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Words are Wonderful Schedule, Book Fair, WESE Grant info, and lots more!

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Oct 13 - PTO Clothing Sale
Oct 15-19 - Words Are Wonderful
Nov 6 - Professional Development, NO SCHOOL
Nov 21 - Thanksgiving Break, NOON DISMISSAL
Nov 22-23 - Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

NEW Attendance Notifications...
In an effort to comply with attendance mandates from the State, WES will join Mount Greylock and Lanesborough Elementary in implementing automated absence and tardy notifications. If your child is absent or late for school, you will receive a phone call and email stating such. You will receive the notification regardless of whether the absence is an excused one or not. Automated calls go out early in the day, and it is will not always be possible for us to update the system prior to the call if your child is tardy, so if you come in late and get a notification that your child is absent, that is because we have not yet updated the attendance information for the day. You do not need to call to let us know. Automated calls we begin Tuesday.

Words are Wonderful 2018
As we anticipate the start of Words Are Wonderful, please give thanks to our sponsors for their generous grants and donations of time and space allowing us to host such wonderful visitors and events: The Friends of the Milne Library, The Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The WES PTO and Williams College.

Please click here for a complete schedule. 

Note the following out-of and after-school events:

Tuesday, October 16th 
Milne Public Library Pre-School Story Hour at 10:30 am

Graphic Designer Erin Keiser-Clark leads an art activity, "I Treasure My Words"

Wednesday, October 17th
Wednesday Word Games & Books from 1:30-3:00 pm
30 pre-registered students in grades 1-6 are invited to stay and play with PTO parents and Williams College students in the WES library. Play Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle and more. Pre-register for Wednesday Word Games & Books here.

Thursday, October 18th
Grand Book Fair Night (5-7:30 pm) & Pizza Dinner (5-7:00 pm) Extended book fair hours for families. Proceeds help fund books for WES classrooms and library. The pizza dinner in the WES cafeteria is a fundraiser for the 6th grade’s spring trip to Cape Cod. All are welcome!

Friday, October 19th 
1:00-3:00 pm: WES students and staff attend Berkshire Theatre Group production
 Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Tree House Adventure, based on Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osborne, book and lyrics by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne, music and lyrics by Randy Courts and directed by Travis Daly.

Wednesday, October 17th-Friday, October 19th
WES PTO Book Fair in the WES auditorium from 8:30 am-4:30 pm Don't miss your chance to buy your favorite books. Gift certificates available. You may also purchase a book for your classroom.

Book Fair!
October 17 – 19 in the school auditorium during "Words are Wonderful" week. This is one of our largest fundraisers for the school in terms of providing books and resources for classrooms and our library. And it provides a great opportunity for students and families to purchase quality books at reasonable prices. In addition, families can help contribute books from teachers' wish lists to their classrooms.   
The Book Fair isn't possible without our parent volunteers. There are a variety of times to help during the sale and we greatly appreciate your help. Please consider volunteering to help make the sale a success!

WESE Grant Deadline Is October 19!
The Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund is looking for your ideas to help enrich the educational experience for WES students. Simple application process. You may complete an application here.
Peer Learning, Peer Leading...

We love to create opportunities for our older students to mentor our "littles". These photos are one example of K & 5th grade learning buddy partners.
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @WES_Principal

By Joelle Brookner
Clothing Sale
THIS IS IT! Last chance to volunteer at our community-driven, community-minded Clothing Sale! We are still very much in need of volunteers all day on Saturday, especially between 2-4pm, when we sort, pack-up, and move all evidence of the sale. Please consider giving us a half-hour of your time, or more.
Shop Saturday (TOMORROW!) 8:30-2:30 at THE biggest fundraiser of the year for the WES PTO. We raise more than 12K by selling gently-used clothing, shoes, sports, maternity, bedding and baby items, at unbelievable prices. How low are our prices? Come get Patagonia, NorthFace, or LL Bean outerwear for under $30, holiday outfits for under $10, Under Armour gear for under $10, and more!

Mounties Boys' Soccer Fundraiser
Need a few strong bodies to help with work around the yard or house this Fall?
Saturday, October 27th The MGRHS Boys' soccer team will be available between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, to rake leaves, stack wood, or do other chores with your supervision. Hire as many workers as you need for $25/hour/pair. A great gift for a friend or neighbor!  Contact Ann Marie Swann to reserve your work crew or request information at

Boxtops Challenge Update
Keep the Boxtops coming! We have had an overwhelming initial response but we only have 2 weeks left to get them all in. At the moment, Miss Pengel’s class is in 1st place with some very close 2nd and 3rd place spots. Who wants to see The Grinch in November to get in the holiday spirit???
PLEASE remember to label each bag submitted with your name and teacher to get credit! 

Room Parents Needed
The WES PTO needs two parents or guardians in each classroom to serve as Room Parents for the school year. Room Parents provide support to teachers by helping to coordinate class events and activities and to other parents by communicating PTO and classroom information. If you are interested, please sign up 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 Oct 19 issue by Oct 16, 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)
Friday, October 12, 5:30–7:30 pm, Ramunto's@The Log, Spring St.
It's date night—with your community! This Friday evening get-together is an opportunity to hang out with new and old friends and connect with your community. Childcare is provided to make it easier for young families to join the fun. Williamstown's First Congregational Church is offering 2 hours of FREE CHILDCARE in our Community Hall for families attending the Confab. Drop-off starts at 5:15 pm, with pick-up by 7:45 pm. We'll have pizza, games, and a short movie for kids ages 3–12, hosted by Williams College students. Folks not needing childcare can gather directly at The Log at 5:30 pm. Drinks are on you, but the kids are on us! Community Confab! will be offered again on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 at different locations.

Please register for childcare by Wed. Oct. 10: contact Anne O'Connor, / 413-458-4273, or use this form:

at Berkshire Community College

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:45am Race Start
Paterson Field House
1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA 01201

Run or walk a mile on the scenic cross-country trails at BCC to benefit BCC’s nursing program in the Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run. The Harvest Run is a FREE event.
This event boasts great FREE refreshments! Get a taste of foods inspired by fall at our annual Harvest Run Cook-off. See Berkshire Healthcare's entries in the booth competition, sample fall treats when visiting our Halloween inspired booths and cheer on your favorite runners in the race! All booths are kid friendly, not scary.
Kids' Registration
Race Day Registration - Free courtesy of TDBank, People’s United Bank and PFM Financial Advisors
**The first 100 children will receive a free t-shirt. First come, first served, sizes are limited. (Online registration ends Monday, October 15 at 3:00PM)
Kids' Prizes
Registration includes a youth t-shirt for the first 100 runners who check in on race day. • Medals to the top 3 boys and girls in each age category (6–12 years) • All One Mile Finishers will receive a cider doughnut

Free for all Berkshire County Students! Click HERE to register. 

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.

The Bennington Children’s Chorus Fall Session begins October 1. 
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:

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A reminder that due to the terms of the WYC license, only registered participants are allowed in the building during After School Program hours, every day 2:30-6pm and Wednesdays 1:15-6pm. Thanks for your cooperation. 
Youth Sports: Start Young, Start Fun, Play for Life
All parents and coaches involved in youth sports are invited to the Williamstown Youth Center for a talk about their new youth sports initiative on Monday, October 15, at 7pm. USA Hockey’s Roger Grillo is on hand to explain the American Development Model (ADM). Developed by the US Olympic Committee, the ADM utilizes sport as a path towards an active and healthy lifestyle, while helping young people to realize their full athletic potential. Designed so kids can discover, learn, and play sports in a fun, engaging, and challenging atmosphere, the ADM strives to promote healthier communities, happier kids, and successful athletes. Free and open to the public.


Join the combined Williamstown-Lanesboro 2nd grade Brownie troop 64790 for a year of friendship and fun! Meetings are typically twice per month on Thursdays from 5-6:15 at the New Ashford town hall, which is about 15 minutes from WES. The first meeting is 10/11/18. Interested in joining but need help with transportation? Let us know! Please direct all inquiries to There are troops for other ages, too, if your child is interested in Scouts but not a second grader!

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 September 19th and run through October 24th, from 1:45 - 4pm. The fee for the five week session is $120 for WRLF members and $155 for non-members. Snacks will be provided and drop off transportation can be arranged from Williamstown Elementary School.
For more information or a downloadable registration form visit or call 413-458-2494.

Sunday, October 14, 2-4 pm
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation invites the public to the grand opening of a new interpretive exhibit celebrating the tenure of Art and Ella Rosenburg at Sunnybrook Farm.

For much of the 20th Century, the Rosenburgs ran a dairy farm at what is now known as Sheep Hill.  WRLF, in cooperation with Williams College, has brought their history to life via a multimedia interpretive exhibit using video, audio, and still photos.  From managing a herd of 40 milking cows to overseeing one of the Berkshire’s first downhill ski operations, come learn their fascinating story.
PLUS – Art in the Barn
To commemorate the lasting legacy of the Rosenburg’s sound stewardship of the land, paintings by local artists of Sheep Hill and environs will be available for sale.  All proceeds benefit the WRLF.
Rain or shine.  Refreshments will be served.
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, 671 Cold Spring Rd,


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