If you have any questions, or would like to submit a notice to be posted on our site (must be received by Thursday each week) 
send us a message to us at:


Please note, the Sargent PTO Communications e-mail address has recently changed.  The new address is ptocommunications@nasargentpto.net.  Please use this address for all future inquiries!


Good Morning Sargent Community! 

Our January PTO Meeting will still be this Wednesday, January 15th, but the time has changed!  It is now at 9:00 am in the Sargent data room, which is at the end of the first floor hallway, in the former kindergarten classroom area. Dr. Gilligan will be joining us to speak about the recent NAPS budget meeting.  PLEASE COME to this important meeting if you are able to!

5th Grade Parents!  Please keep reading below for important information on both Winter Carnival volunteering, and Memory Book information!


Stay tuned for upcoming news on Sargent's Winter Carnival, which will be held on Friday, February 7th.


Next NASEC Show at Sargent! This Week!
Museum of Science: Now Hear This, Grade 4
Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 14th at 9:00 am, Grade 4 will attend a special Enrichment Council program; Museum of Science: Now Hear This.  In this traveling program performed in the Sargent School cafeteria, our 4th grade students will learn about vibrations and how changes in their frequency and amplitude result in different kinds of sound. They'll hear a sonic boom (location dependent), test whether sound can travel through a vacuum, and see a wine glass shatter solely due to sound. 
If you'd like to volunteer to provide minimal support for set-up, break down and attend with the 4th-grade class, please click Volunteer for this Show You do not need to have a child in the 4th-grade to volunteer.  Learn more about the NA Enrichment Council.

In Memoriam
The PTO was honored to make a donation to the Every Child Fund at Boston Children's Hospital in loving memory of Sargent student Eva Rodrigues, who sadly passed away on December 31st.  Eva was a second grader in Mrs. Clough's multiple supports classroom, and she will be dearly missed by everyone at Sargent School.



Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are again needed for the following Understanding Our Differences programs at Sargent

2/06/20- Deafness Program (3rd Grade) 8:45-10:45 am.

Click the sign up link to volunteer.  

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.  For more information on Understanding Our Differences, please click here.  Thank you so much for your support of this exciting program!


Be Sure to Check Out the Sargent Nurse's Page!  

Let's try to stay healthy as a school this winter!  


*Important 5th Grade Information!*
Memory Book Information and Winter Carnival Volunteering!

As a reminder, is time to start gathering digital pictures for the 2020 Grade 5 Memory Book. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this project, the Memory Book is a compilation of memories and photos of the class of 2027 during their elementary years. These pictures are similar in style to the candid class pages found annually in the yearbook. We are looking for ANY pictures taken of the children at school during the past 6 years. The deadline for pictures will be February 29, 2020.

Please use the instructions below to upload the following:

  • One baby picture – ideally, less than 1 year old. 

  • Kindergarten through Grade 5  - a picture of your child with friends in each grade.  The kids love the pictures of them with their friends, so find a favorite from each grade to use.

  • Photos from 5th Grade Activities: Fun Run, Halloween, Snowman Making, Mama Mia Pasta Ria, etc.

 

When choosing photos, please note:

  • Only Sargent Class of 2020 students and teachers can be included in the Memory Book.   Other family and friends cannot be included.

  • The photos should be from Sargent events or field trips, not private events off-site

  • There are about 110 kids in the class to be included in the grade collage pages, so we will likely crop out backgrounds and scenery, unless adding context to a Sargent Memory.

  • Photos often appear darker on the collage pages – light/bright photos show more clearly than darker ones.

  • JPEG or PNG images can be no bigger than 5MB each 


Here is how you can submit photos online, from either your computer or phone:

  • Go to: https://images.memoryebooks.com/login

    If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 414733685

  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.

  • Please provide your child's First Name, Last Name, and Grade for each Photo. For the Baby Photo, please put "Baby" in the Description. This is very important!

  • Click "Save" Details".

Although the Memory Books are distributed in June, much of the work to make this book is completed in January. We look forward to working with you all on this project and hope to create a special book for these incredible kids.

Best regards,
Laurie Lawlor and Christine Gregory
Memory Book Co-Chairs


Winter Carnival 5th Grade Student & Parent Volunteers Needed
On Friday, February 7th the PTO is sponsoring its annual Winter Carnival. Once again the 5th grade class will provide a concession stand at the event!  They will be selling pizza, beverages and snacks. All profits made from this event will go towards their end of year events such as Brooks Day!


This is a service project for your 5th grader to donate their time and give back to Sargent.  This is optional but we hope that you will encourage them to participate. We are asking that each 5th grader sign up for a 30 minute shift to help out with this event. We will also need a handful of parents to help out as well.  A sign up form will be sent home in your 5th grader’s backpack over the next week or so. We have also attached it here for you to print. Please complete the below form and return to your child’s teacher by January 31st.

Or, you can click the following link below to sign up. Winter Carnival Sign-Up Your help is greatly appreciated!  Thank you!


Sargent Lost and Found
Please remember to check Sargent's Lost and Found, which is located just outside of our cafeteria.  Missing something?  Email Brenda at brkrafft@gmail.com and she will keep an eye out for you.  Trying on those boots from last year soon?  As you start pulling out your family's winter gear, check that everything has a name on it.  If we can identify an owner, we can return it to you.

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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 1/15: PTO Meeting (9:00 am)

Friday 1/17: No School for Students, Professional Development

Monday 1/20: No School for Students, MLK Holiday


February

Friday 2/7: PTO meeting (9:00 am)

Friday 2/7: Winter Carnival (6:00-8:00 pm)




Additional Information to Note:

Winter Jubilee and Sweetheart Dances!

Winter Jubilee for 4th and 5th grade girls and their adult guests will be held on Friday January 31st from 7:00-9:30 pm.
Sweetheart Dance for 2nd and 3rd grade girls and their adult guests on Saturday February 1st from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm. 

Both dances will be held at the North Andover Middle School. We hope you received the flyer that was distributed to all schools with details about the dances.  Tickets may be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4425599. Tickets are $25 per couple and $10 per additional girl when purchased in advance. 

Please consider Forgetta's Flowers (978 682-3885) for corsages and boutonnieres as they kindly donate centerpieces that are raffled at the end of the evening.  Don't forget cash or checks for raffle tickets and photography!

Bring a donation of any size for the North Andover People's Pantry and receive 1 free raffle ticket per couple.  The People's Pantry has suggested soup or a box with hot chocolate envelopes. 


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. 

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 representatives are Lisa Meldrim and Maureen McLean. To find out more information about NASEC, visit their website or check them out on Facebook too!  Please click here for the list of NASEC shows at Sargent this school year!

NAPAC 
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!

Free Money Programs:

Box Tops Update
Boxtops has moved to a digital platform! Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online.  Click here for all details!

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! This program is now up and running for the 2019-2020 school year! 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.

New Supporters or Existing Supporters Wishing to Make Changes: Visit stopandshop.com and select SIGN IN at the top right to log into your online account. Once logged in, select MY ACCOUNT, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, then REWARDS & SAVINGS to select your school. If you do not have an online account, visit stopandshop.com and click REGISTER. Follow the prompts to create your online account. Once logged in, follow the instructions listed above. You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID # OR, if you need assistance call 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1. Thank you again- every little bit counts!

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!  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 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 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.

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