Principal's Post - Week of September 24th

posted Sep 21, 2018, 10:48 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Principal's Post 09/24/18

Dear NAMS Families,

I hope that this message finds you and your family well.  I recognize that many of our families continue to be without gas service.  I have been impressed with how this community has found countless numbers of ways to help one another during this difficult time.  You may find available supports for our North Andover families here.

Over the last few weeks, I have been able to meet and get to know so many wonderful students, parents, and community members. Walking around the building and visiting classes has provided me opportunities to see teachers who are experts in their craft demonstrating to students just how much they care. This is a special place and I am very fortunate to be a part of it.

School Picture Day is Scheduled for Friday, September 28, 2018

Students should hand their order form to the photographer.  Blank forms are available in the office for students who may have misplaced their form. All students should have their picture taken.

NAMS Book Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 5th

Our NAMS Book Fair will be held in the NAMS Library during the school days on Wednesday, October 3rd through Friday, October 5th and will also be open during Geography Night on the evening of Thursday, October 4th.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during school hours as well as during Geography Night on Thursday, October 4th.

The event brings to our school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more! Reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance as they develop a broader vocabulary, increase general knowledge, and develop a better understanding of other cultures.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

-Charles W. Elio

If you are willing and able to volunteer your time to help the students check out books, you can sign up for a slot or even two here or at the following address:

If you want more information about the book fair, please contact Timra Carlson at

Are you interested in being on the NAMS School Council this year?

We are looking for 3 parents/guardians to be members of this year’s NAMS School Council.

Each public school has a school council consisting of the school principal, teachers, and parents of students currently attending the school.  The council will work together to help shape the school culture, assist to identify educational needs of the students, develop a school improvement plan and ensure the district plan is implemented.  The NAMS school council will be comprised of 3 teachers (Erien Gordon, Christine Lawrence, & Joseph Bianco), community member (Kim Incampo), and 3 parents/guardians (TBA). A parent/guardian position may be shared by more than one parent. NAMS will also be looking into adding two students to this year’s school council.

This year’s School Council Meetings will take place on Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on the following dates: 10/15, 11/26, 1/7, 2/4, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13

If you are interested in being a member of this year’s NAMS School Council, please take a moment to provide PTAC with your contact information and reasons why you are interested by completing a quick form here or at the following address:

You can learn more about the responsibilities of school councils here.

Open House

Open houses are by grade level and serve as an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet teachers and learn more about curriculum and classroom practices. Open houses begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium and Team meetings beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Parents/Guardians of Special Education students are invited to meet Susan Donatell at 5:30 p.m. in the library.  She will be available for all three open houses, which are scheduled as follows:

  • ☑ 6th grade - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

  • 7th grade - Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • 8th grade - Thursday, September 27, 2018

Grade 8 Trip to Nature's Classroom

The annual grade 8 trip to Nature’s Classroom in Ocean Park, ME is quickly approaching and many of our parents/guardians still need to register for this trip.  You can register for the trip through Community Pass.

Registrations and payment are due not later than Friday, September 28, 2018.

Full cost of this trip is $230.  Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund by paying more than the full cost of the trip if you are able.  

Scholarships are available by contacting Ms. Raimondo at 978-681-0153 or

Online payment and registration is available through Community Pass by clicking on the orange community pass portal button at the top left of the page. Nature’s Classroom will be listed under the Excel Enrichment tab once you are logged in.

If you do not have an active community pass account, please call Community Programs at 978-794-3080 or email Lisa Foucault at for assistance.

Payments can be made online electronically by using either Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and ACH checking. If paying less than $230 or making a payment later, choose send payment under the select payment method.

Checks should be made out to Town of North Andover and may be dropped off in the NAMS main office or sent to

        Town of North Andover

        566 Main Street

        Care of Community Programs

        North Andover, MA 01845


In order to finalize all of the necessary details for this trip, we need your help.  Can you please complete and return the attached forms by Monday, September 24, 2018.

Attached you will find the following:

  • Nature’s Classroom Participation Form (Please complete and return)

  • North Andover Consent for Field Trip (Must be completed and returned for this trip)

  • Nature’s Classroom Medication Administration Form (if applicable)

  • Suggested Equipment List (Please keep for your planning purposes)


Jorge Goncalves,
Sep 21, 2018, 10:48 AM