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

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.