Sunday Scoop 09-16-18

 Tuesday was picture day at AES and despite the cloudy and drizzly conditions, we were able to take our pictures outside.  Each year we take a staff photo on the steps of the original 1948 school entrance doors.  This year marks the 70th year of Andover Elementary School being situated on this property.  It’s such a beautiful site and we are extremely fortunate to be able to work in this incredible school!

     Third graders in Mrs. Beloin’s class are on their way to 182 picture books in one year!  Mrs. Beloin has set a personal goal to share at least one picture book per day for the entire school year.  On Friday afternoon, her students were treated toa reading of The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  Saturday marked the 10 anniversary of International Dot Day.  It’s a day when people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.   If you are not familiar with the story, click here for a link:

children on rug smiling

     Each week we will be sending the Sunday Scoop to all families and staff describing the previous week’s activities and providing you with a preview of upcoming events here at AES.  You will also find attachments and inserts related to school and community events.  If you would like to add or subtract an email address to our mailing list, Please call or email Rosemary Crandall at 860-742-7339 or Rosemary Crandall Email.

What's Happening in PE

September 2018

Students in grades 3-6 have started off the year practicing their fitness testing components.  Students in grade 4 and 6 will be tested later on this year on the 4 areas of fitness: PACER (strength and endurance running), Sit and reach (joint flexibility), Push-ups (upper body strength and endurance) and Curl-ups (abdominal strength and endurance).  Students in 3rd grade learn and practice the components so that they are ready for the testing beginning in 4th grade, while the 5th graders practice and work on improving on their scores from 4th grade and get ready for 6th grade. Requirements for each of the tests change as the students get older, and they also differ depending on their gender.  Students were given the opportunity to take home a paper that has their expected scores on it.  If they didn’t, and they or you would like one, just let me know.  Students are learning to set goals and are working to improve on their scores in each area from last year.  Students have been working really hard and I am very proud of their efforts, attitudes, and determination as we practice and learn about proper fitness.  I realize that this testing isn’t always easy, but having a positive attitude and practicing in school and at home will help a lot!  I am looking for students to try to improve their fitness levels and not just focus on “passing the test.”  

Students in the younger grades have been learning a lot about playing safely, following directions, sharing, taking turns, etc. while playing tag games, performing locomotor skills (skipping, galloping, walking, jumping, sliding, and running), using the bouncy balls and becoming comfortable with the expectations in the gymnasium that will keep us safe while learning.  We’ve also talked about and practiced some activities dealing with making sure that we include people in our recess games and not exclude anyone so that other kid’s feelings don’t get hurt.  The students really understand how that feels and why they shouldn’t leave others out.  

Pre-schoolers have learned about what PE class is like and how to listen, follow directions, raise their hand, play with others nicely, share equipment and clean up when they are done playing (it's a work in progress but we are improving with each class!)  We have danced to many songs that ask us to following simple directions such as, standing up and sitting down and also standing still like a statute before we finally get to jump, spin, and dance like a clown.  We are learning about our own space and how to play safely and to be careful of others.  We are having fun performing the “Walk and Run” song as our warm-up, playing with the bouncy balls and “freezing” their bodies and equipment when the whistle is blown.  We're getting there!    

It’s been a busy, but great start to the year here in the AES gymnasium!  If you have any questions or need anything, feel free to email me at anytime.  

Mr. Moynihan:

Silver Sneaker Award Winners for this Week

Congratulations to CJ in Mrs. Beloin’s class and Bethany in Mrs. Bech’s class for receiving the award this week.  

CJ is receiving the award for getting his school year off to a great start!   He is completing his work, making responsible choices in class, and following directions.  His teachers are so proud of him and want him to continue to work hard and be responsible in his classes.  Awesome job, CJ!  

Bethany is receiving the award for always helping her classmates and her teachers.  She does her work and follows directions which shows that she is being responsible and respectful.  Bethany also displayed being respectful by cleaning up someone's popcorn that fell on the floor without be asked to!!  Great job Bethany!  

Next week, adults in the school and on the buses, will once again nominate students who they see regularly showing examples of being respectful, being responsible, and making safe choices.  Have a great week and work hard!    

students of the week posing with teacher

From the Cafeteria

The Andover School Food Service offers an online service that will allow you to monitor your children’s meal time purchases.  Visit www.myschoolaccount to track what your child has been eating for the past 30 days, make deposits directly into their meal accounts through ACH payments, and have an email reminder sent to you when an account balance gets low.  Each child’s account will be updated nightly so that account balance information and payments will be current as of the following day. 

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Beth Pratt, Director of Food Services at 860-742-4535 or

From the Early Learning Center

The School Readiness Council is seeking preschool parent representatives.  This organization oversees and makes decisions regarding our Andover Elementary School Early Learning Center.  If you are interested in joining us once a month from 3:15-4:00, please inform your child's teacher or contact our school principal,  Mr. John Briody.

From the PTA

Welcome back families! We have another exciting new school year ahead of us and we are looking forward to it being a great one!  We would love your involvement and hope you consider joining the PTA. Please see the attached membership form and invitation to a dessert reception. If you have any questions, please contact us at Thank you! 

From the Cool Program

The COOL Morning Program runs on school days from 6:30 until 8:30 am and from 3:00 until 6:00 pm.  We accept Preschool through 6th grade students at AES.  Activities and art along with games and projects keep us busy.  Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.  If you might be interested in the COOL Program please contact us at:

Reminders from the Office

Please send all summer reading journals back into school this week so we can tally our reading totals.

All visitors need to enter through the Main entrance off the upper parking lot.

School Picture Day is Tuesday September 11

Curriculum Night is Thursday September 27 from 6:00 until 7:30 PM.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!