!!


Apple Seed Magazine Launch Night!

Last Thursday evening, several of our students attended the Apple Seed Magazine Launch Night that is sponsored by CREST Collaborative at The South Lawrence East Elementary School.  This is a multiple community literary magazine featuring students writing, artwork and music composition.  Several of our students who were published in this magazine attended the launch night with their parents.  Many thanks to Mrs. Donna Morton, our English Language Arts Specialist and Mrs. Donna McArdle, our Writing Coach who coordinated our school participation.

APPLE SEED JAN 2016 copy

Pictured are from left to right: Isabella Flinn, Mia Maddaleni, Caitlin O’Malley, Julia Callahan, Caroline Troake, and Malia Robinson   Also in attendance were Hannah Pietropaola and Ella Alberta.

Geography Bee Finals!

Friday, January 22nd, the 6th graders at Spofford Pond Elementary school hosted their annual National Geographic Geography Bee. Six finalists (From left to right: Kostas Winslow, Eva Jeppesen, Abe Adelman, William Scheirey, Simon Xie, and Zachary Hirshon) competed to move on to the nationals.
Kostas Winslow came in at second place and Simon Xie is Spofford’s Geography Bee winner. Simon will now have the chance to move on to the nationals and compete against other students from across the nation.

Boxford Kindergarten Registration

Boxford Kindergarten Registration will be held for all age eligible children on Wednesday, January 27th and Thursday, January 28th between 1:00 and 2:30 pm in the lobby of Cole School.  Parents whose last name begins with A-L will register on Wednesday, January 27th and parents whose last name begins with M-Z will register on Thursday, January 28th. All students are required to be five years of age on or before September 1, 2016 to enroll.

For more information please visit www.tritownschoolunion.com/harry-lee-cole under “Quick Links.”

Online Math League Information


The Online Math Leagues for grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have their second practice session next week from Jan 19 – Jan 22. The second contest will be from Feb 2nd to Feb 5th. 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). Students are welcome to attend a practice or test session with a different grade if they are unable to come on their scheduled day. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Iyer at aiyer@boxfordschools.org.

The schedule for the second session is as follows:


Practice                       Contest

Grade 4           Tuesday          Jan 19                          Feb 2

Grade 3           Wednesday     Jan 20                          Feb 3

Grade 5           Thursday        Jan 21                          Feb 4

Grade 6           Friday             Jan 22                          Feb 5