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Good Morning Sargent Families!

Last week was a busy one at the Sargent School!  We'd like to thank all of the parent volunteers who helped out at the Fall Book Fair, we couldn't do it without you!  Special thanks to Kris Murray who always runs our book fairs with the utmost precision and dedication.  Book fairs can be a lot of work and we appreciate all of those who showed up to lend a hand!  Additional thanks to those families who purchased books for our classroom teachers.

We also had our 3rd Annual Family Gingerbread House Making Night last Thursday!  It was a great success as always, with over 80 families attending and 139 houses sold!  The PTO would like to thank Jen Paquette and Heather Simonds for picking up the houses from Market Basket for us, storing them at their homes, and then getting them back to Sargent for decorating! We appreciate your assistance with this event Jen and Heather!

The PTO held its first annual Holiday Breakfast on Friday morning in the Sargent library.  We had a few parents and many teachers attend, and all were grateful for the chance to gather and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a bagel or muffin before starting the school day!  Thanks to those who stopped by!

Holiday Drives to Help the Community
Thank you to all who donated coats and boots for our drive!  It was very successful and we appreciate all those who took the time to clean out their closets and bring the coats and boots to school.  Stay tuned for another coat drive after Christmas!  Save those old coats if you receive new ones as gifts!

Continuing with this season of giving, we will be extending the canned/non-perishable food drive that began last Friday at the PTO Breakfast to Friday, December 14th.  This week, please have your students bring in food items to be donated to Lazarus House in Lawrence!  There will be a collection bin in the main lobby of Sargent.  Lazarus House has listed the following items as in most need at the moment, but any canned or nonperishables will be accepted, and appreciated!  Thank you for being so giving to those in need during this holiday season.

Most Needed Food Items for the Food Pantry’s Weekly Distribution:

  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Pasta –All types
  • White Rice (1lb bag or box)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Ravioli & Spaghetti
  • Canned Spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal in a Box
  • Ground Coffee


Interested in helping out with the planning for Sargent's Winter Carnival?  The Winter Carnival will be Friday, February 8th, 
and we'd love a group of parents to help the PTO organize it!  

We are also looking for anyone who might have connections to a sign/banner making company for the carnival!  We'd like to update our signs and banners this year and make them re-usable for years to come!  Anyone who thinks they can help with 
either the planning, or the sign-making, please e-mail the PTO presidents at sargentptopres@gmail.com. 
Thank you in advance!


Box Tops for Education
Please continue to clip your Box Tops over the holiday season!  Many holiday products contain Box Tops and this is a great time to earn some additional money for our school!  Additionally, PLEASE check expiration dates!  We have received many expired Box Tops. A full listing of products that contain Box Tops can be found here.  Keep up the great work!  Happy clipping!

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The PTO is a great way to get involved at Sargent. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours, there is something for everyone! For questions, interest, or additional information, please e-mail sargentpto.communications@gmail.com.

Please remember, if you are volunteering at the school (room parents, classroom parties, library, FUN RUN, etc) 

your CORI needs to be completed prior to your coming to the school.  Please download and fill out the form, 

and return it in person to the main office at Sargent.  CORIs need to updated every 3 years!

Download the CORI form here.


Stay connected!  Please check out our home page every Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), as well as our Facebook page for the latest Sargent news, calendar updates, and the many opportunities where you can get involved!  We are always looking for new and fresh ideas so we hope you can join us at our meetings!
 
Facebook : Annie L Sargent Elementary PTO

Have a great week!
Sargent PTO



January
Wednesday 1/16: PTO Meeting (7:00 pm)

February
Friday 2/8: PTO meeting (9:00 am)
Friday 2/8: Winter Carnival (6:00-8:00 pm)




Additional Information to Note:

Understanding Our Differences
Please help us keep this program going in North Andover! Without volunteers, the Understanding our Differences program for grades 3-5 will not be possible.  UOD reinforces our RAISE values, increases tolerance, reduces bullying and fosters respect, acceptance and compassion for people of all abilities. The curriculum covers autism, physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and chronic medical conditions such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy. Detailed information on each unit will be sent to parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students prior to the day of the event and is also available on the UOD website.

The UOD program is presented by parent volunteers, and volunteers are needed at all North Andover schools! This is an excellent opportunity to share time in the classroom with your own child or to get to know other parents and students, and it encourages friendship and empathy for people with disabilities in our community. You can volunteer at ANY school in town- it does not have to be the school your child attends! Questions and additional information regarding volunteering for UOD can be directed to UODofNA@gmail.com. No experience with disabilities is necessary! All training takes place online and can be completed in under twenty minutes. If you can help, please click here and add your name to any of the program(s) this year. Thank you so much for your support of this exciting program!

NAPAC 
NAPAC is conducting several surveys this year to gather parents' feedback on special education issues in North Andover. We need your input! If you have a child on an IEP or 504 plan, please take our short survey. All responses are confidential.



The North Andover Parent Advisory Council is a volunteer organization of parents with children on IEP and 504 plans. It is their mission to serve as advocates for the special needs community by promoting the understanding, respect, support, and appropriate education for all school-age children and young adults in our community. For more information, visit their website or check them out on Facebook.  Email: Northandoverpac@gmail.com

Library Wish List
Our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Courtney Ahearn, has put together a wish list of items that the Sargent Library could really use!  If you wish to purchase an item for our library, please click here for the list!

Sargent Lost and Found
Please remember to check Sargent's Lost and Found, which is located just outside of our cafeteria.  It is already quite full and we are out of hangers!  There are over 100 unlabeled coats and jackets currently in the Lost and Found, which means there is a 20% chance that something belongs to your family! We make every attempt to get items in the Lost and Found back to their owners, but anything that has been there more than 3 weeks will be donated!

Free Money Programs:

Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards - Please register your card for the 2018-2019 school year! Money for Sargent every time you shop! This program will begin on September 7, 2018.  Please register your rewards card at School Rewards. Our 5-digit school ID is 06277. You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID # to register.   More information on how to register your card can be found here.

To earn points:  Use your Stop & Shop Card each time you shop at Stop & Shop and you will earn CASH for our school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019.  At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.  Our school will receive one CASH awards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for our educational needs.  Please take a moment to register your Stop & Shop Card today! Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same!

Support Our School with Amazon Smile!
Since October 1st, 2017, Sargent School has earned over $170 using Amazon Smile!  Please sign up for this simple way to earn money for our school if you haven't already!  What is AmazonSmile?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school and the PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our school. You can use your existing Amazon account on Smile, there is no need to set up a new account.  For more information, please click here!

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Bay State Textile Bin 
Are you in the process of a back-to-school closet clean out?  There is a white Bay State Textile bin located in the Sargent parking lot to collect household items that may otherwise be discarded, lugged to another bin, or put out on the curb. Please consider donating your items into this bin!  The contributions are weighed and Bay State Textiles sends a rebate check monthly to the school based on the weight of the donation.  Help support our school while also cleaning house! Click here for more information on Bay State Textiles.  Their flyer for North Andover schools can be found here.

North Andover Food Rescue 
The Food Rescue is up and running smoothly for the 2018-2019 school year.!  They have added the new ABECC to their rotation, meaning they now rescue food at every public school in North Andover!  They could really use your help!  The North Andover Food Rescue is looking for volunteers to help collect and distribute uneaten, unopened food from the Sargent cafeteria- a shift of only 20 minutes can make a huge difference for many people in our community! To sign up for a shift, please click here. To read more about the Food Rescue and how it works, click here.  You can also visit their website.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Kristi Hale and Jess Belongia at nafoodrescue@gmail.com.  Thank you for your continued support!

North Andover Schools Enrichment Council 
NORTH ANDOVER SCHOOLS ENRICHMENT COUNCIL is a volunteer-run, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 1986, their mission is to support, strengthen and enrich the North Andover school curriculum by providing in-school cultural and educational programs in the Sciences and Humanities.  North Andover Schools Enrichment Council (NASEC) is supported by North Andover PTOs, grants, and generous private donations.  It is comprised of representatives from each of the five elementary schools and the middle school.  Our Sargent Elementary NASEC representative is Robyn Delaney, and she can be reached at delaneyrobyn@gmail.comTo find out more information about NASEC, visit their website or check them out on Facebook too!

North Andover Foundation for Education
The purpose of the North Andover Foundation for Education (NAFE) is to provide the public schools of North Andover with the resources necessary to enhance curriculum, programs, and services beyond those that are supported in the annual budget.  It is the goal of the foundation is to provide additional educational opportunities for students and teachers to support the North Andover Public Schools in cultivating a community of engaged learners, insightful thinkers, and effective communicators.

Marker Recycling
All around Sargent, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more! Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off boxes will be located in the art room and outside the cafeteria for your child to deposit the markers. Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year. Remember, don’t throw out that used marker— ColorCycle it!


What's Happening Around Town:  Check the community announcements for more information on . . .
  • School Committee Meetings