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Oct 6 - WESE Grant Deadline
Oct 10 - Dr. Adolph Brown, 7:00pm (MG)
Oct 11 - NO SCHOOL - Staff PD Day
Oct 14 - NO SCHOOL - Indigenous Peoples' Day
Oct 21-25 - Words are Wonderful
Oct 23 - Mindfulness for Families Workshop, 4:00pm
Nov 13 & 20 - Parent Conferences
Nov 27-29 - No School - Thanksgiving 


WESE Grant Deadline October 6!
Do you have an idea that could enrich the educational experience for WES students? 

Williamstown Elementary School Endowment (WESE) wants to help turn your idea into a reality. 

Here’s how to apply for funding and bring your idea to life:

1. Contact WES principal Joelle Brookner at to discuss your proposed project. 
2. Visit
3. Create a login 
4. Fill out a simple application and submit. 

Typical WESE grants range from $250 to $2,500

Don’t wait! The application deadline is October 6,2019

PTO Gently-Used
Children's Clothing Sale

Fall Sale: November 2, 2019
We are gearing up for the fall sale!  There is much to do in a short period of time.    
If you've been wondering about ways to get involved, this is a wonderful way to meet new people and help support one of the largest fundraisers for the PTO.
Twice a year the PTO sponsors a gently-used children's clothing sale.  Groups of volunteers gather several times a week to triage, price, tag, and sort.  There are also options to wash clothes or to bring unwanted items to the Goodwill. If you have any questions, please email
Here is a link to the sign up:
PTO Clothing Sale Captains
Jen Bayliss, Cristina Stuebner, Jenna Dickinson, and Hailey Rinaldi

Sign up for Wednesday
Word Games & Books!

Wednesday, October 23rd from 1:30 to 3pm
1st-6th grade students, follow the link below to sign up for Wednesday Word Games & Books at WES during Words are Wonderful Week! We'll play games like Scrabble, Scrabble Jr., UPwords, Bananagrams, Boggle, and more, and/or enjoy the books! You can read aloud to a friend, or listen as someone reads to you. Wednesday Word Games will take place in the WES cafeteria on Wednesday, October 23rd from 1:30 to 3pm. Adults who would like to play along and provide supervision are welcome (must have current CORI on file)! Click the link below to sign up.

 Words Are Wonderful is Coming!
WAW Schedule of Events 
For a schedule of 2019 WAW events, click here. Start planning your literary character parade costume today.

If you would like to help with our 22nd celebration of Words are Wonderful, please email Kathleen Igoe ( 

Words are Wonderful is funded by Friends of the Milne, Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund (WESE) and WES PTO.
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @WES_Principal

By Joelle Brookner
CTBN Merchandise
Feel like supporting our school climate? Share the message of Choose To Be Nice with our school colors, red and purple. If you would like, you may order one here for a limited time only, until October 25. Shirts will still be available to order afterwards from the CTBN site, but not in our school colors.

Animals in School Policy
As part of the process of regionalization, a District Policy Manual was created to set guidelines that in turn impact protocols and procedures for our three schools. One important new policy is IMG-Animals in Schools. Of note, all fur-bearing animals (including pets) are no longer allowed in the building or in classrooms for visits. We appreciate your understanding as we adjust our practice to meet School Committee policy.

Mindfulness for Families - Save the Date - October 23 (WES Cafe)
We are excited to offer a workshop for parents and their children on October 23 at 4:00pmMindfulness for Families: Reduce Stress and Increase Happiness and the Bond of Love. Families are invited to this one-hour workshop to help them cultivate mindful habits to become more present with each other. We will learn about stress’ effects on our brains and bodies using kid-friendly language. Families will be led through fun yoga, breath work, body scan, and other mindfulness practices. Adults and children will be taught about the value of active listening, expressing emotions in safe ways, spending quality time with each other, and more. 
Add the PTO to your contacts list
Are you getting emails from the WES PTO? If not, they’re probably going in your spam folder. Please add to your contacts list, and you won’t miss special event news and reminders. 
E-mail submissions for our Oct 11 issue by Oct 8, 2019 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)

Saturday, October 26, 2019 (rain date Sunday October 27)
The MGRHS Boys Soccer Team will be conducting their annual yard cleanup fundraiser. Your donation of $25 per hour purchases a team of two boys to help with chores in your yard including raking, sweeping, stacking wood, etc.
To reserve your team, please follow this link and complete the form:
Teams are available on a first come first serve basis, so act NOW to make sure you don't miss out on this great opportunity to get some work done around your home AND to support MGRHS Boys Soccer.

Coach Dils and the 2019 Captains' Parents

Please note that WYC restrooms are for the use of kids in the WYC's After School Program and their families, or kids and families in the building for a dance, art, or sports program, only. We are mandated by the terms of our state license to limit access to the building during program hours.  Thank you for your cooperation.
WYC open all day on Oct. 11
Join us on October 11 for an all-day program at WYC during professional development at WES. Doors open at 8am, pick up by 5:30pm. Pizza lunch provided! $25 for the full day. Register here.
Swimming happening now!
Register now for swimming and diving lessons with the Williams College Swim team. These semi-private lessons with swim team members are tailored to your child’s level and are aimed to be instructional and fun. Lessons happen on September 26, October 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, and 22, at Williams' Samuelson-Muir pool. Learn more and register here.

Hunger in Our Community
New Hope is excited to announce its fifth year of Friday Night Alive programming with its first event of the season to be held Friday, October 11th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 550 West Main St. in North Adams. This is an evening in for children ages 5 and above (children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult), and an evening out for parents. 

