Friday, October 24, 2014

Amherst Ballet & Cinderella - at the Jones Library, Sat, Oct 25th

The Jones Library presents dancers from the AMHERST BALLET CO. performing excerpts from the classic fairy tale CINDERELLA.
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11am
Jones Library, Woodbury Room 

Free and open to the public. 
For more information, please contact Sondra Radosh at 413-259-3091.             
/ begin_of_the_skype_highlighting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Class Parents 2014-2015

THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered as a class parent for this yearWe now have class parents for all classes except for Mr. Hughes. (if you would like to be a class parent for this class, please email the PGO,, and let us know).

Class Parents 2014-2015

Mrs. McCloskey:  Ginny Hamilton & Dana Olivo
Ms. Pratt:  Phoebe Hazzard, Stephanie Mattrey, Jennifer Restucci, Amanda Lawall

1st Grade:
Ms. Bartolini: Eva Fairchild
Ms. Donoghue: Melissa Giraud & Maria Kopicki
Mr. Lefebvre:  Allegra Osborne

2nd Grade:
Ms. Carson: Asha Kinney & Aneeka Henderson                    
Ms. Mattone: Wendy Bergoffen & Hallie Hughes                                                      

3rd Grade:
Mr. Hughes:  No class parent yet
Ms. Joyce: Mary Klaes
Ms. Robinson:   Katie Rubinstein        

4th Grade:
Ms. Coley:  Melissa Matos-Auerbach & Ada Matos
Ms. Moriarty: 
Allegra Osborne
Ms. Radtke:  Aline Lyra

5th Grade:
Ms. Donovan:  Kate Lambert              
Ms. Goodwin-Brown:  Stacey MacPhetres & Oingmiao Li          

6th Grade:
Ms. Harvey: Becky Demling, Heather Lord, & Isolda Ortega-Bustamante
Mr. Prather: Michelle Chandler & Micaela Giles
Ms. Teitelman: Vira Douangmany Cage & Rebecca Woodland   

Events at the Amherst Survival Center this Thurs (Oct 23rd)

It's a busy extended day at the Center and it's when we're celebrating Food Day... in addition to all of our regular services, 

Here's what else will be happening in the Amherst Survival Center:
(1) 11am-1pm Free Flu Vaccine Clinic from the Town of Amherst Health Department

 (2) 3-4:30pm Healthy Cooking Class with our friends from Whole Food Market Hadley
 (3) 3-4:30pm viewing of the documentary "A Place At The Table"

All are welcome!

Amherst Survival Center
web site: 
138 Sunderland Rd., North Amherst, MA

Kids Monsters Ball Oct 25th

at Mount Holyoke College
A costumed dance party for parents and their children
3 to 4 p.m. at Abbey Memorial Chapel,
50 College St, South Hadley, MA
The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra presents the “Kids Monsters Ball”, a costumed dance party just for parents and their children. Come costumed and dance to waltzes and polkas by Strauss and Chopin. 

In between, enjoy music from TV shows like Doctor Who and the Simpsons and  meet members of the orchestra who will introduce the children to the instruments that they play. 

Admission is $3 for all children, $5 for all adults. Accompanying adults for groups of 4 or more children enter for free. 

For more information, visit or call the Mount Holyoke College Music Department at (413) 538 2306.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Upcoming Crocker Farm & ARPS Events

This week at Crocker Farm:
Wed, 10/22:  Early release day, 1:20 pm (LSSE afterschool program starts right after dismissal)
Fri, 10/24:  Early release day, noon, for parent-teacher conferences  (LSSE afterschool program starts right after dismissal)
Fri, 10/24:  3rd Annual Harvest Fest to celebrate the fall & the Crocker Farm garden.  Crafts, food, music, & more.  Suggested donation of $5-$10 per family.  Proceeds support the garden.   Event will start at 4:30 pm out near the garden.   (in the event of rain, we'll be in the cafeteria & start at  6pm, after afterschool ends).
Fri, 10/24:  Deadline for turning in BoxTops.  Please drop them off in the lobby or in the PGO mailbox.

