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UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS
Feb 20-24 – No school, February Break
Mar 7 – PTO Meeting, 8:40am, WES Cafeteria
Mar 8-9 – Kindergarten Registration
Mar 10 – Winter Parent & Teacher Social
Mar 26 – WESE Auction, 5 – 7pm, The Orchards
WHAT'S NEW AT WES?

WESE Auction Update
The WESE Silent Auction will take place on Sunday, March 26th from 5–7pm at The Orchards Hotel. Please join us for this fun event and support enrichment programs for our WES children. Ticket purchase includes food and drinks plus the opportunity to bid on great auction items including: Bruins tickets (for the game on March 30th), student artwork, Ramblewild tickets, a five-course tasting menu for four at Mezze, family photo shoots, wine tasting for eight, a canoe day trip for eight, summer camps, and much more! Babysitting for school-aged children is available at the Williamstown Youth Center during the event. Reserve child care and purchase your tickets here. We hope to see you there!


Seed Sale! Calling all Gardeners!
We may be buried in snow, but now is the time to "think spring"! The 5th grade is running a seed sale fundraiser through FedCo, a Maine-based company that features affordable ($1.80!) seeds adapted to northern climes. The 5th graders had so much fun on this year's trip to Flying Deer Nature Center that they've enthusiastically signed on to "pay it forward" to ensure next year's 5th grade has the same opportunity. WESE has generously given us a grant for half the trip, but we still need to raise approximately $1500. We can do this! Order forms have been sent home with your child, but if you need more copies, feel free to download them from: https://www.fedcoseeds.com/forms/wes.pdf or email rleonard@williamstownelementary.org and we'll get them to your child's classroom. Thank you!
~ The 5th Grade Teachers

Kindergarten Registration
WES Kindergarten Registration will be held on March 8–9, 2017.

Parents of children who live in Williamstown and will be five years old on or before August 31,2017 should stop by between 8:30a.m.–12:00p.m. or 1:00–3:30p.m. either day to complete registration forms. You will meet briefly with Mrs. Burns in the principal’s office and Mrs. Stein-Payne in the health office. The whole process will take about 20 minutes.

What to Bring
* A copy of your child’s birth certificate
* A copy of the most recent physical with vision test
* A copy of your child’s immunization records to date

If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Burns at 458-5707 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.


PALS!
The upcoming schedule is as follows... Feb 19 & Feb 26 Days off (end of school vacation) • Mar 5 Swimming • Mar 12 Bowling • Mar 19 Bowling • Mar 26 Swimming

All activities begin at 2pm. Bowling will be at Greylock Bowl and swimming will be at the YMCA. I look forward to seeing everyone! If you have any questions, please contact Donna Narey at donnanarey@msn.com.

Lost & Found
On Wednesday, a PTO volunteer brought the Lost & Found clothes into the cafeteria so that kids could look through them at lunch time. Approximately 12 items found their homes! Parents please take a moment after school to look through the items as well, located inside the back entrance of the school. Unclaimed items are periodically donated to the PTO Clothing Sale and other charity organizations.

Clothing Sale
Sale date is Saturday May 20! Please check our Facebook page for updates and email wesclothingsale@gmail.com for more information about volunteering to help this fundraiser. Donations are still needed, so try to clean out those closets over the break and bring in gently used items for the sale when we get back in March! Thank you!


Free Parent & Teacher Workshop
March 14, 7PM, Mt. Greylock Library
(see below)

Child care will be available by members of the Mt. Greylock National Honor Society. Families requesting babysitting should contact Nancy McMullen at nmcmullen@mgrhs.org or 413-458-9582, ext 102.

THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
100 Days!
It took us longer than expected to get here, but we made it to the 100th day! There was lots of excitement in 1st grade this morning as students swapped classrooms to do special projects from 100 glasses, to jumping jacks, to science experiments... Lots of fun and lots going on!
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @WES_Principal

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM, TOO!
@williamstown_elementary
By Joelle Brookner
PTO News
1. THANK YOU! A HUGE thank you to Tanya Maramag for coordinating our very successful boxtops contest! And a special shout out to Cristina Stuebner too for assisting Tanya in counting up all those boxtops!

We collect boxtops ALL year so please keep sending them in! More information regarding the boxtops program or to find out about participating products can be found on the boxtops website at http://www.boxtops4education.com/.

2. Thank you to all who attended our PTO meeting on Tuesday. Meeting minutes can be found on our website at wespto.info. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 7th at 8:40am in the WES cafeteria. All welcome!

3. Mark your calendars! The WES PTO would like you to join us for our Winter Parent & Teacher Social – Friday, March 10th from 6-9pm at the Water Street Grill. See flyer below for details.


WES Calendar
2017 WES Spring Calendar
March 10 – PTO Parent & Teacher Social
March 26 – WESE Auction
March 30 – Student Author Night
April 7 – 4th grade Shakespeare performance
April 8 – Camp Fair & 3rd grade pancake breakfast
May 1-5 – Staff Appreciation Week
May 3-7 – 6th grade musical HONK
May 20 – Spring Clothing Sale
June 7-9 – 6th grade Cape Cod trip
June 12 – Field Day & Walk for WES
June 23 – 6th grade Graduation
June 26 – Projected last day of school (contingent upon snow days)


HAVE NEWS TO SHARE?
E-mail submissions for our Mar 3rd issue by Feb 28, 2017, to: wesnews@williamstownelementary.org

Submit non-WES information at least 1 week in advance
to Principal Joelle Brookner at
jbrookner@williamstownelementary.org
or call: 458-5707
THE COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
(These events are not endorsed or sponsored by WES)

SKATING AT SAND SPRINGS!
We have a backyard rink at Sand Springs now! Weather permitting, open Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. $2 per skater, $4 for rentals (most kids sizes available). Please check our facebook page or our website www.sandspringspool.org to see if we are open on the day you plan to come.

