Tuesday, October 23, 2012

6th Grade Potluck

Let’s Celebrate!
6th Grade
Family Potluck
Thursday, October 25th
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Fort River Cafeteria

Please bring a dish or drink to share.
  Go to: Please Bring It to sign up:                                                           http://frpc.pleasebringit.com/public/vvg7O5XUWig 
                                                 Ruthie Ireland #253-1744 / 4ireland@comcast.net
                                               Catherine McGraw #256-4781 / cbmcgraw90@gmail.com
                                           Jocelyn DeAngelis - jocelyn.deangelis@wne.edu

Vamos a Celebrar!
6to Grado
Potluck de Familias
Jueves, Octubre 25
6:00 a 7:30 PM
Cafeteria de Fort River

Por favor traiga un plato o bebida para compartir. Ir a: Por Favor traer esto para anotarse:                                         http://frpc.pleasebringit.com/public/vvg7O5XUWig
                                      Ruthie Ireland #253-1744 / 4ireland@comcast.net
                                    Catherine McGraw #256-4781 / cbmcgraw90@gmail.com
                                  Jocelyn DeAngelis - jocelyn.deangelis@wne.edu

Election Day Bake Sale - Coordinator & Volunteers Needed!

The PGO is planning a bake sale on Tuesday, November 6th to benefit the PGO general operating fund.  If you can help coordinate or volunteer to help out, please contact Liz Larson (liz.fortriver@gmail.com).  And get your oven mitts ready because, the More We Bake, the More We Make.  Information about contributing baked goods will be coming home soon.

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Original Works

The Fort River PGO is happy to be participating again in Original Works, a fundraiser where our kids can transform their artwork into products that can be shared with others.   Kids can create artwork for this or use artwork already created.  

Keep an eye out for the flyer coming home next Friday. 

The Fort River PGO is holding an After School Art Session on
Friday, November 2nd, 3:15 to 4:15 pm
. for students who want to create art for this project:  Space is limited, so please RSVP (FRPC.sborden@gmail.com) if your child is attending.  Transportation home will not be provided after this session, so please plan accordingly.   Volunteers to help supervise would also be welcome. 

Crocker Farm PGO 100m Run Event

Crocker Farm PGO 100 meter Run
Help set the world record for most runners
Almost 200,000 people are registered worldwide

4:30 p.m.
Crocker Farm Soccer Fields
Registration: 4:30-4:45
Ages 5 and Under: 4:50
                          Ages 13-17: 5:05
Ages 6 to 8:  4:55
                          Adults: 5:10
Ages 9-12:  5:00
                          Last call run: 5:20

Participants are welcome to walk or run the 100 meters.
This event is open to all and will be held rain or shine.

For more information, please contact Tracy Zafian at tmz23@zafian.com or 413-256-3230.  

This event is not sponsored by the FR PGO

Trivia Bee

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Family Fair is Here!

Please join the Fort River Community for an evening featuring foods from around the world, drinks and games, all planned and run by the sixth graders! Pizza, salad, drinks, casseroles, side dishes and baked goods will be on sale in the cafeteria.  The sixth graders will be working very hard planning fun games for everyone, to be held in the gym and in the 6th grade classrooms.

The salads, casseroles, side dishes and baked goods all come from your generous contributions.  Please support this fun event by donating food for the fair, and consider bringing a dish from your cultural heritage. Of course, all food donations will be enjoyed!  Please sign up to bring food or to volunteer to help during the event at:

Please come and support the six graders while socializing with your friends and meeting new families!

Questions? Becky Schneider (schneiders3@msn.com) or Zoy Soulis (Zsoulis@yahoo.com)



Fort River School

Miercoles, Octubre 17, 2012

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Por favor únase a la comunidad de Fort Rivert para una noche con comidas de todo el mundo, bebidas y juegos, todo planeado y dirigido por los alumnos de sexto grado! Pizza, ensaladas, bebidas, cazuelas, platos y productos de panaderia estará a la venta en la cafetería. Los estudiantes de sexto grado estarán trabajando muy duro en la planificación de juegos divertidos para todo el mundo, que se celebrará en el gimnasio y en las aulas de 6 º grado.

