Food Rescue Program Starting at Spofford

Dear Parents,

We hope to start a Food Rescue Program with Pranali Ashara, a North Andover High School student who is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award.  She has decided that the project she would like to focus on for this award is to help our school establish a “food rescue” program!   We hope to have this up and running by the end of March or beginning of April. Below is a description of the program and a call for parent volunteers to help with it.

Food Rescue: 

Food Rescue is a program in which students are encouraged to donate their unopened food packages during lunches to help someone in need. This project is in order to reduce our contribution to global warming and to bridge the gap between Food Insecurity and Food Waste.

How Can I Help?: By signing up to Volunteer!

Volunteers are needed to help the Food Rescue Program function efficiently:
What: Transporting Donated Food to North Andover High School Once a Week
Who: Parents of the Boxford Community
Where: From Spofford Pond Elementary School to North Andover High School
When: Once a Week on Wednesdays at 2 pm”

Please email me if you are able to assist with the transportation of food at

Thank you in advance!

Kathryn Castonguay &  Pranali Ashara

Girls’ Softball Clinic


Saturday, March 2nd

Saturday, March 16th

The 2019 Girlsʼ Softball season is fast approaching!

This is a great chance to prepare for the season!

Join the players and coaches from the Masco Varsity program for an instructional softball clinic for girls in Grades 2-8 in the Tri-Town (Middleton, Boxford & Topsfield)!

Cost: $35 for One Saturday OR Both Saturdays for $60

Location: Masco Field House
Grades 2-5: 8:00-10:00
Grades 6-8: 10:30-12:30

Instructors: Masco Varsity Coach and staff, with assist from Masco Varsity players

We will focus on proper fundamentals and technique in a coordinated fashion with the Masco Varsity program. We will also focus on proper swing mechanics, bunting drills, proper field mechanics, throwing techniques, base running, and ball drills.

Please contact Masco Softball Boosters at to register.

Indicate name of player, town where she is from, grade level,phone number and a contact email address.

Payment will be collected at the door

Mountain Bike Team/Club for Grades 5-12

Awesome turn-out for the Masco Chain Breakers mountain bike team introductory meeting @ Proctor School on Feb 6th! Thank you to all that joined us! Registration is open until Feb 28th. ALL RIDERS (racers & non-racers) must be registered to participate in the rides. Rides run April-June Wed & Fri @ 3:45pm and on non-race weekends (the NEHSCA series runs for 6 weekends). Come when you can – attendance is not mandatory. We also did some Fall rides in 2018 & hope to continue that in 2019. This is a great way to get your kid outside riding in the woods and learning new skills. To sign up, go to:
For more information, please contact Glen Gollrad,

Boxford House of Pizza: Artwork on Display

Congratulations to Justin Dolansky, Molly Simms, Olivia Hogan and Elise Steingisser who all have a wonderful work of art on display at Boxford House of Pizza! Thank you for your continued hard work and outstanding effort in art class!
Also, if anyone knows of a business in town (or nearby town) that would be interested in displaying some student artwork from our amazing young artists, please reach out to me at Thank you so much for your support!
~Mrs. Winchell



New Fencing Course Offered at Spofford Elementary School

There are still a few spots available to students at Spofford to learn the basics of Fencing, a unique class that has been likened to “Physical Chess” requiring a combination of strategy and athleticism. Tri-Town Council has partnered with VIVO Fencing, founded in 2012 in Haverhill, and they provide all of the equipment. Their coaches will be on-site, and include a two-time Olympian, Molly Sullivan Sliney and other world class champion coaching staff. Great opportunity for your child to learn fencing basics, and develop confidence and skills, offered in Boxford! Two sessions will be offered, on Tuesdays, beginning February 26 and April 23, running for 6 weeks. Register online at and select the Horizons Tab, then Spofford School or call 887-6512.

Valentine’s Candy

Dear Parents,

Due to the number of students with allergies to peanuts and tree nuts in our school building we request that students be mindful of all students and not bring Valentine’s candy made with tree nuts or peanuts. A card without candy is the preference. Our priority at Spofford Pond School remains the safety of all students.

Below is a reminder of the Severe Food Allergy Protocol from the Student and Parent Handbook.

Thank You
Cindy Fiore RN BSN

11.3 Severe Food Allergies

If your child has food allergies, please notify the school nurse with a detailed description of the specific foods and symptoms of a reaction.

Depending on the allergy and physicians’ documentation, we may develop an Individual Health Care Plan to accommodate your child’s needs throughout the school day. In some cases of life-threatening allergies, you may not be allowed in individual classrooms to send in certain foods. In such cases, we will notify you of foods that are not permitted.

Parents of children with allergies shall provide necessary medications and physician orders for their administration. Please direct medications and physician’s orders to the nurses’ office as your child may not transport or administer medications on his/her own by state law.

Cole and Spofford Pond School cafeterias do not serve peanuts or peanut products and we provide a peanut-free table during lunch. If you choose to send peanut products in your children’s lunches, your child must wash his/her hands before leaving the cafeteria to ensure the safety of allergic students who share the same playground equipment. We refrain from using peanuts and peanut products for classroom projects.

While we make our best attempts to provide a safe school setting and to minimize risks, we cannot guarantee a peanut-free environment at all times. Therefore our ultimate aim is to educate everyone and have each child be as self-sufficient as possible.

Spirit Day on Friday!!

Dear Parents,
Friday, February 15th is Crazy Mix-Up Day here at Spofford. As part of this Spirit Day, the Student Council is hosting a Diaper Drive to support the local Community Giving Tree. If your child chooses to participate in the Spirit Day, please send in a package of diapers.
Thank you for your support,
Dr. Castonguay


Please send in your Box Tops by February 8th in a ziplock bag or on a collection sheet. Remember to label with your child’s teacher and check for expired box tops. Clipping box tops is a great way to earn money for our elementary schools. Each clip is worth $0.10 and they add up fast! Thank you for clipping!

Smart Technology Tips for Parents


Dear Parents,

I subscribe to this blog:  as  I find many of the tips on here to be very appropriate and practical for families.  I thought you might be interested in reading it as well.  I am sharing a link with you below.  This one post is about family phone rules for children.

Enjoy your weekend!

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal