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December News

November was a busy month as we had the opportunity to meet with families for conferences and ended the month with the holiday weekend. We appreciate so many of you taking time to meet with our teachers and celebrate all the learning your children have done so far! I'm excited to share that we have launched our new website! We hope you'll find a new ease in finding what you need. We appreciate your patience as we work through any bumps.


Wishing your family a joyful holiday season!


Mrs. Parker

Important Dates

  • December 2 - Stuff a Cruiser
  • December 3 - AES Pancake Breakfast
  • December 6 - PTA Meeting @ 7
  • December 9 - CCMC Pajama Day
  • December 15 - Stuff a bus @ 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • December 16 - Report Cards Home
  • December 23 - Half Day
  • December 26 - January 2 - Winter Break
  • January 26 - Winter Concert @ 6

A peek into our classrooms!

The kindergarten classes will depart on December 2nd on a magic airplane to travel around the world. Our passports are ready and suitcases are packed. This special unit helps our kindergarten students learn about the world around them through customs, clothing, foods, climate, holidays specific to 6 different countries, including our own. Special artifacts will be shared to give the children a real feel of visiting the countries. The classes will visit one to two countries each week leading up to the December break. We plan to arrive back home to the United States just in time for the break where we will spend time with our own families, partaking in our own special customs and traditions.


3rd Grade News - I am excited to share the news that in preparation for Intergenerational Day, my class wrote their own acrostic poems using the word GRATITUDE. Students wrote either sentences or phrases starting with each of the letters. They were all written wonderfully and then students did an art project to accompany their poems. Poetry is a unit of study in 3rd grade so this was a nice tie in. Also, part of SEL is showing gratitude to others and ourselves. Students individually presented these poems orally a few days before Thanksgiving in front of the class and shared these writings during Intergenerational Day with our classroom guests. Students also made turkeys and listed all of the things they were grateful for the day before Thanksgiving. Way to go 3rd Grade!!!! They engaged fully in writer's workshop by brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, sharing, editing, and final copies.


Second grade celebrated Election Day by participating in a mock election (George Washington vs. Abraham Lincoln). After reading texts about both presidents, they compared/contrasted and voted. They were excited to wear their 'I Voted' stickers!

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PTA Corner

Thank you for supporting the AES PTA!


We can't wait to see all of you at the Holiday Breakfast on December 3rd 8am-11am! It's not too late to buy tickets for the breakfast or for the raffle baskets! You can purchase them using Venmo or send in cash or check by Friday!


HOLIDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

December 3rd 8am-11am at the AES Cafeteria

Santa and Music by Song-a-day!

Raffle baskets will be on display for you to buy tickets!


AES Spirit Wear- a great Holiday Present!

We have a wide range of styles and colors! Www.bonfire.com/store/andover-elementary-school-pta/


Upcoming Events:

Wolfpack Game Night- February 4th

Trivia Night at Andover Pizza- stay tuned!!


Join us for our next PTA meeting on December 6th at 7pm at the library or via Zoom.


Here is our zoom link for our meetings!

Topic: AES PTA Meeting

Time: Sep 6, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every month on the First Tue, until Jun 6, 2023


Nov 1, 2022 07:00 PM

Dec 6, 2022 07:00 PM

Jan 3, 2023 07:00 PM

Feb 7, 2023 07:00 PM

Mar 7, 2023 07:00 PM

Apr 4, 2023 07:00 PM

May 2, 2023 07:00 PM

Jun 6, 2023 07:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87684129153?pwd=TzFMRzBsVWNkMkFWM0VsQmk5UVRvUT09


Meeting ID: 876 8412 9153

Passcode: 608926


Follow up on FaceBook and Instagram!

@AndoverElementarySchoolPTA



A Note from the Nurse

If your child is feeling unwell and will not be at school, please call the main office and let us know.


The weather is getting colder! Please make sure students are in appropriate cold weather gear, including winter jackets, hats, gloves, and snow pants when necessary! Outside play is important for child development so we want our students to be prepared for the weather.


As a reminder, it is always helpful for our young learners to have an extra set of clothes in their backpack and/or cubby. With the weather changing, these may need to be traded out! Sometimes pants get wet at recess and a quick change is necessary!


As a reminder, all pre-school students must have a flu shot by December 31st to return to school after January 1st. Please fax, email, or bring in the documentation.

Upcoming Winter Concert

Take a peek at our upcoming winter concert flyer! Mark your calendars for January 26th at 6:00!

December Lunch Menus Linked Below

Upcoming Spirit Days

Thank you to our 6th graders for organizing our upcoming spirit days for the year! Mark your calendars!


  • December 9 - PJ Day
  • January 27 - Crazy Hair Day
  • February 24 - Freaky Friday (Kids dress like grown-ups and grown-ups dress like kids)
  • March 17 - Leprechaun/Luck of the Irish Day
  • April 21 - Decade Day (dress for your favorite decade!)
  • May 25 - Color Wars - Grade Level Colors: Pre-K: Red K: Orange 1st: Yellow 2nd: Green 3rd: Blue 4th: Purple 5th: White 6th: Black
  • June 2 - Hawaiian Shirt Day

Girl Scout Craft Fair - December 3rd!

First Grade Field Trip News

Field Trips are back! On Friday, November 18th The First Grade went on a field trip to The Connecticut Historical Museum and Library in West Hartford where they were able to participate in two AMAZING programs! These programs aligned perfectly with their social studies unit, Then & Now, which examines life in Connecticut long ago and compares it to modern life today.


The first program was Native People & Natural Resources. Students learned about natural resources that were found in Connecticut. We also learned how the natives used them in day to day life for planting, storing, and cooking food, building boats, homes and tools. Students were able to view and handle a wide variety of artifacts made from natural resources. We learned about the various uses of animal fur and skins such as clothing and keeping warm as well as which animal fur and skin was best used for different purposes. The students had the opportunity to listen to traditional storytelling, “How Chipmunk Got His Stripes” and to make bear claw necklaces with beads to take home with them.


The second program was called Kids in Colonial Connecticut. This program gave students the opportunity to live a “day in the life” of a colonial kid. We learned about how different school was for the children lucky enough to attend school. They made hornbooks and practiced reading the way children long ago would have learned. We learned how colonial children dressed and the chores that they were expected to do such as carding wool, churning butter, and collecting water. They also learned some of the games and toys that colonial children had to play.


The first graders learned so much about life long ago and had a wonderful time doing so!

Stuff a Bus is coming to AES!

Check out the flyer below to support our community!

Support Connecticut Children's with a PJ Day!

We will participate in the state wide PJ Day on December 9th! You can use this link to support the cause and donate.


https://give.connecticutchildrens.org/team/465167

Lunch with Santa - 2022

Check out the flyer below to have lunch with Santa on December 4th sponsored by Windham-Tolland 4H camp!