Wednesday, January 23, 2019

ARMS Winter Carnival/Carnaval de Invierno!

Carnivals aren’t just for summer! The PGO is sponsoring a Winter Carnival for all ARMS students on Friday, January 25th from 7-9 pm in the ARMS cafeteria. Admission is free, and we will provide free snacks and beverages. There will be carnival-themed games, music, and activities.We need parent volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, and supervising the coat check and hallways. If you can help, please sign up at:

Los carnavales no sólo son para el verano! El PGO (Organización de Padres y Maestros) está patrocinando un Carnaval de Invierno para todos los estudiantes de AMRS el Viernes 25 de Enero de 7-9 pm en la cafetería de ARMS. La entrada es gratuita, y  proporcionaremos bocadillos y bebidas gratis. Habrá música y actividades con temas de carnaval. 

Necesitamos padres voluntarios para ayudar con la preparación, limpieza, y supervisión de guardarropa y pasillos. Si Usted puede ayudar, por favor regístrese aquí:

Gracias por ayudarnos con la diversión y juegos!


The upcoming ARMS Winter Carnival will offer a special opportunity to meet and greet ARMS co-principals Joseph Smith and Rebecca Sweetman.  Share cocoa and conversation with them on Friday, January 25 from 7-7:30 p.m. in the ARMS Cafeteria.

At the same time, your students may enjoy a variety of free carnival games, refreshments and entertainment!  

WinterFest Amherst: February 2-9, 2019

“Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!”

WinterFest Amherst returns with a week-long schedule of venues and events for the whole family. We’ll kick off the week’s festivities with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with our signature Grand Finale including our classic, fan-favorite events such as the Best-in-Snow Dog Show. Keep an eye on our online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more!
Produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation. Presented by local sponsors.

Not a school sponsored event

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ARMS PGO Meeting, Wednesday, January16 at 6:30

The next ARMS PGO meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 6:30pm in the ARMS Library. Please join us for updates, and to help plan activities in the new year!

We are also in need of a PGO Treasurer to take on duties for the remainder of the year. Ideally this would be great for someone who will be at ARMS for 2+ years. If you have interest in helping, please email The current Treasurer will help train and provide assistance in the transition.
  • Review minutes from 11/27
  • Treasurer Update
  • ARMS Carnival
  • ARMS Educator Award
  • ARMS Staff appreciation planning
  • Spring event/fundraising review and volunteer needs
La próxima reunión de la escuela ARMS PGO tendrá lugar el martes, 16 de Enero en la biblioteca de la escuela. Por favor acompáñenos para recibir actualizaciones y ayudar a planear las actividades para el año nuevo!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Volunteers Needed for ARPS Farm to School program

USDA Farm to School grant update
Next Steps for Farm to School 

The Farm to School work that the district began at the start of this school year is ready to move into the next phase.  Expanding on our essential relationships with local farmers, strong in-house food services program, and school garden program we are working together towards our vision of “Building a stronger, healthier community through diversity, food access and equity, local farm and food system connections, and joyful learning.”

The program is seeking community volunteers to help create a comprehensive plan to attain its vision.  Volunteers are needed for the following teams:

1. Cafeteria Team– focusing on local procurement, reducing waste, increasing program revenue, maximizing operational efficiencies, and informal education leading to a sustainable business model. 

2.  Curriculum Team– focusing on experiential classroom, garden and farm-based learning.  

3.  Community Team– focusing on creating a stronger link among ARPS, the larger community and local food.   A few examples include:  Identifying regional producers that can supply more local and culturally appropriate foods for menus; recipe development; expanding the current catering offerings;  and community dinner menus reflective of the diversity of community.   

These volunteers will be required to attend one meeting/month throughout the school year (approximately 2 hours/month) at the ARPS Central Offices.   Additionally, the program is looking for team members who have some expertise and skills/knowledge related to the content of the team they are interested in. 
If you are interested in serving on one of the Farm to School teams, or if you would like to contribute to this work in other ways, please complete this form by January 18th, 2019. 

Please email Vicki Van Zee,  USDA Grant Coordinator,, if you have questions.