Welcome to the Spofford Pond School Choral Program!   

My name is Mrs. Matthews and I am the music teacher at Spofford Pond. I would like to invite your child to become a member of the Spofford Pond School Chorus. This program is open to all boys and girls in grades 3-6.

Rehearsals Schedule:

Senior Chorus (5th& 6th Grade) rehearses on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am sharp!

Junior Chorus (3rd& 4th Grade) rehearses on Thursday mornings at 7:30 am sharp!

*Rehearsals begin the week of September 17th

If your child is interested in joining chorus this year please complete the permission slip and return to Mrs. Matthews by September 20th. This is going to be a fun year filled with music and I cannot wait to begin rehearsing!

 

Link to permission slip:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dXhE3OHFVLdnntCuzCZe88MvcyKQ9obro7gBstnIRzY/edit?usp=sharing

 

Musically,

Mrs. Matthews

Choral Director

Spofford Pond School

E-mail: lmatthews@boxfordschools.org

 

Building Update

Dear Spofford Pond Families,

I hope this message finds you enjoying the extended summer weather we have been having!

As you know, this summer has been a high heat/high humidity season. Here at Spofford Pond, along with many other schools across Massachusetts this summer, the volume of days with high dew-point contributed to extra moisture in the air which can sometimes lead to small areas of surface mold and mildew appearing on fibrous surfaces.  As would be expected, our facilities department has a mitigation protocol they follow for this type of infrequent occurrence and it has been effective as coming off the four-day warm weekend there were no areas needing attention.
Also, during the Labor Day weekend, the remaining new window frames were installed which has helped to keep the moisture out of the building as these warm days have continued into September.  We are so grateful for the support of the community with our building projects as they add decades of longevity to our schools.

I look forward to seeing you at Open House this week!

Sincerely,
Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

MASCO YOUTH HOCKEY

The hockey season is here!  Join us at our Learn to Skate and Introduction to Hockey programs for the upcoming season.  We offer professional instruction and our 8 week session only costs $100.  We skate on Saturdays at 9:20am at the Essex rinks in Middleton starting September 15th.   For more information please email us at myh.learntoskate@gmail.com.  Play for your home towns!  MASCO Pride!

Boxford Public Library Afterschool Program

Boxford Public Library is pleased to announce the return of, “Afterschool @ The Library” on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Where: Children’s Area

When: Every MondayTuesday, and Wednesday school is in session, from 3:15 to 5:00 pm

Who: Third through sixth graders at Spofford Pond Elementary.

What will be available:

  • Chromebooks
  • Legos
  • light snacks
  • games
  • Safe environment with sign-in and parent sign-out, and safety monitoring provided by the Children’s Librarian

Band Registration

 BAND REGISTRATION TIME!
The Spofford Band program invites all students in Grades 4-6 to participate in our program of instrumental lessons and bands.
Parents of all 4th Grade students, new 5th & 6th grade students and participants in last year’s Band program have been sent information and registration forms. These are due by Wednesday, September 5th. New 5th & 6th grade students who are interested in joining the Band should see Mrs. Monty as soon as possible. All forms can also be downloaded from the Spofford Band Website
6th & 5th Grade morning Band rehearsals begin Monday and Tuesday, September 10th and 11th, respectively. Registration forms are due Wednesday, September 5th. Parents will receive information about their child’s instrumental lesson by September 8th.
All instrumental lessons begin the week of September 10th and parents will receive information about their child’s first instrumental lesson by September 8th.
Please Be sure to add the following dates to your calendar:
  • Wednesday, September 5th – Registrations forms due
  • Wednesday, September 5th @ 6:30PM –  New Parent informational meeting & instrument rental opportunity in the Spofford caf.
  • Week of September 10th– Morning rehearsals and instrumental lessons begin.
The Tri Town Council Samba Drum Ensemble 
This inclusive ensemble is part of the atriTown Council’s afterschool Horizons programming. It is open to any student in grades 3-6 at the Spofford Pond, Howe Manning and Proctor schools and meets at Spofford every Tuesday from 3:25-4:10. No drumming experience is required and instruments are provided for rehearsals and performances. The band is directed by Mrs. Andrea Monty and mentored by students from Mqsco’s Middle and High School.  The first Samba Drum Ensemble will be held on Tuesday, September 11th. Please contact Mrs. Monty (amonty@boxfordschools.org) for more information or register directly with the TriTown Council at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efmgjvp9cde030c5&oseq=&c=&ch=
IMPORTANT BAND DATES
– Wed., Sept. 5th – 6:30PM – Parent Information meeting and Rental Night
– Week of Sept. 10th – All instrumental lessons begin
– Mon., Sept. 10th – 7:25am – 6th Grade Band morning rehearsals begin
– Tues., Sept. 11th – 7:25am – 5th Grade Band morning rehearsals begin
   – Tues., Sept 11th– 3:25pm – Samba Band rehearsals begin

