Sunday Scoop 11-18-18


Makerspace Materializing!

The new AES Makerspace now features beautifully creative letters identifying this interactive corner of the library. Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Frazier, Ms. Waine and all of our 6th grade students, these letters have been individually designed to incorporate many of the materials that students will have access to when they are creating projects that further enhance and extend their work in the classroom. Grades K-3 will have the opportunity to visit and create in the Makerspace beginning in January.

The AES Student Council presented their plans for the year to the Andover Board of Education at their November meeting on Wednesday night. This year’s Council is emphasizing conservation of resources and healthy eating. They presented each board member with a green salad that was grown in their classrooms using the Garden Tower that last year’s Council purchased (See photo below).

garden towerstudents with food from tower

What's Happening in Art

In preschool, students read the book Autumn Leaves Are Falling by Maria Fleming. Then, students made painted prints of real leaves and collaged them together with acorns and sticks to make a “leaf man.” Preschool students also looked at the work of the artist Seurat and learned how artists can use dots or points to create a work of art. Students created fall corn collages using dots of paint for corn cobs and triangle papers for corn husks.

fall leaf artcorn on the cob art

Kindergarten students read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl. Then, students created moveable caterpillar puppets and apple puppets with paper plates and a yarn weave. Next, students read the book Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall and used fall leaves to create leaf rubbings with crayons in warm colors. These were then painted on top of with cool colored tempera as a crayon resist. Kindergarteners are also finishing up an exploration on color bleeding by creating tissue paper leaves with oil pastel veins.

grade K artleaf grade k artfall art

In first grade, students finished their turtle color wheels based on Eric Carle’s book The Foolish Tortoise. Next, students learned about line and pattern by watching Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider and created a spider web using crayon, paint, and construction paper. First graders are now working on paintings of something they are thankful for to celebrate November as the month of gratitude.

turtle color wheelbusy spider art

Second graders are also exploring warm and cool colors. They created a drawing with a warm color sun and a cool color moon using markers and crayons. Next, students discussed the work of Henry Matisse and are creating a painting of a room with a view.

sun and moon artsun and moon art photo

In third grade, students finished their Pablo Picasso style portraits. Students are now exploring how to draw realistic bodies in motion by discussing the work of the artist Edgar Degas, proportions, and sketches of their peers in action poses. Students will use their sketches to create a final chalk pastel drawing of bodies in motion.

3rd grade pablo picassothird grade pablo picasso

Fourth graders are finishing their Heri Rousseau style jungle paintings. Next, students will discuss and explore the work of the artist Romare Bearden and create a collage based on the theme of “my hometown.” If you have any magazines you would like to donate please send them into school with your child.

4th grade art

In fifth grade students are finishing up their Arcimboldo style self-portraits using their own silhouette and ten or more objects that symbolize themselves. Students have also started working on posters for a fire prevention contest.

fifth grade self portrait5th grade self portraitfire prevention poster contest

Sixth graders finished their collaborative assembled sculpture letters. These letters spelled out the word MakerSpace and are now hanging up the library above our new MakerSpace! Next, students discussed the surreal work of the artists Magritte and Dali. As a class, we played a surrealism game called the exquisite corpse to create surreal creatures. Now, students are working on their own surreal collages using magazines. If you have any magazines you would like to donate please send them into school with your child.

students working on letter artworking on letter artsurreal art

Silver Sneaker Award Winners for this Week

The two students who are receiving the award for this week are Aedan in Mrs. Morrell’s Preschool class and Kylie in Mrs. Paquette’s class.

Mrs. Morrell says that Aedan continuously finds ways to show gratitude and kindness to everyone. This week we learned that gratitude also includes showing kindness to others. Aedan will often give up his toys for others to play with or will move to give a friend a seat. Aedan has been continuing to show last month's word too - effort. He tries very hard to follow rules and directions and make good choices with his behavior. We are all grateful to have a student like Aedan in preschool!

