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Dec 24-Jan 1 - Winter Break NO SCHOOL
Jan 21 - MLK Jr. Day NO SCHOOL

Food Drive - you can still help!

There is still time to participate in our food drive for the Williamstown Food Pantry. All non-perishable food as well as personal hygiene items are gratefully accepted. Food items such as peanut butter, tuna, soups, macaroni & cheese, cereal, and pasta are especially helpful. Shampoo, soap, toilet paper, and diapers are also important donations. We will be accepting donations until Thursday, December 20. Your child can bring items to the classroom or add them to our food drive area in the main hallway. Thanks so much in advance for your help with this important project to help families in need in our town. 

News About the Flu        
from the Health Office 

A few documented cases of flu have already occurred here at WES and we can be sure that there will be more. Flu (or influenza) is a very common illness that can spread easily and rapidly. It can be a very serious, even life threatening disease for children and for adults with other chronic illnesses. Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. 
So, what can we do to protect our children and ourselves against the flu? First, it is not too late to get a flu shot. This year, the viruses that can be protected against by the current flu shot are a much better match to the flu viruses that are beginning to emerge in our population than the immunization last year, so it is very worthwhile to get a flu shot. It is easier than ever to get a flu shot, but if you do get one at a pharmacy or elsewhere, please let your or your child's primary care giver know. 
Also, if you or your child are ill, please stay home! Fever, body aches, fatigue, persistent cough and painful sore throats are all reason to get tested for the flu, strep and pneumonia. To be cleared to return to school, a child must have normal temperature for 24 hour WITHOUT Tylenol or Motrin. Please talk to your doctor for more advice if your child is ill. If your child is diagnosed with flu or any other illness that requires antibiotics, please notify me, so we can try to prevent the spread of illness. Of course, handwashing, good nutrition, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep help us all to fight off illness. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your child.
Be Well! Carol Stein-Payne, RN, NCSN
PS - check out the link about Flu on the CDC website - lots of good information!


Grand Tradition 

Recently, some wonderful WES piano students took time on their Saturday afternoon to share the beautiful music they have been working on at home or with their piano teachers. Thank you to Willinet for filming the concert which you can watch here! Congratulations to Cassidy Cohen-McFall, Mai Dekel, Joe Hatakeyama, Cecelia Keogh, Oscar Herringa, Bridget Igoe, Ava Lau, Walter Love, Adele Low, Ava Neathawk, Jiayi Wang, Ellie Xu, and Drew Zuckerman for their sweet performance. Thank you to Ms. Reali and Mrs. Sanger for organizing this much-loved annual event.

Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
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By Joelle Brookner
Register for Adventures in Learning!
Deadline Extended to tomorrow (Dec 15) at NOON!

Click here to see class descriptions and register! AiL is the January after-school program offered every year through the Center for Learning in Action at Williams College. Williams students and some members of the community offer weekly enrichment classes on a variety of topics for kids in grades 1-6. Students are welcome tor register for more than one class! Classes are $30, but scholarships are available (speak to Ms. Brookner or Ms. Kaatz). Registrations must be completed by 5pm on Friday, December 14th. 

If you are not able to register online, paper forms are available in the main office. Class listings and descriptions will also be coming home in your child's backpack today! Oversubscribed classes will be filled by lottery after the registration deadline ends. Feel free to e-mail program coordinator Melody Fisher ( with any questions, however random.

To sign up, please complete the online registration (one per child) at:

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 Dec 21 issue by Dec 18, 2018 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)
The WYC will be closed from December 21 at 5:30pm, to January 2, at 7:30am. 
The skiing and snowboarding program begins on Wednesday, January 2. 
After School Program registrations for the spring semester are currently open. Register now because spots fill up quickly. 3-5 days a week, 1-2 days a week, and 10 packs are available. or 413.458.5925. 


Berkshire Grown’s November Holiday Markets are tremendously festive events that feature the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits, and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, and preserved foods.
On December 16, the market will be held in the big red barn at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road. Shoppers will be able to find their favorite Berkshire-based farmers and vendors from 10 am to 2 pm.
The markets will feature fun activities for kids, food for lunch, and live music. Admission is free and thanks to our supporters at Mountain One, SNAP dollars will doubled. For more information, visit



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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1:30–4pm @ First Congregational Church, Williamstown
Come join us for a fun free afternoon of crafts and stories, just in time for the Christmas season. Participants will have the opportunity to make attractive holiday-themed crafts at several different “craft stations” set up in the church’s Community Hall. Stories and a light snack will round out the afternoon. Religious affiliation not required. Hosted by Bridget Spann and Anne O’Connor, with volunteers from the First Congregational Church. Open to all kids in grades 3–6. Free, but registration required. To register, email Anne at or use this Form.

Come play marimba! Some students may have participated in past January Adventures in Learning sessions, and these classes expand on that joyful experience giving kids the chance to play the same marimbas used by the Zambezi band at Williams College!  Tendai Muparutsa will lead sessions during December on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 pm for Grades 3 and up at $20 per session.  Siblings get a discount.  We meet in Shainman Rehearsal Hall in the music building on the Williams College campus.  Please contact Jacqueline Fallon ( or 509-254-1899) for more information or to register.  

Hancock Holidays on weekends in December
The village will sparkle with shimmering lights, wreaths on doors, and magic in the air. Each weekend features unique performances and traditional New England activities to delight the child in everyone. Live music. Storytelling. Festive foods. Adorable photo ops. Strolls around the grounds. Grab a coat, pull on your boots and start your family tradition here!
Dec. 1 & 8 Candlelit Evenings 3-7pm
Dec. 2 & 9 Holiday Teas noon-4pm
Dec. 15 & 16 Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol
Dec. 22 &23 Brunch with Santa 10am-2pm. Click here for the festive details.

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. Junior Choir members are invited to sing roughly once a month during church service. For more info: / 802-442-8772 or Anne O’Connor: / 413-884-2598.

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