Parent Virtual Coffee!

You are invited to a Parent Virtual Coffee with the Boxford Principals & PTO Presidents on May 21st @ 6pm

There are 30 spots for the virtual coffee.

Please sign up on this Google form link:   https://forms.gle/Xm9MeWqntBk3jMgH9

You may also submit your  questions on the form  directly  to the PTO presidents, Bonnie Thornborough or Michelle Fallis through email.   We have to limit the number of participants to ensure that the experiences is a positive one for all and that we are able to answer all questions.

Our PTO presidents will ask the questions for all participants so that the conversation is well-organized.

We will send out the video conferencing link to all enrolled participants after you sign up on Thursday afternoon.

Hope you can join us!

Yearbook Order–Deadline is TODAY!

Hi everyone,

Just a friendly reminder that TODAY is the deadline to order your 2019/2020 yearbooks.

Please see yearbook ordering details below…

Grades PK-5: It’s time to order your yearbooks! DEADLINE: Friday, May 15

*Please do not order for Sixth-Grade students! Your yearbook is being purchased for you. Thank-You, 6GAC!*

Please click the correct school below. You will log in to TreeRing, input your address, and purchase your yearbooks. Thank you!

*THE SITE MAY SAY YOU HAVE MISSED THE ORDERING DEADLINE – PLEASE IGNORE THIS MESSAGE AND CONTINUE TO ORDER. This is just because TreeRing has blended their ordering options in order to help with school closures.*

Also… If you are a room parent ordering a yearbook for your teacher from your class, can you please let us know? Thank you!

Order COLE SCHOOL Yearbook

(if you need the Cole passcode: 1014435481301179)

Order SPOFFORD POND Yearbook

(if you need the Spofford Pond passcode: 101445024692460)

Please email us with any questions.

Healthiest Wishes!

~Boxford PTO

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Join Us! Virtual Parent Coffee-May 7th

 

Please note: We are not able to meet for virtual coffee this week, but we look forward to meeting next week! 

 Virtual Coffee with the Principals on Thursday, May 7 at 3pm 

Sign up ahead of time:  https://forms.gle/Xyid51nQABwGz4A66

When you sign up, you can submit a question and will receive the link to join us

Here are the notes from our 4/23 meeting:

In our third virtual meeting, co-hosted by Spofford Pond and Cole Principals with the PTO, parents were invited to submit questions which were relayed for Dr. Castonguay and Mrs. Boulanger to respond. We were delighted to see and hear from some teachers and staff there, too! Time and attendance in the zoom meeting allowed for those in attendance to ask additional questions and express their gratitude for all that is being done by the schools. 

Here are some key take-aways:

  • Teachers are strongly encouraging students to be engaged in remote classes, and are seeing good results. 
    • A feedback loop is most important right now for students and teachers 
      • Rather than grades or evaluations, they are focused on a loop of feedback and improvement in student work and remote class delivery
  • Priority is Relationships
    • Maintain level of calm and reassurance for students 
    • Concern for social justice and equity for different students’ situation
  • It is important that we – teachers and parents – support students by continuing to “instill the desire to learn.” It is valuable for them (all of us!) to continue to want to learn. 
  • Remote Learning- feedback so far has been both positive and constructive
    • Teachers are working very hard, researching and learning as they go, on how best to present the curriculum
    • Teachers are being as flexible as possible to meet students’ needs
    • They continue to learn from feedback on the user experience
  • School buildings remain closed and a date to pick-up items remains undetermined, based on guidance from the state
  • Leadership team (principals, superintendent, central office staff) meets regularly both for Boxford, and also with Topsfield and Middleton, to work on aligning and coordinating curriculum across Tri-Town
    • Operating in a “rapid manner” to keep everyone informed and connected
    • Universal screening is always done in the fall, so this will help going forward
  • DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) is expected to communicate Friday 4/24 (now delayed to early the week of 4/27) about “power standards” – the essential / core understandings that students should master for each grade and subject
  • Placement letters (feedback from parents about their child’s class placement for next year) have been received and placement is in progress at Spofford Pond
  • Cole letters regarding placement will go out to parents soon
  • Parent feedback on Specialist classes was great
    • Padlet of dragonfly art is wonderful (a virtual replication of hallway bulletin boards)
  •  Continuing to brainstorm with teachers and leadership about capstone experiences for 6th (and 2nd) graders
    • A lot of enthusiasm and creative ideas being explored
  • Yearbooks for both Cole and Spofford Pond school will be for sale soon, with a ship-to-home option for grades PK-5
  • For all 6th graders, your hard-cover yearbooks are being purchased for you because of the PTO 6th-Grade-Activities super-successful Wizards game fundraiser 
    • Those books will be ordered in bulk and distributed safely with your 6th Grade t-shirts by members of the 6th-Grade-Activities Committee team 
  • Whenever we are back at school physically, will there be an opportunity for kids to go back and visit this year’s teachers and class, for closure?
    • Response: All of us – teachers, staff, principals desperately hope to re-connect with this year’s students in person. “We all need it.”
  • Please join us for the next Virtual Coffee with the Principals on Thursday, May 7 at 3pm

Tri-Town SEPAC Meeting

Please join us for a virtual Tri-Town SEPAC meeting on April 27th at 7 pm on Zoom.  We will be discussing virtual learning and future plans for the SEPAC and would like community input.
Meeting Info:
Kristen DeMarco is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: SEPAC Meeting
Time: Apr 27, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72573661825

Meeting ID: 725 7366 1825

Message for Spofford Pond Sixth Grade Families @ Masconomet Transition Planning

Good Afternoon Sixth Grade Families!

 

Today, we learned that Masconomet is planning a Virtual Visit for our sixth graders. Here is the post from Principal Dillon’s blog.
Welcome to Masco!
Posted by James Dillon on 4/20/2020
Hello Sixth Grade Parents
We have heard great things about the sixth grade from their teachers and are very excited to have them as the next class at Masconomet Middle School. On May, 14th, at 6:00 p.m. we will have a “virtual assembly” to introduce you to the many aspects our School. We will be sending you a link for that meeting in May. For now, sophomore student, Kostas Winslow, has prepared a “welcome to Masconomet Middle School” video that you can share with your student. I am looking forward to May 14th and a chance to talk with you about our great students.
The intermediate principals will be meeting with Mr. Dillon soon to coordinate the transition planning for our students so we will be able to provide you with some additional details following that meeting.
Hope you enjoyed the sun today,

Kathryn Castonguay