IT'S ALMOST BASEBALL SEASON!
Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball registration for the upcoming 2017 season is now open online at WilliamstownCalRipken.com.

Boys and girls are eligible to play in our league. Your child must be ages 4-12 on April 30, 2017 to play.

Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball is comprised of four levels:
- Grant league (for our beginning players)
- Rookie (coaches do the pitching)
- Minors (machine pitch)
- Majors (most experienced)

Skills assessments will be held in March to place kids at the level appropriate for their ability.

If you have any questions, please contact Allen Hall at allen_l_hall@yahoo.com.


GIRLS ON THE RUN
The Girls on the Run spring season is approaching! Registration is now open online at www.girlsontherunwesternma.org
Register now through February 22.

Who: girls in grades 3-5
What: 10 week program of physical activity, team work, and learning life skills
Where: Williamstown Elementary School
When: Mondays and Wednesdays directly after school, starting the week of March 13.
Why: it’s fun!
Cost: $150 but there is financial aid available when you register with a sliding scale down to $5. Pay what you can. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. The fee includes 20 classroom/training sessions, a snack at each session, t shirt, and race registration.

Other details: teams consist of 8-15 girls with at least 2 coaches per team. Coaches are all trained WES parents and/or teachers. The program culminates in a celebratory 5k on Sunday, June 4 at Springfield College. Please contact Caitlin Lopez (WES parent) caitlin.lopez@gmail.com or Alison Berman (regional director) at alison.berman@girlsontherun.org with questions or if you need assistance registering.


SPRING BREAK THEATER CAMP
Barrington Stage Company is offering two camps over spring break!

KidsACT! Junior for ages 7-10
KidsACT! Senior for ages 11-14


LOCATION Barrington Stage Company, Blatt Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA
DATES April 17 – 21, 2017
TIME Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
COST $250* / $225 early bird registration available until March 17, 2017
http://barringtonstageco.org/education-bsc/kidsact/


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WILLIAMS COLLEGE INVITES COMMUNITY TO
EXPERIENCE 6TH ANNUAL HUMAN LIBRARY

All members of the community are invited to experience the Human Library on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky Student Center. This is a free, interactive event, and reservations are not required.

The Williams College Human Library holds almost 40 “books”: students, staff, faculty and members of the community who volunteer to spend 30 minutes sharing their unique story and engage in a one-on-one conversation with each “reader.” Together the book and reader discuss their experiences and exchange questions.

The Gaudino Fund and the Human Library Committee, which is made up of faculty, staff, and students, sponsor Williams’ Human Library. Please contact Lois Banta (lbanta@williams.edu) with questions.


FEBRUARY VACATION EXPLORATION PROGRAM
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering a vacation exploration program at Sheep Hill for children ages K– 4th grade, afternoons from 1-4 PM Tuesday, Feb 21 through Friday Feb 24.

The programs will take place at Sheep Hill no matter what the weather and will feature habitat exploration, winter science experiments, hiking or sledding, craft projects, baking and cooking, and more.

Winter is a great time to get outdoors and Sheep Hill offers a variety of habitats to explore and room for outdoor fun, as well as a warm space for getting out of the weather. The cost for the program is $125, $100 for WRLF members. For more information or to register visit www.wrlf.org or call the office at 413-458-2494.


GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (www.wrlf.org) invites you to be a Citizen Scientist by participating in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count (birdcount.org) February 17–20, 2017.

Join the WRLF at Linear Park (entrance off Route 2 across from the Maple Terrace Motel) at 9:30 AM on Saturday February 18. We’ll count birds and learn about their natural history on this easy hike geared toward children and families. Bring binoculars if you have them, and there will be a few pair available to borrow. Or you can count birds on your own anywhere you like. We recommend at LEAST 15 minutes – or even longer if you wish.

Keep track of the numbers and species of birds you see and how many and how long you watched. Count on one day or all 4 days. Then enter your list online at BirdCount.org. Put in a new checklist for each new day, each different location or for the same location and same day, if you counted different times of day. Look for the Submit Observations tab on the Great Backyard Bird Count website. http://gbbc.birdcount.org. You may start submitting lists after midnight of the first day.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and the environment we share. Last year, more than 160,000 participants submitted their bird observations online, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.


SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES ---------------------


IS183 SUMMER CAMPS
Don’t let this frigid weather get you down… Let’s make plans for summer! IS183 Art School of the Berkshires’ invites children to come to CAMP! IS183’s weeklong summer camps for children ages 3 to 14 run from June 26 to August 18 and if you register your kids by March 31, you’ll receive a 10% discount! IS183 Art Camps for 3 to 14 year olds are run by art educators and include a wide range of media, encouragement of creative thinking and time outdoors in all our explorations! Every camp is led by a faculty artist with the aid of a teaching assistant and, for ages 6 and up, the addition of a visiting artist further enriches their experience. Call 413-298-5252 x100 to register and lean more or go to IS183.org.


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