Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shop in Downtown Amherst & Support Local Non-Profits -- Today!

Saturday, November 22nd

BHome will be donating 10% of today's sales to Family Outreach of Amherst.

ZannaThe Blue Marble  will be donating 5% of today's sales to the Amherst Survival CenterThe Toy Box  will also be donating part of today's sales to the Amherst Survival Center

The Mercantile will be donating 5% of today's sales to the Dakin Humane Society.

Happy Shopping!

Family Holiday Movie Classic, Nov 29th

Announcement from the Jones Library

Bring the family and enjoy the recent feature film version of a traditional holiday story.  Join us on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm in the Woodbury Room for this animated family movie based on the holiday novel by Charles Dickens.

For more information, please visit the library’s webpage at or contact the reference desk at 413/ 259-3096.  The film is rated PG.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

PC Software Doctor Hank at the Munson Memorial Library

Are you a PC, Apple, E-Reader and/or Tablet user who needs help with your software/devices?  If so, this may be the program for you!

PC Software Doctor Hank will be holding a series of clinics from 3-5pm at the Munson Memorial Library on Tuesday afternoons:

·         November 18
·         November 25
·         December 2
·         December 9
·         December 16
·         December 30

Free & open to the public.

Call 413.259.3095 after 2 pm for more information.

This program made possible by the Friends of the Jones Library System.

Latest ARPS Family Center Newsletter

You can download the latest newsletter at this link:  ARPS_Newsletter

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crocker Farm Winter Coat Share a Success - thank you!

 THANK YOU to everyone in the Crocker Farm community who donated used (or new - wow!!) clothing for our winter clothing share. We received more than 90 coats, 20 pairs of snowpants, 30 pairs of boots, 40 hats, and 40 pairs of gloves/mittens, plus scarves, and sweaters/fleeces. We also received donations from Edward Jones (& the Amherst Lions Club) and the Evaluation System group of Pearson who collected coats, etc. on our behalf. We are so grateful!

 Most of the donated items have now gone to Crocker Farm families, and we have shared the remainder with Fort River for their winter clothing share this Fri (11/21) and Mon (11/24).  Wildwood will be having its winter clothing share the following week, Dec 2nd-4th.    Check the attached flier for details. 

Regional School Committee meeting rescheduled to tonight (Nov 20th)

The Regional School Committee meeting that was originally scheduled for this Tuesday has been rescheduled to tonight.  If you are interested, the link to the agenda is here (link to agenda).   The meeting will be at 6 pm in the ARHS Library.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thursday morning, come get some coffee!

Unfortunately, Mr. Shea is no longer available to come to the PGO coffee scheduled for this Thursday.   The PGO will still be meeting though to discuss the year and upcoming events.  We'd love to see you there if you can make it, and if you can't please feel free to get in touch (email us at with any ideas.   All are welcome!

PGO Coffee, this Thursday, 11/20, at 8:50 am.   Coffee, tea, and treats will be served.  

Calendar Update from the Front Offfice @ Crocker Farm

November 2014

 Dear Crocker Farm Families and Community,

First snow has fallen in our valley! This morning we awoke to a dusting and so we write to remind you to bundle up the kids for daily recess. Hats, mittens, coats and boots will be needed so that they are comfortable playing for at least half an hour outdoors. The PGO is hosting a winter clothing swap on November 18th and 19th in the foyer of the school. Collection boxes are located in that same spot. This annual event is a great way to share gently used items that no longer fit your kid(s) and pick up some “new” warm clothing for your child.

There have been several errors in the monthly calendars that have been printed throughout the fall. We apologize for the mix-ups and list below all of the upcoming events that are “on our radar” at this moment. When/if you have questions – please feel free to call us 413-362-1657 so that we can clarify things for you.

Important Upcoming Dates
November 21 – WE DO have school and it is a FULL DAY (8:50am – 3:10pm)
November 26 – Early Release Day 1:20pm dismissal
December 1 – No school – teacher in-service day
December 2 – First day back to school from Thanksgiving Vacation (Full day 8:50am – 3:10pm)
December 9 – 4th and 5th grade chorus 2:00pm concert in cafeteria
December 10 – Early Release Day 1:20pm dismissal
December 10 – 6:30pm Chorus Concert in the Cafeteria
December 11 – Intervention Family Literacy night in the cafeteria at 6:00pm
December 17 – 9:30am and 6:30pm 6th grade Chorus Concert in the cafeteria
December 24 – January 4 Holiday Vacation

School re-opens on 1/5/15.

We are thankful for our wonderful Crocker Farm Community and we look forward to welcoming 2015 with your families

Derek Shea, Principal and Sharri Conklin, Assistant Principal


Noviembre 2014

Estimadas familias y comunidad de Crocker Farm,

La primera nieve ha caído en nuestro valle. Esta Mañana nos despertamos a una polvoreada y por eso
escribimos para recordarles que agrupe a los niños para el recreo diario. Sombreros, guantes, abrigos y botas
se necesitan para que los niños estén cómodos jugando para al menos una hora al aire libre. El OPG está
organizando un invierno intercambio de ropa el 18 y 19 de noviembre en el vestíbulo de la escuela. Cajas de
colección se encuentran en el mismo lugar. Este evento anual es una manera fácil de compartir sus artículos
de ropa que ya no quepan los niños de su casa y recoger alguna ropa de abrigo “nuevo” para su hijo.

Ha habido varios errores en los calendarios mensuales que hemos mandado a su casa. Pedimos disculpas por
las confusiones y aquí les mandamos una lista de los próximos eventos que están en “nuestro radar” en este
momento. Cuando/si Usted tiene preguntas – por favor no dude en llamarnos 413-362-1657 para que
nosotros podamos aclarar las fechas para Usted.

