Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Thank You from PGO Chair

We had a very happy time together! It was so special to share this first PGO event with such nice families! Also Principal Smith joined in the fun! 

Kids had delicious vanilla and chocolate ice cream - a variety of sprinkles included- after picnic with parents, they were all smiles as they ran around having good fun. They made a little origami bookmark to take home and the candy I brought was gone, too! 

The raffle table was fun - even Mr.Smith won a prize!  He said he never wins a thing but yesterday was different. Prizes were from Atkins market, GoBerry yogurts, Sally Beauty, Amherst Cinema and a Fall gift. The winners were delighted!

The 'Zero Waste' activity went very well; I briefly talked about the new 5Rs, then kids followed instructions to save their plastic and paper cups to reuse them again, create something etc. Parents signed up to continue with this important example, so good for everybody and the planet, they said. And we didn't make much trash because of that; we only made less than half the big trash can! Green success! Stay tuned for more 'green' news at school!

Thank you all for a great inspiring time all together! See you at the next social and keep up the ARMS spirit!

Laura Rojo MacLeod
ARMS 'green'  PGO chair

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Support ARMS, Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Program

The Stop and Shop A+ rewards program continues! 

School Rewards Program: 
September 6, 2019 – March 14, 2020
Customers register their Stop & Shop Card beginning August 3, 2018 and can support up to two schools.

To support ARMS, here are the simple steps to follow:
  1. You need your 13-digit STOP & SHOP CARD number found on the back of the card
  2. Visit, click on SIGN IN (top right) to log on to your online account or click REGISTER to create your online account.
  3. Once you are logged in to your account, click on My Account / Manage My Account / Rewards and Savings, and then select ARMS (ID 05171) for A+ Rewards
OR...You can call Consumer Affairs at 1-877-366-2668 and select Option #1.

If you have a STOP & SHOP CARD but do not know your 13-digit card number, call the STOP & SHOP CARD HOTLINE at 1-877-366-2668 and select Option #1. The representatives will be able to provide you your card number and register you for ARMS (ID 05171).

If you need a STOP & SHOP CARD, please visit your local store to obtain one or click here: I NEED A STOP & SHOP CARD.

If you selected to support ARMS last year you don't need to re-register, but older registrations may have expired.

By logging on you can switch your support from another school to ARMS.

You can select up to two schools to share your rewards points.

Once a card is registered, purchases made from all Stop & Shop stores will benefit ARMS, including purchases from stores in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island! Purchases on can also earn A+ School Rewards points! Just be sure to register your Stop & Shop Card on your Peapod account and be sure to register your card to ARMS (ID 05171). 

Please forward this email to relatives and friends, near and far, and encourage them to support our school by registering their cards.

Amherst Block Party - September 19

Not a school-sponsored event

Monday, September 9, 2019

Matilda: The Musical - Auditions Sept. 13-15

Penguins and Global Warm - Sept. 28

Global Warming:  A Problem for Penguins

Get informed during Climate Preparedness Week, as Dyan deNapoli, also known as The Penguin Lady, presents a program titled Global Warming: A Problem for Penguins at the Jones Library on Saturday, September 28 at 2:30 pm in the Woodbury Room. 

Penguins are an indicator species, and they are alerting us to the health of the environment they live in. It is now unmistakably clear to scientists that penguins are being negatively impacted by climate change.  In fact, it is the top threat to penguin populations today.  In this eye-opening presentation, best suited for adults and older students (ages 12 and above), the various ways in which global warming is affecting all 18 penguin species will be discussed. Action steps that individuals can take to help penguins and the environment will also be part of the conversation.

This talk will be given by Massachusetts native, Dyan deNapoli. Dyan is an internationally recognized penguin expert, TED and Nat Geo speaker, and award-winning author. Prior to founding her company, The Penguin Lady, she worked as a Senior Penguin Aquarist at Boston’s New England Aquarium for 9 years.  The Great Penguin Rescue, her inspiring and bestselling book about saving 40,000 penguins from the Treasure oil spill in South Africa, was published by Simon & Schuster’s Free Press in 2010. Dyan will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing.

During September 24–30 each year, Climate Preparedness Week is organized by Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), an organization dedicated to learning, service, and actions that better prepare communities for extreme weather events.  To learn more, visit

Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223.

 Not a school-sponsored event

Save the Date - 25th AEF Trivia Bee

Not a school-sponsored event