Friday Memo 3-2-18

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.

Juliet spelled “noctograph” to win Thursday’s school-wide spelling bee, finishing ahead of Liam Regan, Justin Dooley, Rebekah Pedro and thirteen other very good spellers.  On Wednesday morning, Jackson Goyette finished first in the grade 1-3 bee and qualified to participate in the school-wide bee on Thursday. Congratulations to all of our amazing spellers and good luck to Juliet!Friday was Husky Spirit Day at AES and Husky pride was on display.  Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo!   

    On Wednesday evening, AES welcomed families and friends to the second annual Art Show and Pasta Supper.  Works of art from every student were on display in the hallway outside the cafeteria while delicious pasta and sauce was being served inside the cafeteria.  Proceeds from the 5th Grade Pasta Supper will go toward the fifth grade trip to Boston in the spring. Thanks to everyone who helped make this special night possible!

more smiling and eating in cafefamilies eating spaghetti

display of childrens art work

Friday was Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day at AES.  Several former AES teachers and Representative Robin Green visited Friday to read to each classroom as mystery guests.  The students were also given the opportunity to “Drop Everything and Read” in the hallways before lunch on Friday morning.  Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo.

staff smiling


From the Superintendent’s Desk – March 2018

Dear Andover Elementary School Parents & Guardians, I want everyone to be aware that we are changing some of our procedures regarding entering the building during the school day. We have placed a new sign at the Main Entrance asking everyone to push the outside buzzer and wait to be buzzed in by office staff. No other entrances should be used by anyone entering the building during school hours.

As has been done in the past, everyone must sign in at the Main Office and wear a Visitor Badge throughout their time in the building, followed by signing out again in the Main Office. Parents may not walk their children to class. Children will be escorted to class by a staff member.

Thank you for your assistance in this important matter. Our goal, first and foremost, is the safety and health of all of Andover Elementary School’s children and staff.

~ Sally Doyen, Ed.D. Superintendent


    As part of our continued efforts to focus on overall wellness, we will not be selling “snacks” in the cafeteria on Mondays through Thursdays.  These “snacks” primarily consisted of bags of chips and ice cream. Students wil be able to purchase these “snacks” every Friday. Please contact Mr. Briody with any questions or concerns.  

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.  

    Congratulations to Aubrey in Mrs. Bech’s class and Ava in Mrs. Hebert’s class for receiving the award this week.  

Ava is receiving this award for her considerate ways of helping others when she sees someone in need. Ava does not have to be asked to do the right thing, she does wonderful things on her own.  She is always volunteering to help her teacher and peers alike. She works hard on her class work and never gives up when it gets hard. Ava is a wonderful girl who is admired by friends and her teachers feels very lucky to have her as a student. Great Job Ava!

Aubrey is receiving this award for the amount of growth her teachers have seen in her this year, both academically and socially.  Aubrey has been doing a great job at including different people in activities who may otherwise feel left out. She is considerate of other people’s feelings and is a good friend too.  Aubrey has also been doing a great job at focusing and listening when teachers are giving directions. Awesome job Aubrey!

silver sneaker awards

    This year we will continue our tradition of donating books to  Read to Grow. Please help this cause by donating new or gently used books.  Send these books into school with your child any time before March 9th, after which we will make a school donation to this great cause.  

PTA Young Author’s Night Returns!

Writing is an important way for kids to express themselves. Sometimes they are able to write about things that they would not say out loud.   This event lets students feel the pride of being a published author!  Please help your students author a book this year for Young Author’s Night.  If illustrations are not included, authors can hand draw pictures the evening of the event.  Font, text size, paragraph spacing and spelling will be edited for the books to fit a common format.  Alternatively, you can submit each book page as a JPEG and the book will not be edited.

Submission Guidelines:

Student’s name must be clearly written on each book

Teacher’s name & Grade

Title of Book

“Dedicated To” sentence (optional)

An “About the Author” section must be included

Photos must be submitted as JPEG with a file size of 150 dpi and 300 dpi; <30MB & <4000pixels

Submit electronically to   by March 8, 2018

Complete submissions due on MARCH  8, 2018 - Late submissions will not be published.  You will find a flyer attached to this memo.

The School Readiness Council is seeking preschool parent representatives.  This organization oversees and makes decisions regarding our Andover Elementary School Early Learning Center.  If you are interested in joining us once a month from 3:15-4:00, please inform your child's teacher or contact our school principal, Mr. John Briody.

The Andover 5th/6th Grade Boys 'A Team' just completed an undefeated season (11-0) to win the Eastern League Rec Basketball Championship !They became the only undefeated team within the 17 team division!

 basketball team

Pictured from left to right:  Caid Triazkos, Max Grenier, Boone Swanson, Casper Miazga, Coach Lee McPeck, Camden McPeck, Dane Triazkos, Jacob Dooley

Big Y Education Express is back!

In 1993 Big Y introduced Education Express, a program committed to helping local schools get the supplies they need. Education Express is an innovative program that takes the burden off the individual schools and teachers and allows the community to provide support. Since 1993, with our customers’ help, over 2,000 local schools received approximately 14 million dollars of much-needed supplies and equipment through the Education Express program. Beginning February 1 through December 26, 2018, Education Express is back.

Sign Up Today to Begin Earning Points!

Participating in the program is simple.

1. Visit and log in or create a myBigY account with your Big Y Silver Savings card.

2. Select “Join Education Express”.

3. Select your school.

4. Look for the Education Express logo on items in our weekly circular, online and on signs in our stores.

5. Purchase these specially marked products and your school earns points. They redeem the points for the supplies they need.

Plus, from February 1 through April 25, 2018, EARN GOLD COINS!


Reminders from the Office

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday March 29th from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM.  Students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM on that day.  

Student report cards for the second trimester will be going home on Tuesday March 27th in advance of the parent teacher conferences on March 29.  Please contact your child’s teacher or Rosemary Crandall if you would like to schedule a conference.  

The next PTA meeting is scheduled for March 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the library.

PTA Young Author’s Night is Thursday March 22, 2018.  Please submit student stories by March 12, 2018.

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.  There is an information flyer attached to this memo.  

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, 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 weekend!


Here are some pictures from this week: