Sunday Scoop 10-20-19

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We Have Spirit!

Students and Staff at AES donned their robes, capes and wizard hats in celebration of our October Spirit Day! You will find a few pictures here, but there are plenty of pictures on our website in the photo gallery at Harry Potter Day Gallery

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Our annual Harvest Festival Parade is scheduled for Thursday October 31st at 2:00 PM
for grades K-6. Pre K students will follow a different schedule of events on this day. The Pre
K schedule will be sent to all Pre K families. Students will have the opportunity to dress in
costume and join a school-wide parade. Any students who are not interested in participating will
be provided with alternative activities by our Special Area teachers. Students may not wear
masks and they must put their costumes on over their clothing. All parent visitors will be
required to sign in and wear a visitor badge if they plan to visit the classrooms after the
parade. Parent entry and sign-in will take place in the cafeteria.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Thursday and Friday November 7 and 8..
Students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM on both days. If you have not set up a conference yet,
please call the office to reserve your time at 860-742-7339.

AES will be honoring all Veterans with a Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday November 8th
from 9:00 until 10:00 AM. All local Veterans are invited to this assembly to be recognized. An
invitation will be sent home with students this week.

What’s Happening in PE?

Students in grades 3-6 have worked hard to complete the first section of their fitness test (or practice test) depending on their grade (reminder: students in grades 3 and 5 practice the test while the students in grades 4 and 6 are taking the Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment). Later this year, their results will be sent to the state to analyze how fit and healthy we are as a school. Students in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10 are required to participate in these tests (PACER Run or One Mile Run, Push-ups, Curl-ups, and the Sit and Reach). In 3rd and 5th grade, students go through the testing practice to see how they are doing and we are making sure they know how to correctly perform the tests. 5th graders look at what they did as 4th graders and work to improve on those scores to get ready for 6th grade. These students are also doing station work when they are not working on fitness testing practice. They will continue to practice those skills, and other equipment will be brought out to provide the students with new experiences and opportunities to show creativity and learn something new or to practice skills learned in previous years. Students in 4th and 6th grade have the choice in what order they would like to perform their tests (after we all do the PACER on the same day). Students can decide when they are ready and in what order they’d prefer to do the tests in. It teaches the students to be accountable and responsible while also giving them a choice in their learning. In grades 4 and 6, as students finish their tests, I will put together a scoring sheet for each of them that will either be shared with them over google, printed out, or both so they can share their results with their families. My goal is for us to have all of these tests completed by Thanksgiving break, however this is just a timeframe I have in my mind and we can certainly go past that deadline for make-ups and finishing, if needed. This week we will start the students on the Sit and reach test (flexibility) and moving forward we will complete the testing with curl-ups and push-ups.

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It is truly amazing to me each year that i do this set of tests with the students because I am reminded of the hard work, dedication, motivation and commitment that our students show to strive and do their best and work to their highest potential. All students at AES work to improve and we’ve talked a lot again this year about having a positive attitude, believing in yourself, and being ready for the tests. Telling yourself that “you can do it” and having a positive attitude is helpful in all things we do in life and it’s a good reminder as a positive life lesson. Information on the fitness testing is posted on the AES website or by clicking on this link:

Students that are in our lower grades have done a variety of games since the year started. We have played a variety of tag games including “line” or “Pacman tag”, “Stuck in the mud” and a game called, “Excuse me tag” that fits in nicely with our character theme from September of being respectful, responsible, and safe. We have more recently moved into games that are a little more competitive/cooperative to see how the students are able to handle these types of games. “Messy backyard” which is a throwing game and “Builders and bulldozers” which we play to reinforce both cooperation and competition, but also our locomotor skills such as skipping, galloping, sliding, jumping, walking and running are just a few examples. This week we also started focusing on catching (Keep eye on ball, Reach arms towards ball, Give with ball as ball hits hands (bring ball into body), Pinkies together if ball is below waist, Thumbs together if ball is above waist)

Our youngest students have been learning to perform our warm-up song called, “Run and Walk” while moving around the gym carefully and safely and getting their bodies ready for class. it has just become part of our warm-up routine each class and students have been learning to anticipate the directions and control their bodies to speed up and slow down when necessary. We have also performed some other songs such as, “Stand up, sit down” and “Statue” that have students following directions and listen to perform the activities. They have also begun to play some of the games above such as “Builders and Bulldozers” and “Messy backyard.” Soon we will start working on learning more and more about our locomotor moves (the different ways the body can move such as skipping, galloping, etc.)

Silver Sneaker Award

The two students receiving the Silver Sneaker awards for this week are Gigi in Mrs. Bech’s class and James In Mrs Bush’s class.
Mrs. Bech is happy to nominate Gigi for the Silver Sneaker Award. Gigi demonstrates the character trait of caring on a daily basis. She is always respectful, responsible, and safe on a daily basis. She is always willing to help a classmate or her teacher. Gigi is kind- natured and is a Third Grade leader. She consistently completes her classwork and homework assignments to the best of her ability. Gigi also recently had the classroom job of paper passer and she helped her classmates turn in their work on time. Way to go Gigi!
Mrs. Bush is happy to nominate James for the Silver Sneaker Award this week. James is a great role model for the class. He works so hard to follow the class and school rules. He treats his classmates with kindness and always lends a hand to help them. James is a caring and thoughtful young man who truly cares about others and shows them in many different ways! Great job, James!

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From the AES PTA

“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.

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 Monday!