Friday, February 28, 2014

Amherst League of Women Voters - Candidates Night

A post by the Crocker Farm PGO yesterday listed the wrong date for the candidates forum. 
Our apologies for the error.

Here is the correct information:

Amherst LWV Candidates Night
Tuesday, March 4, 7-9 pm
Place: Town Hall, Town Meeting Room, Amherst
Free and open to the public.

For Information: 413-253-0633 or

The Amherst Election Day is Tues, March 25th
Polls will be open 7 am to 8 pm.   
(not a school or PGO-sponsored event)

School Lunch menu for March

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of...

...mugs!  We want mugs!

If you have a couple of extra coffee (Or tea.  Or hot cocoa.  Or hot toddy.) mugs hanging around your cupboards that you never use, please oh please pass them on to us.  We use them at many of our events.

Send them in with your kid!  Drop them off yourself at the front office!  Foist them off onto unsuspecting PGO board members!

Better yet, just bring in your extra mugs when you come in to our coffee tomorrow with Vira Douangmany Cage.

Thanks for helping support your PGO, one coffee mug at a time.

Learn more about the 2 Amherst School Committee candidates

There are 2 candidates running for the one Amherst School Committee seat up for election on Tues, March 25th.

Both will be special guests at upcoming Crocker Farm PGO coffees:
Vira Douangmany: Fri, 2/28, 8:50 am
Katherine Appy: Fri, 3/14, 8:50 am

You can also learn more about them and their ideas for our schools at their web sites: 
Katherine Appy:
Vira Douangmany:

Both candidates will be appearing at next Tuesday's (March 4th) League of Women Voters Candidates Night at the Amherst Town Hall, 7 pm.  (link to event)

On election day, March 25th, polls are open 7am-8 pm.
The last day to register to vote (if you are not currently a registered voter) is Wed, March 5th.  You can register by visiting the Town Clerk's Office in Amherst Town Hall and completing a voter registration form in person, or by obtaining a mail-in voter registration form (link for more info).  

Shrek: the Musical at ARHS

ARHS production of Shrek: the Musical, March 6th-8th
Reserved seats: $15– adult; $10– seniors/students
Unreserved seats: $10– adult; $8– seniors/students
Tickets available at ARHS or through

Reduced price tickets for families receiving free/reduced lunch

available through the ARPS Family Center (413-362-1875).

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Safety Drill at Crocker Farm

February 26, 2014
Dear Crocker Farm Families,
The district and Crocker Farm take safety very seriously.  Our original safety drill that was scheduled for January was postponed and the make- up drill took place yesterday morning, Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  We reviewed both Lockdown and Shelter- in -Place procedures.  We worked collaboratively with our Central Office and the Amherst Police Department to make the drill as routine as possible.  We prepared the students ahead of time to assure them there was no cause for concern.  This drill allowed us to ensure a safe environment for all.  If you have any concerns or questions, please call 413-362-1600.
Dr. Michele Tesauro, Principal
Mr. Derek Shea, Assistant Principal

26 de febrero, 2014
Queridos Familiares de los alumnos de la escuela Crocker Farm,
El distrito y todos los maestros y administradores de la escuela Crocker Farm toman la seguridad de su hijo seriamente.  El ejercicio de seguridad que supuestamente se iba a realizar en enero lo hicimos ayer, a la mañana, el 25 de febrero, 2014.  Repasamos los dos niveles de seguridad “Lockdown” y “Shelter-in-place.”  “Lockdown” significa el nivel donde nos quedamos en cada clase y seguimos trabajando en las tareas diarias.  “Shelter-in-place” significa el nivel cuando cerramos las persianas de cada ventana, paramos de enseñar y tomamos posiciones quietas en cada clase.  Colaboramos con la oficina central y el departamento de la policía de Amherst para realizar que estas prácticas llegan a ser algo cotidiano. Platicamos con los niños antes de hacer las prácticas y explicamos que es importante practicar y prepararse para todo tipo de eventualidad.  Esta práctica de seguridad nos asegura que tendremos una escuela llena de alumnos y maestros preparados.  Si Usted tiene preguntas o desea platicar sobre este ejercicio de seguridad por favor llámenos: 413-362-1600.
Dr. Michele Tesauro, Directora de Crocker Farm
Señor Derek Shea, Asistente a la directora

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tickets for Wednesday's UMass Men's Basketball Game -- Fundraiser for the 6th Grade

Three tickets to Wednesday's UMass Men's Basketball game (7 pm) vs. the Rhode Island Rams are being sold as a fundraiser for Crocker Farm's 6th grade graduation and celebration, including the special end of year field trip.

The tickets are for GREAT seats just 5 rows off the floor, and the Men's Basketball team is having a GREAT season (currently 21-5).  

The tickets are being sold for $25/each OR BEST OFFER. Tickets must be picked up by 4 pm at Crocker Farm on Wed. 

 Please email Angela at if you’d like the tickets: 
 first come = first served.

Many thanks to our generous family who donated these fantastic seats!

Summer Camp Fair - March 1st @ the ARMS

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Crocker Farm & ARPS Events -- This week and upcoming

This Week @ Crocker Farm
Mon, 2/24: Deadline for dropping off Box Tops
Wed, 2/26: Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast -- PGO still seeking help with food

Wed, 2/26, 6 pm:  School Governance Council Meeting -- all are welcome
Fri, 2/28, 8:50 am:  PGO Coffee with the Principal & Special Guest Vira Douangmany,
       Amherst School Committee Candidate

This Week @ APRS:
 Tues, 2/25:  Amherst School Committee Mtg, 7 pm, ARHS (link to agenda)

Upcoming @ Crocker Farm   (Save the Date!)
Fri, 3/7, 6:30 pm:  PGO Movie Night
Fri, 3/14, 8:50 am:  PGO Coffee with Special Guest Katherine Appy,
        Amherst School Committee Member & Candidate
Fri, 3/28, 8:50 am:  PGO Coffee with the Principal & Special Guest
          Superintendent Maria Geryk


Update -- Last Day of School

From the ARPS web site

Last Day of School for 2013-2014

Currently the Amherst and Pelham elementary schools and the Amherst Regional Middle School have been closed a total of seven (7) days during the 2013-2014 school year, and Amherst Regional High School has been closed for eight (8). 

The last day of school is now Wednesday, June 25 for all schools except ARHS.  The last day for ARHS is Thursday, June 26.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Coffee with School Committee candidate this Friday

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Want more information on Vira before meeting her live and in-person?  Click here.

See you Friday!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast -- Food Needed

The PGO is seeking volunteers to provide food for our Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast next Wed, Feb 26th. 

Baked goods, entrés, fruit are all needed. Breakfast will be for 12-15 people, & food can be dropped off first thing in the morning. 

If you can help, please email the PGO at Thank you!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Free kids' concert at the Jones!

The Jones Library presents ROLIE POLIE GUACAMOLE. Saturday February 22 at 10:30 AM in the Woodbury Room, for ages 4 to 10 and their families.

A hip “kindie” band from Brooklyn, N.Y. Their interactive shows are a mix of funk, rock, and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active. Their latest album “Houses of the Moly” won a Parent’s Choice Silver Award.

Need a little music to keep you going until the concert?  Check this baby out. 

This program is supported by the Friends of the Jones Library System and the Amherst Cultural Council.

Jones Library Museum Passes can now be Reserved Online

You can now reserve Jones Library Museum Passes from home by visiting our website!  Go to and click on “Museum Passes” on the left of the screen under “Your Library Online.”  All you need is your library card number!

All passes must be picked up and dropped off at the Children’s Room desk.  Questions?  Call 413-259-3091 or email

Monday, February 10, 2014

Turn in Box Tops by This Friday -- Thanks!

Clipping & turning in Box Tops and Labels for Education is a easy way to help Crocker Farm. The school has earned $182 from Box Tops so far this year. Let's see how much more we can get!

Please collect & turn in your Box Tops by Friday, Feb 14th, so the PGO can submit them off over break.
List of Box Tops products:
List of Labels for Education products:

Thank you!!  

Multi-Arts Program for Feb Break -- Ages 4-13

 (not a school or PGO-sponsored event)

Art Classes with Teri Magner

Winter/Spring 2014
Drawing Lessons for 8-12 year olds

This 10-week series of drawing lessons aims to provide young artists with a variety of drawing techniques, from pencil shading to color and blending,  within a wide range of subjects.   It is an individualized series, with a goal of exploration and  experimentation for each student, at their own level and pace.

These group classes meet once per week, for an enjoyable and exhilarating hour and forty-five minutes,
on either Tuesday OR Wednesday, from 3:30-5:15pm,
 at:    Art Alive, 35 S. Pleasant St.,     Amherst

March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, & 29; May 6, 13                                                                                   
March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16 & 30; May 7, 14

Pre-registration has already begun.  Registrations will continue to be accepted on a first come/first serve basis.  For any questions, more information, a registration form, or to be placed on a waiting list when classes are full contact:

Teri Magner
P.O. Box 3043
Amherst, MA 01004
Teri Magner retired in 2013, after teaching art in the Amherst Schools for 37 years

                                     (This is not a school-sponsored event).

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Strings @ Amherst

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Not a school-sponsored event.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Free children's concert this Saturday

The Jones Library presents JOSE GONZALEZ and BANDA CRIOLLA, this Saturday February 15, at 10:30 AM in the Woodbury Room. For people ages 4 to 10 and their families. 

Come experience a Caribbean fiesta for kids including bilingual songs from the playground games of Latin children and new original songs.

This program is supported by the Friends of the Jones Library System and the Amherst Cultural Council.

Family Movie Night - Friday Feb 7th

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PGO Meeting this Friday


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