Homework Club is BACK!

Dear Parents,

We are very excited to offer this  after school opportunity for students to complete their homework with the support of Spofford Pond staff members, which is funded through a Title One Grant. The club will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 6th through May 28th from 3:15 to 4:00.

Interested students should be signed up for the days they will attend.  Students may attend one day each week or take advantage of both days each week. Please select the dates that work best for you as a family. Please register in advance to secure your spot by entering your child’s name in the sign-up box.  Your child’s name will not be visible to other users.

Please use this link to sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A44A5AB29A2FF2-homework4

 

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay

SEPAC Meeting

The next SEPAC meeting will be Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7PM in the Masconomet Middle School library.  We will be having our regular business meeting from 7-8 pm.  Following that from 8-9 pm, we will be having our first ever Parent Connection for parents of the Tri-Town School Union and Masconomet Regional School Districts to get a chance to discuss the issues and questions that are important to you.  We hope you can join us.

HALLOWEEN INFORMATION

The end of this month brings Halloween for the children. Children may have the option of wearing a costume on Halloween, they may also opt to wear black and orange clothing that day or they may choose to not dress up at all. If children wear costumes, masks and weapon-like costume artifacts are prohibited.

Student Council Halloween News:

During this Halloween season, as part of our monthly Spirit Day, we will be collecting money for UNICEF, an organization that provides care for children in need around the world. Your child will come home with a cardboard collection bin. If they would like to participate, they may bring this small box with them as they go trick or treating. Collection boxes can be delivered back to school on November 1st.

For more information visit: trickortreatforunicef.org

Reminder—October 31st is an early release with a 12pm dismissal. Lunch will not be served.

40th Annual Topsfield Fall Foliage Race

 


Event Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019,
Event Time: 1:00 PM 

REGISTER online at North Shore Timing or day of event 

T- SHIRTS to first 200 Registrants
Supporting Northshore Education Consortium’s transition programs, Masco and Essex Tech Scholarships, Tri-Town Food Pantries and MORE! Join us for this family friendly event!

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Topsfield, Boxford and Middleton

When: Sunday October 20, 2019  ( Sunday after Columbus Day)

Where: Proctor School, 60 Main Street, Topsfield, MA

Professionally timed 5 mile, 5K, 1.25 mile fun run 

Also a 3 mile family fun walk!

Questions about race or t-shirt sponsorship opportunities call 978-989-2701 or email at elephant1874@comcast.net.

Register: https://www.northshoretimingonline.com/reglive2017.aspx?eventyear_id=1641

Cole Preschool Open House/Registration

 

The Cole Integrated Preschool in Boxford will be hosting an Open House/Registration evening for Boxford parents for the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 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, 2020 and Boxford residents to be eligible for the preschool. (There are no new “4 Year Old” slots available due to current students moving to the “4 year old program.”) Registrations will be accepted from 11/13/19 – 11/21/19 at 3:00 pm.  On 11/22/19 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 dconnery@boxfordschools.org with questions. 

(Inclement weather date: 11/14/19.)

 

 

Kindness Abounds!

We are so proud of all the kids doing many different Acts of Kindness. We’ve heard about kind notes to friends and family, meals for neighbors, cards & boxes for sick children, lemonade stands for causes, cleaning up neighborhoods, reading to younger children, friendship bracelets & pins, helping coaches, thank-you cards, household chores, new friends on the playground, extra compliments, passing kindness cards, food donations, hat donations, animal shelter donations, happy welcome greetings …. and the list goes on!
On Tuesday, Masconomet students did an Act of Kindness for Spofford Pond students by greeting them with high-fives and happy wishes as they arrived at school in the morning. And on Wednesday Masco students visited the Cole School, too! The kids were beaming, and the fun, kind energy was contagious.
Many thanks to Masconomet, the Boxford PTO, our school staff, and all the families supporting this effort to enrich the children’s lives, learning and community engagement.
Here are some photos:

Food for Thought!

Dear Parents,

My name is Pranali Ashara and I am a North Andover High School student working on my Girl Scout Gold Award.

I am pleased to announce that my project, “Spofford Food For Thought” was established at Spofford Pond this past April and ran till the end of the school year. We are continuing this year as well!

Spofford Food For Thought is a food rescue program. Students are encouraged to save their unopened food packages from the trash by donating them. Bins are placed on every cafeteria table during lunches. If a student does not want an item of their lunch, they place it into these bins instead of throwing it in the trash. Once every week, the saved food is then donated to Daybreak, a homeless shelter in Lawrence, MA.

Over last spring,  the following totals were saved:

980 items, including milk cartons, fresh fruit, yogurt, snack packages, etc.
140 pounds of food

Over the past couple of months, I received help from many different sources.
I would like to thank Dr. Castonguay, for believing in the program from the start; Mrs. Greenberg, for placing the bins on the tables every morning; Mrs. Fiore, for allowing the food to be stored in your refrigerator; Mrs. Rubano, Ms. Flynn, and Ms. Randall, for transporting the food every week; Girl Scout troops 62936 & 72386 for making the beautiful posters about the program; and of course, my student volunteers, Frank, Rudy, Gage, Ravyn, Bella, Anton, Noah, Adrian, Isabella, Maya, and Hunter- without you guys, the food would not have been able to be sorted every day and the program would not have been able to run as smoothly, so thank you!

Sincerely,

Pranali Ashara