Sunday Scoop 02-10-19


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Expert Estimators!

Congratulations to Hillary, Sam, Carter, Jack and Salleah for their estimation skills as part of the Norton Children’s Fund “Guess the Number Challenge” that took place in the library during January. Heidi Xenophontos from the Norton Fund presented each of our winning estimators with a $25.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble. The Norton Children’s Fund sponsors a special contest each year at AES for the students and generously donates to children and families in need throughout the year. For more information about the Norton Children’s Fund, please contact Heidi at: 

Congratulations to Caitlin and Eliza who were this year’s AES award winners at the Connecticut Association of Schools Celebration of the Arts held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on Monday February 4th. Caitlin was recognized by Mr. Piros for music and Eliza was recognized by Mrs. Waine for her art. It was a very special evening for Caitlin, Eliza and their families. Congratulations!

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Believe or not, AES celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday and a few of our students dressed the part. It’s the earliest celebration of this milestone day in recent memory. Kylie, Hillary and Margaux got into the spirit of the day. Please note that Mrs. Gilbert doesn’t plan to age...

smiling teacher and childchildren dressed for 100 days of school

AES was treated to a visit from Dr. Norige yesterday. Dr. Norige is a local dentist who visited each grade level up to grade 5 delivering an entertaining message about dental hygiene and providing toothbrushes to our students. Special thanks to our school nurse, Karen Zito, for making the arrangements to have Dr. Norige visit our school. The students truly seemed to enjoy it. Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of the Scoop!

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What’s Happening in Tech Time?

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After their study of the rules of coding using, the students in grades 4-6 moved on to show their creative side using Scratch. Developed by students at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a program that allows students to program their own interactive stories using various animations and backgrounds. The ability to think creatively, reason systematically, and persevere are essential skills for our students. Scratch can easily be accessed for free at the following site:

Third grade students have been working to continue their use of the Google Suite and have learned how to create a survey using Google Forms. While working on being able to quickly sign into their Google accounts, students are also learning that one of their favorite features is that all their work is automatically saved for them.
Working with the Seesaw app on the iPads, the kindergarten through second graders are learning how to complete and submit “activities”. These activities are a wonderful feature in Seesaw as they allow the students to work independently on assignments their teachers can specifically assign to them. There are activities for all subject areas and the teacher can easily monitor student progress and receives a digital record of the student’s work.

PreK students have continued to get to know Dash the robot and how he can also be controlled using a puzzlet pad that the students place command tiles into. The students had to make predictions as to what they thought each tile would make Dash do. From giggling to acting like a car, Dash showed the students another way to program him. Students also used their observation skills while finding hidden objects on the Smartboard in a Highlights Hidden Picture.

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After working through challenges with the geoboards, kindergarteners through second graders are now starting to take those skills and create a piece of string art. The students are learning how to use a hammer and nails to create their string art projects. Half of Mrs. DelMastro’s 1st graders were the first group to complete their projects and they came out great! They will be on display at the upcoming art show.

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Third graders spent a Makerspace time working with straws and connectors to create three dimensional shapes by following a set of pictorial directions. The students had to work cooperatively and communicate their progress with each other to complete the designs in the time period given.

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In cooperation with their science unit on forces and motions, the third graders also studied inclined planes and experimented with how they could slow their rolling objects down using various materials on the inclined planes.

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Studying a set of plans and being able to interpret the representations has been the recent study for 4th graders. They first worked with straws and connectors and enjoyed the challenge of trying to be the first team to create the 3D star. Teams discovered that taking a few minutes to study the plans before beginning and working together yielded the fastest results. Their next challenge was to explore the K’nex kits and agree upon a design that they would be able to create in the time limit of their class. A pair of scissors, a hockey stick and even a seesaw were able to be created in the time limit.

 pretending to cut hairmaking stuffkids playingmaker space in library


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Fifth graders have been getting lost in mazes during their Makerspace time. After studying infinity tiles, they created templates for mazes being sure to include the necessary components. Becoming confident, safe users with the hot glue guns, the students then glued straws into trays to form a replica of their planned maze. Making modifications as needed, the students created mazes that can be solved by rolling a marble through on the right path. Be sure to come try out a maze at the Art show where they will be on display.

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3d artkids showing art work

6th Graders are finishing up their study of tessellations. After creating with paper, students used TinkerCad to create a computer-aided design of a tessellation that was then sent to the 3D printer. Here is a video showing one student's tessellation being printed: 

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart information was sent home with students last past week. If your child didn’t receive the information, please let me know and I will get it to them this week. Below is the schedule for when our events are taking place. Money can be returned on the day of your child’s event. ALL money needs to be in by March 15th to ensure all “thank you gifts” can be ordered and delivered in time. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Jump Rope for Heart Schedule
February 26th-March 1st

Tuesday, February 26th

February 27th
February 28th

March 1st

No events taking place

4th grade

3rd grade

1st and 2nd grade combined

6th grade

5th grade

No events taking place

Silver Sneaker Awards Winners for this Week

The two students who are receiving the Silver Sneaker Award for this week are Alyssa in Ms. Webber’s class and Benji in Mrs. Bech’s class.

Benji is receiving this award because he is very honest. Benji always tries to do the right thing and make good choices. He is kind to his classmates and makes honest decisions daily. He honestly cares about his classmates and his school and shows empathy to others when they are in need of help.

Alyssa is receiving this award because she has the ability to add a bright spot to your day if you need it. Her friendly smile and willingness to help out always seems to make others feel happier. She is also someone who is kind and shows empathy towards others if they need help with anything or just a friend to listen.

silver sneaker winners

Remember, our character word for February is Empathy. Empathy is defined as:

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Speech and Language Tidbits: See Mrs. Keedy's web-page to see what the SPEECH BANANA is all about! 

***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:

We will be hosting a Preschool Open House on Wednesday February 13th at 6:00 PM for all Andover families of children who will be turning 3 in 2019. Tell your neighbors!

Eco-Friendly Tip of the Week:

Try to cut out plastic: Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives. However, giving it up isn’t as difficult as you might think – bring a canvas bag with you when you go shopping, buy your fruit and veg loose and stop buying bottled water.

Reminders from the Office...

Parents, please contact the office directly, either by calling or email, if your child will be absent from school. Thank you.The annual Pasta Supper and Schoolwide Art Show will be taking place on Thursday February 21st in the school cafeteria and downstairs hallways from 4:45 until 6:30 PM. Mark your calendars for this very special evening!


Here are some pictures from this week: