Friday, February 28, 2014

Fort River Talent Showcase

Fort River School
Talent Showcase 2014 Application

 Forms due: MARCH 7

Talent Showcase:  Friday, March 28, 6:30pm

Proceeds will benefit both the PGO and the 5th grade's trip to Boston.  Fort River will ask for a suggested donation for adult admission and kids will attend free!

Talent Show Requirements

Please read these requirements carefully.  Acts must be appropriate and safe.

      Students must be in 4th, 5th or 6th grade to participate (exception for younger siblings of 4th-6th graders if in same act as sibling).

       Acts can be of two types:

      Performances – these are limited to 3 minutes

      Presentation of talent (e.g. artwork,) – these will be set up for people to see both before the live show and during intermission.

      Students can perform in one act only as a solo, but can also assist another student as part of a group.

      Students not wishing to perform but wanting to be involved in other ways can apply to Emcee the show (we will draw applicants’ names out of a hat to determine the emcees) or work with set up/staging.

      Parents, please watch the act at least once before the rehearsals to check for appropriateness, quality and length of act.

      Students must be able to attend the dress rehearsal on March 21, after school.
Escuela de Fort River
Show de Talento 2014 Applicacion
Forms due: MARZO 7
Talent Showcase:  Viernes, Marzo 28, 6:30pm
Las ganancias beneficiarán tanto el PGO y el viaje de 5to  para Boston. Fort River pedirá una donación sugerida para la admisión de adultos y los niños asistirán gratis!
Talent Show Requisitos
Por favor lea cuidadosamente estos requisitos. Los actos deben ser apropiados y seguros.

• Los estudiantes deben estar en 4, 5 o 6  grado para participar (a excepción de los hermanos menores de 4 a 6 grado, si en un mismo acto como entre hermanos).

• Los actos pueden ser de dos tipos:
• Performances - éstas se limitan a 3 minutos
• Presentación del talento (por ejemplo, obras de arte,) - estos se establecerá que la gente vea, tanto antes del show en vivo y durante el intermedio.

• Los estudiantes pueden llevar a cabo  un acto sólo como solista, sino que también pueden ayudar a otro estudiante como parte de un grupo.

• Los alumnos que no deseen realizar, pero con ganas de participar en otras formas se pueden aplicar a maestro de ceremonias del espectáculo (vamos a sacar nombres de los solicitantes de un sombrero para determinar los maestros de ceremonia) o trabajar con la instalación / puesta en escena.

Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee 3rd Annual Poster Contest


Jones Library On the Same Page

The Jones Library is holding its second On the Same Page community reading program, this year featuring the novel The Sandcastle Girls by bestselling author Chris Bohjalian.  The entire Amherst community is invited to read the book and participate in the upcoming programs and events. The following series of programs will be held during the month of March at the Jones Library, and are based on topics and themes from the novel. 

On the Same Page – Amherst will culminate in an appearance by author Chris Bohjalian to be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.   For complete program descriptions, visit the program’s webpage at

Tuesday, March 4 at 7 pm - Woodbury Room The Armenian Genocide - Join us for a screening of this documentary, produced in 2005 by Two Cats Productions, which explores this historical event.  A discussion will follow, led by Henry Theriault, Professor of Philosophy at Worcester State University.

Saturday, March 8 at 2:30 pm - Goodwin Room Book Discussion - A book discussion led by Barry O'Connell, Professor of English Emeritus at Amherst College and a former professor of the author.  A friendly discussion, open to all. 

Thursday, March 13 at 7 pm - Woodbury Room The American Missionaries and the Armenians: Successes and Limitations of Humanitarianism  - A presentation by Barbara Merguerian, Vice President of the Armenian Library & Museum of America, will take a look at the role of American missionaries in bringing aid to the Armenian people.

Tuesday, March 18 at 7 pm - Woodbury Room Overcoming Evil: Preventing Genocide and Other Group Violence & Creating Peaceful   Societies - Ervin Staub, Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, will take a look at the societal conditions that can lead to violence against groups and discuss how to prevent such conflicts.

Tuesday, March 25 at 6:00 pm - Woodbury Room Friends’ Reception - Please join the Friends of the Jones Library System and author Chris Bohjalian at this special reception.  Sponsored by the FOJLS, this event is free & open to the public.

 Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm - Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium On the Same Page...with Chris Bohjalian - Join us for this author appearance!  Chris Bohjalian will talk about the book, with an introduction by novelist Cammie McGovern.  Books will be available for purchase & signing.

 Copies of The Sandcastle Girls can be borrowed from the Jones Library and branches, requested and checked out from the C/W Mars library catalog, or purchased at Amherst Books or Food for Thought Books in Amherst.

 The Sandcastle Girls is a New York Times bestseller that was included on several “Best Book of 2012” lists and Arts and Letters Award from the Armenian National Committee of America and the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.   The novel tells the parallel stories of Elizabeth, a Mt. Holyoke College graduate who, in 1915, accompanies her father to Aleppo, Syria, to aid Armenian refugees, and current-day Laura, a New Yorker trying to make sense of the life story of her grandmother Elizabeth, as well as her own past.  The selection of this title is particularly timely, as the novel addresses the Armenian genocide which began in 1915, an event that is rarely studied or mentioned.  The 100th anniversary of this tragedy is approaching, and is sure to receive media attention in 2015.

 Chris Bohjalian is the author of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Night Strangers, Secrets of Eden, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, Before You Know Kindness, The Law of Similars, and Midwives. He won the New England Book Award in 2002, and his novel Midwives was a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into over 25 languages.  He has also written for a wide variety of magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and he has been a Sunday columnist for Gannett's Burlington Free Press since 1992. A graduate of Amherst College, Bohjalian lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

 These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library System.  For further information about the On the Same Page - Amherst, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

Amherst Survival Center Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Girls Lacrosse Clinic

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Junior Achievement Day

On March 6th, Fort River will be hosting Junior Achievement Day.  Volunteers are needed to work in each classroom, March 6th 8:30am-1:30, leading the kids through age appropriate activities (curriculum provided by JA) in areas like financial literacy and entrepreneurship.  In addition to the day of time commitment, there is also a 1 hour training session that we are working on scheduling that would be held at FR.  Two sessions will be offered (one morning, one evening) in order to accommodate different schedules.  If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Liz Larson (

Friday, February 7, 2014

School Closing Information

Text messages about school closings - several PGOs have asked about the possibilities of receiving text messages from the district about school closings and delays.  At this time, the district is not able to do this but WWLP (TV station in Springfield) can!  Please visit to learn more and sign up.

Amherst Cinema - Family Week

Internet Safety Informational Session

#artcontinues with Teri Magner

Winter/Spring 2014
Drawing Lessons for 8-12 year olds

This 10-week series of drawing lessons aims to provide young artists with a variety of drawing techniques, from pencil shading to color and blending, within a wide range of subjects.

It is an individualized series, with a goal of exploration and experimentation for each student, at their own level and pace.
These group classes meet once per week, for an enjoyable and exhilarating hour and forty-five minutes, on either Tuesday OR Wednesday, from 3:30-5:15pm,

            at:         Art Alive          35 S. Pleasant St.,     Amherst

Tuesdays:                                                                                    Wednesdays:

March 4, 11, 18, 25                                                                    March 5, 12, 19, 26

April 1, 8, 15, & 29                                                                     April 2, 9, 16 & 30

May 6, 13                                                                                       May 7, 14

                       Pre-registration has already begun.  

Registrations will continue to be accepted on a first come/first serve basis.

For any questions, more information, a registration form, or to be placed on a waiting list when classes are full contact:


                                                                         Teri Magner
                                                                         P.O. Box 3043
                                                                  Amherst, MA 01004

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Teri Magner retired in 2013, after teaching art in the Amherst Schools for 37 years

Chemistry Demo Show

Looking for something to do just before vacation? This is great fun for grades 3 - 6, but all are welcome.

The University of Massachusetts Department of Chemistry
cordially invites students, parents and teachers
to a "magical" evening of exciting explosions, colorful reactions,
and cool chemistry!

7:00 PM

UMass Amherst
Integrated Sciences Building Room 135

For more information, contact Raina Kittilstved or Mike Knapp

Campus Maps and parking information can be found on the UMass Amherst
Website under the "Visit Campus" tab