Sunday, September 20, 2015

PGO letter to Crocker Farm families

The full letter including attachments & forms is here.  It will be going out in backpacks this coming week.  

September 2015
Dear Crocker Farm Families,

We hope you are all enjoying the beginning of fall, and that your children are now settling into their new classes. We are writing today to say hello, and to introduce ourselves.

All Crocker Farm families are automatically part of the Parent and Guardian Organization (PGO)
. The PGO’s mission is to enhance our children’s education and social experience at Crocker Farm by:* Planning events that bring us together as a school community
Sponsoring fundraisers to raise money for special school events, field trips, teacher mini-grants, and supplies for our school, and by
     * Finding ways to support and show our appreciation of our teachers and staff.

The PGO’s blog is a good source of information for the latest news on the PGO and school-related events. You can subscribe at to receive emails (usually 1-3 emails per week) containing the newest posts. The PGO is also on Facebook (Crocker-Farm-PGO). 

The PGO is always seeking volunteers to help us with our various activities throughout the year, and many of our events would not be possible without volunteer help. If you are interested in volunteering, please return the PGO volunteer form or email us at There are many ways to volunteer and even helping for just an hour or two can make a BIG difference.  We are currently especially looking for volunteers to serve as class parents. We are also still seeking additional members for the Crocker Farm PGO Board.

The PGO is currently hard at work producing this year’s student directory for families. If you have not yet returned the student directory form that went home in backpacks, please do so as soon as possible. If you would prefer, you can complete an online version of the directory form at the PGO blog, Many thanks to the families who have already returned their directory form! 

The PGO has regularly scheduled monthly coffees with the Crocker Farm principal, Derek Shea, and the assistant principal, Sharri Conklin.  All parents and guardians are welcome to attend.  These coffees are generally held on a Friday at the start of the school day. We plan to hold some evening coffees as well. The next PGO coffee is scheduled for Friday, October 9th, and special guests Assistant Superintendent Mike Morris and School Committee member Katherine Appy will attend and discuss the current Wildwood elementary school building study, the outcome of which could impact elementary students at all three Amherst elementary schools.  You can learn more on the district web site,

The PGO is holding a back-to-school evening potluck picnic for all school families on Friday, October 2nd.  More details coming soon.  We hope to see you there. 

Thank you. We look forward to a great year together.

2015-2016 Crocker Farm PGO Leadership Board
Tracy Zafian                                                            
Eva Fairchild 
Ginny Hamilton
Amanda Lawall
Alicia López