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Hampstead Academy
Preschool through Grade 8

Our Mission
is to enable our students to develop academic potential and individual talents in a caring atmosphere that cultivates creative thinking, upstanding character, service to others, and enthusiasm for learning.
Two Hampstead Academy Teams Compete on Saturday!
Student teams that have excelled at creativity, teamwork and collaborative problem solving from around the state will compete Saturday to represent New Hampshire at the world’s largest competition and celebration of creativity at Destination Imagination Global Finals. The “D.I.” State Finals will be held in Hampton at Winnicunnet High School. Teams will compete with other teams in open-ended challenges that require young people to apply science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), in addition to improvisation, theater arts, presentation skills, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork and community service.  More info at this LINK.

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1st Annual Student / Staff Volleyball
The 1st Annual Student / Staff Volleyball game was held last week in the Hampstead Academy gym.  Students tested their skills against staff members, but ultimately lost to the more experienced players.  The event was lots of fun for all, players and spectators!  READ MORE for additional photos.
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Annie Jr. on Stage at Hampstead Academy
The Mainstage Performers had an excellent run of their production Annie Jr.!  These talented students acted, danced, and sang their way into the hearts of each audience member.  Bravo!  READ MORE for additional photos.
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Volleyball Afternoon at HMS
Last week a contingent of Hampstead Academy students visited Hampstead Middle School for an afternoon of friendly volleyball games.  This annual event, hosted by HMS, has been a great hit!  READ MORE for additional photos.
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UPDATE - Good Luck DI Teams!
Congratulations to all four of our Destination Imagination teams who competed at Sanborn High School today!
The Lamy/Small team came in first place in their division and will be moving on to States!At the closing ceremony, the Kolbe team was asked to stand along with four other teams in their division and all told they made it to States. None of the five were given their ranking, but are thrilled to know they move on to States! The non-competitive Salu/DeLucca and Seah/Harrington teams both did a great job today. 
A special thank you to Cathy Lamy and Caren Hantman for helping coordinate the DI program this year.

Good Luck to the following Hampstead Academy Destination Imagination Teams who will be performing at Sanborn Regional High School today! Feel free to come and cheer them on!

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Community Service News
Blankets for Emmaus House
Fourth grade students spent the morning of December 19th making fleece blankets for the children of Emmaus House in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Emmaus House is a home for families in transition whose mission is to impower individuals and families to reach their fullest potential.  The students were able to make three very warm and cozy blankets which were delivered to Emmaus House on December 24th.  We would like to thank Mrs. O'Connell and Mrs. Hines who helped out that day.  READ MORE for additional photos.
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Baking for Emmaus House
The students in Grade 4 spent some time just before the Thanksgiving break to bake pumpkin bread for the resident of Emmaus House in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Emmaus House is a residence whose mission is to help families in transition.  Due to the wonderful baking skills of the fourth grade class, 8 delicious loaves of bread were delivered to Emmaus House just in time for their Thanksgiving Feast!  READ MORE for photo.

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XC Team Donates to Play 4 A Cure
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team participated in Hampstead Middle School's annual Play 4 A Cure last week.  A check was presented to Kristine Eiro of the Hampstead Middle School Athletic Club by team captain Ellie Sandt and the rest of the team.  Over the last three years the Cross Country Team has raised a total of $1,299 to donate to this wonderful cause which helps fight breast cancer!
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XC Ice Cream Fundraiser
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team would like to thank the entire Hampstead Academy community for their support of our “make your own ice cream sundae” fundraiser which raised $408!  A check will be presented to the Hampstead Athletic Club by team captain Ellie Sandt this Thursday at Hampstead Middle School’s Play 4 A Cure event.  Over the last three years the Cross Country Team has raised a total of $1,299 to donate to this wonderful cause which helps fight cancer!  READ MORE for photos.
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Sundae Sales Benefit Play 4 the Cure
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team is selling ice cream sundaes during lunch this week.  All proceeds will benefit cancer research efforts at Play 4 the Cure.
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HA Raises Money for Town Outdoor Basketball Court
Hampstead Academy raised over $2,700 for development of an outside basketball court by the Hampstead Recreation Committee for the Town of Hampstead.  Through the Great American SpellCheck, the HA community came together to improve spelling skills and help raise money for the town basketball court.
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The Great American SpellCheck
Hampstead Academy students and faculty participated in a school wide fundraiser called The Great American SpellCheck. The focus of the event was twofold: raising funds while improving spelling skills. The event was held at the same time throughout the school creating a unified effort on behalf of the student body. Many parents, family members, and family friends pledged an amount on behalf of the student. Due to overwhelming support, Hampstead Academy successfully raised $2,732.25. The funds will be donated to the Hampstead Civic Club for the installation of a basketball court. Hampstead Academy is proud to be a member of the Hampstead community; therefore, we are thrilled to contribute to the growth and development of the surrounding community and its youth.
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Jump Rope for Heart SPIRIT WEEK!
During the week of May 19th, all Hampstead Academy students are welcome to participate in a Jump Rope for Heart Spirit Week! Show some "spirit" by wearing appropriate clothing associated with each day of Spirit Week.  READ MORE for all the details!

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Paws Walk 2014
A number of Hampstead Academy students will be doing the 2014 Paws Walk in Stratham Hill on June 8th, to raise money for the SPCA.  

The students who are participating are Ophelia and Genevieve B, Jaden A, William S, Marby V, Diya and Nishant D.

If you would like to support them you can donate at  Click Paws Walk 2014; 'Support a Walker' and then enter the name of the child you would like to support.  Alternatively you could send a check payable to the 'SPCA Paws Walk' in your child's school bag.

If you would like to join them on the walk you are welcome to do so (a parent needs to walk with their child).  Please register at; click on Paws Walk 2014; select ‘register now’, ‘join team’ and select Hampstead Academy Huskies.  If you register before the end April you will receive a complementary team t-shirt. 

If you would like to find out more about the event please email Alice Bentley -

Good luck to the walkers and their dogs!

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Hoops for Heart Fundraiser
Congratulations to the Hampstead Academy Community! We raised $2,333 last year for our Hoops for Heart fundraiser. We just received a plaque notifying us that we raised the most money in our division! Let's try to break that number this year during our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

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CandyGram Fundraiser Update
Thanks to everyone who participated and supported this year's CandyGram fundraiser through Jump Rope for Heart. Despite a couple of cancellations of school during CandyGram week, the fundraiser was a huge success.  Hundreds and hundreds of treats were delivered to the students of Hampstead Academy, and on behalf of Caroline, Charlie, Carter, and Max, we are thrilled to announce that this fundraiser will be sending over $400 to the American Heart Association!  Stay tuned for more fun associated with our Jump Rope for Heart activity period!
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Blankets for Emmaus House
As part of their community service project, Hampstead Academy fourth graders made blankets for the children at Emmaus House.  Three blankets were made on December 20th and delivered to Emmaus House in Haverhill, Mass in time for their holiday celebration.  Great job!  READ MORE for pictures.

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Trick or Treat for UNICEF
As a community service endeavor for the fall, the Hampstead Academy Student Council is participating in a fundraiser called Trick or Treat for UNICEF. It is a fundraiser where children across the nation collect change on Halloween. All money collected will be donated to UNICEF, to help out children in need across the world. Hampstead Academy is helping out by handing out boxes to HA students so they can participate as well. The Student Council will collect money until Friday, November 15h. The boxes can be returned to Ms. Roberts.
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CMN Run for the Kids
Hampstead Academy was well represented at the CMN Run for the Kids 5 K Race this past Saturday at Pawtuckaway State Park.  Dhilan Soundar, Nick Lamy, and Ellie Sandt won medals for winning their age brackets!  Several of our runners also walked away with nice raffle prizes including an iPod and a Nook.  The cross country team would like to thank Mr. Lamy, Kathleen Herold, and the Soundar family for participating in the race.
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Run for a Cure Donation
The Run for a Cure fundraiser raised $711.00!
Thanks to all who participated in our "SCHOOLING". What a great community event for our school to support. The Run for a Cure was held on Oct. 3 at the Hampstead Middle School. The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team presented a check to the Hampstead Athletic Association before the race.

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THANK YOU - Fundraiser Results
The 7th grade would like to thank everyone who purchased bracelets to help raise money for the American Diabetes Association. $400.60 dollars were raised with the help of the Hampstead Academy community.

Colette, her family, and several 7th grade students will participate in the Step Out Walk in Boston on October 19th.
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American Diabetes Assoc. Fundraiser
Starting September 23rd the 7th grade class will be selling rubber band bracelets at lunch. All the proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association. Colette, her family and some of her 7th grade classmates will be walking in the Step Out Walk for Diabetes on October 19th.

The bracelets will cost from $1-2 and the sale will go on until supplies last. The 7th grade has been busy making bracelets and thank you in advance for your support.
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H.A. Baseball Team "Pulls a Clean Sweep"
Our baseball team took some time out to clean the litter off of the practice field at Woodlock Park in Atkinson.
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Kindergarten Stocks the Shelves at St. Anne's Food Pantry
Our kindergarten students entered phase two of their Chores for Change project, and helped to stock up the shelves at St. Anne's Food Pantry.
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The A.D.A.'s Tour de Cure
The American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure, taking place this weekend, raises funds for the 26 million Americans living with diabetes through registration fees and pledges collected by the touring cyclists. Some of our Hampstead Academy families are going to host a rest area at the school for the cyclists coming through the area. 

Tour de Cure is designed for anyone from the occasional to the experienced cyclist with routes from the 15-mile family ride to 100-mile Gran Fondo, a century ride. The routes all feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders on.

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Hoops 4 Heart Totals
The final Hoops for Heart donations have been counted up and Hampstead Academy raised $2,323.42! Congratulations to our top individual fundraisers: Alexis Levine and Benjamin Matseas who raised $250 each.
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Students in Grades One and Two Celebrate Giving
Students in Grades One and Two at Hampstead Academy have been busy little Elves during this holiday season. In anticipation of the Hampstead Academy Holiday Store, the children worked at home doing chores throughout November and December in order to earn shopping money for gifts.

The children were delighted to choose gifts for their families as a reward for all their hard work, but were even more pleased to know that the funds they raised would go to a good cause. The children decided that the money raised at their store should go to St. Anne’s Food Pantry in Hampstead. The children donated over $200 to food pantry.

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Fleece Blankets for Emmaus House
To continue our committment to helping the residents of Emmaus House, the fourth grade students made fleece blankets for the residents. Two blankets, one for a girl and one for a boy, will be delivered in time for the holiday to be distributed to children at the shelter.

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Hampstead Academy Hoops for Heart 2013!
We are excited to announce that Hampstead Academy will be participating in Hoops for Heart event during physical education classes this year! Every student will have a chance to participate, and those that would like to raise funds are encouraged to!

Mark your calendar - this event will be held January 22-25! This very special community service program will help raise awareness of heart health as well as raise funds to fight our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers- cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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Donations for the Salem Animal Rescue League and Feline Friends of Salem
With the holiday season upon us, we are surrounded by the joys and splendors of some rich holiday literature here in the Hampstead Academy Library. Many pieces share diverse themes within each of the different holidays we celebrate. One central theme shared is that of giving. The Library, with the help of the 6th grade, will be collecting donations for the Salem Animal Rescue League and for Feline Friends of Salem, NH.
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Pumpkin Bread for Emmaus House
With the help of some parents, the 4th grade class baked 10 loaves of pumpkin bread for Emmaus House in Haverhill, Mass. It was delivered on Wednesday, Nov. 21st in time for their Thanksgiving Feast!
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7th Grade Donation Box For Our Troops
Grade Seven is currently spearheading a community service project which they are happy to announce is open to the entire Hampstead Academy community. A care box filled with donations of various items will be sent to Austin Ware's troop, currently stationed in Afghanistan. Austin is the brother of one of our seventh graders, Makayla.

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XC Team Community Service
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country Team would like to thank the entire Hampstead Academy community for their support of our bake sale and “Coins for Cancer” to raise money for our community service efforts.
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Trick or Treat for UNICEF
As a community service project the Hampstead Academy Student Council has organized the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
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H.A. Used Book Drive
Hampstead Academy students have collected well over 1500 books during their Used Book Drive this year. All the books collected to date were delivered by the Hampstead Academy Student Council to Guilmette Elementary School in Lawrence, Massachusetts last week, where they will be distributed to either the school's library or to the school's book closet.
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Cross Country Team Fund Raiser for Cancer Awareness
As one of our community service acts, the cross-country team is raising money for our Cancer Awareness meet on Oct. 11th at Hampstead Middle School.
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Used Book Drive Taking Place at Hampstead Academy Alongside the Book Fair
Do you have gently used books at home that your children no longer read or have “outgrown”? Donate them between September 24 and October 5 to help the Guilmette Elementary School provide books to its students, and you could win tickets to Screemfest at Canobie Lake Park! Donation boxes will be in both the HA lobby and at the Book Fair.
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Jump For Your Heart
Thank you all for your effort and financial donations offered for our recent Jump Rope For Heart Fundraiser. We were blessed with a fabulous day and were able to come together as a school and spend the afternoon jumping to our "hearts content"! The final tally for the fundraiser totaled $3180; our original goal was for $2500.

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3rd Grade Fundraising for the Earth Day Network
Congratulations to the 3rd grade! Their fundraising efforts put them on the front page of the Earth Day Network website!
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Passionately Pink for the Cure Fair
The Student Council would like to thank everyone who came to the "Passionately Pink for the Cure Fair." $247.60 was raised for the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
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5th Grade Penny Drive for the Red Cross
Lisa Michaud, the Chief Communications External Relations Officer for the Concord branch of the Red Cross, visited Hampstead Academy to accept our donation from the 5th grade Penny Drive.
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Treat Yourself! Treat Others!
Ms. Doherty’s third grade class and Student Council will hold fundraisers during lunch this week to benefit two great causes.
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Fifth Grade's Easter Eggs for the Children of Emmaus House
Students in grade five prepared close to 90 Easter eggs for the children of Emmaus House, a shelter for families in transition located in Haverhill, Ma. The eggs were delivered just in time for the big Easter egg hunt.

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Penny Drive for the Red Cross Tornado Relief A Great Success!
A big thank you to everyone who donated their pennies (and more) to help those recently affected by the devastating tornadoes. Our school raised $655! A donation will be made to the Red Cross from Hampstead Academy. Thank you!
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St. Jude's Research Hospital Math-a-thon
Thank you to all the students that participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-a-thon. The total rasied funds came to $3,000.
Thank you everyone for your support!

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2nd Grade Bake Sale - Books for Africa
The second grade ran a bake sale to earn money to ship donated books to Africa. The bake sale was a huge success! Supply could not keep up with demand!

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St. Jude's Research Hospital Math-a-thon
Thank you to all the students that participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-a-thon. It is time to collect your donations and bring them in the envelopes to your classroom teacher. Please make any checks out to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Prizes will be distributed in several weeks.

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Kindergarten's "Chores for Change"
After their "Chores for Change" project was completed, the Kindergarten students visited Market Basket to purchase goods for the SPCA and Food Pantry.
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H.A. Supports the St. Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry
On January 10th the first and second grade students visited the St. Anne Ecumenical Food Pantry to donate the proceeds for the Holiday store that was conducted prior to our winter break.
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The Power of One
The Power of 1-was a great success! The Kindergarten collected a pile of food for the local food pantry, one item at a time.
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$141 for St. Anne's Food Pantry
The students in the first and second grades participated in the second annual holiday store.
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Preschool and Pre-K Donate Goods to the Emmaus House
The Preschool and Pre-K collected food for local food pantries and mittens and hats for the Emmaus House.

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Baking for the Emmaus House
The fifth grade baked pumpkin bread for Emmaus House; a shelter for families in transition located in Haverhill, MA.
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Thank you to everyone who helped the Student Council raise over $1100 for Unicef through Trick-or-Treat

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HA Cross Country Team Bake Sale and 5K Run for the Children's Miracle Network
The Hampstead Academy Cross Country team and coaches would like to thank the Hampstead Academy Community for making last week’s bake sale such a success. The team raised $280 for Children’s Hospital Boston and Children’s Miracle Network.

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Math-a-Thon for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Thank you for supporting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-a-Thon. Hampstead Academy students raised an amazing $4008! Thank you also to the 6th grade students who helped in organizing this fundraising event.

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Pretzel Sales To Benefit Hampstead Public Library
Third grade students recently had lots of fun making and selling chocolate-covered pretzel rods to raise money for their community project.

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$141 for St. Anne's Food Pantry
The students in the first and second grades participated in the second annual holiday store.
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4th Grade Pajama Drive
An extremely generous group of families from Mrs. Parker’s fourth grade class teamed up with Scholastic Book Clubs to provide a warm pair of pajamas and a bedtime book for more than twenty-five children who live in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages by participating in The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.

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Barnum Award
Two Hampstead Academy students have been named winners of the Barnum Award, an award given to youth for outstanding community service by Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey.

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Blankets and Books for Emmaus House
As part of their community service project, the students in grade five made fleece blankets for the residents of Emmaus House.
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The Student Council raised $76.00 for the Great American Bake Sale
The Student Council raised $76.00 for the Great American Bake Sale. The goal of "Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale" is to eliminate childhood hunger in America.
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7L Fundraiser for
Grade 7L hosted a "Black and White" dance Friday night and raised $230 for the on-line charity
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Student Council "Duck Tape" Fundraiser
Student Council will sell “Duck Tape” items this week during lunch. There will be cell phone pouches, wallets, purses, and bracelets. The items are from $1.00-2.00 dollars. All proceeds will go to the Japan Relief Fund.
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