Save the date!

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 Friday, March 30 is the Spofford Talent Show! The PTO is looking for singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and kids with talents of all kinds! Registration opens February 12th. More details will be coming soon. If you would like to volunteer or help out with the show, please contact Jill Robinson at  jnc772000@yahoo.com.

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

 

“Assets” represent the building blocks for thriving youth, families, and community —- everyday things that anyone can do to support our youth … and everyone can be an “Asset Builder”!

SUPPORT in the form of caring, loving and/or encouraging relationships with trusted adults is SO important for kids that there’s a WHOLE ASSET CATEGORY dedicated to it!

 

AND the TTC Asset Connection is…Asset #2: Positive family communication – Parent(s) and child communicate positively, respectfully, openly and frequently. Child feels comfortable seeking advice and counsel from parent(s).

 

TTC Asset Tip: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­DOORS*. Communication has a lot to do with doors: open doors, closed doors, and sometimes slammed doors…When communicating with your child, have an open door — meaning an open attitude and mind where you can take time to listen non-judgmentally.

Tips for door opening:

  • Make time for your child to express concerns, grievances, excitement, wants, needs and opinions.
  • Plan weekly or monthly family meetings where everyone can discuss upcoming plans, celebrations, concerns etc.
  • Lightheartedness opens doors and keeps them open! Plan a surprise celebration and wear a silly hat or play a silly game together.

 

*Source: A Leader’s Guide to Adding Assets Series for Kids, Ann Redpath, Pamela Espeland, and Elizabeth Verdick; Free Spirit Publishing

News from Tri-Town Council –

Spofford School Still time to register for February Vacation Horizons! February vacation is almost here! Morning and afternoon classes are available. Check out February Vacation programs including Chess Club (K-6th) and Computer Modeling 3D Printing (3rd-6th). Don’t delay – registration deadline to join the fun is 2/16/18. Stand Tall! For Girls in Grades 6, 7 and 8 REGISTER by 3/2/18 Stand Tall! A FUN program JUST for GIRLS in grades 6, 7 and 8, focusing on Inner Strength, Confidence, and Having the Courage to be Yourself! Facilitators are Julie Benson & Courtney Bush. This is a FOUR-WEEK Program and is FREE, however spaces are limited. Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 from 3:30pm—5:30pm at the Emerson Center in Topsfield. Pre-registration is required. Flyer with more information HERE. Horizons Classes starting after February Vacation – still some openings! Cardio Fun Club Starts on March 20; Needle Felting Starts on March 13; Pottery Isle: Celebration Platter Tues Feb 27 (1 day art class); Pottery Isle: Mom’s Quilt Platter Tues Apr 10 (1 day art class); Beginner’s Sewing Starts Thurs March 8 and Crayon Art with Emma Friday March 2 (1 day art class). More info and registration HERE. Help Your Child Tackle School Projects: Tools and Strategies for Strengthening Executive Function for parents/guardians of 5th- 9th graders THURSDAY MARCH 1, 2018 at the Masconomet High School Library from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Long-term school projects can be difficult for students. Parents want their children to do the work independently. When kids are struggling and the due date approaches, it is tempting to jump in and become overly-involved in completing the project. Instead, parents can learn to strategically coach their 5th – 9th graders. This program was developed and will be presented by Stephanie Meegan and Rosemarie Lucey. More Info Here. Pre-Registration HERE is REQUIRED

“Feed the Love” Food Drive Begins Wednesday, February 14

From the 6th Grade to all Spofford Pond students and families:
Please join us in helping The Lazarus House feed hungry families. For our 6th Grade Service Project, we are asking you to donate any non-perishable food items you can spare for this heart-felt cause. As you prepare your cards and goodies for Valentine’s Day, please think of those in need, too, and gather some canned or packaged food. Collection boxes will be in the school entrance hallway. Our “Feed the Love” Food Drive will run from Wednesday Feb. 14 through Friday March 2.
On Monday, March 5 from 9:00-10:30 am, in the Spofford Pond Cafeteria: 6th graders will donate their time and effort to sort the food for The Lazarus House.
(School begins at 10:40 that day.)
Most needed items are:
  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Pasta – all types
  • White Rice
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Ravioli / Spaghetti
  • Canned Spaghetti Sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal in a Box
  • Ground Coffee
Thank you to all the students – in all grades – who have already helped make posters for the “Feed the Love” campaign. The hallways are filled with our message of love! Let’s make those donation boxes overflow. Thank you!
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Spirit Day–Friday

Dear Parents,

For Spirit Day this week, our theme will be Caribbean Day.  With this cold weather, we felt that it was a great way to think Spring!!  Our Student Council is asking anyone  who participates to bring in a small package of diapers  or a monetary donation for their “Diaper Drive”.   This is to help the Community Giving Tree in their efforts with supporting members of our larger community.

Thank you!
Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Reminder:  “The Pond” – Spofford’s own Literary Magazine 

  • All submissions for “The Pond” are due on Tuesday Feb. 27th which is the week right after vacation.
  • Please visit the Spofford Pond School Website at www.tritownschoolunion.com/spofford-pond for information about submission guidelines and for submission forms.
  • All submissions and forms may be scanned and sent as an email attachment or shared through google.doc to ThePond@boxfordschools.org, or submitted to homeroom teachers in hardcopy.
TWO PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Mrs. Morton, Curriculum Support Specialist for the Boxford Schools, is looking for two parent volunteers to help with a small project for our Spofford Pond Book Room.  The project consists of bagging and labeling guided reading materials and is something that could be completed at home.  If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Morton via email at dmorton@boxfordschools.org.

Tri-Town Council Enrichment Programs

February Vacation is just around the corner – REGISTER NOW for Chess and/or 3D Printing & Computer Modeling!

Looking for local enrichment programs for your kids during February vacation?  TTC is offering two great options – Chess Club for youth in grades K-6 from 9:00-12:00 and Computer Modeling & 3D Printing for Youth in Grades 3-6 from 12:30-3:30  Both programs are being held at Trinity Church in Topsfield on 2/20, 2/21 and 2/22.  More info and registration HERE

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

 

“Assets” represent the building blocks for thriving youth, families, and community —- everyday things that anyone can do to support our youth … and everyone can be an “Asset Builder”!

SUPPORT– Child is engaged in caring, supportive, encouraging relationships with trusted family/non-family adults.

 

TTC Asset Tip*: Quality family time is critical! Here are 3 ways to support your child and spend some quality time together:

  • Get up 20 minutes earlier and eat breakfast together.
  • Let everyone help plan a weekly family fun night.
  • Go for a walk together around the neighborhood.
  • Make a snack together and talk about your day.

 

*Source: A Leader’s Guide to Adding Assets Series for Kids, Ann Redpath, Pamela Espeland, and Elizabeth Verdick; Free Spirit Publishing.