Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Do I have your attention?
We need guardians and parents to turn in updates to the school directory form and also turn in their volunteer forms -- by the end of this week PLEASE -

Out of the close to 400 families at Crocker Farm Elementary - only 35 have submitted volunteer forms...I am sure that more guardians and parents want to get involved with school... come on -- turn 'em in!  If you need those forms sent to your email box - just request them by email :


Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Thanks to everyone who baked and brought goodies for tonight's Welcome Back Picnic!  It was terrific to see all the kids enjoying the new playground.  Many thanks to all of the parents who volunteered their time and energy for this event.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Latino Heritage Night on 10/5 and also at Open House/Curriculum Night on 10/12 - details concerning childcare to follow shortly on this site, the Facebook page and your child's backpack.


Class Parents Needed!

The PGO is currently seeking 2-3 parents/guardians from each classroom to serve as class parents this year.  As a class parent, your mission is to:

  • Encourage community, parent involvement and school pride, and

  • Support our teachers!

The job varies with every teacher and class parent.  Activities you choose to do will be a combination of your own interests and the needs of your teacher and class.  Some teachers utilize class parents quite a bit and others have fewer volunteer opportunities.  

Being a class parent is a fun, flexible way to get involved with your student’s classroom.  Please consider volunteering to be a class parent this year!  If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jen Veshia (; 256-0234).  THANK YOU!

Boy Scout Open House

Come join Boy Scout Troop 500 Amherst to see how Scouting is evolving as it enters its 2nd century. We are having an Open House for prospective scouts and their families Tuesday, October 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the South Congregational Church, 1066 Southeast Street, Amherst. Troop 500 has a 50+ year history in Amherst working with school-age boys (grades 6-12). Troop activities are organized and run by the boys, including weekly meetings, monthly campouts, and projects in the community. Our Scouts learn practical outdoor skills and develop leadership skills while having a lot of fun. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Peter Crowley at (413) 253-0964.

Monday, September 19, 2011


We are sending a "call" for baked goods out to the community.  On Wednesday, September 21st from 5:30pm - 7:30pm we will be on the playground - celebrating the new school year as a community at the WELCOME BACK PICNIC.

During this event we sell yummy baked goods.  All proceeds profit the Crocker Farm children.  The PGO uses these funds to help support a year full of learning.  Please donate a dozen or two of your family's favorite baked goods to this event.

If you have questions - please email the PGO at:

We thank you, in advance, for your generous support and hope to see you on the playground 9/21/2011!

Friday, September 16, 2011

We need your feedback

Please take a moment to help us decide on times and dates for coffee with Mr. Morris (the principal)

Thanks for your time - the PGO - looking for ways to include you in the fun!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Celebrate the Promise this Saturday

Celebrate the Promise: The 21st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The STAVROS Center Invites you to enjoy
*Craft and art fair
* 50/50 Raffle

Join us from 11:00 am - 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2011
at the Amherst Town Common Downtown Amherst

Celebrate The Promise with featured artists: Olypsys, Mostly Mikes, The Rainbow Players, The Berkshire Hills Band, and The Wailin' Dave Blues Band

For more information, visit

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Four Feet, Two Sandals - book in common this year

 Four Feet, Two Sandals --  All classes at Crocker Farm will be reading this book.  It is about two girls in a Pakistani refugee camp, waiting to be resettled.   You can check out a short video on youtube about this book:  You can also learn more about the authors here:
(content paraphrased/borrowed from Ms. Mattone's class blog)

Stop and Shop A+ Rewards - yearly update needed

As was mentioned by one of our Crocker Parents on the Facebook Crocker PGO page, each family needs to renew their Stop and Shop card affiliation with Crocker Farm School - YEARLY.  It is easy to do on-line at:

You can also designate our school by stopping by the service desk at your local Stop and Shop store.  We will also have a sign-up sheet at Open House on October 12th.

Thanks for helping our school raise funds for enrichment activities!

Stop and Shop rewards A+ Program - Sign up time

We're up and running with Stop and Shop Rewards A+ program! Please re-register your card for Crocker Farm School - it yields us some nice rewards! Our school code is: 05194. Let me know if you have problems registering - send me an email at
Pre-season basketball camp - in Northampton

Monday, September 12, 2011

Author hosts book signing to support Haitian School

Corinne Demas, author of Always in Trouble, will read for children and give a talk on September 24th at 4 p.m. (see attached flyer).  You can pre-order copies of her books by mailing in the attached form and a check by Sept. 23rd and the author will autograph and dedicate the book to your child or to someone you would like to present with a special gift.

All proceeds from the event benefit St. Matthieu’s School in Bayonnais, Haiti, a small rural school in great need of assistance.

There are a limited number of copies of each book, so please act quickly if you would like one.

Ms. Demas will follow her reading with a talk titled, "How to Publish a Children's Book," for all you aspiring authors out there!

Please contact Joan O'Brien at with questions.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Amherst Ballet invites the Crocker Farm community...

Amherst Ballet introduces a whole new bevy of classes this fall - including Hip Hop for children and Adults - check it out at their website: