Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crocker Drama

TO SIGN UP call 259-3065 or visit
Program Cost: $45 for 4 weeks; $89 for 8 weeks
*Free* when you sign up for Fridays for 1 or 2 months with the
Prime Time Afterschool Program! (till 5:30 p.m.)
Not a school-sponsored program
Grades K-3. In this energetic creative drama class, we will explore well known stories
and fairytales, as well as make up our own. Children will learn drama/theatre skills in
a collaborative and supportive setting. Informal demo performance at last class!
Fridays, Apr.1—May 27 @ Crocker Farm
3:10-4:10 pm No class Apr. 22
Classes taught by former professional actress, and CF parent, Becca Greene-Van Horn!

ARMS Chorus on WGBY

If you haven't already, please visit to listen and watch the Amherst Regional Middle School Chorus and High School Chorale. The groups performed as part of the station's Together in Song program. Both groups are listed in the "high school choruses" section -- click on the link & then scroll down for "Amherst Regional Middle School Chorus" or the Amherst Regional High School Chorale and vote for these talented students by clicking on "Like". The singers with the most votes will be selected to sing in a festival at the end of April. Thank you to everyone who has already voted!

AEF Spring Sprint May 7

Save the date for the First Annual Amherst Education Spring Sprint!

Registration available at

Monday, March 28, 2011

Race to Nowhere

Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools Superintendent, Maria Geryk, invites you to attend a community event.

The nationally acclaimed film, Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture will be shown on Wednesday, March 30 at 6pm in the Amherst Regional High School Auditorium.

The film’s director, Vicki Abeles, will be the special guest and will answer questions from the audience. The film will include Spanish subtitles.

Tickets are $12 and available at
Free tickets are also available – please contact Kimberly Stender at 362-1825

La superintendente de las escuelas regionales de Amherst-Pelham los invita a un evento comunitario.

La peíicula reconocida nacionalmente, La Carrera sin Destino: El Lado Obscuro de la Cultura de Aprovechamiento Anérica será presentada el miércoles, 30 de marzo a las 6:00 pm en el auditorio de la escuela superior de Amherst.

La directora de la película, Vicki Abeles, será nuestra invitada especial y contestará preguntas de la audiencia. La película tendrá subtitulos en español.

Las taquillas cuestan $12 y están disponibles en
También tenemos taqullas gratis, disponinles. Favor de comunicarse con Kimberly Stender al 362-1825 o

Later school start times

The School Committee has created a task force to look at beginning Amherst schools later or switching high/middle school start times with the elementary schools. The charge and membership of this task force is here. Research about the influence of later start times is available here.

YOUR input is very valuable and the task force wants to hear from you. Here is an elementary school family survey. Please share your thoughts on this issue.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

April vacation camp through LSSE

Critters are the fun focus of the April vacation camp “Lions and Tigers and Bears” sponsored by Amherst LSSE.
Whether large or small with feathers or furs, the critters will visit the camp or students will visit them at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory or the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. While the focus is on animals, other activities, such as sports and arts and crafts, are scheduled to keep the youngsters engaged and active.

The camp, for children in grades K-6, will be held April 19-22 at the Wildwood Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Children should bring a healthy lunch and two healthy snacks per day.

A fee subsidy for income-eligible Amherst families is available. Residents interested in the tuition waver, up to 100%, should apply as soon as possible. Fee subsidies are also available for the LSSE summer camps that begin in June.

For information call Stacey Lecuivre, LSSE Youth Program Director at 259-3191 or visit:

6th grade Crocker Families, this one's for you!

Please join the middle school for a Coffee with the Principal on Friday, April 1st from 7:45 to 8:45 in the ARMS cafeteria. It's before school, so kids are welcome to attend, visit with classmates and ask questions too! This is a great opportunity to talk to other middle school families, chat with Principal Mike Hayes and hear about what is happening at ARMS. It is a casual gathering with no agenda. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, email Cathy Cullen at

Got books?

If you have used books that aren't being read any more at your house, consider donating them to a good cause.

Book collection for the League of Women Voters of Amherst’s book sale takes place from Mar 30- Apr 30. The main drop-off site for donations of books is at the League’s sorting and pricing center at 479 West Street (Rt. 116), Unit 8. This is at the corner of West Street and Pomeroy Lane. Other drop-off locations are in collection trunks at Stop & Shop in Hadley, the UPS Store on University Drive, the Jones Library, North Amherst Library and the Munson Memorial Library in South Amherst.

Books must be in good condition and free of mildew. Magazines will not be accepted.

For information call 253-0633.

Friday, March 25, 2011

4th Grade Bake Sale Tally

Congrats to the students in Ms. Donovan's 4th grade class whose 2 day bake sale raised just over $400.  The money will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.  Way to go, kids!

ARMS Coffee with the Principal for incoming families

Please join the middle school for a Coffee with the Principal on Friday, April 1st from 7:45 to 8:45 in the ARMS cafeteria.  It's before school, so kids are welcome to attend, visit with classmates and ask questions too!  This is a great opportunity to talk to other middle school families, chat with Principal Mike Hayes and hear about what is happening at ARMS.  It is a casual gathering with no agenda.  Hope to see you there!  If you have any questions, email Cathy Cullen at

Thursday, March 24, 2011

You are invited to a Pajama Party

On Saturday, April 2nd from 3-5 PM
at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 North Pleasant Street, Amherst.

Authoe Alan Armstrong will be on hand. Mr. Armstrong is a Newbery Honor- winning author and will read from his books, discuss writing and answer questions. His Children's books include Whittington, Raleigh's Page, Looking for Marco Polo and Racing the Moon.

There will also be a storybook reading for younger children as well as Games, crafts and other fun things to do!

Please bring a new pair of pajamas or a new book for a child, infant through age 10. The pajamas and books will go to local children in need, via the Pajama Program.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Meltdown 2011

Need something to do with the kids this Saturday? Go to Meltdown 2011 at JFK Middle School in Northampton. Real live children's book authors! Real live kids' music! Real good food! What more could you want?

And the best news? This event is totally free.

Town Election Day

Next Tuesday, March 29, Amherst is having town-wide elections. Get to know candidates by "meeting" them on Amherst Community Television, channel 17.

3/26 – Saturday, 8 – 9:30 a.m., 3 – 4:30 p.m.
3/27 – Sunday, 7:30 – 9 a.m., 2 – 3:30 p.m.
3/28 – Monday, 6:30 – 8 a.m.

Want to become familiar with your ballot? Go here.

Remember to vote on Tuesday, March 29! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday Clubs - Session 3 forms due 3/24

Reminder that COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORMS ARE DUE THURSDAY MARCH 24. Contact if you need a form & we'll email one right out.

Monday, March 21, 2011

4th Grade Bake sale this Thursday and Friday

4th graders will host a bake sale this Thursday and Friday, March 24th and 25th to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. The bake sale will be held in the front lobby from 8:15 - 9:00 AM and is open to all CF families. Please help support this student driven initiative and this worthy cause.

Free Concert this Saturday!

The UMASS Office for Families is putting on this free concert with Leticia Davies (a CF parent) for families of small children with breakfast included!

What:  Miss Leticia in Concert
Where:  Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union Building at UMASS
When:  Saturday, March 26 at 11am
Details:  Parking available in the UMASS garage.  Eat muffins, drink juice and sing and dance!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Se ofrece un nuevo campamento de verano en Amherst

(para ampliar la oferta tienes que apretar encima de la imagen para ampliarla)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday Clubs - Session 3 is coming!

Keep your eyes open for the Wednesday Clubs Session 3 packet - it should be coming home in backpacks Thursday or Friday. If you don't see one by Friday contact & we'll email one right out. COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORMS ARE DUE NEXT THURSDAY MARCH 24.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New ETTA offerings!

ETTA ART STUDIO is offering Adult and Teen Classes this SPRING!
More info. + details - check out our web:

Hope to see you there! DARA

*Metal Clay Jewelry

4-sessions Starts MON. April 11 /Passover break April 19
6-9pm / $140
Teacher :Ruth Levine


-Wed.Sessions, 6-9pm starts WED. March 23-May 11 Passover break April 20
Teacher Rebecca Migdal

*Comprehensive Figure Drawing

8-WED. Sessions, 6-9pm Starts March 23 /Passover break April 20 Teacher: Peter O Zierlein

Both Peter + Rebecca's classes have a model fee of $25 and a class fee of $280

Amherst, MA 01002 OR

413-230-3272 or

Let's Move Amherst Elementary!

