Welcome to the resources page created for Tower families. Here, you'll find important Tower publications, such as the Parent-Student Handbook; handy links; a single-stop for forms; or simply a convenient link for ordering lunch for your children.
Tuition Refund Plan & Accident Plan
The following descriptions of our Tuition Refund Plan and Accident Insurance Plan are provided to assist families in selecting the plan(s) that best suit their needs.
IXL Summer Math
TOWER'S PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK 2017-2018
The Parent-Student Handbook is a handy resource for school guidelines and policies, and is updated annually. Families are asked to read it each fall, and refer to it throughout the year.
BULLYING PREVENTION PLAN
Tower has a longstanding commitment against bullying in our school community. At the root of this commitment is the Tower Code. The Head of School is responsible for the implementation and oversight of the community’s adherence to the Tower Code.
THE TURRET | Tower's Annual Student Literary Publication, est. 1917
The Turret is edited and produced by Upper School Students, and written by students in grades Pre-K through grade eight. Click the images below to read the publications.
Marblehead Community Store prepares and delivers hot lunches, sandwiches and salads for Tower students. To review the menu and place your order, visit their website, and click the Tower logo at the top of the page. To reach them by telephone, call (781) 631-5085.
Nut-Free Lunch Ideas
Due to peanut and tree nut allergies, we ask that families provide students with nut-free lunches.
- Fresh fruit such as bananas, pears, apples, oranges, melon, grapes, cherries, and plums
- Vegetables such as carrots, peppers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, salad greens, cole slaw, and pickles
- Cubed cheese, string cheese, and cottage cheese
- Raisins, apricots, and dried fruit
- Soup, pasta, cereal, pizza, mac and cheese, and chicken fingers
- Applesauce, yogurt, and rice pudding
- Sandwiches with deli meat, cream cheese and jelly, honey and banana, soy nut butter, hummus, tuna salad, egg salad, and chicken salad
- Pita bread, croissants, bagels, and flatbread
- Leftovers that don’t contain nuts
Tower's health curriculum provides age-appropriate information based on American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines. We aim to provide accurate information that will help keep children safe. We teach students to be respectful of all people and specifically to respect diversity of values and beliefs that are represented in our community. Through role-playing and inquiry-based education we help children, develop interpersonal skills in their relationships and become advocates for themselves and those around them. We understand that children need factual information about healthcare in order to make continually careful and thoughtful complex decisions.
Below are a few links that families may find helpful. If you are looking for specific information that you can’t find in the links please contact Russ Wells for further assistance.
The Teen Years Explained: A guide that describes normal physical, cognitive, emotional, social, sexual, identity formation and spiritual changes that happen during adolescence and how adults can promote healthy development
The Partnership for a Drug Free America: Information on drugs and drug use with tips on talking to your kids
Think b4 You Speak: Information on bullying and the use of homophobic and discriminating remarks
Common Sense Media: Information on the internet, social media and communications technology
PBS Parents: General parent advice
Kids Health: General parent advice with pages for kids, too
Advocates for Youth: General information and advice for promoting responsible decisions around reproductive and sexual health
Social Media & Your Children
Media and entertainment occasionally pose challenges for parents and schools. Children are bombarded with questionable or confusing messages in movies, TV shows, and video games, as well as issues like cyberbullying and sexting. It can be overwhelming.
Tower recommends Common Sense Media as a resource for families. Common Sense Media offers expert advice on media-related issues, as well as ratings and reviews of the latest movies, TV shows, video games, books, websites, and more. Their resources help families find age-appropriate media for your kids, and offer valuable information, including the following, organized by age-appropriate topics.
Kindergarten: Talking About Advertising, Cartoon Violence, Setting Internet Filters
Grades 1-2: All About Avatars, Safe Search Online, Movies for the Family
Grades 3-4: Safety Online, Scary Film Fixes, Club Penguin & More
Grades 5-6: Cell Phone Help, Talking About Cyberbullies, Instant Messaging, Staying Safe Online
Grades 7-8: Managing Music, Taming Gaming at Home, Checking Browser History
High School: Digital Creativity, The Truth About "Sexting," YouTube 101, Finding Out About Facebook
Cyberbullying Prevention Tips
- Monitor your child’s computer use. Have the computer in a public space. Know what they’re posting, check their mobile messages, “friend” them. Set time limits.
- Remind them that all private information can be made public. Posts on friends’ “walls,” private chats, photos, little in-jokes can all be cut, pasted, and sent around. If they don’t want the world to see it, they better not post or send it.
- Come up with a code of conduct. Discuss with your child a list of things that would be inappropriate and/or dangerous to do, like sharing personal information. Tell them that if they wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, they shouldn’t text it, IM it, or post it.
- Ask your child if they know someone who has been cyberbullied. They may open up about others’ pain before admitting their own.
- Tell your child what to do if they are being targeted. They shouldn’t respond or retaliate; they should block bullies immediately, and they should tell you or a teacher.
- Establish strict consequences and stick to them if you find your child making mean or inappropriate comments about anyone.