Sunday Scoop 12-23-18

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Fa la la la la!

Our last week of school before the holiday break featured lots of music! Tuesday morning started with a school-wide concert that included our third grade recorder players, our two new choral groups (¾ chorus and ⅚ chorus), our beginner band and our advanced band. Their performance served as a dress rehearsal for Tuesday evening’s Winter Concert. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends filled the gymnasium to capacity and enjoyed the beautiful music created by our AES students. It was a wonderful display of their musical talent. Thank you to Mr. Piros for all of his efforts in working with our students and thank you to Jessica Calhoun for her accompaniment!

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On Wednesday morning, we were treated to a visit from RHAM High School’s Select Chorus known as Encore. They performed several holiday songs for our students and answered questions from the audience. What a talented group!

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On our last day of school before the holiday break, we held our annual sing along in the gymnasium for all students and families. This year’s sing along was the best ever with so many enthusiastic singers in the house! It was the perfect way to begin our vacation. Special thanks to Mr. Piros for leading the singing and Mrs. Frazier for coordinating the technology.

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What’s Happening in TECH TIME

In December, we celebrated the “Hour of Code” during Tech Time as students learned about computer programming using blockly coding. Third graders began with a course showing them basics while 4th-6th graders worked on their skills while creating a dance party. Using the resources at, students were excited to learn how they could create code that enables them to make characters move and interact on their computers. These computer science skills directly correlate to the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards which were adopted by the Connecticut Department of Education in June 2018.
“Everyone in this country should learn how to program a computer... because it teaches you how to think.”
~Steve Jobs

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Students in PreK through 2nd grade have continued to gain independence using the iPads. PreK students recently worked with partners while accessing activities on the Starfall app. Learning to take turns and resist the urge to make all the choices when working with a partner is a challenge.

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Kindergarten and 1st grade students have learned how to complete activities in the Seesaw app. It is truly wonderful seeing the students gain confidence as they navigate the app independently and demonstrate their skills.
Also celebrating the ”Hour of Code”, 1st & 2nd graders were assessed on their ability to program the coding mice. Students were required to replicate a set maze for the mice to travel and then program it using the buttons on the top to travel from one end to the other. Students had to demonstrate each completed maze and were rewarded with a sticker for each completed task. The concentration required was intense and the students learned they sometimes had to troubleshoot when the mouse didn’t move as they thought it would.

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Looking for a fun website to visit? Check out this site that is a favorite this time of year: 

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From Grade 6

In Mrs. Adanti’s sixth grade, students have been secretly working on children’s books to give to their first grade buddies. Today, students were able to surprise their buddies with the finished product. Books were bound using the materials in our Makerspace. All the books taught the first graders a lesson about kindness and empathy. The students now have them to keep in their classroom library to enjoy for the rest of the year. Our school’s theme this month is generosity and the sixth graders certainly showcased this with their giving of books to their buddies after months of work.

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To all 6th grade Parents/Guardians: Please join us for an information session for the RHAM Middle School STEM and Inquiry Academy Program on January 7th at 6:30 pm (Snow date: January 8th) in the RHAM Middle School Library Media Center. All interested 6th grade parents/guardians and their children are invited.

Thank you, Andover PTA!

The students at AES are once again benefitting from the generosity of the Andover PTA. Through a grant program they established for teachers, materials were recently purchased that will benefit students. Mrs. Bech requested book bags that will be used to keep student books safe and organized. Mrs. Gilbert & Mrs. Bush were granted Magnatiles for their kindergarteners. Mrs. Frazier wished for Duplo blocks that will be used by the younger students in the Makerspace. A big THANKS to our PTA for their support of both teachers and students at AES.

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Speech and Language Tidbits

Mrs. Keedy has a new posting on her AES teacher page ( Related Services), with some FUN holiday/winterbreak speech and language activity suggestions to try at home over the vacation! So, scroll on down to Dec. 2018 posting!

***Help Wanted***

The library media center is looking for parent volunteers to come in on Mondays to help put books away. If you are available to help please email me at 

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

Registration for the 2019-20 school year will begin in February 2019.

From the AES PTA

Thank you to everyone who came to our AES PTA pancake breakfast. It was a wonderful fundraising event and a great way to get the community together.
If you attended the breakfast, would you please help us improve the event for future years by answering the below survey? Thank you! 

Reminders from the Office...

School will resume after the Holiday Break on Wednesday January 2nd at 8:30.

To all 6th grade Parents/Guardians: Please join us for an information session for the RHAM Middle School STEM and Inquiry Academy Program on January 7th at 6:30 pm (Snow date: January 8th) in the RHAM Middle School Library Media Center. All interested 6th grade parents/guardians and their children are invited.

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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Here are some pictures from this week: