Principal's Post - Week of December 2nd

posted Nov 27, 2019, 4:02 AM by Jorge Goncalves   [ updated Dec 6, 2019, 6:57 AM ]

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

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Each month, one of our RAISE values will be the focus. For the month of December will be on S for Service. We will kick off the month with our annual Food Drive to support Break & Roses. Each week, the NAMS community will be asked to help others with a different challenge. Beginning on Monday, December 9th students will be invited to recognize classmates for their service to others by completing a brief recognition form outside of the guidance counselor's office.

Instead of reading a different quote or precept during morning announcements, we will focus on each month's theme beginning next week as follows:

  • Mondays - Challenge based upon that month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Tuesday - Inspirational quote or precept will be shared with students.

  • Wednesday - Short story recognizing how someone demonstrated this month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Thursday - Short story recognizing how someone demonstrated this month's theme will be shared with students.

  • Friday - A student in each grade will be selected from the recognition box outside of the guidance counselor's office and will be recognized as part of morning announcements.


Our annual NAMS Student Leadership Food Drive for Bread & Roses is scheduled to begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 through Wednesday, December 11, 2019. There will be collection boxes placed in all NAMS homerooms. Last year, NAMS donated 4,441 lbs. of food and we are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. We will need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 lbs. of food.

Bread & Roses is a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA that has long been a center of hope and caring to the thousands of people in the Merrimack Valley who are struggling for survival. Their primary purpose is to ease the hunger of people in our community by providing a well-balanced, nutritious evening meal.  Last year, Bread & Roses was able to feed over 76,000 people. 

Below you will find a list of food items that have been requested Bread & Roses.  

  • Canned vegetables*
  • Cranberry sauce*
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken*
  • Canned soup or beef stew*
  • Gravy*
  • Saltine crackers*
  • Instant Oatmeal [packets]*
  • Chicken and beef broth* 
  • Spices - (garlic powder, adobo, sazon, oregano, basil, salt)*
  • Canned fruit
  • Juice boxes
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato/spaghetti sauce
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  •  Pasta and rice products
  • Mac & cheese mix 
  • Cereal - low sugar/high fiber 
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Dry milk 
  • Canned beans/peas
  • Peanut butter 
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Splenda/Sweet N Low
  • Paper products: napkins, paper lunch bags
  • Ziploc bags - all sizes (Quart and Gallon)

Gift cards for Market Basket or Stop & Shop

*Most Needed Items

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NAMS Musical Coming Soon!

High School Musical is scheduled for the following dates and times:

 Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

 Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

NAMS Musical Tickets
Tickets for the NAMS Drama production of High School Musical will go on sale during lunches on Monday, December 2nd. 
Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults. Members of the cast will selling tickets in the cafeteria during lunches December 2-6, 2019.
Students can pay by cash (exact change is appreciated!) or by checks payable to NAMS Drama. 

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Order Your 2019-2020 NAMS Yearbook by clicking on the picture below:
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Live Your Learning Education Fund
Your child could be principal for a day! Please consider supporting NAPS students by checking out the annual LYLEF fundraiser. There are 4 more days to bid on amazing silent auction items and/or purchase a raffle entry! 

Please consider supporting experiential learning for all students by purchasing a raffle entry or bidding on our online silent auction.

  • GRAND PRIZE drawing is for a Peloton Exercise Bike! 
  • Tickets will be drawn each day in December as listed on the raffle calendar.
  • Winners will be announced on Twitter (@liveyourlearnand contacted via email.
  • All raffle winners will still be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing!
Silent auction:  (Bidding is open from November 6-29, 2019)
  • Create a “bidder account.”
  • Once logged in, click on “Catalog” to see the auction items. 
  • Winners will be notified after the completion of the auction
LYLEF Mission
We believe that all North Andover students should have access to learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom that foster critical 21st century skills. The Live Your Learning Education Fund supports students who lack financial means to take advantage of these opportunities, both domestic and international. LYLEF opens doors to students, many of whom have not had experiences outside of their own community, who would not be able to participate in these rich educational experiences without financial aid.

Rotary Club Fundraiser

December 7th at 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School, Warren Miller Entertainment confirms that the joys of winter are eternal with its 70th full-length feature film, “Timeless,” presented by Volkswagen. The North Andover Rotary is sponsoring this epic ski film and by buying a $15 ticket to the show, you will receive a mid-week ski ticket to Sugarbush and an early/end of the season ticket to Killington! Click on the link below to learn more and buy your tickets:


Upcoming Events (from the NAMS Calendar)

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 28th - No School

Friday, November 29th - No School

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Monday, December 2, 2019 - SNOW DAY (School Cancelled)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - SNOW DAY (School Cancelled)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

 FULL DAY OF SCHOOL - Students will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

 NAMS Musical from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 NAMS PTAC Meeting @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

 First Day of Trimester 2

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

 Grade 7 Trip to North Shore Music Theater

 Grade 6 Author Presentation (Rob Buyea) in Auditorium from 11:18-12:08 p.m.

 Rob Buyea Book Signing from 12:08-12:35 in auditorium and after school in library

 Students and Parents/Guardians may view Trimester 1 Grades and Comments after school.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 Last Day of Trimester 1

 Grade 8 Theatre Espresso Performances in Auditorium (Uprising on King Street: The Boston Massacre)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 Early Release for Students @ 1:05 p.m.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

Holiday Break

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

 Students & Staff Return