Saturday, April 18, 2015

College Town Classik 5K and 5 Mile Race May 17

Rafters College Towne Classik 5K and 5 mile
Sunday May 17, 2015, 10:30 am
Rafters Sports Bar & Restaurant, University Dr, Amherst, MA
Help support the Jimmy Fund and the Amherst Police Relief Association at this family-friendly event. The 5-mile and 5K is a safe and fast course through downtown Amherst.
Visit the race page at www.amherstpd.org/roadrace.
Post Race Barbecue: Burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, fruit, yogurt, juice, bagels, cookies.
Register online at: www.accu-specracing.com or download/view the registration form.

Youth on Broadway Musical Revue May 8 & 9

Amherst LSSE Presents Youth on Broadway Musical Theater Revue.
May 8 and 9 at 7:00 pm, May 10 at 1:30 pm
Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium
Advanced tickets: $12 adults, $6 children/students/seniors
Call LSSE at 413-259-3865
Tickets at the door: $14 adults, $8 children/students/seniors

Money Smart Week at Jones Library Apr 18-25

Libraries have long been advocates for reading and literacy for the people in their communities.  Another community need now being addressed by libraries in an annual campaign is financial literacy and money management.  Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances, will be observed with programs at the Jones Library during the week of April 18-25, 2015.
  
On Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 am, there will be a children’s story hour with a special focus on money and saving.

On Saturday, April 25 at 2:30 pm, learn about identity theft at a workshop called Identity Theft:  Prevent & Respond.  Learn how to minimize the risk of having your identity stolen by managing personal information wisely and cautiously, and learn what to do if you discover identity theft.  This program is co-sponsored by UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.  Please register for this workshop at the Reference Desk or by calling 413/259-3096.

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension and the American Library Association.
For more information, visit http://www.moneysmartweek.org/.

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

On the School Calendar for after the April Break


Tues, April 28th:  School Governance Council Meeting with Mr. Shea & Ms. Conklin, 8 am, all are welcome

Wed, April 29th:  School Bus Drivers Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the PGO, 8:30 am, in the main lobby.  We are seeking volunteers to bring in food (baked goods, fruit, juice) for this light breakfast in honor of our school bus & van drivers.  Please contact the PGO @ crockerfarmpgo@gmail.com if you can bring in food or help at the event.

Thurs, April 30th, 6:30 pm:  Music presentation by students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grades, with Ms. Z., in the cafeteria.

Friday, May 1st, 8:45 am.  PGO Coffee with Mr. Shea & Ms. Conklin.  Coffee, tea, & delicious baked goods  - yum! Young children always welcome.  A great way to hear the latest news on Crocker Farm, to talk with other parents & the school administration re: any questions/comments you might have about our school.

Friday, May 1st.  Box Tops Dropoff Deadline. Drop them off in the collection box in the lobby or in the PGO mailbox. (How many can you collect over spring break?).  We have made over $200 so far this year.  All those 10 cent Box Tops really do add up! 

MCAS testing starts again the week of May 4th. 

School Vacation, April 20th-24th.    See you on Monday, April 27th!



Book Swap - a Great Success!


The PGO's book swap was a great success.   We received over 1,500 books! Wow!!  We had so many books donated that every Crocker Farm student (pre-K through 6th grade) was able to bring home at least 2-3 "new" books to keep & Crocker Farm teachers got to choose some books from the leftovers for their classroom libraries as well.  

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this event a success.  Local author Cammie McGovern started the book swap at Crocker Farm & we thank her for this wonderful tradition, & for all the books she collected for this year's swap.   Sadly, this book swap was her last, as her youngest child will move onto the middle school in the fall.   We will miss you, Cammie!

Thank you to all the families & staff who donated so many great books, & to the wonderful volunteers who helped setup & staff this year's book swap, including Marla J., Tina F., Sophie H., Phoebe H., Maria K., Anna M., & Tracy Z. (hopefully we didn't miss anyone; our apologies if we did).   Thank you too to the custodial staff who helped with setup & cleanup.  


HAVE A GREAT SPRING VACATION WEEK &

HAPPY READING TO ALL!

New Wellness Policy on Nutrition & Physical Activity at School

As mentioned in the April Crocker Chronicles letter from Mr. Shea & Ms. Conklin, in March 2015, the Regional School Committee approved a new policy related to food & nutrition, & physical activity at school, & Superintendent Maria Geryk is now preparing guidelines that will help with the implementation of this policy.  This policy has not yet been voted on by the Amherst School Committee for the Amherst elementary schools.   

For those who are interested, the full text of the policy (Policy ADF: Wellness) is available on the ARPS.org web site.
(ADF_Wellness_Policy_Link).


Here are the excerpts on the policy's two main areas of focus: nutrition/food & physical activity. 

