Thursday, August 18, 2016

Back to school letter from Mr. Shea & Ms. Conklin & bus schedules

The 2016-17 morning & afternoon bus schedules are now available on the district web site. Here's the link.  BUS ROUTES

Back-to-School Letter from Mr. Shea & Ms. Conklin
you can also view the letter here: BACK TO SCHOOL  LETTER

August 15, 2016

Dear Crocker Farm Families:

We hope this letter finds everyone well.  As much as we are enjoying summer, we are looking forward to seeing our students and families for the start of the school year.  Our custodial team, under Mr. Stedman’s leadership, is working hard to clean and polish our building in preparation for students’ arrival.

Please take a minute to note important beginning of the year information.
  • First day of school for students in grades 1-6 is Wednesday, August 31st.  Remember school starts at 8:50am and ends at 3:10pm.  Students can begin arriving to the playground after 8:30am
  • First day for Kindergarten students is Tuesday, September 6th.  Kindergarten teachers will be in touch with families about scheduling a visiting slot either Thursday, September 1st or Friday, September 2nd.
  • Bus Routes are attached to this email for your review.  You can also check the district website in the coming days for this information  
  • Our Open House will be Wednesday, October 5th in the evening.  More information to follow.
  • Classroom Placement Postcards will be mailed home to students and families on Friday, August 19th.  
  • Our PGO (Parent/Guardian Organization) plays a vital role in supporting our school.  For the last several years, Tracy Zafian has led the efforts of this group.  Thank you on behalf of the Crocker Farm Community for your hard work and service to our school.  This year, Hallie Hughes and Jessica Sidman will be our new co-presidents.  They’ve already started working and planning for events for coming year.  Thank you, Hallie and Jessica for stepping up to take on this important role.  
  • Project Backpack: Families who signed up to reserve a backpack should pick them up on August 18th and 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  All other families in need of a backpack should email Mildred Martinez at or call the ARPS Family Center at 362-1871 and will be placed on a wait list.
  • School Calendar 2016-2017:
  • Buildings and Grounds Update:  
    • If you’ve driven by Crocker Farm this summer, you probably noticed a lot of construction.  Thirty-five new parking spaces were added to the West Street entrance of the school.
    •   In addition, a grant funded new Preschool Playground is being constructed in front of the preschool classrooms.  Both projects should be finished in the coming days.
We look forward to seeing everyone very soon.

Best for now,
Derek Shea, Principal
Sharri Conklin, Assistant Principal                            

Carta del Sr. Shea & Sra. Conklin - Bienvenidos a todos

Aquí está el horario del autobús:  EL HORARIO DEL AUTOBUS

15 de agosto de 2016

Estimadas Familias de Crocker Farm :

Esperamos que esta carta los encuentre a todos bien. Por mucho que estemos disfrutando del verano, estamos deseando ver a nuestros estudiantes y sus familias para el inicio del año escolar. Nuestro equipo de conserjes, bajo el liderazgo del Sr. Stedman, está trabajando duro para limpiar y pulir nuestro edificio en la preparación para la llegada de los estudiantes.

Por favor, tómese un minuto para observar importantes principios de la información del año.

  • Primer día de clases para los estudiantes en los grados 1- 6 es el miércoles, 31 de agosto.  Recuerde que empiecen las clases a las 8:50 am y termina a las 3:10 pm. Los estudiantes pueden comenzar a llegar al patio de recreo después de las 8:30 am
  • Primer día para los estudiantes de Kindergarten es el martes, 6 de septiembre. Los maestros de kindergarten estarán en contacto con las familias acerca de la visita de orientación ya sea para el Jueves, 1 ª septiembre o viernes 2 de septiembre.
  • Rutas de Autobús
    se adjunta a este correo electrónico para su revisión. También se puede consultar el sitio web del distrito en los próximos días para obtener esta información
  • Nuestra Casa Abierta será el miércoles 5 de octubre en la noche.  Más información a seguir.
  • Postales con la información de la colocación del salón de clase se enviará por correo a casa para los estudiantes y las familias el viernes 19 de agosto.
  • Nuestro PGO (Padre / Guardián Organización) desempeña una función vital de apoyo a nuestra escuela. Durante los últimos años, Tracy Zafian ha llevado a los esfuerzos de este grupo. Gracias en nombre de la Comunidad Crocker Farm por su arduo trabajo y servicio a nuestra escuela. Este año, Hallie Hughes y Jessica Sidman serán nuestras nuevas co-presidentes. Ellas ya han empezado a trabajar y planificar eventos para próximo año. Gracias, Hallie y Jessica por asumir esta importante función.
  • Mochila Proyecto: Para las familias necesitadas de mochilas, los días de distribución serán Ago 18 y 19 en la Escuela Intermedia Regional de Amherst (Centro de la Familia) de 9:00 am-3:00 p.m.
  • Calendario Escolar 2016-2017:
  • Actualización de edificios y terrenos : Si has conducido por Crocker Farm este verano, usted probablemente ha notado mucha construcción. Treinta y cinco nuevos espacios de estacionamiento se añadieron a la entrada de la escuela por la calle West . Además, una beca financió la nueva zona de juegos de preescolar que se está construyendo en frente a los salones de preescolar. Ambos proyectos deben terminarse en los próximos días.

