Sunday Scoop 12/15/19

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Pajama Time!

AES students and staff wore their pajamas to school on Friday in recognition of CCMC’s 9th annual PJ Day for the Kids and in celebration of our December Spirit Day! Our school will be donating one dollar for each of our students to show support for patients at Connecticut Children’s. Over the last 8 years, hundreds of thousands of participants have worn PJ’s in honor of children at the hospital who must wear their PJ’s for extended periods of time while fighting cancer or other serious illnesses. If you would like to make an additional donation, follow this link to the Andover Team Page: Donate Here for Team Andover Be sure to check out all of the pictures on our website and click on this link for a short video from Pajama Day at AES: Pajama Day Video

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What’s Happening in Art?

In pre-school, students looked at the work of the artist Seurat and learned how artists can use dots or points to create a work of art. Students created fall corn collages using q-tip dots of paint for corn cobs and triangle papers for corn husks. Pre-school students also discussed the work of the artist Kandinsky and created paintings using squares and circles. Students are currently working on a Kandinsky collage using lines and shapes.

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Kindergarten students read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Then, students created moveable caterpillar puppets and apple puppets with paper plates and a yarn weave. Next, students learned how to draw different kinds of lines to create a “lines windsock” using crayons, paint, and streamers. Kindergarteners made a kinds of lines sculpture as well using soup lids and pipe cleaners. We also read the book Winter Trees by Carole Gerber and are working on winter birch tree collages using lines, paint, salt, and assorted materials.

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In first grade, students read the book Rainbow Fish and created paper fish sculptures using plastic bottles, tissue paper in the primary colors, shiny paper, and construction paper. We also are working on finishing paintings of something we are thankful for inspired by the work of the artist Norman Rockwell.

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Second graders discussed the artist Matisse’s painting Harmony in Red and created their own painting of a room with a window view using warm, cool, and neutral colors.
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Third graders finished their paper towel tube Totem poles inspired by the Northwest Coastal Indians and animal symbolism. Students also learned about the life and work of the Brazilian artist Romero Britto and are working on paper sculptures using patterns and a variety of paper sculpture techniques.

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Fourth graders are working on Henri Rousseau inspired jungle paintings using five or more animals, a foreground, middleground, background, and the use of size, overlapping, and color to show space.

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In fifth grade, students learned about the art of the Renaissance artist Arcimboldo. They are working on Arcimboldo style self-portraits using their own silhouette and ten or more objects that symbolize themselves.

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Sixth graders have been working on a printmaking project inspired by Pop Art. They learned how to use foam sheets, a wooden stylus, brayers, and ink to create copies or multiples of their own drawings.

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Speech and Language Tidbits:

Mrs. Keedy has posted the following on her AES webpage: For a no-tech change-of-pace, see these GREAT ROAD TRIP ACTIVITIES, for the upcoming holiday and vacation trips!
Anne Keedy M.S. CCC-SLP

Silver Sneaker Award

The two students who are receiving the awards for this week are Nate in Mrs. Hebert’s and Lilly in Mr. Miller's class.

Mrs. Hebert said that Nate undoubtedly deserves the Silver Sneaker Award for a number of good reasons. First, he always goes up and above the call of duty when it comes to generosity, showing gratitude, teacher respect, being responsible and especially showing effort. Nate always brings to school a work ethnic that shows he is here to be the best he can be. He's quick to greet you and his peers with a Good Morning or a hello. In the classroom he can be counted on to be ready for learning and always attacks the day with an inquisitive mind. Nate is kind and giving. Always willing to work with his fellow students, Nate helps effortlessly to be encouraging and kind. Countless times there has been a situation where Nate will show generosity for his friends and teachers. He will give good advice, share ideas and have patience towards every individual. It is with great pleasure to have Nate receive the award as a small way to show my gratitude for his kindhearted spirit, thoughtful generosity, and especially his never ending effort towards everything he does. Keep up the good work Nate, you are a very exceptional young man and I am proud of you.

Mr. Miller would like to recommend Lilly in his class for the award because she consistently tries to be responsible for all of her actions. For example, if she needs to get something done, she finds a way to do so.. Also, she works at being safe. For instance, if she knows something is not being safely done, she'll do the right thing-not do it; or let a responsible adult know immediately. And lastly, she consistently shows respect to all. For example, she may want to throw a water bottle in the hallway, but she won't do that. That's because she knows it's not a respectful behavior according to our school's rules. Nice job Lilly.

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From the AES PTA

Thank you to everyone who helped out and attended yesterday’s Annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast! A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Be sure to check out the pictures on our website!

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Reminders from the Office...

Stuff the Cruiser will take place on Monday, December 16th from 10-12.

Stuff a Bus will take place on December 18th. Stay tuned for the Stuff the Cruiser date!

The upcoming holidays can sometimes be financially stressful for families. If you and your family need extra support for the holidays in food and gift assistance, please reach out to Andover's Social Services Department by contacting Roberta Dougherty at 860-742-7305 x5 or by email at or Cheri Rivard-Lentz at AES or email at

Our Winter Concert will take place on the evening of January 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM. The snow date is Thursday January 28th.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!