Sunday Scoop 6/12/2022

If you add amazing students, helpful sixth graders, staff supervision, fun activities, water and perfect weather, you have the recipe for the Best Field Day Ever! Kudos to Jon Moynihan who masterminded this wonderful experience for our entire school! Our students played all morning and then enjoyed a picnic lunch followed by ice cream, the dunk tank and the all-important kickball game.

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The sixth graders smothered the teachers in this year’s kickball game by a score of 11-4. Just when the teachers would score some runs to make it close, the sixth graders would sprint out and extend the lead. Congratulations 6th grade!

Student running to baseAndover Redhawks fence signAES Student Vs Teacher Kickball Game

Be sure to visit our website for more photos and videos from this incredible day!

Thank you to all of the families who have purchased gifts from Artsonia this year. We used some of the proceeds to purchase slime kits with colorful mix-ins and tools (see picture below). Students in grades K-6 were each able to create a slime container as one of their field day stations on Friday.

Students playing with slime kits

As if all of this excitement wasn’t enough for one day, our sixth graders returned to AES for a beach-themed evening that included outdoor games, music, sand castles, limbo, a pizza truck and ice cream sundae bar. What a day to be in 6th grade!

Class of 2022 Chalk DrawingClass of 2022 Chalk DrawingStudent playing sports in fieldStudents posing for photo on AES playgroundStudent throwing objectStudent trying to catchSixth Grade Class Photo

What’s Happening in Music?

With the end of the year approaching, students in the lower grades have been enjoying music centers, wrapping up songs we have been working on, and revisiting old favorites from throughout the year.

Student wearing pretend glasses made out of pipe cleaner

Students in grade 3 have continued to push forward with our Recorder Karate curriculum. They have learned so much! I am so proud of their hard work and congratulate them on earning so many belts this year.

Music Sheet

For the past month, students in grades 4-6 have been working on learning the Polynesian rowing song “Tongo” and enjoyed putting a lot of musical skills to the test in several activities related to it. These students not only learned to sing the song, but also a stick-passing movement to do while they sing. We also used some of our favorite sodas to compose four-beat rhythmic patterns that we then layered on top of the song to create one big, beautiful, polyrhythmic masterpiece.

Soda association in music

AES Evening of the Arts

AES Band
Students in Redhawk Recorders, Chorus, and Band had the opportunity to showcase their musical talents at our Spring Concert as part of Evening of the Arts last month. Congratulations to all of our performers on a job well done! Thank you to Mr. Briody for his help with set-up and technology management, as well as all of the families and audience members for their support and encouragement. It was a wonderful evening!


AES on Memorial Day

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The AES Band and Chorus both performed as part of Andover’s Memorial Day Celebrations. Both performed “America, the Beautiful” - the Band along the parade route; the Chorus during the town ceremony. It was a beautiful day and a great experience for our young musicians. Thank you again to all of our parent volunteers who came out to help us and to our entire Andover community for supporting us along the way!

End of the Year Band Reminders

If your student has any instruments or instrument-related materials at home that belong to Andover Elementary School, please make sure these get returned to the school as soon as possible. This includes band instruments, lesson books, bell covers, and any marching band equipment (lyres and/or flip folders).

Little Kids ROCK!

Instruments donated by Little Kids Rock

Last month AES was gifted a selection of new instruments from Little Kids Rock. Little Kids Rock is an organization that provides teacher training, curriculum resources, and classroom instruments to schools in an effort to increase and improve music education. They are leaders in the Modern Band movement, which encourages music programs that are student-centered and focus on genres of music that kids are most familiar with and interested in, as a means to developing their overall musical skills and appreciation. You can learn more about them and their impact here. We are so grateful for these new instruments and are excited for the opportunity to expand our music program next year!

Avery Point Field Trip

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On Thursday, June 9th, the 6th graders embarked on a journey to Avery Point to participate in Project Oceanology. The weather was gray and rainy as they learned in science labs about the Atlantic lobster and its population in the Long Island Sound. They worked as partners on a challenge using what they knew about density and temperature to float tubes of rocks in the top, middle and bottom layers of water columns that they created. The sky cleared and the sun came out just in time for them to go out on the research vessel! On the cruise through the Sound, students collected ocean creature samples that they held, counted and measured all in the name of research. They were also able to take water and sediment samples that they used to find several different types of readings. It was a beautiful day and an educational experience that will be remembered for years to come!

From the Library

As we approach the end of the school 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.

Get your Yearbook today!

Order your yearbook online by visiting: Coffee Spond
Password: andover
The Yearbook is in full color and features pictures of students from grades PK-6.

Brick sales are underway for the Outdoor Learning Center!

Buy a brick for your family!
Brick Sale Flyer

The Andover Recreation Commission is sponsoring this Summer Camp Program in Andover. The camp will run for 7 weeks starting June 27 thru August 12. The camp will include a variety of activities for all ages, including; gardening, hiking, arts and crafts, building, sports, nature study, games, water play, wood working, science exploration and more. Children entering the first grade and up will visit Andover Lake throughout the summer program and have the option to receive swim lessons for 2 weeks, July 18-29, additional $50 fee applies. Campers must be registered by June 10th for lessons. There will be visits from the Andover Library. The children will play on the playground and use the gymnasium at AES and explore the Trails and Woodlands behind the Town Hall and School.
Here is the link for more information: Andover Summer Camp Google Form.

Substitute and Part Time Kitchen Help Needed!

The Coventry/Andover School Food Service is now hiring part time and substitute kitchen workers. Help contribute to the students’ educational day by feeding them satisfying, healthy meals. This rewarding and convenient position is great for parents or grandparents of school-aged children. The hours are generally 10 am to 1:30 pm with some variation per school.

If you are interested or would like more information, please call Beth Pratt, Director of School Food Services, at 860-742-4535 between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. To apply, go to Applitrack .

We hope to hear from you.

Reminders from the Office

Sunday Scoop Attachments

Lunch Menus

Registration for Kindergarten and Pre-K for 2022-23 is now underway. We will be reaching out to our Pre-K families to begin the registration process for all eligible students. In addition, we will be running ads in the Rivereast. If you know of any families who would be eligible for Kindergarten or Pre-K for the coming year, please ask them to contact the office.

The last day of school will be Friday June 17, 2022. We will dismiss at 1:00 PM.

6th Grade Step-Up will be Thursday June 16th at 10:30 AM rain or shine.

The Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) is an appointment scheduling system provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The following link provides information regarding Covid 19 Vaccination sign-ups and clinics for anyone age 5 and up.
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.