Monday, October 16, 2017

Soup for Puerto Rico TONIGHT, October 16 at 5:30

Join the ARMS PGO and community at their Soup for Puerto Rico and Survival Night! Eat, see a few performances, and enjoy a night of community. Donations accepted for Hurricane Maria relief.

If you'd like to contribute a batch or more of soup, please deliver it to the middle school by Monday morning at 9 AM. Here are the recipes for the 3 Puerto Rican soups:


Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee on October 26 - Sign Up Now!


Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) is hosting its 23rd annual Trivia Bee next week! 

Space is still available for youth teams! Don't miss the opportunity to make history in the first ever Youth Round of the Bee. If you've never attended the Trivia Bee you've been missing a highly entertaining evening! Your kids will love this family friendly event!

State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose will emcee the event, and local community leaders act as judges for the prizes. In both the adult and youth rounds, participants will compete in teams of four and are encouraged to come up with a team name and wear costumes. Special prizes will be awarded for best costumes, best spirit, and more. 

AEF is a nonprofit organization that gives grants to teachers and administrators in the ARPS district, and the Trivia Bee is one of our most fun and successful events. Business sponsorships to fund the teams are a great way to gain visibility with local families. Individuals are also invited to fund a team as well. 

To register a team, please email Meg Rosa at megrosa78@gmail.com. For sponsorship information, please see the attached form.

Thank you for supporting AEF, and we look forward to seeing you on October 26!

PGO Meeting on October 17 at 9am

General PGO Meeting
Tuesday, October 17
9 - 10 am

Please join the PGO Board for a monthly meeting with Ms. Chamberlain. All current Fort River parents and guardians are welcome! Budget, fundraising plans, and volunteer needs will be discussed. Small children are always welcome.

Statement from Dr. Michael Morris

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Dr. Morris was named Superintendent of Schools. Here is a statement he released after this appointment:

"It has been a privilege to have spent my educational career in our districts working on behalf of the children of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury, and I am honored that I have been allowed to continue that work as the Superintendent of Schools. I want to thank the members of the School Committee for developing an open and thoughtful process in making this decision and for affording me this opportunity. The support of the School Committees, the outstanding Amherst Regional Public Schools faculty and staff, and the broader community has been invaluable during my time as Interim Superintendent. I look forward to continuing to build on those strong working relationships as we move forward with our vital work to support our communities’ most valuable resource—our children. Thank you again to the School Committee for showing your confidence in me in the vote for my appointment as well as over the past 13 months; I am excited for the journey ahead that we will travel, together, for the betterment of our students, families, staff, and community."

ARPS Autism Specialists Present Parent Training Series


Autism Specialists from Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools have put together an upcoming Parent Training Series that is not to be missed. Please have a look at the attached flyers (English and Spanish) for information on this informative five-part series. The first in the series is on October 18. 

Please RSVP one week prior to each event date: BloomenthalW@arps.org or (413) 362-1834

Click for flyer in English: ASD Parent Training Series English
Click for flyer in Spanish: ASD Parent Training Series Flyer Spanish

Community Family Dance on October 22

Plans are afoot for another season of COMMUNITY FAMILY DANCES that are fun for all ages!

Sunday, Oct 22, 3-5 p.m.
at the Common School

Check out the Facebook event: Family Dance Facebook Event.

All dances taught by Jim Fownes
Music by Double Time: Ron & Louise Grosslein and Robin Harrington & Jim Fownes
Potluck snacks at the break (please bring something to share)

Suggested donation: Free for ages 0-2; $3-5 per person for ages 3 through adult; $15-20 maximum per family

Dyslexia Simulation Awareness Event on October 24


1 in 5 children is dyslexic. Want to know what it feels like? 

When: October 24, 2017
Time: 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Where:  The Williston Northampton School, Whitaker-Bement Ctr
Cost: Free

Library Film & Discussion Series on October 19 at the Jones

from the Jones Library – 

Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Woodbury Room for the next event in this ongoing film and discussion series that may educate, touch your heart, and inspire you to action to help dismantle racism.

This month’s screening is a powerful documentary which explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States by Ava DuVernay, the director of the feature film Selma.   We will view 50 minutes this month, and the rest at the December meeting. After the discussion, work will continue in small working groups to advance anti-racism action projects that have been undertaken.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223


This film series is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Coming Together.  More information about Coming Together can be found at http://www.coming-together.org/.

Amherst Middle School Pool opens for Community Swims

Amherst Regional Middle School Pool
2017 Fall Open Swim Schedule
Saturday & Sundays, September 24-November 18
Adult Lap Swim: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Open Swim: 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. * If space allows a lap lane will be put in during the open swim hours

Location: Amherst Regional Middle School is located at 170 Chestnut Street in Amherst. Please enter through the far north end doors. The pool and locker rooms are located upstairs.

Daily Admission Fees:
Amherst Residents: Adult $3, Youth/Seniors $2 
Nonresidents: Adults $4, Youth/Seniors $3
                     
LSSE would like to thank the Amherst Regional School District for their support of this important collaboration!


"Moving Toward Zero Waste" Campaign Launch on October 19

Celebrate the launching of a Zero Waste Amherst public education campaign! 

Thursday, October 19 at 6 PM
Hitchcock Center for the Environment

6 PM – 7 PM: Refreshments and tour of Hitchcock Center
7 PM – 9 PM: Learn about what’s being planned and share your ideas for helping to reduce waste and promote recycling in Amherst.

Sponsored by the Amherst Recycling and Refuse Management Committee,
Amherst League of Women Voters, Sustaining Amherst,
and The Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

If you’re not for Zero Waste, how much waste are you for?

Contact the Hitchcock Center (413-256-6006) or the Recycling and Refuse Management Committee (rrmc@amherstma.gov) for further information. More details are available in this Gazette article.

ARHS Student Named Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Week


MaxPreps and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) team up each week throughout the Fall season to select Players of the Week.  ARHS student Claire Basler-Chang was named MaxPreps Volleyball Player of the Week for the state of Massachusetts for the week of October 2, 2017. Congrats to this hard working Fort River alum!

"A Window Into ARPS" with Superintendent Michael Morris and Amherst Media

Looking for some in depth perspective on what's happening in our schools? "A Window into ARPS" with Dr. Michael Morris is an excellent program on Amherst Media that covers a wide range of interesting topics! Here are recent episodes:

In the premiere episode of A Window into ARPS, Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Morris introduced two new District Office staff members: Doreen Cunningham, Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity, and Human Resources, and Ryan Harb, Food Services Director.

Meet two new ARPS professionals Waleska Santiago-Centeno, Crocker Farm Librarian, and Allison Estes-Browne, 5th grade teacher at Wildwood, in this episode.

Meet two new District Office staff members Tim Sheehan, District Curriculum Coordinator, and Dionne "DW" Walker-McCraven, High School Support & Intervention Specialist, in this September episode.

Meet ARPS Regional Principals Mark Jackson and Dr. Patty Bode in the most recent episode.


SEPAC National Disability Awareness Month Campaign



October is National Disability Awareness Month. 

In an effort to help raise awareness in our community, the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) created a lawn signs campaign last year. The signs were displayed again this week outside the high school and will be displayed outside other Amherst schools later this month. If you missed the campaign, you can view a slideshow of the presentation here: Awareness Campaign

Time to Send in Your Box Tops! NOW!


FREE MONEY FOR FORT RIVER!

Did you know each Box Top coupon you clip and donate to Fort River School is worth 10 cents that will go straight towards funding events and materials to benefit our students and staff? 

How simple is that? 
Visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products for a complete list of participating brands. It’s fun to involve your whole family and be sure to ask grandparents, friends, and neighbors to clip and share too! A collection container is always available in the main school office (it's a big jar right on the counter!)

Please keep a bag in your kitchen so it’s easy to collect the Box Tops you clip. Children can be taught at a very young age to identify, clip, and count Box Tops. The coupons can be found on many quality products from brands like: 
  • Annie's
  • General Mills
  • Ziploc
  • Progresso
  • Cascadian Farms
  • Pillsbury
  • Hefty
  • Kleenex
  • Scott
  • Betty Crocker
  • Yoplait
Last year we raised $346.40 from Box Tops! Many thanks to Ellen K for coordinating this program. Please send any Box Tops that you have collected NOW! Our fall deadline is coming up and they do eventually expire, so send in what you have and please keep clipping! Thanks so much for your support!!

Early Release this Week October 18, 19, and 20 - NOTE TIMES


There are several early release dates coming up. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled during these times.

Wednesday, October 18 at 1:20pm (entire district; ARMS/ARHS released at noon)
Thursday, October 19 at NOON (elementary only)
Friday, October 20 at NOON (elementary only)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

School Picture Day THIS Tuesday, October 17th!

SAY CHEESE! PLEASE HELP!

Volunteers are STILL needed for School Picture Day THIS Tuesday, October 17th! This is a fun activity for parents and guardians. Please consider volunteering if you have any availability during school hours.

We need volunteers to help direct the students to their individual photos and to help each class with the group photo. Please sign up to help out for 30 minutes, one hour or longer at this URL address: 

http://frpc.pleasebringit.com/public/iUSJ7QoxGpk 

Please be certain that your CORI is up to date and check in at the Main Office when you arrive. Thank you in advance for your help! If you have questions, please contact Rebecca at rebecca.fortriver@gmail.com. Remember to complete your child's picture envelope and send it in to school on or before the 17th. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fort​ ​River​ ​School Open​ ​House - THIS Wednesday

Fort​ ​River​ ​School Open​ ​House ~ You’re​ ​invited!

WEDNESDAY,​ ​OCTOBER​ ​11,​ ​2017​ ​ ​6:00​ ​-​ ​7:30pm**

We hope all families can attend this special night at Fort River! This is an evening to meet school staff and learn more about our educational programming and available resources. Below is the schedule for the night. The three blocks of grade specific times will allow everyone the opportunity to connect with a larger cross section of our school, including: Administration, English Language Learner Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Intervention Teachers, Special Education Service Providers, and Specials Teachers. We​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​seeing​ ​you​ ​very​ ​soon! 
**5:30-​ ​6:00 ELL Parent Orientation in the Library (translators will be on site) Room parent orientation in the Cafeteria __________________________________________________________________ 
6:00-​ ​6:30
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade: Classroom Presentations
3rd and 4th grade: Presentation in the cafeteria
5th and 6th grade: Visit with Specials Teachers (Art, P.E., Technology, Music, Library), Special Education, ELL, intervention, guidance and adjustment counselors. __________________________________________________________________
6:30-​ ​7:00
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade: Visit with Specials Teachers (Art, P.E., Technology, Music, Library), Special Education, ELL, intervention, guidance and adjustment counselors.
3rd and 4th grade: Classroom Presentations
5th and 6th grade: Presentation in the cafeteria __________________________________________________________________
7:00-​ ​7:30
Kindergarten, 1st , and 2nd grade: Presentation in the cafeteria
3rd and 4th grade: Visit with Specials Teachers (Art, P.E., Technology, Music, Library), Special Education, ELL, intervention, guidance and adjustment counselors.
5th and 6th grade: Classroom Presentations __________________________________________________________________
If​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​free​ ​childcare,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​to​ ​reserve​ ​a​ ​spot,​ ​413-362-1200 TRANSPORTATION​ ​PROVIDED.​ ​ ​PICK​ ​UPS​ ​WILL​ ​BE:​ ​5:20​ ​Mill​ ​Valley​ ​office,​ ​5:35​ ​Center​ ​of Colonial​ ​Village,​ ​5:45​ ​Rolling​ ​green​ ​office.​ ​ ​Drop​ ​offs​ ​will​ ​begin​ ​after​ ​the​ ​event​ ​at​ ​7:30.

Fort​ ​River ¡Estas​ ​invitado​ ​a​ ​la​ ​Casa​ ​Abierta! Jueves,​ ​11​ ​de​ ​octubre​ ​de​ ​2017 **6:00​ ​-​ ​7:30pm

Esperamos que todas las familias puedan asistir a esta noche especial en Fort River. Esta es una noche para conocer al personal de la escuela y aprender más acerca de nuestra programación educativa y los recursos disponibles. A continuación se muestra la programación para la noche. Los tres bloques de horarios específicos por grado, permitirá a todos la oportunidad de conectarse con mas personal de nuestra escuela, incluyendo: Administración, profesores de aprendices del Idioma Inglés, Consejeros, maestros de intervención, los proveedores de servicios de educación especial, maestros especiales. ¡Esperamos​ ​su​ ​visita​ ​muy​ ​pronto! **5:30-​ ​6:00​ Orientación para Padres de ELL en la Biblioteca (habrá traductores presente) Sala de orientación para los padres en la Cafetería __________________________________________________________________
6:00-​ ​6:30 
Kindergarten, 1 er y 2 do grado: Presentaciones Salones de Clases 
3 ro & 4 to grado: Presentación en la Cafetería 
5 to & 6 to grado: Visita con maestros especiales (arte, educación física, tecnología, música, biblioteca), Educación Especial, ELL, Intervención, Orientación y los Consejeros de Ajuste. 
__________________________________________________________________ 
6:30-​ ​7:00 
Kindergarten, 1 er y 2 do grado: Visita con maestros especiales (arte, educación física, tecnología, música, biblioteca), Educación Especial, ELL, Intervención, Orientación y los Consejeros de Ajuste. 
3 ro & 4 to grado: Presentaciones Salones de Clases 
5 to & 6 to grado: Presentación en la Cafetería __________________________________________________________________
7:00-​ ​7:30 
Kindergarten, 1 er y 2 do grado: Presentación en la Cafetería 
3 ro & 4 to grado: Visita con maestros especiales (arte, educación física, tecnología, música, biblioteca), Educación Especial, ELL, Intervención, Orientación y los Consejeros de Ajuste. 
5 to & 6 to grado: Presentaciones Salones de Clases __________________________________________________________________



*Si​ ​desea​ ​cuidado​ ​de​ ​niños​ ​gratis,​ ​por​ ​favor​ ​llame​ ​al​ ​413-362-1200​ ​para​ ​reservar​ ​su​ ​espacio *​ ​Los​ ​autobuses​ ​se​ ​ofrecerán​ ​para​ ​el​ ​transporte​ ​5:20​ ​Mill​ ​Valley​ ​office,​ ​5:35​ ​Center​ ​of​ ​Colonial​ ​Village, 5:45​ ​at​ ​the​ ​office​ ​of​ ​Rolling​ ​green.

Members Sought for Fort River School Building Committee - Deadline October 13

The PGO is still accepting applications for the PGO appointee position to the School Building Committee. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on October 13 (THIS Friday). Thank you to all who have applied thus far.
FORT RIVER COMMUNITY MEMBERS INTERESTED IN SERVING AS THE FORT RIVER PGO APPOINTEE SHOULD COMPLETE THIS FORMThe Fort River PGO Board will select a representative from the pool of applicants. The appointee will be expected to provide School Building Committee updates to the Fort River PGO on a regular basis (minimum monthly). 

Here is the URL for the Fort River PGO appointee application: https://goo.gl/forms/kdg07j59K66mmJ632

There are other ways to apply to join the Committee; please read on for details or visit arps.org.

1) Community Member with Green Energy Expertise and Architectural Background; 
2) At-Large Parent/Guardian/Caregiver; 
3) At-Large Community Member (2 positions).


Community members interested in serving as the SEPAC representative should email Nancy Stewart, SEPAC President at sepac@arps.org.  Please include your name, contact information and brief description (two paragraphs or less) explaining your interest in serving.

The deadline for applications to all positions is 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 13. All applications will be considered; however, preference may be given to women and people of color, parents/guardians/caregivers, and those with Amherst town government experience.



Fort River Picture Day is October 17 - Volunteers Needed!

SAY CHEESE! Volunteers are needed for School Picture Day next Tuesday, October 17th! This is a fun activity for parents and guardians. It's so sweet to see all of our students looking their best for school photos!

We need volunteers to help direct the students to their individual photos and to help each class with the group photo. Please sign up to help out for 30 minutes, one hour or longer at this address: 


Please be certain that your CORI is up to date and check in at the Main Office when you arrive. Thank you in advance for your help! If you have questions, please contact Rebecca at rebecca.fortriver@gmail.com. Remember to complete your child's picture envelope and send it in to school on or before the 17th. Thanks!