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Apr 17-21 – NO SCHOOL, April Vacation
May 3-7 – 6th Grade musical, HONK!
June 19 – Field Day and Walk for WES
June 23 – 6th Grade Graduation
June 27 – Last day of school K-5

WES Staff Appreciation
WES Staff Appreciation Week 2017 will be May 1-5. Let’s help make this a special week of recognition and celebration of the wonderful people at WES! There will be breakfast on Tuesday 5/2, lunch on Wednesday 5/3, and snacks and massages on Friday 5/5. Volunteers are needed to donate food, drinks, and time. Please click here to volunteer. It only takes a moment to do so. Please contact Nancy Garrity ( or Sam Livingstone ( with any questions. Thank you to all!

Band and Orchestra Concert
The Concert Band and WES Orchestra Concert will be on May 23rd. at 6:30. String students are encouraged to arrive by 6:00 for tuning. Band students should arrive by 6:15. Concert dress (black slacks/skirt, white shirt/blouse) is expected. Please call or email Margot Sanger with any questions (458-2622,
Have a wonderful vacation!!

Camp Fair & Pancake Breakfast
Thank you all for your support! A special thank you to our 3rd grade room parents and our cafeteria manager, Lisa Spencer for a well organized and successful pancake breakfast.

We also had a great turnout at our 2017 Camp Fair. In case you weren't able to attend, Camp Fair directories are available in the Main Office or can be found on the PTO website at Many thanks to Matt Baya for organizing this wonderful event.

Special Shout Out
Thank you to our amazing custodial staff – Jim, Lee and Doug for all of their hard work and helpfulness. They help make WES the special place it is!

A Note from the Health Office
Parents and guardians of children who have epi-pens for allergies are advised to check their epi-pens to be sure their particular expiration date and lot number does.not appear on this list of recalled products. All epi-pens at school have been checked.
Thank you! Carol Stein-Payne, RN

First Grade Construction Workers!
Thank you to Frank Maher & Berkshire Gas for the awesome visit with Mrs. Benn's class this week. They loved learning about the excavating equipment and getting their own hard hats.
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
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By Joelle Brookner
WES PTO Meeting
Please join us! Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2nd at 8:40am in the WES conference room (next to the main office).

WES Calendar, Upcoming events
April – Pizza boxtop contest
May 1-5 – Staff Appreciation Week
May 5-7 – 6th grade musical, HONK!
May 20 – Spring Clothing sale

Calling all BOXTOPS!
The pizza oven is waiting! At the end of the month the individual in each grade who has collected the most boxtops will win a FREE pizza! Parents – please remember to label boxtops with your student's name. Keep collecting!

Clothing Sale
Thank you for the donations! Please keep them coming! We still need more gently-used childrens clothing for the WES PTO Clothing Sale on May 20. Contact for more information.

Thanks from the "Captains": Laura Staneff, Jenna Dickinson, Hailey Rinaldi, and Jen Bayliss
E-mail submissions for our Apr 21 issue by Apr 18, 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 Community Preschool Spring Fund Raiser
April 29, 2017 7-10 PM
Williamstown Community Preschool

Bar, wine, food and live music from Misty Blues
Join us to enjoy great tastes from Northern Berkshires best restaurants
and caterers. $50.00 per person in advance
$55.00 at the door
Call 458-4476 for tickets

Saturday May 6th (Rain Date May 7th)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join volunteers in towns across Massachusetts to beautify our parks, riverbanks, and road frontages. At the check-in station at Field Park, volunteers will be assigned areas to target in Williamstown and will be given yellow bags to use. Please wear appropriate shoes and gloves.

Volunteer for one to four-hour shifts. Pre-registration is greatly encouraged!
Register today by contacting Anne O’Connor at or (413) 884 2598.

This event is initiated by community individuals and generously supported by the Town of Williamstown.

Saturday, April 15 through Sunday, May 7 A beloved springtime tradition, now in its 13th year, allows you to get up-close-and-personal with baby animals including calves, lambs, piglets, bunnies, chicks, and goats (no kidding). Mark Stewart, will play opening day with songs and pieces from different traditions at 11AM. On Easter Sunday, April 16, there’s an old-fashioned egg hunt at 12:30PM on the historic grounds and an Easter Sunday lunch with mimosas in the new Seeds Market Cafe with farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg. On Saturday, April 22, best-selling children’s author Ty Allan Jackson will be hosting Story Time with Ty at 11:30AM and 12:30PM.

