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Good Morning Sargent Community!

Happy last few days of school!  The final day of school is Wednesday, June 19th, and it is a half day with an 11:50 am dismissal. The PTO wants to THANK YOU for such a wonderful 2018-2019 school year!  Without our parent volunteers, we would not be able to do all of the terrific things we do at the Sargent School!  Thank you all for your generous dedication and commitment to our school.  We look forward to another great year in September!  Have a safe and happy summer!

We hope our students had a wonderful time at their end-of-year picnics, and that the 5th graders had a fabulous time at Brooks Day!  Best wishes to all 5th graders moving on to middle school...we will miss you!

5th Grade Clap Out 6/19/19!
What is the 5th Grade Clap Out?
The Sargent 5th grade Clap Out happens on the last day of school, in the morning. 
Clap out happens after attendance is taken. Students will make their way through the school and arrive to the gym around 8:45. 
This is a fun way for our 5th graders to receive a final cheer (clap) from their former teachers and classmates. It is an opportunity to be acknowledged by our school community during a 15 minute walk through the halls of Sargent to music piped over the PA system. The 5th graders especially look forward to the end of the Clap Out, as it marks a special time in their classrooms to sign each other's Memory Books and celebrate the kick-off of summer before dismissal at 11:50.  Parents have enjoyed seeing their child walk through the Clap Out portion of the day, in the gym, which takes approximately 10 minutes. This is completely optional for parents to attend.  Afterward, students will be looking to celebrate in their classrooms as a 
final goodbye with their  
teachers and classmates before dismissal!
Questions can be e-mailed to: sargentpto.5thgradecommmittee@gmail.com


School Supply Kits for 2019-2020!
Don't want to think about buying school supplies this summer? Let us help!
The PTO has again teamed up with SchoolKidz, a Staples company, to offer families quality school supplies in a kit delivered directly to your child's classroom for the first day of school. Supply kits will contain everything your child needs for class, regardless of which teacher they have in the fall. The kit costs are as follows:

1st grade: $56
2nd grade: $57
3rd grade: $55
4th grade: $42
5th grade: $43

To order your kit and other items:

2. Enter our school's account number- 86272
3. Choose the appropriate grade level kit: REMEMBER TO CHOOSE THE GRADE YOUR CHILD WILL BE ENTERING IN THE FALL!
4. Enter your child's first and last name
5. Add to the cart, confirm your order and checkout

Orders MUST be completed by June 28, 2019.

Questions can be directed to
sargentpto.communcations@gmail.com


Annie L. Sargent School Volunteer Scholarship
The Annie L. Sargent School Volunteer Scholarship was formed by the teaching staff to recognize the many volunteers who contribute their time and talents to the Sargent School Community and its students.  The scholarship is awarded to a former Sargent School student who demonstrates a strong commitment to serving others through volunteering within or outside of the North Andover School Community. This year the scholarship was awarded to Evan Saindon. Congratulations, Evan!


*Superintendent's Summer Reading Challenge*
Please click here to read all about the challenge!


Sargent Teachers' Room Kitchenette Renovation
As many of you know, the PTO purchased a new, larger refrigerator for the Sargent Teachers' room in May of this year.  This refrigerator replaced a very old, much smaller one.  Our next goal is to make this larger refrigerator fit into the kitchenette space. This is a project we will tackle this summer.  We were able to order inexpensive cabinets from Home Depot, and we have Sargent parent volunteers who have kindly offered their time and expertise to do the plumbing, electrical work, and general carpentry. A granite countertop has been graciously donated by Worcester Marble and Granite of Middleton.  We are very excited for this project, and can't wait until the teachers see it when they come back to school in August!  We can't thank the Sargent community enough for all of their hard work fundraising throughout the year- it allows us to do special things for our school, such as this! Please see below for pictures of the existing kitchen (with the old refrigerator)  and also the computer rendering of what it will look like once finished.  Questions or comments about this project can be e-mailed to sargentpto.communications@gmail.com.

Existing Kitchenette

New Kitchenette! (To Be)


Pristash Award
Congratulations to our very own Mrs. Kristina Murray for being one of the 2019 recipients of the Pristash Award!  This award is presented annually to volunteers who have demonstrated an unselfish commitment to the North Andover Public Schools.  No one deserved this award more than Kris and we could not be more proud, and appreciative of her!  She truly makes the Sargent School a better place to be.  Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Murray!



Box Tops Update
Boxtops will be moving to a digital platform and will be rolling out a brand new app in June.  Please continue to clip your Box Tops until they go digital! 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! 

Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards
Thank you to those who registered their Stop and Shop Cards and participated in this program for the 2018-2019 school year! We earned $2106.15!! This is terrific! The program has now ended for the year and will resume in September. CURRENT supporters DO NOT need to re-register their Stop & Shop Card in September. NEW supporters DO need to register their Stop & Shop Card via their personal online account. Thank you again- every little bit counts!

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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 summer!
Sargent PTO


June

6/19: Last (1/2) Day of School!



Additional Information to Note:

Sargent School Drop Off/Pick Up Procedure 
Our main goal is to safely and efficiently welcome and dismiss all of our students daily. Thank you all in advance for your efforts.  Please click here to view the map.

Drop Off 
  • Please use Johnson Street (not Abbot St.) to enter and exit the school. There is NO entering or exiting from Abbott Street between 8:00 - 8:30 am. 
  • Drop off time begins at 8:10 am. Please do not drop students off before 8:10 AM as there is no supervision before that time. 
  • Pull your car all the way up as far as you can go before dropping your child. 
  • DO NOT PASS cars in line at drop off. Please wait until the car in front of you moves forward 
  • Students should exit from the passenger side only. 
  • Please note there is NO parking on Abbott Street at any time. 
  • There is no parking in handicap spots. 
Pick Up 
  • Please use Johnson Street (not Abbott St.) to enter and exit the school. There is NO entering or exiting from Abbott Street between 2:35 - 3:10 pm. 
  • All cars must have a Sargent issued name placard visible. If you do not have one you will be asked to park and enter the building to sign out your child with identification. If you need a placard please contact the school secretary and one will be provided to you. 
  • Students will enter cars from the sidewalk and enter cars on the passenger side only. 
  • DO NOT PASS cars in line at drop off. Please wait until the car in front of you moves forward. 
  • Please note there is NO parking on Abbott Street at any time. 
  • There is no parking in handicap spots. 
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!

Understanding Our Differences
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. Thank you so much for your support of this exciting program!

Free Money Programs:

Box Tops for Education
Boxtops will be moving to a digital platform and will be rolling out a brand new app in June of 2019.  Please continue to clip your Box Tops! 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! 

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