Sunday Scoop 12/20/2020

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Student progress reports were sent out on Friday. Please notify the office if you did not receive a progress report for your child(ren).

Some families have asked whether we are planning to move to distance teaching and learning after the holiday break. At this time, we are planning to return to school on January 4th as scheduled. We will, however, send all learning materials home with students before we leave for the holidays in the event that circumstances necessitate that we begin the new year from home. Please keep the school informed over the break if there is any family health information you need to share. 

Here is our Family Survey on Distance Learning

As we move toward the official start of winter, there is a chance that weather will impact the opening of school. Sometimes there are delayed openings, early dismissals or school closures. We use our School Messenger system to notify families of changes to the normal school day through email, telephone and text. Please contact the office to update or change any of your contact information. You will find an attachment to the Sunday Scoop that invites you to opt-in to text messaging. If school is closed for weather-related reasons, we will not be offering distance teaching and learning on those days. It will be considered a “snow day” and will be made up at the end of the school year. Be sure to send in plenty of warm clothing and snow gear as our students will be going outside often. If you are in need of snow gear, please contact Mr. Briody.

The Andover Public Library is sponsoring a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. They have 25 “gingerbread houses” to give away beginning Monday, December 7th. Families are encouraged to bring home an undecorated cardboard house and decorate it in any way with whatever materials are on-hand – candy, sequins, felt, whatever! You are only limited by your imagination. An instruction sheet will be given with each house template. Please see the attached flyer at the end of the Sunday Scoop for more information.
The Andover library is also sponsoring a fun BINGO game that runs through Wednesday December 30th. This game is open to all Andover students in grades K-6. Please see the attached flyer.

Each morning, the AES Morning Announcements will be available via Zoom at 8:45 AM. Distance Learners can tune in at AES Morning Announcements.

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 or Andover's Social Services Department by contacting Roberta Dougherty at 860-742-7305 x5 or by email at

All students are now eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch every day from now until June 30, 2021. The USDA approved the funding for children aged 18 and under. Families may opt for a once a week pick up on Wednesdays from 11:30 – 12:30 at the front of the Capt. Nathan Hale School in Coventry. These meals are ordered every two weeks and come frozen, ready to heat at home. To order, visit Coventry Public School Food Services.

Holiday light hunt

December 12, 2020- Jan 1, 2021. Travel around town with clues to view decorated homes. Clues can be found in the Holiday Light Hunt 2020 Document.

Notes From the PTA...
Hello AES Community!
Gift Card SCRIP Fundraiser is in full Swing!
Visit: Shop with Scrip
Use school code: DCLF381955L32
OR Download the App. RaiseRight for direct ship options (Fees apply)

Select - Ptsa Connecticut Inc Andover PTA
A donation is made to the Andover PTA!
Don’t know how? Go to our Facebook page for instructions or email us at

See Attached flyers for more details and Follow us on Facebook!

BoxTops - Send your Boxtops into school NOW & Download the app today!!!
Stop & Shop Rewards
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ShopRite Rewards
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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!
Mrs. Hopkins Video

Did you see October’s Spotlight?
Superintendent Valerie Bruneau's Video

MEMBERSHIP IS FREE THIS YEAR! Please take a moment and fill out the form and send it back to us.
Andover PTA Membership Form 20-21.pdf

PTA Welcome Information 2020-21.pdf

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Reminders from the Office

Sunday Scoop Attachments

This Month's Lunch Menus

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.orgif you are interested.

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

Great News!!! We are thrilled to announce that The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Coventry/Andover School Food Service to serve meals free of charge to all children age 18 and under through June 30, 2021!


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:

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