Esperamos verlos a todos muy pronto.

El mejor por ahora,
Derek Shea, Principal      
Sharri Conklin, Assistente de Principal                               

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Save the Date: Back-to-School Picnic, Sept 8th

Meet old friends and make new ones—
come have fun before the school year kicks into high gear! 
Bring a picnic or have a slice of pizza on us.
(Baked goods and donations welcome!)

When: Thursday, September 8
Where: Crocker Farm School
Time: 5:45 - 7:30 p.m.

Crocker Farm Grounds Day, Aug 28th

9:30 am - noon

Greetings all!

The PGO is looking for volunteers for grounds day at Crocker. Derek Shea has promised us a wish list of areas around the school that could use attention (weeding, mulch, screws tightened on playground equipment, hanging new soccer nets, etc). We are looking for volunteers to help get the school looking neat and tidy before the kids come back.

The kids can help, or play while we work.

We’ll have some refreshments, so a head count would be helpful.

You can sign up to help here: GROUNDS DAY SIGNUP

Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee meeting this Wed, 6 pm

The regional School Committee will be meeting this Wed, 6 pm, at the ARHS Library & will be voting on appointing Mike Morris, current assistant superintendent, as the acting superintendent.  There will also be a revote on the buyout agreement for the departing superintendent, Maria Geryk, by Union 26 (for the Amherst & Pelham schools) at its 5:30 pm meeting proceeding the regional School Committee meeting.  


The full agenda for Wednesday's School Committee is is below & is also available online at this link: AGENDA

A Meeting of the AMHERST-PELHAM REGIONAL School Committee
6:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, August 17, 2016
Library, Amherst Regional High School


1.        Welcome
a.        Call to Order: (RSC)                              

2.        Adjourn to Executive Session for the following purposes: (RSC and Union #26)
a.        Pursuant to MGL Chapter 30A, Section 21(a)(2): To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for contract negotiations with nonunion personnel (Asst. Superintendent M. Morris)
b.        To review Executive Session Minutes of 7/13/16, 7/20/16, 8/1/16 and 8/9/16

3.        Return to Public Meeting

4.        Approval of Executive Session Minutes of 7/13/16, 7/20/16, 8/1/16 and 8/9/16 – VOTE (RSC and Union #26)
a.        Public Statement about Release of Minutes and Documents Attached

5.        Reading of response to Open Meeting Law Complaint of L. Kelley, Received 8/10/16 (against Union #26)

6.        Financial Memo re: Geryk Settlement (RSC and Union #26)
a.        Sean Mangano, Director of Finance (ARPS)

7.        Appointment of Acting Superintendent of Schools, M. Morris (RSC and Union #26)
a.        Review and VOTE

8.        ARPS District Update, M. Morris (RSC and Union #26)
a.        Project Backpacks, First Day Celebration, Etc.

9.        Process for Interim Superintendent (RSC and Union #26)
a.        Discuss qualifications and form subcommittee

10.     Adjourn Union #26 School Committee

11.     Adjourn to Executive Session for the following purposes: (RSC)
a.        Pursuant to MGL Chapter 30A, Section 21(a)(1): To discuss complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual:  
                                                               i.      Discussion of Open Meeting Law Complaint vs. Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, received 8/1/16  and 8/15/16 from M. Hoostein

