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Basic Rights in Special Education: Understanding the IEP

This free workshop for parents/guardians and professionals—on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m.—is sponsored by the Special Education Parent Advisory Council. To receive the online access link, please email sepac@arps.org.The workshop will cover what an IEP is, why it is important, how the IEP is developed, a child’s strengths and concerns, a vision statement, sections of the IEP, the difference between accommodation and modification, response, placement and consent and procedural safeguards.

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Town of Amherst Seeks Public Input on Block Grant Priorities

Amherst will be making its annual application to receive federal funds administered by the state in the Community Development Block Grant program. These funds are awarded primarily to projects, programs, and services that improve the lives of Amherst's low and moderate income residents.  The CDBG Advisory Committee would like to hear from the community about priorities for social services, public infrastructure projects and focus areas in town. Please click here to complete a short online form to provide input to the Committee. More information is also available here.

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Sixth Grade Family Committee

Dear Sixth Grade Families,We are looking for Sixth Grade Families to form a committee to work on activities for our sixth graders, from (Covid-observant) field trips, to small group get-togethers, to the Sixth Grade Supper, and anything else. We are looking for families to take photos, document moments, and try to figure out what we can do to celebrate our Sixth Graders at the end of the school year. If you are motivated to work on this committee, please let us know. Thank you.

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Virtual School Tour

Published on 2020-09-13 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Virtual School Tours As of right now, all of the school buildings are closed to the public, but the district understands the importance of children in transition years having an opportunity to see their school. The district has provided virtual tours of each of the schools so that students can have a chance to see […]

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Multi-Arts Thursday Activities: September 15 to November 12

Published on 2020-09-12 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

At Multi-Arts, Children:Discover their inner selves.Learn ways to express feelings and ideas, andExperience warm human connections that make their soul grow.  We are offering:3:30 p.m. Spanish through the Arts with lsabel Arango & Maia PetruchaLearning Spanish through storytelling, theater, arts and music.  4:00 p.m. Theater- Playwriting with Maia Petrucha.Create a play together and turn Zoom into a stage by making our rooms the sets, […]

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Free Workshop From Mount Holyoke for Parents/Guardians

Published on 2020-08-29 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Wondering how to juggle life and learning online? On September 3 at 7:30 p.m., Mt. Holyoke College is offering a free virtual workshop with Lauren Kim with tips, tricks and strategies for a successful transition back to school. Help foster independence in students, cultivate resilience and build a schedule that works.  You can register for this […]

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Racial Identities Exploration Book Club Logistical Meeting

Published on 2020-08-29 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Just a reminder for those of you who have signed up for our book club that we will be meeting on Sunday, August 30, at 4 p.m. This will be a meet and greet, as well as a logistical meeting to talk about expectations for the book club and format. Here is the link for the Zoom meeting […]

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PGO Updates

Published on 2020-08-29 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Hello Crocker Farm Families! Welcome to another school year…almost! Although the 2020-2021 school year is sure to be different, the Crocker Farm Parent Guardian Organization (PGO), a volunteer group, is looking forward to working with families and teachers to make this year a special one. Every Crocker Farm family is a member of the PGO, […]

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Family Forum With Teachers/Support Staff: Sunday, Aug. 9, 4-5 p.m.

Published on 2020-08-09 by crockerfarmpgo Community News

Dear Crocker Farm Families, The Amherst-Pelham Educators Association (union) wants to reach out to families of ARPS students to discuss school re-opening plans. Teachers, paraeducators and support staff at the schools miss your students and are looking forward to seeing them again, but have concerns about in-person learning. They would love to also hear your […]

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PGO News & Mask Fundraiser

Published on 2020-08-09 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Dear Crocker Farm Families,We hope you are staying healthy, cool, and enjoying some summer activities with your children, even if they are socially distant. It has been a strange few months for all of us. As we don’t know how the 2020-21 school year is going to play out, the PGO is trying to plan ahead. […]

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PGO Book Club: Exploring Racial Identities

Published on 2020-07-25 by crockerfarmpgo Community News, School News

Dear Crocker Farm Families, We hope everyone is staying cool, safe, and sane. There has been a lot of news about school reopening possibilities in our district, so we hope you are reading our blog and Facebook posts to stay updated.  At the request of an interested parent, the PGO is hosting a book club, […]

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Updates on Elementary School Reopening Possibilities for the Fall

Published on 2020-07-09 by crockerfarmpgo School News

Dear Crocker Farm Families, We hope everyone is staying safe and as cool as possible right now. The district staff have done an analysis of the spaces available for classrooms in each of the school buildings, assuming there is social distancing, decent ventilation in each teaching space, etc.   Based on this analysis, for the Wildwood, […]

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Town Halls With School Committee

Published on 2020-07-03 by crockerfarmpgo Community News

Join the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees next Thursday, July 9 for a discussion of priorities for opening of school in the fall. ARPS staff, parents/guardians and community members are welcome! There will be two sessions with one focused on the elementary schools and one focused on the secondary schools. Thursday, July 9, […]

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Thank You & Have a Fun and Safe Summer!

Published on 2020-06-18 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Dear Crocker Farm families, It probably gets old but isn’t any less true that this has been a year like no other! As we wrap up the 2019-20 school year, the PGO wanted to send a final email before the summer kicks off and we and our children are off singing a familiar chant from […]

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Be Counted! Participate in the Census Today

Published on 2020-06-10 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government undertakes a census of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives. An accurate census count is also vital to obtain federal funding for projects in Amherst and the region.  Each home received […]

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Survey About School Opening in Fall 2020

Published on 2020-06-07 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Your input is important as the District plans for the opening of school in fall 2020 during the COVID-19 public health pandemic. Please visit this link below where you will find link to a presentation about the District’s planning so far and a brief survey where you can share your feedback.  Thank you! SURVEY LINK:  […]

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Multi-Arts Summer Camp

Published on 2020-06-07 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Multi-Arts is going virtual this summer. Children will connect with outstanding teachers who will inspire them with many creative projects in art, music, dance, theater, mime, playwriting and story-telling. Our program gives children tools to self-entertain, and means to find their voices to express ideas and opinions. Small groups and individual attention, while FUN, will inspire, motivate, and empower children. Register for one […]

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Order Your Yearbook Today!

Published on 2020-05-17 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

The yearbook committee has tried to create a yearbook that students of all ages can enjoy. It will include photographs of students from all grades enjoying specials, classroom activities, and school events as well as pictures of teachers and staff and a section devoted to graduating sixth graders. To order a yearbook go to: treering.com/1015484466141338. […]

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