Thursday, April 28, 2011

Calling All Bakers - Book Fair Cookies Needed!

Crocker Farm's Evening Scholastic Book Fair is coming up (you have it on your calendar right - next Wednesday May 4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm) & it's been our tradition to have snacks available in the Cafeteria. The PGO provides drinks & music & treats for those who want a quiet reprieve from the busy book sale. We need help with the snacks. Can you bake a couple dozen of your family's favorite cookies? You can bring them to the Fair at 6:30 or send them to school with your child during the day. Please let Erika know if you can help (

Latino Achievement Night

The 5th Annual Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools Latino Achievement Night will be celebrated on May 20, 2011 at Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street. The event will begin at 6:30pm and all families, friends, staff and community members are invited to attend.

Under the direction of Superintendent of Schools, Maria Geryk and Director of Interventions & ELE, Dr. Marta Guevara, and in keeping with the Social Justice Commitment of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools, the 5th Annual ARPS Latino Achievement Night aspires toward equity of opportunity, inclusion, respect and community-building in and out of the classroom.

“Latino Achievement Night was envisioned 6 years ago with the establishment of the Latino Initiative. Data revealed that Latinos were performing at lower levels than other students in the districts,” states Dr. Marta Guevara. “A series of recommendations was formulated to address this critical issue and close the achievement gap. A resulting step was the creation of a community event celebrating the achievements of Latino students paralleling the customs of Latin American countries.”

Latino students in grades K, 6, 8 and 12 are recognized for academic achievement, community spirit, effort, leadership and progress and receive Certificates of Excellence.

In addition, Amherst Police Department Sergeant Jesus Arocho will be honored for his achievements and commitment to the community. Many dignitaries and special guests will be on hand to join in the celebration which will feature music and dance performances by elementary, middle and high school students. Refreshments will also be served.

Superintendent of Schools, Maria Geryk states, “We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of our Latino students in such a wonderful way – with family and friends and the greater Amherst community.”

Please contact Mildred Martinez or call 362-1871 with any questions or concerns.

The mission of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is to create a dynamic learning community where students and staff work together and where all students are supported and challenged to achieve their full potential in their intellectual, creative, social and civic endeavors. With parent and community participation, staff and students strive to ensure a safe environment and to promote respect and appreciation for the diversity of individuals, cultures and learning styles.

Attention kindergarten families

Help us welcome
incoming kindergarten families!
On Wednesday, May 4th, Crocker Farm will open its doors to next year’s kindergarteners and their families from 8:30-12:30. The PGO is looking for current kindergarten families to answer kindergarten-related questions and/or provide baked goods for the day. Please sign up to take a shift in the lobby to chat with incoming families! Can you help? Email us!

Earth Day Fundraiser

The Crocker Farm PGO is partnering with Western Massachusetts Electric and Mass Save to hold an Energy Saving Fundraiser! This program sells Energy Star light bulbs and Advanced Power Strips at a discount to students and their families with 100% of the proceeds going to Crocker Farm. Money from this fundraiser will help support Crocker Press. Look for a white envelope filled with energy savings information and a catalog in your child's backpack tomorrow, Friday, April 29th. All order forms are due by May 13th. Questions? Contact Becky at 230-3306 or

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

AEF Spring Sprint May 7

Amherst Education Foundation 1st Annual Spring Sprint

Saturday May 7 at Groff Park

Register online at
or at the event (8 - 8:45am)
1 Mile Fun Run & 5k Run/Walk start at 9:00!

TOP 10 Reasons to come to the AEF Spring Sprint:
1. Your registration fee will support grants from the Amherst Education Foundation to our schools next year!
2. Multi-taskers can do three things at once: support our schools, get in a workout and see friends.
3. Oh that nagging New Year's Resolution. . .
4. Chance to win lots of great local prizes!
5. It's an easy and fun way to show your support for our fabulous teachers!
6. It starts early and ends early for those with jam-packed Saturdays.
7. School and town celebrities will be running and walking. Can you keep up with Mr. Morris?
8. Everyone can participate--walk, run or cheer!
9. You'll feel great!
10. The first 100 registrants receive a free t-shirt!

Book Fair Next Week!


  • Monday May 2 (Preview day)
  • Tuesday May 3 & Wednesday May 4 (Shopping days)

  • Wednesday May 4, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Choose from a wonderful selection of books.
  • Door Prizes announced every half hour!
  • Say “Hi” to our special guest, Clifford!
  • Relax and enjoy a tasty treat with classmates and friends!
  • Check out your teacher’s classroom Wish List and purchase a classroom book in your family’s name. Makes a great end of the year gift!
  • See You There!

(Remember, if your child participated in the Summer Read–a-Thon, he/she will receive $5 off any book purchase.)

Want to volunteer? Have questions?
Contact Erika, or 413.559.0224.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Looking Ahead

The superintendent's office has announced that the 2011-2012 school year will start on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. More information is available at and a full calendar, with holidays and vacation dates, will be posted next week.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Scholastic Book Fair

Mark your calendars - Crocker Farm's annual Scholastic Book Fair is coming May 2 - 4.

Monday May 2nd is “Preview Day”.
Your child will have 20 minutes during the day with their class to preview the books and fill out their Wish List. A parent volunteer will assist your child in writing the book title(s) and price. This way you can discuss with your child what books you agree on.

Tuesday May 3rd and Wednesday May 4th are “Shopping Days”.
Your child’s Wish List will say at the top which day is their class Shopping Day. Send in cash or check on this day.

Wednesday May 4th from 6:30 – 8:00pm is the Evening Book Fair.
Bring the whole family to shop for books, win raffle prizes and enjoy a treat. This year Clifford the Big Red Dog will be stopping by!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Art at Bayberry Lane

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Trash-Free Lunch Day April 15

Next Friday is the 5th annual Amherst elementary school Trash-Free Lunch Day!
Help us cut down on what we throw out!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Knitter Wanted

Do you like to knit? Would you like to lend a hand or two with Wednesday Clubs? Our fantastic Knitting Club leader is looking for an assistant during Session 3. Please let us know asap if you can help!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Don't forget to move this Sunday!!

Join your PGO and the Amherst College Swim and Dive Team for a day of family fun and fitness at the Amherst College Alumni Gym from 1 - 4PM this Sunday, April 3rd.  There will be tons of great information and activities to help keep your family healthy.  No registration required and the event is FREE!  Snacks will be provided.  For more information, please contact or