Friday, October 31, 2014

Evening Coffee with a Principal & PGO Meeting

Fort River Night at the Amherst Pub

Save the Date:  Fort River Night at the Amherst Pu
                                             Tuesday, Nov. 18th 
Come and meet your friends from all grades for a delicious dinner and some fun.
                All evening, when you mention you are a Fort River family
                    15% of your total sale will be donated to the FR PGO.
         Let's support our local businesses, and they will in turn support our school!

Box Tops for Education

An easy way to help fund the Fort River PGO is to find Box Tops on every day products in your home.
 Find Box Tops on hundreds of products.
Clip Box Tops from each package.
Send the Box Tops to Fort River the first Monday of each month.
Each Box Top you clip, is worth 10¢ for our school.
Last year we earned $418, let's get clipping!

Elementary School Bullying Prevention

Friday, October 24, 2014

Grade-Wide Potlucks - Schedule and Signups!

Grade-wide potlucks are a fall tradition at Fort River!
Celebrate friendship and community with other families in your grade. Click on the appropriate link to sign up. Please bring an ingredient list so that those with dietary concerns may make informed decisions. Thank you!!
Kindergarten: Tuesday, November 18

Fort River Chorus Concert - DATE CHANGE

Dear Folks,

I unwittingly set our Fort River Winter Chorus Concert for Dec. 16th, which is the first night of Hanukkah. As this would be a major schedule conflict for some of our students,  we are changing the date of the winter concert to the following:

Tuesday, December 9th at 7 pm at the Amherst Middle School auditorium.  The chorus is comprised of the fourth and fifth grades. Our daytime concert for the school will be held at 2 pm on Monday, December 8th at 2 pm in the Fort River gym.  Please alert parents and families to this change in our schedule.
FYI:  Our spring concert will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at the Amherst Middle School.  Please  put this onto your calendars. The chorus for this concert will be comprised of the 5th and 6th grades.

Anne White

Target - Take Charge of Education

Do you have a Target Red Card?  You can designate Fort River to receive 1% of your purchases made at any Target store or at with your card. In 2013-14, Fort River contributions totaled nearly $1000!
To enroll in Take Charge of Education, go to, click on Sign Me Up.  Be sure to select Fort River (School ID #58645). You can sign up for a Target Red Card at any Target store.  Every dollar you spend counts.

Surburban Basketbal

ARHS Chorale Lasagna Dinner

The ARHS Chorale Lasagna Dinner is the place to be!

The entire ARPS community is invited to support this annual event.

Monday, October 27 in the ARHS Cafeteria (21 Mattoon St)
Seatings are at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for students & senior citizens.
Tickets on sale at ARHS lunch and at the door.
Enjoy homemade lasagna, garlic bread, salad and desserts. The Chorale will sing too!More information at

Kids Monsters Ball

25 October 2014 - Kids Monsters Ball
a costumed dance party just for parents and their children. 
3 to 4 p.m. at Abbey Memorial Chapel

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra presents the “Kids Monsters Ball”, a costumed dance party just for parents and their children. Come costumed and dance to waltzes and polkas by Strauss and Chopin. 
In between, enjoy music from TV shows like Doctor Who and the Simpsons and  meet members of the orchestra who will introduce the children to the instruments that they play. 
The event is scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m. at Abbey Memorial Chapel, located on the Mount Holyoke Campus at 50 College St, South Hadley, MA. Admission is $3 for all children, $5 for all adults. Accompanying adults for groups of 4 or more children enter for free. For more information, visit or call the Mount Holyoke College Music Department at (413) 538 2306.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Picture Day - Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help our Grynn & Barrett photographers next Tuesday, October 21.  Below you will find the schedule of when classes will have their photo times.  We need assistance with getting the classes to and from the library, helping organize the class photo and just being there to help kids with their individual pictures.  You are welcome to volunteer for 20 minutes, an hour, all morning, or all day!  We especially need a parent who can commit to the 10:35-11:35 time slot to coordinate the other volunteers.  Please let Liz Larson ( know when you can help or click this link to sign up

A+ School Rewards

Multi-Arts Make Your Own Mask Workshop

Come and create your unique mask for Halloween!
Whether you want to be silly or spooky, this fun workshop is an exciting way to make your imagination come to life.
Multi-Arts is offering a children's Make Your Own Mask workshop just perfect for Halloween! Multi-Arts, a local arts organization that has been empowering and inspiring young artists for over 14 years, is hosting a free mask making workshop, led by professional illustrator Titus Neijens.   Multi-Arts' innovative programming encourages creativity and instills a lifelong love of the arts with children. Especially in this age of consumerism, Multi-Arts' camps and workshops help children discover they can use their imaginations to invent and build designs that instills lasting pride and happiness.

Wednesday October 29, from 4-6 pm
at All Things Local Coop, Amherst
Free of charge but donations are very much appreciated
All children welcome. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Child Learning and Development Lab at Amherst College

Do you have a child between 0 and 10 years of age? Professor Carrie Palmquist, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Amherst College, is conducting a series of studies at the Child Learning and Development Lab that investigate how children learn from others and about the world around them. Participation in a study takes no more than 30 minutes. If you want your child to participate, contact the CLAD Lab at 413-542-5670, email, or visit to learn more and register your family! 

Chalk Art for Kids at All Things Local

Please join us for a CELEBRATION OF CHALK ART – make your own outside chalk (yup, you can MAKE CHALK) and then help decorate our sidewalk outside the All Things Local Coop Market in downtown Amherst (104 No. Pleasant St.).  No need to be an artist and all ages are welcome! Share your creative side and learn how to make your own outside chalk. Sunday, October 12th, 2-4pm.

An Evening for Education at Amherst Cinema

Friday, October 3, 2014


Picture Day is Tuesday, October 21st.  We need a volunteer to help schedule and coordinate other volunteers.   The photographers from Grynn & Barrett are very experienced with working with children but the teachers do like to have an extra set (or two) of hands to help get the classes to and from the library, keep order in the line, maybe help a with a messy face or hair emergency.  A schedule with class "photo sessions" will be coming home soon along with orders.  If you can help as the coordinator, please contact Liz Larson and be a part of this school tradition.  And remember, a portion of each picture package sale goes to support our school field trip fund!

Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program

For more info on this and other ways to support Fort River:

New #artcontinues Art Lessons

There are still a few openings available!  If your child's FALL SPORT SCHEDULE runs into art classes, they can start in November (o/c with tuition modification)!   If you are interested or have any questions email Teri Magner at

Amherst Community Theater Community Book Event!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Boy Scout Troop 500 Open House

Volunteering at Fort River: CORI Checks

If your school or PGO volunteer opportunities bring you into contact with students at school or on a field trip, you must have a CORI* check on file.  This includes all field trip chaperones and classroom volunteers (e.g. grandparents, aunts & uncles, adult siblings).  CORI checks must be done on individual volunteers every three years and are valid for all schools within our district.   If you would like to check to see if you are current on your CORI'd status, please call Sasha in the Central Office at 362-1810.

To request a  CORI check, bring your current driver's license into the Main Office at Fort River or to the district's Central Office (located at the middle school) for photocopying and complete the required application well in advance of any volunteer obligations.  Questions about the CORI process can be directed to the FR Main Office at 362-1200 or Sasha in the Central Office at the number above.

*Criminal Offender Record Information