12.     Return to Public Meeting

13.     Response to Open Meeting Law Complaint of M. Hoostein, Received 8/1/16 and 8/15/16

14.     Policy BEAA: Superintendency Union #26

15.     Review 2016-2017 School Committee Meeting Calendar

16.     Public Comment

17.     Adjourn

ARPS First Day Celebration - Tues, Aug 30th, 5-6:30 pm

Save the Date!
The Amherst Regional Public Schools (ARPS) First Day Celebration is just around the corner! The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, on the Amherst Town Common (rain location ARHS Cafeteria) from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
For more info, contact: 
Carol Ross, Amherst Together

School Calendar - Upcoming Dates to Remember

Upcoming School Year Calendar: Aug-Oct
*Wed, Aug 31st: First Day of School, 1st-12th grade
*Mon, Sept 5th: Labor Day Holiday - no school
*Tues, Sept 6th: First Day of School for Kindergarten & preschool
*Wed, Sept 21st: Early Release Day, 1:20 pm dismissal
*Mon, Oct 10th: No school
Wed, Oct 19th: Early Release Day, 1:20 pm dismissal
Fri, Oct 21st: Conference Day, noon dismissal
Mon, Oct 24th: Conference Day, noon dismissal
See the full year's school calendar here:
The PGO's calendar of its fall events will be coming soon.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016


The countdown begins…school starts soon! As a reminder, all Crocker Farm guardians and parents are part of the PGO.  After three years as co-chair/chair of the PGO, Tracy Zafian is stepping down.  Jessica Sidman and Hallie Hughes have agreed to co-chair the PGO this year, with Farah Ameen serving on the executive committee.  We're hoping that we can get a big group so that we can do a lot this year without too much work falling on any one shoulder. We all want to do what we can for the kids and staff, and we want to it as easy as possible for people to do what they can for the PGO. We are hoping to increase member involvement this year.  Many volunteer opportunities exist, lots of which can be done outside of working hours and from home. We are holding a meeting this Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 located at 30 Orchard Street in Amherst. Light refreshments will be served. Our agenda is as follows:

1) PGO structure/roles
2) Back to School Gathering
3) Events that the PGO might run for the year and how to divvy them up
4) Finances and Teacher Stipends
5) Fundraising
6) Volunteer recruitment

Many of you are traveling or otherwise busy, so if you can't make this meeting, please don't worry -- we'll get minutes out and will be in touch.

Please let us know if you can come, and please feel free to forward this along to spread the word to anyone who is interested

Hope to see you Thursday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ARPS Project Backpack - providing school supplies for income-eligible students

The Office of the Superintendent is proud to announce that Project Backpack 2016 is currently underway. This successful community outreach program provides new backpacks and school supplies for income-eligible students in our schools. This year, nearly 900 students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 qualify to receive these items.

Donations of backpacks & school supplies will be accepted through August 12th.
Distribution to income-eligible students will take place on August 18th & 19th.
See the flyers below for details. 
For more information, please contact (413) 362-1871.

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Jones Library activities for kids - this week


LittleBits™ Building Club

July 26th, 27th, or 28th  from 3:30-4:30
Kids ages 8 - 11 are invited to join us for the Jones Library LittleBits™ Building Club this summer! These color coded circuit boards snap together easily to create sophisticated electronics. Space is limited, so please pre-register for one session only in the Kids' Room or at 413-259- 3091 /

Bilingual Math & Science Story Time

Thursdays through August 18th from 6 - 7:30 pm
Math and Science Storytime is a bilingual program in English and Spanish featuring stories, songs, and activities designed to introduce children ages 3-5 to important math and science concepts.  All story times will be presented in Spanish and English.
Families can register for all 8 sessions, or for just a few.  Please pre-register in the Kids' Room or at 413-259- 3091 /

This series is made possible by funding from the PSEG Foundation, the Target Foundation, Rutgers University Research Council, and Rutgers Community University Research Partnerships, in conjunction with the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

Lolly and Yoyo Music Program

Saturday, July 30 from 2 - 3 pm
Lolly and Yoyo are a musical performing duo whose innovative new book, Move! is the perfect combination of reading and interaction.
Come hear songs, move around, and meet Lolly and Yoyo!

& Don't Forget
 Dine at Chez Albert on Wednesday, July 27 and support the Friends of the Jones Libraries!  Through a series of Literary Feasts at local restaurants this summer, the Friends of the Jones Libraries invite you to be inspired by some great books, and enjoy a meal that recalls the ambiance and setting of a great novel.  Let All the Light We Cannot See inspire a delicious evening of French cuisine.  A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Friends.