Masco Basketball – Come Show Your Support!

MASCONOMET HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL BOOSTERS invite all of the girl and boy players from the Tri-Town to come to Youth Night to be held on Friday, January 6th  at the Masconomet High School Gym. The Masconomet Boys Varsity will face the Hamilton-Wenham Generals Varsity 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!!!

David McGillivray, Boston Marathon

On December 20th, the 5th and 6th graders welcomed David McGillivray to Spofford Pond School. David is best known as being the race director for the Boston Marathon, but his inspiring story takes us back to his early childhood where he decided that despite adversity, he was a capable of accomplishing unbelievable goals. David is not just an incredible athlete, he is a philanthropist having raised millions of dollars for such charities as the Jimmy Fund, Carroll Center for the Blind, and many children’s charities. As a thank you gift, our school donated $500 from the PTO Enrichment Fund towards David’s personal charity, “The DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation”.
To learn more about David’s life, motivational presentations, and his athletic endeavors (he’s currently training to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days at the age of 62!), visit his website:
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David McGillivray presentation


Tri-Town Council’s December Weekly Asset Tip

December’s Life is Good Superpower is Compassion!  AND the TTC Asset Connection is…

Asset #37: Personal Power – Child has a growing sense of having influence over some of the things that happen in her or his life.

TTC Asset Tip:  Personal Power starts with Self-Compassion!

According to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, “Self compassion is learning to extend understanding, compassion and encouragement to yourself when things don’t go your way, treating yourself the way you would a close and treasured friend.”  Self-compassion is associated with resilience, enhanced energy levels, creativity and general life success. 

Wondering how to help foster self-compassion in your children? Here are 3 ideas from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) :  

  • Self-Hug – Say to a small child, “Remember how when someone hugs us, it makes us feel better? Let’s practice hugging ourselves so that when we feel bad, we can remember how much we love ourselves and each other.” Ask an older child to put their hand on their heart as a way to self-sooth. Talk about how it feels.
  • Appreciation Journal – Have the child/children write down different things they appreciate about themselves and their lives.
  • Self-Kindness Rocks – Have a child decorate and write “kindness” on a rock with a Sharpie. Ask the child, “Where will you keep your rock so you will remember self-kindness and kindness to others?”

Read more about developing self-compassion in children here:

Band Fundraiser–Skida Hats!

The band  will be selling Skida Hats at Spofford Wednesday and Thursday during parent teacher conferences. They will also be sold at the Chorus and
band concerts on Wednesday and Thursday evenings! Please support our band!



Boxford Public Schools

Cole Preschool

Date: Jan. 31, 2017


If your child is between the ages of 3 and 5

and will not be attending kindergarten in

Sept. 2017, and you have concerns about

his/her development, please contact

Julie Jayne at Cole School (978)887-2856 to

set up an appointment.