Spofford Pond Parent Open House Night

Dear Parents,

We invite you to attend our Parent Open House night on September 6, 2018.  The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 6th

5:15 pm- 5:45 pm–Grades 3 and 4 in classrooms
6:00pm-6:30 pm–Cafeteria presentation for all parents
6:30-7:00pm–Grades 5 and 6 in the classrooms

Due to the Rosh Hashanah observance on September 10th and 11th, we moved this date to September 6th.

We look forward to seeing you on September 6th!

Sincerely,
Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Welcome Back to School!

August 22, 2018

Dear Spofford Pond Students and Families,

Welcome back to the new school year! The teachers and I are very excited to see your children on the first day of school! It is always a very special time of many new beginnings! This year, our building has continued with ‘phase two’ of its renovation. The projects this summer have included new windows and a playground update. Both of these projects are still underway with an expected completion date of the end of September. The window work will be completed after school hours and the playground construction area is secured so that work may continue during the day. Again, it will be completed over the coming weeks and will not have an impact on student safety, teaching or learning. Thank you all for your understanding while we await the final touches to our beautiful school!

This year, the Tri-Town School Union and Spofford Pond School remain committed to implementing best practices for both academic instruction and social-emotional learning. Educators will be exploring project-based learning opportunities that are motivating, inspire students with a sense of creativity and curiosity, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Additionally, there will be co-taught classrooms in the building that will create environments that are engaging and expose students to the best practices in teaching and learning. As the year progresses, Spofford Pond School staff will be embedding four competencies into all areas of instruction to promote character education and social-emotional growth. The four identified competencies will be a growth mindset, social awareness, self-management, and self-efficacy.

This coming October, we will be offering a “Parent University” for parents/guardians. It will be held on October 20th, so mark your calendars! The TTU Parent University is an opportunity for parents and guardians in Boxford, Topsfield, and Middleton to come together and learn ways to support their children in their educational journey. Parent University is designed to support parents and families across a variety of relevant topics including understanding the methods and practices of school curricula, exploring best supports for social-emotional learning, navigating digital citizenship, and prioritizing parent wellness as a critical component. The conference is designed into a series of engaging presentations and discussions that will provide insight and perspective on topics ranging from academics, character education, and preparing students for the journey ahead, including middle school, high school, and the world beyond. This year’s event will be highlighted by keynote speaker, Dr. Bill Daggett, who will expose parents to the fourth industrial revolution and the role of relationships, rigor and relevance in the school setting. We see this as a unique way to partner with parents to enrich themselves and to help their children thrive.

All of the above will be connected back to the newly developed vision for the Tri-Town School Union, which is as follows:

Tri-Town School Union Vision Statement: The Tri-Town School Union believes in nurturing a dynamic learning environment where creative thinkers and innovative problem-solvers develop the empathy, resilience, perseverance, self-management, and kindness needed to positively impact the world.

We are proud to share that this vision was collaboratively written and developed by Dr. Morrison, all three School Committees, staff, and parents. In fact, you may recall Dr. Morrison asking for your feedback and thoughts as he engaged in the visioning process for the district. Our work will be anchored by this vision as we move into the new school year and beyond.

