“Together We Can…”
SANBORN YELLOW PAGES online at Sanbornpto.org
The Newsletter of the Henry C Sanborn Elementary School PTO May 2007
Dear Parents, The Yellow Pages are published
“Yes, yes, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you?” The Sanborn community took as a service to keep you informed
home the Spirit Trophy from the annual AFE Spelling Bee held on Friday, March 30 th. of news & events at Sanborn
Led by Mr. J. in his bulldog costume (graciously donated to Sanborn School by the Nevin School. Each issue will be posted
online at Sanbornpto.org and
family), a large contingent of Sanborn students and parents decked out in Sanborn attire
hardcopies will be available in the
came out to show their support for our great team of “Doggone Good Spellers” – parents school office.
Jay Nevin and Meg Greene, 4th grade teacher Michael Votto and Media Specialist Karen Articles may be emailed to:
Farrell. Thank you to music teacher Diane Waddell and the Sanborn Chorus for recording firstname.lastname@example.org
our school song, Mrs. Bunn and the Student Council Pep Club for the posters, and Janet
Swartz for the informational flyer and for representing Sanborn on the Andover Fund for For more information, questions
Education Board. Profits from this annual event are used to fund grant requests from or suggestions regarding the
teachers at all of Andover’s schools. This past year, Reading Teacher Linda Meltzer was Sanborn YP please contact:
awarded a grant of $500 to support the purchase of “Retelling” materials for our Kim Perry at 978-749-2711
Deadline for June
The Nevin family was busy last month also planning our family movie night at Chunky’s. Submissions: 5/25/07
About 100 people attended “Meet the Robinsons” and a great time was had by all. Thanks
to Wendy Nevin for organizing another successful movie night. Thanks also to Joanne
Newcombe for coordinating the Lowell Devils hockey game outing for Sanborn families. President
Tracy Callahan 474-0575
Rob Surette’s “Amazing Hero Art” was a huge hit with all of our students. They were email@example.com
mesmerized by his dazzling artistry and inspired by his message to “BE SOMEBODY”.
He warmly communicated to all his belief that “the key to happiness in life is finding what 1st Vice President
you’re good at and then using that talent to make the world a better place.” The PTO Lisa Slattery 470-4549
purchased two of his paintings to hang in our cafetorium – one of Albert Einstein and one firstname.lastname@example.org
of Ludwig von Beethoven. The children also enjoyed a visit from the author of “Mr.
Tanen’s Ties” - Maryann Cocca-Leffler. Her presentation of, “The Story Behind the 2nd Vice President
Lisa Starkweather 475-0920
Story” guided students through the process of writing a book from the genesis of ideas to
the final edit. Mr. J. brought in some his “school” ties to make a connection to Mrs. Cocca-
Leffler’s work. Some of the “stories behind the ties” are included in the display in the Treasurer
library so creatively arranged by Cindy Weeks. All students reflected on the key messages Anne Ogden 623-8116
that they remembered from the programs and recorded their thoughts through pictures, Rasb42@verizon.net
prose, or poetry. Many thanks to Jodi MacDonald, Mina Patel and the Enrichment
Committee for planning another entertaining and meaningful day for our children. Recording Secretary
Janet Swartz 470-3630
TV Turnoff Week was in full swing the last week in April, with enthusiastic pledges to go email@example.com
a week without TV (and in some cases, without video games and computers too)!
Congratulations to all the students who participated. Great Job! Thanks to Angela Partyka Corresponding Secretary
and Donna Stewart for organizing this event. Kim Perry 749-2711
The last week in April was also a busy week for Andover’s Annual Town Meeting. The
budget gap was closed by the tri-boards (Selectmen, School Committee and Finance
Committee) before the start of Town Meeting. Fortunately level services were kept and
there were no reductions in current school staff. Unfortunately, there was no movement
ahead on our rebuilding program.
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All community members have to start thinking about next year’s budget now. The clear message delivered by each of
the Boards at Town Meeting was that Town revenues could no longer support the current level of services and that an
“override of prop 2 ½” would have to be brought before the voters next year. Please stay informed and contact our
elected officials to let them know that this is an important issue for you. Many thanks to the parents who got involved in
the budget process this year and attended Town Meeting last week.
