Sunday, August 9, 2015

School Calendar - School Starts the Week of Aug 31st

School starts Wed, Sept 2nd for students in 1st-12th grades.
Kindergarteners starts on Fri, Sept 4th, and have orientation earlier in the week.

The full school calendar for the year can also be viewed on the web site
Please note the early dismissal days and school closure days.

Upcoming event:
* ARPS First Day Celebration, Tuesday, Sept 1st, 5-6:30 pm
Amherst Town Common.  Rain location: ARHS cafeteria, same time/date.

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ARPS Project Backpack & Car Seat Help

Donations for Project Backpack accepted through Aug 15th

Backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to income-qualifying families on August 20-21 at the ARPS Family Center (located within the Amherst Regional Middle School) from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Also during those distribution hours, reps from the Amherst Police & Fire Departments, UMass Police Department & Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts/ Baystate Children’s Hospital will be installing new infant & toddler car seats.

New backpacks & school supplies will be accepted through August 15th at the locations listed below.
ARPS Family Center at 170 Chestnut St.
DeMaio Orthodontics at 23 Pray St.
Grace Episcopal Church at 14 Boltwood Ave.

Requested School Supplies
Pre-K- Fifth Grade: new backpacks, notebooks, 2-pocket folders, glue sticks, markers, crayons, pencils, pens (blue/black/red), colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, bookmarks, rulers, scissors

  6-12 Grade: new backpacks, assignment pads, notebooks, loose leaf paper, 2-pocket folders, 3-ring binders, 3-ring pencil cases, highlighters, post-it notes, index cards, calculators (basic, scientific, or graphing), flash drives, pens (blue/black/red), pencils, combination locks for lockers
“Our goal is to help ease the financial burden the start of the school year can mean for many families,” states Superintendent Maria Geryk.  “Project Backpack is a great success due in part to the generosity of individuals and community partners. In 2014, over 465 backpacks with supplies were distributed and over 60 car seats were installed. I am deeply grateful for the community’s support of this initiative.”

For more information please contact Kimberly Stender at (413)-362-1825 or

Joint School Committee Meeting, Mon, Aug 10th

Joint Meeting of the Amherst, Pelham, Amherst Pelham Regional & Union 26 School Committees
Monday, August 10th, 5 pm
Amherst Regional High School Library

The agenda includes a discussion and vote on the Superintendent's evaluation for the 2013-2014 school year, & a discussion on the 1993 agreement made between the school district and the Amherst branch of the NAACP, re: issues of racial disparity, & the Amherst NAACP's continuing concerns. 

The full agenda & the packet of materials for the School Committee meeting are available on the web site (SC_packet_here). 

Amherst Survival Center Trash to Treasures - September 12th

Cleaning out your house? Moving?

TRASH TO TREASURES - Amherst's Annual Gently Used Furniture Sale
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th, 9am to 3pm
All proceeds benefit Amherst Survival Center programs.

The Amherst Survival Center is currently collecting (picking up) furniture donations & our trailers are filling up! All furniture donations are tax deductible. Call 549-3968 ext 308 [corrected phone number] or email

Learn more about the Amherst Survival Center at the center's web site:

Final Thanks for 2014-2015

As the new school year approaches, the Crocker Farm PGO just wanted to give one final statement of thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped with PGO activities or events in any way big or small last year, and to all those who made financial contributions to help fund the PGO and our activities to support the school community, our teachers and staff, and Crocker Farm students.  Thank you again!  

The PGO would also like specifically to recognize the volunteers who played a big role in the following activities & events, & helped make them successful.  Thank you. 
PGO Board members helped with many of these as well. :)

Welcome Back Breakfast for Staff: Rebecca Woodland 
Monthly PGO Coffees with the Principal & Special Guests: Lucy McMurrer & Maria Kopicki
Fall Harvest Fest:  Heather Lord
School Family Directory: Becky Demling
Chess Club:  Dave Higham, David Schmidt
Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast:  Eva Fairchild
Used Book Swap:  Cammie McGovern, Marla Jamate
End of School Year Staff Appreciation Luncheon:  Susan Bernier
Crocker Press:  Jeni Kaplan
PGO Blog:  Jennifer Page
Crocker Farm Garden:  Sylvia Keochakian
Crocker Farm Garden Bench Restoration: Greg Keochakian
Crocker Farm Yearbook: Rie Traub, Becky Demling
Crocker Farm Graduation Slideshow:  Ilana Beigel, Ian Camera, Rebecca Woodland

Grant Applications for Arts Performance Field Trips: A. Rima Dael, Isolda Ortega-Bustamante
Barnes and Noble Crocker Farm Bookfair: Justyne Ogdahl, Leticia Davies, Agnes Zsigmondi, & Becca Greene-Van Horn
Ski & Skate Fundraiser: Justyne Ogdahl
Valley Gives Fundraiser:  Becky Demling, Tim Demling
Hillside Pizza Fundraiser:  Justyne Ogdahl, Stephanie Osman
Annual Appeal/Lend-A-Hand:  Erica Boerman
Box Tops Fundraiser: Marcia Turner
Dean’s Beans Fundraiser:  Jessica Lamson
Atkins Shopping Card Fundraiser: Amanda Lawall
6th Grade Graduation Fundraising:  Becky Demling

2014-2015 Class Parents: 
Wendy Bergoffen, Michelle Chandler, Becky Demling, Vira Douangmany Cage, Eva Fairchild, Tina Furcolo, Micaela Giles, Melissa Giraud, Ginny Hamilton, Phoebe Hazzard, Aneeka Henderson, Hallie Hughes, Asha Kinney, Mary Klaes, Maria Kopicki, Kate Lambert, Amanda Lawall, Qingmiao Li, Heather Lord, Aline Lyra, Stacey MacPhetres, Ada Matos , Melissa Matos-Auerbach, Dana Olivo, Isolda Ortega-Bustamante, Allegra Osborne, Jennifer Restucci, Katie Rubinstein, Rebecca Woodland

Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Fun - South Amherst 4th of July Picnic & Festivities

A wonderful 140-year South Amherst tradition.
Saturday morning, July 4th

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LSSE 4th of July Festivities

LSSE summer camps - many still open for enrollment for more info
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Amherst Survival Center - Furniture Pickups for Trash to Treasures

From the Amherst Survival Center
Did you know... we can pick up furniture donations for Trash to Treasures (for a tiny fee)? Looking to replace that table? Moving and you don't want to bring that chair or sofa? Donating starts with a phone call (549-3968 ext 308) or an email ( We collect furniture all summer for the sale. Thanks for helping to spread the word!
Trash to Treasures is Saturday, September 12 from 9am-3pm.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Final, final chance to order a Crocker Farm Yearbook - June 23rd, 9 am deadline

Due to high demand, we are printing up extra copies of this year's Crocker Farm Yearbook. We are taking additional orders until 9 o'clock Tues morning (6/23). If you meant to order a yearbook earlier & didn't or want another copy, this is the final chance. The yearbook will still be $6.50 per copy.

Please send your request to Becky,, before 9 a.m. on Tues (6/23). 
Check or cash payment can be dropped off at Crocker Farm (checks should be made out to the Crocker Farm PGO) or with Becky. The additional yearbooks will be available for pickup soon. Thank you.

Please pass this info along to any one who might have wanted to order a yearbook & didn't before the earlier deadline.    Thank you.  

MANY, MANY THANKS to Rie & Becky for creating such a wonderful yearbook, & thanks to everyone who contributed photos including Greg Bernier of ITB Photography who took all the 6th grade portrait photos.