Thursday, April 28, 2016

Yearbook Orders - Due May 15th. Great Opportunity for Local Business Advertising

Yearbook Order Forms available here:  YEARBOOK ORDER FORMS
All Yearbook Orders are Due by May 15th.   
Only a limited extra number of yearbooks are ordered, so please order by May 15th to ensure availability.

Also, are you a Local Business Owner?
Would you be interested in advertising in the Crocker Farm Yearbook?
The schools yearbook sells 100s of copies each year, and is a great way to reach Crocker Farm families & tell them more about your business.  

If you'd like to find out more, please read below: 

Hi Local Business Owner!
Yearbook Team here, moms & dads of the Crocker Farm 6th Grade Class. As the 2015-16 School Year comes to a close, it is a Crocker Farm Elementary School tradition to celebrate the graduating class bytaking the kids to an amazing field trip - this year Morse Hill in Shutesbury - and by hosting a graduationceremony at school. 

We also want to give our kids and the rest of the Crocker Students a 2015-2016 Yearbook - a little keepsake they will all enjoy for years to come.

Here’s how you can help:
We know you most likely get approached from many community schools this time of year, so any and all support is so very much appreciated. Your support helps make the celebration possible and the Yearbook accessible to all!

Yearbook Advertising
Full Page -  8”w x 10.5” h:  $200
1/2 Page - 8”w x 5.25”h: $100
1/4 Page - 4”w x 2.62” h: $50

Business Card or grateful support mention:  $25
Providing in-kind services - food and supplies for the graduation ceremony and the field trip, printing,photography, paper for the Yearbook and outright cash gifts are always welcome!

Make checks payable to: Crocker Farm PGO, Attn: 6th Grade
Send to: Crocker Farms Elementary 280 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Send Artwork by May 15th 2016 to:

For questions, please contact Kate at

A few recent snapshots from the halls of Crocker Farm

View other recent pictures here:

It's always so fun to walk through the halls & see all the great activities & great learning going on at our school.  

Amherst HS Ultimate Invitational - May 7th & 8th

Saturday May 7th, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday May 8th, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Come watch 32 teams compete in the 25th Annual Amherst Invitational, one of the oldest and most prestigious youth Ultimate Frisbee tournaments in the 
world.  And it all happens right here in Amherst, the birthplace of Ultimate!  Games will take place at both ARHS and ARMS fields, with the finals on Sunday afternoon at ARHS.  Free admission and awesome layouts!

Jones Library - Star Wars Events for Kids, May 3rd & 4th

Star Wars Faux Terrariums (ages 10- up)
May 3rd 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm in the Crafts Room
Make your own faux terrarium of the landscape of your choice! 
Endor, Dagobah, a fairy garden, or whatever you imagine! 
Please pre-register in the kids' room or at
Star Wars: May the Fourth Be With You
May 4th in the Woodbury Room
10:30 am-11:30 am Space-themed Storytime 
4:00 pm- 6:00 pm Star Wars crafts, trivia, video games and more!
6:00 pm-8:30 pm After-hours free movie screening, for fans of all ages. (Library can be entered through the back/ garden entrance)
Join Rey, BB-8, and old favourite characters on an epic adventure!

Mia Cabana
Head of Youth Services Department
Jones Library
43 Amity St.
Amherst, MA 01002

(Not a school or PGO-sponsored event) 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Crocker Farm Bus Driver & Crossing Guard Appreciation Breakfast - Thurs, May 5th

Next Thurs, May 5th, the Crocker Farm PGO is hosting our annual bus driver & crossing guard appreciation breakfast at the start of the school day. 

We are looking for families to help with providing baked goods & other breakfast treats & to help with serving on Thurs morning. If you can help, please email, & let us know. 

We love our school's bus drivers & crossing guards -- Let's show them how much we appreciate them.   
Thank you in advance.

Valley Gives - Tuesday, May 3rd - Great chance to support Crocker Farm

Please remember Crocker Farm and the other Amherst schools on ValleyGives Day: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 

Valley Gives Day is 24-hour event promoting philanthropic giving in Western Mass,  It is hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.  

Since 2012, Valley Gives has engaged over 24,000 donors, together raising $5.8 million for over 550 area non-profits, and great community causes.  

Please visit Crocker Farm's Valley Gives donation site here:

There are special bonus prizes available as part of Valley Gives Day,
including a special $50 bonus for each of the first 500 new Valley Gives donors (first come, first serve).

** EACH of these NEW DONORS for VALLEY GIVES (a person who did not participate in Valley Gives in 2012, 2013, or 2014) will have a $50 prize added to their first donation of the day.  ***
New donors are determined based on email address. 

With this New Donor Prize, a $10 donation can be worth $60, or a $50 donation worth $100. Wow!!  
If you haven't given to the Crocker Farm PGO before through Valley Gives, this is a GREAT opportunity! 

Throughout the day, there are also Power Hours and Golden Ticket prizes which will randomly add $500 or $1,000 to a given donation.  More than 100 different organizations will receive these prizes.  

The Crocker Farm PGO is participating in Valley Gives through the Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO (501)c3, a non-profit consisting of the PGOs of Crocker Farm, Wildwood, and the Amherst Regional Middle School and High School.  

Amherst School Committee meeting, Tues, April 26th

Tonight, Amherst School Committee meeting
6 pm, ARHS Library

Agenda items include updates on the budget & on the elementary school building project. The full agenda is posted HERE.

Crocker Farm School Governance Council Meeting, April 27th, 8 am

Crocker Farm School Governance Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 27th, 8 am
Mr. Shea's Office, Crocker Farm
SGC meetings are open to the public

Effective Interventions for School-Aged Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Discussion, April 28th

ARPS Student Services Office & the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) present a discussion on

Effective Interventions for School-Aged Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thurs, April 28th, 6 pm, ARHS Library

Panelists include:
Jennifer McIntire, SE Program Coordinator
Britany Samberg, ASD specialist
Melanie Collins, ASD specialist
Chris Peltier, ASD specialist

Raising a Happy Child, Tues, April 26th, 6:30 pm

TONIGHT, 6:30-8:30 pm, ARMS Auditorium
FREE for staff and families in Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools

Raising happy children is the goal of parents and educators alike. Happiness is a gift we gift ourselves and our children. Too often we hope it finds us or we pursue it in places or ways it will never be found. Together, we will be introduced to the pursuit of happiness for our children: defining it, examining attributes that lead to it and applying ways to behave that achieve it.

Come celebrate the beginning of summer with a thoughtful powerful exploration of how we influence, enhance, and support children of ALL AGES!

Jeanine Fitzgerald. As a certified Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, and Owner of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning, Jeanine draws on more than 30 years of professional experience to empower teachers and parents to achieve more with children “at risk”.