Friday Memos

Jumping and Hooping For Heart!!      This year’s Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart has been a huge success, once again!  This event wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and generosity of the students, parents, staff and our Andover community.

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 Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies and Healthy Hearts!     Friday morning’s assembly kicked-off three major events taking place over the next three weeks at AES.  First, Mr. Moynihan introduced Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Taking place on Thursday and Friday February 14 and 15 (Healthy Bodies).

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Go Team!       

Today was Sports Teams Day at AES.  Can you guess which team had the most fans?  Be sure to check out the photos at the end of this memo to find out.  

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Do you DARE?     

Our sixth-grade students completed their ten week DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program with Trooper Abbey Belcher and graduated on Thursday evening in the gymnasium. The updated DARE Program curriculum focuses on strategies to make good decisions in life and handle peer pressure.  Every student wrote an essay and created a poster that reflected their learning.  

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Lunch with the Principal!   

Every month I get to enjoy lunchtime with students from Kindergarten through sixth grade in the conference room.  This picture was taken last Friday on Super Hero Day with students from K-3.  

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Happy New Year!I hope you had an enjoyable holiday break and that your new year is off to a great start. If you were hoping for a longer break, you are probably enjoying this unexpected four-day weekend. I wonder what Mother Nature has planned for the rest of our winter…

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Happy Holidays!

Thursday night’s Winter Concert was the perfect way to bring our AES Community together to enjoy our talented musicians and wish one another well as we head into the Holiday Break.

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It’s a Mismatch Frenzy!

Today was Mismatch Day at AES!  Staff and students dug deep into their closets to find the perfect outfit.  As you will see by the pictures at the end of this memo, AES has some real fashion sense!  For Mr. Briody, it was just another day of getting dressed for work…     

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Beware of Dragons!

AES students in our Early Learning Center celebrated the end of their five senses unit with the reading of Dragons Love Tacos and a taco party on Thursday morning. These fire-breathing students wore dragon headgear and feasted on a crunchy or soft taco filled with their favorite ingredients. I truly enjoyed my morning taco in the presence of these friendly dragons!

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Go Lego Go!

Our AES Lego First Team traveled to Shelton High School this weekend to compete in the state championships. On Friday afternoon, we all gathered in the gymnasium for a pep rally to congratulate them on their East of the River successes and wish them well. Be sure to check out all of the pictures at the end of this memo.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Intergenerational Day at AES took place on Wednesday morning as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and siblings were welcomed into our classrooms to observe and participate in some fun and engaging learning activities. It was one of the best turnouts we have ever had for this pre-Thanksgiving tradition. Special thanks to our classroom teachers for planning activities to engage our families and to the PTA for providing refreshments. We hope that all of you are able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends over this holiday weekend. We are extremely thankful for our families and our dedicated staff.

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A Rainbow of Students!

Students and staff gathered on the lower playground for a full display of colors as our November Spirit Day (Color Wars) came to a close on Friday afternoon.  Bright colors and smiling faces filled the school.  Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo.  

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

     AES staff and students welcomed family members and friends who have served in the military to school for a special recognition ceremony on Thursday morning.  Almost 30 Veterans joined us in the gymnasium where we presented them with flowers, cards and a collection of essays written by our 5th and 6th grade students.  Zeke Violette, Lydia Smedley and Jake Archibald read their essays to our Vets and retired teacher, John Gasper, addressed the audience about his experiences in Vietnam.  Our Kindergarten students led the Veterans into the gym and our Pre-Schoolers led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Students from every grade level participated in this event by making cards, reciting poems, singing patriotic songs or writing essays.  After the ceremony, the Veterans were able to spend some time with their family members (and one another), and enjoy some refreshments in the cafeteria thanks to our PTA.  Thanks also to our Veteran’s Day Committee for their efforts in planning this very special celebration. 

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What a Week!

     Two days of no school, a delayed opening, lost power, fallen trees, Halloween and a full moon.  This coming week will be just as strange with two days of no school (Tuesday and Friday), two early dismissals (Wednesday and Thursday), parent/teacher conferences, the book fair and a Veteran’s Day Assembly.  We hope to see everyone this week at AES for conferences and the book fair.

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Pink Out!!     

Friday was our Pink Out Day at AES to raise awareness for cancer and cancer research.   Sixth graders from the group, Just Some Kids Making a Difference, suggested that we all wear pink one day in October during Cancer Awareness Month.  It was a huge success as you will see from the pictures at the end of this memo.  Special thanks to Leah, Naomi, Avery and Maddie!

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Crazy Hats and Hair!

     Friday was Crazy Hat and Crazy Hair Day at AES and our school spirit was on full display.  Be sure to check out all of the great pictures at the end of this memo and on our website!

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Stay Safe!

Friday was Fire Safety Day at AES.  The Andover Fire Department visited with each grade level from grade one through six at school while the Kindergarten and Pre-K students walked over to the firehouse.  Our firefighters do an excellent job explaining ways to be safe as they deliver a unique message to each grade level.  Special thanks to our chief, Ron Mike, and the rest of the Andover Fire Department! 

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Read On!

We celebrated our summer reading on Friday morning with the help of author and illustrator, Joe Shandrowski.  Through the generosity of the AES PTA, Joe made two entertaining presentations to our students about the importance of reading using music, lights, bubbles and his own rough drafts for his books.  He talked about the importance of being creative, interesting and entertaining.  The students enjoyed Joe’s high-energy performance and were excited to learn that they had met and exceeded their summer reading goal.  At the end of the day, we celebrated with an ice cream party in the cafeteria sponsored by our PTA.  

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Character Counts!     

First graders in Mrs. DelMastro’s class proudly display the work they are doing to learn about being a good citizen as part of their Social Studies unit on Community.  The students worked in groups to create short video clips illustrating good citizen values and we were treated to a sneak peek on Friday morning.

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It’s Pajama Day!

AES students and staff showed their spirit for our first spirit day of the year, Pajama and Stuffed Animal Day.  On Tuesday evening, we hosted our annual K-6 Curriculum Night where parents are invited into the classrooms to learn about each grade level’s curriculum, routines and expectations.  Everyone gathered in the gymnasium at the beginning of the evening to hear about our student success on the Smarter Balanced Assessment and the most recent changes and upgrades to our facility.  There will be a separate Pre-K Curriculum Night on October 11 at 6 PM. 

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