Tri-Town SEPAC Upcoming Meeting

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, May 30the Tri-Town SEPAC (special education parent advisory committee) will be holding its final meeting for the school year. We will be setting plans for the next school year and discuss ideas and topics for future presentations.

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.

Details:
Wednesday, May 30
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Masconomet Middle School Library (second floor)

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 tritownsepac.org.

TOWN SOCCER

Hello Coaches, Parents, and Players,

Registration is now open for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 town soccer! The site we have used for the last 10 years is no longer in business so when you sign up you will notice some differences. Please note that you will need to make a new account, even if you had one in the past. For Travel Players only, you will also be required to upload a photo and a copy of your child’s birth certificate, even if you have submitted them in the past.

Registration is open via the site below for kids Grades Pre-k through 6th (based on the grade they will be entering in Fall 2018). Kids who will be playing Travel soccer next year (i.e., those entering Grades 3-6 in Fall 2018) need to attend tryouts for team placement.  In order to attend tryouts on Tuesday, May 29 you need to register by Sunday, May 27. Details for tryouts are below. This is the only date for tryouts so players should make every effort to be there. EVERYONE who tries out will make a team. 

To Register: http://baa.bonzidev.com

TRYOUT DETAILS

Tryouts for travel players will be held on Tuesday, May 29 at Chadwick (Spofford).

Players should wear shinguards and bring a ball and a water bottle.

Grade 3/4:  4:30PM – 6PM with registration starting at 4PM 

Grade 5/6:  6PM – 8PM with registration starting at 5:30PM  (This is a change from years past and we are asking players to wear their Boxford soccer shirts and shorts to tryouts – can wear any socks you would like). If your child has not played before and therefore does not have a uniform, they will be assigned a pinnie.

Please note that beginning in Grade 7 teams are Tri-town and registration is done via the following link:

https://reg.sportspilot.com/105575

Calling Tri-Town Youth Artists! Show off your talents and sell your work at the YOUTH ARTISAN FAIR

 

@ the Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 9th from 10am—3pm.   Tri-Town Council and the Topsfield Strawberry Festival invite youth ages 9-17 to sell artwork (art, photo, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more) during the annual festival.  For more info and to register link HERE.

 

SUMMER Lego & Video Design:

What’s it like working as a LEGO elevator repair woman? It has its ups and downs! Build and program this cool elevator along with many other awesome projects this summer in Lego & Video Design. AM and PM sessions still available.  For youth entering grades 1-6. More info and register HERE.

 

SUMMER Camp Invention:

Camp Invention (July 9-13) for youth entering grades 1-6.  This year located at Fuller Meadow School in Middleton More Info & Register HERE.

 

 

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

The benefits of spending time outside in nature are well documented – it can strengthen your immune system, induce a sense of calm, boost mood, and improve relationships! In fact, nature makes you nicer! How? Studies have shown that when people are outside, they are more likely to share, feel connected to friends and family and are more generous.

AND the TTC Asset Connection is…Asset #31: Interpersonal Competence – Child cares about others feelings, enjoys making friends and when frustrated or angry, knows how to calm him/herself.

TTC Asset Tip: Take it OUTSIDE! Make time to play outside with your children! Play a game of tag in your yard, shoot some hoops at the park, take a walk in the woods with your family, or ride your bikes around the neighborhood. You’ll have some fun and you’ll be fueling your child’s Interpersonal Competence Asset!

Bruins SPIRIT Day!

We recently had a fun-filled afternoon showing our Boston Bruins pride with Blades, the mascot of the Boston Bruins! Our students took a much needed break from our testing scheduling to have fun together!  Staff and students had shoot-out competition–with the students winning, of course!  Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Thornborough for making this all happen!   Here are some wonderful pictures of the FUN!   IMG_0190.jpegunnamed-14.jpgunnamed-15.jpgunnamed-19.jpgunnamed-18.jpgunnamed-16.jpgunnamed-17.jpgunnamed-20.jpg

World Rhythm Drummers visit Spofford Pond

 

Yes, it’s true. Massamba Diop, who visited Spofford Pond with Tony Vacca on Friday, May 11 plays his tama drum throughout the Black Panther movie. Students and staff were delighted, entertained, and inspired as the two world-renowned drummers shared their rhythmic music and their story~ Tony, from New Jersey/Massachusetts, and Massamba, from Senegal in Africa are friends bonded by their love of music and drumming. As Tony said in the assembly, while the two played their drums, “We call it ‘world rhythm’ ~ not because we play all the music of the world … but because this world … your world … our world (…world… world… world…) is made … of rhythm.”

Throughout the day, Tony did wonderful interactive drumming workshops with third graders, who then performed what they learned during the assembly. They were amazing! Massamba also spoke to sixth graders about his tama drum (talking drum), how it’s made, what it means, about life in Senegal, about his experience with the Black Panther movie, about taking care of people in need, and his advice about how to live a good life. Several students got to play his drums, too. And they all learned his favorite song.

During the assembly, an impromptu faculty-student ensemble also got to perform “a drum is a voice” and students in all grades got to ask Tony and Massamba questions, too. Ask a Spofford Pond student what he or she enjoyed about this special day of music, rhythm, culture, openness, joy and friendship. Tony said “anything is possible…” Massamba said “if you find a way to be happy, you will live a good life…” Their drums and music said many things. What resonated with your child?

Many thanks to the Boxford PTO for sponsoring this exciting program!  We also have incredible gratitude for and a BIG THANK YOU to Mrs. Bonnie Thornborough for coordinating this enriching learning experience for our students!   

This link holds a couple videos from the assembly…
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ovxc5sy31cwi4fb/AABAK3lbkB5KNFl3-VRhvtJza?dl=0

Here is a recent article about a visit at a Connecticut school, with some great details…

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Spofford Pond Parent/Guardian Survey

Dear Parents,

The Spofford Pond School Site Council invites parents and guardians of Spofford Pond School students to participate in this annual survey. The Site Council, a group of parents and teachers who advise the Spofford Pond School principal and the Boxford School Committee, will use the results of this survey to help us make recommendations about future programs and initiatives. We review responses and read all comments carefully and past surveys have lead to many new programs and improvements to the school.

Your responses to this survey are anonymous. There are opportunities to learn more about our school through embedded links. You can visit them while you take this survey, or at another time at your convenience. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Please access the survey through this link: https://goo.gl/forms/9x48d0tl1reY2plm2

Sincerely,

The Spofford Pond School Site Council:

Dr. Kathryn Castonguay, Principal
Ali Coates (Grade 3)
Kara Malo (Grade 4)
Mary Medugno (Grade 5)
Elisa Sanders (Grade 6)
Danielle Emig (Parent)
Judith Werner (Parent)

Thank you, Parents!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for a lovely Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!  The teachers and staff truly enjoyed all of the treats you gave to use!  With flowers, cards, chocolates, breakfast, lunch and dessert…we were certainly spoiled all week long!  Thank you for your kindness!  A special thank you goes to  Mrs. Elizabeth Palmer who organized this amazing week for us!!!

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

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Dismissal Time–Parent Pick-up Line

Dear Parents,

We have recently had some confusion during the parent pick-up process.  I wanted to take a moment to review the process with you.  I  specifically want to highlight that if you are parked in a spot in our parking lot between 3:00 pm and 3:20 pm, please expect to wait in your spot until the pick-up process is completed.  Most of the time, it is not possible for cars in the pick-up line to  safely move out of the way for other cars. This is because there may not be enough room.  If you need to move along quickly at this time, please do not park in the parking lot.  It is better to move through the car line which begins with dismissal at 3:10 pm and usually is completed by 3:20 pm.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks so much,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

 

Student Pick Up Process (re-post)

Pull your car forward in line following the markings, barricades and cones. Remain in your car as you approach the patio at the Main Entrance, where your child will be waiting to get in your car.

When you need to pick up your child during the school day, park in the main lot and come into the school office.

In the event of an emergency, you may change your child’s dismissal by telephone, but we cannot generally accommodate changes after 11:00 am.

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