Please check this post occasionally for updates and information about our school!

 

9/4/19

Don’t Forget!

  • Principal’s Coffee ~ Friday, September 6th in the cafeteria from 9:00 to 9:30.  Come join me to learn a bit more about the school, and have your questions answered.
  • Open House ~ Wednesday, September 11th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Childcare will be available.  This gives families a great chance to learn about their child’s classroom, and see some of the great work that has already happened this year.

 

8/16/19  Welcome Back to School letter

Dear Families,

At the end of every school year, summer seems to stretch out as far as the eye can see.  Then August comes, and it feels like the pages turn faster and faster! In just a few short weeks we will be welcoming you and your student(s) back to school – for some of you North Street is a familiar place, and for some of you, it is brand new.  Please read on for some updates and reminders.

New Staff

I’m so pleased to introduce our newest North Street staff members to you.  Ms. Samantha Hall is our new third grade teacher, bringing us to seven sections of third grade classrooms.  Ms. Daryn Starkey is our new school Digital Learning teacher, which is replacing the technology classes we held in previous years.  Ms. Kristen Cahill is the new teacher for our STEAM program.  Mrs. Denise Trevor will be our Academic Instructional aide and will be assisting our Literacy teacher and classroom teachers.  Mrs. Kerri Guyer is our year-long Speech & Language Pathologist, while Mrs. Zaki is out on leave.  Mr. Paul Bishop is our second shift custodian.  I am thrilled each of these talented professionals is joining our staff, as they bring a wealth of knowledge and great passion for working with children. 

Specialists Update

Due to shifts in enrollment and an increased focus on Digital Literacy and STEAM, specialists teachers have been assigned to the following schools:

  • Art:  Mrs. Barbati – Heath Brook and North Street
  • Art:  Mrs. Kosiba – Dewing and Trahan
  • Digital Learning:  Ms. Starkey – Heath Brook and North Street
  • Digital Learning:  to be hired – Dewing and Trahan
  • Music:  Ms. Bridgford – Heath Brook and North Street
  • Music:  Mr. Nahlik – Dewing and Trahan
  • Phys Ed:  Mr. Armano – Heath Brook and North Street
  • Phys Ed:  Ms. Higgins – Dewing and Trahan
  • STEAM:  Ms. Cahill – Heath Brook and North Street
  • STEAM:  Mrs. Legvold – Dewing and Trahan

Building Updates

We hosted AlphaBest’s summer camp and different classes through Community Services these past two months, so our building has been busy with children.  Despite the influx of students, our custodial staff has been working hard to clean the rooms and building. For those of you new to our building, there is a locked vestibule at our front entrance which provides an added layer of security for our students and staff.  This provides the ability to drop off forms/items without actually entering past the office area. Please remember that we use the Raptor System; if you will be staying an extended period of time to volunteer or work in classrooms, you will be required to show valid, government-issued photo identification to gain entrance beyond the front vestibule.  We did receive a wonderful technology upgrade – a new a/v system in our cafeteria. We do have monthly all-school assemblies, and I am looking forward to the advantage of clear sound and crisp images!

Principal Coffee

I would love the opportunity to get a chance to meet with you – either to re-acquaint ourselves or get to know you for the first time.  Please join me on Friday, September 6th at 9 am in the cafeteria. Bring your questions and curiosity about what life is like at North Street, and I will do my best to answer them all!  If that time doesn’t work for you, but you are interested in meeting with me, please reach out so we can connect.

Twitter

As a parent myself, I know that the older children get, the less they share with their families when asked: “how was school today?”  This year, I am going to try to routinely share a “snapshot” of what happens at North Street for our students by use of Twitter. This is my first time using this application, so please bear with me as I learn the ropes!  You can follow me as North St Principal @NStweets133. The feed is also posted on the front page of our school’s website.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

We are pleased that the district offers such reliable bus transportation to all our students.  In the event that you will be driving your child to school, please know that the parking lot is also receiving buses and vans, and there is a certain traffic path that must be followed.  The traffic flow around the front circle of North Street is a one-way path.  If you are dropping your child off in the morning, please stay to the right and follow the parking lot all the way back to the dumpster, where you can then make a u-turn.  Cars line up along the right side of the building, next to the cafeteria. If you are picking up your child at dismissal, please park in the lot and enter the building at the side entrance of the cafeteria.  Staff will be there to check you in and release your child to you. An integral part of our procedure is to check your photo identification before students are allowed to leave. To keep all of our students safe, please wait for all buses and vans to leave before you do, and do not exit from the entrance in which you came.  Thank you for following the direction of the staff members who help to manage the flow of traffic and indicate when it is safe to drive. 

School Council

The North Street School Council is a group of parents, teachers, and community members that help to shape the vision and work of our school.  This past year, we focused on school safety procedures in case of an emergency. Each year, we solicit the community to join our team; if you served in a previous year you are welcome to join us again!  We meet one day per month. If you are interested in learning more, or being a part of the School Council, please email principal Karen Cronin.

