Friday Memos

Beware of Dragons!

AES students in our Early Learning Center celebrated the end of their five senses unit with the reading of Dragons Love Tacos and a taco party on Thursday morning. These fire-breathing students wore dragon headgear and feasted on a crunchy or soft taco filled with their favorite ingredients. I truly enjoyed my morning taco in the presence of these friendly dragons!

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Go Lego Go!

Our AES Lego First Team traveled to Shelton High School this weekend to compete in the state championships. On Friday afternoon, we all gathered in the gymnasium for a pep rally to congratulate them on their East of the River successes and wish them well. Be sure to check out all of the pictures at the end of this memo.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Intergenerational Day at AES took place on Wednesday morning as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and siblings were welcomed into our classrooms to observe and participate in some fun and engaging learning activities. It was one of the best turnouts we have ever had for this pre-Thanksgiving tradition. Special thanks to our classroom teachers for planning activities to engage our families and to the PTA for providing refreshments. We hope that all of you are able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends over this holiday weekend. We are extremely thankful for our families and our dedicated staff.

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A Rainbow of Students!

Students and staff gathered on the lower playground for a full display of colors as our November Spirit Day (Color Wars) came to a close on Friday afternoon.  Bright colors and smiling faces filled the school.  Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo.  

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

     AES staff and students welcomed family members and friends who have served in the military to school for a special recognition ceremony on Thursday morning.  Almost 30 Veterans joined us in the gymnasium where we presented them with flowers, cards and a collection of essays written by our 5th and 6th grade students.  Zeke Violette, Lydia Smedley and Jake Archibald read their essays to our Vets and retired teacher, John Gasper, addressed the audience about his experiences in Vietnam.  Our Kindergarten students led the Veterans into the gym and our Pre-Schoolers led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Students from every grade level participated in this event by making cards, reciting poems, singing patriotic songs or writing essays.  After the ceremony, the Veterans were able to spend some time with their family members (and one another), and enjoy some refreshments in the cafeteria thanks to our PTA.  Thanks also to our Veteran’s Day Committee for their efforts in planning this very special celebration. 

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What a Week!

     Two days of no school, a delayed opening, lost power, fallen trees, Halloween and a full moon.  This coming week will be just as strange with two days of no school (Tuesday and Friday), two early dismissals (Wednesday and Thursday), parent/teacher conferences, the book fair and a Veteran’s Day Assembly.  We hope to see everyone this week at AES for conferences and the book fair.

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Pink Out!!     

Friday was our Pink Out Day at AES to raise awareness for cancer and cancer research.   Sixth graders from the group, Just Some Kids Making a Difference, suggested that we all wear pink one day in October during Cancer Awareness Month.  It was a huge success as you will see from the pictures at the end of this memo.  Special thanks to Leah, Naomi, Avery and Maddie!

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Crazy Hats and Hair!

     Friday was Crazy Hat and Crazy Hair Day at AES and our school spirit was on full display.  Be sure to check out all of the great pictures at the end of this memo and on our website!

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Stay Safe!

Friday was Fire Safety Day at AES.  The Andover Fire Department visited with each grade level from grade one through six at school while the Kindergarten and Pre-K students walked over to the firehouse.  Our firefighters do an excellent job explaining ways to be safe as they deliver a unique message to each grade level.  Special thanks to our chief, Ron Mike, and the rest of the Andover Fire Department! 

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Read On!

We celebrated our summer reading on Friday morning with the help of author and illustrator, Joe Shandrowski.  Through the generosity of the AES PTA, Joe made two entertaining presentations to our students about the importance of reading using music, lights, bubbles and his own rough drafts for his books.  He talked about the importance of being creative, interesting and entertaining.  The students enjoyed Joe’s high-energy performance and were excited to learn that they had met and exceeded their summer reading goal.  At the end of the day, we celebrated with an ice cream party in the cafeteria sponsored by our PTA.  

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Character Counts!     

First graders in Mrs. DelMastro’s class proudly display the work they are doing to learn about being a good citizen as part of their Social Studies unit on Community.  The students worked in groups to create short video clips illustrating good citizen values and we were treated to a sneak peek on Friday morning.

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It’s Pajama Day!

AES students and staff showed their spirit for our first spirit day of the year, Pajama and Stuffed Animal Day.  On Tuesday evening, we hosted our annual K-6 Curriculum Night where parents are invited into the classrooms to learn about each grade level’s curriculum, routines and expectations.  Everyone gathered in the gymnasium at the beginning of the evening to hear about our student success on the Smarter Balanced Assessment and the most recent changes and upgrades to our facility.  There will be a separate Pre-K Curriculum Night on October 11 at 6 PM. 

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     Smile!

            We had a beautiful day for our school pictures on Wednesday.  The AES staff had some fun on the front steps before the students arrived.  Picture packages should arrive before the end of October and retakes will be scheduled for early November.  All of our students looked quite handsome on Wednesday!

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Happy Friday!

     It’s been a great week here at AES!  Students and staff are starting to settle into their daily routines and almost everyone has been able to visit Music, Art, PE and Library over the first seven days of school.  Monday’s schedule features either a special Health class or Tech Time class for all of our K-6 students.  These thirty minute classes will alternate on Mondays throughout the year.  

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Welcome Back!

     AES is back in session!  We celebrated the opening of school on Wednesday with a school-wide flag-raising ceremony followed by a ribbon cutting for our brand new outdoor learning pavilion on the lower playground.  The students were excited and enthusiastic to be kicking off the 2017-18 school year!  After our newest students led us in the Pledge, Mr. Piros, Mrs. Bush, Mr. Ames, Mrs. Hebert, Mrs. Louden and Mrs. King led us in the singing of the National Anthem.  

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Welcome Back!

From the Superintendent – August 2017

Welcome back everyone!  The summer has gone way too fast, but I am excited about starting a new school year.  We have been very busy, completing some important building and grounds improvements that you will see when you visit the building. 

Click below to read our Superintendent's complete letter to all families and staff.

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Aloha!

        AES Staff and students celebrated Hawaiian/Beach Day and our Pre-K splashed their way through a specially designed Pre-K Field Day!  Thanks to the teachers and many volunteers who helped make this day special for our youngest students!  It was a perfect way to get into the summertime spirit as we head for the last two days of school.  Check out the pictures at the end of this memo!

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AES Has Talent!

Andover’s talent was on full display on Thursday night during the annual PTA Variety Show.  From singing to dancing to magic tricks, the audience was engaged and entertained by our amazing AES students.  Max Grenier, Master of Ceremonies, introduced each act and kept the audience laughing with his jokes and riddles.  At the end of the evening, the sixth grade participants were invited on stage to be recognized.  Special thanks to Mr. Piros, Mrs. Calhoun and Mrs. Fontana for planning and organizing this special event! 

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Happy Field Day!

Andover Elementary School’s 2017 Field Day fell on a perfectly beautiful June morning.  Our students enjoyed traveling from station to station where they ran races, played games, got wet and had lots of fun!  Our families joined us for a picnic lunch consisting of hot dogs and hamburgers, and our day ended with a spirited kickball game between the sixth grade students and the AES teachers.  The game ended in a 5-5 tie.  Special thanks to our sixth grade leaders, all of our volunteers and to Mr. Moynihan for making this day so special for our entire school community.  Be sure to check out the photos at the end of this memo!

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Passport Please?

     The Geography Jamboree returned to AES on Thursday evening where students and their families had an opportunity to travel around the world.  Each grade level represented a continent and each classroom represented a country from that continent.  Our students researched their countries to learn about culture, climate, geography, transportation and food.  They prepared written reports as well as visual demonstrations and their classrooms were transformed to display their learning.  The students were the experts as they proudly shared their projects with each visitor to their country.  On Friday morning, classes traveled around the world visiting each country and getting their passports stamped along the way.  What a special way to showcase our talented students!  Special thanks to all of our teachers who helped make this evening possible.

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