Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PGO Coffee with the Principal & Special Guests Mary Lambert & Jen Smith, Oct 31st

Please join us for coffee with our principal &
special guests Crocker Farm learning specialists Mary Lambert (math) & Jen Smith (reading).



This Friday, Oct. 31th, 8:50-9:50,

in the Crocker Farm Community Room.

Small children are always welcome.

Organized by the Crocker Farm PGO.  Email: CrockerFarmPGO@gmail.com, &

Crocker Farm Winter Coat and Clothing Share -- Collection Starts Nov 3rd

Upcoming: Crocker Farm's winter coat & clothing share.  Our annual winter clothing collection starts next week.  Now is a great time to go through closets & find coats/jackets, snowpants, boots, mittens, scarfs, & hats that your family has outgrown or you no longer need. Please drop off clean items in good condition in the collection box in the CF lobby starting Nov 3rd through Nov 17th. All sizes (kids & adults) wanted.

Collected clothes will be available for the taking in the CF lobby on Tues Nov 18th & Wed, Nov 19th. All school & community families are welcome to come in on these days to pickup whatever they need. 
This year, Crocker Farm is working together with other ARPS schools to share warm winter clothes among as many students and families as possible, and we also have community partners such as the Amherst Lions Club assisting with the clothing collections.  Look for a flyer in backpacks soon with more details on the other collection & distribution sites & dates.  
Thank you!

AEF Trivia Bee Fundraiser Thurs Oct 30th

Come one, come all to celebrate the 20th anniversary AMHERST EDUCATION FOUNDATION TRIVIA BEE, Thursday, October 30, at Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium

Last year, AEF raised $8,000.00 at the BEE, with the team from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office emerging as the winner. They return this year along with a team of School Committee members, Select Board players, teachers, school staff, the As Schools Match Wits team, along with many others. Come on down to support our sponsors, play in a special audience trivia game, and enjoy the festivities. We promise an evening of raffles, goodies, and general hilarity.

The Amherst Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent, non-profit education fund committed to stimulating excellence, promoting equity, enhancing diversity and mobilizing broad community support for the public schools of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham, and Shutesbury.

 AEF's generous sponsors include: A.J. Hastings, Inc., Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Amherst Club, Amherst Dental Group, Amherst Downtown BID, Amherst Office Park, Bueno y Sano, Daily Hampshire Gazette, DeMaio Orthodontics, Five College Realtors, Florence Savings Bank, Friends of the Amherst Historical Society, Friends of the Amherst Survival Center, Greenfield Savings Bank, Integrity Development & Construction, Inc., Jones Group Realtors, Jones Properties, Kuhn Riddle Architects, Office of the Northwestern District Attorney, Peter Vickery, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Pioneer Valley Driving School, Rao’s, Rigali & Walder Orthodontics, Robert L. Stern Financial Services, Rotary Club of Amherst, Seewald, Jankowski & Spencer, P.C., The Harp Irish Pub, The Pub, UMass University Relations

Suburban Basketball Tryouts - grades 5-8

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lasagna Dinner to Support the Award-Winning ARHS Chorale, Oct 27th

The ARHS Chorale Lasagna Dinner is the place to be!
The entire ARPS community is invited to support this annual event.
Monday, October 27 in the ARHS Cafeteria (21 Mattoon St)
Seatings are at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for students & senior citizens.
Tickets on sale at ARHS lunch and at the door.
Enjoy homemade lasagna, garlic bread, salad and desserts. The Chorale will sing too!
For more information, please contact Anita Cooper at coopera@arps.org.

Harvest Fest -- thank you!

It was great seeing so many families at our 3rd Annual Harvest Fest on Friday, & what a lovely fall day it turned out to be. The PGO is grateful for all the parents and others who helped make the event a success, and owe a big thank you to:
*event coordinator Heather Lord
*everyone who cooked soups, other warm hearty dishes, desserts, or provided other yummy foods *the children who prepared up the crafts table
*the creative parent who came up with the "fishing for apples" activity
*everyone who sang at the open mic
*the families who helped with setup or cleanup
*our school custodial staff
*the front office & other school staff for helping get the word out about the event
*and last but not least, all the families who joined for the Harvest Fest

 We feel lucky to be part of such a wonderful community, & we hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amherst Ballet & Cinderella - at the Jones Library, Sat, Oct 25th

The Jones Library presents dancers from the AMHERST BALLET CO. performing excerpts from the classic fairy tale CINDERELLA.
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11am
Jones Library, Woodbury Room 

Free and open to the public. 
For more information, please contact Sondra Radosh at 413-259-3091.             
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Class Parents 2014-2015

THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered as a class parent for this yearWe now have class parents for all classes except for Mr. Hughes. (if you would like to be a class parent for this class, please email the PGO, crockerfarmpgo@gmail.com, and let us know).

