Friday, September 27, 2013

Fort River School Governance Council

The state-mandated Fort River School Governance Council reviews the annual budget for Fort River and helps prepare the School Improvement Plan. The School Governance Council is comprised of parent/guardians, teachers, community members, and Principal Monica Hall (  A two year term commitment is expected, and there are three parent/guardian vacancies this fall.
Three (3) parent/guardian representatives will be elected at the Fort River Open House on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. If you are interested in serving on the School Governance Council, please fill out the form below and return it to the Fort River main office by Friday, September 27, 2013. You may also email the requested information to by Sunday September 29, 2013.  Candidate information will be available to the Fort River community prior to the election at the Open House.

Questions about serving on the School Governance Council or the election process can be directed to Principal Hall.
2013/2014 Fort River School Council Nomination Form

Phone Number(s)
Children at Fort River                                                                  
Statement of interest (3-5 sentences)

Consejo de Gobierno de Fort River 

El mandato estatal del Consejo de Gobierno de la escuela de Fort River revisa el presupuesto anual para Fort River y ayuda a preparar el Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar. El  Consejo de Gobierno de la Escuela está compuesto por los padres / tutores, maestros, miembros de la comunidad, y la directora Monica Hall (  Un término de compromiso  de dos años  se espera, y hay tres padres / tutores vacantes disponibles este otoño.

Tres (3) padres / tutores serán elegidos en Fort River Open House el miércoles, octubre 2, 2013. Si usted está interesado en formar parte del Consejo de Gobierno de la Escuela, por favor llene el siguiente formulario y envielo a la oficina principal de Fort River  el viernes, 27 de septiembre 2013. Tu puedes tambien mandar un email con la requerida informacion a el domingo, 29 de septiembre 2013.  Esta información se distribuirá a la comunidad de Fort River antes de la elección en la Open House.

Preguntas acerca de servir en el Consejo de Gobierno de la Escuela o el proceso electoral puede ser dirigido a la Directora Hall.

2013/2014 Fort River Consejo Escolar Formulario de Nominación

Numeros de Telefono (s)
Niños en Fort River
Declaración de interés (3-5 oraciones)


SPLASH! is coming to Amherst College

On November 16th, Amherst College will  host Splash!, an event where Amherst College students teach workshops to local 6 - 12th grade students. Splash! is a full-day event, beginning at 9am and ending at 4pm. During this time, each student will get to enroll in five classes of their choice. Past Splash! classes have included Beatboxing, Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Japanese, and Ethics (see for an updated course list).
Online registration for Splash! will open on October 1st on our website ( All classes are 55 min long and students choose their classes online ahead of time. There is a $10 dollar registration fee which covers all five courses, materials, and lunch but we also provide a fee waiver for those who need one.
This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO

Art Classes

AGES 8 - 12
Small groups & Private classes
Exploration, Imagination, Visualization and Creative Play all interwoven with basic skills in drawing, painting, collage and much more. Small group classes meet with professional artist and art teacher, Marcia R Wise in her studio in Deerfield weekday afternoons. One and a half hour sessions, ongoing enrollment. Call or email now for more information!
This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Music and Movement Class

This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO

Art Show

This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO

Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons for beginners: Experienced music teacher (former Fort River parent) has 2 slots available on Wednesdays at her music studio in Hadley. Learn piano with joy and stress free.
Call 413-584-7951 or write to carrubla@gmail to register or for more information.

Catalina Arrubla

For up-to-date info about our programs visit us on Facebook!
This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO

Learn to Skate Program


 Please join the fun and skate with us!

Please share this announcement with your friends, families and neighbors!

The Skating Club of Amherst announces its upcoming fall session of its LEARN TO SKATE program.  This program provides a group lesson in the basic skills of figure skating and serves the needs of both the recreational and competitive skater. The curriculum is designed to keep skaters enthusiastic about figure skating 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) are welcome to enroll in this program.

Information for the Learn-to-Skate program:


Questions??  Call Rita Leaman at (413) 253-6388 or e-mail questions to

This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO

Monday, September 9, 2013


Join us on Tuesday mornings (8:30 -8:50 am), beginning September 10th, for SAVING MAKESCENTS’!
Saving MakesCents’ is a state-sponsored program that enables children in grades K-6 to learn about banking by making weekly deposits and earning fun stickers and interest on their savings account balances. The program is supported by Florence Savings Bank and the Fort River PGO.  A table staffed by PGO and Florence Savings Bank volunteers is set up right inside the entrance of Fort River Elementary School so that students can make deposits on their way to class on Tuesday mornings. Monthly savings account statements are mailed to the children’s homes. New account forms can be downloaded at, and are available at Fort River on Tuesday mornings or at any Florence Savings Bank branch.  Your child can open an account by bringing the completed new account form and an initial deposit of at least one dollar to the Saving Makes 'Cents' table on Tuesday morning.

Únase a nosotros el martes por la mañana (8:30 am -8:50), a partir del 10 de septiembre, para el ahorro HACE "CENTAVOS"!
Ahorrando hace 'granito de arena' es un programa patrocinado por el estado que permite a los niños en los grados K-6 para aprender acerca de la banca al hacer depósitos semanales y ganan pegatinas divertidas e intereses sobre sus saldos de las cuentas de ahorro. El programa es apoyado por Florence Caja de Ahorros y el  PGO de Fort River. Una mesa atendida por el  PGO y voluntarios de Florence  Saving está correctamente configurada en la entrada de la Escuela Primaria de Fort River para que los estudiantes pueden hacer depósitos en su camino a clase los martes por la mañana. Estados de cuenta de ahorros mensuales se envían por correo a los hogares de los niños. Formas de cuentas nuevas se pueden descargar en, y están disponibles en Fort River los  martes por la mañana o en cualquier sucursal de Florence Saving Bank. Su hijo puede abrir una cuenta por lo que el formulario de cuenta nueva completado y un depósito inicial de al menos un dólar al Ahorro Hace 'Centavos'  Mesa en la mañana del martes.

Friday, September 6, 2013

News from the PGO

On behalf of the officers of the Parent Guardian Organization (PGO), welcome to the new school year.  Every Fort River family is automatically a member of the PGO and we hope that everyone has the opportunity to participate in supporting the school through involvement in PGO activities.

One of the best ways to stay informed about PGO activities as well as community events is to sign up for email updates from the PGO.  You can do so by sending a request to Jenn Green at  We also invite you to visit our website ( or follow us on Facebook (

There are many ways to support the PGO - attend a coffee, clip BoxTops, be a room parent  - but the most important thing is to be involved.  We are a volunteer organization and rely on our Fort River community to achieve our PGO mission of enriching and supporting the work of our teachers and administrators.

Below is a list of various events and committees that the PGO organizes.  All committees are always open to new volunteers.  Have an idea for an event or committee you would like to see started?  By all means, let us know.  We are always looking for new ways to grow and expand our support of the school and the kids.

This year our monthly Coffee with a Principal will be held on the second Friday of the month.  We made this change to avoid an on-going conflict with the ARMS monthly coffee.  Our first coffee will be Friday, September 13th, 8:45-9:30.  We hope can join us in the cafeteria.

Liz Larson, President (
Becky Schneider, Vice President (
Jessica Sproehlne, Treasurer (
Jenn Green, Blog Editor (
Dawn Lepere, Secretary (

En nombre de los funcionarios de la Organización de Padres y Guardianes (PGO), le damos la bienvenida al nuevo año escolar. Cada familia de Fort River es automáticamente un miembro del PGO y esperamos que todo el mundo tenga la oportunidad de participar apoyando la escuela a través de la participación en las actividades de PGO.

Una de las mejores maneras de mantenerse informado sobre las actividades del PGO, así como eventos de la comunidad es registrarse para recibir actualizaciones por correo electrónico desde el PGO.  Puede hacerlo mediante el envío de una solicitud a Jenn Green en  También lo invitamos a visitar nuestro sitio web ( o síganos en Facebook (

Hay muchas maneras de apoyar el PGO - asistir a un café, BoxTops clips, ser un padre de salón - pero lo más importante es participar.  Somos una organización de voluntarios y dependemos y confiamos en nuestra comunidad de Fort River para lograr nuestra misión PGO de enriquecer y apoyar el trabajo de los maestros y los administradores.

A continuación se muestra una lista de los diversos eventos y comités que el PGO organiza. Todos los comités están siempre abiertos a nuevos voluntarios. ¿Tienes una idea para un evento o comisión que le gustaría ver que se hiciera?  Por todos los medios, háganoslo saber. Siempre estamos buscando nuevas formas de crecer y ampliar nuestro apoyo a la escuela y a los niños.

Este año nuestro café mensual con la directora se celebra el segundo viernes de cada mes.  Hemos hecho este cambio para evitar un conflicto en curso con el café mensual de ARMS.  Nuestro primer café será el viernes, 13 de septiembre 08:45-09:30. Esperamos que se unan a nosotros en la cafeteria.

Liz Larson, President (
Becky Schneider, Vice President (
Jessica Sproehlne, Treasurer (
Jenn Green, Blog Editor (
Dawn Lepere, Secretary (


Volunteer Opportunities
PGO Committees, Activities & Events
For a full list of descriptions, go to the Events/Committees page at

Fall Semester
New Family Welcome
Family Fair 
Student& Family Directory
Cultural Enrichment Grants
School Pictures

Spring Semester
Science Night
Cultural Heritage Fair
6th Grade Graduation
Staff/Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Field Day
Bus/Van Driver Appreciation Breakfast
Summer Read-A-Thon

Year-Round Events/Activities
Room Parents
Curriculum Enrichment Mini-Grants
Savings Makes “Cents”
Coffee With A Principal
Box Tops for Education/Labels for Education
Lost and Found
Store Programs - Stop& Shop, Target, Big Y, Atkins


Room parents play a key role in maintaining communication between the PGO and the Fort River community.  They are also available to support their classrooms in a variety of ways, working with the teachers to find opportunities for involving parents and guardians in their children’s classrooms.  If you are interested in serving as a room parent, please contact the PGO room parent coordinator, Angela Russo (

Los padres del salón desempeñan un papel clave en el mantenimiento de la comunicación entre el PGO y la comunidad de Fort River.  También están disponibles para apoyar sus clases en una variedad de formas, trabajar con los maestros para encontrar oportunidades para la participación de los padres y tutores en las aulas de sus hijos.  Si usted está interesado en servir como un padre de salón, por favor póngase en contacto con la sala de padres del PGO coordinators Angela Russo (


Did you know that last year the Amherst elementary schools produced 70 tons of trash?! That is 156,800 pounds.  Of that, an estimated 40,000 pounds was compostable. This year Fort River continuing to actively compost and recycle our lunch waste from the first day of school.  

To make this program a success, we need your help. For the first few weeks of the school year, we need volunteer compost coaches each day to help the kids separate their trash during the lunch hours. The “Compost Coach’s” job is simple (essentially a waste separation cheerleader) and takes only two hours per shift.  As the kids become more familiar and comfortable with the system, they will be able to manage on their own.

Thanks to a number of parents who have already stepped up, there are only a few spots left that need to be filled.  If you can help for one of these shifts,
If you have questions, please contact the town Recycling Coordinator, Susan Waite,

