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Good Morning Sargent Community!

We hope everyone had a great weekend and a great time at the Winter Carnival on Friday evening!  The carnival had several new and exciting features this year and we had a wonderful turn-out!  A very big thank you to Amanda Robinson and Melissa Berkley for overseeing and organizing every aspect of the carnival- we so very much appreciate all of your time, effort, and planning to make this a great event.  As always, we could not have done it without all of our terrific parent volunteers.  Thank you to those who helped decorate, run crafts and games, and serve refreshments!  The Winter Carnival was a great success!

Happy Valentine's Day to all, and enjoy your February break next week!  
Please remember that this Wednesday, February 13th is an early release.

Boston Bruins PJ Drive
From February 1st through March 15th, Sargent School will be participating in the annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive. Each year, the Boston Bruins collect donations of new pajamas for babies, kids, and teens and distribute the donations to local families through the Department of Children and Families and Cradles to Crayons. Please view the information flyer by clicking hereThis drive is also taking place at the Stevens Memorial Library.  Here at Sargent, the drive is being coordinated by the Sargent Student Council.  Bring your new pajama donations to school and place them in the PJ Drive donation bin by the main entrance. Thank you in advance for your support! 

The PTO was so excited to be able to purchase 25 new Chromebooks for student use in Sargent's new computer lab!  It's so wonderful to see how the Sargent community's hard work in fundraising throughout the school year benefits 
our school and students! Read all about the new lab by clicking here!

Attention: 5th Grade Families!
A reminder to 5th Grade Families to upload pictures of your child for the 5th grade memory book! The memory book committee is looking for:
  • One baby picture- ideally, less than 1 year old.  This will be cropped as a close-up for a fun “Guess Who” section.
  • Kindergarten through Grade 5- a picture of your child with friends in each grade.  The kids love the pictures of themselves with their friends, so find a favorite from each grade and submit!
  • Photos from 5th Grade Activities: Tide Pool, Squid Dissection, Snowman Making, Mama Mia Pasta Ria, etc.
Pictures can be uploaded by clicking here.  Thank you!

Additionally, please head over to the 5th grade webpage (www.nasargentpto.net/5thgradeinformation) for more information on Brooks Day, which has been scheduled for June 13th, 2019! Please e-mail sargentpto.5thgradecommmittee@gmail.com with any questions.

Understanding Our Differences
We need volunteers for more Understanding Our Differences workshops in the coming months! Please help us continue this program in North Andover. Without volunteers, the Understanding our Differences program for grades 3-5 would 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 winter and spring. Thank you so much for your support of this exciting program!

Sargent Author Visits- March 21st and 22nd
This year, Sargent is trying a new format for our author visits! Students will work with the authors in small group settings.  Grades 3-5 will be having writing workshops where the students will be doing their own writing. Grades 1 and 2 will be having workshops that really examine the writing process based on presentations from the author.  The two authors that will be coming to Sargent are Brian Lies (www.brian-lies.squarespace.com) and Melissa Stewart (www.melissa-stewart.com).  We are so excited to have them both!

We're very excited that Sargent School was featured in the Knightly News' District Spotlight this month!  
Please click here to read the feature written by our Principal, Mrs. Karen Murdoch Lahey!

PTO Executive Board News
The PTO Board has a few 2-year terms coming to an end as of June 2019.  These positions include: Co/Vice President, VP Communications, and Co-Secretary.  Interest in these roles has been expressed within the current board, however, if any of these 
might be of interest to you, please reach out to us at sargentpto.commmunications@gmail.com.  
We are always looking for new, friendly faces to join our executive board!


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 and February break!
Sargent PTO

Wednesday 3/6: PTO meeting (7:00 pm)
Thursday/Friday 3/21 and 3/22: Author Visits at Sargent
Monday 3/25 to 3/29: Spring Book Fair

Additional Information to Note:

MCAS dates have been announced!  Click here to view the schedule!

PLAY BALL! Registration for NABC Softball is now open!

Information about the divisions and season schedule can be found by clicking here.
Grades 1-8  can register for the softball season by clicking here.

Indoor clinics will be held again this year, but your daughter MUST be registered in order to participate. For girls in Grades 5-8, an evaluation of skills will be held on March 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at NAHS. 
Reminders and specific times will be sent only to those registered.

Be sure to register by March 15, 2019 to avoid late fees! 

Questions should be directed to:  nabcsoftball@gmail.com
Be sure to like us on Facebook @North Andover Booster Club Softball

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:

Box Tops for Education
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!  Happy clipping!

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!


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