Sunday Scoop 10-06-19

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

The month of October has brought cooler temperatures and more relaxed hairstyles. Students and teachers have settled into a nice rhythm as we enter our fifth full week of school.The month of October brings a four-day weekend to families in recognition of Columbus Day and staff professional development. AES will be closed Monday and Tuesday October 14 and 15. School will resume on October 16th.

What’s Happening in the Library Media Center?

Preschool has begun their school year with the theme “All About Me”. In library, we read the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes which is the story of a girl who loves her name until she starts school. Unfortunately, at school she is teased about her name until a teacher helps her learn to love her name. The story demonstrates how our name is a part of who we are and it also tied into our theme of the month, caring.

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Since October has kick-started our new theme of caring, students in Kindergarten and first grade read books that showed caring in different ways such as A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillis Stead and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena.

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In second grade, students have been introduced to different literature awards so we are reading as many books as we can that have won the Caldecott Award or the Geisel Award. There is also our local literature award, the Nutmeg Award, so we have also been reading this year’s nominees in the elementary category.

Third and fourth graders have been learning how to become independent library users. We have been using Chromebooks to find our books on Destiny. We have also been learning how the Dewey Decimal System works so we can then find the books on our own.

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Fifth and sixth graders are writing fantasy stories in Writer’s Workshop. As they move forward into the writing unit, we examined the images in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. The book has mysterious illustrations with captions that naturally spark the imagination. Some of our students already had some great storylines to go with the drawings.

Silver Sneaker Award

October is the month of caring. The two students who are receiving the award this week are Paige in Mrs. Adanti’s class and Delilah in Mrs. Paquette’s class.
Paige is a very responsible person. She always has her work done on time, and puts in her best effort. Paige also does an excellent job working in groups and helping others become motivated and stay on-task. She will always work with anyone without a complaint and is very helpful around the classroom. Paige is not only respectful, responsible and safe, she’s caring and considerate to all.

Delilah has made a great addition to second grade. She works very hard even when challenged, keeps a positive attitude at all times and never gets discouraged. She puts forth a tremendous effort. Delilah is also helpful. She often picks up after others in a group without being asked. She is always responsible, respectful and safe. She patiently waits her turn providing others the opportunity to go first. She communicates well with others and is always positive! Simply put, she is awesome!

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From the AES PTA

The Andover Elementary School PTA will be presenting a discussion about school safety. The presentation will be offered in the AES library, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m. given by Resident State Trooper, Darrell Tetreault and school administrators. Some of the questions that will be discussed include:

● What are the measures our school has taken to keep our children safe?
● What are the different types of drills that are conducted at school and how are they carried out?
● What are some tips on how to talk to my child about school safety and how to keep them safe on the Internet?

Adults only please.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Paula King at

“Hi Andover families! Our Yankee Candle fundraiser will continue until October 18th! A portion of proceeds will support school enrichment and the sixth grade social!

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, November 5 at 7 in the school library.”

From the School Nurse

Re: Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a rare but serious disease in people. It is transmitted to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes. For more information about EEE, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program Website. View the CT Mosquito Management Program Frequently Asked Questions about EEE.
Click here to view the CT Mosquito management Program Frequently Asked Questions about mosquitoes.
To reduce the amount of mosquitoes around your home:

  • Eliminate standing water in wheelbarrows, pots, birdbaths and other containers
  • Treat pools with the appropriate chemicals and/or drain them when appropriate
  • Use pool covers
  • Treat ponds with mosquito dunks to kill any larvae
  • Additional Information can be found here.

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes residents should:

  • Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.
  • Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors. Information on repellents from the EPA can be found here.


Reminders from the Office...

DATTCO BUS – A.M. Bus Runs

Please be advised that as of 9/25/19 DATTCO Bus Company has revised their pick up times for the morning runs. Please note the following:
Bus #1 - Starts 6 minutes earlier.
Bus #2 - Starts 3 minutes earlier.
Bus #3 – Same start time
Bus #4 – Starts 9 minutes earlier.
Bus #5 – Starts 13 minutes earlier.
The closer your stop is to the beginning of the run, the greater the difference is in your pick up time since the start of the school year. Please see the DATTCO website, to confirm your pick up time if unsure.

School will be closed on Monday and Tuesday October 14 and 15 in recognition of Columbus Day and staff professional development.

A PTA sponsored presentation on school safety with Resident Trooper Darrell Tetreault will take place on October 16th at 7:00 PM in the library.

Our next school spirit day will be Friday October 18th. It’s Harry Potter and Wizard Day!

Our annual Harvest Festival Parade for grades K-6 will take place on Thursday October 31st at 2:00 PM.

Our Veteran’s Day Assembly will be Friday November 8th at 9:00 AM. Stay tuned for more information.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 7 and 8. Please call the office to schedule a conference time.

Intergenerational Day will take place on Wednesday November 27th. Mark your calendars!

School picture make-up day is November 6th. School Picture Scholarship Packages are still available. Please contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Briody to request a scholarship.

October lunch menus will be posted on the website and attached to the Sunday Scoop. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the office by calling 860-742-7339 or sending an email to

Free tickets are available for families to visit the Connecticut Science Center or Lutz Museum. There is a limited quantity and they will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested, please send an email to Rosemary Crandall at or give her a call at 860-742-7339 and let her know how many tickets you would like for your family. Enjoy!

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!