Friday, October 21, 2016

PGO's Mid-Month Fund Drive Appeal

Dear Crocker Farm Families,

October has been a busy month between Open House night and parent-teacher conferences. There will be a PGO meeting at 7:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Munson Library. We hope to see you there!  Also, please fill out your directory forms if you haven’t yet.  Hard copies were sent home again this week to families for whom we are still missing directory forms.

October Fund Solicitation
So far we have raised just over $1,440 (including $220 in donations at the Open House night!). Remember, we have $2,000 in matching funds for money donated in October. We are close to reaching that goal!

We have been able to purchase some items on the teacher and staff wish lists, including:
  • Balance balls for a second-grade classroom
  • 25 Pedometers for the school to use in gym class
  • A large framed world map for the school
  • An electronics kit for a fourth-grade classroom

There are still many items on the school wish list on Amazon. You can also donate directly to the PGO online or by sending a check to the school. All donations are tax deductible. Please consider donating during this October fund drive—no donation is too small.  

Volunteer Opportunities
Election Day Bake Sale, Nov. 8. Last spring, the Primary election day bake sale was one of our top-grossing fundraisers! For the national election, there will be more voters and we will have bake sales at two locations: Crocker Farm School and the Munson Library. Please sign up here to volunteer. This is a great activity for the whole family. We would love to have some Crocker kids help staff the tables.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair, Nov. 12. There will be book readings with author Cammie McGovern and with author team Corrine Demas and Artemis Roehrig; performances by Miss Leticia and her students; and a performance by Amherst Ballet. We are seeking volunteers to help on Book Fair day. Please contact Tracy Zafian ( to sign up.

Winter Coat & Clothing Share, Collection: Nov 7 - 29; Distribution: Nov 30 & Dec 1. After a wonderful and warm Fall, Winter is approaching. As you look through your family’s winter clothes, please consider donating warm coats, snow pants, boots, and mittens your family no longer needs. Collection bins will be in the lobby. Volunteers needed for the distribution days. Please contact Tracy Zafian ( if you’d like to help.

Jessica Sidman and Hallie Hughes

PGO Co-Chairs

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Youth on Broadway Auditions: Nov. 3 & 5!

Youth on Broadway Auditions

Thur., Nov. 3, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 5, 12 - 5 pm

Taught by former NYC professional actress/director Becca Greene-Van Horn and musical director Daniel Monte, this class will culminate in a professional-quality Musical Theater Revue.

For more information, contact LSSE at 413-259-3065, go to, or email

Amherst XC 5K Cross Country Race: Saturday, Nov. 5

Amherst XC 5K Cross Country Race

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. • Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Where: Amherst Regional High School,  21 Mattoon Street, Amherst

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Biannual Meeting of the ARPS PGO, Tues Oct 25th

ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
3:30 PM
Crocker Farm Lobby

1.      Introductions

2.      Individual School Updates

3.      Taxes and State Filings

4.      Financial Protocols
a.      Donation intake protocols
b.      Filing/Record Keeping

5.      Group Fundraisers
a.      VFW Pancake Breakfast
b.      UMACC (United Way)
c.       Giving Tuesday
d.      Florence Bank
e.      Amazon Smile

6.      Other Business not anticipated by the chair

7.      Adjourn

The ARPS PGO is a 501(c)3 organization that consists of the PGOs for Crocker Farm, Wildwood, Amherst Regional Middle School, & Amherst Regional High School (the FR PGO has their own 501(c)3).  This meeting is one of the biannual meetings required by the ARPS PGO bylaws.  The meeting is open to all.

Letter from ARPS, Dr. Morris & Dr. Brady

Letter from Interim Superintendent Mike Morris & Director of Student Services Faye Brady in response to the fatal shooting in Amherst last weekend.

October 16, 2016

Dear Families,
Many of you may have heard the news this weekend that our community has suffered a tragedy. Late Friday night/early Saturday morning there was a fatal shooting in Amherst. Although this is still an active police investigation, we do know that one person was fatally shot and another is hospitalized.

When tragic events occur, we know that many will be impacted either directly or indirectly. It is important that we all recognize that there is no one way that people respond to tragic events and the impact of stress is experienced in many ways. There is no right or wrong way to cope and each person will need to use the coping skills that are appropriate for them. Below are several resources that you may find helpful to guide you as you and your family cope with our community’s tragedy. If you need a translated copy of any of these resources, please let us know.

If you would like your child to speak with a counselor or psychologist, please call your child’s school to let us know. Personnel will be available to meet with students as needed. Also, if you would like to share information that would be helpful for the teacher(s) to know, please let us know that as well.

As always, we welcome your partnership and support.

We offer our sympathy and support to all families that are suffering or struggling. Please stay in touch with us if we can directly support you or offer guidance towards resources that may be helpful.

Michael Morris, Ed.D.
Faye Brady, Ed.D.
Director of Student Services
School contact numbers: Crocker Farm: 362-1600; Fort River: 362-1200; Wildwood: 362-1400; Pelham: 362-1100; ARMS: 362-1800; ARHS: 362-1700; SEC: 362-1753

Carta del Sr. Morris y Sra. Brady

16 de octubre del 2016

Estimadas familias:

Muchos de ustedes habran escuchado que nuestra comunidad sufrio una tragedia este fin de semana. En la madrugada del sabado hubo un asesinato en Amherst. Aunque la investigacion policiaca continua, sabemos que una persona fue balaceada mortalmente y otra persona sigue hospitalizada.

Cuando eventos tragicos ocurren, sabemos que muchos seran impactados directa o indirectamente. Es importante reconocer que las personas responden de distintas maneras a eventos tragicos y el estres impacta de muchas maneras. No hay una manera correcta o incorrecta de reaccionar y cada persona debe utilizar los medios de mediar que sean adecuados para ellos. Abajo incluimos recursos que podran encontrar de utilidad para ayudarlo a mediar con esta tragedia comunitaria. Si desea una copia traducida, dejenos saber.

Si desea que su hijo hable con un consejero o psicologo, llama a la escuela de su hijo/a y dejenos saber. Empleados de apoyo van a estar disponible para reunirse con los que necesiten. Si tiene informacion que compartir con sus maestros que puede ser de ayuda, dejenos saber tambien.

Como siempre, agradecemos su apoyo y hermandad.

Le ofrecemos nuestro pesame y apoyo a todas las familias afectadas y/o estan sufriendo. Por favor, mantengase en comunicacion con nosotros y diganos si le podemos ofrecer apoyo adicional u ofrecer recursos adicionales para ayudarlos.

Michael Morris, Ed.D.
Superintendente interino

Faye Brady, Ed.D.
Directora de Asuntos Estudiantiles

Numeros de contacto de las escuelas.
Crocker Farm: 362-1600; Fort River: 362-1200; Wildwood: 362-1400; Pelham: 362-1100;ARMS: 362-1800; ARHS: 362-1700; SEC: 362-1753

Monday, October 17, 2016

Upcoming at Crocker Farm

Upcoming at Crocker Farm:
Wed, Oct 19:  1:20 p.m. dismissal
Fri, Oct 21: Noon dismissal for conferences
Mon, Oct 24: Noon dismissal for conferences

Oct 24:  BoxTops submission deadline. Please send them in or drop off in the BoxTops box in the lobby. Thanks!

Nov 1: School Picture Retake Day
Nov 8: Election Day & Teacher Work Day - No School
            ALSO: Election Day Bake Sale @ Crocker Farm & Munson Library!
Nov 12: Crocker Farm Book Fair at the Hadley Barnes & Noble

In November, the PGO will be collecting winter coats & other winter clothing to share with Crocker Farm & other ARPS & community families. Donated items should be clean & in good condition—all sizes welcome. At Crocker Farm, we'll be distributing the collected items on Wed, Nov 30, & Thurs, Dec 1. Other ARPS schools will have other distribution days. More details coming soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Antique Appraisal Evening: Thursday, Oct. 20, 4 - 8 p.m.

Antique Appraisal Evening

“What is it?” or “What is it worth?” Is it trash or treasure?
The Antique Appraisals program on Thursday, Oct. 20, 4 - 8 p.m., at the Amherst Historical Society may provide just the answers you desire. 

Douglas Kimball of Kimball’s Auction & Estate Services, a family owned business located in North Amherst, will be at the museum, located at 67 Amity Street, to provide evaluations of your items—fine and decorative arts, prints, toys, furniture, Americana, books, and folk art. He has evaluated scores of items through his 20 years in the business of helping to settle estates and conducting auctions.

Participants may bring up to four items and each verbal appraisal will cost $15. All funds received will benefit the Amherst Historical Society. For large or fragile items, good quality photographs may be substituted for the original.
For more information, visit our website,; send an email to; or call us at 413.256.0678.