Sunday Scoop 02/09/20

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We Have Character!
Students and staff at AES recognized and celebrated three of our character traits during a school-wide assembly on Wednesday February 5th. Gratitude, Generosity and Empathy were featured through poetry, videos and storytelling. Students in grades K-2 read poems, students in grades 4 and 6 created short videos and students in grade 5 read the book, The Three Questions, by Jon J. Muth. Our next assembly will celebrate honesty and perseverance.

kids reading at assemblycharacter trait assembly

Also on Wednesday, Global School Play Day offered our students the opportunity to play all day. The purpose of this event is to support children in their social-emotional learning. They practiced teamwork, cooperation, problem-solving, conflict resolution, responsibility, and so much more through their day of play. For more information, please visit:

children playingchildren with stuffed animalschildren on rug playingkids in classroomkids building cup tower

Friday was the 100th day of school and Mustache Day! Staff and students got into the spirit by sporting their mustaches. Be sure to check out the photos on our website.
This week at AES, students in grades one, four and six will be taking part in our annual Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee will continue next week in all grades and will culminate on March 4th with a school-wide Bee.

What’s Happening in Art?

In pre-school, students learned about the Inuit culture by making Igloo collages out of paint, rectangles, paper, glitter, and cotton. Students also learned about the Chinese New Year and made lanterns using paint sticks, shiny stars and yarn.

igloo artart photoChinese new year art

Kindergarten students read the book Winter Trees by Carole Gerber and made winter birch tree collages using lines, paint, salt, and assorted materials. Students also read the book The Mitten by Jan Brett and created their own mitten collages using crayons, buttons, cotton, sequins, and glitter.

winter artmitten art

In first grade, students have been learning how color can be used to show feelings in a work of art. We listened to a series of four different songs, wrote how the song made us feel, and then painted how the song made us feel.

art by 5th grader

Second graders were able to experiment at stations with tools and materials such as: stamps, bubble wrap, folded paper, feathers, toy cars, q-tips, combs, toothbrushes, and their fingers to make textured papers. These painted papers were used to create animal collages similar to those in Eric Carle's book Brown Bear Brown Bear What do You See? Second graders are currently working on Ming Vase Designs inspired by the Chinese New Year which incorporate blue and white patterns and will have tissue paper flowers.

jelly fish artcat artvase art

Third graders finished their paper sculptures inspired by the Brazilian artist Romero Britto. Students have just started working on a ripped paper collage inspired by a special winter memory.

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Fourth graders finished their Henri Rousseau inspired jungle paintings and are currently working on Mexican Folk Art metal wall hangings using aluminum squares, beads, and wire.

nature artother nature art

In fifth grade, students are finishing up their Arciboldo Renaissance inspired self-portraits using their own silhouette and ten or more objects that symbolize themselves.

self prortrait

Sixth graders have been learning about the work of the artist Leonardo da Vinci and how to create value in their work using different types of pencils and kneaded erasers. They created their own value scales for practice and are now working on drawing a small pencil still-life of three styrofoam forms.

still life art

Tech Time

  • 2nd graders have been exploring several stations during their time in the Makerspace.
  • The 3D pens were a favorite to experiment with.
  • Students met Botley the robot and were challenged with his line-following behavior.
  • Creating a fenced area for a Hexbug was a challenge. Observations were made and students noted that they tend to escape out through corners which they used by designing circular structures.
  • Lego hearts were abundant as students designed unique hearts out of Legos.

tech time play3d art penlego playblock playlego creations

After recently studying Leonardo daVinci in art class, the 6th graders learned about how he was also a great inventor. They were challenged with recreating a self-sustaining bridge as Leonardo had designed. There were no hot glue guns or tape available to students as they had to work through a series of steps with great care. Although not all groups were successful bridge builders, students strengthened their perseverance and patience skills.

6th grade art bridgebridge artbuilding bridge

Congratulations to Rian and Jack our 5th and 4th grade Fire Poster Contest Winners!

fire prevention posterJack with poster

The Marlborough Arts Center 2020 Student Art Show will be Saturday March 7th through Monday March 23rd at the Marlborough Arts Center at 231 North Main St, Marlborough, CT. The opening reception for AES, Gilead, and Hebron will be Sunday March 8th from 1-4pm. Approximately 25 pieces from grades K-6 will be selected for the show to represent AES. Invitations will be sent home soon. We hope to see you there!

