Monday, October 16, 2017

Soup for Puerto Rico TONIGHT, October 16 at 5:30

Join the ARMS PGO and community at their Soup for Puerto Rico and Survival Night! Eat, see a few performances, and enjoy a night of community. Donations accepted for Hurricane Maria relief.

If you'd like to contribute a batch or more of soup, please deliver it to the middle school by Monday morning at 9 AM. Here are the recipes for the 3 Puerto Rican soups:

Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee on October 26 - Sign Up Now!

Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) is hosting its 23rd annual Trivia Bee next week! 

Space is still available for youth teams! Don't miss the opportunity to make history in the first ever Youth Round of the Bee. If you've never attended the Trivia Bee you've been missing a highly entertaining evening! Your kids will love this family friendly event!

State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose will emcee the event, and local community leaders act as judges for the prizes. In both the adult and youth rounds, participants will compete in teams of four and are encouraged to come up with a team name and wear costumes. Special prizes will be awarded for best costumes, best spirit, and more. 

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. Business sponsorships to fund the teams are a great way to gain visibility with local families. Individuals are also invited to fund a team as well. 

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

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

PGO Meeting on October 17 at 9am

General PGO Meeting
Tuesday, October 17
9 - 10 am

Please join the PGO Board for a monthly meeting with Ms. Chamberlain. All current Fort River parents and guardians are welcome! Budget, fundraising plans, and volunteer needs will be discussed. Small children are always welcome.

Statement from Dr. Michael Morris

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Dr. Morris was named Superintendent of Schools. Here is a statement he released after this appointment:

"It has been a privilege to have spent my educational career in our districts working on behalf of the children of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury, and I am honored that I have been allowed to continue that work as the Superintendent of Schools. I want to thank the members of the School Committee for developing an open and thoughtful process in making this decision and for affording me this opportunity. The support of the School Committees, the outstanding Amherst Regional Public Schools faculty and staff, and the broader community has been invaluable during my time as Interim Superintendent. I look forward to continuing to build on those strong working relationships as we move forward with our vital work to support our communities’ most valuable resource—our children. Thank you again to the School Committee for showing your confidence in me in the vote for my appointment as well as over the past 13 months; I am excited for the journey ahead that we will travel, together, for the betterment of our students, families, staff, and community."

ARPS Autism Specialists Present Parent Training Series

Autism Specialists from Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools have put together an upcoming Parent Training Series that is not to be missed. Please have a look at the attached flyers (English and Spanish) for information on this informative five-part series. The first in the series is on October 18. 

Please RSVP one week prior to each event date: or (413) 362-1834

Click for flyer in English: ASD Parent Training Series English
Click for flyer in Spanish: ASD Parent Training Series Flyer Spanish

Community Family Dance on October 22

Plans are afoot for another season of COMMUNITY FAMILY DANCES that are fun for all ages!

Sunday, Oct 22, 3-5 p.m.
at the Common School

Check out the Facebook event: Family Dance Facebook Event.

All dances taught by Jim Fownes
Music by Double Time: Ron & Louise Grosslein and Robin Harrington & Jim Fownes
Potluck snacks at the break (please bring something to share)

Suggested donation: Free for ages 0-2; $3-5 per person for ages 3 through adult; $15-20 maximum per family

Dyslexia Simulation Awareness Event on October 24

1 in 5 children is dyslexic. Want to know what it feels like? 

When: October 24, 2017
Time: 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Where:  The Williston Northampton School, Whitaker-Bement Ctr
Cost: Free