Monday, June 30, 2014

ARPS Family Center & Steps for Success - this summer

el Centro de Familias de ARPS -- horario de verano

Summer Read-a-Thon Info

 If your child would like to participate in the Crocker Farm summer read-a-thon, but they didn't pickup a read-a-thon folder from Ms. McQuaid before school ended, the forms & related can be downloaded from this link (read-a-thon). 

Happy reading, and happy summer to all!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Crocker Chronicles & Teacher Assignments for Next Year

The final Crocker Chronicles of the school year was emailed out yesterday. If you didn't see it, it can be accessed at the link below.

Among the updates it included are the classroom teacher assignments for next year:
Kindergarten: Kara McCloskey, Judi Newcomb
Grade 1: Mary Donoghue, Anna Bartaloni, Jeff Lefebvre
Grade 2: Carol Carson, Lauren Mattone
Grade 3: Judah Hughes, Stephanie Joyce, Jasmine Robinson
Grade 4: Cat Coley, Lisa Moriarty, Susan Radtke
Grade 5: Mary Donovan, Alice Goodwin-Brown
Grade 6: Denise Harvey, Christopher Prather, TBD

Link to the Chronicles:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thank you!

The PGO's last letter to families for the year is below & can also be accessed at this link: letter

Thank you for a great school year.  
Have a wonderful summer,
Your PGO

June 20th, 2014
Dear Crocker Farm Families,
What a year!  Looking back, we have fond memories of so many school events from the year.  We are grateful to everyone who helped with various PGO events or activities this year, who supported our events by attending, or who contributed to our annual appeal or participated in our other fundraisers.  All Crocker Farm families are automatically part of the PGO, and we couldn’t do what we do without you.  We are grateful too to the school staff and teachers, especially the staff in the front office: Dr. Tesauro, Mr. Shea, Ms. Mills, & Ms. Aldrich.  Thank you for your help throughout the year. 
Some of the highlights of the year for the PGO:  (though there are too many to mention in a short list)
  • Chess Club.  The PGO restarted the afterschool chess club, and close to 60 students participated.  Amherst College student volunteers assisted with the club, and we had a special guest, Charles Hertan, a highly rated chess player who writes books for kids about learning chess.
  • Winter Clothing Share.  This year, with PGO support at all the Amherst public schools, the winter clothing share expanded to all the schools and served many more families. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.  The PGO coordinated the school-wide breakfast and funded Evelyn Harris’ performance at the event. 
  • Book Swap.  It was so wonderful to see students enjoying their “new” books.  We are grateful for all the book donations we received from families and from our librarian Ms. McQuaid.
  • Mosaic Mural.  This beautiful addition to the Crocker Farm School involved the whole school community, and has so many wonderful details, we could look at it for hours.  Special thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for their partial funding of this project, and to our art teacher Ms. Travis and mural artist Mr. Winer for all their work with students creating the mural.
  • Science Night.  The PGO leaders first talked with Dr. Tesauro about having a school-wide science night when we met with her in July 2013, and it was so nice to see it come to fruition. What an event!  Many thanks to the teachers and classes for their informative science displays, to Dr. Tesauro and the guidance staff for arranging the bus transportation, and to all the volunteers.  
  • Crocker Press.  The “publishing” of stories from Crocker Farm’s kindergarten through third grade students is truly a labor of love.  Teachers have their students prepare stories, and then volunteers type them, print them, and bind them into books using student-illustrated covers.  Special thanks to parent Jeni Kaplan for coordinating this year’s Crocker Press and carrying on this wonderful, long Crocker Farm tradition.
The Crocker Farm PGO is still seeking volunteers to join the PGO leadership team for next school year.  PGO positions are flexible and can work around volunteers’ schedules, and serving on the leadership team is a very rewarding experience.  If you are interested in serving as a PGO officer or in finding out more, please contact us.  
Have a great summer!  
Tracy Zafian & Justyne Ogdahl,
Crocker Farm PGO

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Teacher & Staff Awards & Recognition

Tonight, the ARPS School District celebrates and honors its faculty & staff in a ceremony at the Amherst Regional Middle School.  Here are the honorees from Crocker Farm.    Congratulations to them, & everyone else who is being recognized for their service in the school district. 

Clerical/Media Award:
Angela Mills

Janet Ryan
Lucia Spiro
Greta Wilcox
Sue Dunbar
Cynthia Waring

15 Years of Service:
Judith Newcomb

20 Years of Service:
Sharri Conklin
Stephanie Joyce
Seiha Krouch
Wendy Yaffe

25 Years of Service:
Kathleen Kellogg
Elizabeth Devlin
Ingrid Estrany-Frau
Alice Goodwin-Brown
Linda Prothers

Request from the Crocker Farm Guidance Office -- Help for Camp

The Crocker Farm Guidance Office is looking for donations of NEW waterbottles and NEW beach towels for Crocker Farm students who will be attending a few weeks of camp (LSSE or Camp Norwich) with scholarship support.

