Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Statement by the town of Amherst

Although these JPEGs are small, their message is huge:

"The Amherst Police Department shall not inquire about the immigration status of any crime victim, witness, or suspect unless such information is directly relevant to the investigation.

Our preK-12 schools will continue to enroll and serve every child living in our district who chooses to attend our schools without regard to her or his immigration status.

The Town of Amherst is a welcoming community."

(Click on image to enlarge or visit the town's website here.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cub Scouts of America Open House

(Click on either image to enlarge.)

(Not a school-sponsored event.)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Looking for Something to do Over the Break?

The Child Learning and Development Lab of Amherst College is looking for kids ages 8-10 to participate in a fun, 30 minute research study exploring their understanding of luck. Check out the video at:

Kids earn a $5 gift card or a small prize for their participation.
Contact: or 413-542-5670 
Appointments are scheduled with family convenience in mind.

Studies take place on the Amherst College campus, where you will be provided with a reserved parking spot and access to the free Mead Art Museum
 following your participation in the study.

Art Museum Hours:
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 30, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

6th Annual Amherst College Baseball 2017 Winter Instructional Clinic

26th Annual Amherst College Baseball 2017 Winter Instructional Clinic

Dear Coaches,

We hope that you enjoyed the excitement of the MLB season and that you and your teams had successful seasons. This email is in regard to the 2017 Amherst College Baseball Winter Instructional Clinic. For the seventh straight year we have been able to keep the clinic fee constant to encourage attendance. Some of your players participated in last year’s winter clinic and we hope that you will forward this information to your team so that you have more participation this year.

The purpose of the instructional clinic is to provide an environment where participants develop their baseball skills while having fun. Players will participate in small groups and will be given individual attention and instruction by college coaches and college players.

The clinic will take place in Calvin Coolidge Cage at Amherst College. There will be sessions for two age groups. With the younger group (ages 9-13), we concentrate on basic techniques to help participants develop proper mechanics and to build their confidence. There will be competitive and fun games for the participants to use what they have learned and to challenge their skills.

With the older group (14-16), we concentrate on individual techniques and skills they will need to master in order to compete at the college level. We will teach techniques and drills that participants can practice at home or in small groups, as well as use in game situations.

Session 1 - Hitting Clinic

All Age Groups (ages 9 – 16): Monday, January 16 (6:30 – 8:15 p.m.)
* Clinic will be divided into two sections for age groups 9-13 & 14-16
Session 2 - Pitching & Positional Play (catching, infield, outfield)

All Age Groups (ages 9 – 16): Wednesday, January 18 (6:30 – 8:15 p.m.)
       * Clinic will be divided into two sections for age groups 9-13 & 14-16

Cost for attending one session: $60
Cost for attending two sessions: $110

To register for the clinic, please fill out and submit the online registration form that can be found at:

For questions, call: 413-542-2284

Information and clinic details will be sent to participants upon registration.

Vote CF Alum for Athlete of the Week on MassLive until Wed at 12 p.m.

Erin Klaes, a 2014 grad of Crocker Farm needs votes for Athlete of the Week on MassLive?

You can vote at:  
Vote each day until Wednesday, 12 p.m., on every device you have, including Ipods, Ipads, phones, etc...
           Thank you! 

Florence Bank Community Choice Grants: Get Out the Vote!

Dear Crocker Farm Families,

The PGOs of the ARPS PGO (CF, WW, ARMS, & ARHS) are campaigning together in the hope of getting at least the minimum 50 votes to earn money through the Florence Bank grants program. Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of his or her choice. 

The ARPS PGO is urging Florence Bank customers to consider voting for the "Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO," the name of our joint 501(c)3 organization.  

You can vote in the following ways:
1. Online: Visit to view the online voting site cast a vote online. Please note: The ARPS PGO does not appear among the list of organizations in the auto-complete dropdown menu on this website, but you can type in "Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO" in the organization box to vote for the PGOs.
2. Facebook: Visit, click on the Customers' Choice Community Grants tab to learn more about the program and cast your vote.
3. Paper Ballots: See attached templates. Ballots are available through the PGOs or at any Florence Bank location. 

Voting is open through Dec 31, 2016, but why wait. Please vote today.  

Thank you!

Teacher (Book) Wish Lists

Hello Crocker Farm Famiies,
Some of you inquired about the book wish lists the school library and (pre-K to 6th grade) teachers submitted for the Barnes & Noble fundraiser. Some of those lists have not been filled as yet. Here is a link to the lists (with the books that were bought crossed out) for you:
Thank you!

Amazon Smile Shopping to Benefit CF PGO!

Dear Families,

If you are buying gifts via Amazon this time of year, visit to help generate funds for the Crocker Farm PGO. Register at the site and select Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) as your charity. Once you do so, a percentage of each purchase will be donated to the ARPS PGO.

The ARPS PGO is a 501(c)3 organization consisting of the PGOs for Crocker Farm, Wildwood, Amherst Reg Middle School, & Amherst Reg High School. Any Amazon Smile proceeds will be shared among the PGOs.

Thanks for your support!

Crocker Farm PGO

Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement Award Nomination Deadline: Jan 6, 2017

The Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement Award applauds the contributions of a current teacher, administrator, or staff member (in the Amherst and/or Amherst-Pelham Regional school districts) who promotes the ideals of a just and respectful community built on compassionate relationships. Many teachers, administrators and staff who share these goals are acknowledged for their contributions. The RaDAR Committee will make the final selection of the recipient, and the award will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Jan. 14, 2017.

Past recipients include: Roger Wallace Jasmine Robinson Momodou Saar, Mary Custard ShariAbbot Rachel Coblyn, Liz Heygood, and Alicia Lopez, and Agnes Zsigmondi McCraven.

Who is Eligible for Award: Nominee must be a current employee of the Amherst and/or Amherst-Pelham Regional School District as a teacher, administrator or staff person. Nominations are welcome from any member of the community, especially students, parents, and school employees. 

1. Provide a statement of at least 1 page explaining why this candidate should be selected. The focus should be removing systematic privilege based on race and class in our schools. 
2. Email the statement to Pat Ononibaku ( 
3. In lieu of a written statement, you can call and share your reasons for nominating the candidate to Pat Ononibaku at 413-627-0043.

All nominations have to be received by JANUARY 6, 2017.
For more information, visit:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Two-Day Ski, Skate and Winter Gear Sale: Jan 6 & 7

Sell Your Outgrown or Lightly Used Winter Gear on Consignment to Support the Amherst Historical Society & the Crocker Farm PGO.

Clean out your garage and basements and earn extra money from your unwanted winter gear. The Historical Society will be accepting lightly used winter sports equipment to resell, either as donations or on consignment, during its 2-day ski, skate, and snowboard sale. Consignors earn 50% of all revenue from their sold items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Society’s partner in this event: the Crocker Farm Parent-Guardian Organization.

Consignments will be accepted only on Friday, Jan. 6, 4 to 6 p.m., at Crocker Farm School. The Society reserves the right to refuse any consigned or donated items not in usable condition. The 2-day ski, skate, and snowboard sale runs Friday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crocker Farm Elementary School. (280 West Street). The Winter Gear Sale features both new and used equipment at rock-bottom prices so that the entire family can afford to get the equipment they need. Experts will be on hand to help individuals buy just the right item and the right size.

The Amherst Historical Society reserves the right to refuse any consigned or donated items not in usable condition. You must pick up your money or unsold items after the sale ends on Saturday afternoon, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Any unclaimed items will be donated or discarded and uncollected funds will be considered a donation.

For information, contact Bonnie MacCracken at 413-256-6857 or at