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!


Pranali Ashara




Fall Fundown!

The PTO Fall FunDown is TODAY!

Friday Sept 27

4:30-7pm at Spofford Pond School

This is a fun event for all Cole and Spofford Pond families!
Tickets $10 per person ~ includes dinner
Please buy tickets in advance at our website http://www.boxfordpto.org to help us plan. THANK YOU!

Join us for grilled food from Texas Roadhouse, snacks, games and AOKs (Acts of Kindness)

Volunteers can sign up at: Fall FunDown volunteers
Any questions, please contact: boxfordpto@gmail.com

See you there!


Tri-Town Council Updates

Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00pm:  TTC Speaker Series featuring Lynn Lyons, “Teaching Our Children Emotional & Social Skills: What Current Research & Mr. Rogers Have In Common”  Preregistration suggested.
Held at Masco Auditorium
Tuesday, October 7 & Wednesday, October 8: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, 9:30am-2:30pm. Appropriate for parents, caregivers and adults that work with youth aged 8-18. Limited to 35 participants.
Funded the by The Tower Foundation and sponsored by TTC.
HORIZONS Enrichment Classes at Spofford
Choose from a variety of after-school classes offered on-site. New this fall is “Metalsmithing and Jewelry making” in addition to cooking, chess and art workshops. For a full schedule and to register click on the attached flyer.
HELP US GET TO 500 responses!  Tri-Town Council launched its 5th biennial Adult Perception Survey and your input is needed! This survey provides parents/primary caregivers, educators, and concerned adults the opportunity to share attitudes, perceptions and concerns of health, safety and risk behaviors of tri-town youth. The results will inform programming and Tri-Town Council’s mission to strengthen and support the well-being of youth in our community.

We appreciate you taking the time to fill out this brief survey which should take less than 10 minutes to complete LINK HERE The executive summary of this survey will be shared at the Community Conversation, Are the Children Well? scheduled for December 10th.

Harlem Wizards!

The Funtastic and high-flying Harlem Wizards are coming to Boxford to take on the Boxford Breakers, a team made up of over 20 Cole & Spofford teachers, staff and administrators, for a fun filled evening!  The Breakers include Boxford teachers from every grade from K-6, Special Education, Specialists,  and the Superintendent!  This event promises to bring the community together for an evening of fun & laughter as the Harlem Wizards thrill the crowd with lots of slam dunks, athletic tricks and humor appealing to all!  Come cheer on your favorite teachers, staff and special guests!  Games sell out fast, buy your tickets now!


What: Harlem Wizards vs Boxford Breakers (Cole & Spofford teachers!)

When: Saturday, November 23 @ 6:00 pm

Where: Masco Field House


From the School Nurse’s Office:


Opt-Out of Health Screenings Letter

As school nurses, we work to support your child’s overall health and well-being, as countless research studies support the connection between good health and learning outcomes. We are here to help you and your child understand health-related growth and development. During the next few months, we will be conducting the Massachusetts state-mandated screenings for vision and hearing. Children who wear glasses should be sure they have them in school. Not every screening is administered in every grade level; see the grade level designation for each screening area below.

In addition to vision and hearing, as mandated by the state of Massachusetts, all students in grade 1, 4, 7, 10 will have their height and weight measured to be used to calculate their body mass index (BMI). BMI is a screening tool to determine whether a child is potentially underweight or overweight. Your child’s BMI is based on the ratio of height to weight and reported as a percentile ranking considering the child’s age and gender. The CDC created these rankings to identify children who may be at specific health risks, such as insulin resistance, and heart disease.

All medical information is kept strictly confidential. Parents and legal guardian may request in writing that their child not participate in screening, BMI determination and/or head checks for lice. Please fill out the Opt-Out form should you wish to opt-out of any of the above screenings.

This form is available at
Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Cindy Fiore 978-352-8616 or cfiore@boxfordschools.org

Thank You
Cindy Fiore


If your son or daughter would like to participate in the Masco Youth Basketball Program for the 2019/2020 season, please register at: https://mascoyouthbasketball.sportngin.com/register/form/592564411.  Registrations are currently open, but will switch to Late Mode on October 5th.  Please register before Oct 5th to avoid any late fees!

The Masco Youth Basketball program serves children from Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield, in Grades 1 through 8.  The program offers an Intramural League for 1st Graders through 8th Graders, and a Travel League for 5th Graders through 8th Graders.  Regardless of whether your child plans to play Intramural, Travel, or both, ALL players must register for Intramurals at the above link.


The Travel Tryouts will be held between Oct. 7th through Oct. 24th.  The Intramural Program begins the week of November 4th.  More details will follow after Registration has closed.

Inquiries can be e-mailed to mascoyouthbasketball@gmail.com.