Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MassDOT Bus Transportation Survey with Impact for Amherst Passengers

If you use the B43 bus, please answer this important survey, especially if you are someone who relies on it to do things like shopping or getting to medical appointments in between Amherst and Northampton. MassDOT is considering cutting some stops to make it an Express, and routing the bus up 116 to Haigis Mall at UMass and back again, not going through the center of Amherst.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Amherst Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale

The Amherst Historical Society’s 2nd annual Ski and Winter Gear sale takes place on Friday evening, January 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 6th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crocker Farm Elementary School. The school’s cafetorium will be transformed into a ski market, with experts on hand to assist shoppers with selection and sizing advice to ensure their satisfaction. This two-day sale will offer hundreds of new and used skis, snow boards, skates and accessories at rock-bottom prices.

Consignment/donation opportunities: Anyone wishing to consign or donate their lightly used equipment for inclusion in the sale can do so by bringing it to inside of the front entrance of the Crocker Farm School on Friday, Jan. 5th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to sell that out-grown winter gear at a good price and pick up better equipment.

In addition to supporting events at the Amherst Historical Society, a portion of the proceeds will again be donated to the Crocker Farms Elementary Schools’ annual sixth grade field trip. Additional information is available at the historical society’s website at and also contact us at

Thank You for Giving!

#GivingTuesday was an incredible success for our community. Over $1500 was raised on Facebook on November 28. Thanks to everyone who gave so generously!

The Fort River Student Council Necessities Drive was a huge success! Supplies for victims of Hurricane Maria are being organized by the 6th grade Council this week and will be in the hands of those who need them very soon!

The Annual Fund is ongoing. The PGO depends on donations to the Annual Fund to cover about 30% of the annual budget. If you are able to help, please use PayPal on the PGO blog or send a check into the Main Office made out to "Fort River PGO." Thanks!

A 21st Century Nutcracker on December 16

Join The Center Dance in Amherst on Saturday, December 16th for an exciting spin on a wintertime classic! It’s A 21st Century Nutcracker – dance styles from across the globe (and right next door!) set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

Curtains will rise in the Amherst Regional High School auditorium at 1 and 5 PM.
Tickets are available online or, beginning 11/24, at The Center Dance Studio (321 Main Street, in Amherst).

Ticket Prices:
Advance: $12/general public, $10/seniors & children 12 and under
At Door: $14/general public, $12/seniors & children 12 and under
A 21st Century Nutcracker.  Let’s play with tradition!

PGO Meeting on December 14 at 9 am

General PGO Meeting
Thursday, December 14
9 - 10 am

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

Feedback Requested on ARPS Logo & Website - SURVEY CLOSES TODAY AT NOON

The Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Districts are currently developing a district logo that represents our schools, students, staff and ARPS community. Three images have been selected as possible choices of district logos. As part of the ARPS community, we would like to hear from you. Please participate in the ARPS DistrictLogo Selection Survey to help us choose one logo for our schools. The most selected image will become the new ARPS district logo.

We are also in the planning stages of updating our district and school websites. In an effort to create a site that contains useful and relevant information, we are asking you please participate in the ARPS Website and Social Media Survey to help us update and design our website to better serve our students, staff, and families. The district is searching for information that is accessed most frequently as well as information staff, students and families would like to become available or more accessible on the district and school websites. Your feedback is important and will help the district provide information you need and use.

These surveys will be open until Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM.
Thank you for sharing your feedback.

Buenas tardes,
Los distritos escolares regionales de Amherst, Pelham y Amherst-Pelham están desarrollando un logotipo del distrito que representa nuestras escuelas, estudiantes, personal y la comunidad ARPS. Se han seleccionado tres imágenes como posibles opciones de logotipos del distrito. Como parte de la comunidad de ARPS, nos gustaría saber de usted. Por favor, participe en la Encuesta deSelección de Logotipo del Distrito de ARPS para ayudarnos a elegir un logotipo para nuestras escuelas. La imagen más seleccionada se convertirá en el nuevo logotipo del distrito ARPS.

También estamos en las etapas de planificación para actualizar nuestras páginas web del distrito y de las escuelas. En un esfuerzo por crear una página que contenga información útil y relevante, le pedimos que participe en la encuesta dela página web de ARPS y de las redes sociales para ayudarnos a actualizar y diseñar nuestra página web para servir mejor a nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias. Al distrito le interesa conocer que información usted accesa con más frecuencia, así como la información que el personal, los estudiantes y las familias desearían estuviera disponible o accesibles en las páginas web del distrito y la escuela. Sus comentarios son importantes y ayudarán al distrito a proporcionar la información que necesita y usa.

Estas encuestas estarán abiertas hasta el lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017 a las 12:00 p. M.

Gracias por compartir sus comentarios.

Amherst Ballet presents Snow White: A Grimm Fairytale

Amherst Ballet presents their winter performance of Snow White: A Grimm Fairytale at the Academy of Music in Northampton on December 14th and 15th at 7pm.

Academy of Music:

TIME: 7pm
DATE: December 14th and 15th
LOCATION: Academy of Music in Northampton
COST: Adults: $20 and Seniors/Children 12&under: $10
(Tickets: Academy of Music Box Office T-Fri 3-6pm
                By Phone at 413-584-9032)