Monday, September 15, 2014

Reminders & Updates for the Week

Directory Form:   A big thank you to everyone who has already filled out the form for the 2014-2015 Crocker Farm Student Directory already. If you haven't completed yours yet, the deadline for doing so is this Friday, Sept 19th.   You can return the directory form that went home in backpacks or fill out the online version here. You must complete the form and give permission for the PGO to publish your family's contact info for it to be included in the directory.

Summer Read-A-Thon:  The Crocker Farm librarian, Ms. McQuaid is still collecting donations from the summer Read-a-Thon.   Thank you to everyone who has donated so far.  If your child kept a Read-a-Thon log and is still seeking sponsors, please let Ms. McQuaid know, and she can help.  She can be reached by calling Crocker Farm or emailing her at   A party will be held later this fall for all Read-a-Thon participants. 

Box Tops:  The next deadline for submitting Box Tops from food and household items your family buys is Friday, Sept 26th.  Box Tops really do add up; last year Crocker Farm parents donated close to $400 worth. The money raised was used to support Crocker Farm students, teachers, and our community.  You can drop your Box Tops off in the box in the school lobby.

PGO Coffees with the Principal:   The following dates have been scheduled for this school year's PGO coffees.
 Sept 26th, Oct 31st, Nov 20th, Dec 18th, Jan 29th, Feb 27th, March 27th, May 1st, & May 29th
The PGO Coffees take place in the Crocker Farm community room, in the morning just after the start of school in the morning.   All parents/guardians are invited and small children are welcome as well.  

School Committee meeting, Tues, Sept 16th:  School Committee meetings are aired on ACTV (Channel 15) and archived on the web site.  The meetings are generally held at the library of the Amherst Regional High School.   On Tues, Sept 16th, at 6 pm, there is a joint meeting of the Amherst, Pelham, & Regional School Committees to discuss the criteria for the superintendent's evaluation this year.   At 7 pm, the joint meeting will adjourn and the Amherst School Committee will meet.  The agenda includes a final report on the FY2014 budget.  The full agenda is available here

Update (9/15):  the Amherst School Committee meeting for Tues night has been canceled.  The Regional School Committee meeting will still be held at 6 pm. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ARPS PGO Fall Meeting 9/22

The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that encompasses the Parent/Guardian Organizations of the Amherst Regional Middle School, Crocker Farm School and Wildwood School.  We will be holding our Fall Public Meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Crocker Farm Community Room.  For more information, please contact Becky at

ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting Agenda
September 22, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Valley Gives

Collecting Paper Work for MA State Tax filings

Voting to confirm officers:
                Rebekah Demling, President
                Tracy Zafian, Treasurer
                Suzanne Baxter, Clerk
                (open board member- ARMS Representative) to be nominated

ARPS PGO Paypal account to accept donations

Applying for a Massachusetts DOR ST-2 and ST-5 pro-con discussion


Last Minute Business


Saturday, September 13, 2014

School Nurse Seeks Kids Clothing

Our school nurse, Ms. Stenlund, is looking for the following items kids when their clothes get wet or dirty at school. If you have extras or ones your family has outgrown, please send them in. Thanks in advance for your help!
most needed:
Girls underwear, mostly K-4th grade
Socks, K-4th grade sizes
Smaller size pants with elastic waists, K-3rd grade

Extra 2013-2014 Yearbooks Available

There are a few copies of the 2013-2014 Crocker Farm yearbook still available for purchase if your family would like one & didn't get one in the spring.   They can be purchased in the Crocker Farm office.  The cost is $10, payable in cash or check made out to the "Crocker Farm PGO."

If you would like the PGO to send one home in your child's backpack, please send in a note or email us at

"SMILE" Dentist program

For the second year in a row, ARPS Family Center is partnering with The Mobile Dentist to provide dental care to our district families of Amherst. Mobile Dentist will be at Crocker Farm School on Wed, October 1st

Smile Programs, the mobile dentists are innovative, on-site, school based, dental outreach providers. Their mission is to bring state of the art dental care to those students in need, in the most comfortable and effective way possible. Dental care remains the greatest unmet health need among U.S. children.  Over 50% of children have a cavity, which can cause pain leading to missed school. 

Enrollment forms were be sent home with your child this on Friday. To take advantage of this convenient opportunity and have your child see the dentist at school, please fill out and sign the enrollment form and return it to school with your child by Friday, September 19th.  Together, we can keep our children healthy, in school, and learning. Please call 362-1600 if you did not receive a registration form in your child’s backpack, and you are interested in signing your child up.

