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.  

Free Fun Summer Fridays at Museums & Sites around Massachusetts

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Summer Reading Programs & The Importance of Summer Reading

The Crocker Farm Elementary School PGO is not doing a summer Read-a-Thon program this summer due to a lack of volunteers.   However, there are a number of other summer reading programs available to Crocker Farm students. 

A number of Local libraries are running summer reading programs:

In Amherst, the Jones Library, Munson Memorial Library, & the North Amherst Library are each having a summer reading program.    You can learn more about the programs here:

The Jones Library program starts June 27th, & participants are given the goal of reading and reporting on 5 books over the summer.   Book reports may be oral, written, or artwork.  Informal book chats will be held every Mon & Fri from 3-4 pm in the Kids Biography Room.  There are also a number of fun events associated with the reading program.  Visit the link above for details.    The Summer Reading Club Party will be held Tues, Aug 11st at 3 pm.  

The Jones Library also has a Young Adult Summer Reading Program for students in Grades 6 & up.   

The Munson Memorial Library summer reading program starts June 15th.  Participants receive a book log to record the books read over the summer.   Participants must read 10 books to receive a prize, and can earn a second prize by reading 20 or more books.  After 10 visits to the Munson Library over the summer, each club member will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone.   The book logs should be returned by Sat, Aug 29th.  The Back-to-School Party will be held on Tues, Sept 1st, at 3 pm.  

The North Amherst Library summer reading program includes children ages 4 to 14.  Participants receive a book log to record the books read over the summer.   All reading club members and their families are invited to our Summer Reading Club celebration. The party will be on Saturday Aug 15th, 11 am, at Mill River Park.  Reading program members who read 10 books or more will receive a prize and a certificate to be awarded at the Reading Club Party.  Reading logs should be returned by August 10th.  

Other summer reading programs:
Barnes & Noble has a summer reading program where participants who read 8 books qualify for a FREE book. The details are here: 
The program's reading log can be downloaded at this link.  Completed logs are returned to a local B&N store, and participants can then select a free book on the Reading Journal list at the store.  

The Massachusetts Teachers Assocation & Red Sox summer reading program. 
** Participants pledge to read nine books over the summer, one for each position on the ballfield. 
** List the titles of the nine books on the entry form and mail it in by July 10, 2015. 
** MTA will choose 100 winners at random. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets to a Red Sox game at Fenway in September.
** Five of the 100 winners will be chosen at random to become Grand Prize Winners. Grand Prize Winners will receive four tickets each and participate in an on-field pregame ceremony at the game in September.

The Importance of Summer Reading  -- Voices from Our Schools,Amherst Media
 Please enjoy the latest episode of Voices From Our Schools, featuring Crocker Farm Elementary Sixth grade students, Monica Cage and Brendon Stephen, as they discuss the importance of reading and summer book selections. They were wonderful guests who offered great insights and anecdotes.

SNAP/EBT Card Accepted at the Amherst Farmers Market


How to use your EBT card at the Farmers Market:
1) Go to the market booth in front of the Lord Jeffery Inn on Boltwood Ave.
2) Give the person there your SNAP/EBT card.  They will give you tokens. These tokens act as “cash” at the market
3) Use your tokens at any vendor booth.

What you can buy with your EBT card: Fruits and vegetables, breads, meat, dairy products, maple and honey products for home consumption, eggs, seeds and plants that produce food, baked goods (wrapped and intended for home consumption), jams, sauces, mushrooms, fish, etc…

The Amherst Farmers Market DOUBLES your dollars every week! Dollar for dollar (up to $5) we double your EBT money. $5=$10 at Amherst Farmers Market! 

Farm Fresh Food is the best food you can bring home to your family!

(this is not a school-sponsored program) 

Amherst Survival Center Summer BOOST Program

The Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry is preparing for the summer kids BOOST, where families with school-age children will receive extra food in their summer monthly groceries (it starts this month thru August). 

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


Amherst Survival Center
138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst

Food Pantry Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 11am-2:45pm; Thursday 11am – 6:45pm
Summer Saturdays include: July 19 and August 16, 2015 9:30am – 11:30am

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

Niri Azuaje, Pantry Coordinator 

Tel: 413-549-3968 x104 


SEPAC June Newletter

The June 2015 newsletter for the ARPS Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) was recently sent home in backpacks and can also be downloaded from this link: June2015_SEPAC

For more information on SEPAC, please visit the SEPAC web site at www.arps-sepac/info