Sunday Scoop 10-13-19

students with firetruckStay Safe!

This week, AES students learned about fire safety during National Fire Safety Week. Firefighters from Andover’s Volunteer Fire Department brought their equipment to school and made a safety presentation to each grade level.

The presentations varied based on the ages of the students. Students in grade 4 and 5 went outside to view the fire truck and students in Pre-K and K walked over to the firehouse for a guided tour. Special thanks to Fire Chief Ron Mike and all of our Andover Firefighters!

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Students in grade 4 were invited to visit a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo last Monday where they traveled from station to station learning about the various musical instruments available to them for instruction. Our fifth and sixth grade students demonstrated and described each instrument and our fourth graders listened and asked questions. Each fourth grade student was given an invitation to choose an instrument to study this year. Special thanks to Mrs. Sim for organizing this demonstration and to our fifth and sixth grade students! It was a musical menagerie!

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What’s Happening in the Music Classroom?

In Music classes, we are singing songs, listening to musical examples, learning to play different types of instruments, learning to read music, incorporating folk dances, learning Kodaly’s Hand signs, and being exposed to historical and multicultural music.

The musician of October is Joseph Haydn, an Austrian composer from the Classical era. While we listen to “Surprise” Symphony Op. 94, 2nd Movement, students tip toe or ice skate with scarves.

students dancing to music

Preschool and Kindergarten classes usually start with nursery rhymes and circles. Students love to walk along with ribbon sticks and scarves. Their favorite songs are “ London Bridge”, “ Yankee Doodle” and “ Ring Around the Rosie”. Also, we are learning about tempos “Slow (Turtle) - Fast (Bunny)” and pitches “High (Bird) - Low (Elephant)”. Right now the students act as if they are lions roaring, elephants stomping or bunnies hopping. They also had fun listening to “Carnival of Animals” music by Camille Saint-Saens.

Grade 1-6 students are learning a song called “ Obwisana” which is a folk song from Ghana. We learned geographic information of Ghana and the meaning of the song. While students are singing the song sitting in a circle, they pass bean bags, egg shakers or tap rhythmic sticks.

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For 4-6 grade students, they enjoy center activities;
Twister for music letters, Scrabble with word tiles, Math Popsicle sticks for note values, Bongo for Rhythm Practices, and playing “ Hot Cross Buns” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on miniature marimbas.

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I would like to say that the students at AES will have fun in every music class and they will know soon that music enriches their lives.

Silver Sneaker Award

The two students receiving the Silver Sneaker Awards this week are Hunter in Mrs. Bech’s class and Isabella in Mr. Miller’s class

Mrs. Bech is proud to nominate Hunter as the Silver Sneaker Recipient this week. He is a caring student who makes good choices on a daily basis. Hunter is always willing to help a friend that may need it or his teacher. He does this without being asked. That really shows how much Hunter cares about people and school. Furthermore, he consistently does his work without complaining, which shows that he really cares about doing well in school. Way to go Hunter! Keep up the excellent work!

Mrs. Merry would like to nominate Isabella for her caring and respectful behavior in the cafeteria. Mrs. Merry says that Isabella is always polite (at least when she sees her in the cafe and lunch/breakfast line). When she spilled her lunch one day, she took responsibility and cleaned it up herself. Mrs. Merry went to help her and she apologized for spilling it (which was not necessary), and then thanked her for helping her clean it. Great job using your manners and being respectful Isabella.

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Andover’s Lego League Team is meeting each week to work on their mission and prepare for November’s state competition!

Andover League League Team


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.

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.

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!

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 Wednesday!