AFTERSCHOOL AFTERTHOUGHTS Feb & March 2019

 AFTERSCHOOL AFTERTHOUGHTS FOR FEB. & MARCH 2019

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

March 15: tuition for April is due

March 6 & 27, April 10: Gap care offered, school dismissed at 1:20 P.M.

March 29: AFTERSCHOOL PLAY at 2 & 7 PM

 

THE PLAY!

“What Can the Matter Be?”, a play by our kindergarten through 3rd graders, was presented twice, once as a matinee for the whole school and then again last Friday night for the community at large. As always, I am pleased with the efforts put out by the students, and the wonderful support of my staff. They are the ones that truly make it all happen.

 

PLAY 2!

Our next play, “Not My Lucky Day”, will be presented by the 3rd through 6th graders on Friday, March 29th.  We will have to “put it in gear” to get this one done by then!

We’ve already had quite a few laughs in our first rehearsal!

 

MAD SCIENCE

We recently enjoyed three sessions of Mad Science. The workshops were entitled: “The Science of Magic”, “Tantalizing Taste”, and Radical Robots. Thanks again to the Howard E. Stark Charitable Foundation for their generous grant which made this program possible.

 

NEW STAFF

Please introduce yourself to our three new staff. Isabel Salvatore, Georgia Grady, and Rania White are all UMass students that have joined the Afterschool team. I am very excited to have them, and to be fully staffed again.

 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

Within the next few weeks, parents will be receiving the Afterschool progress reports for their children. If you would like to schedule a conference with Lennie, please let her know.

 

AND LASTLY,

 

A LETTER FROM LENNIE

 

This June, when the current 6th graders matriculate, they will be the 20th class to graduate since I became director of the Pelham After School Program. Before becoming director, I had worked in the Pelham classrooms for 10 years. So it’s not surprising that this school, and indeed the wider community, is an integral part of my life and will always be important to me.

 

That being said, this seems like a good time for me to let go of the program. Although I love being with the children, I’d like to join my husband in retirement. Therefore, I have decided that when my contract as the Afterschool Director ends in August, I will not be renewing it.

 

The Board of Directors, comprised of five current and past parents, is aware of my intentions and they have already put into process a plan to hire a new director. I have total confidence that they will do their best to find a new leader who will be able to provide a warm, enriching and positive afterschool experience for the Pelham students.

 

Sincerely, Lennie Ware

 

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 AFTERSCHOOL AFTERTHOUGHTS FOR JANUARY 2019

IMPORTANT DATES:

Jan.15 – tuition for February is due

Jan. 21 – Holiday, no program

Jan.22 – no school, special childcare offered for Teacher Work Day

 

TEACHER DAY CHILD CARE – first come, first serve!

A few staff will be available for childcare from 8 AM to 4 PM on Jan. 22nd.

Space is very limited, and we cannot take anyone younger than 4.

Cost is $30, contact Lennie for more information.

 

GIFT GIVING

Thanks to all of the folks who gave the staff, or me, or the program some  holiday gifts. They were all much appreciated. However, someone gave me a nice 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, but it did not have a tag on it. Thanks to my mystery giver. I enjoyed completing it over the winter break!

 

LOST AND FOUND

Over vacation, the Lost & Found was cleaned up and organized. Believe it or not there are more items than clothes hangers for storing the clothes! Please consider checking it out (or donating a few hangers).

 

THE PLAY!

We have started to assign roles (both speaking and non-speaking) to the afteschool students up to third grade. We will be working on this project, and the ”Big Kid’s” play, for the next few months.

 

MAD SCIENCE IS COMING

Thanks to a  grant from the Howard E. Stark Charitable Foundation, we will host three Mad Science workshops during January and February. What a fun way to learn about science! Many, many thanks to this generous organization!

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AFTER-SCHOOL AFTERTHOUGHTS FOR DECEMBER 2018

IMPORTANT DATES:

Dec. 10th – tuition for January is due

Dec. 12 – gap care is provided

Dec. 22 – Jan 1: no program

 

TEACHER DAY CHILD CARE – first come, first serve!

A few staff will be available for childcare from 8 AM to 4 PM on Jan. 22nd.

Space is very limited, and we cannot take anyone younger than 4.

Priority is given to current afterschool members .

Contact Lennie for rates and more info.

STAFFING:

We are sorry to see Maria Calabro leave. She was able to graduate early, so she will not be returning next semester. Staff member Bridgette Hasbrouck has rejoined us, and will are fortunate to have her for the rest of the the school year.

WINTER WEAR:

Please make sure that your child has enough outer wear to enjoy the outdoors during afterschool. Another set of mittens, socks, or pants, kept in the cubby or backpack, insure that can enjoy a dry start to their afternoon play. I recommend labeling any snowpants, as many look the same.

DECEMBER TRADITIONS:

We look forward to Hanukkah latkes, gingerbread houses, linoleum block printing, and our pasta wreaths. If we get a snowfall prediction, I will be hiding small toys in the Snow Mountain for kids to uncover!

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2018 A.B.C Walk Results

Once again, the students of Pelham School walked around the playground, lap after lap, to raise awareness and funds for the Amherst A Better Chance House.  We had 86 students participate for a grand total of 2,382 laps, which is over 476 miles!

And once again, Max Frazier completed the most laps!

Max, a 2nd grader, was credited with 102 laps, the equivalent of 20.4 miles. Way to go Max!

Other notable walkers who completed over 10 miles (50 laps):

McKaila Woishnis:                    85 laps (highest 3rd grader)

Jack Franz:                                  75 laps

Mikko Busch-Canney:             66 laps (highest Kindergartner)

Sage Zephyr:                              60 laps (highest 6th grader)

Rowan Modesto:                       60 laps (highest 5th grader)

Ozzy Wolaver:                           55 laps (highest 4th grader)

Spenser Cannon- Ferullo:      55 laps

And Milo Jansen had 40 laps (8 miles), which was the highest of the first graders.

 

They did the walking, now let’s see if we can do our part and contribute to the fund. OUR GOAL IS $476 – ONE DOLLAR FOR EACH MILE WALKED!

Can you help? Lennie will collect donations for the next 2 weeks.

Cash in an envelope or checks made out to the ABC House.

 

 

 

THANK YOU!

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After School After Thoughts November 2018

Dates:

Nov. 6 – Curriculum Day, no school (some will attend childcare from 8- 4P.M.)

Nov. 12 – Veteran’s Day, no school

Nov. 15 – December bills are due

Nov. 21 through 23 – Thanksgiving break, no school

 

 2018 A.B.C. Walk Results

Once again, the students of Pelham School walked around the playground, lap after lap, to raise awareness and funds for the Amherst A Better Chance House.  We had 86 students participate for a grand total of 2,382 laps, which is over 476 miles!

And once again, Max Frazier completed the most laps! Max, a 2nd grader, was credited with 102 laps, the equivalent of 20.4 miles. Way to go Max!

Other notable walkers who completed over 10 miles (50 laps):

McKaila Woishnis:                    85 laps (highest 3rd grader)

Jack Franz:                                  75 laps

Mikko Busch-Canney:             66 laps (highest Kindergartner)

Sage Zephyr:                              60 laps (highest 6th grader)

Rowan Modesto:                       60 laps (highest 5th grader)

Ozzy Wolaver:                           55 laps (highest 4th grader)

Spenser Cannon- Ferullo:      55 laps

And Milo Jansen had 40 laps (8 miles), which was the highest for the first graders.

They did the walking, now let’s see if we can do our part and contribute to the fund. OUR GOAL IS $476 – ONE DOLLAR FOR EACH MILE WALKED! Please consider sending in a check made out to the ABC House, or cash in a marked envelope.

 

Fourth Week Flaunt It!

New this year! During the 4th week (or thereabouts) of each month, Afterschool staff and students will have a chance to strut their stuff! On a volunteer basis, participants will share a talent for the group, with each mini performance lasting less than 2 minutes. So far we have see or heard songs, dances, skits, cartwheels, gymnastics, funny voices, sound effects, pinewood derby cars, basketball spinning, Rubik’s cube solving, special handshakes, jokes, a “freeze”, and a blue foaming explosion! I can’t wait to see watch next month’s “Flaunt It!” brings!

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Wreath Sale

WREATH SALE

FOR THE AFTERSCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Three popular items available:

12” frame (standard size) evergreen wreath

(want to add a big red bow?)

6” red poinsettias in festive, foil wrapped pot

6” cyclamen

 RESERVE now (by Oct. 24)– PAY LATER*

 

        Pick up @ the school WED. Nov.28

INFO – 265-3766 clwarepel@comcast.net

 

 

Name:  ________________________    Phone: ____________

 

Email : ______________________________________________

 

_____ Poinsettias @ $10 each

_____ Wreaths @ $12 each

_____ Red bows @  $5 each

_____ Cyclamen @ $10 each

 

_____ TOTAL

*checks: Pelham After School, by Nov.16

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October 2018 After School After Thoughts

 October/November dates:

Oct.15 – tuition for November due

Oct. 17– early dismissal at 1:20 P.M., Gap Care provided

Oct. 18 & 19– early dismissal at NOON, Gap Care provided

Oct 15 thru 19 – Afterschool walks for the ABC house (all are welcome)

Oct. 20 – A.B.C. Walk in Amherst

Nov. 6 – Curriculum Day, no school

Nov. 12 – Veteran’s Day, no school

Nov. 15 – December bills are due

Nov. 21 through 23 – Thanksgiving break, no school

 

NOT EVERYONE HAS A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL LIKE PELHAM.

Help support Amherst’s A Better Chance that provides a boarding home and educational opportunities for deserving kids from underserving schools.

Afterschool will soon be walking during program hours in our version of the walk. Kids earn prizes as they raise money. Anyone may join us! Please consider walking and/or making a contribution.

In addition, you should consider walking in the official Amherst ABC Walk. Lennie will personally contribute $10 towards that entry fee for the first 10 students.

The walk is fun and provides great exercise! Afterwards there is a party with food and entertainment at the town common. For more info go to: http://www.amherstabetterchance.org

 

CURRICULUM DAY CHILD CARE – first come, first serve!

A few staff will be available for childcare from 8 AM to 4 PM on Nov. 6th.

Space is very limited, and we cannot take anyone younger than 4.

Priority is given to current afterschool members .

Contact Lennie for rates and more info.

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