Principal's Update

  • AES Weekly Blast 1-24-20 (Volume 18)

    Posted by Maureen Morine on 1/24/2020 2:00:00 PM

    AES Weekly Blast 1-24-20 (Volume 18)
    978-743-1005 (Main Office)
    978-743-1006 (Absent line)
    978-386-2492 (Fax)

    News from the Principal
    I am pleased to report that the NM Student Council hosted their fifth Principal’s Annual Dinner this past week.  I am excited to see former students taking on school council members roles as high school students.  You make us all so proud.  I walked away from the event, with a cheese grater, for being the longest standing principal at my table.  Some of you may think that cheesy, but the theme of the dinner this year was MASCerChef. Thank you Shaeligh for a wonderful speech regarding my leadership of AES while you attended.  I wish you all the best as you head into your college years! While exiting the building, I began running into former students and getting lots of hugs as HBMS band students were entering for their band concert.  It’s always great to see former students, hear how they’re doing and getting that “miss you hug, great to see you!”

    We are excited to have three more Franklin Pierce students here working under Mrs. McEndarfer - Sainte, Ms. Walsh- Jessica  and Mrs. Scoglio - Abby  for this semester. Don’t forget we have Ms. Conroy as a Psychology student completing her internship at AES, SECC and HBMS. I am thrilled that students find our school community one that they want to come to, to receive their school experiences. 

    As we are in the middle of the school year I have been spending my time meeting with all teachers to review their mid cycle review, that include their student and professional goals, and the work they do with families and communities, as well as their professional responsibilities. 

    I look forward to seeing everyone this coming Tuesday evening for our annual grade 3, 4 concert.  We have a day time and evening time to accommodate all work schedules.

    Kindergarten packets are being mailed to those on the Ashby Census next week.  If you have a new neighbor or friend that has a student that will be 5 by August 31st, and is new to town, please have them call the main office at 978-743-1005 to get on our mailing list, or e-mail Mrs. C. at

    We, as a school, are seeing and hearing more of anxiety in students.  Here are a few simple strategies that could be helpful. Start with empathy and ensure that it’s okay to have those feelings and that you understand and validate their feelings. Help them find perspective.  Start by asking gentle leading questions to begin discussions.  Make sleep a priority.  Try reversing 30 minutes before sleep time to no phones, or tv.  Try soft music, dimming the lights or reading! Teach deep breathing exercises.  We do this at AES with Mindfulness and focusing on our breathing and nothing else.  Last but not least , create space for fun.  Support unscheduled activities, like getting together with friends, baking, hiking, etc.  Not everything has to be scheduled. 

    Also please remember that 4th grade Student Council members only have meetings twice a month during their twenty minute recess block.  We are still finishing up the last of our fifteen Linus blankets.  Our next project is making Valentine Cards for Ashby “shut ins” and mailing cards to a veteran who is 105 years old in California.   

    Note to all fourth grade families: please send in a baby photo of your child, prior to the age of two for our annual digital yearbook that we put together for the end of the year. As soon as we scan them in we will return the photo.

    Only a week left before our annual Family Dance!

    Don’t forget that our art teacher is in need of your old newspapers! We will gladly take them off your hands and they can be left at our front door or sent in with your student. Thanks in advance.

    Dates to Remember:
    1/28 - Grade 3 and 4 Holiday concert 1:30 and 6:30 (Snow Date – Feb. 4th)
    1/31 - report cards head home for students in grades PreK and K, Annual Family Dance
    02/03 - Girls who Code before school,  School Council 3:15
    2/5 – 2 ½ hour late start due to Professional Development (teachers will meet again with a representative from I-Ready , software system we use to assess students and one we use for instructional practice of skills that need more support).
    02/07 - School Spirit Day, wear your Ashby, or red, white and blue colors.
    2/17-2/21 - School Vacation Week
    2/28 - Open Gym Night PTC sponsored event
    3/2 -  Dr, Seuss Day - more news to follow and a detailed week of activities Incoming class of 2020-2021 Kindergarten Informational Meeting 6:00-7:00 PM
    April 13-16 - 3rd grade ELA MCAS
    April 27-30 - 4th grade ELA MCAS
    April 27-28 - No Kindergarten classes due to incoming K screening
    5/1 - Special Olympics North Central School Day games will be held at FSU
    May 11-14 - 3rd Grade Math MCAS
    May 18- 21 4th Grade Math MCAS 

    The CANDYLAND themed annual FAMILY DANCE is Friday, January 31st from 6:30-8:30 and we will be collecting items now through Tuesday Jan. 28th. Please send in your raffle items!!!! We NEED your help!
    Kindergarten: Arts & Crafts Basket - (Paints, scrapbook paper, pompoms, slime kits, jewelry making, Michaels gift cards, etc.)
    1st Grade: Family Night Basket - (Games, activities, snacks, movie tickets, pizza gift card, etc.)
    2nd Grade: Baking Basket - (Measuring cups, cookie sheets, cookie mix, recipes, spatulas, decorating supplies, etc.)
    3rd Grade: All About Mom Basket - (Cozy socks, bath bombs, manicure gift card, face masks, nail care, spa gift card, etc.)
    4th Grade: Think Spring Basket - (Gardening supplies, seeds, patio decor, outdoor activities like Frisbee, Home Depot gift card, etc.)
    Please reach out with any questions, thank you for help with this!

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