Sixth Grade Students Present Service Project at Friday’s All School Assembly

During the all school assembly today at Spofford Pond school, Caitlin Flynn spoke to the students about the Navy Seal Foundation. The Navy Seal Foundation was established in 2000 to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Caitlyn shared an interview she conducted with her uncle who has been a Navy Seal for 13 years. Through this organization, Navy Seals know that family will be cared for while deployed, when they return, and in the event of trauma.

Cameron DiDonato introduced the students to A Bed for Every Child. Part of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, A Bed for Every Child provides beds for kids who do not have a bed of their own. Last year through generous donations, they were able to provide beds to 1,510 children in neighboring areas such as Lawrence, Lynn, and Lowell. When a child has a bed of their own, they have the opportunity for a good night sleep which leads to a good education. A good education can break the cycle of poverty.

How can you help? All next week, bring your spare change to school! As Caitlin said, if every student brings $1, we’d raise about $400. If every student brings $5 we’d raise approximately $2,000. Proceeds from this 6th grade service project will be split between these two great organizations.

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Dine Out with the PTO!!

1)  Bertucci’s

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Voucher must be presented or Boxford PTO mentioned to the server in order for the PTO to receive benefit.

Two locations:

Bertucci’s of North Andover

435 Andover Street

North Andover, MA

Bertucci’s of Peabody

15 Newbury Street

Peabody, MA

2)  Chili’s

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

11:00am – 11:00 pm

Voucher must be presented or Boxford PTO mentioned in order for the PTO to receive benefit.

Chili’s Danvers

10 Newbury Street

Danvers, MA 

Be on the look-out for email for an email from the PTO with more information and for the flyers/vouchers in backpack mail— that you will need to bring with you when you dine out in order for the PTO to get credit.

4 Week Fall Session- BOKS Program @ Spofford !!

 

What: before school physical activity program

Why: To promote health and wellness in our community!  Fun for kids, especially with so many INDOOR recess days!  Give them a chance to run around!  

When:  Tuesdays and Thursdays (7:45AM start time)  ~ 4 week program

Jan 23, 25, 30; Feb 1, 6, 8, 13, 15

Where: Spofford Gymnasium

Cost: $20.00 (checks made out to Town of Boxford)

Facilitators: Lisa Stewart-6th Grade teacher; Courtney Bush-School Psychologist

Created by Moms, inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark” and founded on the principle of Active Kids = Active Minds, BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) is a 45 minute before-school physical activity program that aims to enhance academic performance and the overall health of kids.  Several studies establish that moderate to vigorous physical activity stimulate brain function and creates the physiological conditions for students to be ready to learn. The program incorporates fun, non-competitive activity in games, relay races and obstacle courses.  Each lesson plan also includes a BOKS Bit and a short nutritional talk.

For more information visit the BOKS website at www.bokskids.org

To register click on words Registration Form below:   

                      Registration Form

Please complete attached registration form and drop off at the Spofford School main office

    • Emailed forms will not be accepted
    • New forms need to be filled out every BOKS session

Registration begins now and will be first come first serve ~ (Cap of 30 students)

 

Questions: please email: lstewart@boxfordschools.org or cbush@boxfordschools.org

Boxford Community Forum Jan. 27

Join us for a Community Forum at Town Hall on Saturday, January 27, 10am – 12pm, for updates on the status of the municipal buildings roadmap. The library has scheduled a story hour at the same time so families with children may attend. Refreshments will be served!
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Grade 3-Native American Nature Tales

On Jan. 11, our third graders enjoyed a performance of “Native American Nature Tales” by award-winning Storyteller Diane Edgecomb. Throughout her engaging presentation of tribal myths and legends, Ms. Edgecomb had the students giggling, gasping, answering, singing, canoeing, wondering and thinking in new ways about the world around us. Ask a third grader what he or she enjoyed about this storytelling experience and why! Many thanks to the Boxford PTO for sponsoring this curriculum enrichment program.

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Guest Author Helps Fourth Graders Write Collaborative Story

On Friday January 19, author Steven Krasner nudged the imaginations of our Fourth Graders as they wrote an original “collaborative narrative cliffhanger story.” The five classes took turns adding to the tale full of unique characters, crazy adventures, unfortunate problems (“Dun-dun-duhhhhh”), and imaginative solutions (“YESSS!”). Ask a fourth grader what he or she loved about this interactive process and why! (and if they need to lubricate their tonsils). To learn more about Mr. Krasner, visit: www.nudgingtheimagination.com. Many thanks to the Boxford PTO for this author visit!
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Online Math League Information

 

The Online Math Leagues for grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have their second practice session next week from Jan 23 – Jan 26.  The second contest will be from Feb 6 to Feb 9. We will meet in Room 17A from 8:00 am to 8:30 am. Grade 3 students can take the test either on Feb 6, 8 or 9 because of the conflict with the field trip. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Iyer at aiyer@boxfordschools.org.

The schedule for the second session is as follows:

                                                Practice                Contest

Grade 4        Tuesday              Jan 23                        Feb 6

Grade 3        Wednesday        Jan 24                       Feb 6/8/9

Grade 5        Thursday            Jan 25                        Feb 8

Grade 6        Friday                 Jan 26                        Feb 9

SEPAC Monthly Meeting

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, February 7
​th​, the Tri-Town SEPAC (special education parent advisory committee) will be holding its monthly meeting at 

6:15pm – 6:45pm in the Masconomet Middle School Library (second floor). 


This is an open meeting and we invite all parents or guardians of children with special needs or on a special education plan to attend and learn more.

This months meeting will cover SEPAC by-laws, upcoming events, and 

​to ​start planning for the Tri-Town Carnival on May 20.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Tri-Town SEPAC president Kristen DeMarco at kandsdemarco@gmail.com.

More information can also be found on our website at

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 tritownsepac.org.

Upcoming SEPAC 2018 

Meeting Dates* and Special Events

Location: 

​ Masco ​

Middle School Library (unless otherwise noted)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

 

Wed., February 28, 2018 (7pm) – Guest Speaker (Free):  How to Support Students with Working Memory Limitations by Dr. Bonnie Singer, Founder of Architects For Learning