Sunday Scoop 03/01/20

spelling bee


Twenty AES students from grades 1-3 competed Friday afternoon in our annual Primary Spelling Bee as part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After one hour and sixty-two words, three spellers remained: Julianna, Elena and Daisy (pictured below). TThese three finalists will face-off on Tuesday afternoon for a chance to participate in the grade 4-6 Spelling Bee. Congratulations to all of our Primary Bee participants. It was truly impressive to see how well they spell. The Schoolwide Bee will take place Tuesday March 3rd beginning at 1:15 PM on the stage. Families are welcome to attend!

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Read Across America Day is Monday March 2nd. Our school is planning several ways to celebrate this holiday including a Reading Spirit Week, eating green eggs and ham for lunch on March 2nd, and having students experience guest readers in their classrooms. Be sure to check out the attachment to the Sunday Scoop!

Our Annual Pasta Supper is Wednesday March 4th from 4:45 until 6:30! Please join us!

What’s Happening in Music?

In the music room, we continue to learn and practice counting rhythms and identifying notes from the staff. The goal for Pre K students is to be able to sing alone. We sing a “Good Morning” song and a “Name song” as our routine.
Students in Grades K-3 focused on learning rhythm patterns with quarter notes and two eighth notes. The most important foundation for young children is to understand and demonstrate steady beats.

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Grade 4-6 students played the “Staff Wars” game. This software reinforces students’ reading abilities to read notes on the staff. This game is going viral at AES and the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students record their scores to find out which grade will be the winner.

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On Global Play Day, 4th grade students came up with an ensemble idea and one of the students conducted the group. 6th grade students had fun with “Musical Twister” and a Four Hands piano duo.

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6th grade students had fun with “Musical Twister” and Four Hands piano duo.

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The beginning band will start their practice as an ensemble every Monday from 1:15-2:00 p.m. in the music room. All students who take beginning lessons with Mrs. Sim are expected to bring their instruments, their Standard of Excellence Book, and their manners. Parents are encouraged to remind their children to practice daily.

Please mark your calendars for the AES Spring Concert on Thursday, May 28th at 7:00 pm.

Read Across America Day is March 2nd. Our school is planning several ways to celebrate this holiday including a Reading Spirit Week, eating green eggs and ham for lunch on March 2nd, and having students experience guest readers in their classrooms.

In addition to these events, we are also hosting our annual book drive with Read to Grow. This company collects books to donate to children that are not fortunate enough to have books of their own in their homes. Through our book drive, we help give children the gift of books and the promise of literacy. This book drive will take place through March 13th. We strongly encourage you to look through your home for gently used books that can be donated to this cause. Any books that are in good condition can be donated, but please no encyclopedias. The books can be sent to school with students and be placed in our book drive bin located in the main lobby of the school. Thank you in advance for your support with this worthy cause.

read to grow

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!

Silver Sneaker Award

During our final week of recognizing students for honesty, we have a 5th-grade student in Mrs. Hopkins’ class that is receiving the award this week.

Mrs. Hopkins has noticed that honesty is a quality that Rian understands is important in everyday life. Although it's not always easy to do, Rian chooses to be honest and responsible. She is a friend that her peers can count on. We appreciate Rian displaying this character trait and being a model for others to see how important it is to be honest and to tell the truth, no matter what! Great job, Rian!

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Our school wide art show will be Thursday, April 30th . All students grades PK through 6 will have work on display. In the meantime, you can view some student work through the website Artsonia. Artsonia is the world’s largest student online art museum. Parents and family members can view student art galleries online, leave comments, and order keepsakes featuring the art such as t-shirts, magnets and mugs through Artsonia’s gift shop. The school will receive a portion of the proceeds from any keepsakes ordered.
If you need your screen name and parent code to login to Artsonia, please contact Rosemary in the office. We hope that you will join and enjoy viewing your child’s art.

Jessica Waine 

Speech and Language Tidbits: See Mrs. Keedy's webpage for information related to SOCIAL COMMUNICATION BENCHMARKS [PDF] at:
Anne Keedy M.S. CCC-SLP

From the AES PTA:

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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The School-wide Spelling Bee will be taking place on Tuesday March 3 at 1:30 PM.

Our Annual Pasta Supper will be taking place on March 4th from 4:45 until 6:30 PM. Be sure to plan us for dinner on March 4 and bring your whole family!

AES will be closed on Friday March 6, 2020 for staff professional development.

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.

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.