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Principal's Corner, 
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 W E S  N E W S
Friday, March 6, 2020

“Today you are you! That is truer
than true! There is no one alive 
who is you-er than you!

– Dr. Seuss

W H A T ' S   N E W
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U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S

April 4 - Camp Fair & 3rd Grade Pancake Breakfast, 9am-12pm
April 20-24 - NO SCHOOL, April Break


School Committee Meeting Info  
School Committee Meetings are held at 6pm at Mt Greylock Regional School in Room A109. All are welcome to attend. Meetings are also broadcast live on the District YouTube channel.

Welcome Spring!
Welcome back Williams College students from winter study and elementary students from February break! Having finished up a successful Adventures in Learning 2020 and having made it through the shortest days of winter, we are all excited that spring semester is here and all of the Williams College programs at the elementary school have resumed. Recess buddies, math buddies, reading buddies, classroom helpers, science fellows, and big sibs are all excited to be back in the school! We are looking forward to a great spring!

Volunteers at All Levels

The PTO assists with numerous events and programs at our school, including Words are Wonderful, school photos, clothing sale, camp fair, staff appreciation week, Walk for WES, .... To ensure that these and other programs continue, we need volunteers for a variety of roles, from helping with one-time 
events to coordinating activities. All help is welcome, appreciated, and needed.  If interested or if you would like more information, email the secretary (; note it is not necessary to come to the meetings to help.


Greetings from the Health Office - Winter Wellness!
* Communication is key! Please call or email me if your child is ill with strep, flu or any illness that is being treated with antibiotics. We are trying to track illness as it moves through our school community to prevent its spread during cold and flu season. My number is 458-5707, ext 107 and my email is  If you email your child's teacher or Mr. Phillips in the front office about a health issue, please cc me as well.
* If you give your child a dose of medication (like Tylenol or Ibuprofen) in the morning before school, please contact me so that your child does not accidentally receive a second dose too soon. Children do not always remember what kind or when they got medicine and may come to the health office requesting more.
* Annual check ups are recommended for students, but are required for kindergarten, third and sixth grade. We need to know if a student has a health concern that could affect them at school.

There is a lot in the news about Corona virus, but the most important things to remember are the same common sense measures we take for any illness. Here at school, we continue to do handwashing, covering coughs, clean surfaces and avoid being in school when ill. Please remember it is MUCH MORE likely to get the regular flu than Novel Coronavirus.
For information on the current outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus, please clink the following link from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:
As with seasonal flu, there are precautions we can all take to remain as healthy as possible.
• Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
• When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.

Be well!
Carol Stein-Payne, RN, NCSN


H A V E  N E W S  T O  S H A R E ?
E-mail submissions for our Mar 13, 2020
issue by Mar 10 to:

Submit non-WES information at least 1 week
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P R I N C I P A L ' S  

Read Across America

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Read Across America fun this week. Above is a photo from Ms. Benn's class where they integrated literature and the Read Across America theme with their geography studies in social studies. Aren't elementary school teachers the best!??? We think so!

Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @WES_Principal

• C O M M U N I T Y  
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Spots are open for the ASP Winter/Spring Session
The second session of the After School Program has already begun, but spots are still open if you're looking for an active and engaging environment for your child after school. Register here.


Join us for a free screening of Missing Link, Golden Globe Winner for Best Animated Feature Film, at Images Cinema on Saturday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. Sponsored by Donovan, O'Connor & Dodig.

Make a difference, one child at a time: The Fresh Air Fund is looking for local families to host visiting children for one week this summer.  Income-qualified 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 visit or contact Rachel, or 413-458-1678.


Williamstown Cal Ripken baseball and softball has pre-season clinics for throwing on Thurs/Fri and full clinics Sundays at WES gym. Signup today at Community-based, organized fun for all ages. Play ball!


4th and 5th graders - Do you LOVE experimenting with science?
Williams College is offering an amazing science experience at the Williams College Summer Science Lab  the weeks of July 6-10 and July 13-17, 2020. This week-long lab is run by two Chemistry Faculty at Williams College using the fully equipped Chemistry Labs at Williams with the help of Williams students and two local teachers. 

The cost of the program is $225 for Early Bird registration through April 30th and $250 for registration on or after May 1st. Scholarships are available thanks to generous funding from Williams College. To request scholarship funding check the appropriate box on the online registration form and submit the form by May 1st.  Please note that Summer Science Lab fills up quickly, so early registration is advised! Contact with questions.
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