Monday, November 25, 2013

Fort River PGO Doughnut Fundraiser Info

Your fresh baked doughnut orders will be ready to be picked up in the Fort River front lobby after school at the following times this week:
Tuesday, November 26th until 4:30

Wednesday, November 27th until 2:20
Please contact Dawn Lepere at or 835-0164 with any questions.  

Fort River PGO Book Fairs


After much thought and feedback from families and staff, the PGO has opted not to host a Scholastic Book Fair this year.  Instead, we have teamed up with 2 other book sellers to have smaller, more focused book fairs that will help raise funds for new books and resources for the school library. 

December 12 - World Eye Bookshop

This year, Fort River will welcome World Eye Bookshop (, an independent bookseller with stores in Greenfield and Florence.  They have worked with a number of schools in the Valley to organize book fairs and have a wonderful stock list with quality books and gifts at a variety of price points.  The event will include a supervised story time in the library (to give parents the opportunity to shop without little eyes seeing what is bought) and our second annual Chili Cook Off.  The whole evening will be an opportunity for community while supporting the library.  The Fort River library will receive 15% of the proceeds from the book sales.  Teachers will be able to put together wish lists for their classrooms.  The book fair will be held in the gym at the school and will be open from 3:00 - 7:00.

December 15 - Fort River Day at Barnes & Noble

December 15th will be Fort River Day at Barnes & Noble, Hadley.  Flyers with the details will be going home so that anyone presenting the flyer will get a portion of their purchase credited to the school.  In addition, there is a 5 day, online component that friends and family near and far will be able to take advantage of.  Look for more details on how to participate on line in backpacks in the next few weeks.

As a continued part of the Barnes and Noble Book Fair fundraiser on Sunday, December 15, we can have a gift wrapping table set up on Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th.  We are looking for volunteers to be at the table during those days for 2 hour shifts.  Volunteers will gift wrap customers' purchases as a free service, and we will have a donation jar at the table for the Fort River Library.  As a bonus, we can have our Book Fair flyers out on the table for customers to still use for their purchases to count towards the library fundraiser.
Please sign up for shifts using the Please Bring It site, "Barnes and Noble Gift Wrapping Table Fundraiser" page, using the link below.


Después de mucho pensamiento y opinión de las familias y el personal, el PGO ha optado por no acoger una Feria del Libro Scholastic este año. En cambio, nos hemos asociado con otros 2 vendedores de libros para tener las ferias del libro más pequeñas y focalizadas que ayuden a recaudar fondos para los nuevos libros y recursos para la biblioteca de la escuela.

12 de diciembre - World Eye Bookshop 

Este año, Fort River acogerá World Eye Bookshop (, un librero independiente con tiendas en Greenfield y Florence.  Han trabajado con varias escuelas en el Valle organizando  ferias de libros y teniendo una maravillosa lista de valores con los libros y los regalos de calidad en una variedad de puntos de precio.  El evento contará con un tiempo de la historia supervisada en la biblioteca (para dar a los padres la oportunidad de hacer compras sin ojillos de ver lo que se compra) y nuestro segundo anual Chili Cook Off.  Toda la noche será una oportunidad para la comunidad, mientras que el apoyo a la biblioteca.  La biblioteca de Fort River recibirá el 15 % de los ingresos de las ventas de libros.  Los profesores serán capaces de armar listas de deseos de sus aulas.  La feria del libro se llevará a cabo en el gimnasio de la escuela y estará abierta de 3:00-7:00.

15 de diciembre - Día de Fort River a Barnes & Noble

15 de diciembre será el Día Fort River a Barnes & Noble, Hadley.  Volantes con los detalles se van a casa para que cualquier persona presentando el volante recibirá una porción de su compra se acredita a la escuela (10 % de hasta $2000).  Además, hay un 5 días, componente en línea que los amigos y familiares cercanos y lejanos podrán aprovechar.  Busque más información sobre cómo participar en la línea de mochilas en las próximas semanas.

Multi-Arts Workshop

Create a movie about your family

Celebrate your holidays with an entertaining short movie about your
family. Bring a smile and a warm feeling to your family party

Two hours individual workshop with Multi-Arts

Fee: $45 / $25 for Multi-Arts’ members/ $15 low income families
Saturday, November 23th
Place: Multi-Arts, Hadley

To register email us at
For more info: 413-584-7951

Your family will laugh, feel moved and have fun together

Amherst Survival Center Gift Program

Holiday Gift Program
Register as a Gift Giver!

This holiday season you can SIGN UP to be a donor and buy a holiday gift for a child in our community.

You sign up and we will share with you:
the child’s age, gender, a specific gift they’ll enjoy at a value of $25.00-$50.00

It’s so easy: register with the Center, then bring your gifts to the Amherst Survival Center by December 6 or bring them to the Immanuel Lutheran Church on December 10.

Gifts will be distributed to all children on December 11.
Families are already signing up their children for this program.

