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December 2019


Student Council Officers are planning a few winter fund-raising activities. The first is planned for sometime in January. It will be a Paper Airplane Sponsorship Project that will invite students to create a paper airplane and then fly it to see how far it will stay aloft. Students will gain support from sponsors, parents, and community members who can donate 25 cents to $5 for every yard the plane stays afloat. Donations from sponsors will be used to pay for costs of the next fundraising activity, an Open Mic Night and Bake Sale, sometime mid February. You’ll hear more about both of these fun events soon!


This year’s exhibit of artwork by students in grades prek through 6th grade will be sponsored by the Otis Library from 11/23 through January 4, 2020, and will feature projects focused on the planning, production, and eventual performance of the First Annual Community Arts Production slated for the Spring of 2020. Students illustrated their version of the characters and background scenery that they have helped to develop for a musical comedy that they have helped to create, including writing and editing the script, as well as many of the songs. They will continue to develop their ideas for this production, and invite community members who would like to participate to join them in making the show a success. Interested parents and community theater lovers should contact Laura Catullo at
This year’s exhibit also features tissue paper mosaic mandalas showcasing the theme: “ What Makes Me Who I Am.” We hope you’ll stop to see the children’s work at the Otis Library and join us for our Holiday Reception on December 19th from 4-6 pm before the Holiday Concert.


We kicked off the holidays last month with talking about Gratitude and kindness, a favorite book of ours was The Gratitude Jar, by Kristin Wiens; we will continue this topic throughout as the December, as the holiday continues. The kids are focusing on what they are thankful for throughout the day. They will all write something they are thankful for, and we will create a chain to display in the school, make sure you check it out!!

Don’t be afraid to ask you children what they are thankful for each day. When they have a more challenging day go back to the things they said they were grateful for in the past, this could help change their difficult day. Happy Holidays!


*Sneaker Reminder**
Please make sure all students come prepared with sneakers for PE class. With the colder weather coming, it can be easy to for-get to pack them. A good tip might be to leave a pair at school, that way you are al-ways prepared!

Our next All-School Walk is on December 16th at 1:30. December is hand washing awareness month.


Third grade started to complete “Random Acts of Kindness” after being inspired during Character Education Week in October. They have continued the challenge into November and December by making a point each day to share kindness around the school. Third graders write down any kind acts people have done for them on a poster so we can celebrate all the good deeds happening around us!


Mrs. Hamill and Mrs. Higgins’ Preschool classes will be having their annual “Parent-Child Winter Craft Workshop” on Friday, December 20th from 10:30-11:30. All preschool parents/family members are invited to come in and make winter crafts with their child.


We will have our first Dragon Card Party on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019. Congratulations to all our Dragon Card recipients.
Keep up the hard work!


December 2019

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 an 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

Cash Calendar Winners!
2019 Winners:
Feb 26 - Julie Fielding, $250 donated by Mark & Sherry DeCelle, Ameriprise Financial
Feb 27 - Kelly Dolan, $100 donated by Wendy Berman, Iron Blender Studio
Feb 28 - Nick Dellaguistina, $250 donated in Memory of BRP
March 1 - Hannah Van Sickle, $100 donated by  Otis Poultry Farm and Farmington River Diner
March 2 - Roger Meyer, $250 donated by John Field Tree Services
March 3 - Deb Prew, $150 donated by Stearns Construction
March 4 - Robin Morrison, $250 donated by GJ Pease Logging & Land Clearing
March 5 - Roger Meyer, $100 donated by P&R Construction
March 6 - Jessica Havens, $125 donated by A&M Auto
March 7 - Dolores Harasyko, $100 donated by Jody's Floor Sanding
March 8 - Meghann Arnold, $50 donated by Soules Sports and Fitness
March 9 - Francine Larson, $100 donated by Kimberly Electric
March 10 - Melissa OBrien, $100 donated by Katie's Country Store
March 11 - Kristen Curtin Palmer, $50 donated by Berkshire Mountain Sculpture (Ken Packie)
March 12 - Kim Wilder, $125 donated by RSE, LLC Bogart Muller
March 13 - James Schwab, $ 50 donated by KRM Office Equipment
March 14 - Tom Lovett, $75 donated by John's Home Improvement
March 15 - Jerry Keefner, $150 donated by SS Home Improvements (Steve Seddon)
March 16 - Linda White, $100 donated by RJ Beham Forest Products
March 17 - Ben Strauss, $500 donated by Soap and Suds
March 18 - Marion Middleton, $150 donated by New Boston Crane
March 19 - Marion Middleton, $50 donated by Colebrook Store
March 20 - Alexcia Adams, $250 donated by Tonlino & Sons
March 21 - Jenna Lewis, $150 donated by Curtiss Landscaping
March 22 - Michelle Lane, $100 donated by Riska Brook Orchard
March 23 - David McCuin, $250 donated by Knox Trail Inn
March 24 - Tim Grady, $100 donated by Pittsfield Comnunication Systems, Inc.
March 25 - Dennis Mountain, $100 donated by Berkshire Bank
March 26 - Carole Hammer, $100 donated by Chester Granite
March 27 - Allie Crespo, $100 donated by Susan Tarasuk (Snow Farm)
March 28 - Wendy Scott, $100 donated by Gary O'Brien
March 29 - Sheila Miezejewski, $100 donated by the Drenga Family
March 30 - Roger Bailey Sr., $100 donated by Chip Crandall - Meyer Well Drilling
March 31 - Daniel Odell - $100 donated by Bruce's Hardware
April 1 - Myrtle Ross - $100 donated by Center for Dance
April 2 - Mike Funk - $50 donated by Tucker's
April 3 - Barb Adams - $75 donated by Osiris Photo Co.
April 4 - Ron Wightwood - $100 donated by Subterranean Drilling
April 5 - Lorie Smigel - $100 donated by Mielke Landscape & Construction