Sunday Scoop 03/15/20

green grass growing

Signs of Spring?

It’s difficult to comprehend how much has happened in just one week. As you know, AES will be closed for the next two weeks as a preventative measure in an attempt to minimize the spread of COVID-19. I’m extremely proud of our students and staff in the way they have handled all of this uncertainty. We hope that you and your families are able to remain healthy over the next two weeks, and that we can resume classes on March 30th. Perhaps, the onset of Spring and warmer temperatures will help. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

What’s Happening in Art?

In pre-school, students talked about Claude Monet’s snowy painting, The Magpie and created their own winter house pictures using cut paper shapes, white paint, and glitter. We also read two books about flying kites for the windy month of March. Then, we created our own diamond shaped kites using primary colored tissue paper, construction paper, and yarn.

snow and house artkite art

Kindergarten students discussed the work of an artist named Paul Klee and created cityscape collages using cut geometric and organic shapes and markers. Students also learned about the work of an artist named Miro and created an “eye spy” marker drawing using lines, shapes, and colors.

building artabstract art

In first grade, students read the book The Color Monster by Anna Llenas and discussed how colors can show feeling or emotion. Then, students used model magic and paint to create their own color monsters which show a specific emotion.

modeling clay art

Second graders finished up their Ming Vase Designs inspired by the Chinese New Year which incorporate blue and white patterns and tissue paper flowers to symbolize winter turning into spring. Students also learned about Japanese Sumi-e ink painting and types of balance. Then, students created a series of black paintings called The Four Gentlemen. The Four Gentlemen are images of Bamboo, chrysanthemum, plum blossom, and wild orchid which each represent one of the four seasons. Students then choose one or more of these to include in a larger painting that we will turn into a hanging scroll using black paper and yarn.

vase artthree art

Third graders are finishing up ripped construction paper collages based on their own favorite winter memory.

collagesthird grade art

Fourth graders finished their Mexican folk art metal art designs using aluminum metal, wooden stylus tools, permanent markers, wire, and beads. They have started working on paper mache vases inspired by Greek mythology and a story related to their own life.

mexican folk artsugar skull artpaper mache art

In fifth grade, students are working on animal paper Molas based on the fabric Molas made by the Kuna Indians of Central America. To create these, students are drawing their own animal templates, cutting out, and layering multiple pieces of paper. They will also include two or more of the patterns that the Kuna Indians would use in their piece.


Sixth graders have been working on still-life paintings of objects using the primary colors and black and white to mix their own colors and values.

Marlborough Arts Center Student Show: Thank you to all of the families and staff who came out to view and support our AES artists last weekend!



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

Silver Sneaker Awards Winners

This week’s Silver Sneaker Awards for Perseverance are being given to Lily in Mrs. Gilbert’s class and Olivia in Mrs. Paquette’s class.
Over the last few months, Mrs. Gilbert has noticed that Lily has worked hard to take ownership for her learning and has worked extremely hard. Her perseverance and eagerness to learn how to read has taken over. She has been practicing her sight words and applying them to her reading and writing. Her increased confidence and class participation has given her the encouragement she needed to excel in reading. I’m very proud of you, Lily! Keep it up!
Mrs. Cariboni is nominating Olivia for the Silver Sneaker award because she has shown amazing perseverance all school year. No matter what task is given to her, Olivia puts forth great effort, and she never gives up. Even when something is a challenge, Olivia maintains a positive attitude and keeps trying. Many times, when Olivia is trying something difficult, she will even say, “Please don’t help me, I’m going to figure it out!” That perseverance is such a great quality to have. Olivia is also deserving of the Silver Sneaker award because she always has a smile on her face and she treats everyone with kindness and empathy. Olivia’s kind heart and sense of perseverance make her a great role model to others. Nice job, Olivia, keep up the great work!

silver sneaker winnersperseverance

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, April 30,2020, from 5:30-6:30 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 4/20/2020.
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

Click here for Sunday Scoop Attachments

Click here for this month's lunch menus

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.