Fechas Importantes en noviembre, diciembre, enero:
21 noviembre – tenemos escuela y es un día completo (8:50-15:10)
26 de noviembre- despido a 13:20 día de salida temprana
1 de diciembre – no hay clases – día de maestros en servicio
2 de diciembre – primer día de regreso a la escuela después de las vacaciones de acción de gracias – día
complete 8:50 – 15:10
9 de diciembre – concierto del coro grados 4 y 5 a las 14:00 en la cafetería
10 de diciembre – despido 13:20 día de salida temprana
10 de diciembre – concierto del coro en la cafetería 18:30
11 de diciembre – noche familiar de intervención de alfabetización en la cafetería 18:00
17 de diciembre – 9:30 y 18:30 concierto de coro grado 6 en la cafetería
24 de diciembre hasta el 4 de enero – vacaciones de las fiestas
Escuela reabre en 05/01/15

Somos agradecidos por nuestra maravillosa comunidad de la escuela Crocker Farm y miramos adelante, al año 2015, dándole la bienvenida con sus familias,

Derek Shea, Director and Sharri Conklin, asistente del Director

Monday, November 17, 2014

This Week & Upcoming at Crocker Farm & ARPS

Crocker Farm:
Mon, Nov 17th:  Winter Coat/Clothing Share, Setup for Tues & Wed Distribution, afterschool, volunteers welcome!
Tues, Nov 18th:  Winter Coat/Clothing Share, main lobby, 8:15 am-3:30 pm
Wed, Nov 19th:  Winter Coat/Clothing Share, main lobby, 8:15 am-3:30 pm
** We are still accepting winter clothing donations. **
**Feel free to stop by Tues/Wed & "shop" for your family. **

Thurs, Nov 20th:  PGO Coffee with the principal, 8:50 am, Community Room
Thurs, Nov 20th:  Last day of the Barnes & Noble bookfair online at (enter bookfair #11493400 at checkout to earn $ for our school).  

Amherst Regional Public Schools:
Mon, Nov 17th:  ARPS Family Center program on bullying.  (Link), 7 pm, ARHS
Wed, Nov 19th:  SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Meeting, 10 am-noon, ARMS, Superintendent's conf. room.
Thurs, Nov 20th:  Regional School Committee meeting (link to agenda), 6 pm, ARHS Library.  Agenda includes updates on SEPAC, regionalization, budgets, and discussion/vote on the Superintendent's goals for the year.  The Reg School Committee meeting was rescheduled from Tues, Nov 18th.

Barnes & Noble Crocker Farm Bookfair online through Wed, Nov 19th

A big THANK YOU to everyone who performed at the Hadley Barnes & Noble on Saturday for the Crocker Farm bookfair and to all those who came out to support this fundraiser. 

Thank you Miss Leticia, Ms. Zsigmondi, Becca Greene-Van Horn, Angela Mills, and all the talented performers and the volunteers. The wonderful performances could be heard throughout the store, and it was lovely. 

The bookfair is still going on online at through Thursday, Nov 20th (enter bookfair # 11493400 at checkout). The money raised will help subsidize field trips and fund mini-grants for special class projects. Thanks, and 

Thank You, Barnes & Noble!

Youth of Broadway - Auditions this Week

Youth on Broadway is a musical theater revue, showcasing the talent of Pioneer Valley youth as they sing and perform Broadway songs. It is run by Becca Greene-Van Horn, an actress and Crocker Farm parent. Auditions are this week. The performances will be in the spring.

Auditions:  Tues, Nov 18th, 6-8:30 pm;  Sat, Nov 22nd, 1-5 pm, at
the Bangs Center, downtown Amherst.


LSSE Rec Basketball Signups

Coming Together Event, Debby Irving, Nov 20th

Dear Members of the Community,
   We want to warmly invite you to join us this coming Thursday night, November 20th at 7PM for an important  talk by Debby Irving followed by open discussion.  Everyone in the community is invited.  Details are below.  More information about the Coming Together project is at our website, also listed below.  We hope you can join us.
Mari Casteñeda
Sovann-Maliss Loeung
Russ Vernon-Jones
Co-Facilitators for the Coming Together anti-racism project

*** Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race  - will speak at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Thursday, November 20th at 7PM.  Free and open to the public.  All are invited.  She is coming to Amherst to address our community about moving forward on issues of racial justice.  Her book is the story of her own awakening from a well-meaning, but not very well informed liberal, to become a growing, anti-racism activist and widely praised author.

“Debby Irving’s powerful Waking Up White opens a rare window on how white Americans are socialized. Irving’s focus on the mechanics of racism operating in just one life — her own — may lead white readers to reconsider the roots of their own perspectives — and their role in dismantling old myths. Readers of color will no doubt find the view through Irving’s window fascinating, and telling.” – Van Jones, Author of Rebuild the Dream and co-host of CNN Crossfire.

Also recommended by Peggy McIntosh and Bishop Gene Robinson.

The entrance to the Parish Hall is on Spring St, near Boltwood Ave just off the Amherst Common.
If you are interested in childcare for this event, please contact Leigh Salvage at

(Not a PGO or school-sponsored event) 

APRS Family Center Presentation. Elementary School Bullying Prevention. Nov 17th

Learn how bullying in the elementary school environment affects children.

Learn how bystanders can de-escalate bullying situations.

Learn anti-bullying messaging and strategies.

November 17th, 7 pm
Amherst Regional High School Library
21 Mattoon Street