Friday, September 22, 2017

Youth Round Debuts at 23rd Annual AEF Trivia Bee on October 26


The Amherst Education Foundation has added an exciting new twist to their wildly popular Trivia Bee ... a Youth Round! If you've never attended the Trivia Bee you've been missing a highly entertaining evening! Here's a message from AEF about how your kids can participate ...

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) is hosting its 23rd annual Trivia Bee on October 26 in the Middle School auditorium and is thrilled to announce that we have added a new round for kids ages 14 and under. State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose will emcee the event, and we will have local community leaders act as judges for the prizes. 

As with the adult rounds, participants will compete in teams of four and are encouraged to come up with a team name and wear costumes. We will have special prizes for best costumes, best spirit, and more. The Kids Round will run from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

AEF is a nonprofit organization that gives grants to teachers and administrators in the ARPS district, and the Trivia Bee is one of our most fun and successful events. We are actively seeking business sponsorships to fund the teams. However, interested parents are invited to fund a team as well. 

To register a team, please email Meg Rosa at megrosa78@gmail.com. For sponsorship information, please see the attached form.

Thank you for supporting AEF, and we look forward to seeing you on October 26.

Thank you, 
Becky Michaels 
Co-President, Amherst Education Foundation 

Trivia Bee Sponsor Letter




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fort​ ​River​ ​School Open​ ​House on October ​11,​ ​2017​ ​​from 6:00​ ​-​ ​7:30pm (ELL begins at 5:30)

Fort​ ​River​ ​School Open​ ​House ~ You’re​ ​invited!

WEDNESDAY,​ ​OCTOBER​ ​11,​ ​2017​ ​ ​6:00​ ​-​ ​7:30pm**

We hope all families can attend this special night at Fort River! This is an evening to meet school staff and learn more about our educational programming and available resources. Below is the schedule for the night. The three blocks of grade specific times will allow everyone the opportunity to connect with a larger cross section of our school, including: Administration, English Language Learner Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Intervention Teachers, Special Education Service Providers, and Specials Teachers. We​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​seeing​ ​you​ ​very​ ​soon! 
**5:30-​ ​6:00 ELL Parent Orientation in the Library (translators will be on site) Room parent orientation in the Cafeteria __________________________________________________________________ 
6:00-​ ​6:30
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade: Classroom Presentations
3rd and 4th grade: Presentation in the cafeteria
5th and 6th grade: Visit with Specials Teachers (Art, P.E., Technology, Music, Library), Special Education, ELL, intervention, guidance and adjustment counselors. __________________________________________________________________
6:30-​ ​7:00
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade: Visit with Specials Teachers (Art, P.E., Technology, Music, Library), Special Education, ELL, intervention, guidance and adjustment counselors.
3rd and 4th grade: Classroom Presentations
5th and 6th grade: Presentation in the cafeteria __________________________________________________________________
7:00-​ ​7:30
Kindergarten, 1st , and 2nd grade: Presentation in the cafeteria
3rd and 4th grade: Visit with Specials Teachers (Art, P.E., Technology, Music, Library), Special Education, ELL, intervention, guidance and adjustment counselors.
5th and 6th grade: Classroom Presentations __________________________________________________________________
If​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​free​ ​childcare,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​to​ ​reserve​ ​a​ ​spot,​ ​413-362-1200 TRANSPORTATION​ ​PROVIDED.​ ​ ​PICK​ ​UPS​ ​WILL​ ​BE:​ ​5:20​ ​Mill​ ​Valley​ ​office,​ ​5:35​ ​Center​ ​of Colonial​ ​Village,​ ​5:45​ ​Rolling​ ​green​ ​office.​ ​ ​Drop​ ​offs​ ​will​ ​begin​ ​after​ ​the​ ​event​ ​at​ ​7:30.

Fort​ ​River ¡Estas​ ​invitado​ ​a​ ​la​ ​Casa​ ​Abierta! Jueves,​ ​11​ ​de​ ​octubre​ ​de​ ​2017 **6:00​ ​-​ ​7:30pm

Esperamos que todas las familias puedan asistir a esta noche especial en Fort River. Esta es una noche para conocer al personal de la escuela y aprender más acerca de nuestra programación educativa y los recursos disponibles. A continuación se muestra la programación para la noche. Los tres bloques de horarios específicos por grado, permitirá a todos la oportunidad de conectarse con mas personal de nuestra escuela, incluyendo: Administración, profesores de aprendices del Idioma Inglés, Consejeros, maestros de intervención, los proveedores de servicios de educación especial, maestros especiales. ¡Esperamos​ ​su​ ​visita​ ​muy​ ​pronto! **5:30-​ ​6:00​ Orientación para Padres de ELL en la Biblioteca (habrá traductores presente) Sala de orientación para los padres en la Cafetería __________________________________________________________________
6:00-​ ​6:30 
Kindergarten, 1 er y 2 do grado: Presentaciones Salones de Clases 
3 ro & 4 to grado: Presentación en la Cafetería 
5 to & 6 to grado: Visita con maestros especiales (arte, educación física, tecnología, música, biblioteca), Educación Especial, ELL, Intervención, Orientación y los Consejeros de Ajuste. 
__________________________________________________________________ 
6:30-​ ​7:00 
Kindergarten, 1 er y 2 do grado: Visita con maestros especiales (arte, educación física, tecnología, música, biblioteca), Educación Especial, ELL, Intervención, Orientación y los Consejeros de Ajuste. 
3 ro & 4 to grado: Presentaciones Salones de Clases 
5 to & 6 to grado: Presentación en la Cafetería __________________________________________________________________
7:00-​ ​7:30 
Kindergarten, 1 er y 2 do grado: Presentación en la Cafetería 
3 ro & 4 to grado: Visita con maestros especiales (arte, educación física, tecnología, música, biblioteca), Educación Especial, ELL, Intervención, Orientación y los Consejeros de Ajuste. 
5 to & 6 to grado: Presentaciones Salones de Clases __________________________________________________________________
*Si​ ​desea​ ​cuidado​ ​de​ ​niños​ ​gratis,​ ​por​ ​favor​ ​llame​ ​al​ ​413-362-1200​ ​para​ ​reservar​ ​su​ ​espacio *​ ​Los​ ​autobuses​ ​se​ ​ofrecerán​ ​para​ ​el​ ​transporte​ ​5:20​ ​Mill​ ​Valley​ ​office,​ ​5:35​ ​Center​ ​of​ ​Colonial​ ​Village, 5:45​ ​at​ ​the​ ​office​ ​of​ ​Rolling​ ​green.


Helping Our Toddlers, Developing Our Children’s Skills (HOT DOCS)

Helping Our Toddlers, Developing Our Children’s Skills (HOT DOCS)
A Partnership Between the University of Massachusetts Amherst School Psychology Program and the ARPS Family Center

The ARPS Family Center is working with the University of Massachusetts School Psychology program to offer ARPS parent/guardian a unique opportunity to sign up for a 7-session workshop to improve family interactions, decrease stress, and build parenting skills! 

HOT DOCS is a parent/guardian education program for families of young children (2-7 years of age) who have some challenging behaviors. This program is appropriate for caregivers and parent/guardian of all children, including those with disabilities.  During the (7 week) 2-hour group sessions, you will be able to connect with other parent/guardians to learn specific strategies and parenting tips to prevent and manage your child’s problem behaviors. 

HOT DOCS Course Preview:
Week # 1  Early Childhood Development.
Week # 2 – Routines, Rituals, and Development.
Week # 3 – Development and Behavior.
Week # 4 – Developing Preventions.
Week # 5 – Teaching New Skills.
Week # 6 – Planning New Responses.
Week # 7 – Reducing Stress the HOT DOCS Way

This program has been used with thousands of families who report improvements in family well-being and decreased parent stress.  Together with other parents, you will learn more about child development, engage in hands-on activities, watch and discuss videos, and practice applying HOT DOCS problem-solving approach to real-world parenting scenarios.

At home, you will complete brief daily activities with your child to practice the skills learned in class. After you complete the training, you will be able to figure out why your child misbehaves, and have the tools necessary to help your child be more successful at home and at school.

We will offer HOT DOCS in two seven-week session on Tuesdays.  Each session will last for 2 hours.  Light refreshments will be served.

The first session will meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:00am – 11:00am on:  9-26-2017 / 10-3-2017 / 10-10-2017 / 10-17-2017 / 10-24-2017 / 10-31-2017 / 11-7-2017


The second session will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm on:  11-14-2017 / 11-21-2017 / 11-28-2017 / 12-5-2017 / 12-12-2017 / 12-19-2017 / 1-3-2018

Monday, September 18, 2017

Coffee with the Librarian and Principal plus PGO Meeting and Board Elections on September 29



Please join your friends on Friday, September 29 at 8:45 am for coffee and informative conversation!

New this year! Our new librarian, Lani Blechman, has offered to host coffees in the Fort River library. We are excited to see parents have another opportunity to visit the library! At our first Coffee we will have an opportunity to meet Lani and hear about new activities in the Fort River Library. Lani is also looking for library volunteers and will explain what is involved. 

This Coffee will be preceded by a brief PGO Meeting which will include Officer Elections for the current year. All Fort River parents and guardians are automatically members of the PGO, and ALL are welcome at PGO meetings. 

PGO coffees with the Principal take place every month or so. Some coffees may take place in the evening, depending upon community feedback. There will usually be a presentation for families and specifics will be available beforehand. 

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 are a welcoming community - join us! We hope to see you there! 

Fort River Family Fun Fair on September 27 at 5:30pm hosted by 6th Grade

Save the Date!

Please join the Fort River community in celebrating the start of the new school year at the Fort River Family Fun Fair hosted by 6th Grade. The event will be held on the Fort River playground on Wednesday, September 27 beginning at 5:30pm. 


Food will be available. Our 6th grade students will be selling pizza, drinks, and dessert and have also organized fun games for younger students. All proceeds will help to support their activities throughout the year. 

We are asking all 6th grade families to bring a food contribution. In addition, we also need parent volunteers for help on the night of the fair. Help is needed for set up, clean up, and general supervision of the games. Parents are also needed to supervise the students while they are serving food. Thanks in advance for all your help!


Please bring a dessert for the Bake Sale.  Desserts should be nut free and please attach an ingredient list if possible.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Not Bread Alone

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Amherst’s free community meal program, Not Bread Alone, seeks volunteers with vehicles and a willingness to pick up groceries outside Whole Foods on Saturday mornings.

It is about a two hour job. The volunteers go to the loading dock behind the store and load up the groceries that Whole Foods has put outside on their loading dock. Then the volunteers bring the groceries to the First Congregation Church in the center of Amherst where other volunteers will help them to bring the groceries into the dining room. Usually, the volunteers arrive at Whole Foods at 9:15 or 9:30 am and they have left Not Bread Alone by 10:30. A larger vehicle is very helpful but some volunteers have done it regularly with two sedans. The volunteers need to be able to lift and carry boxes of produce and large bags of loaves of bread, etc.

A willingness to do this one Saturday a month would be ideal but a willingness to do it once to see what it is like would also be helpful.

Thank you for considering doing this service for our community!
Not Bread Alone

Family Outreach of Amherst Hosts 6th Annual Warm-Up the Night!

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You won’t want to miss the party of the year! 

Join us as we transform the tent at The Lord Jeffery Inn into a strolling culinary extravaganza! Enjoy delicious small bites, sips and tastes from an eclectic mix of local food vendors. Years past have included local restaurants such as 30 Boltwood, Food 101, Blue Heron, Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar, The Pub, Osteria Vespa, Johnny’s Tavern, Penyew Catering, Sutter Meats, Black Sheep Deli, Banh Mi Spot, Ginger Garden, and many more! We will have live music, special tastings, and more!

If you have any questions or are interested in partaking as a food vendor/contributing as a sponsor, please contact Rachel Condry at (413) 548-1272 or rcondry@chd.org.

Date and time: Thursday, October 19, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Location: The Lord Jeffery Inn (30 Boltwood Ave, Amherst)