Wow! Thank You!
A message from our PTA President, Brandi Lairmore:
Upcoming Important Dates

October 18-22: ALL IN Collection Drive for IPM Food Pantry
October 22: Picture Retake Day / Activity Group Photos
October 26: Dine to Donate - Jersey Mike's (all day)
October 29: Costume Parade

November 1: NO SCHOOL (elementary only)
November 2: NO SCHOOL (Election Day)
November 2: Dine to Donate - Dewey's Pizza (all day) 
November 3-9: Scholastic Book Fair
November 6: FHFE Fall Soiree
November 11: Veterans Day (wear red, white, and blue)
November 15: PTA Meeting (7 p.m.)
November 15: Shrek Dress Rehearsal
November 17: Dine to Donate - Arthur's (all day)
November 18: Shrek Dress Rehearsal
November 19: Shrek:The Musical, Jr. Performance at Turpin (6:30pm)
November 20: Shrek:The Musical, Jr. Performance at Turpin (4 p.m.)
Join PTA
Don't forget to join or renew your PTA membership now to help provide amazing experiences for our students! You'll be supporting our school and gaining a voice and a vote at our monthly PTA meetings. We hope to see you at our next meeting on Monday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the Ayer Media Center.
Walk-A-Thon was Ayer-mazing
Thank you to our entire community for supporting our school with $63,201 in donations through our Walk-A-Thon! Our students and staff had the best day celebrating in "The Great Outdoors" as they met creatures from Cool Critters Outreach, played on huge inflatables, participated in a fun run, danced, enjoyed snow cones and a picnic lunch, and spent the day outside. We want to thank all of the volunteers who donated countless hours of service to make our Walk-A-Thon a huge success -- you are incredible!
We're Thrilled to Announce...
Our PTA budget will be fully funding the construction of an outdoor classroom for our students! Plus, we'll be updating our playground's basketball goals and swings! Pictured here is a rendering of the outdoor classroom design. This wonderful new addition to our Ayer campus will be installed by spring. We are so excited to be able to provide these improvements that will be enjoyed by ALL students at Ayer. THANK YOU for your support!
October is Principal Appreciation Month
We are so fortunate to have two outstanding administrators leading the way at Ayer. Our Principal, Ms. Heather Hoelle, and our Assistant Principal, Ms. Joy O'Brien, are tireless in their dedication to our students and staff. Their enthusiasm and caring leadership light up the hallways at Ayer. Ms. Hoelle and Ms. O'Brien, thank you for all you do. We appreciate you!
Virtual School Conferences
Forest Hills School District is committed to engaging parents in their child’s learning experience. Fall parent-teacher conferences will be offered virtually on October 20 from 4 p.m.-7:40 p.m. and November 1 from 8 a.m.-7:40 p.m. Please schedule your time at 
ALL IN This Week!
Help Ayer go ALL IN this week with a collection drive to support families in need. Send in your donations by this Friday, October 22. We want to help Inter Parish Ministry collect 12,000 pounds of food!
K - Cereal boxes
1st - Pancake / waffle mix and syrup
2nd - Peanut butter and jelly (plastic containers)
3rd - Granola / protein bars
4th - Oatmeal (instant / flavored)
5th - Canned meat and muffin mix
6th - Fruit cups / applesauce pouches
Yum, Yum
Grab an easy lunch or dinner and support Ayer. When you eat at Jersey Mike's (October 26), Dewey's Pizza (November 2), or Arthur's (November 17), tell the cashier you're dining for Ayer and part of your purchase will support our PTA.
Time for the Book Fair!
Each year, Ayer students look forward to the Scholastic Book Fair -- a fun opportunity to shop for books they choose for themselves. This year's Book Fair will run from November 3-9. Every purchase from the Book Fair earns rewards for our school, so please stop by and support us! Check out this interactive flyer for more info about the books available. You can simplify the shopping process for your child by setting up an eWallet. We're also looking for volunteers to help staff this great event.
Coming Soon!
Come one, come all to the Ayer 4th - 6th Grade Musical! Our student performers will proudly present Shrek: The Musical, Jr. on November 19 (6:30 p.m.) and November 20 (4 p.m.) at Turpin High School. Tickets go on sale November 1. Stay tuned for the link!
*Dress rehearsals will be November 15 and 18 at Turpin High School.
Aladdin Auditions
Calling all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders! You are invited to audition for our spring musical, Aladdin: Kids! Auditions are for placement only; all students are accepted for the production. This production is open to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders at Ayer. We hope you'll join us for auditions on November 29 from 4-6 p.m. at the Ayer stage. Click here to register for an audition spot.
What is 9United?
9United is a nonprofit that seek to provide the students and families of FHSD with authentic service opportunities that impact the lives of their fellow students, families, neighbors, and community.
Shop & Share
We hope you'll join us in the annual 9United Shop & Share campaign to fulfill the needs of families in the Forest Hills School District. How can you help?

Coin Wars: Ayer students can bring in coins and cash the week of November 15-19. Each grade competes for the most number of coins. Coins count towards each grade's total; paper money counts against another grade's total! The winning grade earns bragging rights, and everyone learns they can help their community with even a small contribution. All coins and cash benefit the Shop & Share campaign.

Go Shopping: You can shop for specific items needed by families in our community. We'll be collecting items at school the week of November 15-19. Stay tuned for details coming soon!
Follow Us on Twitter
Follow @Ayerelementary and @Ayerpta for daily news and photos from Ayer.
Updating the Directory
Please add or update your contact info in our school directory.
Warm Up Your
Ayer Wear
Now that cooler weather is finally arriving, it's time to order some WARM spirit wear! Spirit wear makes great holiday gifts and cold-weather gear. You can even order gift cards to help the Falcons in your life select their own Ayer Wear. Just purchase a Usports gift card through our link. Usports gift cards make great gifts for teachers, too!
Anderson Theater Presents...
Anderson Theatre opens a new season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a Tony-winning musical comedy that centers on six awkward spelling champions competing for top honors in a spelling bee run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a fun and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is easily one of the most enjoyable musicals that you will ever be a part of. Yes, that’s right—each night, a few audience members will have the chance to compete along side the performers…at least for a while! Will you be up to the test? This delightful and heart-felt musical will send you home with a grin, a song, and a juice box. Hilarious. H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S Hilarious!

Performances are November 19 & 20 (7 p.m.) and November 21 (3 p.m.) in Anderson High School's Titus Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and on sale now. You can use this order form or buy your tickets online. Click here to find out more about the season.
Help Renovate Titus Auditorium
Your Anderson High School Performing Arts faculty and support groups are thrilled to announce exciting renovations to Titus Auditorium that are long overdue. Titus Auditorium is home to students participating in the performing arts -- drama, band, orchestra, and chorus -- and has also been used in the past for Ayer's 6th grade end-of-the-year ceremony. The bold vision for this facility is one that will honor our community's rich history, thank generous patrons, and most importantly, recognize the current students who share their tremendous talents on stage in Titus Auditorium year after year! Click the links below to check out Titus' Vision for the Future and how you can get in on the action.
PTA Board
President: Brandi Lairmore
VP Ways & Means: Emily West
VP Programs: Jodie Binning
VP Services: MegAnn Wolff
VP Communications: Tera Winther
Treasurer: Tessa Taylor
Recording Secretary: Lauren Wilson
Corresponding Secretary: Sarah Loreaux

To submit ideas for this newsletter, contact Joy Mahoney:
Ayer Elementary School | (513) 474-3811