SPRING HORIZONS ARE HERE!

After-School Enrichment for k-6. REGISTRATION is OPEN!
Classes begin April 25th
Spring Horizons includes: Lego Pre-Engineering; Wild Adventures; Wonderstruck; Kids’ Test Kitchen Cooking Club (new); Origami Fun;  Theater Workshop; Drawing & Watercolor art classes; Mad Science; Sewing and more! Classes fill on a first-come, first served basis. DON’T DELAY!
For more info and to register, go to www.tritowncouncil.org, Horizons tab
(AND – Not to early to plan for summer! Camp Invention and Summer Lego Programs available, too!)

Happy, Healthy Kids!

Are you looking for new ways to help your child lead a happier, healthier life? Are you concerned about social or emotional behaviors that your child exhibits at home or in school? Does your child struggle in the classroom or at home? More and more, parents are turning to Functional Medicine and Alternative Treatments to help their children become their best, whole self. Whether you have a special needs child or not, there are many options to consider. Please join our panel of experts for a discussion of some of these options. Our speakers will include a nutritionist, a functional medicine MD, a neurofeedback psychologist, and representatives from both adaptive theater and adaptive music programs. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Registration is not required, but is encouraged to ensure adequate literature for all attendees.

Please email Lisa Smith at lisasmithinteriors@gmail.com or join our Event on the Tri-Town SEPAC FB page.

Please Join Us in the MASCO Auditorium April 5, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. Hosted by the Tri-Town SEPAC

Democracy and Citizenship in our Classrooms

Dear Parents,

With our current election cycle, our school has a terrific opportunity to educate our students about  American democracy, citizenship and the constitution.  We will maintain a culture of fairness in our classrooms where teachers are fair, reasonable, and respectful to all the competing views.  In recent months, we have had some negative behaviors on our playground and school buses associated with student politic talk.  To help guide our students in a positive way,  our teachers have been discouraging the negative and hurtful aspects of these conversations,  while at the same time helping children to see how they can  learn about the election and how they can have a respectful discussion about it within the classroom.  

In our Social Studies classes this year and  into the next school year, students will have many opportunities to learn how they can hold  differing opinions, but continue to maintain great friendships.   Our goal is to create a nonpartisan educational environment where students learn about our government and the election process.  This offers our students a chance to see how to have a healthy and constructive debate.  We find when given a dialogue structure, students can debate, deliberate and express their own views with dignity and respect.   We are excited that students are engaged in the world around them and look forward to helping to develop their own sense of citizenship locally and globally.  Every election cycle is an exciting time for educating our students and we will embrace it in the most  positive and productive manner.  

In the past, our Student Council has held mock elections for our students and we will continue to do this early next school year as it gives our students a chance to have a voice. If you have any questions or concerns  about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Additionally, if your child is not being treated fairly and with respect when having these discussions  (in any setting), please contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal 

 

  

A FREE SEMINAR FOR PARENTS!

Are you looking for new ways to help your child lead a happier, healthier life? Are you concerned about social or emotional behaviors that your child exhibits at home or in school? Does your child struggle in the classroom or at home? More and more, parents are turning to Functional Medicine and Alternative Treatments to help their children become their best, whole self. Whether you have a special needs child or not, there are many options to consider. Please join our panel of experts for a discussion of some of these options. Our speakers will include a nutritionist, a functional medicine MD, a neurofeedback psychologist, and representatives from both adaptive theater and adaptive music programs. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Registration is not required, but is encouraged to ensure adequate literature for all attendees.

Please email Lisa Smith at lisasmithinteriors@gmail.com or join our Event on the Tri-Town SEPAC FB page.

Please Join Us in the MASCO Auditorium April 5, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. Hosted by the Tri-Town SEPAC

End of the Year Math Program Celebrations!

 

The Online Math League will have an End of the Year Celebration for students who participated in the program and their parents on Thursday, April 14 @ 2pm in the Spofford Pond Cafeteria.

The Math Olympiad Teams will have their own celebration on Friday, June 10 at 2pm in the Spofford Cafeteria. This is also for students who participated and their parents.

Please come to help us recognize the hard work, commitment and dedication of these terrific students.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sirmaian at:

jsirmaian@boxfordschools

Grade Three Native American Storyteller! Thank you, PTO!

On Friday, March 25, the storyteller Diane Edgecomb entertained all of the third grade with her Native American Nature tales. She kept every student in awe as she performed such stories as why the loon looks and sings the way it does, how we discovered the maple tree sap for syrup, and how the animals got the sun to help rid of us of endless winter.  She brought John James Audubon prints of various birds and animals and tied her storytelling to each animal’s attributes and why each one is the way it is. Some of her Native American “how and why” tales came from New England tribes. Edgecomb encouraged students to think about which animal could be their personal “power animal” or totem, too. Students used their imaginations to visualize her animal characters as she brought them to life in her performance. The third graders particularly enjoyed one character,a woodchuck, that was a hilarious grandmother and participated in “voting” for an animal and performing an Abenaki canoeing song. Many thanks to PTO Cultural Enrichment that brought Ms. Edgecomb to Spofford.

Music Education Award!

The Spofford Pond Elementary School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Spofford Pond joins 118 schools across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Schools that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, Mrs. Andrea Monty and Dr. Kathryn Castonguay answered detailed questions about funding, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that Spofford Pond is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.For more information about Spofford Pond’s award, please contact Mrs. Andrea Monty at Spofford Pond Elementary School.

Parent Survey!

Dear Parents,

It’s that time of year again!  Our School Site Council invites you to participate in our parents survey. Please take a moment to provide your feedback to us as we work on our School Improvement Plan this spring.     Your feedback has been very helpful over the years and we hope that you will provide it again this year!

Please use this link to take our anonymous survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zp52qRjOBHI6tXi-AeOide0EZZjjQui3pEMaF0B7VCY/viewform?c=0&w=1

The survey will be open for input from March 25th through April 8th.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Student Council Fundraiser…Change for Play

Dear Spofford Pond Parents,

Our school is having a fundraiser called Change For Play. The students donate loose change in water jugs that are in their classrooms. The money goes to new recess equipment for our playground, such as soccer balls, soccer nets, basketballs, basketball hoops, chalk, and kick balls.

You should donate because there are a lot of kids in Spofford who would love some new equipment. I’m not saying we have bad materials, but we could use some new equipment. You can give a kid amazing memories. Think, you donate to the fundraiser, and the school buys a ball. A 3rd grader is playing soccer; he’s nervous, then SLAP! He makes the winning goal for the team. He is so happy, and it is all thanks to you. Don’t you want to be that person?

We want as MUCH funding as possible. Can your child do chores to get money to donate? Or can you donate your spare change? Thank you for helping our dreams come true.

Sincerely,

Mark Anthony Maloney

Spofford Student Council Member