Monday, September 30, 2013

Seeking Volunteer to Help with Chorus on Mondays

Ms. Z is looking for a volunteer(s) to help with chorus @ 11:20 on Monday mornings, for 15-20 minutes or so. Please get in touch with her if you're interested; her email address:

Crocker Farm PGO is on Facebook

"Crocker Farm PGO"  has 101 Facebook friends and we are hoping for more.
Here is the link too (just in case):

Please share the link with others who might be interested too.

Jones Library Family Adventures in Reading Program

See more of the library's activities for kids here:

(Not a school or PGO-sponsored activity). 

Jones Library Chess Club for Kids

See more of the library's activities for kids here:
(Not a school or PGO-sponsored event).

Friday, September 27, 2013

You can Receive Crocker Chronicles by Email

If you would like to receive the monthly Crocker Chronicles packet by email instead on paper, please send an email to Angela Mills, Crocker Farm secretary, at with the subject line "send as e-mail".    

You need to confirm this preference each school year,  Even if you got Crocker Chronicles last year by email, you need to contact Angela to get it by email again this year.

Class Parent Update: 4 Classes Still Need Class Parents

Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered as class parent.  We still have 4 classes left who need class parents.  These classes are: 
Ms. Mattone (2nd grade)
Ms. Robinson (3rd grade)
Mr. Hughes (3rd grade)
Ms. Harvey (6th grade)

If you would like to volunteer as a class parent for any of these classes, or want to know more before signing up, please contact Erica Boerman (, the PGO's class parent coordinator.  There will be a gathering for all class parents soon.  Stay tuned for more info. 

SEPAC Seeking a Crocker Farm Rep

The ARPS Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) is seeking a Crocker Farm parent/guardian to serve as SEPAC's Crocker Farm representative.   If you are interested in doing so, or finding out more information, please contact SEPAC through their web site:


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's fall in New England and that means...

(not a school-sponsored event.)

SEPAC meeting Thurs Sept 26th at 6:30 pm

The ARPS (SEPAC) Special Education Parent Advisory Council is holding a general meeting on Sept 26th, at 6:30 PM, at the Bangs Center in downtown Amherst.  From SEPAC, "The purpose of this meeting is to reach out to our community, learn from each other and gain strength from our mutual support. Please come for an evening, to hear others experiences and share your own story."

Web links for more information:   
9/26 meeting: 
SEPAC web site:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Events this Week -- Crocker Farm School & ARPS

Crocker Farm

Wednesday, 9/25:  1st Savings Makes Cents, 8:30 a.m., Crocker Farm lobby (link)

Thursday, 9/26:   1st PGO Meeting of the School Year, 6:30 p.m., cafeteria (link)

Tuesday, 9/24:  Joint Amherst, Pelham, and Regional School Committees Meeting,
                           7:30 p.m., HS library, will include a presentation on MCAS results  (link)
                           School committee meetings usually air live via Amherst Media (ch 15)

First PGO Meeting of the Year this Thurs 6:30 pm

Children are welcome. 

Savings Makes Cents Starts This Wednesday

Saving Makes "Cents", a student savings program through Florence Savings Bank, kicks off at Crocker Farm this Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in the front lobby.   If your child hasn't signed up yet, the sign-up form is available HERE.  (A parent/guardian's signature is required).  Signup forms will also be available on Wednesday.  New accounts can be opened with as little as $1. 

Crocker Java from Dean's Beans Now Available

Dean's Beans Crocker Java is now available in
 the Crocker Farm office.
$10/pound for regular coffee, $11/pound for decaf. A portion of each sale goes to support PGO activities and events for the Crocker Farm community.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Few Classes Still Need Class Parents

Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered to be class parents for this school year.   The PGO is still seeking class parents for a few classes, as listed below.   Parents, guardians, grandparents are welcome to sign up.  Each class parent works with their child's teacher to determine how best to help.

Class parents are still needed for:
Kindergarten:  MS. NEWCOMB
Second Grade:  MS.  MATTONE
Third Grade:  MR. HUGHES
Third Grade:  MS. ROBINSON
Fourth Grade: MS. MORIARTY
Fifth Grade:  MS.  GOODWIN-BROWN

If you are interested in serving as a class parent for one of the above classes, please email the PGO at, or leave us a note in the PGO mailbox in the Crocker Farm office.

If you are interested in volunteering at Crocker Farm but not being a class parent, there are lots of other ways you can help out;  many of the school's great events and activities would not be possible without volunteers.  To signup to help:
-- You can send in the volunteer form that went out to all families at the beginning of the school year if you have not already done so,
-- You can get another copy of the volunteer form HERE or in the Crocker Farm office, or
-- You can fill out the PGO's online version of the volunteer form HERE. 


Hampshire Young People's Chorus Open Rehearsals This Week

OPEN REHEARSALS – Hampshire Young People’s Chorus will hold open rehearsals this week for interested singers and their families.  

Junior Choir (grades 2-3) meets Tuesday, 9/24, 4:00-5:00
Chamber Singers (grades 6-9) meets Tuesday, 9/24, 5:30-7:00 
Concert Choir (grades 4-5) meets Wednesday, 9/25, 4:00-5:15
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant St., Amherst. 
For more information visit or call 253-7346.

Children's Art Classes offered by Marcia Wise

AGES 8 - 12
Small groups & Private classes

Exploration, Imagination, Visualization and Creative Play all interwoven with basic skills in drawing, painting, collage and much more. Classes meet with professional artist and art teacher, Marcia R Wise in her studio in Deerfield weekday afternoons. One and a half hour sessions, ongoing enrollment. Call or email now for more information!

(Not school or PGO-sponsored)

LSSE improv and theater classes with Becca Green-Van Horn

(Not school or PGO-sponsored)

LSSE children's art classes with Carolyn Toomey

(Not school or PGO-sponsored)

LSSE trip to Boston -- October 5th

(Not school or PGO-sponsored)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

UMass Youth Soccer Fun Day -- this Sun 9/22

UMASS Women's Soccer Game vs. Northeastern

Family Fun Day

Attention all Youth Soccer Groups!
Please wear your town or club gear!

Presented by: Supercuts SoccerFest

Date/Time: September 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Location: Rudd Field at UMass Amherst
Admission: Free

About the Event:
Join us on Sunday, September 22nd as the UMass Minutewomen Soccer Team takes on the Northeastern Huskies at Rudd Field! This is an important rivalry game for the Minutewomen and they need your support as Coach Ed Matz squares off against his former team. 

Family Fun Events for the kids will be taking place prior to, during, and following the game including:

- Free T-Shirt Giveaways
- Autographs
- Face Painting
- Hair Dying and Styling courtesy of Supercuts
- Half-time Entertainment
- Contests & Prizes

Be sure to RSVP and bring your family and friends. We are hoping to make this the highest attended game of the season!

See you there, Go UMass!

Check out our Facebook Event Page for the latest information:

UMass Sports Management

-- Not a school sponsored event --

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Back to School Picnic Wednesday - starts at 5 pm

Bring your own dinner or get pizza from the PGO for $1/slice. 
Families are asked to bring a dessert to share.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Two volunteers needed!

We only need two volunteers for our Savings Makes Cents program.  Will you help out?

Savings Makes Cents is a partnership between Crocker Farm and the Florence Savings Bank, helping to teach our children basic monetary concepts.  A FSB representative and a Crocker Farm parent (or grandparent!  Or guardian!) staff the table in the Crocker Farm lobby each Wednesday from 8:30 until 8:50.  Students come to you with their weekly bank deposits and you collect them in one blue pouch.  It’s as simple as that. 

You get to know students by name, chat with them while you’re collecting their deposits, and give out stickers.  Win-win!  At the end of the morning, you bring the deposits to any Florence Savings Bank close to you. 

Interested?  Shoot us an email!  Want more information?  Click here.