Mon, 10/20:  ARPS Family Center workshop on Homework Strategies, ARHS Library, 7 pm (more info).
Tues, 10/21:  Amherst School Committee Meeting, ARHS Library, 6 pm (agenda here).  Agenda includes budget & enrollment updates, & discussion of the Superintendent's goals for the school year.
Thurs, 10/23:  Meeting of the Special Education Parents Advisory Council, 9 am.  Open to all community members.   Meet the SEPAC Board & staff members who help support students with IEPs & 504 plans.  (more info.)

Mon, 10/27:  Early release day, noon, for parent-teacher conferences  (LSSE afterschool program starts right after dismissal)
Fri, 10/31:  PGO Coffee with the Principal, 8:50 am, with special guest Superintendent Maria Geryk
Tues, 11/11:  Veterans Day, No School
Sat, 11/15: Crocker Farm PGO Bookfair Fundraiser at Hadley Barnes & Noble. 
Thurs, 11/20:  PGO Coffee with the Principal
November:  Winter Coat and Clothing Share.  Clothing donations accepted starting Nov 3rd.

SEPAC Community Workshop, 10/23

Meet Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
When: October 23rd, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Where: Crocker Farm Elementary School, Community Meeting Room
This meeting is open to all community members!

We are fortunate to host this informal gathering and plan to do the following:
• Introduce you to some members of staff that help support your child on an IEP or 504C:
o Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services
o Derek Shea, Principal of Crocker Farm
o JoAnn Smith, Student Services Administrator Coordinator
o Michelle Regan- Ladd, Early Childhood Coordinator
o Please note staff list may change based on availability.
• Learn more about how the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) supports families and on an IEP or 504c.
• We will share basic special education information to help you advocate for your child.

Multi-Arts Make Your Own Mask Workshop, Oct 29th

All children welcome
Come and create your unique mask for Halloween!
Whether you want to be silly or spooky, this fun workshop is an exciting way to make your imagination come to life.
Multi-Arts is offering a children's Make Your Own Mask workshop just perfect for Halloween! Multi-Arts, a local arts organization that has been empowering and inspiring young artists for over 14 years, is hosting a free mask making workshop, led by professional illustrator Titus Neijens.   Multi-Arts' innovative programming encourages creativity and instills a lifelong love of the arts with children. Especially in this age of consumerism, Multi-Arts' camps and workshops help children discover they can use their imaginations to invent and build designs that instills lasting pride and happiness.

Wednesday October 29, from 4-6 pm
at All Things Local Coop, N. Pleasant Street, downtown Amherst

Free of charge but donations are very much appreciated

For more information, contact:
Catalina Arrubla, Multi-Arts Director

Friday, October 17, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

3rd Annual Fall Harvest Fest - Oct 24th

Save the date: 3rd annual Harvest Festival to celebrate the fall harvest & the Crocker Farm garden, Friday, Oct 24th, 4:30-6 pm. Hope to see you there!

 Fall food, crafts, music, & more.

 More details coming soon. 

Suggested donation of $5/person, $10/family covers everything. 
Proceeds benefit the Crocker Farm garden & future garden projects. 

Upcoming School Committee & Equity Task Force Meetings

Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Meeting,  10/14/2014
ARHS Library, 6 pm   (Note the earlier than usual start time)

The full agenda is posted here (regional SC agenda).  The agenda includes discussion and a vote on the life threatening allergies policy. 

School Equity Task Force, 10/16/2014
ARHS Library,  6 pm

The full agenda is posted here (equity task force agenda).  The agenda includes reports from subcommittees and the discussion of pending recommendations from the discipline disparity, and education and excellence subcommittees.

Ndaba Mandela Talk at Amherst College Oct 16th - Community Invited

Amherst College Careers In Education Professions and  Multicultural Resource Center will welcome Ndaba Mandela to Johnson Chapel on Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm.
The grandson of Nelson Mandela, Ndaba will discuss the intersections of young learners, teachers, and communities in his talk entitled, "Empowering Youth Through Education and Interconnectivity".
The community is invited to his FREE presentation. The Johnson Chapel can seat approximately 400. Please RSVP to Dr. Robert Siudzinski at

Amherst Youth Football League Games


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

Two More Home Games: 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).