The Amherst College Swim and Dive Team in conjunction with the Amherst College Athletic Department and the Crocker Farm, Fort River and Wildwood Parent Guardian Organizations are pleased to announce the inaugural "Let’s Move Amherst Elementary!"
The event will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Amherst College Alumni Gym. The event is free, and open to all K – 6 Amherst students and their families; no registration required. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Campaign for Public Health, the goal is to promote active lifestyle choices that build healthy families, schools and communities. The day will feature a variety of options for families to move together, including parent/child yoga, Jazzercise classes, a one-mile walking loop, pick-up games and a boot camp. All families are encouraged to come out and be Sixty Minute Superstars!
In addition to these fun-filled exercise options, there will be talks about healthy meal choices from local nutritionists,information about sun protection, an "Ask a Pediatrician" table, as well as nutrition information from local restaurants and fitness centers. All activities will be facilitated by Amherst College Students, student athletes and local fitness instructors. Healthy snacks will be provided.
For more information, please contact Andrea Jensen at or Becky Demling at
This event is being sponsored by the Amherst Elementary Parent Groups, the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement, Amherst College Athletic Department and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Invitation to meet Katherine Appy this weekend

You are cordially invited to meet the newest School Committee Member, Katherine Appy this weekend!  Come discuss her ideas and our schools.
Where: Jones Library, downstairs in the large meeting room.  
When: March 19 (26), 2011 Saturday 3-5pm
Food and drinks (pizza, goodies, coffee)  will be provided and this will be an informal event.   Children welcome.  No RSVP necessary.

Only a few days left to RSVP for the first ever Friday Night Social

Come enjoy a night of family fun at the first ever "Friday Night Social". The event will be held on March 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Crocker Farm.   Enjoy dinner with fellow CF parents and students.  The is a free event with childcare, great music and great food.  Please RSVP to Anastasia Morton at or 413-835.0223 by this Friday, March 18th.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Amherst Sustainability Festival looking for volunteers

Join the organizing team of a valley-wide Earth Day celebration!  The Amherst Sustainability Festival’s organizing committee is looking for volunteers to organize/coordinate a non-mechanized rail trail event involving Amherst residents (school aged and beyond).  Amherst is joining marketing forces this year with Greening Northampton, WGBY, and 93.9 The River for a valley-wide Earth Day event on April 23rd.  The Amherst Sustainability Festival will take place on the Common, but this year we adding to the fun with a group of Amherst people biking, walking or jogging on the rail trail to Hadley.  A similar group will depart from Northampton and the plan is to meet in the middle at Whole Foods.   We are looking for a group (or individual) to plan, organize and publicize a low-carbon procession from an Amherst rail trail departure point.  If you are interested in helping to make this happen, please contact Susan Waite at the Amherst DPW at 259-3049

Monday, March 14, 2011

Amherst Math Action Plan

Happy Pi Day! (3.14, get it?)

The long awaited K-12 Math Action Plan is now available and posted on the ARPS website ( This plan was discussed at both the Regional and Amherst meetings last week (which you can watch on ACTV) and there is a brief article in this week's Bulletin about the Regional SC's discussion of the plan (

There will be a public forum on elementary math on Tuesday, March 22nd, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. This is your chance to share your thoughts about the K-12 math action plan with the SC and superintendent, it is hoped that all those who care about math in Amherst will read the report and come with their thoughts and questions.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Friday Night Social- RSVP by by this Friday

Hey have U heard:
Crocker Farm Elementary School is having
our 1st ever
“Friday Night Social”
Place: Crocker Farm Elementary School
Date: March 25, 2011
Time: 6:30-8:30

Hey you out there!! Love good food and music? Enjoy playing games, laughing and winning prizes? Tired of being inside the house. Well I have something for you. Come enjoy a night of family fun at the first ever “Friday Night Social”. Come enjoy dinner and family fun with fellow Crocker Farm parents and classmates. This promises to be an event that will have you begging for more. Don’t miss out on a once in a life time event. If you have any questions please contact Anastasia Morton to R.S.V.P. by March 18, 2011 since this will be a catered event. This is a FREE EVENT!!! (However donations will be accepted)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Compose Yourself

You are cordially invited to the upcoming event at the

Crocker Farm School

Crocker Chorus presents:

"Compose Yourself"

April 13, 2011
7:00 pm and
April 14 at 9:30 am
In the cafeteria

Families are encouraged to attend the
evening performance

We hope that you will be able to join us!

It's Movie Night!

Movie Night is back with a great showing for you tonight- Toy Story 3.  Great for all ages, escape the rain and join us in the cafeteria tonight.  Doors open at 6:00 PM, the show begins at 6:30 PM.  PJs, sleeping bags and lawn chairs welcome!  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Arts N Bubbles Camp offering

Arts N Bubbles Performing Arts Summer Camp

With Tracy Vernon and Valerie Heron-Duranti

For children ages 5-11 at the Amherst High School 8:15am- 3:15pm

Campers will dance, drum, sing, create art and crafts, play theater games and bring story books to life!

