Sunday Scoop 09-30-18

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Crazy Hair Day!

Friday was our first spirit day of the year, Crazy Hair and Hat Day! Students and staff got into the spirit as you will see by the pictures at the end of this memo.

Thursday night was Curriculum Night at AES and many families came out to visit the classrooms and learn about each grade level’s curriculum and expectations. Parents were also able to meet with our special area teachers, visit the new art room and see our brand new Makerspace. Our teachers did an excellent job of presenting their curriculum and expectations. If you were not able to attend, you will be able to find each presentation on our website in the near future.

curriculum night parentscurriculum night presentation

What's Happening in Music?

New Year, New Musician! The musician of the month for this September is Ludwig van Beethoven! Beethoven is best known as a prolific deaf composer who wrote perhaps the most motif in all of classical music (Dun Dun Dun, Dun...) in the opening of his 5th Symphony. He is also known for his groundbreaking use of a chorus at the end of his 9th Symphony; the vocal melody is what we know as the Ode to Joy.

Recently in Pre-K and Kindergarten, students have been exploring their singing voices as well as playing handheld percussion at a variety of tempos. Favorite songs have included, Paige’s Train and One Elephant Went Out To Play. First and second graders have been reviewing simple rhythm reading and using boomwhackers to read and play the Ode to Joy. Third through sixth grade have also been reviewing note reading in duple meter and have used their knowledge to compose; third and fourth graders worked in pairs to compose a 4 bar rhythmic composition (pictured below) while fifth and sixth grade are composing, notating, and performing in rhythmic compositions with three simultaneous parts.

students working on floor in music classstudents displaying music project

New this year in music, all 3rd-6th graders will be participating in one of two choruses (¾ and ⅚) during the school day! The two choruses rehearse on the stage on Monday afternoons either right after recess or right before dismissal. This is a big change for the choral music program at AES, but one that students are embracing.

Everyday begins with vocal warm-ups with include singing on solfege, the 1-2-1 scale exercise, or the silly Many Mumbling Mice diction exercise. After warm-ups, we work on what will be concert songs. Ask your kids what they are singing and ask them to sing for you!

Silver Sneaker Award Winners for this Week

Congratulations to Brian in Mr. Miller’s class and Mason in Mrs. Hebert’s class for receiving the award this week.

Brian is receiving this award for always trying to be safe and respectful. He demonstrates kindness to all. He consistently shows that he is a very responsible young fellow. For example, if he doesn't have the paper needed for homework, he will go out of his way to find a suitable replacement-instead of not getting his job done. Great job of being responsible, Brian!

Mason is receiving this award because he comes in every morning and does his work/job without being told. He cleans up after himself and helps others with clean up. He also goes beyond doing his daily homework and chooses to learn more by doing “extra homework”. Mason takes responsibility for himself when things don’t go his way and he learns from his mistakes by trying harder. I am very proud of his positive citizenship that he has shown in our class.
Mr. Piros noticed that Mason worked very well in groups these past two weeks, respecting differences of opinion between him and his group mates. Mason was also very responsible in helping clean up stray materials in the classroom yesterday. Way to go, Mason!

We will continue to look for students who are being responsible to receive the award next week, but starting on Monday, October 1st, our new word that we are focusing on is Effort. We will begin looking for students who are showing great effort, working hard, getting their work done, and showing effort in their daily work and relationships with peers, teachers, bus drivers, and all adults that work with them at AES.

students of the week


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

The Andover elementary school PTA will be presenting a discussion about school safety. The presentation will be offered in the library, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m. given by Resident State Trooper, Darrell Tetreault and school administrators. Some of the questions that will be discussed include:
● What are the measures our school has taken to keep our children safe?
● What are the different types of drills that are conducted at school and how are they carried out?
● What are some tips on how to talk to my child about school safety?

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 C.O.O.L. Program is offering a Full Day Program, 7:30am-5:30pm on Tuesday October 9th to AES children K-5, even if they are not currently enrolled in C.O.O.L. The cost of this one day program for non-COOL members is $50. Enrollment, health form and payment are required to register your child for this day. There are limited spaces available on a first come basis. Please email Amy at to initiate the process.

Some activities that will be offered are painting, playground, making slime and a volcano, board games, speedball in the gym, nature walk, building, making our own pretzels for snack, house of cards contest, and more.

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

Our Annual Flu Clinic will be held on October 5th from 3:15 - 5 PM at the AES library.

The Andover 5 mile lake race and kids free run will take place this coming Saturday October 6th.   Race proceeds will go to our PTA and other town organizations.  Volunteers are needed.  Please see attached flyer file for additional information.

Please complete your BLUE Pupil Data Sheets and return them to school if you haven’t done so already.

School Picture Retake Day is Wednesday November 7, 2018.  Coffee Pond Photography is offering picture scholarship packages for any family who is interested in a basic picture package free of charge.  If interested, please contact Mr. Briody at or 860-742-7339.  

Fire Safety and Bus Safety Day is Friday October 12, 2018

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, Please call or email Rosemary Crandall at 860-742-7339 or send an email to:  Rosemary Crandall.

We look forward to seeing everyone Monday!


 Here are some pictures from Crazy Hair and Hat Day: