Sunday Scoop 03/08/20

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Spectacular Spellers!

Congratulations to all of our amazing spellers who competed in our primary and school-wide spelling bees! Tuesday afternoon’s final event was captivating as Jackson, Justin and Danny impressed us with their skills. In the end, Jackson prevailed and will represent AES at the Connecticut Spelling Bee at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford on March 22nd at 1:00 PM. Good luck Jackson!

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Andover Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday (March 2) with a week full of activities for our students. Our Library Media Center created a Read Across the Galaxy bulletin board where students added stars for each book they read. Each day of the week featured special dress-up opportunities and the cafeteria served green eggs and ham on Monday. On Thursday afternoon, we Dropped Everything and Read for 2020 seconds at the end of the day. We are also in the process of collecting gently used books for a donation to Read to Grow. Read Across America is always a special celebration at AES. Be sure to check out all of the photos on our website!

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The Marlborough Arts Center 2020 Student Art Show will be on exhibit from Saturday March 7th through Monday March 23rd at the Marlborough Arts Center at 231 North Main Street in 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 have been selected for the show to represent AES. We hope to see you there!

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Students in grades K-6 enjoyed lunch with the principal on Wednesday in recognition and celebration of Honesty Month!

What’s Happening in PE....?

Over the past several weeks in PE class, Mr. Carley has taken over the responsibility of teaching the classes as he finishes up his time with us at AES. He has done a lot of different activities with the students to teach them about hand/eye coordination and striking using short and long handled implements. Some things the students used to practice included short pool noodles and balloons, rackets for badminton, and also using their hands to practice skills for Volleyball activities and games. He also played different games to enforce and refine the skills he was looking for the students to work on, learn, and master. Students seemed to enjoy these activities and we appreciate Mr. Carley taking the time to share these games and activities with us. Below are some pictures from these practice skills and games.

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Mr. Carly also worked on rolling with the students, playing many games and practicing skills with an emphasis on getting low, swinging their arms back and stepping with their opposite foot and ending with a follow through. We played a really fun game called, “Plinko” which may become a new field day activity and also other games called “asteroids” and “bowling bingo” which the students seemed to really enjoy and their skills and accuracy improved a lot.

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Students in our upper grades have done a variety of activities including badminton and volleyball skill practice including serving, setting, bumping and other important drills. This practice time will get students prepared to play in small games while continuing to work on skills and also learn some rules, game etiquette, and some friendly competition.

We also had our Jump Rope for Heart event on Monday and Wednesday of last week. Students raised money for people with sick hearts. Students came in and had a variety of jump roping activities along with basketball games and activities, hula hoops, and some challenges for students to compete in to earn some thank you gifts from the American Heart Association. Currently we have raised $4,967.11 towards our $5,000.00 goal with the money being due this past week by March 5th. Any money can be brought in after that date and it will be donated to the American Heart Association, but any further “thank you gifts” won't be able to be ordered.

Thank you for all of your time and support for this important cause. The American Heart Association uses the formula that for every $50.00 raised, that could potentially save someone’s life (as it generally costs $50.00 to have someone get certified in CPR). Using this formula, our students, staff and families have worked to help potentially save about 99 lives which is remarkable. “Thank you gifts” will be ordered and delivered as soon as possible. Stay tuned...
Below are some pictures from our event:

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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.

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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: Please see Mrs. Keedy's webpage/MARCH 2020 posting for GREAT read-aloud books on YouTube related to COMMUNICATION!
Visit Mrs. Keedy's webpage

From the AES PTA:

The AES PTA is seeking enthusiastic individuals who would like to give back to the school community by participating as an officer on the PTA. This spring we will be electing new officers for the 2020-2022 school years.
You must attend the April and May meetings in order to have your name appear on the slate. Nominations will be accepted until Friday May 1, 2020.
The slate will be presented at the May PTA meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Elections will take place at the June PTA meeting on Tuesday June 2,2020.

The Andover PTA 23rd Annual Andover Elementary School Science Fair will be held on Thursday, March 26,2020, from 6-7:15 in the AES Gymnasium. This year this will include projects from the entire 5th & 6th grade and a Mad Science Discovery Center table. Use your scientific curiosity to research a topic, conduct an experiment, or design and build a display. Projects can be as simple or as complex as you wish, the important thing is to participate! Prizes will be awarded to all participants. Entry forms are due by 3/18/2020.
Students from ALL grades are invited to participate. Do your own project, or one with partners, or both.
For more information please contact Lori Blake (

The Annual PTA Andover Elementary School Talent Show is May 14th! 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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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.