PGO at Barnes and Noble Tomorrow

The ARHS PGO will be hosting a gift-wrapping fundraiser at Barnes & Noble on December 9th from 11 to 2 at the Hadley store.  Stop by, say Hi, have your presents wrapped while supporting the PGO!

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Feedback Requested on ARPS Logo & Website

The Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Districts are currently developing a district logo that represents our schools, students, staff and ARPS community. Three images have been selected as possible choices of district logos. As part of the ARPS community, we would like to hear from you. Please participate in the ARPS District Logo Selection Survey to help us choose one logo for our schools. The most selected image will become the new ARPS district logo.

We are also in the planning stages of updating our district and school websites. In an effort to create a site that contains useful and relevant information, we are asking you please participate in the ARPS Website & Social Media Survey to help us update and design our website to better serve our students, staff, and families. The district is searching for information that is accessed most frequently as well as information staff, students and families would like to become available or more accessible on the district and school websites. Your feedback is important and will help the district provide information you need and use.

These surveys will be open until Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM.

Thank you for sharing your feedback.

Buenas tardes,

Los distritos escolares regionales de Amherst, Pelham y Amherst-Pelham están desarrollando un logotipo del distrito que representa nuestras escuelas, estudiantes, personal y la comunidad ARPS. Se han seleccionado tres imágenes como posibles opciones de logotipos del distrito. Como parte de la comunidad de ARPS, nos gustaría saber de usted. Por favor, participe en la Encuesta de Selección de Logotipo del Distrito de ARPS para ayudarnos a elegir un logotipo para nuestras escuelas. La imagen más seleccionada se convertirá en el nuevo logotipo del distrito ARPS.

También estamos en las etapas de planificación para actualizar nuestras páginas web del distrito y de las escuelas. En un esfuerzo por crear una página que contenga información útil y relevante, le pedimos que participe en la encuesta de la página web de ARPS y de las redes sociales para ayudarnos a actualizar y diseñar nuestra página web para servir mejor a nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias. Al distrito le interesa conocer que información usted accesa con más frecuencia, así como la información que el personal, los estudiantes y las familias desearían estuviera disponible o accesibles en las páginas web del distrito y la escuela. Sus comentarios son importantes y ayudarán al distrito a proporcionar la información que necesita y usa.

Estas encuestas estarán abiertas hasta el lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017 a las 12:00 p. M.

Gracias por compartir sus comentarios.

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Schools in Florence Bank Customers’ Choice Community Grants

FSB_CommunityGrant_Ballot_FormFlorence Bank gives away $100,000 each year to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.

Last year (2016), the ARPS PGO received got 52 votes & $947. Some non-profits get up to $5,000 through the program. The $947 received by the ARPS PGO went for classroom support, special projects, & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (CF, WW, ARMS, & ARHS) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes.

Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice.
The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote (at least consider voting for) for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit.

There are 2 easy ways that people can vote:
(1) Online – Visit to view the online voting site & can cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot- available at Florence Bank location.

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Support the ARHS PGO by Using AmazonSmile

amazon-smileDoing any online shopping through Amazon during the holidays? Did you know you can earn money for the ARHS PGO with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in passive fundraising to earn money for the Amherst/Amherst Regional School PGOs while you shop!

Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.

To select our as your permanent charity, go to Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.

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Taming the Admissions Anxiety

1500x750_ParentsAn interesting article on “how to parent through the college process — navigating hopes and expectations (yours and theirs) and the minefield of status and achievement pressure,” from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge.

Read it here:

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Mark Your Calendars

December 13 – Early Release Day
December 14 – Philharmonia, Jazz and Symphony Band Combined Concert
December 17 – Bomba Fundraiser for Puerto Rico
December 20 – Symphonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chorale Combined Concert
December 22 – Early Release Day
December 23 – January 1 – Holiday Break
January 5 – 7 – Cabaret Variety Show
January 10 – Bomba Concert
January 15 – No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 16 – B Period Exams Administered
January 17 – C and E Period Exams Administered
January 18 – D and E Period Exams Administered (Half Day)
January 19 – A and G Period Exams Administered (Half Day)
January 22 – No School – Teacher Curriculum Day
January 23 – Semester 2 Begins
January 25 – Coffee with Principal Mark Jackson
February 7 – Early Release Day
February 15 – Coffee with Assistant Principal Ericka Alschuler
February 19 – 23 – Winter Break

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Amherst Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale

The Amherst Historical Society’s 2nd annual Ski and Winter Gear sale takes place on Friday evening, January 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 6th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crocker Farm Elementary School. The school’s cafetorium will be transformed into a ski market, with experts on hand to assist shoppers with selection and sizing advice to ensure their satisfaction. This two-day sale will offer hundreds of new and used skis, snow boards, skates and accessories at rock-bottom prices.

Consignment/donation opportunities: Anyone wishing to consign or donate their lightly used equipment for inclusion in the sale can do so by bringing it to inside of the front entrance of the Crocker Farm School on Friday, Jan. 5th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to sell that out-grown winter gear at a good price and pick up better equipment.

In addition to supporting events at the Amherst Historical Society, a portion of the proceeds will again be donated to the Crocker Farms Elementary Schools’ annual sixth grade field trip. Additional information is available at the historical society’s website at and also contact us at

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