Friday Memos

Beach/Hawaiian Day!

AES students and staff started getting ready for summer vacation by sporting their beach and Hawaiian attire for our final spirit day of the year. With only ten school days remaining, everyone is eagerly anticipating the first day of summer. Be sure to check out all of the pictures at the end of this memo!

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 Steppin’ Up into Summer Vacation!

Ahhhhhh! Summer vacation has arrived at last. After a full week of year-ending activities and events, we have reached the end of the 2017-18 school year. Wednesday’s Pre-K and Kindergarten Fun Day, Thursday’s Year-End Assembly and Friday’s Step-Up Ceremony were the final three events of a year that was filled with learning, growth, friendship and fun. Special thanks to all of our teachers, paraprofessionals, office staff, custodial crew, kitchen staff and everyone else who helped make this year so memorable! Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo and the video from Field Day 2018: https://goo.gl/RoqJYV  

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Happy and Fun Field Day!     

This year's Field Day was a HUGE success!  The weather was cool with a little rain early, but most of the day stayed dry.  I can’t say the same for the students, and most people around however, but that is how we want it on Field Day!!  Students traveled around in groups led by our 6th graders and participated in a number of different events including Yoga, relay races,

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You’re a Brand New Flag!

    Andover Elementary has a new flag thanks to the efforts of our Student Council.  It arrived just in time for Memorial Day. Here is their report:

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Outdoor Learning Day!

There were smiles all around as the Pre-K and Kindergarten students participated in our first ever Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday.  The morning was filled with science, math and engineering activities (STEM). With the help of staff and many parent volunteers, the students explored science, math and engineering activities (STEM) in a carefully prepared environment.

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Community Service Day!

    Our sixth grade students picked up shovels, rakes and clippers on Friday to help beautify the grounds at AES as part of our annual 6th Grade Community Service Day.  They worked in small groups to weed, mulch, prune and spruce up the property. It’s amazing how much this group of students was able to accomplish in two hours! 

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Raising Salmon!    

 Our AES sixth graders visited the Salmon River in Colchester last week to release the salmon they have been raising from eggs for the past 113 days.  Each day, students collected data and controlled the water temperature in order to prepare for their release into the river. Along the banks of the river, students participated in various learning activities that were led by teachers and parents.  

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Connecticut PTA Teacher of the Year!

Kirstina Frazier was recognized at April’s Board of Education meeting (left) and at the Rocky Hill Sheraton (right) on Wednesday evening for being named Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Connecticut PTA.  She received commemorative plaques from both the BOE and the Connecticut PTA.

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Art's Alive! 

 Students in Mrs. Bush’s Kindergarten Class display the animals they created using paper mache.  Each student was extremely proud of their creations and they were eager to bring them home to show their families.

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Signs of Spring!   

After a very long winter, there are signs of Spring all around AES.  In celebration of Spring and Easter Weekend, the PTA is sponsoring their annual Egg Hunt in the gymnasium for all AES families on Saturday March 31 from 10:30 until 11:30 AM.  This is a free event.

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Math Night Rocked!     

First and Second Grade students brought their families back to school on Wednesday evening for a special interactive night of Mathematics and fun.  Mrs. Frazier, our math and technology specialist, planned stations and activities that were engaging and educational for our young and “older” mathematicians.

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Super Speller!     

Juliet McShane represented AES on Saturday at the Connecticut Spelling Bee at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.  Thirty-five spellers from across the state in grades 4-8 competed for a chance to represent Connecticut at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.  

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Can you spell Deja Vu?    

For the second year in a row, Juliet McShane will represent AES at the Statewide Scripp’s Spelling Bee taking place at the University of Saint Joseph next weekend.

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Lift Off!     

Kindergarten students from Mrs. Gilbert’s class are using the parachute to play a hide and seek game during PE class with Mr. Moynihan last week.  

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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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