Register Now for Tribal 2018 Spring Lacrosse

Don’t miss out!  Register now for Tribal Lacrosse  (Boys and Girls, grades K -8, from Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton). While best efforts will be made to accommodate all players who register prior to the January 5th, 2018 registration deadline, we strongly encourage families to register early as we will be closing registration for age groups as they become full.

After January 5, 2018, a late fee of $50 will be applied to all registrations and players will be waitlisted if teams are full.

To register, go to

One Day HORIZONS workshop at SPOFFORD!

A Super Fun and could make a great gift for a grandparent! PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY: Ornament Party by Pottery Isle, grades 3-6 Fee: $25, to be held on TUESDAYDecember 12th (workshop ends at 5pm) Just in time for the holidays! Choice of 3 ornaments to hang on your tree or other holiday display. Great for gift-giving. Each piece is made of bisque-fired clay and beckon for artist creativity. Don’t miss out!!! Link here to sign up




Tri-Town Council asks…What’s in YOUR lifepack?  Fill it with Assets!


“Assets” represent the building blocks for thriving youth, families, and  community —- everyday things that anyone can do to support our youth … and everyone can be an “Asset Builder”!

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.

Instructional Rounds in Math Classes

Today, Mrs. Sirmaian joined me during classroom walkthroughs for math instructional rounds.  We focused on math instruction in grades four and five!  Here are some photographs of our visits! We also visited one class during their “Hour of Code” with Mrs. Kosakowski.5.jpg4-1.jpg3.jpg6.jpg



Join the Tri-Town SEPAC as we Celebrate Super Siblings!



So often in our busy lives, much of our energy is focused on our special education students. We would like to take time to celebrate the “Super Siblings” of our special education students. If you have a “Super Sibling” in your family and would like to celebrate them, please be sure to let us know. If your “Super Sibling” cannot make the event we would like to be sure they are celebrated as well.
There will be some yummy treats to enjoy along with a 50/50 raffle.
Participants can choose from a wide array of pottery to paint (small ornaments, plates/mugs/bowls, to larger pieces (decorations or plates as well)). Check them out at 20% of the proceeds go to the Tri-Town SEPAC!


The event is at:   Look What I Made in North Reading, Dec 10th

from 6-8pm.

Tri-Town Council asks…What’s in YOUR lifepack?  Fill it with Assets!


“Assets” represent the building blocks for thriving youth, families, and  community —- everyday things that anyone can do to support our youth … and everyone can be an “Asset Builder”!

 November’s Life is Good Superpower is Gratitude!   AND the TTC Asset Connection is… Asset #38 Self-EsteemChild likes and is proud to be the person that he or she is and feels valued by others.

TTC ASSET TIP: Be a grateful parent.
(From the Huffington Post) What an invaluable exercise it is to tell our kids why we’re grateful to have them! It goes without saying that we love our kids, and that we’re thankful beyond words for their love, their smiles, their hugs and so much more. When we tell them what makes them special to us, their self-esteem is boosted for all the right reasons. Plus, our example shows them that gratitude extends well beyond material things.


“Overcoming Anxiety” in 5th Grade

Tuesday during the fifth grade Team Time, Behavior Interventionist Melissa Harrison spoke to the kids about Overcoming Anxiety.
The session had a simple yet deep approach. Together they discussed what it means to overcome, and what anxiety is. They talked about the history of the energy known as anxiety, and thinking of it as a signal that something is important. They talked about moments when we feel it, and where in our bodies we feel it.
Then they talked about the nature of, and examples of, tools. They talked about shifting our thinking – away from something we are (anxious), and toward making anxiety a tool we can use toward a goal. Together they thanked anxiety. They practiced breathing into the spot where we feel anxiety, and using our breath to let it pass through our bodies and out. They practiced poses that help make anxiety a tool, and they experienced the mind-altering power of simply smiling. Finally, they worked on helping someone else who is experiencing anxiety.
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Mrs. Harrison’s program was helpful and insightful, and the kids were brilliantly in touch with these feelings, descriptions and strategies. Ask a 5th grader what he or she understands about anxiety, and how they will use the information they discussed. They could probably give us all some good advice! School guidance counselor Julie Benson brought Melissa Harrison in with funding from the Boxford PTO.