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October 2018

October News 2018

Farmington River Elementary School is hosting a Flu Immunization Clinic with the help of Fairview Hospital on:
Tuesday, October 9th
3 PM – 7 PM
in the Music Room
There is no cost for the vaccine, but we ask that people bring their insurance card if they have insurance. Everyone can get a shot, whether they have insurance or not.

Please wear a short sleeve shirt, or layers, to make administration a little easier.

We do have flu mist available for those 49 years old and younger who meet the health requirements.

If you have any questions before the clinic, please feel free to call Heather Barbieri at (413) 854-9635.

Random Acts of Kindness Close to Home –

My son Evan and I were in the Dollar Tree in Great Barrington in mid-September scrounging for good deals on useful school supplies for my classroom.  I was filling my basket with post-its, highlighters, folders, etc. when I finally reached the end of the “teacher aisle”. To my surprise, I noticed that they carried children’s literature!  Being the new reading teacher for the upper grades (and also having a bargain book buying addiction!) I began digging through the three double stacked shelves that were in disarray and piling books on the floor beside my heaping basket.  

As I dug around on my hands and knees, checking each shelf over and over, I noticed a gentleman had walked by a few times.  I assumed he was working, stocking shelves, and continued my book hunt.  Finally, he stopped and said he couldn’t help but wonder if I was a teacher.  When I confirmed his assumption, he smiled and said his daughter also taught down South.  At that point he extended his hand and offered me a Dollar Tree gift card.  He noted that it wasn’t much, but he wanted to do something to help out my classroom.  I thanked him profusely and acknowledged that his generous offer was greatly appreciated no matter the denomination.  

As he walked away, I looked down at Evan and whispered, “good people do exist“.  When we went to the counter to pay, the gift card was worth $20!  It was so incredible.  Hoping to get his name to write him a thank you card, the cashier informed me that the gentleman did not work in the store; rather he was just a random customer.  This made my heart melt even more!

I wanted to take the time to share this story because there is not always a lot of good in the news lately.  However, it is great to know that a complete stranger can remind us of all the good in life and that there is always time to display a random act of kindness.

At the right time and at the right moment, I know I will be sure to pay it forward.

Bethany Mielke – Grade 4 Teacher


Art News…

Sculptures and Towers representing student hopes and dreams are in progress, and should be finished before the end of October. The towers will be on display at the Annual Holiday Art Exhibit at the Otis Library from mid-November until late December. Students are invited to bring in artwork created at home for the exhibit.  Other works created in the art room will also be on display.

MARK THE DATE: As in the past years, the Reception for ARTS NIGHT will be held the same night as the Holiday Music Concert, for a double dash of holiday arts festivities! Students who attend both events will be eligible for a raffle prize! More on this as we approach the Holidays!


Preschool News…

Mrs. Hamill would like to remind her Preschool   families about the apple picking field trip to     Riiska Brook Orchard on October 5th from 9:00am-11:00am.

Preschoolers and parents are to meet at the Orchard – 101 New  Hartford Road, Sandisfield, MA 01255    


Picture Day October 11th!

Look for the flyer to come home with your child showing a choice of poses and backgrounds to select. All children will be photographed for school ID purposes. Make-Up Day is November 15th


Kids Café News …

The students had a chance to sample our new menu items Chicken Teriyaki and Mozzarella Cheese Bites. They loved them!  Fresh peaches and pears have been served daily for breakfast and lunch and even in our smoothies!

Have a great school year!  


Computer Fun and Learning – Measurement Games

This October, get your child excited about measurements with this selection of colorful, interactive games! Kids can practice using rulers to estimate and compare lengths and heights, use measurement vocabulary, and gain experience measuring in both metric and standard units. Go to any web browser and type in the link below or look for the links on our school website:

     PreK Castle Measurement –

     Grade K – Biggest and Smallest Mud Hope –

     Grade 1 – Reordering Objects –

     Grade 2 – Movie Night Measurement –

     Grade 3 – World Tour Measurement –

     Grade 4 – Sal’s Sub Shop –

     Grade 5 – Artie Ounces Soda Jerk –

     Grade 6 – Horrendous Soup –


October 2018

Dear Families,

Administrators and teachers everywhere recognize the important contributions parents and guardians make toward a child’s success in school.  There is no question about it – success at school begins at home.  Parents and guardians are the single most important variable in a child’s schooling.  Parents model both a silent and spoken language in front of their children daily.

Farmington River Elementary has a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working parents/guardians.  Throughout the year parents have the opportunity to develop that partnership in a wide variety of ways.  Parents join the PTA, volunteer in the classroom, attend School Council meetings, read to their children and help in many other ways.  It is important to your child that you are involved in some way at school.  It’s a way to let your child know you think his or her school is important.

As we begin a new school year, we find teachers establishing school standards and rules.  In the most successful classrooms, teachers have established specific routines for the children to follow.  This means giving the children a specific place to find and keep materials, a set schedule for classroom instruction, etc.  These routines, blended with the teacher’s consistent standards, form a smooth running classroom where the children have the security of understanding their environment and are reinforced positively for their contributions.

At home, it is also important to provide routines.  Many families build a daily “quiet time” when the television is turned off.  This quiet time provides students the opportunity for completing schoolwork or for recreational reading if there is no homework.  During this quiet time a suitable place, somewhat free of other distractions, should be available.  The routine of a daily quiet time provides an opportunity to develop self-discipline, stimulate imagination, and enhance reading skills. 

As families establish routines for the new school year, it is helpful to keep in mind that childhood is a special time of learning, exploration and growth.  Children need to be provided free time to explore their world and experience the joy of discovery.

Hopefully we can provide time for our children to be children.  The realities of the adult world will be there all too soon.  As children grow and learn, they find joy and satisfaction in working closely with their families toward a common goal.  Such is the case with the students at FRES.  Commitment to the best for our children on the part of parents, guardians, students and staff is the key to our success with the children we teach.  It is the hope of the staff that all parents and guardians will help us fulfill this commitment to excellence on behalf of ALL children at FRES. 

Tom Nadolny, Principal/Superintendent

Cash Calendar Winners!
2/28/18 - Shari Foucher - $300 donated by Mark & Sherry DeCelle, Ameriprise Financial, 413-644-3270
2/29/18 - Lindsay Smith - $100 donated by Wendy Berman, Iron Blender Studios,
3/1/18 -  Ed Deming -  $250 Donated in Memory of BRP
3/2/18 – Paul Quigley - $100 Otis Poultry Farm & Farmington River Diner
3/3/18 – Kristen O’Brien - $250 John Field Tree Service
3/4/18 – Michael Koldys - $150 Stearns Construction
3/5/18 - Kevin Granger - $200 donated by GJ Pease Logging & Land Clearing
3/6/18 - Bethany Perry - $100 donated by P&R Construction
3/7/18  - Joseph Salzano -  $200  Anonymous donor
3/8/18 - Rich O'Brien - $100 donated by Jody's Floor Sanding
3/9/18 - Frania Caulfield  - $50 donated by Hair in Otis
3/10/18 - Dave Prouty - $100 donated by Robert R. Kimberley, Electrician
3/11/18 - Corraine Annecharico - $100 donated by Anonymous
3/12/18 - Dorothy French - $75 donated by Wood Sculpture by KF Packie
3/13/18 - Glenn Pierce - $120 donated by RSE, LLC Bogart Muller
3/14/18 - Lori Curtain  - $50 donated by KRM Office Equipment
3/15/18 - Mary Ellen Douthwright - $100 donated by John's Home Improvement
3/16/ 18 - Henry Sweren  - $150 donated by SS Home Improvements/Steve Seddon
3/17/18 - Tab VanDeusen  - $500 donated by Soap & Suds
3/18/18  - Daniel Odell - $100 donated by RJ Beham Forest Products
3/19/18 -  Michael Decker - $150 donated by New Boston Crane
3/20/18 - Frania Caulfield   - $150 donated by Andrus Power Solutions
3/21/18 - Bruce A. Wall  - $250 donated by Tonlino & Sons
3/22/18 - Mike Seward - $150 donated by Curtiss Landscaping
3/23/18 - Amy Golden - $100 donated by Riska Brook Orchard
3/24/18 - Erik Haupt - Donated by Knox Trail Inn
3/25/18 - Ron Shaw - $100 donated by Pittsfield Communications Systems, Inc.
3/26/18 - Dana Mackenzie - $100 donated by Berkshire Bank
3/27/18 - Jane Gleason - $50 donated by Chester Granite
3/28/18 - Mickey Shimmon - $100 donated by Susan Tarasuk of Snow Farm
3/29/18 - Robert Hammer  - $150 donated by Gary O'Brien Property Services
3/30/18 - Ann Marie Holian- $50 donated by The Drenga Family
3/31/18 - Lori Crittendon  - $100 donated by Chip Crandall - Meyer Well Drilling