Geo Bee students

Congratulations to Sam, a 4th grader in Mrs. Hebert’s class, who emerged as this year’s winner of National Geographic’s School-wide Geo Bee. The top ten finishers from the grade level competition competed on stage on Tuesday February 4th to represent Andover Elementary School and compete for a chance to participate in the statewide Bee on March 27th. Sam, Cash and Rosalee (pictured above) were our top three finishers. Congratulations!

The Silver Sneaker Award

The two students receiving the awards this week are Zachary in Mrs. Morrell’s class and Rebecca in Mrs. Adanti’s class.

Zachary has a great understanding - and memory - about the monthly character traits. He has been a great role model to help teach his classmates about the meaning of each trait we learn about, remembering many of them from last year! Zachary recently showed some great empathy when he offered help to others who were showing strong emotions and watched out and provided encouragement for his classmates through a difficult situation. Going into the month of HONESTY, we know that Zachary will understand the importance of being honest and make choices that show his honesty. It's great to see that even after we finish up our learning of each monthly character trait, Zachary still remembers and identifies when he sees them being displayed. This is a true sign that Zachary has learned the meaning of these words deep down all the way to his heart!

Rebecca is being nominated this week for not only always being honest and true to herself, but also being a great helper in the classroom. Everyday prior to lunch Rebecca goes out of her way to make sure that all of the Chrome books are plugged in, not just her own. Many students just put them back in the case and don’t bother because they are in a rush. Rebecca also is kind to everyone and will help anyone who asks. She works well in a group and will give her opinion in a kind constructive way to help the group remain on task. Rebecca is a wonderful role model for her fellow students. She always comes to school with a smile on her face, ready to work.

silver sneaker winnershonesty

students playing spoonslunch with principal

Students in grades K-6 enjoyed lunch with the principal on Wednesday!

Speech and Language Tidbits

See Mrs. Keedy's webpage for information related to SOCIAL COMMUNICATION BENCHMARKS [PDF] at


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Join us for a Be Internet Awesome family workshop!
You’ll learn about how to be safe and smart online.
Tuesday, February 11th 2020
Andover Elementary School
6:00-7:30 pm
Come spend the evening learning how children can be smart, alert, strong, kind and brave as they become good digital citizens.
We are encouraging all 2nd-6th graders and their families to join in the discussion after a delicious pizza dinner.

From the AES PTA:

Bingo Night will be held on Friday February 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Gymnasium

The Annual PTA Andover Elementary School Talent show is coming soon!

We are looking for a variety of acts which may include: singing, dancing, magic, playing an instrument, ventriloquists, skits, comedy, poetry,
recitation, juggling, hula-hooping or any other special talent your child may have!
Auditions will be held Wednesday, March 18th after school on the stage.

Permission forms will be sent home shortly and are due March 13th. Extra forms are attached to this memo. If you have any questions, please contact Paula King at: or 860-209-1279

Reminders from the Office

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Pre-K Open House Feb 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Library and classrooms. This Open House is for families of 3 and 4 year olds who are interested in learning more about Andover’s Early Learning Center.

Registration for 2020-21 Kindergarten and Pre-K is currently underway. Please contact the office for a registration packet at 860-742-7339 or

Please remember to notify the OFFICE directly by phone or email if your child/children are going to be absent from school.

Also, as the end of the day can often be very hectic in the main office, please send in a note or email if you are going to change your child’s dismissal arrangements for the day. Last-minute phone calls often cause confusion at dismissal. We would like to avoid these calls if possible, except when unforeseen circumstances arise or in cases of emergency. Thank you for your understanding.

With winter upon us, we are dealing with colder temperatures. The AES Early Learning Center has set limits for safe temperatures for the preschoolers to play outside during the winter. The classes will go outside if the temperatures are 20 degrees or above. This includes the wind chill temperature as well. Please be sure to send your children to school dressed appropriately for outside play in these temperatures. Students in grades K-6 will go outside as long as the temperature is 15 degrees or higher when factoring in for wind chill.