SIXTH GRADE IMMUNIZATIONS:

 

The Masconomet Middle School Health Office has asked me to update parents about immunizations Required for fall 2017. All sixth graders need one dose of Tdap, (2) doses of MMR vaccine and (2) doses of Varicella vaccine before entering seventh grade. They would also like a TB Risk Assessment” documented from your child’s physician. Please forward this information to the health office.

If you have any questions, please contact me in the health office. Thank you to those who have already turned these documents in.

Tri-Town Council News

Join Tri-Town Council for a special evening with author, mindfulness practitioner and speaker Christopher Willard on Tuesday, December 6th 7:00pm Masco Auditorium for Growing Up Mindful: Essential practices to help children, teens and families find balance, calm and resilience
 
Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer.  Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn and make better choices.  If that weren’t enough, research now shows that mindfulness significantly enhances what psychologists call “flourishing” – the opposite of depression and avoidance.  
 
Dr. Willard will help parents, educators, interested community members, including high school students, learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children/teens with resilience throughout their lives.
 
Christopher Willard, Psy.D. is a psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults.  He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years and leads workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people.  He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Mindfulness in Education Network.  He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) and Growing Up Mindful (2016) (which will be available for sale on 12/6) as well as three other books on contemplative practice.  He teaches at Harvard Medical School. 
 
Registration is helpful. Register HERE
Contact Tri-Town Council at 978-887-6512 for more information or www.tritowncouncil.org

FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

November 28, 2016
Dear 5th & 6th Grade Parents,
As part of our ongoing Health Program, and to comply with State Law, all fifth and sixth grade students are screened for Scoliosis each year.
The screening takes place during the students’ regular physical education class and is conducted by the school nurse. Girls are asked to wear a bathing suit top or halter-top that will enable us to view the spine as much as possible. The boys are asked to remove their shirts.  Girls and boys are screened separately. The screening will take place the week of December 11th.
All students are expected to participate in this program. If you would like to excuse your child from this screening we must have a letter on file prior to the day of screening.
If you have any questions, please call the Health Office.
Thank you,
Cindy Fiore RN BSN
SCREENING SCHEDULE:
12/12/16– O’Brien, Wiles-Stasko, Bouffard
12/13/16– Burns/Economos, Sheldon
12/14/16– Stewart, Magee
12/15/16– Boyle, Sierpina, Medugno
12/21/16– Nitchie
12/22/16– Cummings

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Parents

During the onset of the holiday season and Thanksgiving just a day away, let us take a minute with our families to reflect on the people and things in our lives for which we are most grateful and be thoughtful of how we show that gratitude to one another.

Children, no matter their age, will always be grateful for the simplest gift we can give to them, our time. Take a few minutes of your morning or evening to talk, with your children about the special moments in their lives at home, at school and with you. This is one way to practice gratitude and help them to realize what they are grateful for. By doing this you are teaching your child to be thoughtful about their everyday life.

Our own school community is something very special and something to be grateful for. We are grateful for the terrific parental support that we regularly receive from you. We all are fortunate to live in and work in a supportive community like Boxford that works so hard to maintain a loving and caring environment for all members. From the beginning of your child’s day as they are transported to school, until they return again in the afternoon, they are surrounded by dedicated professionals, at every turn who are truly grateful to be a part of your child’s lives.

Practicing gratitude is something that needs daily attention. We all know how easy it is to take our good fortune for granted.   But gratefulness creates happiness, so start now and talk with your child to reflect. Help your child to be grateful for the ‘everydayness’ that is so very special. You won’t regret it!

I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

 

Green Team News

Hi!  It is Mackenzie from The Green Team.
The Green Team is a program here at Spofford Pond School.  It is about recycling, powering down, and going green.  The See The Light program is about shutting off lights when you leave a room and powering down electronics when you are not using them.  Some things the Green Team has been teaching are “Turn it Off” and “Power Down.”   Currently we are having a see the light logo contest.  Students can draw a logo representing the See The Light program.
 During the week of December 19th-23rd the Green Team will be hosting its annual plant sale. We will be selling herbs to raise money for the Green Team so we can keep the program running.  We hope you will consider supporting the Green Team.  Thank you for reading.
Sincerely,
The Green Team

Tri-Town Council News

Join Tri-Town Council for a special evening with author, mindfulness practitioner and speaker Christopher Willard on Tuesday, December 6th 7:00pm Masco Auditorium for Growing Up Mindful: Essential practices to help children, teens and families find balance, calm and resilience
 
Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer.  Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn and make better choices.  If that weren’t enough, research now shows that mindfulness significantly enhances what psychologists call “flourishing” – the opposite of depression and avoidance.  
 
Dr. Willard will help parents, educators, interested community members, including high school students, learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children/teens with resilience throughout their lives.
 
Christopher Willard, Psy.D. is a psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults.  He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years and leads workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people.  He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Mindfulness in Education Network.  He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) and Growing Up Mindful (2016) (which will be available for sale on 12/6) as well as three other books on contemplative practice.  He teaches at Harvard Medical School. 
 
Registration is helpful. Register HERE
Contact Tri-Town Council at 978-887-6512 for more information or www.tritowncouncil.org

Sharing Gratitude!

Our November community read theme for Life is Good is gratitude.  Below are photos of a few members from our Student Council teaching our third grade students about gratitude in their Book Buddies program.  They read books to the third graders on gratitude. S 2.jpg