Learn more about the Smile Dentist program here.  (

ArtAlive Classes for 8-12 year olds

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(not a school or PGO-sponsored event)

Amherst Poetry Festival - Sept 19-21st

Family Events at the Amherst Poetry Festival

Join us for some family-friendly poetry, art projects, and more! All events are free.

 September 19, 20, 21: Storywalk for ages 3-8. Follow the pages of the book Please, Louise by Toni and Slade Morrison displayed in a succession of store windows starting at the north end of North Pleasant Street and ending at the Jones Library Children’s Room.

 September 20: Poetry readings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sweetser Park and the Dickinson Homestead, plus art and writing booths at Sweetser Park – look for the “Family Friendly” signs. Children and their families can write short poems and make their own poetry ‘zines.

September 21: Poetry picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dickinson Homestead Lawn. Poetry provided; bring your own picnic! Includes Tom Daley performing the Dickinson-inspired play “Every Broom and Bridget” at 12:30.

For a complete listing of Amherst Poetry Festival Events, go to

Children’s Social Reasoning Study at Amherst College

Is your child:
-Diagnosed with ADHD?
-Between the ages of 8 and 12 years-old?

 If so, your child may be eligible to participate in a research study at Amherst College examining how children with and without ADHD understand their social relationships.

This study is being conducted by Dr. Julia McQuade, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. Participating children and their parent will complete a two hour assessment at Amherst College that includes an interview and measures assessing social experiences and cognitive abilities.
$75 compensation is provided.

For more information, contact the Peer Relationships Lab at 413-542-5619 or We will be accepting families all fall!

(this is not a school or PGO-sponsored activity)

LSSE offerings - Bicycle Maintenance, Nature Journaling, Harry Potter

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Amherst Youth Football League Games


Come watch the Pee-wees, Juniors, and Seniors PLAY!

Home Games: 9/13 @ 3pm, 10/12 @ 12pm & 10/19 @ 12pm    

All home games played at the High School Field

* All proceeds from the home games benefit AYFL


(This is not a school or PGO sponsored event).

Monday, September 8, 2014

the PGO & Volunteering at Crocker Farm

Thank you B.Home for hosting last night's PGO start of school gathering. If you would like to get more involved with the PGO and in volunteering at Crocker Farm, but didn't attend last night, please fill out & return the volunteer form that went home in backpacks or email us at

All Crocker Farm families are automatically members of the PGO, and even volunteering for just a hour or two can make a difference.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

News from Crocker Farm School

September 3, 2014

Welcome Back Crocker Farm Families!

We are all excited to be working with your children and looking forward to a year full of discovery and learning opportunities.

Just a few reminders:
Student Drop Off/ Student Pick Up/ School Buses
Student Drop Off in the morning is at our Shays Street entrance. A staff member will meet students at that end of the playground. Our West Street entrance is for Buses only in the morning.

Student Pick Up / “Parent pick-up,” in the afternoon, is going smoothly at the Pre-School Entrance.  Students are dismissed from classrooms at 3:10pm. Thank you so much for your patience as classroom teachers and students learn the end of the day routines.

Buses generally leave our school by 3:20pm in the afternoon. It could be later this first week as we work out schedules. Again, we thank families for their patience as we iron out the routes.

Teachers are getting to know your children in a variety of ways at the start of the year: socially, emotionally and academically. This week you may begin to hear your children talk about reading with an adult, taking beginning of year assessments in spelling, writing and math or taking the “Aimsweb”. AimsWeb assessments are brief assessments in reading and math which our district uses to monitor student progress. More information can be found at:

We would like to clarify some events related to last week’s incident with a dog at Crocker Farm as there has been some inaccurate information about the incident in the local press. We first want to compliment the teachers, who acted with incredible poise and professionalism by taking care of their students in a stressful and unusual situation. The person who took hold of the dog was spoken to briefly by a staff member, before he left the premises. The person was identified by a Crocker Farm student who witnessed the event, and we shared that information with the police. We are hoping that with the community’s support, the police are able to track down further information about the person(s) responsible for the incident. We continue to be saddened by the incident, especially given the timing on the first day of school, and will continue to ensure that the students directly affected are supported to have a great school year at Crocker Farm.

We are fortunate to have air conditioning and it’s working hard! We are being cautious about outdoor recess if the heat index is high and are encouraging children to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Please make sure to dress your child in weather appropriate clothing.

This Friday, we will have our Back to School Assembly for students and staff. This is a time to open the year together. There will be music, readings and poetry. We will also be sharing our school book this year: Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michele Markel which will help us all learn more about Empathy. (The “E” in “C.A.R.E.”).