Las ensaladas, guisos, guarniciones y productos horneados todos vienen de sus generosas contribuciones. Por favor, apoye este evento divertido con la donación de alimentos para la feria, y considerar la posibilidad de un plato de su patrimonio cultural. Por supuesto, todas las donaciones de alimentos será disfrutado! Por favor, regístrate para traer comida o para ser voluntario para ayudar durante el evento en:


Por favor venga y apoye a los estudiantes de sexto grado mientras compartes con tus amigos y conoces a nuevas familias!

¿Preguntas? Becky Schneider (schneiders3@msn.com) o Zoy Soulis (Zsoulis@yahoo.com)

5th Grade Potluck!

Click on the link below to sign up for food/beverage contributions:


For a more sustainable – vibrant – resilient Amherst
 Multi-Arts invites your children to join our art, theater, dance and
 games activities provided by our inspiring faculty while you join a
 creative brainstorming session on what you would like to see in the
 future of Amherst as we move away from our dependency on fossil fuels
 and become more reliant in our local community resources.

 Saturday, October 13, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
 Amherst Regional Middle School

This is not sponsored by the FR PGO

Skating Club of Amherst- Learn to Skate

Please join the fun and skate with us!
Please share this announcement with your friends, families and neighbors!
The Skating Club of Amherst is accepting registration for the upcoming Winter LEARN TO SKATE – Basic Skills program that serves the needs of both the recreational and competitive skater. The curriculum is designed to keep skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals. Whether their goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating, the Basic Skills Program is the place to start!
Skaters of all ages and abilities (including adults) will be able to participate in this lifelong sport.

IMPORTANT DATES for the first winter session and TO PRINT the Registration forms, please visithttp://www.scamherst.org

NOTE:   FIGURE SKATES ARE REQUIRED.  PLEASE, NO DOUBLE RUNNERS OR HOCKEY SKATES.  Rental skates are available at the rink.  (Please arrive early).
REGISTRATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.  MAIL APPLICATION WITH PAYMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Pre-registration is necessary if you want to begin on the first Sunday (November 4).  Skating continues through June, 2013, with a January session and April session to follow.
Questions??  Call Rita Leaman at (413) 253-6388 or e-mail questions to info@scamherst.org
This is not sponsored by the FR PGO

Anti-Apartheid activist Eddie Daniels to speak at UMass

This is not sponsored by the FR PGO

Monday, October 8, 2012

Grade-Wide Potlucks!

Join your friends in celebration of our wonderful Fort River community!
Únete a tus amigos en la celebración de nuestra maravillosa comunidad de Fort River!

Please bring your family and a delicious dish to share. Something representing your cultural heritage would be extra special! Please bring an ingredient list to display with your dish so that those with dietary concerns may make informed decisions. Thanks!
Por Favor traer a toda su familia y un plato para compartir! Algo de su patrimonio cultural sería muy especial! Por favor traiga una lista de ingredientes para mostrar con su plato para que los niños con problemas alimenticios pueden tomar decisiones informadas. Gracias!

Grade-wide Potlucks have been scheduled from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Fort River cafeterias on the following dates:
Grado de ancho Potlucks han sido programadas 18:00-19:30 en las cafeterías Fort River en las siguientes fechas:

Click on the date of your potluck to sign up!

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Our Most Delicious Fundraiser is Here!

Our Cookie Dough fundraiser started this week and continues through October, 17th. All profits from the sale go directly to teachers and classrooms in the form of monetary grants for curriculum enhancements. Cash or checks made out to "Fort River PGO" are accepted. Orders will be delivered in mid-November just in time for the winter holidays.
Please contact Michele Spirko with questions: michele.fortriver@gmail.com

Nuestro más deliciosa recaudacion de fondos está aquí!
Nuestra masa de galletas para recaudar fondos ha comenzado esta semana y continuará hasta el 17 de octubre. Todas las ganancias de la venta irán directamente a los docentes y aulas en forma de donaciones monetarias para mejoras curriculares. Dinero en efectivo o cheques a nombre de "PGO Fort River" son aceptadas. Los pedidos se entregarán a mediados de noviembre, justo a tiempo para las vacaciones de invierno. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Michele Spirko preguntas:michele.fortriver@gmail.com

Can you host a Japanese student for 3 days?

19 host families are still needed for Japanese high school students coming 11/10-11/13. It's a short stay and a great way to get cultural experience  for your whole family.  There are 50 students altogether. Families love doing it and stay in touch with the kids all the time. You get a stipend to cover expenses, and they can share a room with your child or sleep on an airbed. They're well behaved and a joy to be around.This group came last year. If you can help or know of anyone who can please let Diane Caraker know ASAP as the deadline is this week. Thanks so much for your help! Diane Caraker -> Dianec711@comcast.net

This event is not sponsored by the FR PGO.