Breakfast & Lunch

We are pleased to offer such delicious and nutritious meals at North Street.  Did you know breakfast is available every morning in the cafeteria when students arrive at school?  Lunch prices are remaining the same this year: lunch is $2.75 and breakfast is $1.50. North Street also offers a special snack on Wednesdays:  for $0.75, students can purchase a bag of chips, popsicle, or ice cream novelty. Please remember that applications for free/reduced lunch must be filled out annually.  Those forms will be sent home at the beginning of the year. Food Service has information (including that application and monthly menus) that can be accessed on the district website, or through this direct link:  TPS food services.  The North Street food service staff has a part-time position available.  If you are interested, please get in touch with Ms. Mugford, Director of Food Service.

Forms & Important Links

  • Tewksbury Public Schools website: https://www.tewksbury.k12.ma.us  The district site is full of useful information, and also has a link to the North Street School’s direct page: https://www.tewksbury.k12.ma.us/north/
  • Student Handbook:  Tewksbury Public Schools has one Student Handbook for all four elementary schools across the district.  However, there are changes made each year, so please make sure you review the handbook with your children.  It can be found on our North Street website.  If you would like to get a head start, you can print the last page, which is the required acknowledgment of the district’s technology policy as well as permission to photograph your student, and send it signed back to school with your student.  On the webpage is also a link that allows you to sign and submit your permissions electronically.
  • Accident/Illness form:  This form is essential for our staff to handle any emergency efficiently for your student.  It must be completed each year. Keep in mind that you will need to submit information regarding insurance, emergency contact, and your child’s physician as you fill out this form, so you will want to gather everything before you begin the process.  We are using an online form again this year.  Please note you must complete one for each child. It is also available on our North Street website, under the “resources” tab, and then “for parents” section.
  • Aspen:  Each school in Tewksbury uses Aspen to manage many aspects of student data, including attendance, report cards, and schedules.  Please make sure that your mailing address, phone numbers, and email address are all current. More information can be found on the district website, under the “resources” tab and “for parents” section.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Thursday, August 22nd, 5:30pm-6:30pm: PAC-sponsored playground meet & greet
  • Wednesday, August 28th:  First day of School!
  • Friday, August 30th:  No School
  • Monday, September 2nd:  No School
  • Wednesday, September 11th:  Open House **this is a new date**
  • School Hours:
    • 8:45 am – 3:05 pm
    • 3rd grade lunch/recess:  11:50 – 12:35
    • 4th grade lunch/recess:  12:45 – 1:30
      • your child’s teachers will provide specifics of each block

The days of August are going quickly, but hopefully, you are able to stretch them out as long as you can.  I speak for our entire staff at North Street when I tell you we are so excited to welcome your children to our special school this year!  Enjoy the rest of what summer has to offer, and we will see you soon!

In Partnership,

Karen Cronin

 

 

9/21/18  Principal Coffee FAQs

Below is a synopsis of the questions that were asked at the Principal’s Coffee.

 

Q. What are the procedures for arrival and dismissal?

A. When students come to North Street in the morning, (whether by bus or parent drop-off), they walk through the front entrance and head out to the playground.  In inclement weather, they go to the gym or the cafeteria. At 8:45, all buses have arrived and children are walked to their classrooms by their teacher. For dismissal, students are sent to the cafeteria for parent pick-up.  If you are picking up your child, please park and walk to the side door of the cafeteria. Staff will check your picture ID, and then release your child to you. When leaving the property, please pay attention to the staff members who are directing traffic; they are managing the traffic flow to ensure bus riders are boarding safely.  If you have a change to your typical dismissal plan, please send a note with your child to give to the teacher. You may choose to send an email instead; if so, please copy the school secretary, as we can not guarantee that a teacher will see your email before dismissal time.

 

Q. How often do teacher use Aspen in third and fourth grade?

A. Often!  Teachers are constantly updating grades in Aspen.  If you do not have your username or password, please email the school secretary.

 

Q.  How are students assessed?

A.  Teachers administer “benchmark assessments” in reading, writing, and math three times per year.  This helps them understand student performance levels, areas of growth and areas of challenge. In addition, there are some assessments that happen more regularly in reading and math, typically after the end of a unit.  These help teachers adjust their instruction for individual student needs.

 

Q. What are the MCAS tests like at this age?

A.  Third and fourth graders take the math and english language arts MCAS exams.  The tests are administered online. Teachers prepare students not only for the content but the types of responses students may be expected to give.  To become familiar with online testing, students take performance assessments throughout the year using the same Chromebooks they use on the MCAS. As a school, we strive to communicate the message to students to take the tests seriously, but not cause undue anxiety.

 

Q. What about cursive handwriting?!

A. Third graders are taught how to form letters and practice this style of script throughout the year.  The routine of writing in cursive varies from teacher to teacher in subsequent grades, as they are also balancing the demands of fluent keyboarding.