March 2023 News
March 21, 2023 @ 6:00 PM –
Public Hearing on FY24 Budget. Click here.
For Immediate Release
During the week of April 24th 2023, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Farmington River Regional School District.
The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students. In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations. Parents and other individuals may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Public School Monitoring Chairperson, Sandra Hanig, at (413) 413-6707 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements. Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the District requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.
Michael A. Saporito – Director of Student Service, 413 269 4466
Dragon Eggs Incentive Focusing First on Kindness Off to a Great Start
The Dragon Eggs school-wide incentive program, which focuses on promoting kindness among students, is off to a fantastic start! Since its launch, students across all grades have eagerly participated in this program, displaying remarkable levels of kindness towards one another. Catching students being kind as a part of the Dragon Eggs Program has been incredibly successful, with teachers and staff reporting numerous examples of students going out of their way to help others. We are thrilled to see our students actively seeking out opportunities to be kind and compassionate toward each other. The program has not only created a positive and inclusive school environment, but it has also encouraged our students to become better citizens, showing kindness and compassion towards everyone they encounter. It is truly heartwarming to see our students embodying these values and making a difference in their community.
Dragon Tube Assembly and School-wide Initiative Focus on Kindness and Grit
Our new school-wide behavior and academic incentive program is an exciting initiative that will motivate and inspire our students to achieve their best. Students can earn dragon eggs by exhibiting behaviors that we focus on to improve character and academic achievement. We will be focusing on “Caught Being Kind” and “Great Grit” first. The goal is to fill the “dragon tube” with dragon eggs. This program is designed to be fun, engaging, and rewarding for all students, creating a positive and dynamic learning environment. The collective efforts of our students and achieving school-wide goals will earn exciting rewards, individual recognition, and special events and activities for the whole school each time the dragon tube is filled. With this program in place, our school community will be buzzing with excitement and energy as students work hard to meet and exceed the expectations set out for them. We can’t wait to see our students embrace this program and reach new heights of success!
Thank You to our Incredible PTA
On behalf of the entire school community, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude for your generous donation of a new book for every student during Read Across America Week. Your kindness will make a significant impact on our students and their love for reading. The gift of a new book not only provides students with new and exciting stories to explore but also encourages them to continue to read and grow their literacy skills. Your dedication to our school and its students is truly remarkable, and we are honored to have such a supportive and caring PTA. Your donation has not only enriched our school community, but it will make a lasting impact on the lives of our students.
March came in like a lion in EarlyK. The children delighted in making their lion/lamb mask (their choice) to welcome in our new month! We all hope March goes out like a lamb!
A Special Visit From Officer Messina & Archer
We would like to thank Officer Messina and Archer for their special visit to our classroom. We greatly appreciate that you were interested in hearing our essays about the importance of training service dogs inspired by two Scholastic Magazine articles “A Hero’s Best Friend” and “Training Time”. Thank you for your specific feedback regarding our wonderful written work, emphasizing the importance of having strong writing skills in our future careers, and being willing to participate in so many photo shoots during your visit. We are over the moon that it went well and look forward to more visits in the near future! 🐾
An Art Exhibit is being set up in the main entrance hallway of oil paintings done by participants of Art Club, along with “Assemblage” Mystery Box pieces created by 4-6th grade artists. The next time you are in the building, be sure to stop and enjoy these wonderful masterpieces.
Student Council Update
At the last Student Council Meeting, officers discussed the possibility of one more fun after school event before the end of the school year. The two most popular ideas were hosting an end of the year dance or having a “hide and seek” tournament. Both activities would be scheduled for June and would require the help of parent volunteers/chaperones. The logistics of both ideas will be discussed further and one final event will be chosen by the officers before the end of March. If any parents would be interested in helping organize the last event/activity in June, please contact Laura Catullo at email@example.com
This week the classes have been learning and focusing on integrity! This big word was new for some of our students, and for others they knew exactly what it meant. While all of us are familiar with honesty and truth telling, integrity takes us to the next level. What would you do if no one was watching? Would you make the same choice as if someone was? During the integrity unit the students will continue to learn about honesty and integrity, personal choices and perseverance. Many students this week began learning about this through role plays and different scenarios discussed. They also have been and will continue to attach their emotions to their discussions, and how it feels to do the right thing if someone is watching or not.
