Sunday Scoop 11-04-18

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Harvest Festival Parade!     

Andover Elementary celebrated the Harvest Festival with a parade on Wednesday afternoon.  It was a picture perfect day for a parade and celebration.  Many families visited the classrooms after the parade and enjoyed refreshments.  Be sure to check out the photos at the end of this memo!

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 AES teachers welcomed all of our parents and guardians to parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday afternoon. Almost every family took advantage of the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher and learn about their progress both academically and socially after the first two months of school. If you were not able to schedule a conference last week or if you would like a follow-up conference, please contact the classroom teacher or Rosemary Crandall and we would be happy to schedule a visit.

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 was sent home with students this week and is attached to this memo.

From the AES Student Council

This past week, we held elections for 4th and 5th grade representatives to serve on the student council. In fifth grade, Mrs.Hopkins’ class the representative is Tate. In Mrs. Webber’s class, the representative is Audrey. In 4th grade, since there is only one clasroom, we chose 2 representatives, Rian and Shannon.

Also, beginning tomorrow (November 5th) we will be eliminating the straws in the 4-6 grade lunches because of what it does to the environment. Student Council members will be sharing their concerns for the environment with grade 4-6 students during their lunch period.

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What’s Happening in Tech Time

Students at AES are working hard to become safe, productive and creative technology consumers. Our preschool students have been learning how to code, going on adventures with an interactive character named Mo and utilizing drawing tools on the iPads. Using both Code-a-pillars and coding mice, students are learning how to program a series of commands and determine whether their coding worked. Students were mesmerized by a lovable monster character named Mo who took them on some interactive adventures. Operating with the iPad and an Apple TV hooked to the interactive SmartBoard, students drew items that Mo needed on a whiteboard and saw their drawings appear on the SmartBoard and become part of the storyline. This technology is an Osmo learning device and is a favorite with the students. Preschoolers have also been learning to properly use the iPads and have gained experience using the Starfall app and drawing on the Seesaw app. Tech time classes are usually ended with a quick game of, “If.... then.....” which helps develop the students’ computational thinking skills.

Kindergartners have been learning about using an iPad responsibly and how to submit their own work to the digital portfolio. They are working to use the camera, labeling features and drawing tools. Taking videos will be the next skill taught. This app is a great way for student progress to be documented as it provides many options when capturing students work.

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Working with the coding mice has become a favorite during Tech Time for the first graders. They enjoy creating tracks for the mice and then challenging themselves to code the mice to get the cheese at the end. The students are not always successful and have to troubleshoot and figure out where their program failed. First graders have also been active with the iPads as well and have learned how to use an app called Chatterkids. This app allows him to take a picture, add a movable mouth and then record a message. Students have had fun taking their own pictures and animating them as well as giving a voice to inanimate objects. It was certainly entertaining to hear what they thought the garbage can might say if it could talk!

Second graders have taken their work with the Chatterkids app to the next level by doing what they learned is called, “App Smashing”. After drawing a character of their own, they took a picture and animated it using the app features. They then save their work to the iPad and imported it into the Seesaw app. Taking work from one app and incorporating it into another is referred to as app smashing and requires students to follow a series of steps. This ability to combine the features of several apps, allows for greater creativity.

After learning about password responsibility, students in third and fourth grade were introduced to their Google accounts. Learning how to sign in and sign out are essential for the students as they begin their use of the Google Suite of learning apps. They have now had their first experience access their Google Classroom and answering a question posed by Mrs. Frazier in their virtual Tech Time classrooms. Students have also been introduced to their Typing Club accounts. This web-based learning site allows the students to improve their typing skills by guiding them from the basics of the home row keys to more advanced typing skills. Students may access their accounts from home and are encouraged to practice as proper typing skills are essential. Letters have been sent home detailing student account information.

In fifth grade, students are fluently working with the Google Suite for their classroom assignments. They have also been introduced to their Typing Club accounts and have started a Digital Citizenship unit focusing on their media balance. Recent discussion centered around the idea of making sure to create a balance when using technology and recognizing when and for how long they are in front of a screen. Using technology responsibly and safely will be the focus for November.

Ozobots are tiny robots that blend the physical and digital worlds while teaching students how to code. Six graders had their hands full as they worked to create programming paths for the robots using for different colored markers. The Ozobots follow the lines drawn and complete the commands programmed by the colored patterns. These little robots can also be programmed using a variety of other methods that will continue to challenge the six graders. Discussing the role of digital media in their lives was a recent topic that led to some interesting conversations by the students. The idea of how they interact with media on a daily basis was examined and how their feelings and the feelings of others are affected by this change in our culture was also discussed. Rules about the use of technology in their homes were compared and students looked at the relationship teens now have with technology.

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Silver Sneaker Award Winners for this Week

The two students that are receiving the award for this week are Rian in Mrs. Bech’s class and Olivia in Mrs. Hand’s class.

Rian is receiving this award because she is putting forth quality effort in all of her subjects. Mrs. Bech says that Rian loves to model math problems on the board which shows a lot of effort. She is also trying to be responsible, respectful, and safe on a daily basis. Go Rian!!

Olivia is receiving the award for her consistent efforts in the classroom to work hard, try new things, and to help others. Mrs. Hand said that Olivia is the first to clean up a mess that isn't hers, she offers to help younger students with a puzzle, a problem, their coats, etc. She watches out for younger students and tells an adult if someone is being unsafe. Mrs. Hand says that Olivia is like a tiny paraprofessional in a 4 year-old's body and she appreciates her help! What a great job Olivia!

Remember, November is the month of gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness to others. We will be looking for students in November to receive the award who are showing gratitude towards others.

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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:

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...

School will be in session on Tuesday November 6, Election Day.

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.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place on November 19-21 and will be open on Intergenerational Day.

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: