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UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS
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
Mar 30 – Student Author Night
Apr 8 – Camp Fair & Pancake Breakfast
WHAT'S NEW AT WES?

WESE Auction
Sunday, March 26th from 5-7 pm at The Orchards
Support enrichment programs for our WES children by joining us for this fun event. 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, a tree and installation from Countryside, swim lessons, 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!

Student Author Night: K-6
Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade, join us on Thursday, March 30th from 6:30-7:30 pm at WES to present a piece of your writing in a fun, comfortable environment. Each student will read a short piece of his or her own work (4 minutes or fewer) in a small mixed-age group facilitated by a parent or a community member. You may select anything that you have written in or out of school this year—a poem, fairy tale, short story, excerpt from a story, essay, journal entry, report or letter.

If you have questions or would like to help with the event, please email Kathleen Igoe (judgeigoe@gmail.com). Starting next week, classroom teachers will ask students if they want to participate in the event.

Seed Sale! Calling all Gardeners!
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... 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.

Camp Fair & Pancake Breakfast
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! - On Saturday April 8th WES will host the annual “CAMP FAIR” in the gymnasium from 9AM to noon along with the annual 3rd grade Pancake Breakfast to benefit their trip to historic Deerfield. More information about the camp fair can be found at wespto.info.

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
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Young Artists

(artist: Eliza Goldsteen)

I am excited to announce that 9 of our WES art students were chosen to participate in a county wide art show for all Berkshire County schools at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. Mary Beth Eldridge, the Berkshire county arts facilitator, arranged the exhibit in honor of Youth Art Month.
The opening reception is on March 3rd from 4:30-7:30 pm, and the exhibit will be up to visit until March 31st.
Students participating are: Patrick Holland (2nd grade), Nora Lopez (3rd grade), Natasha Nugent (3rd), Ellie Xu (3rd), Will Igoe (4th), John Morales (5th), Celina Savage (5th), and Eliza Goldsteen (6th).

Congratulations to our students and huge thanks to WES art teacher, Emily Beaulieu, for inspiring our young artists and submitting work for the Berkshire County exhibit.
(artist: Patrick Holland)
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
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Upcoming PTO Meeting
The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, March 7th at 8:40am in the WES cafeteria. All welcome! The agenda and past meeting minutes can be found on our website at wespto.info.


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)


WES Parent Teacher Social
Please join us on Friday, March 10th at the Water Street Grill!

HAVE NEWS TO SHARE?
E-mail submissions for our Mar 10 issue by Mar 7, 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)

SPRING SPORTS ---------------------

WILLIAMSTOWN SOCCER CLUB
SPRING REGISTRATION

Registration is now open for Spring Soccer season for girls and boys of all abilities in Grades 3-6.
Season will run from April 23 – June 18th.
Please register at: www.williamstownsoccerclub.com
For more information please contact us at: williamstownsoccerclub@gmail.com

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

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.


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WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Kids Connect, a new children's action network for the common good, invites you to its first meeting on Sunday March 12, 3-4:30 at the Williamstown Youth Center. The theme for the day is compassion and we will be talking about the topic of community, making art, reading books, and gathering opinions from the children about the types of projects they would like to do in the future. All ages are welcome! With questions, contact Kaye Shaddock ( kayeshaddock@gmail.com )




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/


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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