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Benjamin Phelps School - May 2022 Newsletter

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Finally after almost two years, students had an opportunity for enrichment experiences outside of Phelps! Many thanks to our amazing PTO for organizing our field trips. This month, students in 4th grade went to the Connecticut Science Center, the 3rd grade classrooms visited Storrowton Village and the 2nd grade went to the Forest Park Zoo. It was so nice to see students out exploring, experimenting and learning in other environments.

3rd Grade at Storrowton Village

4th Grade at the CT Science Center

2nd Grade at the Forest Park Zoo

Staff Crystal Apple Award for April

The Crystal Apple Award for April went to our Science teacher, Ms. Conklin!!!

Ms. Conklin deserves to the Crystal Apple Award for the time, passion, and dedication she puts into each of her science lessons. She instills such a strong sense of curiosity and love of learning science within her students with the unique ways she approaches her lessons. The time she puts into her inquiry based lessons allow students to feel like true scientists while in her classroom. Students have made clay model replicas of the brain and nervous system, observing a volcano eruption, or creating structures to withhold earthquakes out of Legos, the students are completely engaged with their learning. Whenever I pick up my students from Ms. C's class, they are bubbling with excitement to share about the new project they started or the fun game they played, but more importantly, they are able to explain in detail all of the science concepts within the different activities and they demonstrate such a strong understanding of the material. My students are always so excited for their science for special day and are so proud to share about their class. Ms. C's own passion and excitement of the field of science continuously fosters and inspires the same love within her students. Phelps students are very lucky to have Ms. C as their science teacher!

High School Students Visit Phelps for Read Alouds

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3rd and 4th grade students just completed their final MCAS sessions for the year. On May 17 & 18, students completed the math assessments. The school and families will get the results for these sessions in the fall.

May Bulletin Boards Around Phelps

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End of Year Survey for Parents

As we come to the end of another school year, we would like to give parents/guardians an opportunity to give us some feedback. We would appreciate it if you took 10 minutes to let us know what is working well and help identify some areas of growth. Thank you in advance!

Parent Feedback for the 2021-2022 School Year.

Band at Doering

Mr. Scherpa from the Doering Middle School came to talk to 4th grade students about joining the band program next year. Students were introduced to the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion instruments. Students were sent home with a form to sign up. Forms should be returned to their classroom teacher no later than June 10. If you have any questions about the band program at Doering, please email Mr. Scherpa at

Music Matters Concert

Music Matters Spring Concert Friday June 3, 2022

Featuring the musical performances of all K-4 students from Phelps and Robinson Park Schools

The Music Matters outdoor concert will take place at School Street Park, at 6:00 pm for both Phelps and Robinson Elementary schools. This festival will feature the musical performances of all Kindergarten through 4th grade students from both schools. In addition, there will be other free activities for students to enjoy after they perform.

In the event of severe weather, the concert will be moved indoors on June 3rd to the Agawam Junior High School and the times at each school will vary. Robinson Park School will hold their concert starting at 5:00 pm; Phelps will begin their concert at 6:45 pm.

This year's theme is the Joy of Life and Patriotism. We will be ending the concert with every student and concert goer singing America The Beautiful for our grand finale!

Please help support this concert by buying meal tickets that will be available to purchase in May. Meals will come with a slice of Nicky’s Pizza, apple slices, chips, dessert and drink. The concert is free to attend and is paid for by your generosity.

Please visit AgawamMusicMatters.Rocks to buy advance meal tickets or to make a donation today!!

Questions please email.

From the Nurse

  1. Keep an eye out for papers going home for next year’s allergy/asthma/medication packets as well as information for next month’s medication pickup

  2. Please send in a copy of any physical exams done so far this year if you have not already. You can also send via email to

  3. Friendly reminder that as allergy/spring cold season is among us- All students need to be 24 hour fever/vomiting/diarrhea free before returning to school or they will need to be sent back home!

Upcoming Events

PBIS Red White and Blue Day - Friday, May 27

Field Day - Tuesday, June 7 (Rain date: June 8)

4th Grade to Doering - Thursday, June 9

4th Grade Picnic - Thursday, June 9 (Rain date: June 10)

4th Grade Moving Up Ceremony - Thursday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. (Rain date: June 17)

Last day of school - Wednesday, June 22 (half day for students)

2022-2023 Class Placements

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out Parent Input Forms to help us with class placement next year. We are working hard to look at the information that you provided as well as the information from all school staff as we make our placements for next year. Your child's classroom teacher for the 2022-2023 will be on the final report card.

From the PTO

Tonight, May 20 is our May Phelps Family Fun Night: Ice Cream Sundaes and Game Night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Phelps Cafeteria. Bring your favorite board game to share if you'd like!

Apparel pickup will also be tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria for those that ordered.

Please use door 13 (cafeteria door) and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and/or donated items to help make our Teacher Appreciation Week a success!

Interested in volunteering for field day? We need around 20 volunteers. Email if interested.

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Thanks for Reading!

Mr. Villamaino & Mrs. Ludkiewicz