Saturday, September 29, 2012

Full family fun @ Andrew's Greenhouse

Help our schools get some trees

f this Permaculture video gets 10,000 views by Sunday Sept 30, then a donation will be made to UMASS Professor John Gerber and the UMASS Permaculture group to plant trees bearing edible fruits and nuts on all three Amherst Elementary Schools starting in October.   

New art in downtown Amherst

Good afternoon, everyone!

Come celebrate the newest piece of public art in Town!

The Youth Action Coalition has donated a beautiful exterior bench to The Jones Library.  There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony held during the Amherst Artwalk on Thursday, October 4, 2012; 5pm; at The Jones Library.

Come hear the youth artists talk about their work.

Friday, September 28, 2012


You know that collection of mismatched mugs from your local public radio station and the auto body shop and your alma mater and your favorite breakfast joint?  If they're just taking up valuable real estate in your kitchen cupboards, languishing away under a film of dust, please consider donating them to the PGO.  We'd happily use them at our monthly Coffees with the Co-Principals.

Drop off those unwanted mugs in the red box in the main office and we'll put them to use at our next coffee.

(Which, by the way, is on October 26th, 8:30-9:30
 in the Community Room, in case you're free.)


New LSSE fall offerings!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Woodbury Room grand opening celebration at the Jones Library!

Did you ever Sing With Your Baby in the Large Meeting Room in the lower level of the Jones?  What about participate in a craft project with your children?  If your child went through 2nd grade in an Amherst public school, he or she knows the Large Meeting Room from their visit with their class!

That room has recently undergone a beautiful renovation.  Thanks to the generosity of Natalie and Richard Woodbury, you can come see how it's changed.  Enjoy light refreshments and see old friends.

Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 9th, from 5-7.  We hope to see you there.

(Click on image to enlarge.)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Easy, Cost-Free Ways to Help the PGO Raise Money

The PGO's fundraising web page was recently updated.  Click on the link to see the various almost effortless and cost-free ways you can help the PGO earn funds for school activities and supplies.   If you have ideas to add, please let us know.

Thank you! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Coffee with the co-principals this Friday!

Have questions?  Want to meet other Crocker Farm families
or see some old familiar faces?

Coffee, baked goods, and lively talk.  
What more could you want on a Friday morning?

Tennis for kids anyone?


Mike Kolendo, President of Western, MA USTA and Secretary of the New England USTA board, is one of the Pros leading this program. He is a terrific Coach, and kids love him. He is by far one of the most experienced pros in the area, winning the Regional Pro of the year award for the USTA. He has revitalized the indoor courts just across the town line in Sunderland, at the Maple Ridge Community Center and received a grant to start a new USTA Juniors program at these tennis courts.

There are also Adult programs. Please look at the attached schedule and contact Mike if you have any questions.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


The Crocker Farm PGO will be publishing a student directory this school year and wants to include as many families and students as possible.  

For your family to be in the directory, you must submit the information you would like listed in it  (for privacy reasons, the PGO doesn't have access to the contact information already collected by the school). 

**** The directory form is now available online - click HERE to access it.   ****

Or  you can complete and return the directory form that comes home in your child's backpack.

Only one form should be submitted per family.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

What to do on Saturday morning.....

Is your car dirty? Are you looking for something to do on Saturday morning? Stop by the Chili's on Route 9 in Hadley, MA and let the youth who participate in Amherst Youth Football wash your car -- we promise it will be cleaner than when you arrived on the lot. Cost? $5 -- all additional donations gladly accepted. All proceeds benefit the fantastic group of kids (GIRLS and boys) who play Amherst Youth Football - go Hurricanes - catch them in action on Sunday at the High School Football field - Pee wees (3rd and 4th grade ) at Noon, Juniors (5th and 6th grade) at 1pm and Seniors (middle schoolers) at 2pm. Thanks - in advance - for your support and your well wishes!

Communicating with Crocker!

Want to email a teacher, counselor, librarian, nurse, or, hey, even a principal?  Click here for the Crocker Farm Staff Directory.

If you want to keep it old school, feel free to simply call at 362.1600 and you can be put through to anyone's extension.

Keep in touch!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Curriculum Night/Open House REMINDER!