¿Sabía usted que el año pasado las escuelas primarias de Amherst producieron 70 toneladas de basura?? Eso es 156.800 libras. De ese total, alrededor de 40.000 libras, compostable. Este año Fort River continúa composta activa y reciclaje de nuestros residuos del almuerzo desde el  primer día de clases.
Para que este programa sea un éxito, necesitamos su ayuda. Durante las primeras semanas del año escolar, necesitamos como voluntarios entrenadores de abono cada día para ayudar a que los niños sepan  separar su basura durante las horas de almuerzo. El trabajo "Compost del entrenador" es simple (esencialmente una animadora en separación de residuos) y toma sólo dos horas por turno. A medida que los niños se hacen más cómodos y familiarizados con el sistema, que sean capaces de manejarlo por su cuenta.
Gracias a una serie de padres que ya han dado un paso hacia arriba, sólo hay unos pocos lugares  que deben llenarse. Si usted puede ayudar a uno de estos turnos,
Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con el Coordinador de Reciclaje de la  ciudad, Susan Waite,

Read-a-Thon Info

Don't forget to send in your child's read-a-thon lists BY FRIDAY, SEPT 13th.  We are having a friendly competition to see "which grade wins" with the highest participation.   There will be a party and all participants will get a prize.  Please email  Jacquelyn Kang with any questions.  We hope your child had a great summer and spent lots of time reading!

Espero que todos hayan tenido un gran verano y hallan leido mucho. Por favor retornen sus paquetes Read-a-Thon para el viernes 13 de septiembre. Estaremos planeando una fiesta y regalos para todos los participantes al final del mes.
Recuerdo hay Es una pequena competencia amiatosa para ver que grado tiene la mas alta participation!!.


Tuesday mornings (8:25-8:50 am), beginning September 10th

Savings Makes ‘Cents’ is introduces children in grades K-6 to banking and money management. The program is supported by Florence Savings Bank and the Fort River PGO.  Students can make deposits at the table staffed by PGO and Florence Savings Bank volunteers at Fort River on Tuesday mornings.  For more information on this program, visit


El Martes por la mañana (8:25 am -8:50), a partir de 10 de septiembre
Ahorros hace ' granito de arena' son los niños introduce en los grados K- 6 a la banca y la administración del dinero.  El programa es apoyado por el Florence Savings Bank y el PGO de Fort River Los martes en las mañanas.  Para mas informacion de este programa visita:

BoxTops for Education ONLINE MARKETPLACE

A easy way to help the PGO with funding is through the BoxTops for Education website.  Anytime you go shopping on-line, check to see if the retailer participates in the program.  Simply access the retailer’s site via the BoxTops portal and the school earns points from your purchase with NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.  Go to to check out the over 175 major name retailers who participate. 

BoxTops para la educacion ONLINE MARKETPLACE

Una manera fácil de ayudar al PGO es con la financiación través de los Box Tops para el stio web de Educación.  Cada vez que vaya de compras online, comprobar para ver si el minorista participa en el programa. Basta con acceder a la web del distribuidor a través del portal BoxTops y la escuela gana puntos en su compra sin ningún coste adicional para usted. Ir a revisar los más de 175 principales minoristas de renombre que participant.

ARMS Family School Partnership

On Facebook? Target has an easy way for you to help support ARMS!

Target is giving out $1 for every vote Facebook users cast online. Anyone with a Facebook account can vote for their school once a week, until Sept 21. (Week starts on Sunday). A few clicks can really add up to some FREE MONEY for our school!

Please vote every week, and please share this post on your own Facebook page.

Cub Scouts Info Session

Amherst Cub Scout Pack 515
OPEN HOUSEfor potential new members, boys grades 1-5.
Thursday, Sept 12.
4-5:30 pm
       Masonic Lodge, 99 Main St Amherst 
Please feel free to come and meet the boys in the pack, and participate in some creative and fun activities!

***  Pack 515 is an inclusive, friendly Pack that focuses on providing the boys with new experiences and challenges in an encouraging, supportive environment  ***
Pack meetings are the 1st Thursday evenings of each month, Den meetings are the  2nd and 4th Thursday evenings of each month.  Further questions, contact Cubmaster Mary Wheeler at
This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO

Girl Scouts Info Session

Do you have a daughter, Kindergarten-6th grade, curious about Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouting aims to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Learn more about Scouts on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Groff Park from 1-3 pm.
This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO