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UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS
May 20 – Spring Clothing Sale
June 6 – PTO Meeting, 8:40am, WES Conference Room
June 19 – Field Day and Walk for WES
June 23 – 6th Grade Graduation 2:15PM
June 27 – Last day of school K-5
WHAT'S NEW AT WES?

Upcoming Lockdown Drill
WES will be having an unannounced lockdown drill next week in conjunction with state and local police. This will be held exactly like our past practices; however, we are not making the day of the drill public in advance. As with all lockdown drills, we will let children and staff know in the moment that the drill is only a practice; we will be very sure that everyone knows we are safe and sound! Feel free to let your child know that we will be having this lockdown drill sometime next week so they know to anticipate it. Thanks!


Next Year's Calendar
Next year's school calendar is posted on our website here. Check it out.


Hello, Sixth graders!
Be sure you're all set to be able to go on the Cape Cod trip! Please hand in your Medication and Treatment permission form as soon as possible! All 6th graders are required to have a recent physical (last 12 months) and a Tdap booster documented by your MD's office. The trip will be here before you know it, and appointments at pediatrician's offices fill up. Please call as soon as possible!
Thank you! Carol, RN


Field Day Fun
Field Day is coming! The whole school will enjoy field day (along with Walk for WES) on Monday June 19th, rain or shine. Get ready for fun and games, including bounce houses, scooter soccer, home run derby, tennis rally ball, bead crafts, hocker and so much more! Parent volunteers are needed to keep the fun rolling. If you can help, please sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b44a8a928a0fe3-wesfield2


It's Time to Shop!
Gently-Used Clothing Sale
8:30-2:20 Saturday!

Come to shop our incredible selection of items at incredibly low prices- any lower and these would be hand-me downs! We have things you never thought you'd need – until you do – like:
- rash guard shirts
- hundreds of summer dresses
- dress-up wear
- snowpants (to gear up for 2018!)
- jazz shoes, leotards, and more dancewear
- nursing tshirts and other maternity
- newborn bedding

Many items still have tags and all proceeds go to the WES PTO. Come in and encourage friends and family to pop in as well!

VOLUNTEERS still needed: please contact us by checking out open slots at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eaaa928a0fb6-countdown or emailing Laura Staneff at ldstaneff@gmail.com. We can always use more help at the very end of the sale when we are exhausted.


Reading Buddies
Williams students come in from 1-3 p.m. 4 days a week to work with learners in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades on their reading skills. Guided by Mrs. Levy, Williams students pull out their WES partners to work 1 on 1 to practice letter recognition, play reading games, and read books together.

THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
Thank you, Mrs. Galusha.

I'm truly proud to share the news that Kelly Galusha was named Town Employee of the Year by the League of Women Voters at Tuesday's annual Town Meeting. Mrs. Galusha, who has worked as a paraprofessional at WES for the past 17 years, was nominated by the students in Ms. Miceli's 5th grade class for the patience, warmth, kindness and dedication she exhibits towards all children in our school. We know that Mrs. Galusha is not one to feel comfortable in the spotlight, but we really want her to know that we are proud of her and grateful for all she does to make our community a better place. This award is well-earned by Kelly and also emblematic of the work of the wonderful paraprofessional staff we have supporting us at WES.
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @WES_Principal

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM, TOO!
@williamstown_elementary
By Joelle Brookner

Band and Orchestra News
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, margotsanger@roadrunner.com)
Have a wonderful vacation!!


WES PTO Meeting
Our next and last meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, June 6th at 8:40am in the WES conference room (next to the main office). Please join us!


WES Calendar, Upcoming events
May 20 – Spring Clothing sale
June 6 - PTO Meeting
June 6 - Kindergarten parent night
June 15 - WES Family Social
June 19 - Field Day/Walk for WES
June 21 - Bike to School day


Yay Boxtops!
Thank you to everyone who collected and sent in boxtops. The winners of our pizza boxtop contest are:

Kindergarten - Elly Wilkinson
1st grade - Emma Frost
2nd grade - Gabriella Nicastro
3rd grade - Molly & Paige Cangelosi
4th grade - Chase Hoey
5th grade - Ben Dingman
6th grade - Patrick McConnell
HAVE NEWS TO SHARE?
E-mail submissions for our May 26 issue by May 23, 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)

A “BLUNT” DISCUSSION:
The Impact of Marijuana on Kids

Thursday May 26, 6pm (light supper at 5:45)
Holiday Inn North Adams

Come hear data about youth marijuana use in North Berkshire. Presentation by expert Rick Cresta LICSW, MSW/MPH. Rick is a clinical social worker in private practice specializing in work with court involved adolescents. He is also an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. In addition he is a trainer in the Child Welfare institute and provides workshops for DCF and DYS as well as numerous other human service organizations. His presentation style is dynamic and interactive. He shares vignettes from his practice and elicits comments and questions from participants.
Brought to you by nb21, a program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. For more information contact Wendy Penner wpenner@nbccoalition.org or 663-7588 ex 14


BIRD WALK WITH LESLIE REED-EVANS
Saturday, May 20 at 7:15 AM at Caretaker Farm, Hancock Road, Williamstown
Hosted by Caretaker Farm, the South Williamstown Community Association (SWCA) and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. Caretaker Farm offers a variety of habitats for a diverse bird population and in addition is an exemplary community supported and organic farm. Leader Leslie Reed-Evans will focus on identifying birds by song and behavior.
The event is free and open to the public. Heavy rain cancels. For more information contact SWCA at swca32@gmail.com


WILLIAMSTOWN FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY
Saturday, May 20th
This year, the market is expanding its produce and prepared food offerings with four terrific new vendors. Now with 29 regular vendors, we’ve grown to become one of the largest markets in the region. For a complete vendor listing, see www.williamstownfarmersmarket.org.


PINE COBBLE PLANT SALE


A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING – BIRD WALK & FILM
Saturday, May 27: Bird Walk, Cole Field, 7:30 a.m.; Film screening, Images Cinema, 2pm
Images Cinema continues its Bright Young Things: Science On Screen series with A Birder’s Guide to Everything. First, join Leslie Reed-Evans for a bird walk and learn about bird behavior and bird watching skills at 7:30 AM by the pond at Cole Field, the Williams College playing field. Please register for the walk by emailing janet@imagescinema.org. Later that day, the film, which follows four teens as they search for an incredibly rare duck, screens at 2pm at Images. For more information and tickets, visit www.imagescinema.org.


SAND SPRINGS POOL WILL BE OPEN SOON!
Summer is coming! Reward your family for this extended school year and join Sand Springs for the 2017 season. The pool will be open evenings (and Wednesday afternoons) beginning in early June. Season-long, 2-week, and daily memberships available. Sign up here: www.sandspringspool.org/join


HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE EVENTS
Goat yoga is coming to Hancock Shaker Village Memorial Day weekend and it's selling out so quickly that we just added a class on Saturday, May 27 at 1pm. For $25, you can be part of a one-hour class that practices yoga on the farm (all levels welcome) with our inquisitive four-legged friends.

Our Food for Thought dinners make you think, laugh, and question (sometimes all at the same time) with leading authors of today. Saturday, June 3, is no exception when Mary Evelyn Tucker comes to town. Author, Emmy-award-winning documentarian, activist, ecologist, Yale guru (not to mention Confucian expert), Tucker talks about Journey of the Universe, an absorbing read that highlights our connection to the cosmos and gives us a spot of courage to address the big ecological and social challenges of today.


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BACK-PACKED FOR SUCCESS
It's that time of year again, The Family Place and Berkshire Community Action Council are teaming up and preparing our annual "Back-Packed For Success" event for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact The Family Place new Program Manager, Stephanie Puc at 413-663-7588 ext. 11 or via email spuc@nbccoalition.org




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


SUMMER NATURE CAMPS AT SHEEP HILL
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is offering week-long, half-day summer outdoor nature programs for children at its Sheep Hill headquarters on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) in Williamstown. Environmental educator and Science Enrichment Specialist Kathy Chesney will lead programs designed to engage children in nature and artistically express its wildness. Kathy has in-depth experience in teaching and in running summer outdoor programs.

The week-long science and nature programs begin with a 4-day session of Parent and Preschooler Nature Exploration with Kathy Chesney, Leslie Reed-Evans and staff from 10 AM – 11:30 AM daily Tuesday June 27 through Friday June 30. The program will include gentle nature exploration through discovery walks, outdoor play, craft activities and stories to engage children in nature.

Explore, Discover and Create for 5-8 year olds will be held from 9 AM -1 PM Monday July 10 through Friday July 14. Come explore Sheep Hill’s different habitats including the pond, meadow, woods and stream. Enjoy crafts from nature, cooking, games, stories and more!

Monday July 17 is the start of the week-long Sheep Hill Junior Naturalist for 7-10 year olds from 9 AM – 1 PM daily. The program will feature in-depth exploration of what makes Sheep Hill’s ecosystem special and includes crafts, cooking, and other fun outdoor activities.

Pre-registration is required for all summer programs. Space is limited. For more information on fees or for registration forms contact the WRLF at ruraland@wrlf.org, or 413-458-2494. Information is also available on the WRLF website, at www.wrlf.org.


ART CAMP AT THE ECLIPSE MILL
IS183 Art School is offering a special late-summer art camp at the Eclipse Mill, combining ceramics and 2D exploration around the theme of Art Aviary (yes, birds are involved!) Dates are August 21-25. As with all our camps, we focus on open-ended, multi-sensorial exploration using many different techniques and approaches to the theme of the week. http://is183.org/classes/summer-camp-north-county-ages-8-14
Note: Car-pooling to other camps in Stockbridge is also quite do-able as we have families come from all over the county. Contact us to find out more or look over offerings for all ages at IS183.org!


YOUTH R.O.P.E.S. SUMMER PROGRAM
The Northern Berkshire Youth R.O.P.E.S. Summer Program provides a free week long summer camp, once in July and once in August, for more than 250 children in Northern Berkshire County. This program is staffed by police officers, firefighters, EMTs and teachers from participating cities and towns; Adams, Clarksburg, Cheshire, North Adams, Florida and Williamstown. More information at: http://www.northernberkshireropes.com/


SUMMER SCIENCE LAB AT WILLIAMS COLLEGE
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.


THINK SUMMER!
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, RachelLouis@verizon.net or 458-1678, or come talk to us at the camp fair in April.




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