Sunday Scoop 03-10-19

Spectacular Speller!

Juliet McShane competed in the Connecticut Spelling Bee at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford on Saturday for the third straight year and finished tied for third after 14 rounds. She successfully spelled impetuous, alchemy, escargot, ingenue, schnecke and gatherum as she showcased her amazing spelling skills. We are all incredibly proud of Juliet and her accomplishments. Congratulations Juliet!

book tasting

Third Graders in Mrs.Beloin’s class took part in book tasting event on Thursday. Their classroom was converted into “Starbooks” - with green paper covered the desks and tables while jazz music played in the background. Students traveled around the room “tasting” different books to see which books they would like to continue to read. Her students spent a few minutes reading the book, and then rated it based upon the number of stars they colored in on their book tasting menus. Students colored in one star if they were a little interested in the book, and three stars if they couldn’t wait to read more. The book tasting event exposed students to various genres of books and series that many of her students were not familiar with. Some of the three star rated books included: Dash by Kirby Larson, What Was Pompeii? by Jim O’Connor, and Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

smiling children with books

Third graders in Mrs.Beloin's class enjoyed being guest readers for our Dr.Seuss Spirit Week. Mason Botti, Braelyn Young, Angela Sykes, Allister Weathers, and Kyle Landry volunteered to read the assigned book to the class. Students practiced reading the books at home before it was their special day.

What’s Happening in the Library Media Center?


Preschoolers will begin learning about weather in the upcoming weeks in their classrooms. To help introduce them to the topic we read Eric Carle’s Little Cloud. Students made their own Little Cloud by forming cotton balls into various shaped clouds. Some of their shapes were dinosaurs, butterflies, and whales.

One of my goals for third grade is to begin teaching them to become independent library users. This involves helping them to understand call numbers, how to find books on their own from the shelves, and using our online search catalog. Students were using Destiny to find their favorite books like Land of Stories, LEGO, and I Survived.


Fifth graders have been writing research papers in Writer’s Workshop. This week they learned how to make bibliographies using the website, EasyBib. It’s a great tool to help students format their sources quickly and correctly for bibliographies.

Sixth graders will be finishing up their Black History Projects soon. Part of the assignment is to present information to the class about an influential African American. To help them share their learning, students learned about Prezi and how to use features of Prezi to build their presentations.

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The Marlborough Art Center 2019 Student Art Show

The opening reception for AES is Sunday, March 3, from 1-4 pm. Other schools participating are: RHAM Middle and High, Marlborough Elementary, Hebron Elementary, and Gilead Hill. It is an impressive collection of art in a very pleasing venue. We hope to see you there!

Additional dates to view the show are:
Saturday, March 16, from 1-4pm
Sunday, March 17, from 1-4pm

As part of our annual Read Across America celebration, we are hosting our annual book drive to benefit Read to Grow. This company collects books to donate to children that are not fortunate enough to have books of their own in their homes. Through our book drive, we help give children the gift of books and the promise of literacy. This book drive will take place through March 22nd. We strongly encourage you to look through your home for gently used books that can be donated to this cause. Any books that are in good condition can be donated, but please no encyclopedias. The books can be sent to school with students and be placed in our book drive bin located in the main lobby of the school. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy cause.

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Have you heard about the Momo Challenge? Are you concerned? Want to learn more?
Check out this link for an informational document: 

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Join us for a Be Internet Awesome family workshop!
You’ll learn about how to be safe and smart online.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Andover Elementary School
6:30-8:00 pm

***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 Student Council:

In student council we have been working on many things, including a plastic bag drive. The plastic bag drive will end March 15th. All you need to do is bring in your plastic bags and put them in the green box, in the main office. You may be wondering why we want plastic bags. Well, one of our members saw this video where plastic bags were used to make mats for homeless people by cutting them up and crocheting them into a 3’ by 6’ mat, and we decided that we could have the senior citizens who know how to crochet, help crochet and we cut up all the plastic bags. Please help us reach our goal. Every bag counts!

From the Early Learning Center:

Pre K registration is underway for the 2019-20 school year. Andover children who will turn 3 years old before December 31,2019 are eligible. Tell your neighbors!

From the AES PTA:

The Andover PTA 222nd Annual Andover Elementary School Science Fair will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 6-7:15 in the AES Gymnasium. This year this will include projects from the entire 5th & 6th grade and a Mad Science Discovery Center table. Use your scientific curiosity to research a topic, conduct an experiment, or design and build a display. Projects can be as simple or as complex as you wish, the important thing is to participate! Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Entry forms are due by 3/29/19. If you are not sure what your topic will be, but want to participate, just submit a form and leave the topic blank.
Students from ALL grades are invited to participate. Do your own project, or one with partners, or both.
For more information please contact Lori Blake ( or Marienella Chalfant (

The Annual PTA Andover Elementary School Talent Show is coming soon! We are looking for a variety of acts which may include: singing, dancing, magic, playing an instrument, ventriloquists, skits, comedy, poetry, recitation, juggling, hula-hooping or any other special talent your child may have!

Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 26th after school on the stage.
Permission forms will be sent home shortly and are due March 20th. Extra forms are attached to this memo. If you have any questions please contact Paula King at: or 860-209-1279.

Eco-Friendly Tip of the Week:

Ditch the coffee stirrer.
According to 50 Ways to Help, Americans toss 138 billion straws and stirrers yearly. A clever alternative: Put your sugar and milk in first, and then pour in the coffee— this should make it well mixed. Determined to stir your brewed-at-home coffee? Break off a piece of pasta from the cupboard. After you use it, you can dissolve it in water, or throw it away with less guilt.

Reminders from the Office...

A K-2 Literacy Night for students and their families is scheduled for Thursday March 14th from 6:00 until 7:30 PM. Please mark your calendar and check out the attached flyer.

Our next spirit day is Friday March 15th. It’s UConn Husky Spirit Day! Go Huskies!

As part of the 6th Grade Student Council we are doing a plastic bag drive. We are gathering plastic bags to make reusable sleeping mats that we can give to homeless shelters to keep the homeless warm. There will be a green box in the school’s main office that you can put the plastic bags in. We will be collecting bags until March 15th. Thank you for your support!

Parents, please contact the office directly, either by calling or email, if your child will be absent from school. Thank you.

Auditions for the AES PTA Talent Show will be held Tuesday, March 26th after school on the stage.