Sunday Scoop 10-28-18

pink out color war

Pink Out and Color Wars!

AES students and staff showed amazing spirit on Thursday and Friday this week by wearing their colors in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday and in support of their grade level on Friday for our annual Color Wars!The above picture was taken at the beginning of our assembly celebrating Respect, Responsibility, Safety and Effort on Thursday. During the assembly, we recognized all of our summer readers who demonstrated responsibility and effort by reading over the summer. Thanks to their hard work, we surpassed our summer reading goal and we all celebrated with an ice cream party on Friday afternoon. The assembly featured our fifth and sixth grade students who made posters, wrote poems and acted in a video presentation about what it means to be respectful, responsible, safe and show good effort at AES. Special thanks to Mrs. Frazier who directed and produced our video.

pink out studentsstudents holding postersstudents reading poems

Be sure to check out all of the fun photos from this week at the end of the Sunday Scoop!

As part of our monthly character development program, we recognize students who have demonstrated each month’s theme by inviting them to lunch with the principal. On Thursday, eighteen students from Kindergarten through grade six were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating outstanding effort during the month of October and ate lunch in the conference room with Mr. Briody. Here is a picture of the K-3 students:

students eating with MrBriody

Our annual Harvest Festival Parade is scheduled for Wednesday October 31st at 2:00 PM for grades K-6. Pre K students will follow a different schedule of events on this day. The Pre K schedule will be sent to all Pre K families. Students will have the opportunity to dress in costume and join a school-wide parade. Any students who are not interested in participating will be provided with alternative activities by our Special Area teachers. Students may not wear masks and they must put their costumes on over their clothing. All parent visitors will be required to sign in and wear a visitor badge if they plan to visit the classrooms after the parade. Parent entry and sign-in will take place in the cafeteria.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Thursday and Friday this week. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM on both days. If you have not set up a conference yet, please call the office to reserve your time at 860-742-7339.

AES will be honoring all Veterans with a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday November 9th from 9:00 unto 10:00 AM. All local Veterans are invited to this assembly to be recognized. An invitation will be sent home with students this week.

From the Sixth Grade

Students in sixth grade have been learning about government systems and the United States. They had to research the current candidates in our own upcoming gubernatorial race and were treated to a mock election held Friday in school. Two of the town’s registrars came in and brought a ballet box! Students learned about the voting process in town prior to casting their own ballots. Sixth grade had Bob Stefanowski leading Ned Lamont by a narrow 2 vote victory. The registrars explained that if the election is that close come November 6th, they will have to do a recount. Students are excited to see if their vote mirrors Connecticut’s. Having the ability to practice voting is important for the current question students are working to answer in social studies: What does it mean to be a citizen?

6th graders learning about votingvoting machine

From the AES Student Council

In student council, we are going to start eliminating straws in the fourth through sixth grade lunch wave. We will most likely start to do this in the beginning of November. We wanted to do this because we want to make our global footprint smaller. Straws have been a big problem, being harmful to many animals, polluting oceans, and they really aren’t needed.

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What’s Happening in PE...

Things have been very busy over the last few weeks in the AES gymnasium. Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades have been practicing their fitness testing and students in 4th and 6th grades have been working to complete their Connecticut Physical Fitness tests. Students in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10 are required to participate in these tests (PACER Run or One Mile Run, Push-ups, Curl-ups, and the Sit and Reach) and their results are submitted to the state to see the students health and fitness level. Students in 3rd and 5th grade go through the testing practice to see how they are doing and we are making sure they know how to correctly perform the tests. 5th graders look at what they did as 4th graders and work to improve on those scores to get ready for 6th grade. These students are also doing station work when they are not working on fitness testing practice They will continue to practice those skills, and other equipment will be brought out to provide the students with new experiences and opportunities to show creativity and learn something new.

girl sit and reach testsit up fitness testpush up fitness testboy doing pushupsit up fitness test up

Students in 4th and 6th grade have the choice in what order they would like to perform their tests (after we all do the PACER on the same day). Students can decide when they are ready and in what order they’d prefer to do the tests in. It teaches the students to be accountable and responsible while also giving them a choice in their learning. Sometimes students like to practice for a loooooooooooooog time so I have to remind them that they are ready and to be confident and to believe in themselves.
Below is a link to the AES PE page that has the CD cadences for the students to practice these tests at home. The video demonstrations are giving me a hard time but we are working on getting them up and running in the near future. For now, have your child show you and demonstrate how to perform and practice each test! Students in grades 4 and 6 will have their scores shared with them using Google drive (some have already), and I can also print one out for them to bring home when they complete all the tests. Please ask your child to share their testing results with you when they get them and please let me know if you have any questions. 

Our youngest students have been learning and practicing their locomotor skills during our warm-ups to a song called, “Movin to Music.” The students move around the outside line of the gym practicing their skipping, galloping, walking, jumping, sliding, and running. The students have done a great job with learning these movements and it has just become part of our warm-up routine each class. We’ve also done a lot of work using scooters to work on our cardiovascular fitness and endurance and the students recently learned how to ride on our roller racers. Other pieces have come out this year to work on basic skills such as tossing and catching using scarves. The year is off to a great start!

students dancing with scarves

Pre school students have been following directions to a song called, “Run and Walk” along with other favorites such as, “Statue”, and “Stand up, Sit down.” Students have practiced some throwing using yarn balls in a game called, “Messy Backyard” and continue to work on sharing and taking turns, cleaning up, following directions, and making good choices in class while using equipment. Students in Preschool have also had a chance to learn how to ride our scooters safely and we have recently just started learning how to try the roller racers which some of them are finding to be much more challenging. From the pictures below, it looks like they are having fun while learning something new even though it's challenging!

preschoolerspreschoolers in gympreschooler on scooter

As always, all things AES PE can be found by visiting the site below and any questions and/or comments can be emailed to me at: 


Silver Sneaker Award Winners for this Week

This week the two students receiving the Silver Sneaker awards are Summer in Mrs. Hebert’s class and Kylie in Mrs. Gilbert’s class.

Summer is receiving the award this week because Mrs. Hebert has noticed that Summer has recently taken it upon herself to show above and beyond effort and responsibility. Summer finished some work on her own that she had missed when she was absent one day this week. Summer challenges herself to do more than is expected. She strives to give 100 % of her time and effort into being the best she can be. I am very proud of Summer's attitude and actions towards being a model student. Good job Summer!

Kylie is receiving the award this week for being a student that her teachers can always count on to participate and try her hardest. She's always willing to take a chance and always completes her work. Kylie is a very responsible and respectful student who shows good effort in all of her work. Kyle is also a good role model for her peers by focusing on the teacher, listening to directions, and setting a good example for others! Great job, Kylie!

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  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: Preschool Openings!

There are still a few preschool openings at Andover Elementary School's Early Learning Center for the 2018-19 school year. Andover's preschool program is full-day. Before and after-school care is available.
Children who will be age 3 on or before Dec. 31 are eligible to attend. AELC is currently looking for families who meet School Readiness Criteria and who qualify for reduced tuition payments. Families do not need to be Andover residents to be considered.
Contact the school office at 860-742-7339 for more information or to obtain a registration packet, or download one at: 

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. If you have any questions, please contact us at . Thank you!

From the COOL Program:
The COOL 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...

The annual Harvest Festival Parade will be taking place on Wednesday October 31 at 2:00 PM. Families are welcome to join us for the parade and classroom celebrations.

School will be dismissing at 1:00 PM on Thursday and Friday November 1 and 2 for Parent Teacher Conferences. Be sure to sign up for a conference!

Our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly will take place on Friday November 9th at 9:00 AM.

Intergenerational Day will take place on Wednesday November 21, 2018 from 9:00 until 10:30 AM.

Fall temperatures have arrived. Please make sure that your son or daughter has a warmer jacket or sweatshirt for outdoor recess.

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.

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 Email.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

Here are some pictures from this week: