Friday Memos

Spring Break!

       April vacation begins today and the AES community gathered together this afternoon to enjoy a performance of Aesop’s Fables presented by Mrs. DelMastro’s first graders and Mrs. Adanti’s sixth graders.  The play featured singing, dancing and storytelling.  It was wonderful to watch our sixth graders and first graders perform with one another, and it was the perfect way to begin our April Vacation.  Congratulations to all of our talented performers and kudos to Mrs. DelMastro, Ms. Hall and Mrs. Adanti! 

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Calling All Young Scientists!

Andover Elementary’s PTA sponsored the 20th Annual AES Science Fair on Thursday evening in the gymnasium.  Over 77 impressive projects were on display representing every grade level.  Students stood by their projects and described their work to families and friends as they traveled from one display to another.  There was a special hands-on activity table for all students conducted by Mad Science.  Thank you to the PTA Science Fair Committee and Susie Adams for their effort in making this an incredibly successful and well-attended event!  

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 Good Luck Juliet!

Juliet McShane will be representing AES in the Scripp’s State-wide Spelling Bee on Saturday morning.  Her classmates spelled out a good luck message as the entire school wished her well during our “Celebration Assembly” on Friday afternoon.

 

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The luck of the Irish?    

Little Lucky Leprechauns danced throughout the school on Friday.  Despite the many elaborate traps designed, created and set, they all came up empty.  Nevertheless, it was a fun and exciting day filled with a green and mischievous spirit.  Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo! 

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Go Huskies! 

AES showed their Husky spirit on Thursday in celebration of UConn Husky Day and in anticipation of March Madness.  We wish our men’s and women’s team much success in the coming weeks.  Mrs. Gilbert’s Kindergarten class is pictured above. Be sure to check out all of our spirit day photos at the end of this memo and on our website!

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Can you spell INTERMINABLENESS and CONSTABULARY???

Juliet McShane, a fourth grader in Mrs. Bech’s class, sure can!  Juliet and twenty-two other super spellers competed in our second annual AES Spelling Bee on Tuesday afternoon.  Tuesday’s Bee was the culminating event after a month of spelling bees held in classrooms and within grade levels.  The day started with a morning Spelling Bee involving first, second and third graders.  Five spellers from the morning session advanced to the afternoon Bee to join eighteen fourth, fifth and sixth graders on stage.  

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Is it Spring yet?  Is it really February?

This amazing weather has everyone thinking about spring!  Our students and staff loved being outside these last two days for recess.  It’s nice to be able to leave the heavy coats at home for a few days.  Let’s hope that the worst of winter is behind us as we move into March.  

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Happy Beach Day!

February Break is upon us and we celebrated with a mid-winter Beach Day.  Our break is short and sweet, but it’s still a four day weekend…  We hope you enjoy a little time off along with some warmer temperatures.  Be sure to check out the photos at the end of this memo!

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Snow Days!  After two months of winter and zero snow days, we’ve had three in the same week!  Let’s hope this is not a trend.  Summer vacation is only four months away… Mark your calendars and plan to join us this Wednesday, February 15th for dinner and some culture!  The AES 5th Grade and Art Department invite you to a Pasta Supper and School-Wide Art Show.  Dinner begins at 4:45 and continues until 6:30 PM.  Artwork from every AES student will be on display in the hallway outside the cafeteria.  Delicious food and desserts await you along with enticing raffle prizes.  All proceeds will be applied to the 5th grade field trip to Boston.  

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Bingo!  Tonight is Bingo Night in the AES Gymnasium.  Doors open at 5:30 and the games begin at 6:30 PM.  Pizza, snacks and drinks will be available for sale throughout the evening.  It promises to be a fun night for the entire family!

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Aha!  Andover Elementary School is the recipient of the 2016 Educational Alliance Grant through The Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program.  We were nominated for this grant by Randy Allen, manager of Andover’s Xtra Mart on Route 6.  The $500.00 grant is intended to be used for the maintenance and support of AES in the area of Math and/or Science.  We plan to utilize these funds to help pay for a Mobile Stem Lab experience for our 3rd and 5th grade students in March.  Thank you to Randy Allen and everyone at the Andover Xtra Mart!  

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Today is Inauguration Day in our country and our 45th President took the oath of office earlier this afternoon.   Presidential Inaugurations are always historic events, and many of our students had the opportunity to watch it live during their recess and lunch period today under the supervision of our Library Media Specialist, Melissa Loteczka.  We are hopeful that the next four years will bring peace and safety for all.

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Can you say triskaidekaphobia?

I knew you could…

Not only is it Friday the Thirteenth, it’s a full moon and it’s also Crazy Hair Day!  Lucky for us, we’re heading into a three day weekend so our students and staff can recover from the craziness and the stomach bug that has been going around.  We are making every effort to clean and sanitize all surfaces to avoid the spreading of germs.  Hopefully, everyone will be able to recover over the weekend.  Crazy Hair Day was an overwhelming success!  Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo!

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Happy New Year and Welcome Back!  We hope you had a nice holiday break and are settling into 2017.  We were happy to welcome our staff and students back on Tuesday for a short week made even shorter by today’s late opening.  It’s interesting how these late opening keep falling on Mondays and Fridays.  Our sixth grade students traveled to New York City yesterday and visited the United Nations, Tenement Museum and Rockefeller Center.  Here is their trip summary:

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Fa la la la la la!  Our winter concert moved into December and brought some mid-winter weather conditions, but it was cozy and warm inside.  The gymnasium was packed as the AES bands, chorus and recorders and soloists displayed their many talents for families and friends.  Special thanks to Mr. Piros, who directs all of our musical ensembles, and Jessica Calhoun, who accompanied our chorus on the piano, for a wonderful evening of music.  The students also performed for their classmates and AES staff earlier in the day as a dress-rehearsal for last night’s concert.  

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The AES PTA sponsored their annual Holiday Shopping Fair yesterday on the stage.  Many of our students visited the Fair and purchased gift items for their family members and pets.  The best part is that each gift is already wrapped and ready for the holiday.  Special thanks to Theresa Hixson, Dawn Kreidler and all of our volunteers for their efforts in making this event special for our students and families.  In addition to the Shopping fair, our students and staff "Stuffed a Bus" with non-perishable foods and gently used clothing.  All of these exciting events took place on Pajama Day here at AES!  It was a day filled with spirit and giving!

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The AES PTA sponsored their annual Holiday Pancake breakfast on Saturday morning.  Many of our families started their day with pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.  Sixth grade student elves helped out throughout the morning and families were excited to see Santa.  In addition to the delicious breakfast, there were raffles and a holiday craft table.  Special thanks to our PTA and all of our volunteers for making this a special morning.  Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo!

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Happy Thanksgiving Andover Families and Staff!

We celebrated Intergenerational Day today as we welcomed family members of all ages to AES.  This annual tradition takes place on the day before Thanksgiving when we invite extended family members to visit our school and classrooms for special presentations, games and activities.  Special thanks to our PTA for preparing refreshments for today’s guests and to our teachers for preparing engaging activities with their students.  Be sure to check out the gallery of pictures posted on our new website at www.andoverelementaryct.org.  

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Ready, set, LEGO!!  This Saturday the Andover Lego First (ALF) team will compete against other regional teams at Tolland High School.  We will arrive bright and early to prepare for our robot mission challenge, project presentation, and CORE values competition.  The team has been working hard since September to assemble our table models, program our robot to complete missions all around the Lego table, and researching a relationship between animals and humans that we believe needs to improve.  The team has become experts in robot programming and honey bees.  We found out all of the benefits that bees provide to humans and how we can help them in the challenges that they face.  We believe that we have come up with an ideal hive to promote bee wellness.  It’s been a crazy ride, but we’re ready!  Wish us luck!!

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Our school gathered this morning to recognize and celebrate the Veterans in our families and in the community.  We had 26 Veterans join us for a school-wide assembly that featured every grade level.  Our students read essays, sang songs, recited poems and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Each Veteran received cards, a booklet of essays and a flower.  Recently retired teacher, John Gasper, visited and spoked to the assembled group about his experiences in Vietnam.  It was a special and memorable day for everyone.   

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