Coronavirus (Covid-19) District Updates and Student/Family Resources Available During the School Closure.
Farmington River Regional School District will close beginning on March 16th until May 4th. The closure is a proactive step by our school community to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. To date, we are not aware of any confirmed or presumptive cases of the virus in our school community. We will be contacting families throughout the closure to provide information to parents and resources for students and families.
Farmington River Distance Learning at it’s Best!
JOINT BUDGET HEARING
The Farmington River Regional School District
Joint Budget Hearing
previously scheduled for Wednesday, March 25,
to review the FY2021 Proposed School Budget
HAS BEEN CANCELLED
due to the current social distancing guidelines.
While there are relaxed Open Meeting Law policies in place
they do not include School Budget Public Hearing law.
The hearing will be rescheduled when changes are made to the policy
or we have an idea of when we are able to gather in groups again.
STORYTELLER TO VISIT FARMINGTON RIVER: On March 17th, Rona Levanthal will make a visit to out students. K-3 will be from 9:30-10:30, Pre K from 10:45-11:15, and 4-6 from 11:20-12:20. Thank you to Mrs. Higgins for organizing this event.
FRRSD Celebrates Read Across America
On Monday, March 2nd Farmington River students welcomed readers from the community into their classrooms to help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to read to our students!!
School Musical Open Reading for the Public:
If you would like to help with the production of “THE COWHANDS AND THE ALIENS RESCUE EARTH” please contact the Ms. Dolan at 413-269-4466 or NDolan@frrsd@org. We thank you in advance for any and all help you could provide.
KID’S CAFE NEWS
This week March 2 – March 6 our Kid’s Cafe went above and beyond to provide an absolutely amazing breakfast not only for our students but for our staff. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do each and every day.
STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
Student Council would like to invite parents and children to participate in and at-tend FRRSD’s Open Mic Night on Friday, February 7th, from 6 – 8 pm. A fund-raising bake sale will be held to offer refreshments during the night’s entertainment. If you would like to share a song, a poem, a funny story or joke, or play a musical instrument, please sign up to perform your number by contacting Ms. Catullo at email@example.com.
Student Council is also hosting a school-wide fundraiser to raise awareness of environmental issues, “FLIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE”. Children will be provided kits to create paper airplanes at home and gain sponsor pledges of family and friends who want to pledge money for every yard the plane flies on FLIGHT DAY, February 28th. Pledges can range from $1 to $10 for the entire flight or for portions of the flight, and will be collected by the students who participate after they test their planes in the gymnasium during the day, Friday 2/28. Before Flight Day, students will discuss ways they can conserve earth’s resources and learn more about how some local Berkshire County Groups are helping to do that. The class that earns the most pledges will be rewarded with a pizza/ice cream lunch party. Donations will benefit a local environmental group and Student Council.
FROM THE ART CORNER
DRAMA PROJECT: March 2020
During the month of March, Farmington River will be hosting a DRAMA PROJECT as part of this year’s Community Arts Production Project.
The project will include after school workshops with local theater and drama professionals sharing with those who would like to know more about theater and drama aspects of being involved in a musical, such as role-playing, voice projection, and singing and dancing in musical numbers. The workshops are free and open to the Farmington River Community, as well as neighboring towns of Becket, Lee, and Monterey. All ages are welcome, adults, children in grades 2-6, and children in grades pre-k through 1 with adult supervision. Parents are invited to participate with their children!Children in this year’s musical, “The Cowhands and The Aliens Rescue Earth” are encouraged to attend as many of the workshops as possible to help build their confidence on stage. The workshops run on the following dates from 3:15 until 5. Friday 3/6, Monday 3/9, Friday 3/13, Monday 3/16, Tuesday 3/24, Friday 3/27, and Tuesday 3/31. This project is made possible with grant funding from MCC, Otis CC, and Sandisfield CC. If you have any questions please contact Laura Catullo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school 413-269-4466.
PE and HEALTH NEWS
It is time for “March Madness” across our specialist areas! In PE classes, students will be learning and building upon our basketball skills of dribbling, ball handling, passing and shooting through various drills and activities. Grades 4th-6th will further learn about offense v. defense and strategy through game play.Reading plays a big part in PE classes. Students earn foul shots based on their reading, and will shoot them during class time. Students in grades 3rd-6th can earn a spot in our hot shot shooting contest (and can win some really neat prizes) during our final assembly if they make the most foul shots, so make sure to READ READ READ so you can earn many shots!!! Looking forward to a fun month!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our “Farmington River Dragon’s Den”. A food pantry that our school has been putting together. Every singe item is appreciate. Thank you so much.
School staff everywhere recognize the important contributions parents make toward a child’s
success in school. There is no question about it, success at school begins at home. Parents are
the single most important variable in a child’s schooling. One of the most important components
of a good school is the partnership between the school and parents who work together for
the best interest of children. The close partnership between home and school is one of the
strengths at Farmington River Elementary School.
I wanted to update everyone on the Blizzard Bag program. To date we have used two Blizzard
Bag days. The feedback again this year has been positive from students and parents. The assignments
are meaningful and take some effort. Because of the Blizzard Bags we are currently
projected to have our last day of school on June 11th.
Spring also means MCAS testing. This newsletter has those dates enclosed. The staff and I
believe in a low key approach to MCAS. Adding to a student’s anxiety level is not necessary so
there will be no big assemblies kicking off the testing season as many schools do. In place of
that, we at FRRES will offer our students continuous praise and support during testing. This
year grades 3-6 will take their test online.
March 10, 2020 - Nick Hiller $150 Cash Donation by New Boston Crane 413-258-4653
March 11, 2020 - Deb Prew $100 Cash Donation by Pittsfield Communications Systems Inc 888-297-2346
3/13/2020 Phil Colgan #1929 - $100 Cash Donation by Riiska Brook Orchard 413-258-4761
3/15/2020 Gary Hagar #1750 - $150 Cash Donation by SS Home Improvements Steve Seddon 413-563-1483
3/16/2020 Alice Lord # 1252 - $100 Cash Donation by The Drenga Family
3/17/2020 Jay Reynolds #1138 S - $500 Cash Donation by Soap and Suds 413-269-8905
3/18/2020 Hanna Chamberland #0896 - $250 Cash Donation by Tolino & Sons 413-329-8083
3/19/2020 Gail Soules #1410 - $200 Cash Donation by AK Construction 413-386-4739
3/20/2020 Donna DiTucci #0196 S - $100 Cash Donation by CW Nelson Landscaping & Nursery 413-258-3375
3/21/2020 Jessica Cook #1940 - $200 Cash Donation by Irish Trucking 413-281-8990
3/22/2020 Ethan Lemon #1877 - $100 Cash Donation by Lambert Landscape Construction Zachary Lambert 413-770-2901
3/23/2020 Zoe Nelson #0800 - $50 Cash Donation by Lombardi Builders 413-329-6056
3/24/2020 Creighton Curtiss #0916 - $100 Cash Donation by Michelle Manto Acupuncture 413-644-9488
3/25/2020 Destiny Velasquez #1916 - $100 Cash Donation by Sunny Rose Farm 413-446-4944