Food Services Information


September 12, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians of Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield Elementary School Students:

We would like to welcome you back for the 2018-2019 School Year. The purpose of this letter is to communicate some helpful information about the School Nutrition Programs for the Districts. We are very excited to continue our partnership with Whitsons Culinary Group. Whitsons is working diligently to develop and communicate menu options for our young students that are nutritionally sound, fulfilling, and meet the current USDA guidelines.

We want the lunchroom experience to be an enjoyable time for the students and we look forward to the opportunity to provide them with a healthy lunch. This year we have expanded options to students which will allow them to purchase ala carte items that are not part of the regular lunch for an additional cost (bottled water is an ala carte item). The ala carte items also meet the USDA guidelines and are approved for sale in schools. It is important to the administration that parents make informed decisions about student meals and have complete control over what children may purchase.

If you have any concerns or would like limitations on certain purchases, please do not hesitate to contact our Food Service Director, Mrs. Mayra Maldonado at Any information that you want incorporated into a student’s profile will be done via our point of sale system. In closing, if you need assistance with your child(ren)’s account please contact Mayra at the e-mail listed above. As always we welcome your feedback and recommendations.

We appreciate being a part of your community and hope everyone has an enjoyable school year.


Steven Greenberg, Assistant Superintendent

Math Olympiad Application Information



Math Olympiad is a challenging math program where students will meet one time per week for practice and then participate in five contests throughout late October to March.  This program is meant to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics. It will help to develop mathematical flexibility in solving problems and will assist in fostering mathematical creativity and ingenuity.  


Interested students in Grades 4,5 or 6 should pick up an application packet outside of Mrs. Sirmaian’s office beginning Friday, Oct. 12.  This will include a past Math Olympiad contest to be completed by the student and also a prompt for the student to write telling us why he/she wants to participate and then describe him/herself as a mathematical learner.  Application deadline is Thursday, October 18.  Applications will be reviewed and selected students will be informed by Monday, October 22.


Selected students will meet for practice/contests one time per week on Mondays during their grade level RTI time.   If your child has a Reading, Writing or Math need during the RTI time, they may still participate in Math Olympiad and miss their other scheduled topic on Fridays


We look forward to providing the satisfaction, joy and thrill of meeting challenges!


Please contact Jennifer Sirmaian at with any questions or concerns.

Parent University

Join us for the TTU Parent University!

We are very excited to announce the first of what we hope will become an annual event for parents in Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield.  TTU Parent University is an opportunity for parents and guardians in Boxford, Topsfield, and Middleton to come together and learn ways to support their children on their educational journey.  This year’s event will be highlighted by keynote speaker, Dr. Bill Daggett, who will enlighten parents to the role of relationships, rigor and relevance in the school setting.

To learn more please click on this great video!

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (if you can only attend for part of the event that is ok!)

Where: Howe Manning School at 26 Central Street Middleton, MA

Who: Any parents, guardians, caregivers in Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield (childcare available)

TTU Parent University Registration link:

TTU Parent University Website:

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cole Preschool Open House/Registration

The Cole Integrated Preschool in Boxford will be hosting an Open House/Registration evening for Boxford parents for the 2019-2020 school year on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Cole Elementary School, 26 Middleton Rd. Boxford.

Please join us to hear about the curriculum, meet the teachers, and receive an application.

Children must be 3 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019 and Boxford residents to be eligible for the preschool. (There are no new” 4 Year Old” slots available due to current students moving into the 4 year old program.) Registrations will be accepted from 11/15/18 – 11/26/18 at 3:00 pm. On 11/28/18 at 9:30 am, a public lottery at Cole School will be held to determine preschool placements. Along with an application, there is a $50.00 registration fee. Please call Debbie Connery (978) 887-2856 or email with questions.

(Inclement weather date: 11/20/18.)

STEAM Night at North Reading High School

We are happy to invite you or some of your teachers, parents, or families at our STEAM night!  The keynotes will feature a panel presentation on Women in STEM and also a presentation by Amazon Robotics which should have the “wow” factor.  This is aimed at everyone interested in STEAM and not just the North Reading community.
October 24, 2018 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. North Reading Middle/High School
registration link:


Boxford School Committee September Update –

The Boxford School Committee met on Thursday, September 20th. Topics discussed included Dr. Morrison’s Opening Day with teachers and staff; an update on the Spofford Pond window and playground projects, and completion of the new Tri-Town Schools Policy book. This will be an online and searchable tool for teachers, administrators, and parents. The BSC approved a fuel-efficient vehicles policy in compliance with the Green Community Initiative.

At the building level, the School Improvement Plans for Cole and Spofford Pond were approved. Co-teaching, Social Emotional Learning(SEL) and Project-Based Learning remain focus areas for this year at both schools.

The Boxford School Committee contributes members to the Tri-Town School Union(TTU). The next TTU meeting is on October 4th at Proctor Elementary School in Topsfield at 7:30pm and is open to the public. Throughout the year the TTU will explore the potential pros and cons of regionalization for Pre-K through 6th grade in the Tri-Town.

The TTU Parent University is Saturday October 20th at Howe Manning School in Middleton from 8:30a.m. – 12:15p.m. Parent University is an opportunity to learn about ways to support your student in their education. There is no cost to participate and childcare is available. The following link contains detailed information about the TTU Parent University including the registration form.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, October 11th. Upcoming agenda’s and meeting minutes can be found at .

Happy Fall!

Boxford School Committee

Carol Hubbard 

Elizabeth Palmer

Renee Schildkraut

Terri Teleen          

Heather Vaz 

Read to Feed!

Dear Parents,
 This month, our school will be participating in the READ TO FEED fundraiser to raise money for Heifer International, an organization that helps feed needy families in other countries. By simply reading, the students here at Spofford can help feed hundreds of family around the world!
 It’s simple, students who choose to participate, pledge a reading goal and asks their family and friends to contribute something (a dime, a quarter or even a dollar) for each book or hour spent reading. Over the next 30 days, your child will read, read read! At the end of the 30 days, they can collect the money they raised and bring it to school on our first Spirit Day, October 31st. 
The Spofford Pond School Student Council