Friday Memos

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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Seasons of Love!

     The AES chorus performed Seasons of Love from the Broadway Musical Rent along with three other selections as part of this year’s Spring Concert on Thursday evening.  Our third grade recorder players opened the evening’s performance and were followed by the chorus, beginner band and advanced band.  The evening featured a solo by Dan Tamburro, a trio by the Calhoun sisters, a percussion ensemble and ended with a classic rendition of Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4 by our new AES Jazz Band.  It was a special night of music that showcased our talented students.  Special thanks to Mr. Piros for all of his hard work! 

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Do you DARE?

    AES 6th graders answered “Yes” to that question on Thursday evening as they accepted their DARE certificates during a special graduation ceremony.  DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is taught to our sixth grade students over a ten week period covering topics such as drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk circumstances that today are too often a part of students’ lives.  Students are taught the DARE Decision-Making Model to help them when faced with difficult choices.  The evening featured essays and posters created by the students.  To celebrate the completion of their studies, they all attended a Yard Goats game in Hartford on Wednesday.  

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Amazing!

          Andover Elementary School’s staff and students were treated to a performance by the Chinese Acrobats on Tuesday afternoon.  Four students from China ranging in age from 12 to 19 years old, travel from school to school all across the country educating, entertaining and amazing American students.  Our audience was completely captivated by their impressive skills and performance.  Special thanks to our PTA for sponsoring their visit.  Be sure to check out some of the photos at the end of this memo!

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All That Jazz!

     The Andover Elementary School Jazz Band performed on Wednesday Night at RHAM High School as part of the region’s annual Jazz Festival.  Bands from Hebron, Marlborough, RHAM Middle School and RHAM High School took turns on the stage.  The event ended with all of the musicians playing one song as a full ensemble.  It was a wonderful night of music, and our AES Jazz Band sounded great!  Kudos to Mr. Piros and our hard-working musicians!

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Happy Earth Day!

The AES staff celebrated Earth Day on Friday in their “Earth Day Rocks” spirit wear.  What an impressive group!  Mrs. Jacobs’s third graders used Earth Day to start talking to students from every grade level about food waste.  See inside for more information!

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Spring Break!

       April vacation begins today and the AES community gathered together this afternoon to enjoy a performance of Aesop’s Fables presented by Mrs. DelMastro’s first graders and Mrs. Adanti’s sixth graders.  The play featured singing, dancing and storytelling.  It was wonderful to watch our sixth graders and first graders perform with one another, and it was the perfect way to begin our April Vacation.  Congratulations to all of our talented performers and kudos to Mrs. DelMastro, Ms. Hall and Mrs. Adanti! 

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Calling All Young Scientists!

Andover Elementary’s PTA sponsored the 20th Annual AES Science Fair on Thursday evening in the gymnasium.  Over 77 impressive projects were on display representing every grade level.  Students stood by their projects and described their work to families and friends as they traveled from one display to another.  There was a special hands-on activity table for all students conducted by Mad Science.  Thank you to the PTA Science Fair Committee and Susie Adams for their effort in making this an incredibly successful and well-attended event!  

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 Good Luck Juliet!

Juliet McShane will be representing AES in the Scripp’s State-wide Spelling Bee on Saturday morning.  Her classmates spelled out a good luck message as the entire school wished her well during our “Celebration Assembly” on Friday afternoon.

 

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The luck of the Irish?    

Little Lucky Leprechauns danced throughout the school on Friday.  Despite the many elaborate traps designed, created and set, they all came up empty.  Nevertheless, it was a fun and exciting day filled with a green and mischievous spirit.  Be sure to check out the pictures at the end of this memo! 

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