Monday, March 30, 2015

This Week at Crocker Farm & ARPS

MCAS Testing Continues.  Full MCAS Schedule (grades 3-6) for Crocker Farm is posted here: CF_MCAS
  This week:
     Tues 3/31:  Grades 4 & 6, ELA (English Language Arts)
     Wed 4/1:  Grades 4 & 6, ELA
     Thurs, 4/2:  Make ups

Fri, 4/3:  No School.  

Book Swap Collection Boxes are now out in the main lobby & at the preschool entrance.  The PGO is collecting children's books for all ages & are especially seeking chapter books for grades 4-6 readers.  The book swap will be held on April 14th &15th. 

Wed, 4/1, 7 pm:  Science & technology workshop - Makerspace, for students, at the ARHS Library.  Sponsored by the ARPS Family Center and  More info available here. 

Wed, 4/1:  Deadline for nominating students to receive an award at the African American Achievement Awards night on May 7th.   Nomination forms are available at this link.  (nomination_form).   More info is available here.  Please direct all questions to Kimberly Stender, at

Sunday, March 29, 2015

ARPS Family Center Newsletter: Winter 2015

Read the latest newsletter from the Amherst Regional Public Schools Family Center (link.)

LSSE Spring Trip to New York City: April 11

Join LSSE for Spring in New York!
Saturday, April 11
Departs 7 am from Amherst Regional High School parking lot
Returns between 9 and 10 pm
Cost: $49 per person
Avoid the hassle of parking, and enjoying a relaxing ride to Manhattan on our Luxury Coach Bus.
You may spend the day as you please
Don't pass up this wonderful opportunity!
To register: 413-259-3065 or
Exciting new art classes with the author of Little Pig Joins the Band and I Can Help. Kids learn basic, age-appropriate drawing techniques, and group drawing games.

The Joy of Making Art
Ages 5 - 7
Wednesdays, Apr 1 - May 13
4:00 - 5:00
Cost: $119

Visual Storytelling
Ages 7 - 10
Thursdays, Apr 2 - May 14
5:30 - 6:30
Cost: $119

To register: 413-259-3065 or

LSSE Drama Workshop Grades 3-5

Drama Workshop
Grades 3 - 5
Gods, Godesses, and Percy Jackson
Wednesdays Apr 8 - Jun 10, 5:00 - 6:30
Cost: $139 (plus $10 lab fee)
To register: 413-259-3065, or
Come join us on Mount Olympus as we "try on" the characters of those fun and fasinating Greek Gods. What would it be like to be Zeus, Hera, Hades, Athena, Poseideon, or Aphrodite? We will also explore the characters of the Percy Jackson novels, integrating the ancient with the modern. Through drama games, improvisation, scene work, storytelling, and monologues, participants will have a chance to learn about and explore the mythical world of heroes, gods, goddesses, and bests. Art activities will also be included.

LSSE Youth Improv Classes grades 6-8

Youth Improvisation
Ages 11 - 14 (grades 6 - 8)
Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Apr 7 - Jun 9
Bangs Community Center
Cost: $124 (plus $10 lab fee)
To register: 413-259-3065 or
A take-off on the popular "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" show, this class will give participants an opportunity to hone their improvisational skills in a humorous, playful, nonjudgmental, and supportive setting. The acting exercises, drama games, and scene work are designed to encourage young actors to take creative risks, while increasing their improvisational comfort level and self-confidence.
Participants will increase their listening and collaborative skills, as well as verbal and physical confidence on stage. Participants will visit Hampshire College for a fun evening of Improv with Hampshire students and perform for a young audience. Informal demo at last class. $10 lab fee due at first class

LSSE Youth Flag Football Clinic: Registration Open

Youth Flag Football Clinic
Mondays and Wednesdays, Apr 6 - Apr 29, 5:00 - 6:30
For boys and girls in grades 1 - 6.
To register: 413-259-3065,, or email

For the past five seasons, the Town of Amherst Leisure Services in conjunction with Amherst College head coach EJ Mills, Amherst College Football coaching staff and Amherst Youth Football volunteers have run an instructional program to teach the game of non-contact flag football to boys and girls of all abilities in grades 1-6. In his 18 year tenure at Amherst, Coach Mills has been named the Division II/III New England Head Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, the NESCAC Coach of the Year and the American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In the past five seasons Coach Mills has compiled an impressive record of 35-5! Come learn and    develop the necessary skills and concepts of basic football in a safe and fun environment!

Kid-Friendly Dance Performance by PVPA

PVPA Dance Department Presents: Dance For Every Child
Academy of Music, Northampton
Saturday, April 11, 2:00 pm

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Dance Department is putting on a special kid-friendly Saturday matinee performance of select works by PVPA’s highly accomplished student dance companies: WOFA (West African Dance and Drum), Catalyst (Contemporary Dance Company) and Momentum (PVPA’s newest company), plus guest artists performing a wide range of different styles from tap, to improvisation, to West African. This one-hour performance was created in partnership with PVPA’s Dance Education Laboratory outreach program! Children of all ages will enjoy this interactive and fun exploration of different styles and dimensions of dance. Come prepared to participate in the joy of dance!

Tickets available here:

Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: (413) 584-9032 ext105

LSSE Volleyball Clinic Registration Open

Youth Valleyball Clinic
For grades 5-8
Tuesdays and Thursdays at the middle school gym. Apr 7 - May 21 from 5:00 to 6:30
To register:

This is a recreational clinic that will emphasize skill development, teamwork, and fun. At this clinic the focus is to build on fundamental skills for kids in grades 5-8. We hope to perfect technique so that kids are ready to take their game to the next level and potentially play in high school.

LSSE Softball Clinic Registration Open

Softball Clinic
Amherst Girls' Softball Clinic
For girls ages 6-12. Monday and Wednesday nights at the middle school and high school April 13 - May 20.
Cost: $59
Registrations are currently being accepted for spring recreational softball. To register, call LSEE at 259-3065, visit, or stop by the LSSE offices in the Bangs Community Center.
This is a recreational clinic that will emphasize skill development, teamwork, and fun. The clinic is taught by Coach Keizer, who is a PE teacher at Fort River and has two years of experience instructing softball camps. Throughout the season we also have various high school and college level players volunteer.