Sunday Scoop 11/07/2021

Pre-K students in Mrs. Barone’s classroom rolled back the clock and paraded through the building on Friday. In this picture, they found themselves on the second floor visiting students in grades 2-6, and were so excited to be in the spotlight as students lined the hallways to clap and cheer. Today, we rolled back the clock by one hour and moved into Eastern Standard Time.

Kids lined up in front of Nature Pond

On Friday afternoon Mrs. DelMastro’s class hiked down to the Doris Chamberlain Nature Preserve also known as “Nature Pond.” The students had a blast hiking the trails behind the school and exploring the pond! Using nets and buckets they found insects, spiders, and tadpoles!

Boy holding net by pondKids gathered around observing the tadpoles they've caughtKids standing in front of a tree

Thank you to all of our teachers and families who met this week during parent teacher conferences to discuss each of our students! Thank you also to all of our families who completed the learning preference surveys in advance of the conferences. This information will help us to work to meet the individual needs of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher with any questions or concerns.

What’s Happening in the Library Media Center?

Students in Preschool have been learning about the changing of seasons from summer to fall. We have read books outside to observe the changes taking place. Some of the books we have read over the last few weeks are The Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes, Full of Fall by April Sayre, Pete the Cat: Falling for Autumn by James Dean, Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht, and The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright.

Around this time of year, some of the most requested books in the library are spooky stories. To help our younger students in Kindergarten and 1st grade get in the mood, we read some not-so-spooky stories like Creepy Carrots and Creepy Underwear by Aaron Reynolds, and Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by Megan Lacera. The 2nd grade students have been enjoying a read aloud of Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Students gathered in the libraryTwo kids at a table reading a book togetherTwo students reading a book separately

In 3rd and 4th grade, my goal is to teach students to use the library independently to find books they like on Destiny, our online library catalog, then find the physical books on the shelves. We started off the year learning how to access Destiny and use it to find the books available in our library. The last few weeks, we have been studying genres to get a better understanding of the kinds of books we like.

Student checking out shelf of booksTwo students sitting, and reading

Every year the State of Connecticut runs a program specifically for 5th graders called Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Schools can nominate a 5th grader to run in a statewide campaign. This year, Mrs. Hopkins and I helped the 5th graders develop a platform and write a speech to promote their issue. At the end of the AES campaign, 5th graders nominated Addy Sponzo to participate in the statewide election. Unfortunately, Addy didn’t make it to the final list of candidates, but our students will still be a part of the voting process to elect the next CT Kid Governor. For more information, visit CTKG.

In 6th grade Social Studies, we have just wrapped up our Geography unit. Students learned about different types of maps and how to read them. We are moving into our next unit about Human Geography where students will study different types of governments and economies around the world. To kick off learning about the economy, 6th graders participate in the “Stock Market Game”. They will be put in teams and given $100,000 to invest in the market. For more information, visit The Stock Market Game.

AES and Scholastic Book Fair Link

Starting on Wednesday, November 10th the AES Virtual Book Fair will officially be open! For more information, view the Schoolastic Book Fair Flyer.

Veterans Day Celebration

We are hosting an outdoor celebration of Veterans on Wednesday November 10 at 10:00 AM. We have invited all Veterans that are part of our AES community and those who reside in Andover to join us. An invitation was sent home with all students and is posted on our website under Sunday Scoop Attachments. If we have inclement weather on the 10th, we will move the celebration to November 12th at 10:00. Veterans Day Celebration Invitation.

Online Art Galleries for grades K-6

Artsonia is the world’s largest student online art museum. Throughout the year, photos will be taken of various art projects and uploaded to your child’s art gallery in grades k-6. You will get a notification every time work is published. Galleries can be set as public or private.

Parents and family members can view the art online, leave comments, and order keepsakes featuring the art such as: masks, t-shirts, magnets and mugs through Artsonia’s gift shop. The school will receive a portion of the proceeds from any keepsakes ordered. Permission slips for kindergarten, new students, and students who have not yet registered have been sent home. We hope you enjoy viewing your child’s art!

If you have any questions or are missing your permission form please email Mrs. Waine at wainej@andoverelementaryct.org

Artsonia

From the AES Parent and Teacher Association (PTA)

Check out the PTA Fundraiser Flyer, and help support the PTA

JOIN THE ANDOVER PTA TODAY!

  • PTA Online Membership Form
  • PTA Hardcopy Membeship Form
  • 2021-2022 Dues are $15 for family membership and $10 for teacher membership. Please make checks payable to ‘Andover PTA’.
  • Membership forms and dues payments can be returned at any PTA function or to the school in an envelope labelled “PTA Membership”.
  • We are excited to share our Fall Fundraisers! Please support the AES PTA. For more details, check out our Fall Fundraiser Flyer
  • Stop by the AES PTA table at Back to School Night! You can order an AES Hoodie or AES T-shirt and we will be raffling off a basket of prizes- Don't miss out!

ATTEND A MEETING (IN-PERSON OR VIRTUALLY)

  • We meet the 1ST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 7:00P in the AES Library (masks required). This year, all meetings will also be held via Google Meet – you can participate by phone or computer:
  • To join via Computer,  visit AES Google Meet
  • To join by Phone: Call 701-484-3766 and enter 493 335 017 when prompted for a pin.
  • 2021 Meetings Schedule:
  • September 7th
  • October 5th
  • November 2nd
  • December 7th
  • PTA Meeting Minutes will be posted online for those who cannot make it

SUPPORT THE PTA WHILE YOU SHOP

  1. PURCHASE YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM SCRIP – purchase cards at face value as gifts or purchase for places you routinely shop. A donation will be made - at no cost to you! - to the PTA each time you shop. Be sure to enter the AES Enrollment Code: 47F 822L 655L 32
    • Online: go to Shop With Scrip to shop from your computer. (Cards are bulk emailed out every 2-4 weeks)
    • Mobile App: Download the RaiseRight app and shop from your phone. (Direct shipping is available. If you use the app, link to a bank account rather than a credit card to avoid being charged a fee.)
  2. SHOP AMAZON SMILE AND SELECT THE PTA* AS YOUR CHARITY – Each time you shop through smile.amazon.com 0.5% of each eligible purchase is donated to the PTA – at no cost to you. (Might not seem like a lot, but trust us – it adds up!) Mention it to family and friends too – anyone can select the AES PTA as their charity of choice!
    NOTE: Be sure to select Ptsa Connecticut Inc Andover PTA as the charity as there are a few Andover PTAs in USA.
    • New Customers: Go to Amazon Smile and click the ‘Get Started’ button at the top. Then click the “Create Your Amazon Account” button to set up an account. Once set up see the ‘existing customers’ instructions.
    • Existing Customers: Log in to your Amazon account and then select “Your Account” and then “Amazon Smile” from the menu options. Select Ptsa Connecticut Inc Andover PTA as your charity. (If you already have a charity selected click “Change Charity”.) Bookmark smile.amazon.com and remember to use that link when you shop!
    • Mobile App customers (*Only for Android version 7.0+ and iOS version 12+): Download the Amazon app to you Apple or Android device. Open the app and tap on “AmazonSmile” within the Programs & Features menu (or in Settings) and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. SUBMIT YOUR GROCERY RECEIPTS TO BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION – Go to Box Tops For Education and click the ‘Join Now’ button at the top right. Enter 06232 in the zip code box and select ‘Next’. Click ‘Select this School’ below the AES listing. Enter your contact information, email and create a password.
    • Clipped BoxTops: If you have clipped BoxTops please return them to school ASAP – each ‘top’ is worth $0.10 to AES!
    • Digital Receipts: Using the email address you used to enroll, forward your email to receipts@boxtops4education.com. (Or you can scan with a computer and go to Box Tops For Education - Contact Us and select ‘Submit a Digital Receipt’ – complete your information, upload a scan of the receipt and click submit.)
    • Printed Receipts: Scan your receipt with the BoxTops for Education mobile app to submit.
  4. LINK YOUR SHOPRITE PRICE PLUS REWARDS CARD TO AES – Pick up a ShopRite Price Plus card at ShopRite. Go to Shop Rite For Education and enter your card number. Click the Update Contact Information link in the upper right-hand corner and select AES as the school you wish to support. (Bonus: You’ll earn bonus BoxTops rewards points for AES by using your card!)

PRO TIP: GROCERY SHOPPING CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT! Here’s how...

    1. purchase a ShopRite gift card from Scrip
    2. activate your ShopRite gift card and select AES PTA as your charity
    3. go to ShopRite on Spencer Street in Manchester to shop – pay with your gift card, and then
    4. scan your receipt with your BoxTops app. Your earn donations galore for AES!

 

Please follow us at Andover PTA Facebook Page to check out other ways you can help support the PTA and all things happening!

There is still time to order a yearbook for 2020-21. Simply call the office or send an email to Rosemary Crandall at crandallr@andoverelementaryct.org. The yearbooks are $16.00 each.

Reminders from the Office

Sunday Scoop Attachments

Lunch Menus

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.