Learn to Skate with Amherst Hockey

Online registration for the Amherst Hockey Association’s Learn To Skate and Learn To Play programs is now open at www.amhersthockey.org.  The AHA annual Equipment Sale & Exchange,with the best prices in town, will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 6:00-8:00pm at the UMass Mullins Center practice rink.  If your young person is not sure about ice skating and hockey, please register for free to join us on Saturday, Nov. 3 back at the UMass Mullins Center practice rink for national “Try Hockey For Free Day”.  The first 40 registrants will receive USA Hockey jerseys and goodie bags
The AHA is a non-profit, volunteer-run association serving over 300 Hampshire valley families.  The Learn To Skate and Learn To Play programs provide a fun and safe environment, allowing boys and girls age 4 to 8 the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence needed to safely enjoy themselves in the rink.  The programs begin in November and continue through the Winter.  For more information, please visit www.amhersthockey.org.

This is not sponsored by the FR PGO.

Boy Scout Open House

Boy Scout Troop 500 Amherst is having an Open House for prospective scouts
and their families Tuesday, October 16 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the South
Congregational Church, 1066 Southeast Street, Amherst.  Troop 500 has a 50+
year history in Amherst working with school-age boys (grades 6-12).  Troop
activities are organized and run by the boys, including weekly meetings,
monthly camp-outs, and projects in the community.  Our Scouts learn practical
outdoor skills and develop leadership skills while having a lot of fun.
Troop 500 does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or sexual
For more information, contact Scoutmaster Peter Crowley at
(413) 348-8052.
This is not sponsored by the FR PGO.

Dreamers Deferred Action Workshop

This is not sponsored by the FR PGO.
This is not sponsored by the FR PGO.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Find your HAT!

Please be sure to stop by the PGO information table during Open House on Wednesday, October 3.  There will be information available about PGO programs and events as well as volunteers to answer any questions you might have.  Take a moment to fill out the “Find Your Hat” volunteer card and register your Stop & Shop card to support the school.

If your volunteer opportunities bring you into contact with students at school or on a field trip, you need to have a CORI on file. CORI checks must be done on individual volunteers every three years. All PGO volunteers should be CORI'd.

For the CORI check, bring your current driver's license into the Main Office for photocopying and complete the required application well in advance of any volunteer obligations.

More details are available on the district website at: http://www.arps.org/policy/ADDA

Questions about the CORI process should be directed to Paula Mangiaratti in the Main Office at 362-1200.
Encuentra tu sombrero!

Por favor, asegúrese de pasar por la mesa de información del PGO durante la Casa Abierta el miércoles, 3 de octubre. Habrá información disponible acerca de los programas PGO y eventos, así como voluntarios para responder a cualquier pregunta que usted pueda tener. Tómese un momento para llenar la "Encuentra tu Sombrero" tarjeta de voluntarios y registrar su tarjeta Stop & Shop para apoyar a la escuela.


Si sus oportunidades de voluntariado te pondrán en contacto con los estudiantes en la escuela o en un viaje de campo, es necesario tener un CORI en archivo. CORIlas revisiones deben hacerse en voluntarios individuales cada tres años. Todos los voluntarios del PGO deben haber sido CORI'd.

Para la verificación delCORI, traiga su licencia de conducir vigente en la Oficina Principal para fotocopiar y completar la aplicación necesaria con suficiente antelación acualquier obligación de voluntariado.

Más detalles están disponibles en el sitio web del distrito en: http://www.arps.org/policy/ADDA
Las preguntas sobre el proceso de CORI debe dirigirse a Paula Mangiaratti en la oficina principal en 362-1200.

Family Fair--Wednesday, October 17th!

Fort River Playground
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

Please join the Fort River Community in celebrating the start of school, featuring foods from around the world, drinks and games. Once again, pizza salad, drinks, casseroles side dishes and baked goods will be on sale. You can bring your own picnic if you prefer. The sixth graders will be working very hard planning fun games for everyone.

The Family Fair is one of the most popular fund raising and social events sponsored by the Parent Guardian Organization. Please come and support the sixth graders while socializing with your friends and meeting new families.