Class Parents 2014-2015

Mrs. McCloskey:  Ginny Hamilton & Dana Olivo
Ms. Pratt:  Phoebe Hazzard, Stephanie Mattrey, Jennifer Restucci, Amanda Lawall

1st Grade:
Ms. Bartolini: Eva Fairchild
Ms. Donoghue: Melissa Giraud & Maria Kopicki
Mr. Lefebvre:  Allegra Osborne

2nd Grade:
Ms. Carson: Asha Kinney & Aneeka Henderson                    
Ms. Mattone: Wendy Bergoffen & Hallie Hughes                                                      

3rd Grade:
Mr. Hughes:  No class parent yet
Ms. Joyce: Mary Klaes
Ms. Robinson:   Katie Rubinstein        

4th Grade:
Ms. Coley:  Melissa Matos-Auerbach & Ada Matos
Ms. Moriarty: 
Allegra Osborne
Ms. Radtke:  Aline Lyra

5th Grade:
Ms. Donovan:  Kate Lambert              
Ms. Goodwin-Brown:  Stacey MacPhetres & Oingmiao Li          

6th Grade:
Ms. Harvey: Becky Demling, Heather Lord, & Isolda Ortega-Bustamante
Mr. Prather: Michelle Chandler & Micaela Giles
Ms. Teitelman: Vira Douangmany Cage & Rebecca Woodland   

Events at the Amherst Survival Center this Thurs (Oct 23rd)

It's a busy extended day at the Center and it's when we're celebrating Food Day... in addition to all of our regular services, 

Here's what else will be happening in the Amherst Survival Center:
(1) 11am-1pm Free Flu Vaccine Clinic from the Town of Amherst Health Department

 (2) 3-4:30pm Healthy Cooking Class with our friends from Whole Food Market Hadley
 (3) 3-4:30pm viewing of the documentary "A Place At The Table"

All are welcome!

Amherst Survival Center
web site: amherstsurvival.org/ 
138 Sunderland Rd., North Amherst, MA

Kids Monsters Ball Oct 25th

at Mount Holyoke College
A costumed dance party for parents and their children
3 to 4 p.m. at Abbey Memorial Chapel,
50 College St, South Hadley, MA
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra presents the “Kids Monsters Ball”, a costumed dance party just for parents and their children. Come costumed and dance to waltzes and polkas by Strauss and Chopin. 

In between, enjoy music from TV shows like Doctor Who and the Simpsons and  meet members of the orchestra who will introduce the children to the instruments that they play. 

Admission is $3 for all children, $5 for all adults. Accompanying adults for groups of 4 or more children enter for free. 

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1wbME1U or call the Mount Holyoke College Music Department at (413) 538 2306.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Upcoming Crocker Farm & ARPS Events

This week at Crocker Farm:
Wed, 10/22:  Early release day, 1:20 pm (LSSE afterschool program starts right after dismissal)
Fri, 10/24:  Early release day, noon, for parent-teacher conferences  (LSSE afterschool program starts right after dismissal)
Fri, 10/24:  3rd Annual Harvest Fest to celebrate the fall & the Crocker Farm garden.  Crafts, food, music, & more.  Suggested donation of $5-$10 per family.  Proceeds support the garden.   Event will start at 4:30 pm out near the garden.   (in the event of rain, we'll be in the cafeteria & start at  6pm, after afterschool ends).
Fri, 10/24:  Deadline for turning in BoxTops.  Please drop them off in the lobby or in the PGO mailbox.

Mon, 10/20:  ARPS Family Center workshop on Homework Strategies, ARHS Library, 7 pm (more info).
Tues, 10/21:  Amherst School Committee Meeting, ARHS Library, 6 pm (agenda here).  Agenda includes budget & enrollment updates, & discussion of the Superintendent's goals for the school year.
Thurs, 10/23:  Meeting of the Special Education Parents Advisory Council, 9 am.  Open to all community members.   Meet the SEPAC Board & staff members who help support students with IEPs & 504 plans.  (more info.)

Mon, 10/27:  Early release day, noon, for parent-teacher conferences  (LSSE afterschool program starts right after dismissal)
Fri, 10/31:  PGO Coffee with the Principal, 8:50 am.
Tues, 11/11:  Veterans Day, No School
Sat, 11/15: Crocker Farm PGO Bookfair Fundraiser at Hadley Barnes & Noble. 
Thurs, 11/20:  PGO Coffee with the Principal
November:  Winter Coat and Clothing Share.  Clothing donations accepted starting Nov 3rd.

SEPAC Community Workshop, 10/23


Meet Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
When: October 23rd, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Where: Crocker Farm Elementary School, Community Meeting Room
This meeting is open to all community members!

We are fortunate to host this informal gathering and plan to do the following:
• Introduce you to some members of staff that help support your child on an IEP or 504C:
o Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services
o Derek Shea, Principal of Crocker Farm
o JoAnn Smith, Student Services Administrator Coordinator
o Michelle Regan- Ladd, Early Childhood Coordinator
o Please note staff list may change based on availability.
• Learn more about how the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) supports families and on an IEP or 504c.
• We will share basic special education information to help you advocate for your child.

Multi-Arts Make Your Own Mask Workshop, Oct 29th

All children welcome
Come and create your unique mask for Halloween!
Whether you want to be silly or spooky, this fun workshop is an exciting way to make your imagination come to life.
Multi-Arts is offering a children's Make Your Own Mask workshop just perfect for Halloween! Multi-Arts, a local arts organization that has been empowering and inspiring young artists for over 14 years, is hosting a free mask making workshop, led by professional illustrator Titus Neijens.   Multi-Arts' innovative programming encourages creativity and instills a lifelong love of the arts with children. Especially in this age of consumerism, Multi-Arts' camps and workshops help children discover they can use their imaginations to invent and build designs that instills lasting pride and happiness.

Wednesday October 29, from 4-6 pm
at All Things Local Coop, N. Pleasant Street, downtown Amherst

Free of charge but donations are very much appreciated

For more information, contact:
Catalina Arrubla, Multi-Arts Director