Friday, August 22, 2014

Crocker Farm's newest teachers!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PGO Seeking Volunteers for Teacher/Staff Breakfast, Tuesday, 8/26

The PGO is seeking a few volunteers to help with the back-to-school breakfast that we are hosting for Crocker Farm teachers & staff next Tues (8/26, 8 am). 

If you can help, please get in touch with Tracy asap ( Thanks in advance!

Before & Afterschool Program Information

Letter from the Superintendent, Maria Geryk

August 8, 2014

Dear Amherst Parents/Guardians:

We hope you have had a wonderful summer break with your children and are as excited as we are for the new school year!  Once again, we are pleased to offer out-of-school time services for our families in the 2014-2015 school year through the partnership of the Amherst Public Schools, the Town of Amherst and two non-profit organizations. These services include the Before School Care Program and the Afterschool Program at each of the Amherst elementary schools.

The Before School Care Programs operate from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.  Students are supervised by school personnel in the cafeteria and may bring their breakfast, purchase breakfast, or participate in the school nutrition program if eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.  The fee for the Before School Care Program is $4.00 per day per child, and an additional $2.00 per day for each sibling.

Our highly-successful Afterschool Programs will continue at each of the Amherst Elementary Schools and we look forward to providing even more enriching and fun activities for our students.  Based on enrollment needs, there will be two programs at Wildwood School this year: The Marks Meadow Afterschool Program and the Prime Time Afterschool Program.  Capacidad will continue to offer the Afterschool Program at Fort River School and the Prime Time Afterschool Program will serve Crocker Farm School.  The fee is $52 per month for one day each week for each of the programs.  Based on feedback from our families, enrollment in the Afterschool Programs will now happen at the building level in order to provide a personal contact with the care provides when families enroll their children. 

As in the past, fee subsidies are available to income-eligible families for both the Before School Care Program and the Afterschool Programs.  For information on fee subsidies or for any general questions about the Before School Care Program or the Afterschool Programs, please contact Jim Regan at 413-362-1818 or at

Maria Geryk                    
Superintendent of Schools    

After School MONTHLY Rates
All Schools
Monthly Rate

1 Day
 $              52.00
2 Days
 $           104.00
3 Days
 $           156.00
4 Days
 $           208.00
5 Days
 $           260.00


Jim Regan, Out-of-School Time Coordinator, 413-362-1818,

Crocker Farm Elementary School
Prime Time Afterschool Program
Town of Amherst, Leisure Services and Supplemental Education, 413-259-3065,

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Welcome Back to School Event - Aug 27th


Amherst Town Common,
Wed, August 27th, 5-6:30 pm

5th Annual First Day Celebration

Join friends, teachers, and school staff at the community's Welcome Back to School Party. 

All are invited to attend this free event.

For more info, please contact Kim Stender at or 413-362-1825.

Rain location: ARHS Cafeteria

Friday, August 15, 2014

Letter from Mr. Shea

                            Crocker Farm Elementary School   
        280 West Street
     Amherst, MA.  01002
        (413) 362-1600
    FAX (413) 256-0835

Derek Shea, Principal                                                                                   
Sharri Conklin, Assistant Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Ms. Conklin and I would like to warmly welcome you to the 2014-2015 school-year at Crocker Farm School. We are both honored and privileged to have the opportunity to lead this wonderful school. Crocker Farm has vast potential as an elementary school, and to that end, we fully intend to work to help maximize the opportunities for all our children. We have talented teachers and support staff, we have bright and hard-working students and we have committed and involved parents and guardians. Much more to follow in the weeks and months ahead, but for the time being we wanted to say welcome and we look forward to seeing all of you very soon.
Posted below is the most up to date information regarding our teaching staff:
Our classroom line-up for 2014-2015 is as follows:
Kindergarten: Ms. McCloskey and  Ms. Pratt*
1st grade:  Ms. Bartolini*, Ms. Donoghue and Mr. Lefebvre*
2nd grade:  Ms. Carson and Ms. Mattone
3rd grade : Mr. Hughes, Ms. Joyce and Ms. Robinson
4th grade:  Ms. Coley, Ms. Moriarty and Ms. Radtke
5th grade:  Ms. Donovan and Ms. Goodwin-Brown
6th grade:  Ms. Harvey, Mr. Prather and Ms. Teitelman*          
*We have four new teachers joining our teaching team at Crocker Farm. We will tell you more about them in an email/letter next week.
Today, Friday, August 15th, we mailed home a postcard with your student’s teacher placement for the upcoming school year. We spent many hours reviewing the placement of our students, paying careful attention to teacher input, as well as utilizing the parent-guardian placement form to help us develop our classrooms. We know our students will thrive at Crocker Farm School this coming year.
Derek Shea

carta del Sr. Shea

                            Crocker Farm Elementary School   
        280 West Street
     Amherst, MA.  01002
        (413) 362-1600
    FAX (413) 256-0835

