Thursday, March 29, 2012


A million thanks to Irv Rhodes for sharing his milestone birthday with Crocker Farm kids.  On behalf of the kids, the teachers, and the families - we thank Irv and his family for being so thoughtful and donating all of his birthday monies to our book closet!  Thanks for being a stellar example for all of us of how to be generous and magnificent as part of a larger community.  THANK YOU SO MUCH IRV!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Patriot's Day Plans?

School’s out for a day and what to do with the kids.
LSSE offers a touch of history as well as fun April 16, Patriot’s Day when schools are closed. The day includes a bus trip to Historic Deerfield followed by a movie at the Cinemark Theater in Hadley.
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 historic and fun adventure.
The deadline to register for the trip is April 9.
To register or for information call LSSE Youth Program Director Stacey Lecuivre at 259-3191 or email:

LSSE sports offerings

Adult art workshop

Fridge art for the grown ups!

Is your refrigerator covered with your child's masterpieces?  Why not add one of your own?  Local painter Greg Maichack is offering a pastel workshop in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe on Thursday, June 14, from 5-7 at the Jones Library.

Next time you're in the Jones, register at the main office, pay your $10, and go home to clear off some space for your artwork on the fridge!

(Not a school sponsored event.)

Monday, March 26, 2012

LSSE wants your feedback!

The LSSE Commission wants to hear what YOU have to say about youth sports!
  • What are the barriers to participation?
  • How can we increase participation in girls' sports?
  • What can we do to improve sports programs?
  • How can we keep kids moving for the health of our community?
ALL are encouraged to join us at the ARHS Library on Thursday,  March 29th at 7PM to make local youth sports a better experience for everyone!

Help needed for League of Women Voters...

Spring cleaning?  If piles of books are starting to feel overwhelming, donate some to the League of Women Voters of Amherst’s annual book sale.  Books can be donated starting Friday, March 30 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. Collection trunks for donated books also are outside of the Stop & Shop in Hadley and in the Jones Library. Collection will end April 27.
Books must be in good condition and free of mildew.  Magazines will not be accepted.

Photography bug? New Camera -- here is the class for you!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Can we borrow that?

Needed for the spring musical: one boy's formal suit (jacket, pants, tie, get the idea)  size 10-12... please contact Ms.Z PRONTO if you can lend one to the school for the upcoming spring musical .... THANK YOU

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Scratch that March PGO meeting from your list of things to do this weekend...

Obviously the PGO meeting scheduled for this upcoming weekend was a typo -- so IGNORE the year-at-a-glance calendar for the upcoming March PGO meeting -- but PLEASE be on the lookout for an announcement here, your kids' backpacks, and the facebook page (Crocker Farm PGO 2011-2012) about our meeting in APRIL!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Reminder - TONIGHT! Election forum at Crocker Farm

Come meet the 4 candidates running for 2 open seats on the School Committee. Election day is April 3.

when? March 19th at 7:00pm
where? the library of Crocker Farm Elementary

Another opportunity:
The League of Women Voters will hold a Candidates’ Night for candidates running for town-wide offices.

where?  Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium
when?  Tuesday, Mar. 27.  Opportunity to meet the candidates informally from 7-7:30 pm followed by the program at 7:30 pm.

Contested seats:
School Committee (3 year term, 2 positions): Lawrence O'Brien, Irvin Rhodes, Amilcar Shabazz, Michael Aronson
Jones Library Trustee: (3 year term, 2 positions): Austin Sarat (unable to attend), Carol Gray, Tamson Ely; (1 year term, 1 position): Joyce Thatcher, Carl Erikson

Change in Snow Day Rescheduling: Friday, April 6

At the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Regional School Committee has voted to make-up the school closure of March 1st on April 6, Good Friday, rather than during the April break. As a result, the full April break will remain intact. Families are asked to adjust their calendars accordingly. Students who are absent for religious observations on April 6 should simply present a parent’s or guardian's note upon their return to school.

This is different than the original announced make-up date, so please check your calendars! 

Also, the School Committee has approved next year's calendar.  Click here to view the 2012-2103 calendar.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Get ready to run in the AEF Spring Sprint

Guitar and Ukelele lessons!

(not a school sponsored event)

Calling Club Leaders

Has your child enjoyed Wednesday Clubs this year?  We hope so!  We'd like to offer a Session 3, but at this time we only have 3 clubs and we're looking for more to round out our offerings.  If YOU can lead a club (Wednesdays Apr. 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9) please let us know RIGHT AWAY!  Contact & we'll share the details...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Election forum at CROCKER FARM

Come meet the people who are running for School Committee elections 

when? March 19th at 7:00pm 

where? the library of Crocker Farm Elementary

AEF run/sprint is just around the corner!

Candidates forum - in town at the middle school

The League of Women Voters of Amherst will hold a Candidates’ Night on Tuesday, Mar. 27 for candidates running for town-wide offices in the April 3 Amherst town election.  The forum will be held in the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium with an opportunity to meet the candidates informally from 7-7:30 pm followed by the program at 7:30 pm.
The forum will include candidates running for
Contested seats:
School Committee (3 year term, 2 positions): Lawrence O'Brien, Irvin Rhodes, Amilcar Shabazz, Michael Aronson
Jones Library Trustee: (3 year term, 2 positions): Austin Sarat (unable to attend), Carol Gray, Tamson Ely; (1 year term, 1 position): Joyce Thatcher, Carl Erikson

Community event...

Time to share the kudos and the constructive comments....

Monday, March 5, 2012

Art classes for the SPRING!

Spring offerings were posted today - these classes fill up FAST!  Taught by talented Emily Neuburger (a Crocker Parent)...sign up today!

ART at Whole Children

Join in a fantastic evening of art and food and help support Whole Children ... for more details visit:

Gathering for ALL Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Centennial Celebration!  All current and former Girl Scouts, cookie moms, and volunteers are invited to a Promise Circle this coming Sunday, March 11, at 2:45 pm on the Amherst Common.  A reception follows at Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave.

Crocker Java orders due Wednesday March 7!

Need another reason to smile in the morning? Crocker Java can help with that. Order some organic, fair trade coffee and help support our PGO. Whole bean or ground, decaf or not, hot cocoa and java drops are available. Order forms here, just fill it out, add your payment and get it to the office by Wednesday! Your coffee will come home to you next week!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

AEF Spring 5k Sprint

The Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) is excited to be registering runners/walkers for its 2nd Annual Spring Sprint, a 5K Run/Walk and a 1 mile Fun Run for kids. This year’s race is scheduled for May 5th, beginning and ending at Wildwood Elementary School. DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 2012 LOCATION: WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 71 STRONG ST., AMHERST, MA TIME: Registration: 8:00 AM All races start: 9:00 AM

Auditions for kids...