Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Talent Showcase on Friday, March 23, at 6:30 PM

The 2018 Talent Showcase will take place Friday, March 23, at 6:30 PM in the Fort River gymnasium. 

Proceeds benefit the 5th and 6th Grade Classes. All money raised will stay at Fort River. Donations for adult admission to the show will be accepted at the door and all kids will attend for free! No one will be turned away. 

There is a MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal immediately after school on Thursday, March 22. A few parent volunteers are needed to assist with acts and help keep students focused. Contact Shilpa if you are able to help:

Click here to donate baked goods or volunteer during the show on Friday. 

Duffy Academy of Irish Dance Performs at Fort River on March 15

The Duffy Academy of Irish Dance performs severals shows this week in honor of St. Patrick's Day. They will be at Fort River on March 15, and will once again march in the Holyoke Parade! See flyer for details. Best wishes to the dancers!

Coffee with the Principal on March 16 "Let's Talk Safety" Featuring ARPS Facilities Director Jim McPherson

Please join your friends on Friday, March 16 at 9 am for coffee and informative conversation!

The discussion this month is about school safety. Our guests will be Principal Diane Chamberlain and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools Facilities Director Jim McPherson. We will meet in the library but guests MUST first sign in at the Main Office. All guests are required to wear a visitor badge while in the school. Thank you!

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Last Call! Volunteers Needed for Assistant Principal Search Team

Attention Families! 

If you would like to participate on the interview team for the Assistant Principal search, please send an email to The deadline is THIS Friday, March 16. Provide your name, the age(s)/grade(s) of your student(s), and a brief explanation about why you would like to serve on the Search Committee. You must be available for the FULL DAY on March 23 from 8 am - 4:30 pm (no exceptions) and possibly also on March 26.

There will be opportunities for the entire community to provide feedback on finalist candidates at forums and in writing in late March. Questions about process should be directed to Ms. Chamberlain. Click here to read her letter to the Fort River community. Thank you! 

ArtContinues Featuring Manet's Roses in a Vase on March 21 - Think Spring!

#artcontinues, led by 37-year veteran art teacher Teri Magner, promotes art learning for all ages in the Amherst area. Teri currently offer Wine & Painting Events for all skill levels and private painting or drawing lessons, events and fundraisers in the Pioneer Valley. 

Teri, along with Sue Crutch, currently host monthly public events at AmherstWorks, as well as private parties and fundraisers there, and at many other locations in the Amherst area and the Pioneer Valley. Everyone of every ability has the chance to paint a masterpiece. No prior painting experience is required.

Edouard Manet's Moss Roses in a Vase

Wednesday, March 21st

11 Amity St
Amherst, MA 01002

$30.00 includes all instruction, materials & supplies. Paint a stretched canvas (included) or upgrade to a canvas tote bag with a printed picture frame ($12), or a bib apron with a printed picture frame ($14).

Come discover your artistic ability and learn about the artist of the night and their particular style, as you enjoy the camaraderie from the many you will meet! 

Tickets available:

Authors in Common for Kids: Author Readings and Activities on March 24 and 31

In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, The Common School offers special children’s programs featuring noted authors from their parent community. All programs take place at the School and are free and open to the public.

Contact Pamela Barnes at the Common School , 413-478-6629 or for more information and to reserve your spot! Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Click her for a printable flyer

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

RESCHEDULED! Family Math & Pi Night now Wednesday, March 14 from 6 - 7:30 pm

Fort River Elementary School presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide event

Family Math & Pi Night - Math is everywhere!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:00 -7:30 pm

Please click here to sign up to help with the pie auction.

Noche Familiar de Matemáticas y  Pi/Family Math & Pi Night
¡Matemáticas en todos lados!/Math is everywhere!

Miercoles, 13 de Marzo del 2018/Wednesday, March 13, 2018
6:00 -7:30 pm

la subasta silenciosa de torta en beneficio del viaje a Boston del 5º grado
Pie silent auction to benefit 5th grade Boston trip

Juegos de Matemáticas "jugar y tener"/“Play and Take” Math Games
Cena de pizza y la introducción en la cafeteria
Pizza dinner and introduction in the cafeteria

Juegos de matemáticas y la subasta silenciosa a través de la escuela
Math games and silent auction throughout school

Sorteo del gran premio en el vestíbulo principal
Grand prize raffle in the main lobby     

* Los autobuses recogerán en Mill Valley a las 5:30 p.m., Rolling Green @ 5:40 p.m. y Colonial @ 5:50 p.m. y los regresará después del evento 

*Buses will pick up Mill Valley @ 5:30, Rolling Green @ 5:40, and Colonial @5:50 and drop off after the event