Fort River PGO, Fort River School, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Your source for Fort River news and events. Sponsored by the Fort River Parent Guardian Organization. All Fort River families are automatically members of the PGO.
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Please set aside children and young adult books for the FR Book Share
Even though the thermometer doesn't seem to know it's spring, it is time
to look over your bookshelves! Once again, the Fort River PGO will be
holding a Book Share. Books that your kids have outgrown can be brought
in to be shared with others. We are hoping to collect over 800 books
so that each child can bring home two books. More information on when
books will be collected will be coming out soon!
The community is invited to participate in this special event honoring students in the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Public Schools. Awards will be presented to students in Grades PreK-12 who have made accomplishments in the areas of academics, leadership/community service, fine & performing arts and athletics. The evening will also feature music, dance and spoken word performances and a special ceremony to honor the ARHS Seniors who will graduate in June.
The mission of the Nicholas Green award program is to inspire children to achieve to their fullest potential, highlight high ability students and to draw attention to the educational needs of our nation’s gifted and talented students.
Nicholas Green was a bright seven-year old who was killed in a senseless shooting. His parents wanted to keep his memory alive so they donated money they had saved for his college expenses to fund this award. The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) had administered this program until last year when the funds were depleted. The Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education is keeping it alive along with donations from sponsors. The recipient of the Nicholas Green Award will receive a certificate and funds to participate in an enrichment program (i.e., summer camp, online course, etc.) of his/her choosing. Funding to defray the costs of the program will be approximately $500. More than one award may be given.
Spring cleaning?If piles of books are starting to feel overwhelming, donate some to the League of Women Voters of Amherst’s annual book sale.Books can be donated starting Friday, March 23, at the League’s
sorting and pricing center at the East Street School, 31 South East St.,
Amherst. Also, a collection trunk for donated books can be found
outside of the Stop & Shop on Rte. 9 in Hadley.
If you have a large quantity of books to donate, please call the LWV at
253-0633 for an appointment to drop off at the East Street School site.
Books must be in good condition: no damaged, moldy, or mildewed books can be accepted.Please: no magazines except for cooking or crafts magazines; no
toys, puzzles or videotapes. LPs if playable and in good condition, as
well as CDs and DVDs, will be accepted.
The annual sale of thousands of used books will take place May 2, 3 & 4, on the Amherst Town Common. The book sale is one
of the oldest and largest in New England.
It serves as the major fund raiser for the League and helps finance voter service programs and publications.
For additional information, contact the League of Women Voters Amherst at 253-0633
or visit the website www.lwvamherst.org.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has decided to participate in
the 2014 Talent Showcase!
We still need volunteers for both the dress rehearsal and the show. Mostly,
we need parents to help supervise, as we have lots of kids involved! If you are
able and willing to help as a volunteer, or if you have any questions at all,
please contact Dawn Lepere at 413-835-0164 or email@example.com
**Show schedules will be provided to the students
this week at school.**
Some additional important information:
participating in the Talent Showcase should plan to stay after school this Friday,
March 21st for the Dress Rehearsal. We hope to be finished up by about 5:30. Please
consider making car-pooling plans with other families.
Because kids will have
down-time during the rehearsal, we suggest that they bring quiet activities
such as homework, books to read, etc. Students that plan to
have a table display and are NOT performing on the stage do NOT to be at the
Please place your
student's name on all props/electronics/cds that come from home!
Show time for tables
and concessions starts at 6:30 on Friday, March 28th, so anyone involved with
these activities should consider getting to the school by 6:15 at the very latest
to have time to set up.
Show time for the
stage show is 7:00. If you are performing at the beginning of the show, please
be at the school by 6:30.
Please place your
student's name on all props/electronics/cds that come from home!
Stage and Green Room Location: As kids arrive to
perform for the show, please have them check in at the green room which will be
located in the hallway to the right of the gym (as you approach from the
Library). The stage will be located in the gym, just inside the door from the
green room hallway.
is conducting a brief survey to receive feedback on our school
nutrition program and how we can improve our services. We need your
input regarding the current program and any changes you would like to
see implemented. We will use this information to develop new options and
services. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
Whitsons está llevando a cabo una breve encuesta para recibir
información sobre nuestro programa de nutrición escolar y de cómo
podemos mejorar nuestros servicios. Necesitamos su opinión respecto al
programa actual y los cambios que le gustaría ver implementados.
Usaremos esta información para desarrollar nuevas opciones y servicios.
Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para compartir sus pensamientos con
Enroll for Spring and Summer archery lessons soon! Amherst Archery
Academy provides educational and retail services for target archers. We
excel at coaching children and
adults the form of Olympic style target archery. We offer year round
programs in the Pioneer Valley, provide all the equipment, and have
Level I, II and III USA Archery certified Coaches. View the 2014 Spring
and Summer program schedule on our new website. Enroll online! www.AmherstArchery.firstname.lastname@example.org and Like us on Facebook!
Recently, David Schneider (Amherst College music professor) appeared on Voices from Our Schools.
He and Sue Dunbar (ARPS music teacher) spoke at length about the AC
Music Tutors program in the elementary schools. He mentioned a few FREE
concerts in April which families may attend. These concerts are FREE to
the public and a very nice town/gown opportunity.
"Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."
- Dr. Seuss
Thank you to all the who joined in the celebration of Dr. Seuss's 110th
Birthday last Thursday evening. Thanks especially Emily Ziomek, Laurie
Anastasia, Amy Hampson, Kursten Holabird, Ruthie Ireland, Pam Rietkerk,
Anna Scully and all who stepped forward during the evening to help with
set up, games and clean up; to Howard Rhett for taking such awesome
photos* (coming soon to the school lobby video slide show); and to Deb
Christakos for putting it all together.
* If you would like a digital copy of your child's photo(s) from the evening, please contact email@example.com.
Keins' grade 4 class is currently running a fund raiser to support
orphanages/schools in Zambia. The are working to collect basic items:
socks, toothbrushes, small toys, to send to Hope for Africa: a charity
based in Zambia which supports a number of the orphanages/schools which
are primarily populated by children who have lost their caretakers to
the AIDS epidemic. Our goals are to collect these items and raise $200
to send these items via mail directly to one or more of the schools.
The class has prepared donation boxes and posters which are distributed
around our school as well as putting on presentations and skits at our
school assemblies to garner interest and donations.
So far the class has raised about half of what is needed. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Please donate to this worthy cause.
HOFAI COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IN ZAMBIA
Since 2001 Hope for Africa in partnership with local Communities, has established and is running seventeen (17) Community Schools catering for 5,500 Orphans and vulnerable Children. Our schools have 320 Children on average.
The Fort River Spring Chorus Concert will take place at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 27th at 7 pm
in the Fort River School gym. Please mark your calendars! This is a
departure from our earlier practice of presenting our evening concert on
the Middle School auditorium stage. Sadly, we were unable to
get a bookable date for the AMS auditorium which is in high demand for
district events such as town meeting, etc.
Attire is dark slacks and solid color shirts for boys, dark skirts or slacks and solid color blouses for girls.Please plan to have your children report to the gym by 6:40, so that we can warm up and prepare for our concert.If you are unable to make the evening concert, you can attend our daytime concert for Fort River on Friday, May 16th, at 2 pm,in the Fort River gym.
Monte Carlo Night
2014 is Saturday, March 15, Valentine Hall at Amherst College, 6:30 -
Midnight!! All proceeds benefit
ARHS and ARMS Athletics, including team uniforms and gear, scoreboards, weight
room, etc. Free food, Funny Money bar and gambling, live music, great people,
great prizes! Get info and purchase
$25 tickets online at www.amherstmontecarlo.com.
$30 at the door. If you don't have kids on teams at these schools yet, odds are
you will soon!
Monte Carlo Night 2014 is Saturday, March 15, 6:30 - Midnight!! $25 Tickets are ON SALE!!
one evening Valentine Hall at Amherst College is transformed into an
elegant mini-Casino complete with 2 bands (jazz and dance),
complimentary food, wine tastings and a full Funny Money Cash Bar (21
& over). Awesome prizes and raffle items from local businesses!
People you know and would like to know. No lectures, just the best party
on the Amherst calendar!
How? Get info and purchase tickets online at www.amherstmontecarlo.com or
buy them until 3/13 at Hastings, Cushman, Hampshire Athletic Club,
Matt's Barber Shop, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, or Jones Realty. At the
door they are $30.
Because sports are good for kids' physical and mental health, but the
cost of uniforms and gear is not included in the school budgets. All proceeds benefit ARHS and ARMS Athletics. You
may designate your favorite team(s) to receive $20 of the $25, or
simply support the Hurricane Boosters, which provides support for
low-income athletes and purchases other items like score boards and
weight room equipment. If you don't have kids in the extremely diverse and inclusive set of sports teams at these schools yet, odds are you will soon!