Sunday Scoop 05-12-19

talent show participants

Andover’s Got Talent!

Andover’s annual PTA sponsored Talent Show took place on Thursday May 2nd in front of a packed gymnasium. Students (and adults) of all ages participated in demonstrating their special talents that included: singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, comedy, martial arts and much more! Special thanks to the PTA, Paula King and Matthew Piros for helping to make this evening so memorable.

adult playing pianoaudience at talent show

Students in grades 3 and 5 began their Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) last week and will continue into the middle of this week. When they are finished, our 4th and 6th graders will begin. These assessments measure student progress and growth in English Language Arts and Mathematics. During the testing period for each grade, homework is suspended and we encourage our students to get a good night’s sleep and eat well. Each testing session lasts for approximately one hour and students are given as much time as they need to complete each assessment. Results from the Smarter Balanced Assessments are sent to families in the fall. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Briody at

Students and staff were treated to a wonderful experience on Thursday May 9th when Donna Washington visited Andover Elementary School. Donna Washington is an award winning storyteller who entertained and mesmerized our students during her three presentations. Each presentation was geared toward the ages of the students. Donna’s engaging style, accents, voices and gestures kept our students on the edge of their seats throughout each performance. Special thanks to the AES PTA for sponsoring Donna Washington’s visit. Learn more about Donna Washington at: Donna Washington Website Link

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Two 6th grade students were honored at Wednesday’s Board of Education Meeting by Superintendent Sally Doyen, Chase Wilson and Lydia Smedley. Chase and Lydia were this year’s recipients of the Superintendent’s Award at AES. Dr. Doyen described the criteria for this prestigious award and Crystal Adanti read a brief paragraph about each student and their unique qualifications for this recognition. Congratulations to Chase and Lydia!

Superintendent Awards

On Tuesday evening, Mrs. Frazier hosted a Be Internet Awesome family event in the AES cafeteria. Participants were able to learn about ways that they can use the internet while protecting their identity and passwords. This event was sponsored through a grant from the national PTA. Special thanks to Mrs. Frazier for all of her efforts in making this night a success!

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What's Happening in Technology?

Interland game icons

Our 3rd-6th graders completed their exploration of Interland which is an online game used to provide hands-on practice for students in the study of digital citizenship and safety. Students had to navigate through four different lands such as Kindness Kingdom and Reality River. By engaging our students in this play-based curriculum, they are learning online safety and etiquette.
In their most recent Tech Time classes, students reviewed the format and components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Showing students all the tools available to them while taking the test and completing sample problems assures that they will feel comfortable when they take the test and will be able to focus on the content rather than the setup of the test. Our students showed great skills on the sample problems and a great level of ease with the overall test organization.

students learning formats in SBAC

students learning formats in SBAC

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PreK- 2nd graders have continued their study of technology by going to the computer lab, working with various robots and using apps on the iPads. Prek students have become proficient at so many types of technology that they are now able to select their favorite to work with as part of a stations formatted class. In the next couple weeks, preK students will be going into the computer lab to learn about proper use of our desktop computers. Mrs. Frazier will call upon 5th/6th graders to assist with this experience.


This week’s two Silver Sneaker award recipients are Jonathan in Mrs. Morrell’s preschool class and Salleah in Mrs. Bech’s 4th grade class.
Jonathan has been in preschool for two years and has always shown an awareness for SAFETY. He will often choose to pick things up off the floor because they may cause someone to trip over them. He notices when things are out of place and works to put them back where they belong. When teachers give directions to the class on how to move safely on the playground or in the classroom, Jonathan follows those directions and then helps his classmates to remember them too. Jonathan has been working extra hard lately too to show our other monthly character traits more frequently. He has especially been showing PERSEVERANCE on making better choices with his behavior. Awesome job Jonathan!

Mrs. Bech is happy to nominate Salleah for the Silver Sneaker Award this week. Salleah has been persevering on all of her classwork assignments. She is coming to school with a positive attitude. She consistently tries to make good, safe choices in the classroom and on the playground as well. Salleah tries to help her classmates and is always willing to help her teacher with the daily running of the classroom. Salleah also makes safe choices and makes sure to be careful during her daily activities in school. Awesome work Salleah!

silver sneaker winners


From the AES Student Council

This year, Student Council worked hard to find a way to make the upper playground’s playscape area more appealing to students. Working with the building administration, they found a company to purchase swings from. To help finance this endeavor, Student Council is contributing $200.00 of their own money for this worthy cause. They are excited to be able to leave this addition behind for fellow AES students to enjoy for years to come. The Board of Education thanked the Student Council for their efforts and presented them with a certificate at Wednesday’s meeting.

Student Council with administrators

The second annual AES Student Council Fun Run took place on Saturday morning along the Hop River Trail in Andover. This 5K run/walk started and finished at the Lake Road intersection on the trail. Participants ran out to the Shoddy Mill Road intersection and returned. It was a beautiful day for this fun event! Thank you to the Student Council and all of this year’s participants!

AES Fun Run

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.

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.

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, started on March 27. 

From the Cafeteria

End of the Year Cool Café Lunch Contest

Every time you buy lunch or breakfast from Monday, May 13th through Friday, May 17th, you will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon Gift Card!

If we sell enough lunches and reach our goals, we have some fun activities planned for the week. Check out the whiteboard in the cafeteria for more details.

Names will be pulled to:

- Throw a pie at Mr. Briody

- Duct tape Mr. Briody to the wall

- And more (It's a secret!)

So, buy lunch and breakfast this week, and increase your chances to win an Amazon Gift Card! See you in the cafeteria line! Let's have some fun!


We are looking for volunteers to come in and help for our Field Day on Friday, June 7th from 9:30-12:30. If you are willing to come in to help cook on the grill, help run a station or help in other ways we may need, please contact Mrs.Crandall at Thank you!

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. You will find an information flyer attached to this email. RSVP’s are required.

From the AES PTA

Hope your spring is going well. Thank you again for all your support.
Andover PTA ☺

Eco-Friendly Tip of the Week:

Share With Friends: Share things like books, magazines, movies, games, and newspapers between friends and neighbors.

Reminders from the Office

The Spring Concert is May 23rd at 7:00 PM.

Mismatch Day is May 17th!

Field Day is June 7th.

The last day of school is June 12th. We will dismiss at 1:00 PM.

The 6th-grade Step-Up Ceremony will take place at 10:30 AM on June 12th.

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

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.

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 Hebron Youth Running Club starts on Tuesday 4/23 6 pm - 7 pm. Please register your kids with Hebron Parks and Rec (link provided): Hebron Parks and Rec

See you on Monday!