Principal's Post - Week of October 15th

posted Oct 13, 2018, 6:22 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Principal's Post 10/15/18

Dear NAMS Families,

Good luck to our Boston Red Sox as they begin the League Championship Series Saturday night. And good luck to the New England Patriots versus the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night. If you enjoy sports, this is quite a weekend coming up.

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Attention All NA Families
J. Allen, an internationally recognized speaker on social and emotional education, will be giving a presentation for parents and guardians on Wednesday October 24th at 6 p.m. in the NAMS auditorium. We hope you can join us!
Event Details:
Who: All interested parents/guardians
Where: North Andover Middle School Auditorium, 495 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845 
When: October 24th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
More about J. Allen:
J. Allen is an internationally recognized speaker on social and emotional education.  He has spoken all over the world, from southern Australia to northern Alaska. His experience includes fifteen years directing programs serving children in school settings and twenty years as a volunteer working with at-risk youth, youth in custody, and foster children. He has been a passionate advocate for youth and an innovator in technologies for helping youth move from failure to success. He is a highly rated presenter, and is a frequent speaker to youth groups and a popular keynote speaker at professional conferences.

News from PTAC

The next PTAC meeting  is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the NAMS library.  Our superintendent, Dr. Gilligan, will be attending this meeting to discuss his entry plan date.  This is a change from the original date of Thursday, November 15h.

The PTAC has reached 24 % of our direct donations goal!   Thank you to those who have donated.  If you have not donated, please consider doing so.  We cannot support the NAMS without all of your support and involvement.  Consider employee matching which you can do thru your HR department.

Save the Dates:

Tuesday, November 6th (election day) - NAMS Fundraiser at Casablanca.  Take the night off of cooking and support the NAMS PTAC.
Friday, January 25th - NAMS PTAC Comedy Fundraiser at China Blossom.  More information forthcoming.

Grade 8 Trip to Nature's Classroom - Final Reminders

The dates of this year’s Annual Grade 8 Trip to Nature’s Classroom are as follows:

  • Team 8A - October 15-17, 2018
  • Team 8B - October 17-19, 2018
  • Team 8C - October 22-24, 2018

All of our Grade 8 Teams will be going to the Nature's Classroom Site in Ocean Park, ME.

You can learn more about the site and about the programming at Nature's Classroom here.

Preparing for the trip:

  • All families should have registered for the trip online or by completing a paper registration packet.
  • All families should have completed and returned a North Andover Field Trip Permission form.  You may find this form here.
  • Payments should be made payable to North Andover Public Schools.  The cost of this trip is $230. 
  • If you child will be taking medication during the trip, the medicine administration form should be completed and returned.  You may find this form here.

Supply List

  • Please be sure to review the suggested equipment list for this trip here.  This will prove extremely useful when packing for the trip.  Students should pack all of their belongings into one bag if possible since there will be limited room on the buses.


  • Students may not bring food with them.  
  • No cell phones or other electronics are allowed.
  • If students need to make a call a contact person will be available for them in order for them to utilize a phone.
  • You many also call Nature’s Classroom directly if you have a concern or question.  
  • The office number is: 1-508-248-2741 or 1-800-433-8375


  • If your child is attending Nature’s Classroom, students should be dropped off at the school starting at 8:00 a.m. with their luggage and supplies. Students should not ride the bus to school on the day of their departure with their luggage and supplies.
  • Medication must be turned into the medication box upon arrival to school.  One of our nurses will be collecting medication on the day of departure. All medication must come in original containers.  All medication and medication forms will be delivered to the Nurse at the Nature’s Classroom site upon our arrival.
  • Buses will be leaving at 8:30 a.m., so please be on time.


  • TEAM 8A & TEAM 8B Buses are due back at approximately 1:30 p.m.   
  • TEAM 8C Buses are due back at approximately 1:15 p.m. (THIS IS A SLIGHT CHANGE FROM THE 1:00 p.m. TIME WE PREVIOUSLY COMMUNICATED.)
  • Students returning from Nature’s Classroom may not enter NAMS upon their return to school.  
  • We are asking that parents/guardians drive up the entrance and all the way around to the back parking lot. The buses will be coming in from the back entrance on Parker Street.
  • Students must go home with a parent/guardian.  If you are unable to pick your child up, please send a note to acknowledge that they will be getting a ride  home from a specific relative or friend.
  • There is not enough room on our school buses for students to ride their regular bus home with their luggage at dismissal.
  • If you sent medication with your child, please also pick that up from one of the chaperones.


NAMS 2018-2019 Yearbooks

You can order your NAMS 2018-2019 yearbook online now for $35 here.

Food Rescue @ NAMS

All of our schools in North Andover participate in the Food Rescue Program, which helps students and families in need. When students are cleaning up after lunch they have multiple bins to choose from: • Liquids Barrel for students to pour out any remaining liquids before recycling • Recycling Bins • Food Rescue Bin • Trash Barrels

The Food Rescue Bin is used to collect the following food items: • produce – fresh or packed cups • raisins and craisins • chips and crackers • granola and power bars • milk, yogurt, and cheese sticks • fruit juice and water • cafeteria-made sandwiches After lunches are complete, the Food Rescue bin is placed in the refrigerator to await pick up. Food is then sorted by volunteers at NAHS for distribution. Please encourage your child to participate.