The salads, casseroles, side dishes and baked goods all come from your generous contributions. Each year the selection of wonderful foods gets better. Please support this fun event by donating food for the fair, and consider bringing a dish from your cultural heritage. This make for an exciting and diverse buffet. Of course, all food donations will be enjoyed! You can return the form that will go out in the backpacks to the PGO mailbox in the main office or if time runs out, just bring your food to the fair. Thank you for your support.

WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAKE THIS A SUCCESSFUL EVENT. Please email Becky Schneider at schneiders3@msn.com to let us know if you can help.



DE 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Si necesitas ayuda para algo concernente a tu hijo en la escuela o algunas otras dudas pero no puedes comunicarte en tu idioma con las personas indicadas Los dias Viernes Fort River tiene en la Oficina Principal a una Traductora para ayudarte con todas tus preguntas!! Tu tambien puedes llamarle a esta traductora para acordar una cita con ella si fuera necesario o enviarle un email con tus preguntas. Nuestra Traductora se llama Beatriz Garcia ella estara comprometida con nuestra comunidad latina durante todo el ano escolar para ayudarlos con traducciones y consejeria si es necesario. Puedes comunicarte con Beatriz al telefono es 413-210-3599 su email es:chiquilinatita@gmail.com

Latino Heritage Month Celebration

New Fort River PGO Blog Editor!

Hello Fort River families!
My name is Radhika Natarajan and I am the new blog editor! I have a 11-year old daughter who goes to Fort River and a 2-year old son. The Fort River PGO does great work to support the school and I am excited to be a part of it! Please feel free to contact me for any blog postings at radhika.ftriver@gmail.com.

CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) Reminder

Attention all Parent Chaperones and Volunteers! As always, there are lots of field trip opportunities coming up this year. If your volunteer opportunities bring you into contact with students on a field trip or at school, you need to have a CORI on file. CORI checks must be done on individual volunteers every three years. All PGO and classroom volunteers must be CORI'd.
For the CORI check, bring your current driver's license into the Main Office for photocopying and complete the required application well in advance of any volunteer obligations. The process takes about two weeks to complete. Questions about the CORI process should be directed to Paula Mangiaratti in the Main Office at 362-1200. 
More details are available on the district website at: http://www.arps.org/policy/ADDA

Woodbury Room Reception Invitation

Please join us for the Woodbury Room grand opening celebration!

Join members of the Amherst community in honoring Natalie & Richard Woodbury,
generous donors whose gift enabled the renovation of the Jones Library.

Lower level of the Tues. Oct. 9th, 5-7pm
Jones Library.

This is not a FR PGO-sponsored event.

Cub Scout Pack 515 Open House

Come learn about Scouting in Amherst and our growing Pack!  We welcome ALL families to our Pack.  Games, snacks, activities, and more information about our Pack and Scouting are planned for the Open House. 
When: October 4, 2012, 6:45pm
Where: Masonic Lodge next to Black Sheep Deli in Amherst, MA (99 Main St.)
Contact: amherstpack515@gmail.com

This is not a FR PGO-sponsored event.

New Art Classes For Children - LSSE

                                                This is not a FR PGO-sponsored event.

Room Parents / Los padres de Salones

Thank you to all the volunteers who have stepped forward to serve as Room Parents for their child's classroom.  Room Parents are a vital communication link between the teacher, the parents and the PGO.  They coordinate volunteers, organize wish lists for class supplies, maintain email and phone trees and organize classroom social events.  Several of the classrooms are still in need of a volunteer.  If you are interested in being involved with your child’s classroom as a Room Parent, please send your name and teacher's name to Ali Wicks-Lim (wickslim@yahoo.com) or Michele Spirko (michele.fortriver@gmail.com).  Thank you also to Ali and Michele for coordinating our Room Parent program.
Gracias a todos los voluntarios que dieron un paso adelante para servir como padres de salónde clase de su hijo. Los padres de las salones son un enlace de comunicación vital entre elmaestro, los padres y el PGO. Ellos Coordinan voluntarios, organizarn listas de deseos para los suministros de clase, correo electrónico y mantener los árboles del teléfono y organizan eventossociales en el aula. 11 de las aulas siguen necesitando de un voluntario. Si usted está interesadoen participar en el aula de su hijo como padre de salones, por favor envíe su nombre y el nombre del maestro a Ali Wicks-Lim (wickslim@yahoo.com) o Michele Spirko(michele.fortriver@gmail.com). Gracias también a Ali y Michele por coordinar nuestro programade Padres de salones.