There are currently 40 students registered to enter Kindergarten this fall. Of that number, 26 parents requested placement
in Full Day K. Because the number did not justify the creation of two Full Day classes, a lottery was held and six of the
students were assigned to the Half-Day program. This is the first time we’ve ever had to conduct a lottery at Sanborn to
determine Kindergarten placements. We’ll be watching these registrations closely. If you know any new Sanborn
families who have not yet registered their Kindergarten students please have them contact the office as soon as possible.
You should have received your child’s placement form for next year via the backpacks after April vacation. Completion
is not required for placement; however, completed forms must be turned in no later than May 7 th. Please do not use the
placement form to make requests for specific teachers.
Our Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 9th. Please let Lisa Starkweather know if you are
able to provide coverage during your child’s lunch or recess time so that the entire staff can enjoy this wonderful catered
lunch. Don’t forget to share some kind words with your child’s teachers to let them know how much they are
appreciated throughout the year. We are very fortunate at Sanborn to have such a terrific staff!
May brings our final MCAS testing (Mathematics in grades 3, 4, & 5 and Social Studies & Science only in Grade 5) for
the year. Please see the details inside this issue of the Yellow Pages. Our annual Shel Silverstein Celebration of Poetry
will be held on Friday, June 1 at 9:00 am in the Cafetorium. Thanks to Rushna Heneghan for coordinating this program
once again. We’ll also be celebrating our student authors and illustrators whose work was selected for publication in the
spring edition of Appleseed Magazine. Congratulations to Rebecca Cheng, Evan Duerr, Yoojin Kim, Rachel
Mandelbaum, Jaime Manjoney, Ashley McNeish, Andrew Riemer, and Victoria Yin
Our final PTO meeting of the year will be Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there. We
will wrap up year-end issues and address any concerns or comments for next year. At this meeting we will also review
PTO finances and elect the new PTO Executive Board as required in our by-laws. There are currently two open
positions on the board for 1st Vice-President and Recording Secretary. Please let Tracy know if you are interested in
serving in either of these positions. There is also a list on page 4 of other open PTO volunteer positions. Please contact
Lisa Starkweather if you are interested in any of those.
We are still looking to find someone to install our bricks on the playground walkway from our “Buy a Brick” campaign
that ended last month. If you know a mason who would be willing to help out, please contact Tracy (474-0575,
It looks like spring is finally here with summer to come just around the corner. Don’t forget to buy your over-sized
Sanborn beach towel at the office for $20. What a great way to support our school and be comfortable by the pool or
beach this summer!
Tracy Callahan, PTO President
Steve Jankauskas, Sanborn Principal
2007 – 2008
Sanborn has a wonderful group of dedicated parent volunteers who are very generous with their time and
talents! We encourage you to explore the many opportunities to get involved in Sanborn next year. Whether
you chair a committee or are a behind the scenes helper, your participation is greatly valued! Being a
volunteer is a great way to stay in touch with your child’s school during these formative years. Below are
some immediate openings for next year. Please complete the registration form to indicate your preferences
and return to the office by May 25, 2007. Thanks. Lisa Starkweather 475-0920 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Board: 1st Vice President Assists President & Coordinates Fund Raising & Family Oriented Events
Executive Board: Recording Secretary Keeps record of general & board meetings approx.1/mo. Commitment-Full
Andover Fund for Education Liaison: Attends monthly meetings for the Andover Fund for Education & helps put
together a team for the annual spelling bee held in March. Year long commitment.
Book Room Volunteers: Assists Mrs. Meltzer in maintaining Book Room. Year long commitment – flexible times.
Cafeteria Volunteers: Looking for ½ year commitment to assist in the cafeteria during lunch hours (11:30-12:30).
Biweekly or weekly commitment from Sept.-Jan. or 2nd Feb. – June.
Destination Imagination Liaison: Organizes DI team. Oct-Mar commitment.
Garden Committee: Responsible for upkeep of plantings at the entrance & around the school.
Harvest Festival Chairperson: Coordinates gift bags for seniors. One-time event in November.
Harvest Festival Committee: Assist chairperson with Harvest Festival duties.
Hospitality Assistants: Assist chairperson in setting up refreshments for social events. 3-5 times/year
Media Center: Helps students in library and shelves books during your child’s class. Weekly or Biweekly.
New Parent Committee: Welcomes new families to Sanborn and serve as mentors & contacts for new families
School Improvement Council: Works with Sanborn community to assess needs & develop goals for upcoming year.
Special Education Liaison: Attends monthly SEPAC meetings & is special education resource for Sanborn parents.
Spooky Fun Fair General Help: One time event in October.
Square One Art Coordinator: Assist Mrs. Webb with square one art orders. One time event in winter
Volunteer Selection(s) I would like to volunteer for the following positions:
Curriculum Enrichment Events 2007 Please donate any gently used clothes to
the Nurse’s Office. Track or sweat pants
May 1st, 2007 – Grades 4 & 5 with elastic waistbands are especially
Techsplorations is returning! "Circuits and New underpants are also appreciated.
Electricity" will be the theme for the 4th graders.
They will learn basic electrical facts and be able to
design and build electronic circuits. The 5th Thank you,
graders will participate in "Gearing Up For Speed." Nancy Vogler, RN
The students will use gears, belts and pulleys to
build a transmission system for their motor-driven
cars, and then they will test their creations.
May 21st, 2007 – Grade 1 GIRL SCOUTS
Michelle’s Menagerie – American Animals I am the Sanborn Troop Organizer for the Girl
Michelle Lunceford of "Michelle's Menagerie" is a Scouts. If you have any questions, feel free to call
wildlife educator and will present her "American me at 978 474-0724 or send an e-mail to
Animals" program, which focuses on food chains,
habitats, animal classifications and hibernation.
Some of the animals she will bring that day include: Frances Stein
American silky Bantam, box turtle, chinchilla,
Colombian boa, ferret, rabbit, giant South American ******************************
toad, and red rump tarantula.
Sanborn Cub Scout Pack 100
All Kindergartners are invited to attend our pack
meeting in the Sanborn Cafeteria 7-8pm on
Wednesday May 16, for an introduction to Cub
Look for specifics regarding the Curriculum Scouts at Sanborn. Boys are eligible to join scouts
Enrichment events coming up at Sanborn in the next when they are in the first grade.
issue of the Yellow Pages.
For more information, please visit our website at
www.pack100.us, or contact Doug Doskocil at
Is there a mason among us??
Sanborn PTO is looking for a professional to
install the new "Leave a Legacy" bricks on our
playground. The bricks would need to be installed
in late May or early June.
If you think you can help, please contact Tracy
Callahan at email@example.com or
CHILDREN'S STUDIO FOR THE ARTS 2007
Elly Seavey, Director
Beth-Ann Price, Assistant Director
CHILDREN'S STUDIO FOR THE ARTS, entering its fourteenth season, is devoted to the
exploration of the visual arts, drama, music, and dance/movement. The full day
program, encompassing three weekly sessions running from July 9th through July 27th, is held at
South School. Often referred to as a "community of young artists" due to the number of children
returning year after year, the program offers students entering grades one through six a unique and
focused opportunity for widening their scope of artistic eperiences, thus fostering appreciation of the
arts; furthering creative expression, while developing and refining skills and talents in the visual and
performing arts. Comprised of professional artists and teachers in each discipline, the program
includes: exposure to all areas of the arts through a variety of performances by guest artists; visits to
noted museums and exhibits; daily concentrated workshops in the studio and performing arts;
weekly showcase performances for family and friends. Among this season's highlights are visits to
the Sculpture Park at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln and Revolving Museum in Lowell; studio
art courses in painting techniques, architecture, and fashion illustration; introduction to photography
as an artistic discipline; coaching workshops in monologue delivery, resume, and theatrical audition
preparation; classes in scripting and playwriting.
Children entering first grade are eligible for CSA ONE, an interdisciplinary arts program,
developmentally appropriate to this age level. Grade two and three students will participate in CSA
Junior, an integrated program that includes all areas of the arts, while older students in grades
4.5.and 6 will choose a specific area of concentration for a given week. Students may attend for one,
two, or three weeks. Workshops are limited to insure maximum individual attention. Internships as
teacher assistants are available to middle school students who have previously attended the
CHILDREN'S STUDIO FOR THE ARTS is sponsored by the Department of Community Services.
Registration began in February and is ongoing. Detailed brochures have been distributed to all
students town wide through the schools. Additional information is available from the Director at 623-
8833 Ext. 1005, at home: 475-3319 after 5 pm, and visit our website at
www.geocities.com/studioforarts for brochure, registration form, and special events.
Parent-to-Parent is winding down from a very successful year of speakers. In October, we had Dr. Robert
Brooks speaking on raising resilient children including those with disabilities; November, Dr. Michael Bradley
spoke about the relationship of Parents and Teens; and in December a panel discussion was lead by Dave
Nichols, Bill Fahey, Dr. Michael Vogler, Dennis Lane, and Mike Marcoux.
Carol Plotkin started 2007 speaking on kids and sexuality. For the second year in a row, Dr. Ann Helmus
spoke on Executive Functioning followed by a well attended workshop in March. Just last month, Janice
Goldstein and Kate Goldfield spoke on Anxiety and girls.
We are preparing now for school year 2007-2008, which looks to have some award winning authors speaking
on a variety of subjects. Thus far, we have Dr. Jean Kilbourne, who will be exploring the relationship of
advertising and addiction; a panel of coaches from Andover will be discussing sports and parents; Dr. Michael
Thompson, author of RAISING CAIN will be exploring the emotional development of boys in America today.
There is so much more to come! Parent to Parent (P2P) offers free seminars on parenting as well as
workshops and education classes that focus on a variety of topics addressing the needs of young children
through the teenage years.
If you have suggestions for topics and speakers, please contact me. It is so important for all of our input to
put together a program that appeals to the Parents of Andover.
Heather Callaghan 978-475-1840 or Fostershouse@comcast.net
Mary French Yellow Rose Award: May 16th at 7:00
The Mary French Yellow Rose Award will be presented at a ceremony on May 16th, 2007 in High Plain
Elementary School’s auditorium followed by a reception in the library. Please come and support the many
Andover educators who demonstrate excellence in the delivery of services to special needs children.
In September of 2001 Andover lost a real leader with the sudden death of Selectman Mary French. Many of
us also remember Mary as the former Pupil Personnel Director, a position she held for many years. In
memory of Mary French, the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) sponsors an award we call
the Mary French Yellow Rose Award. There’s a story behind the name. A few years ago a group of Andover
teachers, headed by Mary, visited the Glastonbury school system to observe programs designed to improve
delivery of services to special needs children. Educators whose contributions provided improved
programming, as well as a more inclusive environment, for special education students were rewarded with a
yellow rose. Thus the yellow rose became a symbol of excellence.
Any questions please contact Karen Finley at 978-749-8845
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Sanborn Calendar for May 2007
The Calendar is also available on-line at www.sanbornpto.org .
Please refer to it for the most up-to-date information.
*Please note that the submission deadline for the June Yellow Pages is May 25, 2007.*
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
29 30 01 02 03 04 05
9:00am - 10:00am
10:00am School Meeting
Grade 5 Panoramic
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
Staff Appreciation Grade One
Founders' Day Mothers' Day
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Grade 3 Visits Grade 3 Visits 10:00am
Andover Historical Andover Historical Shel Silverstein &
Society Grade 3 Visits Society Friends
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
9:00am - 6:30pm - *Deadline for
10:30am 8:30pm June YP
Michelle's Kindergarten submissions
Menagerie Rainforest Play
27 28 29 30 31 01 02
Memorial Day Track Meet ~
No School Grades 4 & 5
9:15am - 9am - 1pm
10:45am Kindergarten to
Seacoast Science 2:45am
Ctr. Elementary Early
Move Up Day for
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