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Apr 15-19 - April Break, NO SCHOOL
May 29-June 2 - 6th Grade Musical Performances

Front Office Changes & Welcome, Eli!
Emily Betti has left WES to pursue other interests, and we are excited to announce that Eli Phillips will be our new office manager beginning Monday. Eli is a WES and Mount Greylock alum who, since graduating from Bennington College, has been off adventuring and gaining experience in a variety of jobs, most recently as a supervisor at Disney World in Florida. 

We remain tremendously grateful to Pennie Bopp who has been holding down the fort this week since Emily's departure, as well as being our office sunshine (and always). She will be in the office Monday through Wednesday next week to help get Eli oriented to WES.

Please stop by and say hello - or welcome home - as the case may be, to Eli the next time you're in the building. Eli will be reachable by dialing the main office or via email at

A Note from Nurse Carol: Tick Safety
Now that we finally beginning to have some warm weather, students can really enjoy the outdoors. However, we already are seeing tick activity, so some extra care needs to be taken. If your child is going to be spending time in the woods or anywhere with tall grass or brush, consider having your child wear light-colored pants tucked into light colored socks. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that children can use insect repellent containing DEET (NN-diethyl-m-toluamide) if they are over 2 months of age. Repellent can be sprayed on clothing or skin, but avoid using near the face or on the hands of young children who might put fingers in their mouth or rub their eyes, causing irritation. Repellant should not be used more than one day in a row. After some fun in the woods or fields, remember to do a head-to-toe tick check. Ticks are very small, some the size of a lowercase  “o” in the newspaper, some even smaller. Ticks have some favorite places to hide - check extra carefully along hairline, in hair, behind ears, and in armpits and belly buttons. Our area is endemic for Lyme disease, but there are other tick borne illnesses as well, so don’t forget to do your tick checks! If you do find a tick on your child, remove it if you can, as soon as possible. If it seems difficult, call your provider for help. Let your provider know about the tick regardless, as they may prescribe an antibiotic depending on how long it was on. Make a note on your calendar when you found the tick and watch for any flu symptoms for 30 days - this can indicate Lyme disease and should be treated. Please watch where the insect bite was to make sure there is no redness or infection. These simple measures can keep us enjoying being outside the way we should!

Be Well,  Nurse Carol

Next year's calendar can be found here. Though it is not noted on the document, WES will continue to have a 1:30 dismissal for teacher professional development on Wednesdays through the end of next year.

Preschool Registration
Side by Side registration is now open for the 2019-2020 school year.Side by Side is an inclusive preschool that includes students with special needs and typically developing students. There is a morning (8:35-11:20) and an afternoon (12:20-3:05) session. Children who are three or four by September 1st are eligible to enroll. Should we have more interest than spots available, a lottery will be held in May. To receive an informational packet and to put your name on the enrollment list, please stop by the WES main office or call Emily Betti at 413-458-5707 x 301.

Did you know?
Did you know that you can watch School Committee meetings from the comfort of your own home? Well, you can! Just click here to watch live and archived meetings of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee as well as the Mount Greylock Building Committee. Once you subscribe to the channel you can even receive notifications when there are new streams!

Projected Last Day...
Barring additional snow days, the current last day for WES students will be Thursday, June 20, a noon dismissal. Think spring!

Words Matter

Word Tennis was lots of fun today in Ms. Reali's classroom. Not only is it a great game for building vocabulary, but it is also a perfect reminder to be thoughtful and purposeful with our words. 

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

By Joelle Brookner

WES PTO Needs New Leadership
The PTO needs someone who is willing to plan/lead monthly meetings, oversee coordination of PTO-sponsored events, and answer questions about various topics within the WES community. Please send a message to if you are interested. 

PTO Clothing Sale: Save the Date!
The Spring 2019 clothing sale is on the calendar for May 18th!!  
Many hands make light work - We could use all the hands we can get as the sale gets closer. Don't be nervous... we'll help you if you are new. We enjoy meeting new people in our small school community. Come join us!
Oh! And did we mention?  ...There are perks, but you'll have to come join us to learn about them!
To sign up:

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 Apr 26 issue by Apr 23, 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)
Join the WYC for 4 hours of fun at Springfest on Sunday, April 28, from noon to 4pm. Bouncy houses, field day games, art activities, face painting, grilling, parents vs. kids dodgeball games, and more. Springfest happens at the WYC and at WES.  RSVP here to this free and fun community event.

April Vacation Camp
The WYC is open from 8am to 5:30pm, Tuesday - Friday during April vacation. Join us for 4 days of on-site activities, indoor and outdoor play, art activities, with a pizza day on Friday.  Register here.
Any interested boys and girls are encouraged to give lacrosse a try this spring. Offered for kids K-8, GLAX teaches basic skills and fundamentals of the sport in a safe and nurturing environment. Learn more and register here.
Summer Camp registrations are open now
WYC camp runs from July 1 to August 23, for a great combination of onsite, local, and regional activities. Learn more and register for our full-day summer camp here. Details about swimming lessons at Sand Springs and Rob Livingstone's FITKIDZ program coming next week.

