AMS Weekly News

December 10, 2021


December 1-14: Food drive to support local food pantries

December 14: LATE START, School begins at 10:30AM

December 14: Chorus Concerts at SHS Theater (6pm-5&6, 7pm-7&8)

December 16: Spirit Week Begins with Sports Day

December 17: Festive Friday, wear your colorful, festive sweaters and sparkles

December 20: Festive PJ Day

December 20: Chorus Concerts Snow Date

December 21: Blizzard Day (wear white)

December 21: Band Concerts at AMS (6pm-5th, 6:30pm-6th, 7pm-7th, 7:30pm-8th)

December 22: Holiday Hat Day

December 22: Band Concerts Snow Date

December 23: Baby It"s Cold Outside (wear your scarfs, hats, flannel, etc.)

December 23: LAST day for late bus

December 24-31 Holiday Break, NO SCHOOL

Spirit Week: December 16-23

We'll be starting on Thursday so take some time this weekend to search your wardrobes for the perfect outfits.

Student Leadership and Service's Holiday Bling Cart will also be selling festive accessories during lunches on Wednesday and Thursday to help you get ready.

Dec. 16 - Thursday - Sports Day - Rep your favorite team or athlete
Dec. 17 - Friday - Festive Friday - Wear your ugly (or cute) holiday sweaters and more!
Dec. 20 - Monday - Festive PJ day - Roll out of bed and come to school
Dec. 21 Tuesday - Blizzard Day - Wear white and think snow!
Dec. 22 Wednesday - Holiday Hat day - Get your head in the holiday spirit!
Dec. 23 Thursday - Baby It's Cold Outside - Wear your scarf, hat, flannel, boots, gloves--whatever keeps you warm!

Wellness Wednesday

This week in Wellness Wednesday, kids were posed with this quote and question:
"When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred."- Thomas Jefferson.

What strategies do you use to control your emotions and give yourself time to respond?

As caregivers, what and how we respond to our children matters. This video shows us the power of words:

Nurse Coverage on Nights & Weekends

When you have questions about COVID-19 protocols or issues over the weekends, please send your email to If you do not hear back and you still have a question about whether your child should attend school or not, keep them home Monday morning until you hear from your child’s school nurse.

Food Drive continues through December 14

On December 1st we began collecting non-perishable food items, paper products and toiletries for local food pantries. For each item donated, students will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a grade level prize and an overall school prize. Food Drive will end on December 14.

List of needed items for SHARE

K-5 Parent Math Night Recording and Presentation

This week, we hosted a parent math information session via Zoom to provide families with an overview of mathematics teaching and learning K-5. We shared what our student mathematicians are expected to do at each grade level and introduced parents to the models we use. If you were unable to attend and would like to view the recording, you can access it here. Our presentation slides are available here.

Jazz Band

We are pleased to share that the AMS Jazz Band is back in action. There will be one more open rehearsal in December on the 16th at 3:30pm (instead of auditions). All interested students are welcome to join playing typical band instruments (flutes/clarinets/etc.), guitar, piano and bass! We’ll discuss our plan for the school year and play, so please bring your instruments! Sign-ups are in the hallway next to the band room. Questions? See Mr. Swift in the Band Room


We will be sharing details about our Theater Club on: (Students attend one session)

Thursday, December 16 from 3:30-4:30

Monday, December 20 from 3:30-4:30

Both sessions will have the same information. We are looking for students to attend who are interested in any aspect of theater. Acting, Stage managing, lighting, set design and construction, marketing are some of the areas we are seeking student involvement. JOIN US!

*If your child is not able to join us for the meeting and wants to know more, we will have information available from the office after Thursday's meeting.*

Nixle Alerts for Snow Days/Delays

SAU #39 uses Nixle to communicate with the community, parents, students and staff. Text SAU39SNOW to 888777 to receive snow day or delayed opening alerts via our Nixle Communication system. For more details or to sign up for messages via email or phone, see the district website:

AMS Late Bus

The Late Bus for the Amherst Middle School and Souhegan High School will stop providing this service effective January 1, 2022. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Envision Amherst

We need your input! The Town of Amherst is currently updating its 2010 Master Plan, a long-term planning document that guides the community’s overall character, growth, development activity, infrastructure investments, and land use changes. The new Master Plan will provide guidance to local officials making decisions on budgets, ordinances, capital improvements, land use regulations, and other issues related to development, resource protection, and quality of life. The Town invites you to learn more and participate in this initiative by providing your thoughts, ideas, and questions at: