The Groundhog Gazette

Amity Elementary - Home of the Groundhogs

May 3, 2016

From the Desk of Mr. Lowe

Dear Parents,

Believe it or not, we're headed into the last month of the school year. It's gone by so fast! I wanted to give you a quick update on what's happening on our playground. A couple weeks ago, our Groundhogs on the Ground (4th-6th grade student leaders), started organizing and overseeing games on the playground. Our goal was to create an opportunity for students to participate in a structured environment. The games proved to be VERY popular, and nearly 75% of the 1st through 3rd graders were rushing to participate.

Due to the big response, I sent out a request for parent volunteers last week, and I'm thrilled to say that we have five parents committed to help for four days a week. A great big thank you to Vanessa Kennedy, Kim Stroh, Rachel Breen, and Mike & Ashley Welch for kindly donating their time. The kids love seeing adults out on the playground! If anyone is still interested, we're looking for a volunteer to come to school on Tuesdays. The time commitment is roughly 12:15-1:45. Please call the office (854-4220) or send a message to if you'd like to join us.

Thanks for all you do to make Amity a great place to learn!

From the Counselor

The end of the year is fast approaching. We are focused on teamwork this month at Amity. In support of that goal, the Groundhogs on the Ground are helping out during the lunch time recess. These students are in charge of running a safe game where everyone knows the rules. We have had good success so far with student participation and hope that it continues to be a positive option for students at the lunch recess. Enjoy a great end of the year and an amazing summer.

Matt Rutte, Counselor

Summer Reading Tips

1. Read aloud together with your child every day.

2. Set a good example. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.

3. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.

4. Let kids choose what they want to read.

5. Take your children to the library regularly.

6. Subscribe, in your child's name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children, or National Geographic World.

7. Ease disappointment over summer separation from a favorite school friend by encouraging them to become pen pals.

8. Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices.

9. Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook.

Music Notes

The week of May 16 - 20 will be "Share Your Talent Week" in music class. When your class comes to music that week, you can share your talents. Sing a song, play an instrument, tell a joke, share your trophies, jump rope...whatever your talent, you can share it with your class on your music day. This will be for grades first through sixth.

The Amity Sound of Music choir field trip is May 10th. Bring a sack lunch.

The Band, Orchestra, and Choir concert will be held on Friday, May 13th at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.

We still have a few DVD's left from our 2015-16 music programs (Grades 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6). They are first come, first serve. If you'd like to purchase one, contact Beth Ogden at,

Music Week is held May 6th through May 13th. It was started in 1919 as a way for local performers to contribute talents to the community through admission-free events. Visit or click here for additional information.

Registration for the Summer Music Program has begun. This programs provides a wonderful opportunity for students to get a jump start on next year or learn a new instrument. Click here for additional information.