Workshops: April 16-19, 2–4 pm
Performance: Saturday, April 20, 2 pm

This school-vacation program will introduce upper-grade elementary students to improvisational comedy (“improv”). The four workshop sessions will include engaging with art in the galleries, playing classic improv games and developing original scenes inspired by the Clark collection, with a culminating performance for friends and loved ones. The program will be led by Amanda Bell Goldmakher, Clark art educator and a graduate of the People’s Improv Theatre in New York City.
All materials and a daily snack will be provided. Enrollment is limited to 8 children. Reserve tickets now at Financial compensation may be available.

Ice Cream Social Foster Care Recruitment Event
April 15, 6–8pm
Williamstown Youth Center

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month the Department of Children and Families is hosting several Ice Cream Socials. The goal of the Ice Cream Socials is to attract, engage and present information about the Department's need for Foster Families in the Berkshires. 


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April 27, 7-10pm
Williamstown Community Preschool
777 Main Street, Williamstown

Please join us for our annual fundraiser BERKSHIRE BITES, a night out for us adults to enjoy local food and drink from your favorite restaurants, dance the night away with the Misty Blues… all while viewing and bidding on various auction items. Tickets: $40 pre-sale, $50 at the door. (413) 458-4475

TEENSACT! (ages 11-14) & KIDSACT! (ages 7-10)
Openings available for Spring Break Camps: APRIL 15-19
All camps run Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM
Spring Tuition: $250, Early Bird Rate $225.
For information contact Jane O’Leary, 
Director of Education,
At (413) 499-5446 x117

This annual clinic with the Williams College Women’s Soccer team will run Tuesday, April 16th through Thursday, April 18th, from 12 pm to 3 pm. Please click here for more information, and here for the registration and waiver form. Please submit form and payment to Assistant Coach Tressa Palcheck, or reach out to her with questions at

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will once again be running its Woodchuck Wednesday program at Sheep Hill. This program, led by WRLF Education Coordinator Kathy Chesney and Williams College student assistants, features outdoor activities such as hikes and nature exploration, nature crafts, games, and stories. Woodchuck Wednesdays, designed for children in kindergarten - through 4th grades, will start April 3rd and run through May 1st from 1:45 - 4pm. The fee for the five week session is $100 for WRLF members and $130 for non-members. Snacks will be provided and drop off transportation can be arranged from Williamstown Elementary School.

Vacation Exploration will once again be offered by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at its Sheep Hill location during school vacation Tuesday, April 16th – Friday, April 19th from 1 – 4. The program is open to children in grades K – 4. Outdoor activities will be nature oriented and include hikes, crafts, cooking/baking and more!
Cost: WRLF members $115 / Non-members $140
Registration form and details at
Email or call 413-458-2494 for more information 

Join us for a  "Daisy Launch" Troop Formation Meeting!
Parents of girls in Pre-K & Kindergarten will recieve information about how Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character that make the world a better place; and girls will complete a fun activity to receive their first patch!
David & Joyce Milne Public Library
1095 Main Street, Williamstown, MA
April 17, 5:30–6:30 PM

RSVP to save your spot!  Want more information, but can't make it?  Contact Laurie Dimock, 413-224-4028, 
Girl Scouts membership fee Spring 2019 until September 30, 2020 is $55.00 
Financial assistance available 

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 200 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.
A parent/guardian must stop in on ONE of the following dates to register your child for ROPES Camp this year: Thursday March 28, 2019 (Between 6-8 PM) or Tuesday April 23, 2019 (Between 6-7:30 PM) or Saturday May 25, 2019 (Between 10 AM and Noon). All registrations will take place at the North Adams Elks, 100 Union St, North Adams. Please keep in mind: There are 72 campers (not including mentors) accepted per camp. Once full, a waiting list is kept in case of a cancellation.
Application forms are available to download here.

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 contact Rachel, or 413-458-1678.

Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball and Softball registration for the upcoming 2019 season is now open online at
Boys and girls are eligible to play in our baseball league.  Your child must be age 4 (before 1 Sept 2019) through age 12 (as of April 30, 2019 for baseball or December 31, 2019 for softball).    
Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball is comprised of four levels:
- Grant League (Pre-K and Kindergarten)
- Rookie (Grades 1 and 2)
- Minors (Grades 3 and 4)
- Majors (Grades 5, 6 and 7)
Williamstown Cal Ripken Softball is comprised of two levels:
- 10U Softball:  Ages 8 - 10 (Girls in 3rd and 4th Grade)
- 12U Softball:  Ages 10 - 12 (Girls 5th and 6th Grade)
If you have any questions, please contact Allen Hall at

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 8-12 and July 15-19, 2019. 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. 

Any child entering the 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2019 is invited to attend. We encourage students to attend for a second year to investigate and experiment more deeply and explore new extensions. Summer Science Lab's hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm with Thursday Pot Luck & Presentations 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm.
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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