As always, you can reach out to us to let us know of ideas, compliments or concerns that you might have to help us improve your child’s daily experience. We appreciate you sharing your children with us and your efforts to help us build a strong learning community.

With warm regards,

Derek Shea, Principal
Sharri Conklin, Assistant Principal

In the coming weeks look for information on:
Our School Wide Daily Schedule
When each class has Art, Music, P.E., Library and Computer
Details about Curriculum Night, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Noticias de la escuela Crocker Farm

3 de septiembre, 2014

¡Bienvenidos y saludos a todas nuestras familias de Crocker Farm! Todos estamos orgullosos de trabajar con sus hijos y deseamos un año lleno de descubrimientos y oportunidades para aprendizaje.

Unos recordatorios:
Cuando dejan a su niño en escuela/Cuando buscan a su niño/ El autobús escolar

A la mañana: deben entrar por la calle Shays. Un miembro del personal reunirá a los estudiantes al fin del patio. La entrada por medio de la calle West es solo para autobuses durante la mañana.

Por la tarde/recogiendo estudiantes / “Parent pick-up”: Por la tarde, se entra por las puertas del preescolar. Los estudiantes son despedidos a las 3:10pm (15:10). Muchas gracias por su paciencia mientras los maestros y los alumnos aprenden las rutinas diarias

Autobuses: generalmente dejan nuestra escuela a las 3:20pm (15:20). Durante las primeras semanas a veces se atrasan los autobuses. Nuevamente, agradecemos a las familias por su paciencia mientras aprendemos las rutas.

Los maestros están conociendo sus hijos en una variedad de niveles: social, emocional y académico. Esta semana puede empezar a escuchar a sus hijos hablar de lectura con un adulto, tomado el principio de las evaluaciones del año en matemáticas, escritura y ortografía o tomando el "Aimsweb". Las evaluaciones AimsWeb son breves evaluaciones de lectura y matemáticas que nuestro distrito utiliza para controlar el progreso del estudiante. Puede encontrarse más información en:

Nos gustaría aclarar algunos eventos relacionados con el incidente de la semana pasada con un perro en la escuela de Crocker. Ha habido información inexacta sobre el incidente en la prensa local. Primero queremos complementar a los profesores, quienes actuaron con aplomo increíble y profesional cuidando de sus estudiantes en una situación estresante e inusual. La persona quien se apoderó del perro habló brevemente con un miembro del personal, antes de que dejara las instalaciones. La persona fue identificada por un estudiante de Crocker quien presenció el evento, y compartimos esa información con la policía. Esperamos que con el apoyo de la comunidad, la policía sea capaz de localizar más información sobre las personas responsables por el incidente. Seguimos tristes por el daño que ocurrió, especialmente porque ocurrió durante el primer día de escuela. Continuaremos garantizar que los estudiantes directamente afectados reciben atención para que tengan un gran año escolar en la escuela de Crocker.

¡Somos afortunados de tener aire acondicionado y está trabajando duro! Estamos pendientes de la temperatura afuera durante las horas de recreo. Por favor asegúrese de vestir a su niño en ropa apropiada para el tiempo.

Este viernes tendremos nuestra asamblea de escuela para darles la bienvenida a los estudiantes y todos los maestros. Es un momento para abrir el año junto. Habrá música, lecturas y poesía. Vamos a compartir nuestro libro en común, de la escuela Crocker Farm, este año: Valiente Clara y la huelga el Shirtwaist Makers' de 1909 escrito por Michele Markel. El libro nos ayudará a aprender más acerca de empatía. (La "E" en "C.A.R.E.").

Como siempre, invitamos sus pensamientos y reflexiones. Pueden mandar alabanzas, crítica constructiva y opiniones. Gracias por compartir a tus hijos con nosotros. Agradecemos sus esfuerzos para ayudarnos a construir una comunidad de aprendizaje fuerte.

Con saludos afectuosos,
Derek Shea, Principal
Sharri Conklin, Asistente al Principal

Durante el mes de septiembre – en la mochila de su niño:
Anuncios sobre el horario del día escolar
El día de la semana que su hijo tiene arte, música, educación física, biblioteca y tecnología
Detalles sobre la noche de currículo el martes, 30 de septiembre, 2014

New Dance Classes for Kids

Web site:
For information or to register, please call Caddy at 413-687-7953 or email

SciTech Cafe Talks Fall Schedule

Held monthly at Amherst Brewing Company, at 6 pm. 
Designed for anyone with an interest in or love of science; kids are welcome!

For more information, please contact Kathy Aidala at

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