Students had an opportunity this week to try out a new piece of equipment – the “Spooner Board”!
2023 Cash Calendar Winners!
March 1, 2023 - Sierra Forest $500. Donation from Charles Pease Plumbing & Heating 413-394-0213
March 2, 2023 - Douglas Brown $200. Donation from JR Wilkinson Construction 413-229-2039
March 3, 2023 - Krystal Crowe $200. Donation from Irish Trucking 413-281-8990
March 4, 2023 - Ray Casci $200. Donation from Gary O'Brien Property Services 413-441-1357
March 5, 2023 - Chrissy Radwilowicz $250. Donation from SS Home Improvements 413-563-1483
March 6, 2023 - Chad Myers $250. Donation from Knox Trail Inn 413-269-4400 www.knoxtrailinn.com
March 7, 2023 - Hanna Chamberland $200. Donation from RJ Beham Forest Products 413-229-2182
March 8, 2023 - Kole Poirier $250. Donation from John W. Field Tree Service, Inc. 413-329-6519 www.fieldtreeservice.com
March 9, 2023 - Jayson Barrett $100. Donation from Ormsbee Gas Co. 413-229-2800
March 10, 2023 - John Ayers $100. Donation by Kimberly Electric 413-441-0212
March 11, 2023 - Samantha Gale $200. Donation by CMV Construction Services 518-733-0082
March 12, 2023 - Kate Rickard $100. Donation by Jody's Floor Sanding 413-269-7141 www.jodysfloorsanding.com
March 13, 2023 - Kay Caputo $100. Donation by Pittsfield Communications Systems, Inc. 888-297-2346
March 14, 2023 - Jen & Joe Salzano $250. Donation from L & M Auto Inc. 413-269-6220 www.landmautoinc.com
March 15, 2023 - Lee Stitchman $250. Donation from Advance Manufacturing Co. 413-568-2411 www.advancemfg.com
March 16, 2023 - Dennis Olszewski $250. Donation from GJ Pease Land Clearing & Logging 413-258-4894
March 17, 2023 - Ellen Gonnello $500. Donation from Soap and Suds 413-269-8905
March 18, 2023 - Molly Curtain-Schaefer $175. Donation from New Boston Crane 413-258-4653 www.newbostoncrane.com
March 19, 2023 - Sally Salzano $100. Donation from Center for Dance Arts II 860-379-9755 www.cfda2.com
March 20, 2023 - Donna Newman $100. Donation from Soules Sports and Fitness 413-394-4906 www.soulesfitness.com
March 21, 2023 - Ashleigh Carr $250. Donation from Havens Lawn & Patio 413-528-3602
March 22, 2023 - Michele Shimmon $250. Donation from Ameriprise Financial 413-644-3270
March 23, 2023 - Meaghan Piressi $100. Donation from Katie's Country Store 413-269-4211
March 24, 2023 - Chris O'Connor $100. Donation from Subterranean Drilling 413-269-7152
March 25, 2023 - Mary Florek $150. Donation from Chester Granite Co Inc. 413-269-4287
March 26, 2023 - Eric Rowlands $100. Donation from Chip Paul Stone Works. 413-269-4455
2022 Cash Calendar Winners!
March 1, 2022 - Anita Myers $500. Donation from Chaffee Construction 413-429-5972
March 2, 2022 - Casey Wilton $250. Donation from "In Memory of BRP"
March 3, 2022 - Nicholas Dolan $200. Donation from Gary O'Brien Property Services 413-441-1357
March 4, 2022 - Lynn Rubenstein $250. Donation from GJ Pease Logging & Land Clearing 413-258-4894
March 5, 2022 - Mike Hankey $250. Donation from John Field Tree Services 413-329-6519
March 6, 2022 - Terry Could $100. Donation from Katie's Country Store 413-269-4211
March 7, 2022 - Marianne Gamelli $100. Donation from Knox Trail Inn 413-269-4400
March 8, 2022 - Vickie Murphy $175. Donation from New Boston Crane 413-258-4653
March 9, 2022 - Ignacio Matos $100. Donation from Pittsfield Communications Systems, Inc. 888-297-2346
March 10, 2022 - Don Chaffee III $100. Donation from Bruce's Hardware 413-269-4309
March 11, 2022 - Tina Rivelli $100. Donation from Riiska Brook Orchard 413-258-4761
March 12, 2022 - Karema Almeida $200. Donation from RJ Beham Forest Products 413-229-2182
March 13, 2022 - Keith Wadhams $250. Donation from SS Home Improvements 413-563-1483
March 14, 2022 - John Wilson $100. Donation from the Drenga Family
March 17, 2022 - John O'Sullivan $500. Donation from Soap and Suds 413-269-8905.
March 18, 2022 - Marjorie Loring $100. Donation from CW Nelson Landscape Design & Nursery 413-258-3375.
March 19, 2022 - Kathy Rehm $200. Donation from Irish Trucking 413-281-8990.
March 20, 2022 - Travis Petersoli $100. Donation from Lambert Landscape Construction 413-770-2901.
March 21, 2022 - Annette Miner $200. Donation from Lombardi Builders 413-329-6056.
March 22, 2022 - Megan Lorry $250. Donation from Papa's Healthy Food & Fuel 413-269-7779.
March 24, 2022 - Jenna Daley $100. Donation from Luck O'the Irish Bait 413-679-1836.
March 25, 2022 - Janet Carmack $75. Donation from Berkshire Mountain Sculpture Ken Packie 413-281-0591.
March 26, 2022 - Daniele Sturmer $100. Donation from Center for Dance Arts II 860-379-9755.
March 27, 2022 - Tina Porrini $100. Donation from Iron Blender Studios Wendy Berman www.ironblender.com
March 28, 2022 - Shea Kennedy $100. Donation from P&R Construction 413-717-2283.
March 29, 2022 - Marc Salzano $50. Donation from Snow Farm Susan Tarasuk 413-717-0579.
March 30, 2022 - Mark Newman $200. Donation from Evergreen Construction 860-307-5264.
March 31, 2022 - Alex Delcruz $100. Donation from Jody's Floor Sanding 413-269-7141.
April 1, 2022 - Matt King $100. Donation from Kimberley Electric 413-441-0212.
April 2, 2022 - Rebecca Hamill $250. Donation from L & M Auto 413-269-6220.
April 3, 2022 - Clarissa Hart $200. Donation from CMV Construction Services 518-733-0082.
April 4, 2022 - Matthew Rider $100. Donation from Havens Lawn & Patio 413-528-3602.
April 5, 2022 - Mary Smith $150. Donation from JR Wilkinson Construction 413-229-2039.
April 6, 2022 - Lisa & Josh Warren $100. Donation from Chip Paul Stone Works 413-269-4455.
April 7, 2022 - Melissa Wilson $100. Donation from Ormsbee Gas Co. 413-229-2800.
April 8, 2022 - Dawn & Rob D'Angleo $100. Donation from Berkshire Bank 800-773-5601.
April 9, 2022 - Julie Andrus $100. Donation from Subterranean Drilling 413-269-7152.
April 10, 2022 - Kerry Stearus $50. Donation from Law Office of Emily Zelenovic www.zelenoviclaw.com 413-329-6392
April 11, 2022 - Rita Normandin $250. Donation from Brian O'Rourke Carpentry 413-212-9865.
April 12, 2022 - Glenn Phillips $250. Donation from Advance Manufacturing Co. 413-568-2411.
April 13, 2022 - Jim DuBois $250. Donation from Ameriprise Financial 413-644-3270.
April 14, 2022 - Hannah Fries $100. Donation from Otis Poultry Farm (413-269-4438) and Farmington River Diner (413-269-6874).
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2021 Cash Calendar Winners!
March 23, 2021 – Ken & Penny Gagnon $125. Donation from JCO Plumbing & Heating 860-309-1679
March 24, 2021 – Susan Curtiss $50. Donation from Sunny Rose Farm 413-446-4944
March 25, 2021 – Nicole Desmarais $200. Donation from WD Hewins & Sons 413-229-8849
March 26, 2021 – Donna Newman $75. Donation from Berkshire Mountain Sculpture 413-281-0591
March 27, 2021 – Haley Korte $100. Donation from Center for Dance Arts II 860-379-9755
March 28, 2021 – Ken Fogarty $100. Donation from Iron Blender Studios ironblender.com
March 29, 2021 – Becky Campetti $100. Donation form P&R Construction 413-717-2283
March 30, 2021 – Danielle Moss $100. Donation from Snow Farm 413-717-0579
March 31, 2021 – Renalda Chambers $200. Donation from Evergreen Construction 860-307-5264
April 1, 2021 – Kate Simmons $100. Donation from Jody’s Floor Sanding 413-269-7141
April 2, 2021 – Jason Vaninetti $100. Donation from Kimberley Electric 413-441-0212
April 3, 2021 – George Mabee $100. Donation from Bartlett Construction 413-212-8396
April 4, 2021 – Deb Underwood $150. Donation from CMV Construction Services 518-733-0082
April 5, 2021 – John Walsh $100. Donation from Havens Lawn & Patio 413-528-3602
April 6, 2021 – Kristen O’Brien $150. Donation from JR Wilkinson Construction 413-229-2039
April 7, 2021 – Danica Poirier $100. Donation from Chip Paul Stone Works 413-269-4455
April 8, 2021- Mike Olensiuk $100. Donation from Ormsbee Gas Co. 413-229-2800
April 9, 2021 – Michelle Kotek $100. Donation from Berkshire Bank 800-773-5601
April 10, 2021 – Beverly Pickert $100. Donation from Subterranean Drilling 413-269-7152
April 11, 2021 – Vic Scapin $100. Donation from Law Office of Emily Zelenvoic 413-329-6392
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
3/31/2020 Ken Fogarty #0806 - $100 Cash Donation by Snow Farm Susan Tarasuk 413-717-0579
4/1/2020 Pop's Root # 0932 - $50 Cash Donation by Colebrook Store 860-379-5031
4/2/2020 Diane Kilmer # 1645 - $100 Cash Donation by Jody's Floor Sanding 413-269-3528
4/3/2020 Bobby Travers # 0199 - $100 Cash Donation by Kimberley Electric 413-441-0212
4/4/2020 Amy Maxton #0073 - $50 Cash Donation by Andrus Power Solutions 413-644-5500
4/5/2020 Kelly Bianco #1642 - $50 Cash Donation by Barrington Brewery & the Craumer Family
4/6/2020 Erik Fredsall #0708 - $100 Cash Donation by Havens Lawn & Patio 413-528-3602
4/7/2020 Bryanah Johnson #1702 Sold by Connor Lewis - $150 Cash Donation by JR Wilkinson Construction 413-229-2039
4/8/2020 Kristen Brown #0821 - $100 Cash Donation by Chip Paul Stone Works 413-269-4455
4/9/2020 Dusty Haas # 1685 - $50 Cash Donation by Zabian's Jewelers 413-243-0508
4/10/2020 Gerry Curtin # 1203 - $100 Cash Donation by Berkshire Bank 800-773-5601
4/11/2020 Shannon Decker #0274 S - $100 Cash Donation by Subterranean Drilling 413-269-7152
4/12/2020 Becca Martin #1614 - $125 Cash Donation by A&M Auto 413-258-3381
4/13/2020 Tom Saunders #1263 - $100 Cash Donation by Meyer Well Drilling Chip Crandall 413-269-4578
4/14/2020 Lisa Valente #1629 - $50 Cash Donation by Innovation Renovation 413-429-1621
4/15/2020 Cindy Valentine # 0961 - $250 Cash Donation by Ameriprise Financial 413-644-3270
- March 27, 2023 – Girls on the Run 3:00 pm – 4:40 pm
- March 28, 2023 – Intramurals #5 (4th-6th) 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- March 28, 2023 – Select Chorus (5th & 6th) 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
- March 29, 2023 – Band (4th - 6th) 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
- March 29, 2023 – Girls on the Run 3:00 pm – 4:40 pm