This month's theme will address hunger in our community. We will be hosting our second annual Chopped Kitchen: Food Pantry edition! Participants will be given food items commonly distributed in food pantries to make an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert. A food insecurity presentation will also be given by outside guests, and we will have conversations around alternative food packaging and zero waste for our environment.
If able, please bring a jar of peanut butter or canned good to share with the MCLA food pantry. 
If interested in participating in this free event, please contact Ashley Rice ( to sign your child(ren) up by October 9th. Space is limited. Please also include any allergies or special information you wish to share about your child when registering. 

Gentrification and North Berkshire: Pursuing Inclusive Redevelopment
This is a topic that we have continued to pursue as an organization and a dedicated forum planning committee, with the hope of bringing community voice to the table as our region begins to show the visible signs of change and growth. 
Please join us on Tuesday, October 15th at 5pm at The Green in North Adams to be a part of this continued discussion, as well as learn about the happenings in North County during announcements and meet other community members from the region. 

Each year students from Williams, Bennington, and MCLA participate in a volunteer home weatherization program called Winter Blitz. We are reaching out to see if you or someone you know might be interested in having your home weatherized.  We are looking for homeowners who live in Northern Berkshire Country as well as Pownal and Bennington, Vermont who cannot weatherize by themselves and are looking to lower their energy costs.
You can find out more about the program here and to sign up you can call 413-217-4717 or email

Fall session begins October 7. One-hour rehearsals are held weekly for children ages 7-17 at 108 School Street in Bennington Vermont. Scholarships are available. For information, go to or contact Lauren Gotlieb at or 413-346-8616. 

Children in 2nd–6th grade are invited to join the First Congregational Church’s Junior Choir. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 3:15–4:15pm, and are FREE. Church affiliation is not required. Sessions start with a snack, then music director Ed Lawrence leads the group in simple warm-ups, vocal training, and song. Supervision is provided for children walking together from WES to the church. Junior Choir members are invited to sing roughly once a month during church service.  For more info: or Anne O’Connor: / 413-458-4273.


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On Friday, October 11th, Mt. Greylock Students will be participating in the MIAA SocktoberChallenge. On campus that evening MG will be hosting JV & Varsity Volleyball vs. Mount Anthony (4/5:30pm) and Boys JV & Varsity Soccer vs. Ludlow (4:00/6:00pm). Fans (adult and student alike) are asked to wear their craziest, most fun pair of socks while cheering on their teams.

Mount Greylock Student Ambassadors and members of the Student Athlete Advisory Council will be working the Boys Soccer Concession that night and all proceeds will be used to support local homeless shelters.

Additionally, fans will have two options for contest admission on October 11th:
• Fans can opt for the usual admission costs of $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for Students/Seniors. 

- OR -
• Mount Greylock Students Ambassadors will be at the ticket booth accepting a donation of a pair of new socks for each fan wishing to attend a contest. These socks will be donated to homeless shelters in Massachusetts.

There will be a box located in the Main Office for any sock donations that come in to the building between now and October 17th.

Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a lecture by Janet Pesaturo on Using Trail Cameras to Study Wildlife Behavior
The event will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 6:30pm at WRLF’s Sheep Hill headquarters, 671 Cold Spring Rd. Williamstown
Janet is a conservation biologist, certified tracker and writer. This one-hour talk followed by book sale and signing, will introduce trail cameras – how they work and how to set them up – and discuss smart camera placement so that you too can capture photos and videos that reveal the secret habits of animals.
Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

The public is invited this fall to join open strategic planning sessions. For more information:

Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club’s Learn to Skate program will begin Monday, September 23 from 6:00 to 6:50p.m. at the North Adams Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink, 1267 South Church Street.  Lessons are weekly on Mondays, concluding with our Annual Show in April.  All ages and levels welcome! Registration forms can be found on our website  Please feel free to contact us with any questions at or Jaime at

Hope to see you at the rink!  SK8 GR8!

October 19, 2019
Paterson Field House
1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA 01201

Run the scenic cross-country trails at BCC, to benefit BCC’s nursing and allied health programs, in the Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run. Children under 12 may run the 1 mile "fun run" free of charge, advance registration encouraged. 5k Race registration is just $25 before October 14, 2019 and $30 on race day.
This event boasts great FREE refreshments! Get a taste of Dr. Seuss inspired treats at our annual Harvest Run Cook-off. See Berkshire Healthcare's entries in the booth competition, sample bacon, Dr. Pepper and marshmallow fluff treats when visiting our Seussville booths and cheer on your favorite runners in the race!
Kids Registration
•  Race Day Registration - Free courtesy of Crescent Creamery, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, and TDBank
• The first 50 children will receive a free t-shirt. First come, first served, sizes are limited.
• Online registration ends Monday, October 14 at 3:00PM

To register online:

For decades, staff and the occasional visitor claim to have seen the specter of the “woman in black” in the 1830 Brick Dwelling. Hear stories of eerie sightings like this one at a spine-chilling evening of mystery. You’ll walk dark paths, explore rarely seen areas of the Village, and discover the Shakers’ role in the spiritualist movement. It’s spooky enough that we don’t recommend it for kids under 12.
Tours, held on Thursdays through October 31 at 7 pm, are 90 minutes. 
TICKETS $30/27 MEMBERS. Reservations required.
Craft beer. Craft cider. Craft sausage. Get a taste for all three on Saturday, October 26 from 5-7pm. Enjoy live music while you’re sampling the food and drink. Additional food—old-world and Shaker-style sausage made with regionally sourced meats—and beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets include admission to the historic village, so make a day of it and enjoy the buildings and grounds. It’s the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon.
TICKETS: ADVANCE $20/18 MEMBERS; DAY OF $25/22.50 MEMBERS; kids 12 and under FREE.

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