Nutrition/Food
The Districts support the concept that healthy foods contribute to healthy students.  Therefore, the Districts shall provide students receiving school meals with access to a variety of nutritious, appealing, and fresh foods that meet or exceed the documented health and nutritional needs of students as referenced by federal and state governments and independent sources with nutritional expertise.  All meals and beverages made available during the regular school day or during school-sponsored programming shall meet or exceed the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Nutrition Standards and U.S. Dietary Guidelines.   The Districts shall participate in the school meals programs including but not limited to the federal School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Massachusetts Farm to School Project.

Whenever possible, preference will be given to foods that are locally grown and processed (canned or frozen) within 50 miles of Amherst, Massachusetts and secondarily within the state of Massachusetts for all meals and snacks provided by the Districts.  Likewise, preference will be given to serving fresh foods or freshly cooked food over canned or preserved foods.    The Districts will strive to eliminate foods from all meals that contain food coloring, modified food starch (or similar product by other name), as well as sweetened beverages and pre-fried foods.  Water will be made available to students throughout the day.

Staff in the Districts shall refrain from using food as a reward or punishment with students, and celebrations, such as birthdays, will be celebrated without food.   Ideas for celebrations will be developed and shared to assist classroom teachers and families. Students will be provided with adequate time to eat and meals will be served at reasonably appropriate times in the school schedule.  Meals and snacks will be served in clean, safe and pleasant settings, and meals should have serving sizes that are age-appropriate.  The Superintendent, or his or her designee, will develop guidelines that will help to promote these practices in each building.    

Physical Activity
The Districts support the idea that students’ educational experience is enhanced by a combination of sufficient physical activities during the school day.   Therefore, the Districts will provide regular and frequent opportunities and supports for PreK-12 students to be physically active and to achieve recommended physical fitness standards set by NASPE.  Recess, in-class activities, and physical education will be offered to students in grades Pre-K to 6th grade and frequent, scheduled opportunities for physical movement and physical education will be offered to students in grades 7-12.  Suggestions of how to incorporate movement and physical activity into the classroom and school day experiences for students will be offered to teachers and administrators.  These opportunities are designed to promote patterns of meaningful physical activity that connect to students’ lives and to foster long-term personal patterns for lifelong activity. 

In grades K-6, recess shall be offered at least once a day, with preference for additional activity for all.  Recess shall include both structured and unstructured play.  While safety will be paramount, enabling a range of activities, especially student-driven activities, will be encouraged.  Physical activity in the classroom is encouraged and may include organized breaks from instruction, integral components of curriculum or activities based on individual needs of students for movement .  
 
The Districts believe that physical activity is an integral part of a child’s day.  Physical education will be an integral component of the curriculum for all students within the Districts, with a focus on developing lifelong patterns of physical activity.

Health education should be a component of the K-12 curriculum for all students in the Districts.  The curriculum will be aligned with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Frameworks and will focus on building an understanding of healthy living habits.

April Crocker Chronicles & Letter from Mr. Shea & Ms. Conklin

The full April Crocker Chronicles is available at this link:  April_Chronicles


April 2015

Dear Crocker Farm Families:
Even though the calendar says it’s Spring, it hasn’t felt that way as of late.  Our snow is quickly being  replaced with mud.  Our school nurse, Ms. Stenlund tries to keep a supply of pants and socks on hand for times when kids get too muddy at recess.   If you have any extras, please send them in.  We will keep them
to share with students in need of a change of clothes. 
 

On Thursday, March 19th, Mary Lambert, our Math Coach and her team put on another successful Family Math Night.  It was very well attended and students and families had an opportunity to engage in some fun learning.  Sixth grade families also were able to raise over $900 with the pie auction.
 

We are very pleased to announce that Jennifer Smith, our Reading Specialist, is the  Crocker Farm recipient of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award.  Ms. Smith works tirelessly with teachers and students to improve reading skills.  She is energetic and dedicated to the Crocker Farm community.  Congratulations to Ms. Smith on this special award.
 

MCAS testing is underway for our 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.  We appreciate the generous family donations of water bottles and healthy snacks.  These donations make testing more enjoyable for all of our children. 
 

The School Committee recently released a policy regarding nutrition/food and physical activity in our schools.  Maria Geryk is in the process writing guidelines that will help with the implementation of this policy.

The Book Swap starts next week.  We are still taking donations of used books to share with the entire Crocker Farm community.  Much thanks to the PGO for organizing this popular event for our students! 
 

Believe it or not, when we return from April Break, we will begin the process of creating class placement lists for next school year.  To that end, Friday, April 17th we will be sending home a form asking you to  provide us with information about your child which will assist us in the process.  We encourage all families
to complete the form and return it to your child’s teacher.  Please note that Mr. Shea and Ms. Conklin will be responsible for making final decisions regarding placement of students.  


April vacation takes place beginning Monday April 20th - Friday April 24th - we return to school on Monday, April 27th.   

 

Important Dates:
*Tuesday April 14th & Wednesday April 15th - Book Swap sponsored by the PGO. 

*April 20th - April 24th - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL. 
*Thursday April 30th - Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade Musical presentation in cafeteria, 6:30 pm.
* May 21st - “Dig It!” School Musical will be performed in the Cafeteria at 6:30 pm.


Best wishes for a relaxing break with your family,
Derek Shea and Sharri Conklin

Carta del Sr. Shea & Sra. Conklin & Crónicas de la escuela de Crocker Farm

boletín informativo entero aquí 

Abril de 2015
Estimadas familias de Crocker Farm:


Aunque el calendario dice que ya es primavera – no lo hemos sentido últimamente. La nieve se reemplazara rápidamente con barro. Nuestra enfermera de escuela, la Sra. Stenlund, trata de mantener un suministro de pantalones y calcetines en mano para las ocasiones cuando los chicos se ensucian durante la hora de recreo. Si Usted tiene ropa extra que pueda mandar a escuela con su hijo, por favor, mande un cambio de ropa hacia escuela con su niño.


El 19 de marzo (día jueves) Mary Lambert, nuestra entrenadora de matemáticas en Crocker Farm, y su equipo de maestros realizaron la noche de matemáticas para nuestras familias. ¡Fue una noche llena de éxitos! Los estudiantes y las familias tuvieron la oportunidad de participar en los juegos y lecciones de matemática. Las familias de los alumnos de sexto grado fueron capaces de recaudar más de $900 con la subasta de pasteles durante esta noche fabulosa.


Estamos orgullosos de anunciar que Jennifer Smith, nuestra especialista en lectura, fue elegida la recipiente del premio para excelencia de enseñanza en todo el Valle. La Sra. Smith trabaja incansablemente con profesores y los alumnos para mejorar las habilidades de lectura. La energía y dedicación de Jennifer Smith para nuestra comunidad escolar es un gran regalo para todos nosotros. Felicitaciones a la Sra. Smith por este premio especial.


Las pruebas MCAS están en marcha para nuestros alumnos de tercer, cuarto, quinto y sexto grados. Agradecemos las donaciones generosas de cada familia. Las botellas de agua y las meriendas saludables hacen que las pruebas les caen
más agradables para todos los alumnos. ¡Gracias por ser una comunidad tan generosa!


El Comité escolar ha publicado recientemente una política de alimentación, nutrición y actividad física en nuestras escuelas. Maria Geryk, la superintendente para las escuelas, está en el proceso de escribir las pautas que le ayudarán con la implementación de esta política.

El intercambio (gratis) de libros empieza el martes de la semana que viene (día martes el 14 de abril). Todavía hay tiempo para hacer una donación de libros para el intercambio. Damos las gracias a los voluntarios del OPG para organizar este evento popular para los alumnos.


Lo creas o no, cuando regresemos de las vacaciones de primavera, comenzaremos el proceso de creación de listas de colocación de las clases para el próximo año escolar. Con ese fin, el 17 de abril – día viernes, enviamos a casa una forma para pedirles su información sobre su hijo, lo cual, nos ayudara en el proceso. Pedimos que Ustedes nos manden este formulario de vuelta lo más antes posible. Por favor, tengan en cuenta que el Señor Shea y la Señorita Conklin serán los responsables de tomar las decisiones finales sobre la colocación de los estudiantes.


Vacaciones de abril se realizan el 20 hasta el 24 de abril – volvemos a escuela el día lunes el 27 de abril.



FECHAS IMPORTANTES:
* 14 de abril y 15 de abril – intercambio gratis de libros patrocinado por el OPG

* 20 – 24 de abril – vacaciones de primavera – NO HAY CLASES
* 30 de abril – presentación musical en la cafetería a las 18:30 logrado por niños de jardín de infantes, primer grado, segundo grado y tercer grado
* 21 de mayo “Dig It!” la obra teatral/musical se realizara en la cafetería a las 18:30

Mejores deseos para unas vacaciones llenas de momentos de placer entre familia,
Derek Shea y Sharri Conkli




Multi-Arts April Vacation Camp for children 4-13 years old


MULTI-ARTS
SPRING BREAK CAMP 2015

 for children 4-13 years old
 theater   art    Storytelling   dance  mime
April 20 - 24   8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
One-day option available. 




Jones Library - Money Smart Week activities, April 18-25th.

Money Smart Week® Comes to the Jones Library

Amherst, MA – Libraries have long been advocates for reading and literacy for the people in their communities.  Another community need now being addressed by libraries in an annual campaign is financial literacy and money management.  Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances, will be observed with programs at the Jones Library during the week of April 18-25, 2015.

On Saturday, April 25 at 2:30 pm, learn about identity theft at a workshop called Identity Theft:  Prevent & Respond.  Learn how to minimize the risk of having your identity stolen by managing personal information wisely and cautiously, and learn what to do if you discover identity theft.  This program is co-sponsored by UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.  Please register for this workshop at the Reference Desk or by calling 413/259-3096.

On Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 am, there will be a children’s story hour with a special focus on money and saving.

Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension and the American Library Association.
For more information, visit http://www.moneysmartweek.org/.

All programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223 or ryanj@joneslibrary.org