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Dear Crocker Farm Families and Community, Thank you so much for visiting Crocker Farm for our Open House/Curriculum Night. Your presence made this an amazing evening for students and staff. Thank you for taking the time to tour our school, meet new teachers and staff, sign up for conferences and vote for our very own School Governance Council. We look forward to your many visits to Crocker Farm throughout this school year. Our thanks for partnering with Crocker Farm on this important evening goes to : Florence People’s Bank, Jones Library and branches, La Unidad (Hampshire College), ARPS Family Center and Crocker Farm PGO. Congratulations to the parents who were selected to be on the Crocker Farm School Governance Council. There were nine parent nominees and over 50 parents voted. The new council members are: Vira Douangmany Cage, Becky Deming (will represent CF Pre-school), Sarah Goff, Jennifer Hotchkiss Kaplan, Narayan Sampath, and Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz. Tracy Zafian will represent CF PGO. It is very exciting to have such parent representation on behalf of the Crocker Farm community. These parent members will be joined by CF staff members to form the CF School Governance Council. The new Crocker Farm Governance Council will collaborate on the Crocker Farm School Improvement Plan, which guides the staff toward ensuring academic excellence for all Crocker Farm students. Crocker Farm will have a new Website starting next Friday, October 25, 2013. This new website will help our school community be informed of the many events, developments and celebrations taking place at our school. More information is forth coming. Our Crocker Farm students are now settling into their learning routines. We appreciate having the students arrive here on time (avoiding undue absences) and ready to learn. This ensures that students do not miss important instruction. The school year is moving along and we look forward to Parent-Teacher Conferences in November. We look forward to a delightful event this Saturday, October 19th from 9:00am – 10:00pm at Hadley’s Barnes & Noble where Crocker Farm PGO is hosting a bookfair with readings and activities for children of all ages. Readings of our favorite books will be offered by parents, teachers and administrators. Please join us, have your children listen to different community members read, buy a book to support our PGO or just hang out with us. See you there! Enjoy these awesome fall days, Michele Tesauro

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Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Dear Parents and Guardians,

10/10/13

The music room is filled every day with the sound of your children’s voices, instruments playing and feet stomping to the musical beat. Here are a few highlights of the activities in music classes. Kindergarten students are discovering high and low sounds, singing “Up, Up, Up” and “Zip up Your Jacket.” They also learn about the concept of fast and slow, but most of all, they practice to keep a steady beat on their bodies, using rhythm sticks and creating movements to the beat of simple songs. Cooperative games, such as “Alligator pie” and “Two in the Boat” also provide an opportunity to express the steady beat with ever changing partners in a circle. First grade students are expanding their knowledge of rhythms by singing songs that include the “two beat” (half) note. They are also adding the Do and Re sounds to their knowledge of Mi, Sol and La, completing the pentatonic scale. They performed hand motion patters and changed partners in a single circle singing “Let’s Climb up the Apple Tree” and in a double circle singing “Bate, Bate, Chocolate” as well as did the Do-Si-Do (yet an other way to turn with a partner) singing “When I was One.” Second grade students had fun playing the “three beat note” (dotted half note) on the instruments while singing of the song “Bonjour mes Amis.” The Caribbean two-part song, “Cookie” was a hit. We held the note at the fermata and also held a bow at the fermata (sign for hold) while performing the Canadian dance, “Les Saluts.” The same classes are singing the Guatemalan folk song, “Vamos a la Mar” while playing certain notes assigned to different instruments. Students in third grade are studying sixteenth notes. They sang partner songs and a round that contain these notes. They passed the beanbags around the circle to the beat of this round, an activity that requires great cooperation and concentration. The students discovered the seven notes of the diatonic scale used in the Mexican song “Chiapanecas” and they are now learning to play the accompaniment chords to the song on the xylophones. They performed “La Raspa,” a clapping dance also from Mexico with partner changes at every turn. Fourth grade students enjoyed the hand pattern and dance they performed with different partners while singing “John Kanaka,” a sea chantey. The students are learning about first and second endings, coda and other signs that help them navigate the “map” of a score, by pointing at the parts of different songs projected on the white board while the class sings. They played percussion instruments to accompany one of these songs, “El Tambor” from Panama. Fifth grade students sang “Que Bonito Es,” a song about the benefits of being bilingual. They really liked the ballad “Song of the Deportees” by Woody Guthry, describing the tragic life and death of a group of Mexican field workers in California during the 70’s. Students in sixth grade sang the Cuban song, “Tumbando Cana” about the harvest of sugar canes and accompanied their singing with a challenging three-part polyrhythmic beat on the percussion instruments. Fifth and sixth grade students played a three-chord pattern on the xylophones to accompany their singing of the welcome song, “Jambo” from Kenya. The same group had a chance to see the Tibetan monks creating a sand mandala – a symbol of peace and interconnection of all Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


people and living things - at the Fine Art Center of the University of Massachusetts. The students learned about the purpose and meaning of this creative, meditative spiritual activity. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students all danced the “Mexican Mixer.” It took a lot of work to get the double circles going in the right direction (half of the steps going backwards around as well as in and out of the circle) in the fast tempo, but at the end students were successful and seemed to have fun dancing with a different partner at each turn very much. I enjoy working with your children, thank you for your support, Ms. Zsigmondi Upcoming Programs at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment 525 South Pleasant Street Amherst MA 01002 Call (413) 256-6006 to register Nature Play Afterschool, Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:30pm At our Nature Play Afterschool program, the great outdoors is our playground. Come be a free-range kid. $300 members/ $325 nonmembers for fall season, space available.Enchanted Forest: A Non-scary Halloween Event, Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26, 5–8:30pm
 Fun for all ages
• Adult: Members $10/ Nonmembers $12
• Children: Members $8/ Non-members $10
• under 3 years free
• Registration required, please call to sign up for a walk time, space is limited.Animal Adaptations on Curriculum Day, November 22nd 8:30am-3:00pm Ages 6-9 (Grades 1-4)
Members $50 Nonmembers $60 Come join us for this day off of school for Amherst schools. We play outside and learn about the ways animals and nature prepare for winter.Parenting and Climate Change Discussion, Thursday November 14th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm How do we help our children navigate climate change? We don’t have all the answers but we think it’s high time we talk about it, so come join us.

Child scientists wanted! A Crocker Farm alumna is currently working as a graduate student conducting research in The Developmental Science Center, part of the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The center is one of the top developmental psychology research institutes in the nation. We have been working with families in the community for over 20 years. We conduct studies with children of all ages, from infancy to adolescence, to better understand how we learn and grow. Our research depends on parents’ help and support! We are currently looking for families who would like to participate in any of our fun scientific studies by joining our research recruitment database. Signing up for our recruitment database does not obligate you to participate in any studies. If you are interested in learning more about the Developmental Science Center please feel free to contact us by phone:

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413-545-2901, email: bcdlab@psych.umass.edu, or on the web: http://www.psych.umass.edu/research_and_training/laboratories_and_facililities

Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Crocker Farm 2nd Annual Harvest Festival Come Celebrate the season

October 25th 4:30-6pm Live Music Food, Crafts Families

Suggested Donation $10/family Proceeds to Benefit the Crocker Farm Garden

Event coordinated by the Crocker Farm PGO: www.crockerfarmpgo.blogspot.com, or find us on Facebook

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La escuela Crocker Farm invita a todas sus familias celebrar La cosecha del jardín de la escuela 25 de octubre 2013 4:30pm – 6:00pm Habrá música, comidas, obras manuales y una fiesta

Se sugiere una donación de $10 por cada familia Todo el dinero va directamente al mantenimiento del jardín Este evento se coordina por la OPG (organización de padres y guardianes) www.crockerfarmpgo.blogspot.com o en Facebook Crocker Farm PGO

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The ARPS Family Center & Southpoint Property Management Invite you to attend “Juntos We Play!” Come meet friends, ARPS staff & local community members! Who’s Invited: All Southpoint, Boulders, and Mill Valley families. What’s Happening: FREE games, Services, Food & Refreshments When: Saturday, October 26th

1pm-3pm

Where: Southpoint basketball court For more info please contact Juan Burns burnsj@arps.org 362-1875 Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


ARPS Centro de la Familia y la Administración de Southpoint les invitan a participar a “Juntos We Play!” Vengan a conocer a amigos, personas que trabajan en ARPS y miembros de la comunidad local! Quien está invitado: Todas las familias que viven en Southpoint, Boulders y Mill Valley. Que sucederá: Juegos, comida, refrescos y mucha entretención. Cuando: Sábado, 26 de Octubre. Entre la 1:00 y las 3:00 de la tarde. Dónde: Cancha de basketball. Para mayor información, por favor contactar:  Juan Burns burnsj@arps.org 362-1875  Stasia Morton mortonad@arps.org 362-1875 Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013


Crocker Chronicles – Second Edition – October 18, 2013

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