Please leave donations in the box in the front lobby near the art room by June 24th.  Thanks so much to everyone for your help!

Summer Read-a-Thon: Signup Now

If your child wants to participate in the Crocker Farm read-a-thon & you haven't seen the signup permission form in their backpack yet, you can download here

Once the form is turned in, your child will receive a read-a-thon folder with the reading log, & more info.  

Happy summer reading to all! 

AEF Stars in Our Schools Deadline Extended

The deadline for recognizing a teacher or staff person through AEF's Stars in Our Schools program has been extended to Friday, June 20th. 

Donations to AEF are tax-deductible and go to help our schools. "AEF 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, & Shutesbury" (AEF web site). 

For the online and mail-in (PDF) form, please visit:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Band & Orchestra Concert Tonight

Dear Crocker Farm families,
The Band/Orchestra concert is set to take place tonight at 7:30 pm. Soloist will begin at 7:00pm. All families are invited to attend this wonderful performance which takes place in the Crocker Farm cafetorium. Enjoy the show!

-Crocker Farm front office
The PGO apologizes for listing the time incorrectly in a blog post earlier this week and for any confusion this may have caused.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Upcoming at Crocker Farm & ARPS

Crocker Farm
* Mon, 6/16:  Crocker Press final group working session, 6:30 pm, CF cafeteria  --
           Volunteers welcome!  
* Tues, 6/17: Yearbook order forms & payments due  (Download order form here)
* Tues, 6/17:  Band & Orchestra Concert
* Fri, 6/20:  Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast, 7:30 am
* Mon, 6/23:  6th grade graduation
* Wed, 6/25:  Last Day of School, dismissal at 1:20 pm

Amherst Regional Public Schools
* Tues, 6/17: Amherst School Committee Meeting, 7 pm, ARHS Library
             (agenda is here)
* Wed, 6/18:  Meeting of the School Equity Task Force, 5:30 pm, ARHS Library
             (agenda is here)
* Tues, 6/24:  Last Joint, Regional, Amherst, & Pelham School Committee Meeting of the school year, 7 pm

Pre-Order this Year's Yearbook

Yearbook pre-order forms went home in backpacks on Friday. You can also download the form here.

This year's Crocker Farm yearbook is $6.50 if you pre-order & $10 if you don't. Plus there are only a limited number of books printed in addition to the pre-orders so if you don't pre-order, yearbook availability is NOT guaranteed.  

Pre-order yearbook forms and payments are due tomorrow, June 17th.  
Low-income families can request a free copy & this information is kept confidential. 

Amherst Survival Center - Summer Food Program for Families with School-Age Children

If your child/children receive a meal benefit in school, you’ll want to know about a new Amherst Survival Center summer program that gives families with school-age children (5-17 years) extra food in July and August.


Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst

Food Pantry Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, & Friday 11am-3pm; Thursday 11am – 7pm
Summer Saturdays include: July 19 & August 16, 9:30am – 11:30am

Amherst Survival Center
Tel: 413-549-3968

ASC Food Pantry Towns: Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, South Hadley, Sunderland, Whately, Ware

Amherst School Committee Meeting - Tues, 6/16, 7pm

The school meeting agenda includes a vote on PARCC/MCAS testing for future years, & a presentation regarding high-achieving students. 

The full agenda is at this link:  AGENDA

Many thanks for last week!

Last week was an especially busy one at Crocker Farm:
* Science Night & the PGO's Ice Cream Social on Wed
* Field Day on Thurs,  and
* Tag Sale, Bake Sale, & Electronics Recycling on Sat.

 and none of these would have been possible without support of our teachers & staff and wonderful volunteers.  

Science Night was amazing!   There was a great turnout, and it was wonderful to see so many families there.  The cafeteria and a few classrooms were packed as students showed off class science projects and volunteers gave demos of lego robotics, and talked about birds and computer science.   Outside there were hands on activities with bubbles and more.... and ice cream.   We hope that everyone had fun and learned a little too.   Many, many THANKS to the teachers and classes for their wonderful displays, to Dr. Tesauro & staff for arranging the bus transportation, & to all the volunteers who helped make the event a success. 

 Field Day was spectacular! Mr. James did a phenomenal job coordinating Crocker Farm's Field Day, the school's first field day in many years, maybe ever.   Despite the rainy mist for much of the day, it looked like everyone had fun.    PGO volunteers provided watermelon and water for all.    Thank you to everyone who helped out at Field Day!  May this be the start of a wonderful new Crocker Farm tradition.

Tag Sale, Bake Sale, & Electronics Recycling proceeds will go to support our students and teachers, & the activities for the Crocker Farm community, including the special end of year field trip for sixth graders.   Thank you to everyone who contributed items for the tag sale or bake sale, volunteered on Sat, or came to support the events.   These events are a lot of work, but they were a big success.   Special thanks to Angela Mills for working so hard on the tag sale, and to Becky Demling for coordinating the electronics recycling.  

Thank you, all!