Dining Out with the PTO!!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Voucher must be presented or Boxford PTO mentioned to the server in order for the PTO to receive benefit.

Two locations:

Bertucci’s of North Andover

435 Andover Street

North Andover, MA


Bertucci’s of Peabody

15 Newbury Street

Peabody, MA


From Tri-Town Council…Tri-Town Unplugged!

Tri-Town Unplugged!

February is the perfect month to unplug!  This calendar of daily ideas serves as a reminder that there is more to life than what is on the other side of the plug.

These activities emphasize person to person interaction, health and wellness. All are encouraged to participate in in Tri-Town UNPLUGGED activities during the month of February!

Check out the Tri-Town UNPLUGGED Calendar 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”!

Internal Asset Category:  Positive Identity

The way kids (or anyone, for that matter) feel about themselves can fluctuate with circumstances. Depending on what’s happening, young people may feel confident or unsure, optimistic or pessimistic, in control or not in control. These ups and downs are normal.   What’s important is what a young person’s identity is like most of the time.  If kids have a sense of their self-worth, power, purpose and promise, they are more likely to feel  hopeful and optimistic, and believe they can make a difference even when difficulties arise.


Asset Tip:  Catch your child “doing something right”.  Help children learn to focus on their strengths by pointing out to them all the different things they can do.

Tri-Town Council Workshop for Parents

A workshop for parents/guardians of 5th- 9th gradersHelp Your Child Tackle School Projects: Tools and Strategies for Strengthening Executive Function on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Masconomet High School Library from  7:00 – 9:00 PM. L

ong-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.

Olympian Inspiration

On Monday Jan. 29, Olympic fencer Molly Sullivan Sliney spoke to our third graders—and she returns Wednesday the 31st for our fifth graders. These photos show students envisioning the Olympics Opening Ceremonies as she described them, listening intently to her personal story, and meeting her with a handshake and smile. Ms. Sliney described her love of fencing, her struggle with an invisible disability, the value of having positive activities in ones life, and how she took what she learned in fencing and applied it to her academics and life. She closed the presentation by connecting with each and every important child. Ask a third-grader or fifth-grader what Molly’s disability was, how her thinking changed, what her coach drew with her name, how she learned to reach her goals, or anything else interesting! Many thanks to the Boxford PTO for sponsoring these inspirational visits. For more information on Ms. Sliney, visit www.sliney.com.

From the Nurse’s Office…

Dear Parents,

We have seen an increased incidence of illnesses in our school over the past few weeks. Within the classroom and throughout the school, we are encouraging good hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette, as well as cleaning classrooms daily.

Illnesses like the stomach bug, colds, fevers and flu are spread from person to person in respiratory droplets. This can happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air and are deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby.  Germs also can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches his or her own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

To keep our students healthy we would like to pass on the following guidelines:

  • Please remind your children that the best defenses against illness are eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest (10 hours a night for this age group) and most importantly washing hands. Hands should be washed before eating, after coughing/sneezing, and after using the bathroom.


  • Please report cases of Flu, strep throat, and fevers to the health office.


  • Keep children home from school if they have any of the following Flu-like symptoms. Fever of over 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, chills, nausea or vomiting. Children should be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications) before returning to school.


  • Remind children to cover their mouth and nose.  Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away.  Cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve if they do not have a tissue.


  • Children experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting should also wait a full 24 hours free of symptoms before returning to school.


  • Students with bacterial infections should be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours and be feeling well enough to participate in school activities before returning to school.


Thank you very much,

Cindy Fiore RN BSN


Patriots Spirit Day!



The Student Council has declared tomorrow as an additional “Spirit Day” for Patriots Pride!   Children are encouraged to wear a Patriots shirt or team colors in honor of the Super Bowl weekend!  This is just for fun and not for a fundraiser.

Go  Patriots!!

Thank you!

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Sixth Grade Students Present Service Project at Friday’s All School Assembly

During the all school assembly today at Spofford Pond school, Caitlin Flynn spoke to the students about the Navy Seal Foundation. The Navy Seal Foundation was established in 2000 to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Caitlyn shared an interview she conducted with her uncle who has been a Navy Seal for 13 years. Through this organization, Navy Seals know that family will be cared for while deployed, when they return, and in the event of trauma.

Cameron DiDonato introduced the students to A Bed for Every Child. Part of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, A Bed for Every Child provides beds for kids who do not have a bed of their own. Last year through generous donations, they were able to provide beds to 1,510 children in neighboring areas such as Lawrence, Lynn, and Lowell. When a child has a bed of their own, they have the opportunity for a good night sleep which leads to a good education. A good education can break the cycle of poverty.

How can you help? All next week, bring your spare change to school! As Caitlin said, if every student brings $1, we’d raise about $400. If every student brings $5 we’d raise approximately $2,000. Proceeds from this 6th grade service project will be split between these two great organizations.



Dine Out with the PTO!!

1)  Bertucci’s

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Voucher must be presented or Boxford PTO mentioned to the server in order for the PTO to receive benefit.

Two locations:

Bertucci’s of North Andover

435 Andover Street

North Andover, MA

Bertucci’s of Peabody

15 Newbury Street

Peabody, MA

2)  Chili’s

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

11:00am – 11:00 pm

Voucher must be presented or Boxford PTO mentioned in order for the PTO to receive benefit.

Chili’s Danvers

10 Newbury Street

Danvers, MA 

Be on the look-out for email for an email from the PTO with more information and for the flyers/vouchers in backpack mail— that you will need to bring with you when you dine out in order for the PTO to get credit.