Tri-Town Council Horizons Ski Bradford program is open to Spofford Pond Students in grades 3-6 and will begin January 4th and run for six weeks on Wednesday afternoons. Lift and lesson times run between 3:30pm to 6pm. One way bus transportation will be available from Spofford to Bradford Ski Area (space is limited). An introductory parent meeting/registration will be held at the Spofford Pond library on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7-8pm. This meeting is strongly recommended for families new to the program and for returning participants. Registration for the program will open after the information meeting and all paperwork and payment must be completed and returned to the Tri-Town Council offices by November 7th.
Looking for great deals on holiday gifts? Shop the Twice Loved Toy Sales on two Saturdays, October 29th and November 5th, 9am-3pm at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. There is no admission fee to shop 5,000 square feet of gently used toys, children’s books and bikes. All proceeds support local kids in need. For details please visit http://www.communitygivingtree.org/twicelovedtoys
Your child will be coming home with their school pictures today. If you wish to have your child’s picture retaken, the re-take date is Thursday, November 3rd. Please have your child bring back the entire picture package in order to have new pictures taken that day.
Kathryn Castonguay, Principal
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 1st to Nov 4th. The first contest will be from Nov 15th to Nov 18th. We will meet in Room #17 A (next to the Art room) at 8:00 am. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The schedule for the first session is as follows:
Grade Day/Date Practice Contest
Grade 4 Tuesday Nov 1 Nov 15
Grade 3 Wednesday Nov 2 Nov 16
Grade 5 Thursday Nov 3 Nov 17
Grade 6 Friday Nov 4 Nov 18
Mrs. Cronin’s class did a fantastic job with their Halloween poetry tag!
We have had a number of students bringing Pokemon cards to school. While this is a fun trading card activity, it has become problematic with students trading cards and losing cards. Due to the increase in problems with this, Pokemon cards are no longer allowed at school. I am asking for your help and support with this.
Thank you so much.
Kathryn Castonguay, Principal
For Halloween on Monday, children may have the option of wearing a costume on Halloween, they may also opt to wear black and orange clothing that day or they may choose to not dress up at all. If children wear costumes, masks and weapon-like costume artifacts are prohibited. Additionally, those who do dress up or wear orange and black, are to bring in a food item to donate to a local food bank. The list of most needed items are as follows:
Rice, rice mixes
Peanut butter, jelly
Shampoo, soap and toothpaste
Toilet paper, paper towels
Dish and laundry detergent
For more information on the food bank, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/foodpantryatfccb/
Throughout the year, the student council has scheduled monthly school spirit days and much like on Halloween this year, students are invited to donate $1.00 to various charities that have been selected by the students. The spirit days follow along with the themes in our community read, Life Is Good. This is an easy and fun way for children to get involved in school events with the spirit of giving to others. We hope that these opportunities bring us together as school community and together as part of the larger community around us. The list of spirit days are as follows:
October: Creativity– Halloween (be creative with your costumes)- FOOD DRIVE 10/31
November: Gratitude– Super hero Day (show gratitude for the heros in our lives) – 11/23
December: Compassion– 80’s Day (show compassion for those less fortunate) CLOTHING DRIVE and $ 12/23
January: Authenticity– Sports Day (Be authentic to who you are in rooting for you favorite sports team) 1/27
February: Love– Character Day (Show love for good books)- 2/17
March: Fun– Twin Day (Have some fun dressing up like each other and donate $ so the students at Spofford can have FUN at recess) 3/31
April: Humor– Crazy Mix-up Day (laugh a little with these crazy outfits) – Pennies for Patients 4/28
May: Simplicity – Pj Day (Keep it simple, wear your pj’s to school!) 5/26
June: Courage – Patriotic Day (Show your support for those who showed courage in defending our country) 6/16
As we move further into the first trimester of school, I’d like to take a moment to emphasize the word balance. The pace of the curriculum starts to pick up as we move further into this month and that has brought the word balance to my mind for students and families in our school community. I think that balance in life for children and adults is critical and yet can challenge many people. Schedules can become hectic for families with children engaging in a multiple after school activities.
There are so many diverse opportunities for children to take advantage today, whether it is swim team, football, karate, dance, or art classes, all of which are wonderful and yet with so many choices, children and families are challenged with decision making and balance. Sticking to the one activity or one sport per season rule seems to help some families strike a balance while at the same time keeping children engaged and active. Without balance, anxiety and stress can enter into the lives of children at very young ages (not to mention parents!). It seems that the finding the right pace in our lives can help to promote wellness and alleviate stress.
As children get older, finding their niche outside of school in extra curricular activities is an important part of self-discovery and self-concept. Children can be encouraged to be more selective about how they spend time outside of school and how they expend their energy. Focusing children on an activity that gives them satisfaction, whether it’s the social opportunity or the chance to compete, children can find new ways of growing and stretching themselves. The key to success in all of this, is to remember to find a way to teach your child about doing enough to find satisfaction and not over-doing.