Sunday, April 28, 2013


Dear 6th Grade Parents,

6th Grade graduation is right around the corner, and we get to plan a fabulous and fun send off for our kids as they head to (gasp!) middle school.
The 6th grade teachers put a huge amount of work into making the end of 6th grade a special time for our kids, but they need our help. Click on the Sign Up Genius link below and sign up for a graduation committee, or better yet, sign up to chair a committee.
Don't worry if you are not sure what to do...I'll put you in touch with the parents who worked on your committee last year and they can give you tips. 
Feel free to give me a call at 
413-253-9148 or send me an email to if you have any questions.

Looking forward to a fabulous graduation and send-off for our amazing 6th graders!
Thanks in advance for all your help....
- Sue Cairn
Estimados Padres de Sexto grado,

La  graduación de Sexto Grado está a la vuelta de la esquina, y tenemos que planificar una fabulosa y divertida despedida para nuestros hijos mientras se dirigen a (¡oh!) La escuela media. 
Los maestros de Sexto Grado ponen una enorme cantidad de trabajo en la toma final de Sexto Grado un momento especial para nuestros niños, pero necesitan nuestra ayuda. Haga clic en el vínculo Sign Up en el genio enlade abajo y regístrate para un comité de graduación, o mejor aún, crea una cuenta en presidir un comité.
No se preocupe si usted no está seguro de qué hacer ... Voy a ponerle en contacto con los padres que trabajaron en la comisión el año pasado y se le puede dar consejos.
No dude en llamarnos al 413-253-9148 o enviar un correo electrónico a si tiene alguna pregunta.
Esperamos que tenga una fabulosa graduación y despedida para nuestros increíbles estudiantes de sexto grado!

Gracias de antemano por su ayuda ....

- Sue Cairn


Fort River is participating in the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The SRTS program is committed to preparing children to be safety smart whether they are walking to school or in their own neighborhoods. 
On Wednesday, May 8th, during the morning, we are looking for parent volunteers to help lead the children on the short walks to teach them about walking safety, such as how to cross streets, follow signs and signals, and be alert to drivers at all times.  We will train you during the event, just prior to the walks with the children. After that, you will be more than ready to lead two children at a time on a 20-30 minute safety learning experience.
One adult walks with only two students for maximum safety and individual attention to children. Experienced parents and teachers will lead the safety training.
Adults and children enjoy this event and it is important for the safety of our young walkers.  If you are willing to help out, please contact Liz Larson ( as soon as possible. 


You are cordially invited to attend the 2nd Annual African American Achievement Night.  
This much anticipated community celebration is scheduled for May 8 at 6:30pm in the Amherst Regional High School Auditorium (21 Mattoon Street).
District administrators, faculty, staff, students, families and community members will gather to celebrate the academic, extracurricular, musical, athletic, and community service accomplishments of students in grades K-12.  Music, dance and spoken word performances will enhance the event.
We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful community event.



Saturday May 4th  9:30am to 5pm & Sunday May 5th 8:30am to 5pm.   Come watch over 30 teams from across the USA compete in the oldest and most prestigious high school ultimate tournament in the world in Amherst, the birthplace of Ultimate.  One of the most beautiful sports on earth!  Located at  ARHS/ARMS/UMass Ultimate Fields in Amherst.  Free admission and awesome layouts!  More information at


Multi-Arts is opening registration for its thirteenth annual summer camp session! Children delve into the world of music, theater, dance, visual arts, fashion design and creative writing, guided by internationally renowned professional artists and teachers. 
There are currently 24 Financial Aid slots available. Based on your annual income, pay just $100/month for this incredible artistic adventure! Sign up here:



Monday, April 8, 2013

Cultural Heritage Fair

Cultural Heritage Fair
Wednesday, April 10th
5:30 – 7:30
Fort River Cafeteria

Come celebrate Fort River’s cultural diversity through 
a fashion show, games and food.
Fashion Show: 6:30 – 7:15
Enjoy the beauty of various traditions that make up our community as expressed through our student fashion experts’ dashing outfits.
Country Tables
Throughout the evening visit the country display tables to learn more about our cultural heritages through games and crafts.
Potluck: 5:30 – 7:00
Whether your family has been in Amherst for 6 weeks or 6 generations, you have a cultural heritage to share.  Pull out an old family recipe or google a new one and bring a dish (serving 8 - 10) to share.  And remember; label any dishes or serving utensils you wish to get back!
For more information about the evening or to volunteer, please contact
Nicole Blum (

Miercoles, Abril 10th
5:30 – 7:30
Cafeteria de Fort River

Ven a celebrar la diversidad cultural a través de Fort River
un desfile de modas, juegos y comida.
Fashion Show: 6:30-7:15
Disfrute de la belleza de las diversas tradiciones que conforman nuestra comunidad expresada a través de nuestros equipos de expertos de la moda estudiantiles elegante.
Tablas País
A lo largo de la tarde visitar las mesas de exhibición del país para conocer más acerca de nuestros patrimonios culturales a través de juegos y manualidades.
Potluck: 5:30-7:00
Ya sea que su familia ha estado en Amherst durante 6 semanas o 6 generaciones, tiene un patrimonio cultural que compartir. Tire una vieja receta familiar o google uno nuevo y llevar un plato (porción de 8 - 10) para compartir. Y recuerda, etiquetar cualquier platos o utensilios que sirve para que te lo podamos devolver.!

Para obtener más información acerca de la noche o para ser voluntario, por favor póngase en contacto con
Nicole Blum (

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While Being
Environmentally Smart and Friendly!

Our WMECo fundraiser kicks off on March 10th!  Sell energy-efficient light bulbs and power strips at an amazing price to your family and friends, and ALL PROCEEDS will go directly to the Fort River PGO! 
Order forms are due in the PGO mailbox in the main office by April 25th.

A date/time will be posted on the Fort River blog when orders are ready to be picked up.
 Questions? Contact Dawn Lepere at 413.835.0164 or

ARPS 7th Annual Latino Achievement Night

Dr. Marta Guevara, Director of Student Achievement & Equity, cordially invites you to attend the 7th Annual Latino Achievement Night.  
This much anticipated community celebration is scheduled for May 17 at 6:30pm in the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium (170 Chestnut Street).
District administrators, faculty, staff, families and community members will gather to celebrate the academic, leadership and community service efforts of students in grades K-12.  All Latino paraprofessionals in the districts will be honored as well. Music, dance and spoken word performances enhance the event.

Spring Vacation Week Camp

This event is not sponsored by the FR PGO.


This event is not sponsored by the FR PGO.

Activities for Kids at Bangs Community Center

Amherst Toy Library for children infants to 8,  Wednesday and Thursday 11-1, Friday 9-12, Bangs Community Center, 2nd Floor, 70 Boltwood Walk. Free. 549-1122.

Toddler Playgroup,  Fridays 9-12. Amherst Toy Library,  Bangs Community Center, 2nd Floor, 70 Boltwood Walk. Free. 549-1122

Nature Photography Workshop

This event is not sponsored by the FR PGO.