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UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS
Feb 11 - Social Emotional Learning Presentation, 7pm
Feb 12 - Valentine's Concert, 6:00pm
Feb 13 - Title I Parent Night, 6:30pm
Feb 18-22 - February Break, NO SCHOOL
Mar 5 & 6
- Kindergarten Registration
WHAT'S NEW AT WES?

Screening for Preschool-Aged Children
When: Wed., February 27 & Fri., March 1, 9AM-1PM

Evaluators: Certified Teachers and Speech & Language Pathologist

Who:Preschool screening is open to all Williamstown resident children who will be 3 or 4 years old by August 31, 2019

Why: The purpose of the screening is to give parents information about their child's development. All parents/guardians of 2 1/2, 3, and 4 year old are encouraged to make an appointment.

How: To make an appointment, call Emily Betti at 413-458-5707 x301.

There is no charge for the screening.

Attendance Reminder
Williamstown Elementary is committed to supporting regular & timely school attendance for all children. According to Massachusetts State Law, a child is considered truant if he/she has 7 or more unexcused absences in any period of six months (Mass Law; Chapter 76, Section 2). We want to support families in getting their children to school on a regular basis. 
 
In accordance with Chapter 76, Section 1B, Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by when a student has at least five (5) days in which the student missed two or more periods unexcused in a school year, or who has missed five (5) or more school days unexcused in a school year.
 
Absences are excused for purposes of illness, religious observance, bereavement or medical appointments. If your child must miss school for one of the above reasons, we ask that you call the main office and leave a message on the absence line.

Kindergarten Registration is Coming!
March 5 March 6 
Parents of children who live in Williamstown and will be five years old on or before August 31, 2019 should stop by the office at the elementary school between 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. or 1:30–4:00 p.m. either day to complete registration forms. You will meet briefly with Mrs. Betti in the principal’s office and Mrs. Stein-Payne in the health office. 

What to Bring...

  • Proof of residency (driver’s license, lease agreement, purchase & sale, proof of mortgage, etc.)
  • 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. Betti at 458-5707 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Social Emotional Learning @ WES
Date: Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 (NEW DATE!)
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Location: WES Library

Join Williamstown Elementary staff to hear about the social teaching curriculum, Second Step, and the ways social emotional learning is taught, nurtured, and reinforced at WES.

THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
Math Action

  

 
There was lots of excitement this afternoon in Mrs. Noyes' room as students played "Stop & Go". Using only number cards and their math-magical powers of subtraction, students had to stop their partners from reaching 50. Friday afternoon fun!

Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
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PTO Clothing Sale News
PTO Clothing Sale Sorts are starting up in February!
 
After a short break, we are ready to start tackling the bags of donations that have accumulated over the winter (Thank you, Marie Kondo?!).  Every little bit helps, so if you see a window of opportunity in your schedule, we'd love to see you!
 
Donations of gently-used and clean children's clothes can be dropped off in the bin outside of the main office.

To sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eaaa928a0fb6-sorting


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 info@wespto.info to your contacts list, and you won’t miss special event news and reminders. 
HAVE NEWS TO SHARE?
E-mail submissions for our Feb 15 issue by Feb 12, 2019 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)
WYC NEWS
February Vacation Camp
The WYC's February Vacation Camp registration is open now and we hope you'll join us for 4 days of on-site activities, indoor and outdoor play, art activities, with a pizza day on Friday. We will be open Tuesday, February 19 – Friday, February 22, from 8am to 5:30pm. $50 per child per day or $180 for the week. Register here.
 
Spend Your Summer at the WYC
Summer camp registrations open next week. The WYC offers 8 weeks of onsite, local, and regional activities. Each week we go swimming, have a cookout, play in the WYC's gym, game room, art studio, and playing fields, and take field trips. More information coming soon. 
 
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. Call our office at 413.458.5925 to register.
 
Save the date for Springfest! 

Sunday, April 28, at WES and the WYC.  RSVP here to this free and fun community event.


FEBRUARY VACATION PROGRAM AT RURAL LANDS 
Tuesday Feb. 19 – Friday Feb.22, 1-4pm
For students in grades K – 4

Depending on the weather, activities will include animal tracking, snow/ice experiments, crafts, cooking/baking, hiking sledding and more!
 
Cost: WRLF members $115 / non-members $140
 
Register at WRLF.org or call 413-458-2494 for more information.


 


YOUTH YOGA CLASSES 

 

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FEBRUARY FREEZE AT THE SPRUCES
The Town of Williamstown and Friends of Linear Park invite you to February Freeze, a family-friendly winter celebration to be held at The Spruces in Williamstown on Saturday February 16th from 11AM – 2PM.

The day will begin with a fun 5K race of run, walk, cross country ski or snowshoe. Other events are a snow sculpture or scavenger hunt contest, tractor-drawn wagon rides, hot chocolate, s’mores, and food for purchase from EAT, a nature hike led by David McGowan of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at 12:30, and outdoor games. Snow shoes will be available for use during the event if we have snow. A fire truck and police cruiser will also be on hand.
 
To sign up for the Fun Run:
https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Williamstown/FebruaryFreezeSpruces
The cost is $15 and includes a t-shirt for the first 100 racers. T-shirts will also be available for purchase by non-race participants. Donations will be accepted as well, and all proceeds from the event will be used to support The Spruces and other Williamstown parks.

The Spruces is located on Route 2 east of Williamstown center. Parking is available on-site. Look for the stone lions which mark the entrance. For more information, contact the Town office at 413-458-3500.


HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE NEWS
Come enjoy a day of hands-on history and winter fun – indoors and out on Sunday, February 17 from 11-5.
Dennis Picard, retired director of Storrowton Village Museum and former Hancock Shaker Village craftsperson and interpreter, has been demonstrating ice harvesting for decades.Using historic tools and techniques, Dennis will demonstrate the trade in our Shaker ice house. His presentation includes displays of vintage ice-harvesting tools (some invented in Massachusetts) such as a saw that stands taller than he stands and has cutting teeth as long as fingers. 
 
You can also enjoy:
*A pickling demo with chef Brian Alberg
*Baking and butter-making in the 1830 kitchen
*Woodworking and blacksmithing 
*Tree tapping (and a taste of snow sugar)
*Snowshoeing and skiing (bring yours)
*An art exhibit by Darrow School students
 
For more info and events, visit https://hancockshakervillage.org


DO YOU ENJOY SINGING?
The Bennington Children’s Chorus Spring Session begins February 4. 
Youth from ages 7 to 17 can experience beautiful music and the joy of creating it! Rehearsals are held weekly on Monday afternoons for one hour in Bennington, Vermont.  No experience necessary. For more information, visit our website: www.benningtonchildrenschorus.com.


JOIN JUNIOR CHOIR!
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: ed.lawrence142@comcast.net / 802-442-8772 or Anne O’Connor: education@firstchurchwilliamstown.org / 413-884-2598.

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