Staffing

With regard to staffing, I am pleased to warmly welcome our new staff members who will be terrific additions to the Spofford Pond staff. They are:                                                                                                

Ms. Ada Greenberg

Assistant Principal

Ms. Lindsay Kasmarcik

ELA/SS Instructional Support Specialist

Ms. Molly Stanton

Special Education Teacher

Ms. Madison Stanton

Special Education Teacher

 

Communication

School Calendar: We will continue to have our online school calendar (using Google) to list upcoming events. There will continue to be a link on my blog– under the tab “Calendars” at the top of the blog. There will also continue be a link on the school website under the “Quick Links”.

Blog: I will continue to have a Principal Blog. Please sign up for my blog by going to this link and entering your email on the left side of the blog at: https://spoffordpondprincipalblog.com/

Please note that by doing this you will receive emails from blog updates.

Facebook Page: I plan to continue to update parents about school events through this page as well as through my blog.

Dates & Reminders

8/29 First Day of School for Students with a 1:15 dismissal. Lunch will be served.

9/10  Open House for Parents Grades 3 & 4 Spofford

9/11 Open House for Parents Grades 5 & 6 Spofford

9/11 School Picture day for students-more information to follow

Arrival & Dismissal

Our morning arrival and afternoon dismissal procedures have remained the same. However, for dismissal, it is important that parents stay in the car line. Parents should not be parking and getting out of cars during dismissal to pick up their child. Walking through the line of cars is a safety-risk and can cause confusion with the car lines. I will be outside during dismissal to monitor student and car safety. We will work diligently to allow for a quick, efficient and safe dismissal.

Important Parent Links

I have some homework for parents before the first day of school:

  1. Please mark your personal calendars with the early release dates, delayed openings, and non-school dates: Boxford Public Schools 2018-2019 School Year Calendar
  2. Please also check the bus routes on the school website: Bus Routes
  3. Please also update (if needed) your My School Bucks/Nutri-Kids account online to ensure that is set up for your child’s lunch (if they will be purchasing lunch):

Boxford Schools – Whitsons Information

August Lunch Menu

September Lunch Menu

  1. Our handbook is attached to this email, you may elect to sign the signature pages electronically this year through the link below or opt to send back the hard copies of the signature pages you will receive during the first week of school.   18-19 Student Handbook
  2. Finally, use this link for Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

I thank you and our School Committee for the continued support of our school. We are very excited about the new staff and programs that are provided to us. I look forward to a successful and rigorous learning year with your children.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Ed.D.

Principal

Spofford Pond School

340 Trees Planted in our School’s Name!

Congratulations are in order for our school! As we are a TreeRing Green Yearbook School and since we sold 340 yearbooks, 340 trees are going to be planted in our school’s name!  The TreeRing Yearbook company partners with  a company called, Trees for the Future, to accomplish this. So, we are excited to be GREEN!

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June 22, 2018

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you with gratitude for another wonderful year spent with your children! The teachers and I truly enjoyed watching the students grow throughout the days and weeks of this school year.  It is such an honor and privilege to be a part of their journey in life!  As today marks the end of this school year, I wanted to give you a preview of a few new staff members joining us in September as well as some changes to our classrooms.

New Staff

We are excited to welcome two new special education teachers and a new ELA/Social Studies Instructional Support Specialist. I have included a short paragraph about each new staff member below:

Lindsay Kasmarcik

Mrs. Kasmarcik will be joining Boxford as the ELA/SS Instructional Support Specialist. She will come on board at the start of the school year and will transition with the support of Donna Morton who will be retiring in October.

Lindsay received her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University, and her M. Ed. in Literacy Education from Binghamton University in New York. Lindsay is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and as a Reading Specialist. She has experience teaching various grade levels and has most recently worked at Essex Elementary School in Essex. Prior to that she worked at the Elmer S. Bagnall School in the Pentucket school district. Lindsay has experience with co-teaching and project-based learning and is excited to work in a district that shares these passions.

Madison Stanton:

Ms. Stanton holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed. in Special Education.  She previously worked in the Newburyport Public School system. In Newburyport, Madison was as teaching assistant in a Social/Emotional/Behavioral classroom for the past three years.