Now offering 3 summer sessions: June 27th- July 1st, July 5th- July 8th and July 11th- July 15th
Many discounts available!

For more information please contact Valerie at or 413-374-4353

Family Outreach of Amherst Event

The Wiley & Wonderful World of Children's Book Writers
Thursday March 24, 7 - 9 pm
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College
Tickets $10 / $5 students

What a great opportunity to hear a few of our region's preeminent children's book writers AND support an incredible organization. Featuring Norton Juster, Jeanne Birdsall, Mo Willems & Crocker Farm's own Greta Wilcox as moderator! Hope to see you and your kids there! (Please click on the image to see the flyer full size.)

Race to Nowhere Film at ARHS

Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is proud to present the provocative and award-winning documentary RACE TO NOWHERE: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Gap. The film will be shown on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 6pm in the Amherst Regional High School Auditorium. Tickets are $12 and available at

The film’s director, Vicki Abeles, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience. A facilitated discussion with Dr. Beth Graham, the District Curriculum Director, and local educational leaders will immediately follow the screening.

Superintendent Maria Geryk states, “This is the first in a series of community events in which the national conversation on education will be brought to Amherst. I encourage parents/guardians, middle and high school students, faculty, staff and community members to attend and discuss important issues facing education today. It is our hope that the provocative themes in RACE TO NOWHERE will spur real interaction within our larger community.”

The event is co-sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc. and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Parents are asked to buy 2 tickets – one for them and one for a student.

RACE TO NOWHERE has set aside 50 tickets to subsidize free admission for middle and high school students who qualify. For more information, please contact Kimberly Stender, Volunteer Coordinator, at

More info at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What to do on the 18th?

There's no school on Friday, March 18th.

If you need an activity for your child, LSSE offers a day trip to the Boston Museum of Science where children can see exhibits on butterflies and birds, check out the Computer Place and Laser Lab, see a triceratops or full size models of Apollo and Mercury capsules, visit the Charles Hayden Planetarium and be thrilled viewing the show in the five-story IMAX Dome.

Students from kindergarten through sixth grade can experience the latest in science and technology March 18 when the bus leaves from the Wildwood Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. The LSSE Primetime After School staff lead the children on this fun and educational adventure.

To register or for information call LSSE Youth Program Director Stacey Lecuivre at 259-3191 or

Summer camp in Amherst

Click on the flyer to make it bigger or simply visit: here for Amherst camp or here for Northampton camp.

Upcoming information sessions at both campuses are as follows:

Hampshire College information sessions:

Wednesday, March 30 - Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) East Lecture Hall, 7pm-8:30pm
Sunday, April 10 - Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) East Lecture Hall, 5:30pm-7pm
Thursday, April 28 - Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) Room 102, 7pm-8:30pm

Smith College information sessions:

Thursday, March 31st - Ainsworth Classroom / Athletics complex 7:00 - 8:30pm
Sunday, April 10th - Ainsworth Classroom / Athletics Complex 7:00 - 8:30pm
Tuesday, April 26th - Ainsworth Classroom / Athletics Complex 7:00 - 8:30pm

Happy camping.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Registering someone for kindergarten next year?


The Amherst and Pelham Schools will begin kindergarten registration for the 2010/2011 school year on:
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM each day

Amherst parents/guardians are urged to register at your neighborhood school. Pelham parents/guardians should register at the Pelham Elementary School during the same hours.

There will be one EVENING REGISTRATION session to accommodate those whose schedules prevent them from registering during the day. The evening registration will take place on:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011 6:00-7:00 PM

There will be interpreters for the following languages present during the evening session to assist families: Spanish, Khmer and Chinese. Parents/guardians from any area of Amherst or Pelham may register their children at this evening session.

Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2011 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the fall. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

An original birth certificate, proof of immunization, proof of residency in the district and a current physical examination are required for admission. The original birth certificate, proof of residency, and immunization record should be brought to registration. A physical examination can be performed up to the start of school and forms for a physician to fill out will be available at registration. If parents/guardians have questions concerning student eligibility, they are requested to direct their questions to the appropriate building principal.

It is important that you register and make a screening appointment so placement can be made in a timely fashion.


Las Escuelas de Amherst y Pelham comenzarán la matrícula para niños que entrarán al
Kindergarten en el año escolar 2011-12 el:

Cada día de 9:00 AM-2:00 pm

Se les urge a los padres/guardianes de Amherst que se matriculen en la escuela del vecindario a la cual su niño atenderá en otoño de 2011. Los padres/guardianes de Pelham deberán matricularse en la escuela Elemental de Pelham.

Habrá una SESIÓN DE MATRÍCULA EN LA NOCHE para acomodar a aquellos que el horario no les permita matricularse durante el día. La matrícula durante esta sesión se llevará a cabo el:

MIERCOLES, 14 DE ABRIL DE 2011 6:00-7:00 PM

Tendremos traductores en Khmer, Español y Chino que asistirán a la matrícula en la noche. Padres/guardianes de cualquier área en Amherst o Pelham podrán matricular a sus niños durante esta sesión.

Los niños que cumplirán cinco años en o ates del uno de septiembre de 2011 se pueden matricular para el kindergarten de otoño. No hay excepciones a este requerimiento.

Un certificado de nacimiento original, comprobante de inmunización, comprobante de residencia en el distrito y comprobante de examen físico son requeridos para poder admitir a su niño. Un certificado de nacimiento original, comprobante de residencia, y comprobante de inmunización deben traerse cuando venga a matricularse. El examen físico puede ser hecho durante el comienzo de la escuela y las formas que debe llenar el médico estarán disponibles durante la matriculación. Si los padres tienen preguntas concernientes a la elegibilidad del estudiante, se les pide que dirija sus preguntas al principal de la escuela correspondiente.

Es importante que se matricule y haga una cita de evaluación pueda hacerse eficientemente sin retrasos.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

ETTA Art Studio class offerings

534 Main St.
Amherst, MA 01002 ; ;
See Website for full descriptions!
SPRING Session 4 : Youth and Adult
After School and Half Day Wednesdays
5 Weeks starts March 14- April 15

*Exploring Mixed-Media
4-5:30 pm
Ages 5-7 yrs

Teacher: Carolyn Toomey

* Mommy + Me: Masks*
10-11:30 pm Ages 4-7 yrs Child and Adult class


Teachers : Ezzell Floraniña + Carolyn Toomey

4-5:30 pm Ages 5-8 yrs
Bees are buzzing!

Teacher: Carolyn Toomey

Half Days at ETTA Art Studio

(1) 2-3:30 (2) 4-5:30 All Ages
*Clay, Clay + More Clay*
(1) 2-3:30 pm
Do you adore clay?
Teacher: Ezzell Floraniña
*Fantasy Environments*
(2) 4-5:30 pm ALL AGES
Teacher: Carolyn Toomey
Sign up for both (1) +(2) and get 10% off !
*Comic Book Illustration*
Wed. : 2:00-5:00 pm & Fridays: 2:30-5:30 pm AGES 10+ yrs
Teacher: Rebecca Migdal
6 weeks/$220 + Model fee $25

*Multi-Cultural Mask & Giant Puppet Making *
3:30-5 pm
AGES 9-15 yrs

Teacher: Ezzell Floraniña
************************ *Painting and Drawing Basics*
4-5:30 pm Ages 9-12
Teacher: Dara Herman-Zierlein
* Comic Book Illustration *
Teacher : Rebecca Migdal: 2:30-5:30 pm (SEE description on Wed. 2:30-5:30 )

ADULT & Teens Classes:
Intro to Glass Beadmaking
4 Tuesday sessions, 6-8 pm:
MARCH 15- (4 Sessions)
Deposit to hold your spot required- Limit 5 students.
Teacher : Katie Richardson $140 + $15 materials /per class
Comic Book Illustration for Adults - 8 Wed. Sessions, 6-9 pm starts March 16
Teacher: Rebecca Migdal
$280 plus model fee $25

Comprehensive Figure Drawing 8 -WED. Sessions 6-9 pm -March 16
Teacher: Peter O. Zierlein $280 plus model fee $25
Metal Clay Jewelry* 4 Mon. Sessions 6-9 pm – April 11
**Passover break April 18.
Teacher : Ruth Levine $140 plus materials, as needed.


Futsal camp with the amazing Mr. Shea!

(Click to enlarge.)

LSSE Summer Camp Fair

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wednesday Clubs - Session 2 starts March 2

Session 2 of Wednesday Clubs begins March 2 & runs for 5 Wednesdays. If you sent in a registration form you should have heard by email or phone if your child got into a club. If you're still wondering, just give the CF office a quick call.

There are 98 students are registered for session 2 - wow! Be sure to say thanks to the awesome parents & community members who are leading the clubs for your kids. We couldn't do this without them.

The PGO deeply appreciates your donations to help keep this program running. The suggested donation is $25.00 per child, but any amount is welcome! Please don't hesitate to send in a check made out to "Crocker Farm PGO". THANK YOU!