Derek Shea, Principal                                                                                   
Sharri Conklin, Assistant Principal

Queridos Padres/ Guardianes,
La Sra. Conklin y yo queremos darles la bienvenida al nuevo año escolar 2014-2015 de la escuela elemental Crocker Farm. Los dos estamos honorados y nos sentimos privilegiados de poder dirigir esta escuela maravillosa. Crocker Farm es una escuela llena de potencial, y con ese fin, trabajaremos para maximizar las oportunidades para todos los niños. Tenemos maestros y personal de apoyo talentoso, estudiantes brillantes y trabajadores, y padres y guardianes dedicados y envueltos. Hay muchas cosas más que seguirán en las semanas y los meses  venideros, pero por ahora queríamos darles la bienvenida y esperamos verlos a todos muy pronto.
Esta es la información mas reciente que tenemos con relación a nuestro personal docente:
Nuestros salones de clase para el año 2014-2015 son los siguientes:
Kindergarten: Sra. McCloskey y Sra. Pratt
1er grado: Sra. Bartolini*, Sra. Donoghue y Sr. Lefebvre*
2ndo grado: Sra. Carson y Sra. Mattone
3er grado: Sr. Hughes, Sra. Joyce y Sra. Robinson
4to grado: Sra. Coley, Sra. Moriarty y Sra. Radtke
5to grado: Sra. Donovan y Sra. Goodwin-Brown
6to grado: Sra. Harvey, Sr. Prather y Sra. Teitelman*                
*Tenemos a cuatro nuevos maestros que se unen a nuestro personal docente en Crocker Farm. Hablaremos más a su respecto la semana que viene a través de una carta/email.
Hoy, 15 de agosto, hemos enviado una carta postal que incluye la ubicación de su niño para el año que viene. Pasamos muchas horas revisando la ubicación de los estudiantes, prestando atención a los comentarios de los maestros, además de la utilización de la forma de ubicación de padres-guardianes para ubicar a nuestros estudiantes. Sabemos que nuestros estudiantes van a prosperar aquí en Crocker Farm este nuevo año escolar.
Derek Shea

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Project Backpack collection continuing through Aug 1st

The school district is collecting school supplies for Project Backpack through August 1st.   Project Backpack provides backpacks of school supplies to qualifying families.   Last year more than 400 backpacks were distributed.

Here is the supply list: 
For pre-kindergarten through 5th grade: new backpacks, spiral notebooks, erasers, two-pocket folders, glue sticks, markers, crayons, pencils, pens (blue/black/red), colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, bookmarks and rulers.

For grades six through 12: new backpacks, assignment pads, notebooks, loose leaf paper, two-pocket folders, three-ring binders, three-ring pencil cases, highlighters, Post-it notes, index cards, calculators (basic, scientific, or graphing), flash drives, pens (blue/black/red), pencils and combination locks for lockers.

People can drop supplies through August 1st at any of the following locations:
the Amherst Regional Family Center, 170 Chestnut St.
Jones Library
DeMaio Orthodontics, 23 Pray St.
Art Alive Amherst, 35 S. Pleasant St.

The ARPS Family Center will oversee backpack distribution Aug 11th and 12th at the Amherst Regional Middle School.

Box Tops & Labels for Education -- keep clipping them (please!)

The PGO encourages Crocker Farm families to clip and save Box Tops and Labels for Education year-round.   The money raised from Box Tops goes to buy school supplies and equipment, and some years, we've raised up to $500 or more.   Every little bit helps, and we will have the collection box out in the Crocker Farm foyer when school opens again.    

Here's a link if you'd like to learn more about the Box Top program and which food and household items include Box Tops: (Box Tops link).

We are now also collecting Labels for Education UPC codes.  Labels for Education are found on Campbell's, Pop Secret, Post, V8, Pepperidge Farm, BIC, Glad products and more.  A full list of the Labels for Education participating products is found here: (Labels for Education link).

Thank you!

Summer Reading & Read-A-Thon

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

If your child would like to participate in the Crocker Farm summer read-a-thon, but didn't pick up the reading logs & other info before school ended, or have misplaced these materials, they can be downoaded from this link (read-a-thon). 

Summer reading helps students maintain their reading skills. 
Happy summer reading to all!  

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