Who can sponsor a child for a holiday gift?
  • Workplaces
  • Stores
  • Student groups (for e.g. fraternities, sororities, classes, scouting organizations)
  • Sports teams
  • Faith-based congregations
  • Families
To register contact Tim Kennedy at 549-3968 x101 or e-mail Tim at

Amherst Education Foundation

Giving Thanks for Our Great Schools

Valley Gives is an online day of giving for hundreds of nonprofits throughout the Pioneer Valley, organized by the Community Foundation of Western MA. 

Thanks to you, last year AEF participated & raised funds vital to our grant making.  We were also lucky to earn special prize money for having so many donors!  In fact, we earned $20,000! 

 We hope that you’ll join us again this year.  In fact, share this news with your friends & invite them to give what they can to help keep our schools strong!

Why do you love our schools?
Please help us today AND on the 12th!:

·         Like AEF on Facebook & follow us on Twitter to learn more about the grants that your donations help to fund.

·         Mark your calendars for 12.12.13!

·         Bookmark our Valley Gives website:

·         Tell your friends to join us too!  Let’s get the entire community to step up for our schools!!

·         ... Then make your donation on 12.12.13!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fort River PGO Doughnut Fundraiser!

No school on Friday!
Payment for the orders (cash or check made out to Fort River PGO) must be submitted with the orders!
Don't miss out on this delicious opportunity to support Fort River Elementary!
Your fresh baked doughnut orders will be ready to be picked up in the Fort River front lobby after school next Tuesday, November 26th until 4:30
Wednesday, November 27th until 1:00
Please contact Dawn Lepere at or 835-0164 with any questions.

Warm Winter Clothing Share

Friday, November 15, 2013

Amherst Education Foundation

Panel on Affordable Housing in Amherst

Event: Panel: "Amherst: The Challenge of Affordable Housing"

Panelists: Jan Dizard of Interfaith Housing, Inc.; Connie Kruger of Amherst Housing Authority Board of Commissioners; Denise LeDuc of Amherst Housing Authority; Greg Stutsman of Housing and Sheltering Committee

Date: Thursday, November 21

Time: 7:00- 8:30 pm

Place: Woodbury Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst

Free and open to the public

Sponsor: League of Women Voters, Amherst

For more information:
LWVAmherst 253-0633

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Starlight's Youth Theatre

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Coffee with a Principal

Please join us this Friday for a very special Coffee with a Principal.  As you know, Principal Monica will be going on maternity leave at the end of the month and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the Hall family's soon to be newest member.  Come and enjoy some cake, conversation and community in the Fort River cafeteria, Friday, Nov. 8, 8:45 - 9:30.  As always, this will be a chance to catch up on what is going on at school and in the PGO.  And save the date for our December 13th coffee when we will welcome members of the School Committee as our guests.

Por favor, únase a nosotros este viernes para un café muy especial con la directora. Como ustedes saben, la Directora Mónica se va de baja por maternidad, al final del mes y queremos aprovechar esta oportunidad para celebrar la familia Hall que pronto tendra un nuevo miembro. Ven a disfrutar de un poco de pastel, la conversación y la comunidad en la cafeteria de Fort River  cafe, Viernes, 8 de noviembre a las  08:45am - 9.30 am. Como siempre, esta será una oportunidad de ponerse al día sobre lo que está pasando en la escuela y en el PGO. Y ahorrar la fecha para nuestro 13 de diciembre, cuando el café para dar la bienvenida a los miembros del comité de la escuela como nuestros huéspedes.

Woven Word Young Writers Workshops

Registration is now open for Woven Word Young Writers Session II workshops. Workshops are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Hadley, beginning the week of November 19.   Woven Word focuses on developing each individual’s creative voice in a safe, affirming space among peers.  Now in its 14th year, the workshops build on a wealth of experience in what makes young writers tick.  We offer an enriched setting complete with great prompts and lots of permission to have fun among a group of supportive young writers.   
For More Information and Registration Contact:
Lynn Bowmaster, 413-584-3373,,
or visit the website at
to see writer, parent and teacher references. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts Troop 500 Amherst Open House for prospective scouts (grades 5-12; ages 11-17) and their families Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East Street, Amherst.  Troop activities are organized and run by the boys, including weekly meetings, monthly campouts, 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 preference. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Michelle Chandler at (413) 256-5412

Mobile Dentist Smile Program

The ARPS Family Center is partnering with the Mobile Dentist to provide FREE dental care to families in the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Public Schools. The Mobile Dentist are innovative, on-site dental outreach providers. Their mission is to bring state-of-the-art dental care to income-eligible students in the most comfortable and effective way possible. The ARPS Family Center will mail the Mobile Dentist forms to income-eligible families. Once parents/guardians complete and return the forms to school, appointments will be made based on the dental services needed by the students. Please direct ALL questions to the ARPS Family Center 413-362-1875 or

The Mobile Dentist will visit schools on the following dates:
Dec 3 Wildwood
Jan 7 ARHS & SEC
Jan 8 Pelham
Jan 9 Crocker Farm
Jan 16 Fort River
Jan 17 ARMS

Pumpkin Composting Opportunity