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December 2018

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Holiday Arts Festival &
Winter Concert

Farmington River Elementary School will present its annual Arts Festival with concerts and an art exhibit on Thursday, December 20th. The event will kick off with a concert at 9 am. A condensed version of the evening concert will be featured including performances from K – Grade 3.

The student art exhibit, hosted by the Otis Library, will be held from 4:30 to 6 pm. Works of art by all students will be on display accompanied by music from members of our band and chorus. Refreshments will be served.

The evening will conclude at the school gymnasium with a performance by the chorus and band beginning at 6:30 pm.

All events are free and open to the community. Please join us for all of the festivities and enjoy some holiday cheer.

Random Acts of Kindness Close to Home –

Anonymous Donor… is an organization that has fulfilled the requests of over 600,000 teachers through donations from very generous donors through-out the country. In August of this year, just prior to the school year starting, an anonymous donor from Otis fully funded 3 projects that were ongoing for Farmington River Teachers.4 new laptops were purchased for Ms. Graham’s class in Grade 3, a backpack cart and rolling teacher cart for Mrs. Martin’s class in Grade 1 , and math, ela, and dra-matic play manipulatives for Mrs. Hamill’s pre-k classroom. Thank you to this very generous donor for supporting our school!
– Mrs. Martin

From the Art Corner: Farmington River’s Annual Holiday Festival is December 20th and will include a morning program at the school, an art exhibit at the Otis Library, and an evening chorus and band concert at the school gymnasium. Everyone in the community is invited to attend and enjoy the festivities! The morning program begins at 9 am and includes a sampling of the evening’s concert. The Otis Library will host an art exhibit reception with refreshments and live music from 4:30 until 6pm. The theme of the exhibit is “Hopes and Dreams” and includes sculptures and other artwork created by all the students. The chorus and band will perform at the school immediately afterwards, beginning at 6:30 pm. We hope you can join us for the festivities!

The Kid’s Cafe News: The Kids Cafe served a wonder-ful Thanksgiving Feast for our staff and students. What a won-derful day we had. We are so grateful for all of our staff and for our students here at school. Thank you to Kindergarten and 1st Grade for the awesome Thanksgiving decorations.
The Kids Café Crew—
Kendra & Candy

Counselor’s Corner: December is here already, the holidays are some of our most favorite times. The students here are excited to kick off another holiday, as it’s a great time to remind them it’s the season of giving. Our students are thoughtful, and generous to each other here, and in the community! During “Miss Terri Time” in all the classes we will be focusing on recognizing the community. We will be choosing different community helpers to learn about and to make cards or posters for during the holiday season! AND….. The sixth grade will also be decorating cookies for a local Rehabilitation & Nursing home. What better way to teach students how to be kind and caring, especially during the holiday season! Make sure you look for your child’s work of art in some of the local businesses. We hope you all have a safe and Happy Holiday!

A HUGE thank you to “Officer Dan” from the Otis Police De-partment for visiting our pre-k classrooms this month and giv-ing them a tour of his cruiser.

Computer Fun and Learning – What’s the Main Idea? This December, get your child excited about finding the main idea of a paragraph or story with this selection of col-orful, interactive games and stories! The main idea is the point of the paragraph. It is the most important thought about the topic. To figure out the main idea, ask yourself this question: What is being said about the person, thing, or idea (the topic)? The author can locate the main idea in dif-ferent places within a paragraph. The main idea is usually a sentence, and it is usually the first sentence. The writer then uses the rest of the paragraph to support the main idea. Go to any web browser and type in the link below or look for the links on our school website:

Grade K – Compare and Contrast –
Grade 1 – Dotty and Boo Cat in the Stinky Wood –
Grade 2 – Alien Intruders –
Grade 3 – Grilled Cheese Please –
Grade 4 – The Hamburger Game –
Grade 5 – Room Recess Main Idea –
Grade 6 – Room Recess Comprehension Crane –

Pre-School News: Mrs. Hamill and Mrs. Higgins’ preschool classes will be having their annual “Parent-Child Winter Craft Workshop” on Friday, December 21st from 10:30-11:30. Families are welcome!

Farmington River Chain of Gratitude

During the month of November the students and staff created a chain of gratitude. Each member of the Farmington River family wrote down one thing they are grateful for this holiday season. Our school adjustment counselor, Terri DiGrigoli took each link and joined them together. Please take a moment as you exit our building to see all that we are grateful for this year!


December 2018

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us already. The staff and students of Farmington River Elementary have had a very productive fall. Both students and staff have put forth outstanding efforts with equally
outstanding results. As we enter the holidays there is so much to be thankful for.

Thank you for the vital role you play in our success. We are fortunate to work with parents and community members who value a quality education and actively partner with our school to help make sure every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

During the holidays, I hope you have the opportunity to talk to your child about the precious gift of education and
its importance on his or her future.

Thank you again for entrusting your child to our school. I look forward to working together for many years to come. Have a happy and safe holiday season.


Tom Nadolny

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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
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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.
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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