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Winterfest 2021!

Amherst Recreation, The Business Improvement District and The Amherst Area Chamber presents Ice Sculptures on the Common! A Drive-Through Experience!February 5th & 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m. Welcome one and all to Winterfest 2021! This fantastical event will feature at least 11 life-sized animal ice sculptures displayed on the Amherst Common. Your favorite Winterfest mascot, Flakey, along with mascots from our local colleges and businesses will join us in waving to passers-by. Please DRIVE by and celebrate this amazing event with us! For more details, visit:

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Virtual Town Halls on School Start Time Proposals

As noted in last week’s ARPS Update, the District plans to explore multiple options for the time of day school will start for students for the 2021-2022 school year.  Over the next six weeks, the District will conduct a public engagement process, which will include two virtual town hall meetings for ARPS families on Monday, January 25, at 9 a.m. (available at and again at 6:30 p.m. (available at For students, there will be a virtual town hall on Wednesday, January 27, beginning at 2:45 p.m. (available at An event specifically for the families of elementary school students in Leverett and Shutesbury is also being planned, and ...

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Crocker Farm PGO Mask Fundraiser

Dear Crocker Farm Families,The Crocker Farm PGO is able to sponsor events, teacher stipends, and other items—like the back-to-school welcome bags, PE jump ropes, WiFi hotspots and internet access for district families, additional supplies requested by teachers for remote learning purposes, and much more!—because of generous donations from Crocker Farm families as well as fundraisers we hold throughout the year. This year is very different, and our face mask fundraiser is ongoing. If you would like to purchase additional face masks for your child(ren) or family (while supplies last), please fill out this form. Adult masks (generally fit grades ...

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Traveling Recess Van for K-6 Students

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters and Amherst Recreation are teaming up to provide a "Recess Van," during the lunch/recess break between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. from January 11 to January 29, 2021. The 30-minute activities will be held from approximately 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Where: Mondays: Amherst Regional Middle SchoolTuesdays: Mill River Recreation Area Wednesdays: Butternut FarmsThursdays: The Boulders ApartmentsFridays: Groff ParkThis is a voluntary, free program and doesn't require any registration, other than the children's names, grade and school, if not homeschooled the day of the "recess." It's geared toward students K-6, who are homeschooled, or not ...

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Racial Identity Exploration Book Club Discussion

Our next book club virtual meeting will take place Saturday, January, 23, 1-2:30 p.m. (please see the meeting info below). We will be discussing the podcast Nice White Parents, brought to you by Serial, a New York Times company.  Looking forward to seeing all book club members next week. Happy listening!Lexi (she/her) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: RIEBC: Nice White Parents, a podcastTime: Jan 23, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting ID: 952 4918 5820One tap mobile+13126266799,,95249185820# US (Chicago)+16468769923,,95249185820# US (New York)Dial by your location        +1 312 626 6799 US ...

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Stars in Our Schools!

Published on 2020-12-12 by crockerfarmpgo Community News, School News

In celebration of teachers and staff, we are excited to announce our winter Stars in Our Schools fundraiser! The Amherst-Pelham School District has been working through unprecedented educational challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Our teachers, staff, and parents have stayed resilient and creative throughout the year. Please help the Amherst EducationFoundation continue […]

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…For Supporting Our Winter Coat Drive

Published on 2020-12-12 by crockerfarmpgo School News

Dear Crocker Farm Families,Thank you so much for your generous donations toward the district-wide Winter Coat Drive. We wanted to let you know that the ARPS Family Center doesn’t need any more winter gear right now (thanks to area-wide families’ generosity, we have raised enough money to buy whatever remaining coats are needed). FYI: According to the FC, […]

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“Holiday Happiness” Card Campaign

Published on 2020-12-12 by crockerfarmpgo Community News, School News

Hello Crocker Farm families, Delaney MacPhetres, a CF alumni (now a HS junior), has coordinated a “Holiday Happiness” Card Campaign. A Holiday Happiness deposit box is located outside the main entrance at Crocker Farm for families to bring  cards. Below is more information, and the more cards the merrier the holidays. As you may have heard, the […]

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PGO Meeting: THIS Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

Published on 2020-12-05 by crockerfarmpgo School News

We hope everyone had a good week. The days are getting shorter and colder, and we hope you’re getting a chance to catch some sunlight whenever you can. If anyone in your family is in need of winter gear, please check out our post about the district-wide Winter Coat Drive. Meanwhile, we hope many of […]

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Town Library Services for Families

Published on 2020-12-05 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

BOOKS!      BOOKS!       BOOKS!     Are your children craving books that they can touch and hold? Are you and they tired of reading the same old books over and over again? Do they need a break from e-books during independent reading time?  The Amherst Public Libraries can help!!!! Although the libraries […]

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Student Flu Vaccination Clinic: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Published on 2020-11-29 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

The State of Massachusetts now requires an influenza immunization for all children 6 months of age or older. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students need to be vaccinated by December 31, 2020 unless either a medical or […]

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ARPS Winter Coat Drive

Published on 2020-11-28 by crockerfarmpgo Community News, School News

Dear Crocker Farm Families, The ARPS Family Center-led district-wide coat drive is in full swing. Thank you to everyone who has donated items or made monetary contributions. If you are in need of winter gear (coats, boots, hats, gloves, etc.) for your children, please contact Mildred Martinez (, 413-362-1871) at the ARPS Family Center so you […]

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Outdoor Computers at Jones Library

Published on 2020-11-22 by crockerfarmpgo Community News

Weather permitting, the Jones Library will be offering outdoor access to public computers on weekday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.  Computers will be available under a tent on the front lawn of the Jones Library.  Learn more here!

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Crocker C.A.R.E. Home Reading Bags

Published on 2020-11-21 by crockerfarmpgo School News

Dear Crocker Farm Families, Our school library, in collaboration with the PGO, will soon implement the Crocker C.A.R.E.  Home Reading Bags program. Through this program our students will receive a bag with books they can enjoy and keep. The purpose of the program, considering that our school has over 400 students and the health crisis […]

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Sing With Your Little Ones

Published on 2020-11-21 by crockerfarmpgo Community News

Mondays, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Join Wendy and Anna Plummer online for Sing With Your Little Ones—45 minutes of music, finger plays, and movement. This program can be enjoyed by babies, big siblings, and caregivers.  Join Monday at 10:30!Email to receive the Zoom link.

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Seeking “Excellence in Teaching” Stories

Published on 2020-11-14 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Board members of the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award Foundation seek examples that illustrate elementary school teachers’ and staff members’ responsiveness and ongoing commitment to social justice during the Covid 19 pandemic. Students, guardians, parents, teachers, staff, and others are encouraged to submit a brief (or longer!) description to respond to this prompt. Please email […]

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Our Scholastic Book Fair Is Now Open: Nov. 11-24

Published on 2020-11-12 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Dear Crocker Farm Families, Our Scholastic Book Fair is open! Join your kids in exploring titles and plots and discovering inspiring characters. Empower them by letting them choose the books to purchase—and bring on the joy of reading! Remember, every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Please visit the […]

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Month of Giving

Published on 2020-11-07 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

We know times are tough, so we are extra grateful to all the families who have donated so generously for our Month of Giving. The Month of Giving is our most important fundraiser of the year, and provides the bulk of the money the PGO uses to support our Crocker Farm community, including purchasing playground equipment, […]

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Election Day Information: Tuesday, Nov. 3

Published on 2020-10-31 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Repost from ARHS PGO Parent News Amherst: The Town of Amherst is divided into ten Precincts, now organized in to five Districts. See below table to view your Precinct and polling location as well as your corresponding District.  Hours The polling hours for all elections and all polling places are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Precinct […]

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Basic Rights in Special Education: Understanding the IEP

Published on 2020-10-24 by crockerfarmpgo Community News

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 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 […]

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