Sunday Scoop 6/6/2021

Sunday Scoop (Tuesday Edition) 06-08-21


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Believe it or not, there are only 8 school days remaining in the 2020-21 school year. This Friday, June 11, our K-6 students will participate in Field Day. Field Day Flyer. Our Pre-K students will enjoy their own Fun Day on Thursday June 10. We are looking forward to having some outdoor fun as we bring this year to a close. The last day of school is June 18 and we will be dismissing at 1:00 PM.

From Grade 6: In a “normal” year, 6th graders travel down to Groton, CT and participate in Project Oceanology. Since we were unable to do that this year, we did the next best thing and invited them to come to us! On Wednesday, two educators from Project O came to AES and the students participated in 2 programs. In one program, called “Davy Jones Locker”, the 6th graders were challenged with the task to create 2 layers of water in a large tube using what they know about salinity and density. Next, they had to fill vials with different amounts of aquarium rock in order to get one to sink to the bottom, one to float on top, and one to stay in the middle. I’m happy to report that all teams were successful in this challenge! The second program gave students the opportunity to see marine life found in Long Island Sound. There were fish, lobsters, crabs and even sea urchins. They were asked to identify the animals using resources and were even able to touch them, if they were brave enough! It was a fun and educational experience!

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From Grade 5: This past Thursday and Friday, fifth graders were able to experience some of what life was like during the 1770’s in New England. Students were treated to a Revolutionary War Historian who educated them on the events leading up to the battle of Bunker Hill. He also talked about how Colonials dressed as well as some of the supplies they would have carried with them into battle.

On Friday, students experienced Colonial Cuisine by eating four different colonial-style stews. Students loved the taste of their lunch as well as seeing it cooked over charcoal in a cast iron pot. Students then worked to analyze what was fact and what was fiction about Paul Revere’s ride as told by the famous poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Students then illustrated major events leading up to the Revolutionary War and placed them in chronological order. It was a wonderful experience for our fifth grade students!

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What’s Happening in Library?

We’ve made it to the final stretch of the school year! Despite the limitations we’ve had by not being in the library, it hasn’t slowed us down the reading we’ve done this year. In the month of April, in honor of Earth Day we celebrated by reading a variety of books that featured our planet. In Kindergarten and first grade we read Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers, Crabcake by Andrea Tsurumi, and If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams. In grades 4-6, we read The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul.

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In second grade, we spent most of the school year reading all the 2021 nominees for the Connecticut Book Award. Click here to see the whole list of books we read. At the end of April our students participated by voting for their favorite book. In mid-May the results were released and We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T Higgins won!

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Our theme for the month of May was teamwork. In Preschool through 2nd, we read books that promoted this character trait such as Bear Came Along by Ryan T Morris. We also read books that helped us welcome spring. For example, Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara Levine and Grizzle Grumpby Aaron Blecha.

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Because we are approaching the end of the year, books will no longer be checked out. Please return any books you have at home that belong to the school library. In the upcoming weeks I will be sending notices for any students with outstanding books. If you have lost your library book, please consider replacing it or contact me, to refund the school.

Our annual Spring Art Show was shared with students, families and staff on Thursday evening. Jessica Waine did a fabulous job of including photos of each student’s artwork for this show. I strongly encourage all of our families to check out the Art Show Video that highlights our extremely artistic and talented students. Thank you Jessica! You did a great job!

There is still time to order a yearbook for 2020-21. Simply call the office or send an email to Rosemary Crandall at The yearbooks are $16.00 each and every 6th grade student will be receiving one for free.

Field Day will be taking place on June 11 for students and staff only. Field Day Flyer

You’ve Been Caught!

Andover’s Read Across America Challenge is underway! Andover students have been challenged to read 20 books each in a variety of genres between now and June 1 and encourage their classmates to earn whole class rewards and help AES meet the school reading goal of 3,000 books before June 1st. We are halfway there! Each week, students will be featured in the Sunday Scoop and recognized on our website as part of the challenge. Congratulations Jonathan, Dylan and Hudson pictured above and Teaghan, Delilah, Emelina and Julianna pictured below.

AHM launched a new program 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 Health Matters.

From AES Food Services:

Great News! Capt. Nathan Hale School in Coventry has been approved to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost all summer long to anyone age 18 or younger! The sign up will be available at Coventry Public Food Services for parents to sign up once school gets out. Meals are distributed once a week on Wednesdays. The meals are refrigerated or frozen and ready to heat at home. If you want more information, please reach out to Beth Pratt at 860-742-4535 or

Free breakfast and lunch for all students will be extended through June 30, 2022!

From the AES PTA:

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Keep your eyes out for our next PTA Talk with Mrs. Zito!

Here are some of the ways you can continually help support the PTA all year round:

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Reminders from the Office

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This month’s lunch menus

Virtual Art Show

The last day of school is June 18. We will dismiss at 1:00 PM. Pick-ups will begin at 12:45 PM.

All students are now eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch every day from now until June 30, 2022. 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. Coventry Food Services link to breakfast and lunch


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!