Friday Memo 2-16-18

 

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. A big thank you to all of the families in our Andover community for their kindness and generosity!

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Also, this event wouldn’t be successful and run as smoothly without the help of Mr. Piros who is control of all of the donations and tracking the money for the students.  Finally, a thank you to all of the administration and teachers for their help and support with this fundraiser.  

     So far this year we raised $6895.00 towards helping to save lives and fund important research for people in need of care, medicine, research, etc.  Money can be brought in until the end of February so that we can mail it out and have the students receive any thank you gifts that they are patiently waiting for.  Money can be sent in anytime after the 28th of February as a donation, but there is no guarantee that additional thank you gifts can be ordered and sent after the 28th. Thank you for all of your help and support!!    

     We are pleased and excited to announce that four after-school clubs will be meeting for five consecutive Mondays beginning on February 26th.  These clubs are:  Archery, Lego Robotics, Chess and Technology.  Each club will meet from 3:00 until 4:30 PM and there will be a late bus available to provide transportation.  Please complete the registration form attached to this email and return it to your classroom teacher as soon as possible.

     Last Wednesday evening, the Andover Board of Education voted to reduce the total number of student days from 183 down to 180 if there are additional weather-related cancellations this year.  As of today, there have been 7 cancellations bringing our last day of school to June 22, 2018.  For each additional cancellation (up to a total of three more), students will not be required to make up those days.  Teachers, however, will be required to report for professional development.  If there are more than three cancellations, April vacation will be reduced beginning with Monday April 16th.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

 Family Math Night

     On March 14th, all AES 1st & 2nd graders are invited to a family math night. Students and their parents will be involved with a variety of math activities and games. Challenges will be presented and prizes will be awarded. Please plan on joining us from 6:00-7:30.  

Kindergarten Kindness

     Over the last few weeks kindergarten students have been focusing on Kindness.  We read several books about kindness including Heartprints by P.K. Hallinan and Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler.  The students were given the challenge to complete 100 acts of kindness by the 100th day to school.  The acts could be as simple as giving a compliment to someone or as complex as helping take care of someone that was sick.  Mrs. Gilbert and Mrs. Bush are very proud to say that the students EXCEEDED their goal!  You can read more about the acts of kindness that the students performed on the wall between the kindergarten classrooms.  

Silver Sneaker Winners For The Week

Congratulations to Brian in Mrs. Hopkins class and Olivia in Mrs. Bech’s class for receiving the award this week. 

Brian is receiving this award for working hard to get his work done.  Brian is a good friend and shows empathy for others.  He has been working on being organized and completing his work, and has been doing a good job at paying attention and class!!  Great Job Brian!! 

Olivia has been making good choices lately and is being a good friend to others.  She has a kind heart and is really trying to do her best on her assignments.  Olivia’s teachers have seen a lot of maturity this year, too.   Mrs. Bech said that she rotates the classroom jobs in her classroom and when Olivia has a job she consistently does it to the best of her ability.  So proud of you, Olivia!   

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From The Art Room

The big news in art at AES is two shows coming right up. First, the all school art show will be displayed with the fifth grade spaghetti dinner, February 28th.  I am on track to have one piece from every child in the school on display.

The very next day I will be taking about 40 pieces to the district show at the Marlborough Art Center. It is a beautifully restored building and the show is always wonderful with artwork from the elementary schools and RHAM middle and high schools. I always love to see who of our alumni is represented. The elementary school opening reception is Sunday March 4th from 1 to 4. The space will be open the next weekend, March 10th and 11th , and the following Saturday the 17th from 1 to 4.

I have had increasing numbness and lost function in my left hand (I’m left handed), so I had surgery last Friday. I mention this both to apologize for the briefness of this memo and to salute all the students who have stepped up and helped with many tasks I have usually done for them. Thanks!

Preschool Openings Available

There are still a few preschool openings available at Andover Elementary School’s Early Learning Center.

The program is a full-day program, running Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with before and after school care available to families. Preschool tuition is based on a sliding fee scale.

Andover is the recipient of the State Department of Education’s School Readiness Grant & Smart Start Grant. Both grants allow 3- and 4-year-old children from families below state median income to experience preschool.

If interested in attending, contact Andover Elementary School at 860-742-7339 for more information.

Registration for our 2018 RHAM Youth Lacrosse season is open!

Please visit rhamyouthlacrosse.com and register your players today.

2018 RYL registration fees follow:
Little Laxers (kindergarten): $50
Lightning (1st and 2nd grade): $100
Grades 3-8: $200

Financial aid is available; check our website or email the registrar for more information. You can pay half of the fee when you register and the other half just before the season starts. Register by February 15 to guarantee your child a spot on the RYL roster and to avoid a $40 late fee!

Volunteer Opportunities

If you love youth lacrosse as much as we do, please consider helping us to make RYL the best youth lacrosse program around. We are seeking board members and people to help us to run various aspects of the program. Many of our current board members and other volunteers have kids who have moved into the high school and are no longer playing in our program and so we need additional lacrosse parents to help. Please reply to this note, or contact any member of the Board to find out how you can help.

We are excited for another great RHAM Youth Lacrosse season in 2017 and look forward to seeing all of you on our beautiful Burnt Hill fields! Please reach out to any member of our Board if you have any questions. Think spring!

Reminders from the Office

The annual AES Pasta Supper and Art Show is scheduled for February 28th from 5:30 until 7:00 PM.  Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us.  

The PTA is sponsoring a babysitting class that begins in March for 6th grade students. A registration form is attached to this memo.

Youth Baseball Registration for 2018 is underway.  Please contact the main office for a form.

Our students in grades K-6 go outside for recess every day during the winter as long as the temperature is above 15 degrees Fahrenheit when factoring in the wind chill.Snow pants, boots, hats and gloves are required for students to be able to play in the snow during recess. Please let us know if you need any of these items.

Our School Messenger Alert System communicates by phone, email and text for weather-related closings. If you would like to receive text notifications, text Yes to 67587. 

If you would like to add or remove any numbers or email addresses, please call the office or send an email.

All student drop-offs and pick-ups take place in the lower parking lot and utilize the cafeteria doors. If you are meeting with a teacher or walking your child to class, you must park in the upper lot and report to the office for a visitor badge.

All arrivals after 8:35 AM must be through the main office doors.

Any student who is not picked up from the cafeteria by 3:10 PM will be brought to the main office to wait.

We hope you are having an enjoyable long weekend!

-John

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