Happy Fall from the Boxford PTO!

The Boxford PTO communicates through two websites that work together.
1. Check out our blog www.boxfordpto.blog to see what we’ve been doing ~ view photos and descriptions of our positive impact on students, schools and community.
2. Use our secure website www.boxfordpto.org to support what we do by donating, volunteering, purchasing and participating.
Note: If you haven’t created your account yet, please do, so your child is updated in the directory app. You will need the security code provided in our PTO newsletter to families, or there is a link to request it on our website home page. The directory app can be downloaded when you support the PTO with a donation of $50 or more.
We are sincerely grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you and your children sometime soon!

The Spofford Pond Homework Club is BACK !

We are very excited to offer this after school opportunity for students to complete their homework with the support of Spofford Pond staff members, which is funded through a Title One Grant. The club will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 7th through May 30th from 3:15 to 4:00 in our school library.

Interested students should be signed up for the days they will attend.  Students may attend one day each week or take advantage of both days each week. Please select the dates that work best for you as a family. Please register in advance to secure your spot by entering your child’s name in the sign-up box.  Your child’s name will not be visible to other users.

To sign up, please use the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A44A5AB29A2FF2-homework3

Ski Bradford Program Information

Tri-Town Council’s Horizons Ski Bradford program starts in January! Registration and informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at 7pm in the Spofford Pond School Library. This meeting is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for families NEW to the program AND for returning participants. Ski Bradford is for Spofford students grades 3-6 and includes recreational skiing and snowboarding as well as optional ski or snowboard lessons. Check backpack for flyer with more information.   Contact horizons@tritowncouncil.org with any questions or (978) 887-6512.

Halloween!

Next Wednesday is Halloween for the children!  Children may have the option of wearing a costume on Halloween (no masks, weapon accessories or violent costumes, or large blow-up costumes), they may also opt to wear black and orange clothing that day or they may choose to not dress up at all.

Read To Feed- Heifer International FundraiserThis month, the Student Council is encouraging students to raise money for the reading they do at home. This money will be donated to Heifer International. Please encourage your students to read, read, read! The fundraiser started October 1st and students will bring in their collected money on our first Spirit Day, October 31st.

Throughout the year, the student council and I will work together to have a few school spirit days and much like on Halloween this year, I will invite students who participate to donate in some way to a charity.  This is an easy and fun way for children to get involved in school events with the spirit of giving to others. We hope that these opportunities bring us together as a school community and together as part of the larger community around us.

 

Tri-Town Council News

Join TTC and The Coalition for an inspiring morning on Thursday, November 1st from 8:30 – 10:30AM with research scientist, consultant and author Dr. Jeff Linkenbach of The Montana Institute! Learn about the Science of the Positive Framework and its core assumption that the positive is real, prevalent and worth growing. When we apply this transformative framework to our families, workplaces or communities, it profoundly impacts the questions we ask, the information we gather, the perceptions we form, and the manner in which we move through the world. More information and registration link HERE.

 

Tri-Town Council’s Horizons Ski Bradford program starts in January! Registration and informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at 7pm in the Spofford Pond School Library. This meeting is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for families NEW to the program AND for returning participants. Ski Bradford is for Spofford students grades 3-6 and includes recreational skiing and snowboarding as well as optional ski or snowboard lessons. Check backpack for flyer with more information.   Contact horizons@tritowncouncil.org with any questions or (978) 887-6512.

 

 

Spofford Pond School Playground is OPEN!

We are so excited to announce that our new playground is officially open for PLAY!  We tried to have students out on the playground today, but the weather was not cooperative during our lunch periods with the rain!  We are excited that the children will get to play on it starting tomorrow!  We thank the Boxford School Committee and the  entire Boxford community for the support with making this new playground a reality for our students!  We will be hosting an official “Ribbon-Cutting” ceremony in the near-future.

Here are some photos of the playground:

 

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Boxford School Committee October Update –

 

The Boxford School Committee met on Thursday, October 11th. Topics discussed included the near completion of the Spofford Pond window and playground projects, a budget update, participation in the Green Community Initiative to reduce energy usage by 20% within 5 years, a school safety conference attended by members of the BSC, and the Design 39 school site visit for some Boxford teachers and administrators.

 

The discussion on school start times continues with the Masconomet School Committee. Stay tuned for more details from this collaborative subcommittee in the near future.

 

BSC members visited Spofford Pond School for lunch this week. A $3.00 meal includes a protein, grain, fruit, vegetable, salad bar, and a milk. Popcorn chicken or a hamburger with sweet potato fries were the entrée options the day we visited.

 

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The food served was cooked properly and the produce fresh, making this an appetizing meal. The kitchen staff were friendly, helpful, with a system in place for a variety of dietary restrictions and food intolerances.

 

New this year are the à la carte items that are USDA approved and on the John Stocker Institute A list. http://www.johnstalkerinstitute.org/alist/alist.pdf

Students may purchase up to two à la carte items daily for $0.75 each. Typically available are snack items such as chips, rice krispie treats or cookies, and water bottles. You may view your student(s) purchase from your Whitson’s account and parental controls may be added to student accounts. Please contact Steven Greenberg at the district office for further questions on the food service at either Harry Lee Cole or Spofford Pond Schools.

The TTU Parent University was Saturday October 20th at Howe Manning School in Middleton from 8:30a.m. – 12:15p.m. Parent University was an opportunity for parents to learn about ways to support their student in their education. More details about this event will be discussed at our next meeting.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, October 25th. Upcoming agendas and meeting minutes can be found at http://www.tritownschoolunion.com/node/boxford-school-committee .

Happy Fall!

Boxford School Committee

Carol Hubbard      chubbard@boxfordschools.org

Elizabeth Palmer   epalmer@boxfordschools.org

Renee Schildkraut  rschildkraut@boxfordschools.org

Terri Teleen        tteleen@boxfordschools.org

Heather Vaz        hvaz@boxfordschools.org

 

 

Message from the Town of Boxford, Office of the Board of Selectmen: 

 

There will be an important Special Town Meeting for all registered Boxford voters on TUESDAY, October 23, 2018 commencing at 7:00 p.m. sharp at the Masconomet Regional High School auditorium, 20 Endicott Road, Boxford.  Please arrive early enough to park and check-in with election officials.  The warrant for the meeting has been sent to all households and is available on the Town website at www.town.boxford.ma.us.  All Boxford voters are encouraged to attend this important meeting.  Thank you.