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PGO Book Club: Exploring Racial Identities

Dear Crocker Farm Families,We hope everyone is staying cool, safe, and sane. There has been alot of news about school reopening possibilities in our district, so we hopeyou are reading our blog and Facebook posts to stay updated. At the request of an interested parent, the PGO is hosting a book club, beginning in August, to foster dialogue about racial injustices. Our plan is to make this (for-now-virtual) book club a safe space for parents to connect and share their perspectives and experiences on how the current political and racial anxieties are affecting lives. The book club is open to all ...

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Updates on Elementary School Reopening Possibilities for the Fall

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, Fort River and Pelham Elementary Schools, there is sufficient space in the buildings for all of the projected students for the fall. However, there is not enough space in Crocker Farm for all projected students, so the district leadership has proposed that the Crocker Farm Fifth ...

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Town Halls With School Committee

Town Halls With School Committee

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, 2020Elementary Town Hall at 12:00 p.m.Secondary Town Hall at 5:00 p.m.Únete a los Comités Escolares Regionales de Amherst, Pelham y Amherst-Pelham el próximo jueves, 9 de julio, para una discusión sobre las prioridades para la apertura escolar en el otoño. ¡El personal de ARPS, los padres/tutores y los ...

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Thank You & Have a Fun and Safe Summer!

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 my childhood, "No more teachers, no more books...." Well now that I am older, wiser, and especially as I've tried to supplement the work of our teachers, I will forever ban this chant. I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to the adults (teachers, specialists, and ...

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Be Counted! Participate in the Census Today

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 an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail—in March.Why It MattersDid you know?• Amherst is the 9th hardest city/town in Massachusetts to count.• Historically, the decennial census has undercounted immigrants, communities of color, renters, low-income people, and children. It’s about representation• ...

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Playground at Kendrick Park

Published on 2020-05-02 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

The Town of Amherst is designing a playground for the children ofAmherst, to be located in Kendrick Park.  The Planning Department, LSSE and DPW staff are working together to prepare a design, with input from the public.  During the summer of 2019 the Town of Amherst applied for a PARC grant from the Commonwealth of […]

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Wifi for All

Published on 2020-04-05 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

ARPS Distance Learning Initiative: Internet Access for All Students Students need internet access in their homes in order to fully benefit from the distance learning now being offered by our public schools in this time of crisis – but we know that about 100 families in our school district do not have the financial means […]

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Cancelled and Postponed PGO Events: As of April 3rd, 2020

Published on 2020-04-02 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the PGO must cancel/postpone some Spring 2020 events and fundraisers. We have listed only events and fundraisers that the PGO is directly involved with. As of April 3rd, 2020: The following events and fundraisers are CANCELLED and will not be rescheduled: Crocker Culture, Book Swap, Staff Appreciation Lunch, Science NightDutch Mill Bulbs Fundraiser, […]

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Meal Delivery Information

Published on 2020-04-01 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

While school is closed, ARPS Nutrition Services Department, ARPS Family Center and the UMass Baby Berk Food Truck are offering breakfast and lunch for students who rely on those school meals. An article about their efforts is available here. There are 13 pick-up locations where students can take their grab-and-go meal while observing social distancing. […]

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COVID-19 Resources

Published on 2020-03-30 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Here are some links to find out COVID-19 information at the local and state level: Town of Amherst Covid Website Town of Amherst Website Massachusetts Department of Health

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Project Earth: Calling for Children Collaboration

Published on 2020-03-23 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Multi-Arts is excited to announce plans to produce a play inspired by Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”. This production is set to premiere Summer 2020, and will have elements of live music, narration, and of course, fantastical sets and props! We invite children under 18 to watch this video, reflect on Sagan’s words, and create art/poetry/writing inspired […]

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Thank You Teachers, Staff and Administration!

Published on 2020-03-21 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

While we have reached the end of our first school closure week, we are all adjusting to our new normal. Balancing work needs, interacting with our families, trying to find ways to learn, play and generally stave off boredom for both children and adults is, to put it simply, a real challenge. Let’s give a […]

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Book Swap 2020: How to Get Some Books

Published on 2020-03-21 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Although we had to cancel the Book Swap, the books collected and purchased won’t go to waste! The PGO has donated around 1300 books to the district to distribute when handing out meals in Amherst. Questions can be directed to 413-362-1871 or martinezm2@arps.org .

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CANCELLED: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch 2020

Published on 2020-03-10 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Out annual teacher and staff appreciation lunch is on Thursday April 9, 11:30-1:30pm in the teacher workroom. We are serving a delicious homemade lunch and plan to lightly decorate the space to make it more inviting, a respite from school chaos!  While second and third grade families are spearheading the event, we are also asking the entire community for a few […]

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CANCELLED: Hillside Pizza for the 6th Grade

Published on 2020-03-09 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 and school activities, the 6th Grade Hillside Pizza Fundraiser has been cancelled. All checks will be returned, please contact Tracy Zafian at tmz23@zafian.com for more information (this is not a PGO fundraiser). CANCELLED CANCELLED CANCELLED Buy dinner and dessert while helping Crocker Farm’s Sixth Grade fundraise for their annual field […]

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CANCELLED: Make Your Garden Grow

Published on 2020-03-09 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Spring is on its way! Warmer temperatures, budding blossoms, relaxing outside with a cool drink…and yard work! What better way to purchase Spring plants and bulbs (that you may already need) AND support Crocker Farm than a Dutch Mills Bulbs fundraiser! For your outdoor or indoor garden, or to gift to someone else, the PGO gets 50% […]

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CANCELLED: Elementary Science Night 2020

Published on 2020-03-07 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Amherst Elementary Science Night is on April 9th at the Amherst Regional Middle School Cafeteria from 6-7:30pm! This event introduces students of Amherst and Pelham’s elementary schools to a wide range of science concepts through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Activities will be led by older students and scientists from local organizations and colleges. Every student […]

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Big Ideas Update

Published on 2020-03-05 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

The voting closed at 8pm on Super Tuesday for the Big Ideas Campaign. We received 63 votes total and we have a clear winner: Option B: We Love Fresh Paint and Recess. The tally was as follows: Option A (Keep It Even): 20 first choice votesOption B (We Love Fresh Paint and Recess): 38 first […]

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POSTPONED/UNCERTAIN: Book Swap 2020

Published on 2020-03-04 by crockerfarmpgo Uncategorized

Crocker Farm’s annual Book Swap is approaching, and we need your help in the form of BOOKS, for preschool through 6th grade. Collection boxes are in the main lobby and in the preschool entrance.  We are especially looking for titles that appeal to older readers, grades 4th, 5th and 6th. We encourage students to donate at least one book they LOVE (not […]

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