1 Dear Crocker Farm Families, CROCKER CHRONICLES May 27, 2011 I want to start this newsletter by acknowledging that we have four outstanding educators who are retiring from our school next month. Barbara Rothenberg has played a variety of roles at Crocker Farm, teaching multiple grade levels and being an intervention teacher this year. Julie Rypysc has been our math expert and has provided academic interventions for students. Kacey Schmitt has been physical education teacher for all of our students, from pre-school to grade six. Alice Ward has worked with our youngest students in preschool. These four teachers have made a positive impact on thousands of students over their careers and we are sad to see them go! I wanted to list the teachers who will be working at Crocker Farm (K-6) next year. This list is still tentative due to the fact that enrollments can change in the late spring and summer months, which occasionally requires us to add a section to a grade level. Position Staff Member Name K Classroom Teacher Judith Newcomb K Classroom Teacher Greta Wilcox 1 st - Classroom Teacher Kara McCloskey 1 st - Classroom Teacher Alex Preston 1 st - Classroom Teacher Carol Carson 2 nd - Classroom Teacher Michael Silverstone 2 nd - Classroom Teacher Lauren Mattone 3 rd - Classroom Teacher Mary Lambert (from Wildwood) 3 rd - Classroom Teacher Jasmine Robinson 3 rd - Classroom Teacher Judah Hughes (from Fort River) 4 th - Classroom Teacher Mary Donovan 4 th - Classroom Teacher Kristen Schreiber 5 th - Classroom Teacher Kip Prather 5 th - Classroom Teacher Alice Goodwin-Brown 6 th Classroom Teacher Denise Harvey 6 th Classroom Teacher Sandra Guiteau ELL Teacher Lucia Spiro ELL Teacher Molly Watkins
2 ELL Teacher Physical Education Art Education Technology Integration Specialist Library Teacher Music Education Intervention Regular Education Math Curriculum Leader Literacy Curriculum Leader Special Education Special Education Special Education Reading Specialist (shared district position) Speech-Language Pathologist Speech-Language Pathologist (shared with PreK) Speech-Language Pathologist (shared with PreK) Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy School Psychologist Guidance Therapeutic Teacher School Nurse World Language (shared district position) Terri Lee Geffert Hillary Ferro Diane Travis Liz Breen Susan McQuaid Agnes Zsigmondi Elizabeth Devlin Sharri Conklin Stephanie Joyce Leslie Dougherty Alvaro Borell Patricia Urban Cynthia Waring Ingrid Frau Pat Piekara Danielle Kadinoff Alyssa Lovell Carla Becker Emily Gonzalez Tara Luce Toby Bobbitt Linda Stenlund Eileen Madison Have a great holiday weekend! Sincerely, Michael Morris Principal, Crocker Farm * Last day of school is Thursday, June 23. This will be a 1:20 dismissal.*
3 Queridas Familias de Crocker Farm, CROCKER CHRONICLES 27 de mayo de 2011 Quisiera comenzar este boletín reconociendo a cuatro sobresalientes educadores de nuestra escuela que se retiran el mes que viene. Barbara Rothenberg quien ha jugado varios roles aquí en Crocker Farm, enseñando varios niveles de grado y como una maestra de intervención este año. Julie Rypysc ha sido nuestra experta en matemáticas y ha proveído intervenciones académicas ha nuestros estudiantes. Kacey Schmitt ha sido nuestra maestra de educación especial para todos nuestros estudiantes, de preescolar hasta sexto grado. Alice Ward ha trabajado con nuestros preescolares. Estas maestras a través de su carrera han tenido un impacto positivo en miles de estudiantes y lamentamos verlas partir! Este es el listado de maestros que estarán trabajando en Crocker Farm (K-6) el próximo año. Esta lista es tentativa dado a que el número de inscripciones puede cambiar en los meses de primavera y verano, lo que usualmente requiere que añadamos una sección a un nivel de grado. Disfruten del fin de semana largo! Posición Nombre del Miembro de Personal K Maestro de Salón Hogar Judith Newcomb K Maestro de Salón Hogar Greta Wilcox 1 st - Maestro de Salón Hogar Kara McCloskey 1 st - Maestro de Salón Hogar Alex Preston 1 st - Maestro de Salón Hogar Carol Carson 2 nd - Maestro de Salón Hogar Michael Silverstone 2 nd - Maestro de Salón Hogar Lauren Mattone 3 rd - Maestro de Salón Hogar Mary Lambert (from Wildwood) 3 rd - Maestro de Salón Hogar Jasmine Robinson 3 rd - Maestro de Salón Hogar Judah Hughes (from Fort River) 4 th - Maestro de Salón Hogar Mary Donovan 4 th - Maestro de Salón Hogar Kristen Schreiber 5 th - Maestro de Salón Hogar Kip Prather 5 th - Maestro de Salón Hogar Alice Goodwin-Brown
4 6 th Maestro de Salón Hogar Denise Harvey 6 th Maestro de Salón Hogar Sandra Guiteau Maestro de Aprendiz del Lenguaje Ingles Lucia Spiro Maestro de Aprendiz del Lenguaje Ingles Molly Watkins Maestro de Aprendiz del Lenguaje Ingles Terri Lee Geffert Educación Física Hillary Ferro Educación del Arte Diane Travis Especialista de Integración de Tecnología Liz Breen Bibliotecaria Susan McQuaid Educación Musical Agnes Zsigmondi Intervención Educación Regular Elizabeth Devlin Líder del Currículo de Matemáticas Sharri Conklin Líder del Currículo de Literatura Stephanie Joyce Educación Especial Leslie Dougherty Educación Especial Alvaro Borell Educación Especial Patricia Urban Especialista de Lectura (posición compartida a Cynthia Waring través del distrito) Patóloga del Habla y Lenguaje Ingrid Frau Patóloga del Habla y Lenguaje (compartido con Pat Piekara preescolar) Patóloga del Habla y Lenguaje (compartido con Danielle Kadinoff preescolar) Terapia Ocupacional Alyssa Lovell Terapia Ocupacional Carla Becker Sicólogo Escolar Emily Gonzalez Consejero Tara Luce Maestro Terapéutica Toby Bobbitt Enfermera Escolar Linda Stenlund Lenguaje del Mundo (posición compartida a Eileen Madison través del distrito) Sinceramente, Michael Morris Principal de Crocker Farm * El último día de escuela es 23 rd de Junio. La hora es 1:20 PM cuando salen los niños/niñas *
5 Music News Lately, Kindergarten and first grade students discovered how Vivaldi described the signs of spring using the language of music in his "Four Seasons" suite for string instruments. Children had a chance to express each part of the music through movements. Kindergarten students played the Sol, Mi and La notes on the bells. They walked through the same notes placed on the three staff lines on the floor, singing the corresponding song "Rain, Rain" and found the "musical monkey" hiding in the lunchboxes marked with the name of these notes by listening for clues from my recorder. Kindergarten students played the rhythm reading Tic Tac toe game and sang a song about the definition of shapes. They enjoyed the musical story I told about the singing fairies and solved the hidden math problems in it. First grade students sang the enchanting song "Peaceful Waters" and notated the Japanese song "Deta, deta" on the musical staff using my rhythm and pitch clues. They enjoyed the Japanese singing game "Kagome, Kagome." The same students played percussion instruments to accompany their singing of the accumulative song "Gonna Build Me a House" and played the cooperative singing games "New Shoes" and "I've been to London." First and second grade classes read short melodies using the Do, Re, Mi, Sol and La notes. The "musical monkey" game is also a favorite in these classes, where I add the Do and Re sounds. Second grade students sang the Hopi "Corn grinding" song and imitated the sounds of grinding with the sand blocks. They started playing simple patterns to songs, such as "Hickory, Dickory Dock" and "The Cat Came Back" on the xylophones. They sang simple rounds, such as the Native American "Canoe song" and "Scotland's Burning" and learned about the interval of "octave" and notated the song on the musical staff. Students in second and third grades performed the "Irish Stew," and the "Little Shoemaker," folk dances with partner changes and played the African-American singing game "Pizza, Pizza." Third grade students discovered the theme and variation form, dynamics and timbre used by the composer Edward Grieg while listening to an excerpt from The Hall of the Mountain King. Children enjoyed learning about the story that this piece describes and show their understanding of the musical form and dynamic levels by performing appropriate motions. The study of recorders culminated in a beautiful presentation on the stage last Tuesday. Forth grade students also took a part of the same musical presentation. They sang partner songs such as the spirituals "Oh When the Saints" and "This Train," and finished the show with a "Parting Song" from Congo. Some of these songs, like the Chinese Feng Yang song also have accompaniments that the students learned to play on the gong, cymbals, drum, metallophones xylophones and bass bars. The fourth, fifth and sixth grade classes are practicing the reading of various rhythms with a program called "Rockin' Rhythms." They play along with a fun recording of the drum accompaniment. The same classes enjoyed the traditional Native American Stick hiding game and the Seminole "Duck Hunting" dance. Fifth grade classes are learning songs associated with immigration. They are singing the lovely song "Away to America" and will work on the accompaniment of the song next on the xylophones. Fifth and Sixth grade students played the bongo and xylophone parts to accompany the songs Bongo Joe" and "Papaya Juice." The same classes also learned the "Irish Mixer," a challenging dance with partner changes. Sixth grade classes have listened to different renditions of the national anthem by Cher, Jimmy Hendricks and Boys 2 Men and discovered the various ways these artists express their feelings about the song by the use of different harmonies, instruments, vocals and dynamics. They sang the "Star Spangled Banner" and solved a puzzle that tells about the history behind the song. Happy Spring! Agnes Zsigmondi
6 Crocker Farm Ice-Cream Social / End of the Year Picnic June 1, 2011 Rain date June 8, 2011 Picnic begins 5:30 p.m. Ice Cream starts at 6:30 PM On the playground Come enjoy a night out with the kids, bring a picnic or just come for an ice cream. Funds raised from this event will be used for the Crocker Farm Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon.
7 Get Ready for the Crocker Farm PGO s 5th Annual Community Tag Sale!! Saturday, June 11 9:00 am 1:00 pm Crocker Farm Elementary School Lobby ~Rain or Shine~ The PGO is looking for donations of gently used items in good condition. If you are able to donate items for the sale, please read the following carefully: WHAT TO DONATE: Books, CDs, VHS/DVDs, video games Toys, puzzles, & games make sure games/puzzles are complete! Kids clothing & miscellaneous baby supplies (monitors, etc.) Sports equipment Small electronics in good working order (radios, cd players, mp3 players, etc.) Small appliances/housewares, including lamps Curtains/linens/fabrics/sewing supplies Craft/art/office supplies Garden tools/supplies Collectibles Clean furniture in good condition WHAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT: Ripped/heavily stained clothing or items with missing buttons/zippers/snaps Car seats and cribs Large exercise machines/equipment Broken/rusty/dangerous/recalled items or items with missing parts TVs, computers, computer parts Major appliances (washers, dryers, stoves, etc.) Mattresses & box springs Remember, if you would not consider giving it to a friend, please do not donate it for the sale. DROP-OFF LOCATION & TIMES: Crocker Farm Elementary School Friday, June 10, 3:30 pm 7:00 pm OR 8:00-9:00 am on Saturday, June 11. MANY THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! All proceeds from the sale will benefit the many programs for students and teachers provided by the Crocker Farm Parent/Guardian Organization (PGO). For more information regarding the sale, call Suzanne Warren at or send an to Volunteers welcome for setup, sales, and clean-up!
8 No June visiting day. Saving Makes Cent$ Program: Every Wednesday from 8:15-8:45 in the Crocker Farm lobby. For more information, contact the office: Get ready to read the Crocker Farm Summer Read-a-thon is here! The Crocker Farm Summer Read-athon is fun, educational, and raises money for the school library. Kids find sponsors for their reading and keep a list of the books they read over the summer. If a child is unable to find a sponsor, the librarian will help find sponsors for them. Participants who turn in their book lists and money in the fall receive prizes for their efforts. The Read-a-thon helps kids keep their minds active over summer vacation. And, as an extra incentive, the grade with the most participants will also get to celebrate with a pizza party! Keep your eye out for the Read-a-thon permission slips, which will be coming home soon. Folders will be available in the school library starting Monday, June 6. Please send the signed permission slip in to the school with your child by Friday, June 17, so they can receive their Read-a-thon folder from the library. In the fall, your child will receive a reminder to bring in his or her book list and collected pledges. Thank you!!! Best, Claudia (and Bobbie, Yaniris and Monica) Read-a-thon Coordinators What: Theater show FRIENDSHIP IS GOLDEN: A Fractured Fairytale An original production by children for children Who: Multi-Arts Theater Project When: Friday, June 3rd, 4:00 p.m. Where: The Jones Library, Amherst FREE of Charge Join us as we enter the world of Fairytale Land and revisit the combined stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, but with a twist! What would happen if Jack met Rapunzel? What if the magic bean seller turned out to be a villain who wanted the ogre s gold all for himself? Add a ghost, fairies and a beanstalk and you have one wacky story! Multi Arts is presenting this show as the culmination of an after-school collaborative project, where the children create the story, improvise the script, and make the scenery and costumes. Absence Notification: Parent/guardians are required to call the absentee line by 9:00 am if your child will not be in school. Illness, bereavement, family emergencies, are considered excused absences, all other absences are unexcused unless cleared with the administration. Tardy: School begins promptly at 8:40 am. If your child is tardy to school, please have him/her stop into the main office for a pass before going to their classroom. Crocker Farm Elementary 280 West Street Amherst, MA