Sunday Scoop 11/1/20

 

kids on swings in snow

October in Andover!

Another crazy weather pattern visited Andover and Eastern Connecticut on Friday leaving upwards of four inches of snow on the grassy areas and cars in the parking lot. Many of our students had the opportunity to catch snowflakes on their tongues and play outside enjoying the first snowfall of the season. I wonder what the rest of winter has in store for us...

Thank you to everyone who participated on Thursday from 6-7:30 PM in our first Andover open dialogue regarding race and what that means to us. The conversation was facilitated by two SERC experts, Nitza and Nicole. They led us through a few exercises to help drive our conversation about the differences between equity and equality and helped us to personally identify where we may currently be on the Courageous Conversations compass. Our powerful panel included parents, staff, administration, a town employee, and BOE members. It was quite moving to hear personal lived accounts of uncomfortable feelings associated with race, but the sharing began to open closed doors and encourage further much-needed dialogue. The openness and honesty left a mark on all who joined, and the immediate feedback was overwhelmingly in the direction of continuing this conversation. Thank you everyone who participated!! We will start planning for a second discussion soon. 

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Morgan and Brody put the final touches on their ornaments they are creating in Spanish class. Señora Hutton's recent lessons in 6th grade have had the students learning about animals and describing their attributes.

spanish class ornamentboy coloring ornament

Pre-K students in Mrs. Morrell’s class have been learning all about robots during Tech Time with Mrs. Frazier. After learning about each kind of robot and how to operate them, the students started a weekly rotation that will allow them to try out each type of robot. Students were able to put their skills to work and get hands on practice with either Dash, Code-a-Pillars or coding mice.

prek robotsstudent with robot

AES will be closed Tuesday November 3rd for Election Day.  This change to our school calendar was approved unanimously by the Andover Board of Education at their October meeting.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 4 and 5 starting at 1:30 PM. These conferences will be conducted via Zoom and teachers will be sending you an invitation to sign up for a 20 minute time slot. If you need an earlier or later time slot than is available, please let your classroom teacher know and I am sure they will work with you to arrive at a mutually agreeable time for your conference.

Each morning, the AES Morning Announcements will be available via Zoom at 8:45 each morning. Distance Learners can tune in each morning using the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82449585815?pwd=ZUUzMkp6YThjRjYyczNRQ0lOT1puZz09 
Meeting ID: 824 4958 5815
Passcode: 064019

It may seem early to think about the holidays, but with the uncertainty and difficulty of this pandemic, we want to reach out to AES families early.  Holidays can be financially stressful for families, possibly even more so in this unique year. If you and your family need extra support for the holidays in food and gift assistance, please reach out to  Cheri Rivard-Lentz at AES or email at cherir@ahmyouth.org or Andover's Social Services Department by contacting Roberta Dougherty at 860-742-7305 x5 or by email at assistantassessor@andoverct.org

If you would prefer not to contact either of these resources, you can also request assistance by completing one or both of these documents from Hebron Interfaith Human Services:

Holiday assistance or

Thanksgiving Dinner Assistance:

Turkey Request

AHM launched a new program in August called Health Matters. Health Matters is a mind and body wellness program developed by AHM’s Leadership, Mental Health and Prevention Teams; funded by a Grant from the Cigna Foundation.

Activities include Yoga Flow for All, Chair Yoga, Introduction to Tai Chi (Meditative Movement), Storytime Yoga, Zentangle Drawing, and Zumba Fitness®. Three workshops are planned: Love Your Face Therapy (LYFT) Workshop and two Mindfulness & Meditation Workshops; one for yourself and one for the entire family to participate in together. To learn more or to register, visit: https://ahmyouth.org/programs-services/health-matters/ 

All students are now eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch every day from now until December 31, 2020.  The USDA approved the funding for children aged 18 and under.  Any student who orders school lunch or breakfast on any day before December 31 will receive their meal for free.

snow on ground

A Note from The Andover PTA:

How can you HELP???

Sign up for our FUNDRAISERS

SCRIP is back and EASIER than ever!!!! Get gift cards to your favorite stores/restaurants and earn money towards the PTA!!!!
NO DEADLINES! This program will be running all school year!!
Great for Gifts, Holidays & Shopping!!
Visit: https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/
Use school code: DCLF381955L32
#aespta #AESSCRIP

AmazonSmile - https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=15576745011
Select "Ptsa Connecticut Inc Andover PTA"
BoxTops - Send your Boxtops into school NOW & Download the app today!!!
Stop&Shop Rewards - https://stopandshop.com

ShopRite Rewards - www.shopriteforeducation.com

Facebook Donations - All proceeds go toward upgrades to a new Outdoor Learning Space!! You can donate on our Facebook page- Andover Elementary School CT PTA. Thank you to all who have donated!

PTA TALK

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT!!!
Mrs. Hopkins

Did you see October’s Spotlight?
Check it out!!
https://youtu.be/biTgvMxg0v4

Now more than ever we need to stay connected as an AES Community!

How can you Connect?

· Join TODAY it’s FREE! Send your completed form to andoverelempta@gmail.com

Andover PTA Membership Form

NEXT MeetingTuesday November 3rd @ 7pmThe meeting will be held via Google meets.Join: meet.google.com/oye-zivd-akx Join by phone(US) +1 701-484-3766 (PIN: 493335017) 

Follow us on Facebook to stay connected!

@AndoverElementarySchoolCTPTA

Contact Us Andoverelempta@gmail.com 

Reminders from the Office

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School will be closed November 3 for Election Day and November 11 for Veteran’s Day

Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for November 4 and 5.

Family assistance is available during the holidays in terms of food, gifts or gift cards.  Please contact our school social worker, Cheri Rivard-Lentz, at rivardlentzc@andoverelementaryct.org if you are interested.

Procedure for Reporting an Absence

Please be sure to notify the school if your child/children are going to be absent from school for any reason. This includes our students who are currently Distance Learners.

Please report the absence by notifying the school one of the following ways:

1. Call our Attendance Line at (860) 742-7339, Extension 303 or

2. Email: Crandallr@andoverelementaryct.org

 We request that you please do not report your child's absence through the Remind App.  Thank you very much.

Please remember to notify the OFFICE directly by phone or email if your child/children are going to be absent from school. Our absence line can be reached at 860-742-7339 ext. 103.

Any AES family who needs assistance with internet connectivity, please contact John Briody at 860-742-7339.  We have “Hotspots” available.

Please send an email if you are going to change your child’s dismissal arrangements for the day.