Friday, October 25, 2013

Fort River Silent Auction Info

We are planning the first ever Fort River Silent Auction, Spring 2014
We need volunteers who can:
  • help plan the party
  • shop for donations
  • enter data 
  • design signs or displays
Come and join us on  
Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 8:45am 
in the cafeteria, where we will set out the details and begin planning.   Let's make this a fun event for the entire Fort River community.
If you wish to help, but can't make the meeting please contact or

Estamos planeando la primera Subasta Silenciosa de Fort River, Primavera 2014

Necesitamos voluntarios que puedan:
ayudar a planificar la fiesta
tienda para donaciones
introducir datos
signos de diseño o mostrar
Ven y únete a nosotros en Miércoles, 06 de noviembre a las 8:45 am en la cafetería, donde pondremos los detalles y empezaremos a planificar. Vamos a hacer de este un evento divertido para toda la comunidad de Fort River.
Si usted desea ayudar, pero no puede asistir a  la reunión, por favor póngase en contacto con o

Amherst Hockey Association Events

The Amherst Hockey Association is organizing the following events:
Equipment Sale and Exchange: October 24
Try Hockey for Free Day: October 26
Learn to Skate and Learn To Play programs November 9March 8
For information,  see the flier.
You can also visit or email Dan Feldman  at

Friday, October 18, 2013

Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award 2013 honoring Kathryn Runyan

UMass Girls' Lacrosse Camp


  • Nominee must be a current employee of the Amherst or Amherst-Pelham Regional School Districts as a teacher, administrator or staff person in the year the award is presented.
  • The person nominating must be a student, parent, community member, teacher, staff or administrator of the Amherst and/or Amherst-Pelham Regional school districts.
  • Provide a statement (see below).
Provide a nomination statement of 1-3 pages explaining how the nominee works with students, parents, teachers and/or colleagues in some of the following areas:
Specific examples are encouraged.
  • educating to undo the pernicious effects of prejudice and discrimination in our schools;
  • assisting students of color and students from families with lower incomes to reach their highest educational potential in all areas of education;
  • helping to ensure our schools are safe environments where all students feel accepted and respected;
  • sharing with colleagues the skills and information for creating a classroom where the unique strengths and talents of all students are enhanced; and
  • working with parents and community members as well as fellow teachers, administrators and staff in promoting a school district free of racism, prejudice and discrimination.
Please send nomination by January 6, 2014, to
RaDAR, c/o Reynolds Winslow, via email at,
OR mail to Reynolds Winslow, 31 Richmond Way, Chicopee MA 01022
The final selection of the award recipient will be made by the RaDAR Committee. The award will be presented at the Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast at the Amherst Regional Middle School on January 18, 2014.

Community Discussion: Fort River Farm Conservation Area

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Grade-Wide Potlucks!

Celebrate, reconnect with old friends and meet new families at your child's grade potluck! The potlucks are an easy and fun way to come together to share food and conversation with other families in the Fort River community.

All you need to bring is your family and a delicious dish to share--something representing your cultural heritage would be extra special and very welcomed. Please include an ingredient list to display with your dish so that those with dietary concerns may make informed decisions. REMEMBER, Fort River is now a nut-safe facility and NO NUTS OF ANY KIND are permitted at school, including at after school events. Thank you!
Grade-wide Potlucks have been scheduled from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Fort River cafeterias on the following dates. Please click on your link to sign up!

NOVEMBER 6: Fifth Grade

Potluck de los Grados !
Celebrar , reencontrarse con viejos amigos y conocer nuevas familias en el potluck del grado de su hijo ! Las comidas informales son una forma fácil y divertida de reunirse para compartir la comida y la conversación con otras familias de la comunidad de Fort River.

Todo lo que necesita es traer a su familia y un delicioso plato para compartir - algo que represente su patrimonio cultural sería muy especial y muy bienvenida. Por favor, incluya una lista de ingredientes para mostrar con su plato para que las personas con preocupaciones dietéticas pueden tomar decisiones informadas. RECUERDE, Fort River es ahora un centro de nueces seguro y no se permiten nueces de cualquier tipo en la escuela , incluso en la escuela después de los eventos . ¡Gracias!

Los Potluck de los Grados  han sido programados de 6:00-7:30 en la cafetería de Fort River en las siguientes fechas . Por favor, haz clic en el enlace para registrarse !
17 de octubre: Segundo Grado 
13 de noviembre : Tercer Grado

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fort River Winter Chorus Concert Info

Dear parents and guardians of Fort River Chorus students,

We are pleased to announce that the Fort River Winter Chorus Concert will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 15th at 7 pm in the Amherst Middle School auditorium.   Attire is dark slacks and white shirts for boys, dark skirts or slacks and white blouses for girls.  Please plan to have your children report to the auditorium by 6:40, so that we can warm up and prepare for our concert.  If you are unable to make the evening concert at the Middle School, you can attend our daytime concert for Fort River on Friday, January 10th, at 2 pm, in the Fort River gym. 
Thank you,
Anne White

October Reuse Rally

Amherst Regional HS Latinos Unidos Soccerfest

You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual ARHS Latinos Unidos Soccerfest.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 from 12 to 4pm at the Amherst Regional High School soccer field (21 Mattoon Street, Amherst). This event is the major fundraiser for the ARHS Latinos Unidos group. ALL ARE WELCOME!!
This year, 10 teams representing Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, USA, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Portugal, and  El Salvador will compete in games wearing official national team jerseys.  Guests will enjoy traditional Latin American food and music. This event is intended to unite the Latino community in Amherst with others in the area. 
For more information please contact Latinos Unidos faculty advisor, Alex Alvarez, at

LSSE Halloween Window Painting

Monday, October 7, 2013

ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) meeting

Administrative Meeting

October 8th, 2013
Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA.

  • Welcome
  • Overview of the purpose of the meeting and expectations as outlined by Melissa Paciulli for SEPAC and Faye Brady for Amherst District (10 minutes)
  • Introductions- (10 minutes)
  • Current Parental Concerns/Questions received via email or discussion to the Board - (15 minutes)
  • Updates on Goal areas from SEPAC - (10 Minutes)
  • Updates for the District - Faye ( 10 minutes)
  • Other Items - (10 Minutes)
Administrative meetings are intended for SEPAC Board members to discuss current issues with school administration. If you are interested in hearing the discussion, we encourage you to come to this meeting! As always, all of our meetings are open to the public. Give us a call or email us the day before if you would like us to arrange for childcare, or if you have other needs.

See you Tuesday!

October 8th, 7:30-8:30
Amherst Regional Middle School
170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA.
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Overview of meeting expectations and description of meeting – Melissa Paciulli (5 minutes)
  • Upcoming Workshop Logistics – (30 minutes)
  • UMass/SEPAC Connection (15 minutes)
Executive Board meetings are intended for SEPAC Board members to discuss and plan current projects. If you are interested in lending a hand to make our schools better while making new connections along the way, we encourage you to come to this meeting!  As always, all of our meetings are open to the public. Give us a call or email us the day before if you would like us to arrange for childcare, or if you have other needs.
See you Tuesday!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Coffee with a Principal and PGO General Meeting

Please join us on Friday, October 11th, 8:45 - 9:45AM for our monthly Coffee with a Principal. 

After a chance to socialize, we will have our first PGO General Meeting.  Our main order of business will be to vote on the proposed budget for the year.  A copy of the proposed budget can be found here:

We will also be discussing upcoming events and plans for both winter and spring PGO activities.

Café con la Directora y la Junta General del PGO
Por favor, únase a nosotros el viernes 11 de octubre a las 8:45-9:45 AM para nuestro café mensual con la directora.
Después de la oportunidad de socializar, tendremos nuestra primera reunión general del PGO. Nuestro fin principal del día será a votar sobre el proyecto de presupuesto para el año. Una copia del proyecto de presupuesto se puede encontrar aquí:
También vamos a discutir los próximos eventos y planes, tanto para las actividades de invierno y primavera del PGO.

Unity Day, October 9!

Make it Orange and Make it End!  Unite against Bullying
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, Fort River will join with other schools and communities to celebrate Unity Day on Wednesday, October 9th.  In addition to Wednesday's assembly program, all the children will be encouraged to wear orange as sign of support for those who have been bullied and that they are uniting to make a difference.  Families can also participate in this show of support and help reinforce the message by wearing something orange and talking with your children about the assembly and what they learned.  More information about Unity Day can be found at

Election Results!

Congratulations to our newly elected Fort River School Governance Council members: Becky Michaels, Basil Stewart and Juan Manuel Ruiz-Hall!

Felicitaciones a nuestros recién electos Fort River School miembros del Consejo de Gobierno: Becky Michaels, Basil Stewart y Juan Manuel Ruiz-Hall

Family Fair 2013


Graduation Coordinators Needed!

Attention 6th grade parents!  We are looking for a graduation coordinator or co-coordinators for our terrific class!  

The coordinator serves as the contact for graduation festivities, and relies on a strong group of volunteers who will oversee events related to graduation.  

If you are interested, please contact any of the 6th grade room parents.  

We hope to have a meeting for 6th grade families very soon to start planning activities and fundraisers for the year and to assign volunteers for each event, but would like the graduation coordinator(s) in place first.

Thanks from the 6th Grade Room Parents,
Austin: Ellen Alvord, Carol Slaughter, Suzanne Schilling
Doggett: Sue Borden, Kristen Lynch
Sawicki:  Iris Berkman, Maria Polino

Atención padres de 6 º grado! Estamos buscando a un coordinador de la graduación o coordinadores para nuestra clase increíble! 

El coordinador sirve de contacto para las fiestas de graduación, y se basa en un fuerte grupo de voluntarios que se encargarán de supervisar los eventos relacionados con la graduación. 

Si usted está interesado, póngase en contacto con alguno de los padres del salón de sexto grado. 

Esperamos tener una reunión para las familias de 6 º grado en breve para iniciar las actividades de planificación y recaudación de fondos para el año y para asignar voluntarios para cada caso, pero me gustaría el coordinador de graduación (s) en primer lugar.

Gracias desde el 6 º grado a los Padres de salones,
Austin: Ellen Alvord, Carol Slaughter, Suzanne Schilling
Doggett: Sue Borden, Kristen Lynch
Sawicki:  Iris Berkman, Maria Polino

Art Classes

Art Continues with Teri Magner 

Group drawing lessons, for 8-12 year olds
12 week sessions
Tuesday classes start October 29th.  Wednesday classes start October, 30th.

Classes run from 3:30-5:15PM, and will be held at Art Alive, 35 S. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA.

For more info on these sessions or to be added to the pre-registration list for the upcoming spring classes, please contact:
This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO

Thursday, October 3, 2013

ABC Fall Foliage Walk and 5K Run

It is time once again for the annual ABC Fall Foliage Walk and 5K Run, on October 12, 2013!  The 42nd Fall Foliage event, held on the Amherst Town Common 8:30-2 p.m., begins with registration at 8 a.m.  Please mark your calendar!  This fun-filled day of family activities, food and performance by Marilyn and Sekou's 5-College African Dance and Drum Students, along with the opportunity to walk or run through the local woodlands enjoying the splendid colors of autumn, promises a day filled with good company, unity and celebration of Amherst ABC!  All proceeds raised through the event will be put to use this year to run the ABC program. Just as the New England forests need many different tree species to produce the dazzling annual display, so our community must embrace diversity in order to advance peacefully. One meaningful way to do this is by supporting Amherst ABC.

See ABC website:  visit the details page for more information on the event, and how to pledge, register and participate.  Or, use the links below:

This event is not sponsored by the Fort River PGO