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Nov 7 – Professional Development Day, NO SCHOOL
Nov 9
– Veteran's Day Concert, 6:30pm
Nov 10 – Veteran's Day, NO SCHOOL
Nov 14
– PTO Meeting
Nov 18 – Grand Tradition Piano Recital, 1pm
Nov 22 – Noon Dismissal, Thanksgiving Break
Nov 23-24 – Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

Add the PTO to your contacts list
Are you getting emails from the WES PTO? If not, they’re probably going in your spam folder. Please add to your contacts list, and you won’t miss special event news and reminders. 

Supervision Needed!
We love seeing the playground bustling with parents and kiddos after school. You're welcome to stay and play any day. Please be sure, though, that your children are supervised at all times. Once the 3:05 bell rings, our staff goes home, and there is no school-sanctioned supervision on the playground. Students should not be staying after school to hang out without a responsible adult with them. Of course, many students are enrolled at the Williamstown Youth Center and play outside with the WYC program each day. If not, though, we expect children to go home or be accompanied by an adult. Thanks for your help with this important safety concern.

School Photo Info
School photo proofs and pre-ordered packages have been sent home with children. Picture retake day will be on 11/9/17 for those who were absent on photo day or are unhappy with their original photo.

From The School Nurse
Now is the time! Please consider getting flu shots for your student and your whole family. Not only can a flu shot prevent a lengthy, uncomfortable illness for you and your child, but it also can protect older members of the family, like grandparents, for whom the flu can cause a serious risk.

Looking, listening and learning! Screening is an important part of what the Health Office provides for our students. Vision screening, hearing screening and height & weight measurements are done throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to help collect this important information, so that all students have the best opportunity to learn. Please contact Carol Stein-Payne, RN if you would like to help! If you prefer not to have your student screened, please submit a signed and dated note to the Health Office.

Spanish Teacher Wanted!
Are you or do you know of a teacher who can teach Spanish to elementary age kids for a few hours weekly as an after-school offering? There are many native Spanish speakers in our community and many Williams students to help run a program, but we need a lead teacher who has experience teaching language to young children. Please put any potential candidates in touch with us at

After School Math Club
The afterschool Math Club will start Tuesday, November 14 and run through March. The club meets to play at math problem solving from 3:05-4:15 every Tuesday. The math club is open to students in grades 4-6. If your child would like to join us, please send in a snack, a note to his/her classroom teacher, and an email to one of the two program instructors, or In your contact with your child's teacher and the coordinators, please indicate *how* your child will get home at 4:15.

Farewell, Dolores...
Our school said goodbye to our beloved Dolores Burns today. Dolores is retiring after 16 years at WES, and in the time she has been here, she has become so much to so many people. Everyone knows Dolores; she is the face of our school! We will miss you terribly, Dolores, but we send you on you way to retirement in Florida with the love of a whole school community behind you. 
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @WES_Principal

By Joelle Brookner
PTO Meeting
Since school will be closed on November 7th, the next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14th in the conference room next to the main office.

Promoting Acceptance and Learning through Sports (PALS)
Do you have a child on an IEP?  Interested in an inclusive sports program?  Here's their chance to get some exercise, have fun & get to know a MGRHS PAL while playing kickball, bowling or swimming.

All kids with special needs and their siblings are invited!
     What?         Kickball
     Where?       WES diamond (Rain: WYC)
     When?         2-3pm
     Sunday:      11/5 

PARENTS: In order for this program to work & to create other opportunities for children with special needs, we need YOU!! Come and socialize with other parents while our kids play!
For your child to participate, show up!  Or contact: Donna Narey @ C: 508-954-6958 or E:
E-mail submissions for our Nov 10 issue by Nov 7, 2017, to:

Submit non-WES information at least 1 week in advance
to Principal Joelle Brookner at
or call: 458-5707
(These events are not endorsed or sponsored by WES)

Williamstown Youth Center is open Nov.7 from 8:00-5:30.  $45 per child per day.  Pre-registration required. Register online or call 413-458-5925 for details.
Before School Program
WYC open every weekday from 7:00-8:30 am.  $7 per child per day.  Breakfast served.


Friday, November 3, 3–8pm
Pine Cobble School, 163 Gale Rd, Williamstown

Pine Cobble’s Ski and Skate sale offers a vast array of the finest in new and gently-used winter sports equipment and clothing, including both adults’ and kids’ sizes. Expert skiers, snowboarders, and skaters will be on hand to answer all technical & sizing questions. Major credit cards are accepted.

It’s a great way to make money too; the school will accept your gently used winter sports equipment for consignment. Consigning your old equipment is a great way to upgrade your winter sports gear, or to finance new equipment for your growing kids. Consignments for the sale (60% to consignor/40% to school programs) may be dropped off at Pine Cobble. Consignment hours are:  Wednesday & Thursday, November 1st & 2nd from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. All skis must be parabolic/shaped and must have current bindings.

Pine Cobble School is at 163 Gale Road in Williamstown. (off  Rte. 43 & 1/2 mile from The Clark).

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The Williamstown-Lanesborough 1st grade Daisy Girl Scout troop is collecting gently used stuffed animals to donate to S.A.F.E. (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies), which is a national organization that provides clean, good condition stuffed animals to children in challenging circumstances. Beneficiaries include families affected by recent hurricanes. Please consider donating your gently used stuffed animals at WES between November 6-17th! A collection bin will be by the main office. Thank you for your support! Questions should be directed to

You are invited to join us at Berkshire Museum for the annual Free Community Pajama Night on Friday November 3rd from 5:30-7:30 PM!  Wear your favorite PJs for a fun night of storytelling all around the museum and choose a free book to take home to celebrate Family Literacy Month.


During Hancock Holidays, escape from the holiday frenzy and make something in one of our seasonal workshops every Sunday between 1-3pm. 
Nov.26 – Heirloom Ornament
Dec. 3 – Seasonal Door Swag
Dec. 10 – Holiday Centerpiece
Dec. 17 – Shaker Peg Rail

For a full schedule of Hancock Shaker Village events, including live music, workshops, demonstrations, and more, visit

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