Sunday Scoop 04-14-19

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Peace out AES!
Staff and students celebrated 70’s day on Friday as they headed into April vacation! Tie dyes, flowery clothes and flowing hair were all on vivid display. Be sure to check out the photos at the end of the Scoop and enjoy your week off!

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Last Thursday, sixth grade students were treated to a guest speaker, Linda Miller, from the Connecticut Muslim Coalition. Mrs. Miller, a retired teacher and nurse volunteered her time to educate the students on the five pillars of Islam to help them better understand our newest unit in Language Arts which focuses around the life of Malala Yousafzai. The students were very engaged and asked many questions. Mrs. Miller educated students how culture can play a part in interpretation as well as how many of the dress styles students may assume portray someone who is Muslim is actually just how people in the country dress. Her dialogue also ties into our current unit in Social Studies which focuses on culture. It was an engaging, informative afternoon.

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On Thursday, Belle K (trumpet) and Finn B (baritone sax) performed with the Elementary Honors Band at the CT Music Educators Conference in Hartford. Below, they are pictured in rehearsal.

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Qué pasa en la clase de español?

Third graders are finishing up a unit on foods. They have done a food scavenger hunt, followed Spanish cues to plan a picnic and played a fun game on the Smart board to practice the vocabulary.
Here students are practicing their reading skills by following Spanish directions for what to draw on the plate (number, color and food word). You will see these plates come home this week.

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 Fourth grade students have been working on an extensive unit on description. They are able to describe many items by color, shape and size. Students were surprised to find that there are special words for hair colors in Spanish that are different from regular color words; moreno(dark haired), rubio(blonde) and pelirrojo (red-haired.) They are also learning about how to express how they feel in Spanish and drew some awesome facial expressions to practice this vocabulary based on Spanish cues for feelings such as cansado(tired), preocupado(worried) and triste(sad).

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Fifth graders are in the middle of a unit they seem to be enjoying “los animales.” We’ve been learning the words for pets, farm animals and wild animals that we can usually only see at the zoo. After the April vacation students will be doing an in-class project on their favorite animal that we have studied. They will be able to tell the class about physical description, diet and habitat of their animal. Here students play a game to practice Spanish vocabulary for zoo animals.

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Sixth graders have been doing some “middle school” work. They have been learning about interrogatives and verbs. The students have really been doing a great job and showing a lot of progress with these two topics that can be difficult. After the April vacation students will put their knowledge to use by doing a daily questioning activity and an interview with their students. Here are some sixth graders practicing verb conjugation with a dice game.

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¡Hasta luego!


2019 AES Talent Show Program Contest

Attention all 5th and 6th graders. We are inviting all 5th and 6th graders who are interested, to submit a program cover design for the talent show. Please have the design include the following:
Date and time of the show: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Title: Andover Elementary School Annual PTA Talent Show

If you are interested in submitting your idea for the program cover please contact Paula King at or 860-209-1279. Your design may be hand drawn or designed on a computer. Please submit your entry by emailing it. If it is a hand drawn entry please scan it, and email it. All submissions must be received by Wednesday, April 24th. After the submissions are received, the top three will be picked and the school will vote on which one they like best. The winner will have their design printed on this year’s program cover.

The Walking Club has returned to Andover Elementary School and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of the school year. We are always looking for parent volunteers to assist between 12 and 1:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call Rosemary Crandall if you are interested.

Andover Summer Camp

Andover Recreation Commission is sponsoring this Pilot Program in Andover. The Recreation Commission, ALPOA (Andover Lake Property Owners Association), Andover
Library, and Andover Senior Transportation are working together to put on a Summer Camp utilizing some of Andover’s own Resources. The camp will include a variety of activities for all ages, including; gardening, hiking, arts and crafts, building, sports, nature study, games, water play, woodworking, science exploration and more. Children going into First Grade and up will visit Andover Lake daily, and receive swim lessons for 4 weeks of the program. There will
be visits to and from the Andover Library. The children will play on the playground and use the gymnasium at AES and explore the Trails and Woodlands behind the Town Hall and School.
This Pilot Program will run from the first full week of summer vacation until August 2nd.
Registration begins March 1st. There will be a limited number of openings each week so register early.

After-School Clubs:

 The second session will begin on Monday April 22. All students will be notified about their second session club enrollment this week. If you have any questions, please call the office.

Speech and Language Tidbits:

Scroll on down to "March 30, 2019" entry on Mrs. Keedy's web page at AES website:  for information and a valuable resource for learning common SIGN LANGUAGE words, to help facilitate speech and language development in young children, even if they don't have hearing impairment ( great for both "early" and "late talkers" ! ).

A new parent support group is starting at AHM Youth & Family Services for parents who have a child who has ADHD or ODD or any parent who has concerns that their child may have issues with inattention and/or impulsivity. This group is facilitated by the Clinical Director of AHM, Megan Aldridge. It is free of charge and meets twice per month on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30, starting on March 27. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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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

From the Nurse’s Office

SAVE TREES!! SAVE INK!! Save money!! As a parent myself, we all know that not everything sent home from school makes it into the parent’s hands. When we return from April vacation, all Health Room visit sheets will be emailed home. What does that mean? Any time your child visits the Health Room, you will know right away why they came in and how long they stayed. This will ensure parents are receiving visit reports and allow you to track your child’s health better.

When a visit report is sent home, you will receive 2 emails. One will have a password that is case sensitive. The other will have an encrypted message. Enter the password and the visit report will appear.

So your job.....Please make sure the school has an up to date email. If you do not have email, an old fashioned paper report will be sent home.

From AHM

A new parent support group is starting at AHM Youth & Family Services for parents who have a child who has ADHD or ODD or any parent who has concerns that their child may have issues with inattention and/or impulsivity. This group is facilitated by the Clinical Director of AHM, Megan Aldridge. It is free of charge and meets twice per month on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30, starting on March 27. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

***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 

Spring has sprung and so has the Walking Club!  Walking club starts up again next week.  Please email Rosemary Crandall at if you are willing to help out.

From the Student Council:

In the Andover Student Council we are working on making our school greener. We met up with the head of the Coventry Food Group and talked to her about making our school greener. She agreed and we are going to have bins in the lunchroom that you will put whole apples and carrots into. We won’t be wasting any more apples and carrots, and they will be donated to Tara Farm Rescue in Coventry, Connecticut. We are also working on our plastic bag project and this week we were finally able to include the Senior Citizens! Members that joined us in our plastic bag project are: Cathy Palazzi, Marie Anne Beaucheone, Pat Chaves, and Lois Handfield. Things are going great in the student council!

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From the Early Learning Center:

We are pleased to invite you to a Family Science Night on May 29th from 6:00 until 7:30. Stay tuned for more details!

From the AES PTA:

This year the PTA is joining with the Hartford Yard Goats for a spring fundraiser. Andover’s game is designated for Friday April 26. Look for the flyer this week to learn how you can purchase tickets!

Thanks to Paula King and Mr. Piros for their work on the talent show and a big congratulations to all our talented students who auditioned for our annual talent show. Based on the auditions, this will be show you don’t want to miss! The show will be held Thursday 5/2.

Eco-Friendly Tip of the Week:

Bulk Purchases: Avoid products that are packaged for single use (i.e., drinks, school lunches, candy, cat and dog food, salad mixings, etc.). Instead, buy in bulk and transfer the products to your own reusable containers. Many health food stores have bulk bins where they sell everything from grains to cereal to cleaning products.

Hebron Youth Running Club starts on Tuesday 4/23 6 pm - 7 pm

Please register your kids with Hebron Parks and Rec (link provided below) 

Reminders from the Office

April Vacation will take place from April 13th through April 21. School will resume on April 22.

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

See you on Monday!


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