Monday, October 24, 2016

PGO Coffee with the Principal Featuring Special Guest Jim Pistrang THIS THURSDAY, October 27

Please join your friends on Thursday, October 27 at 9 am for coffee and informative conversation! 

Our featured speaker is Amherst Town Meeting Moderator Jim Pistrang. Mr. Pistrang will discuss the role that Town Meeting will play in the Amherst Elementary School Building Project. 

Find out more about Town Meeting at:

PGO Coffees with the Principal take place every month or two. The dates can be found on the PGO calendar which is on the right side of the blog home page. Some coffees may take place in the evening, depending upon community feedback. 

Your infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are always welcome at PGO Coffees! Families with future Amherst Elementary school children are also welcome and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

Gift Card Fundraiser Orders Due November 2

Help the Fort River PGO earn money for school programs by doing nothing! (Well, almost nothing.) 

The PGO is selling gift cards that you can use for your normal weekly purchases at Stop and Shop and Target, for example. Other retailers include Gap, Best Buy, and American Eagle, and more. This is money that you would already be spending, but if you use our gift cards, you will be earning money for Fort River as we buy the gift cards at a discount (amount varies depending on the retailer.)

Use the cards for:
  • Purchases that you already make on a regular basis like groceries or gas.
  • Holiday shopping.
  • To give as gifts to teachers, mail carriers and bus drivers.
Again, this is money you already have budgeted, but if you use our gift cards, you are helping the PGO fund school programs for your students.

Order forms will be sent home in backpacks this week (or click the link below to get a copy.) Forms will be collected until November 2nd. We hope to distribute g
ift cards before the Thanksgiving break so that you may use them for holiday shopping or teacher gifts.

Fort River Library Display Features Books Purchased by PGO

Fort River Librarian Fran Ludington submitted this photo of an Open House display featuring books purchased using PGO donations. Thanks to all in our community who support the PGO so we can enrich the collection for our school library!

ARPS Conducts Survey of Military Families

from ARPS regarding Survey of Military Families:

Dear Guardian,

Amherst Regional Public Schools is conducting a survey to determine which members of the Amherst community are children of a military family according to the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3). Your participation in the survey is voluntary and is being conducted in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. If you currently have a student attending Amherst Regional Public Schools, please take a moment to complete this online survey at the following address:

For more information on how this information is used to support children of military families, please visit MIC3 at

Thank you for your support,
Amherst Regional Public Schools

Technology Resources for Students

Here are some useful resources from our Technology Teacher, Trevor Takayama:

Check out my Wave Tech website for good K-6 websites to visit:

Subscribe to the Tech Twitter feed:

Throughout the year, I will focus on digital life concepts found on this website.
Feel free to use it as a reference:

Literacy Tip from the Fort River ELA Reading Intervention Team

Here's a literacy tip from the Fort River ELA Reading Intervention Team:
Pamela Barsalou, Rachmana Santorelli, Marie Webber, Andrea Lyons

This fall season we invite you to try out this word game with your child: 

Newspaper Words: ... Newspapers B&W (3) | by NS ...
Give your child a word. Have them use a highlighter and find it in the newspaper (or magazine). Highlight it when they’ve found it. Count how many times they’ve found it. 

Giving Tuesday is on November 29 - Where Do your Donations to the PGO Go?

Save the Date! 

Fort River PGO will be participating in a day of giving with others across the globe on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. 

Donations to our Annual Fund are accepted at any time, but on this special day of giving we recognize the power of community in helping the PGO and other non-profits continue to do great work year round. 

Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff! Where does the money go? The bright pink school directories that were sent home a few weeks ago were produced with your contributions to the PGO. Thank you!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.