Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mount Holyoke College offers swimming lessons

Mount Holyoke College Swimming & Diving Lessons
& Competitive Swimmer Stroke Improvement

The Mount Holyoke College Swimming and Diving Team is offering lessons to children (ages 9 months to teenagers).  The classes will be held at Kendall Hall and will be taught by members of the Mount Holyoke College Swimming and Diving Team.

We are offering a 3-week session with classes offered on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  The lessons will begin on MONDAY, September 12th and will end on THURSDAY, September 29th, 2011.  There will be two class sessions available on Mon/Wed and one session on Tues/Thurs.  Springboard diving lessons will be held on Mon/Wed from 5:00-5:45.  The cost is $60.00 for children of Mount Holyoke faculty and staff and $65.00 for others.  You may sign up for 1 lesson a week (3 lessons total) for $30.

For children under 5 years of age the class will involve a parent being in the water with the child.  Babies must wear swimming diapers AND rubber pants. The Parent Child Lessons will be 30 minutes long:
                        M/W    4:15 – 4:45 PM            9 months - 2 years old
                        M/W    5:00 - 5:30 PM 3 - 4 years old

We will be offering COMPETITIVE SWIMMERS stroke and turn technique instruction during the Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:00 session.

Questions - Contact Dave Allen at 413-538-2314 or


New Parent/Guardian Coffee Hour - Welcome!

We welcome new families to Crocker Farm Elementary.  Please join us in the community room (around the corner from the front office) on September 8th, after you drop your child at his/her classroom.  You can sit and relax, enjoy some coffee and baked treats.  This is a terrific opportunity to meet other parents/guardians.  PGO representatives and school administrators will be on hand to greet you.  We look forward to seeing you between 8:30am - 9:30am on Thursday, September 8th in the community room at Crocker Farm Elementary.

Read-A-Thon 2011-2012 Details

Read-A-Thon 2011 - 2012 @ Crocker Farm Elementary

Dear Families,

Thanks so much for your family’s participation in the Crocker Farm School Summer Read-a-thon!  We hope you had a wonderful summer full of good books and relaxing days of reading. 

It’s time to begin contacting your sponsors and collecting the funds that will be donated to our school library.  Please return all cash and checks (made payable to the Crocker Farm PGO) in an envelope. On the front of the envelope, please write:
Crocker Farm Summer Read-a-thon
Your child’s name and current grade

You can return the envelope in one of two ways:

1.  Susan McQuaid, librarian, will have a table set up on the playground by the morning buses on Tues., Sept. 13th, Wed., Sept. 14th, and Thurs., Sept. 15th.  Children can drop off their envelopes with Susan.

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2.  Students can return their envelopes to their classroom teachers, who will deliver the funds to the library.

Please return all collected pledges by September 30th.  Small treat packages will then be delivered to the classrooms for the Read-a-thon participants.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan McQuaid (362-1639 or, Claudia Canale-Parola (253-6325), Yaniris Fernandez (253-2309), Monica Moran (256-1545) or Bobbie Jemsek (256-1698).



Cub Scouts invitation

Come join Amherst-Pelham Cub Scout Pack 515 and see how Cub Scouting is offering family fun together, with an adventure and character building for boys that other groups don't really have.
You are invited to an Open House for prospective cub scouts and their families on Thursday September, 15th from 6:45 to 8:15 PM at the Pacific Lodge of Mason's, 99 Main Street, Amherst.
Cub Scouting with Pack 515 offers boys, in the first through fifth grades (age 6 to 11), and their families a FUN and supportive environment as they learn citizenship, develop character and gain personal fitness through age appropriate activities. Many of these activities happen right in the den and pack. The most important are the weekly den meetings and the monthly pack meetings.
For more information, contact Cub Master, Steve Atkinson at (413) 335-6168.

Monday, August 29, 2011

First Day Celebration

All Amherst families to attend the First Day Celebration taking place Thursday, September 1 on the Amherst Town Common from 5:30-7pm.

We will gather in a unified show of support for our schools.

The sole purpose of this event is to foster community spirit and demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to the education of our students.

Get takeout from a downtown restaurant and enjoy a picnic on the Town Common. Enjoy FREE games, crafts, musical performances, police and fire demonstrations and more!

The Amherst Lions Club will conduct free vision screenings for adults and children.

Free parking and shuttle bus service is available at Amherst Regional High School beginning at 5:15pm.

In addition, please donate NEW underwear for men, women and children to the Amherst Survival Center’s “Foundation Initiative: Underwear & Dignity for All”. Volunteers will collect these items.

I hope you will attend the First Day Celebration and be a part of the fun and excitement!

Thank you!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Spanish Classes for Children!

What:  An introduction to Spanish language and Hispanic culture for kindergarten and 
first grade children with little or no prior exposure to the Spanish language.

When: September 21st - November 9th.  The class will meet eight times and will be on Wednesdays. 
Group A meets from 2:00-2:45p.m.,
 Group B meets from 3:45-4:30 p.m..
Where: Classes will be held in the beautiful Community Room at the Second Chances Kid’s Consignment Shop in South Amherst.

For more information, visit or call 413-218-1932.

This is not a school sponsored class.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Please join the fun and skate with us!
Please share this announcement with your friends, families and neighbors!
The Skating Club of Amherst is accepting registration for the upcoming Fall LEARN TO SKATE – Basic Skills program that serves the needs of both the recreational and competitive skater. The curriculum is designed to keep skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals. Whether their goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating, the Basic Skills Program is the place to start!
Skaters of all ages and abilities (including adults) will be able to participate in this lifelong sport.
IMPORTANT DATES for the Fall Session and- TO PRINT the Registration forms, please visit the link below and click on the “learn to Skate tab”:
NOTE: FIGURE SKATES ARE REQUIRED. PLEASE, NO DOUBLE RUNNERS OR HOCKEY SKATES. Rental skates are available at the rink. (Please arrive early)
REGISTRATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. MAIL APPLICATION WITH PAYMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE but no later than September 1, 2011. Pre-registration encouraged. Skating continues through June 2012, with Winter and Spring Sessions to follow.
Questions?? Call Rita Leaman at (413) 253-6388 or e-mail questions to

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011