Saturday and Sunday, April 29 & 30 is Sheep Shearing Weekend. Chat with shearer Fred DePaul as he shaves the flock. Visit the lambs. Try your hand at wool-washing, carding, spinning, and weaving. Get woolly!
Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tours daily with Farmer Bill. Ride a wagon through the Village to a private area where you can kiss a calf and cuddle a lamb. Reserve soon – this memorable event sells out.


It's that time of year again! The Friends of Milne Library's Annual Book Sale is April 21 - 22. The Friends are looking for volunteers to help during the week of the sale 4/18-4/22. There are many ways to help out: setting up tables, organizing boxes, setting up the books, and helping customers. There is also a need for food and bake sale donations for the Friends' Bake Sale Cafe. Funds raised go primarily to the needs of the library, such as library collections, programming for children, staff development, computers and technology, and furniture and equipment as well. When funds are available, they have helped to support nonprofit community organizations and programs that promote reading and literacy. This is a wonderful opportunity to help support our local library. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Bayliss at (413)884-2623 or email

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition facilitates a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group that meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month. We are planning on offering the "Guiding Good Choices" curriculum to this group but would like to expand it a bit and offer it to more grandparents or just kinship placements.

It will be held at the Mary Spitzer Center and we will provide a meal and childcare. Transportation is available as long as we have a few hours notice. The group will meet for five Tuesdays (once a week for 5 weeks), 5:30-7:30 starting on April 25th.

Guiding Good Choices is an evidence based program for parents of children ages 9-14. The goal of this program is to increase communication between caregivers and their loved ones, as well as, strengthen family bonds. In this program grandparents will learn specific strategies that promote healthy behaviors. Grandparents will also learn skills that help to reduce risks that predict adolescent health and behavior problems, including substance use.

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Woodchuck Wednesdays Spring Session at Sheep Hill
Wednesday afternoon outdoor and nature play drop off program at Sheep Hill, Williamstown. Pre-registration suggested.
For children in grades 1-4, 1:45 to 4:00 PM, April 5 – May 3.
Fee for all sessions: Members $85/Non-members $110

April 22, 1–4pm AT Sheep Hill in Williamstown
Come all ye broken lamps, socks with holes, blades that have seen sharper days, bicycles needing a little tenderness!
Come to Repair Café, co-sponsored by the South Williamstown Community Association and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. It’s an occasion for people to bring in things that need repair. You can get advice, instruction or actual fixing of one or two items. There will be volunteer “fixers” standing by with tools, lamp parts, sewing machines, darning needles. You can make a donation if you wish, but it is all free. In addition to physical fixing, Williamstown’s second Repair Café is also offering advice. Standing by will be: a lawyer, a genealogist, a specialist in Berkshire County elder services, a gardener, a realtor and a computer person. The list is growing longer every day. There will be refreshments and lots of good will. If you are willing to be a volunteer “fixer” or if you have questions, please call Bette Craig at (413) 458-5257 or email


The Williams women's soccer team is hosting a Spring Break Soccer Skills and Drills Clinic from April 18th-April 21st, from 12-3pm at Weston Field. Age K-6, boys and girls are welcome. Cost is $125. Please contact Sarah Raymond for a registration form and further details.

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

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

This summer, Williams College is offering an amazing science experience at the Williams College Summer Science Lab. This week-long lab runs Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 10 and July 17. Any child entering the 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2017 is invited to attend.

Please note that Summer Science Lab fills up quickly, so early registration is advised! The cost of the 2017 program is $225 for Early Bird registration through April 30th, and $250 for registration on or after May 1st. Payment is due in full at registration. If you are unable to pay this amount or need a reduced fee, scholarships are available. To request scholarship funding check the appropriate box on the online registration form and submit the form by May 1st.

The Fresh Air Fund is looking for local families to host visiting children for 7-10 days this summer. Low-income children from New York City are provided a chance to visit beautiful, safe, and quiet areas such as the Berkshires for a break from the city. With your help a child can experience the freedom of playing outdoors, swimming in clean water, and breathing fresh air. For more information on becoming a Fresh Air Fund host family please contact Rachel, or 458-1678, or come talk to us at the camp fair in April.

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

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