Mrs. Cariboni and many others say that Kylie has such an amazing and positive attitude at all times. She always has a smile on her face, and she is willing to try any task she is given. Kylie puts forth 100% effort in everything that she does, even when something is a challenge. Kylie never gives up, but asks for help when she needs it and keeps working to succeed. On top of her strong effort, Kylie also has a very kind heart. She works well with everyone, treats everyone with respect, and always helps others when they are sad or having a rough time. Kylie is a terrific friend to everyone in her class, and she is a joy to work with. Kylie is a great role model of a student who is respectful, kind, and responsible. Great work Kylie!

gratitude sign

 students of the week

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.
There will not be a Silver Sneaker recipient next week due to the short and busy week. We will pick our final November student on November 30th before moving into our next month’s character word which is Generosity.


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 AES PTA

Hello Andover Elementary School Families!
The fall is flying by almost as fast as the leaves are falling! We have many exciting events and activities taking place.

Be sure to keep a lookout for the flyer and order form for our SCRIP GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER- an easy way to help our school earn money while purchasing gift cards for places you already shop at or give as gifts during the holiday season! Get started with the attached electronic flyer and order form!

We are excited for our annual SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR taking place:
Monday, 11/19 (9am-7:30pm), Tuesday, 11/20 (9am-7:30pm) & Wednesday, 11/21 (9am-1pm)
We are always looking for volunteers for the book fair! If you are able and would like to help out, please contact Kelli McCarthy at 

Next Wednesday, 11/21/18, is Intergenerational Day! It is a wonderful morning for families to come together! Each year the PTA hosts a breakfast in the school cafeteria for family members. Please be sure to stop in and say hello! We hope to see you there!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 8, 2018, is our annual Holiday Breakfast from 8-11am. Families can meet Santa from 8-9, shop the holiday shop, and make some holiday crafts. Flyers will be sent home soon.

Finally, the PTA would like to wish all our AES families a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend!

From the COOL Program:

Andover Recreation Commission, ALPOA (Andover Lake), and COOL (the after-school program at AES), are working together to build a summer camp program for children in Andover. Although the program is just in the idea stage, thoughts include; time at the lake (including swim lessons), hiking, gardening, sports, arts and crafts, science exploration, games, nature exploration, etc. We are looking to see what the interest in such a program would be.  There is a survey for families attached:  Andover Summer Camp Survey

Weekly Eco-Friendly Tip

Each week we will be presenting an eco-friendly tip to all of our families:

Make use of natural light as much as possible.

Rather than relying on artificial light and conserving energy, seek to make the most of external lighting. Natural light provides a bright, warm ambiance and also provides natural heat into the home. Look into development options within the home that will allow for good natural light solutions, such as Velux windows, skylights and shutters.

Reminders from the Office...

Pre K arrival and dismissal will take place in the cafeteria on Monday through Wednesday next week due to the Book Fair being in the library.

Yankee Candle Pick-ups are Tuesday from 5:30 until 7:00 PM on the stage.

The Andover Recreation Commission, ALPOA (Andover Lake), and the COOL program are working together to build a summer day camp in Andover using several resources in our town. Please complete the survey so that we are aware of the needs of young families in town, and what you may be interested in participating in. 

Intergenerational Day will take place on Wednesday November 21, 2018 from 9:00 until 10:30 AM. All parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings are welcome. Please enter through the cafeteria doors beginning at 9:00 AM. Classroom visits will take place from 9:30 until 10:30 AM. School dismisses at 1:00 PM on Wednesday.

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.

The AES PTA Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shopping Fair will take place on Saturday December 8th from 8:00 until 11:00 AM in the cafeteria and Art Room.

Our annual Stuff the Cruiser and Stuff a Bus will both take place on Wednesday December 12, 2018. We will be sending home flyers to describe each of these giving opportunities.

Our next spirit day will be Pajama Day on December 14 to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Stay tuned for more details!

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

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!