Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter craft at the Jones

For the small but oh-so-crafty people in your life...

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Calling all 1st and 2nd graders!

Book groups aren't just for the grownups in your life!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Tues - Dec 1st - Please consider a donation to Crocker Farm's Field Trip Fund

December 1st next week is Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving to support charitable causes.

For Giving Tuesday & through the end of December, the Crocker Farm PGO is collecting donations for our FIELD TRIP FUND to help

Donations made now count for Giving Tuesday. We are hoping to raise up to $1000 by year's end, which equals just under $3 per Crocker Farm student. The cost of field trips keeps going up & donations to the Field Trip Fund will be a BIG HELP. 


(Minimum donations of $10 are required for the link below).

Donation site: 
Donations can also be made via cash or check to the Crocker Farm PGO, 280 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

LSSE - Special 20% off discount

Amherst Leisure Services & Supplemental Education (LSSE) is now offering a 20% discount for youth (0-18 years old) meeting one of the following criteria:
       Siblings registering for the same program at the same time;
       Youth who participated in an LSSE Program within the last year;
       Any youth new to an LSSE program.
The discount can apply to registrations made online, over the phone, or in person. For online registrations use WEBB20 in the coupon code. 

Fee subsidies are also available based on income qualifications. Please see the web site for details:

Fort River PGO Bookfair at Barnes & Noble next Sat, Dec 5th

A great opportunity to support another Amherst elementary school at no cost to you.


Start getting those holiday book shopping lists ready!  On Saturday, December 5th, Fort River will be hosting a book fair at Barnes & Noble Hadley.  On that day, Fort River School & the Fort River PGO will get a percentage (10-15%) of every purchase made by customers who mention Fort River School at checkout.

The Fort River PGO is also hosting a wrapping table that day.  Make your gift purchases & get them wrapped at the same time.  Easy peasy & less work for you.  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

This coming week at Crocker Farm

School is open Mon & Tues, regular hours
There is no school on Wed, Thurs or Fri for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Next Monday, Nov 30th, is a teacher curriculum day & there is no school for students.
Students will return on Tuesday, December 1st.

Enjoy the school break.

Wildwood/Elementary School Building Study - next public forum, Dec 8th

pdf of the forum flyer: here

The next public forum on the Wildwood/Amherst Elementary School building study has been scheduled for Dec 8th, at the Amherst Reg MS Library. Identical presentations will be made at the 3:30 & 7:00 pm sessions.

To learn more about the study, you can visit the study web site here  or
the district's Facebook page on the project here.

The Amherst School Committee is planning to vote on their preferred option for grade configuration at a School Committee meeting in January 2016.

In the meantime, the Wildwood School Building Committee is meeting regularly (monthly or more often) & discussing details of the potential new construction.  Many of the details related to the design of any new building/renovations will be decided on by this committee.

The agendas & minutes of the School Building Committee's meetings are posted on the project's web site. 

Family Photo Project at Crocker Farm

Professional photographer Travis Weitzman, the son of Crocker Farm art teacher Diane Travis took pictures of many families at Curriculum Night for the Crocker Farm "Family Photo Project".   Diane Travis, Toby Bobbitt, Tara Luce, & Amy Baver assisted with the photo shoot.

The families who participated have now been sent a copy of their photos. A second copy will be put up on a bulletin board at Crocker Farm near the main office.   The photos are beautiful, and an impressive reminder of how special the Crocker Farm community is.

Any families who did not have the opportunity yet to participate in the Family Photo Project are welcome to send in their personal family photo to add to the bulletin board display.  Photos can be sent in to Toby Bobbitt's attention.

A BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Weitzman, Ms. Travis, & everyone else who has worked on the Family Photo Project.    The Crocker Farm PGO was proud to help fund the photo printing costs.

Downtown Amherst Donation Days - Ends today

See the full listing of upcoming downtown Amherst holiday events here:

Amherst Downtown Donation Days
November 19-22nd, 2015
Start the season of giving during Downtown Donation Days! Downtown Amherst businesses are coming together for four days of giving during this holiday season!  Participating businesses will donate a portion of the proceeds to a downtown non-profit of their choice. Start your holiday shopping early at these participating businesses:
Elements Hot Tub & Spa, The Blue Marble, Zanna, J Austin, Laughing Dog Bicycles, Osteria Vespa, Hope & Feathers Framing & Gallery, A.J. Hastings, Baku’s African Restaurant, Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar, Pasta E Basta, Russell’s Liquors, Amherst Copy & Design Works, Amherst Optical Shoppe, Chez Albert, FOLCWALD Gallery of Sculptural Art, Hair by Harlow Day Spa, Henion Bakery, Knowles Flower Shop, M & M Links Jewelry and Acessories, Ren’s Mobil Station, TOY Box, Vici Hair Studio & Beauty Bar, B.Home, The Pub, Artefakt,The Mercantile, Judie’s, Bertucci’s, The Chopping Block, Amherst Books, High Horse, The Black Sheep, Lumber Yard, Mystery Train Records & Panda East

List of downtown Amherst non-profits: 
Emily Dickinson Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, First Congregational Church, Amherst History Museum, Friends of the Jones Library, Unitarian Meetinghouse, Grace Church, St Brigid’s Church, Kestrel Land Trust, Amherst Boys & Girls Club, Craig’s Doors, Trust for Public Land, First Congregational Church, Youth Action Coalition, Not Bread Alone, Family Outreach of Amherst, Amherst Community Connections, Hillel House, MERCY House, Knights of Columbus, Pacific Lodge, Amherst Cinema & First Baptist Church & Pioneer Valley Health Center, Friends of Amherst Community Theater (Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater)

Amherst Youth Hockey programs & their new teams for girls

From Karen Skolfield
VP & Girls’ Division Coordinator 
Amherst Hockey Association

It’s not too late to sign up for the Amherst Hockey Association's popular Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs, the all-girls Learn to Play team, and the all-girls house team. Practices begin Nov. 19 (girls’ house team) or Nov. 21 (LTS, LTP, all-girls LTP), and late registrations will still be accepted provided there is space.
Learn to Skate practices are Saturdays at 1-2:20, from Nov. 21 - March 12. No skating experience necessary - we’ll divide skaters into groups from our “bucket brigade” on up to more experienced skaters. Coaches lead skaters in fun drills, games, obstacle courses, and more to get all kids skating with confidence. The cost is $120; additional $48 USA Hockey registration required for children 6 and up (free USA Hockey registration for children under 6). 
Learn to Play practices are Saturdays at 2:30-3:50, from Nov. 21 - March 12. Beginning in December, there will be additional cross-ice games on Sundays. Children rapidly become better skaters as they forget to think about their feet and focus on the puck. Practices are full of fun with a variety of games such as freeze tag and soccer on ice, obstacle courses, small-net hockey games, “beat your best time” races, and more. The cost is $325; additional $48 USA Hockey registration required for children 6 and up (free USA Hockey registration for children under 6). 
The All-girls Learn to Play team is for girls age 4-8. The girls’ team will be part of co-ed practices (see details, above) and will play their games against co-ed teams. Girls also have the option of being on a co-ed team, if they prefer. 
Our All-Girls House Team is for girls age 9-15. The Girls' House Team will be on the ice two evenings per week starting Nov. 19 through mid-March. The focus is on FUN first with low-stakes scrimmaging, obstacle courses, and skill building. There are additional, optional on- and off-ice events with the Girls’ Division. Cost: $325 plus the $48 USA Hockey registration. 

For more information, email Dan Feldman at or go to to register.