Molly Simms

Mrs. Simms has a B.A. in Education and M.Ed. from Boston College. She comes to us from a charter school in Roslindale where she has worked as a special education teacher for the past five years.

We are currently in the screening/interview process for a part-time Assistant Principal.  I will share that information when we have hired this staff member.  We are excited to welcome our new staff in August!

Classroom Changes

For classrooms next year, there are a few new faces and teaching combinations.  We have Mrs. Medugno who will be a third grade teacher again!  Mrs. Valzania is moving to grade five.  Mrs. Soloman is moving over to a third grade class after teaching Kindergarten for several years at the Harry Lee Cole School.

I am also excited to tell you how, across the Tri-Town, we are working to support our district vision with co-taught classes for next school year.  Here at Spofford Pond, we will have one classroom at each grade level that will have two full-time certified teachers. This means that both teachers will provide instruction and inclusionary support to all students.  We are very fortunate to be able to add this educational model to the many ways we work with students in our school.  I have included for you some interesting, relevant, and important take-aways about this new model:

  • When working effectively together, these two teachers are able to modify, accommodate and instruct all students in their classroom in relation to their learning style and learning needs.
  • As part of the Co-Teaching team, the teachers will be responsible for instructing, challenging, and maintaining high academic and SEL expectations for all students in the class.
  • Co-teachers share instructional responsibility and accountability for a single group of students for whom they both have ownership primarily in a shared classroom or workspace (Friend, 2014).

If your child has two teachers at the top of his or her class list for the upcoming school year, this means he/she is placed in this new instructional model.  Our goal is always to provide all students with the greatest amount of opportunities to dive deep into the rigor of our curriculum, become curious learners and engage in meaningful ways with both the content and the teacher.

I wish you all a safe and happy summer with your children!  I am around throughout the summer if you need anything! The best way to get in touch with me is through email.

Sincerely,
Kathryn Castonguay,  Ed.D.

Principal

DASH Disability Awareness Starts Here Sponsored by Tri-Town Council

 

Dear Parents,

DASH is an AMAZING learning experience for our students!  It has been in our schools for over 20 years and it truly teaches children about diversity and the importance of supporting all of our community members in an inclusive manner. The parents that run this program have always impressed me with how well they have connected with our students to help them develop empathy and understanding for people living with disabilities. 

As your child’s school principal, I ask that you take a moment to read the letter below and consider volunteering your time for this vital educational experience in our school.

Thank you so much!
Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017-2018 DASH programs. Having completed it’s 23rd year, the importance of DASH – to increase the empathy and understanding of those with disabilities – is as great today as the day it started. Unfortunately, we are at risk across the Tri-Town of not being able to bring the curriculum to each grade unless we can replace the Board seats of those who will be stepping down at the end of this school year.

Available positions, with basic descriptions, are as follows:

  • Topsfield Director – manages executive duties with Boxford and Middleton Directors, including scheduling of     meetings, DASH dates, classroom day/times, etc. This position does come with a stipend.
  • Board Liasons – becomes expert in Grade level curriculum (see below for Grades available and the corresponding disability), readies classroom materials, trains Unit Leaders (parent volunteers who teach the curriculum in the class), is available to help volunteer in classroom if needed.
    • Grade 1 (Boxford) – Similarities and Differences
    • Grade 2 (Boxford) – Visual Impairments
    • Grade 3 (Topsfield, Boxford, and Middleton) – Hearing Impairments
    • Grade 4 (Topsfield and Boxford) – Invisible Disabilities
    • Grade 5 (Middleton) – Physical Disabilities
  • Secretary – takes meeting minutes (approx. 4 board meetings per school year), oversees marketing and social media, manages approval and distribution of backpack flyers, schedules training dates, creates Sign-Up accounts to manage volunteers. Most of this job can be done at home.

If you have any interest in learning more, or volunteering for any of these positions, please contact Gretchen Fishman (Boxford Director) at Gretchen_fishman@yahoo.com or Jacki Dubois (Middleton Director) at jackidubois@gmail.com with your town and area of interest.

Thank you for your consideration,

DASH Directors