Hope to see you tonight at Curriculum night/Open house -- we have some drawings for prizes from the PGO -- you just have to show up to win!!! See you at 6pm in the cafeteria/auditorium 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

International experience for you and your family

Dear Friend of Education,

I hope that this message finds you well. I am writing to you because of your influential affiliation with the Crocker Farm Elementary School Parent Guardian Organization. It is my sincerest hope that you will share the following paid humanitarian opportunity with your network.

November 10th – 13th 49 Japanese students from Hiroshima’s Kyoro High School will be visiting Amherst. People Link a non-profit organization that aims to foster global community and understanding through the cultural exchange of young academics, is currently recruiting paid hosts for these students.

It is my strong belief that the families of Crocker Farm Elementary School are ideal homestay candidates. The parents and guardians of Crocker Farm have the powerful ability to teach their children about open-mindedness and kind-hearted, humanitarian purpose by opening their home to a Japanese student. Additionally, the homestay experience is incredibly rewarding and paid. This is your organization’s opportunity to participate in a truly selfless act of good.

Are you interested in hosting a student? Do you know anyone who would be interested in being a host? Can you inform the Crocker Farm Elementary School Parent Guardian Organization of this unique, paid opportunity?  Please do not hesitate to contact me or to share my information with any potential homestay participants. Your help is essential. You have the profound chance to greatly affect the lives of these visiting Japanese students. Thank you for your attention. I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Margaret Johnson

Margaret Johnson
Homestay Family Recruiter
People Link NPO
206 755 9351

Monday, September 10, 2012

Welcome back picnic is CANCELLED

Due to the recent spread of equine virus by mosquitos -- we will have to cancel the Welcome Back picnic that was scheduled for Weds, September 12th.

See you all at Curriculum Night on the 19th of this Month -- look for childcare details in your child's backpack this week.

Thanks - PGO

Friday, September 7, 2012

Town Common Harvest Fest 2012

Amherst Block Party at the Jones Library!

Visit the Jones Library during the Amherst Block Party this Thursday, September 13!  All events are free and open to the public.  

Schedule of Library Events:

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM         Friends of the Jones Library BOOK SALE

6:00 PM                          Bedtime Tales and Tunes
Children’s Room

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM         Burnett Gallery Information Table
Front Lawn

6:30 PM                          Bedtime Tales and Tunes
Children’s Room

7:00 PM                          “A School for Wives & A School for Husbands”
Moliere’s play directed by Lexi Wight and
performed by Catalyst Stage
Front Lawn

Spanish classes for adults

Help us spread the word about our exciting Spanish class this Fall! 
Santiago Sampler: Study Spanish While Exploring the Camino de Santiago. 
From October 18 until November 29! Check out the description on the LSSE brochure,page 21!! Any questions, ask Alessandra Mucci-Ramos, guidance counselor ARHS

Enhance your Spanish proficiency, whether you’re a novice or an advanced speaker, with this multi-level, interactive class that will explore the rich history and culture of Spain's ancient pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago. Improve your language skills and practice conversational Spanish while you prepare for a future hike in northern Spain, or daydream about the possibility. Classes will include teacher presentations, and small group work with materials and students at your level as well as activities to practice key grammatical concepts and vocabulary. Students should have at least a basic knowledge of Spanish.  Ms. Northup-Bennett taught high school Spanish for 20 years, and has traveled extensively in Spain, including several trips on the Camino de Santiago. Ms. Mucci-Ramos lived in Venezuela and Ecuador many years and is currently a guidance counselor at ARHS. The two led the Amherst Regional High School Spanish Exchange for 3 years. Please contact instructors if you are concerned about your level of Spanish.
Join our class! 
Hope to hear from you,

Alessandra Mucci-Ramos 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Community Garden Update -- Come visit and take in the delights!

Arts offerings for kids!

Give your child the tools for a successful learning. Art programs strengthen your child attention and help to improve several academic areas and critical thinking. As Michael Posner, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, says  “ [having studied arts] not only did attention improve, but also generalized parts of intelligence related to fluid intelligence andIQ increased".

Multi-Arts program runs month-to-month:


Early arrival welcomed (3:30: games and snacks)

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst
Fee: $65 per month -choose Tuesday or Friday or $120 for both days

To register & save check our "Art Share" option (see offering description).

Info:  (413) 584-7951 or