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Apr 16–20 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
Apr 23 - Lockdown Drill
May 19 - PTO Clothing Sale
May 28 - NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
May 30-June 3 - 6th Grade Musical performances

For Next Year - New Lunch Payment System
On July 1, WES will officially become a part of the Mount Greylock Regional School District. With that shift will come several changes, one of which, transitioning to a new lunch payment system, we want to tell you about now for your planning. At the close of this school year, we will be transitioning to a new lunch management system, and we know that we will not directly be able to transfer funds from the old system to the new one. We are working on plans for the school to either individually enter carry-over funds to the new system or refund balances to families; whichever plan we end up using, you will not lose your money! However, knowing there will be a significant transition, we are asking parents to try to limit the amount you put on your children's accounts for the remainder of the school year so there is less money at the end of the year for us to have to transfer or refund. We appreciate your help with this. We will keep you updated on this transition.
Preschool Registration
Side by Side registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year.  Children who are three or four by September 1st are able to enroll.  Side by Side is an inclusive preschool that includes students with special needs and typically developing students. There is a morning (8:35-11:15) and an afternoon (12:15-3:05) session. For more information please call Suzy Gigliotti at 413-458-9582 ext 164. The registration deadline is April 23rd.

Art to Remember
It is not too late! If you just haven't gotten around to looking over the flyer or going online to order, you still have time! The years fly by so quickly, capture a moment in your child's life by ordering keepsake customized artwork from Art to Remember.  These items make wonderful gifts for family and friends. We will be accepting orders through next week.  When ordering online be sure to have the order code found on the front of the flyer and follow the easy instructions.  Any questions please contact Please do not call or email ATR.  Every purchase benefits your school!
Help the Earth & Help Our School!
A field placement student from MCLA in Dawn Stewart's third grade classroom recently entered into a college recycling competition called Rinse, Recycle and Repeat. Sponsored by and Garnier Fructis, this is a nationwide competition in which 50 schools compete to see which school can collect the most empty plastic recyclables from your bathroom. Recyclables can include, but are not limited to shampoo/conditioner bottles, makeup that is empty or no longer worn, contact solution, lotion, soap/body wash, toothpaste, laundry detergent bottles and various hair care products. The winner of this competition receives a $2000 scholarship and a garden for their local community.
A collection box is in the WES lobby where students, faculty and parents can donate their empty recyclables. For more info, please contact Abbi Luczynski at
Seed Sale! Calling all Gardeners!
Think Spring! The 5th grade is running a seed sale fundraiser through FedCo, a Maine-based company that features affordable ($1.90!) seeds adapted to northern climes. The 5th graders had so much fun on this year's trip to Flying Deer Nature Center that they've enthusiastically signed on to raise the funds to pay our balance and then "pay it forward" to ensure next year's 5th grade has the same opportunity. We can do this! Order forms will be sent home with your child, but if you need more copies, feel free to download them from: or email and we'll get them to your child's classroom. Thank you!  
~ The 5th Grade Teachers
Second Grade is in Mexico!
From guest bloggers Stella and Caleb: In second grade we are studying Mexico. Our class [Mrs. Benn's] made a Diego Rivera mural. We made a farmer carrying a basket of flowers. We worked together as a class. Everyone got a square with a part of the picture. First, we drew with pencil. Second, we outlined with sharpies. Last, we colored with markers and background crayons. There are lots of flowers in our mural. Our mural is very colorful. It took us 3 days to make it. Stop by second grade to check it out.


Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
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By Joelle Brookner
Reminder from the Health Office
Annual physicals from your family doctor or pediatrician are recommended for all children, but are required by Massachusetts state law for incoming kindergarteners, third graders and six graders. A recent physical is required for participation in the 6th grade trip to Cape Cod, including a tetanus booster, the TDAP. Please call the Health Office with any questions (458-2755) or email
Thanks so much! Carol, R.N, NCSN

WES PTO Clothing Sale
5 Week Countdown!
The excitement is palpable!  Come be a part of the school's largest fundraiser.

* Winter is Going -- Last call for winter wear!
* Final Sorts Happening --
* Sale Day Sign Ups coming soon

Email for more information
Jen Bayliss, Jenna Dickinson, Cecelia Hirsch, Hailey Rinaldi, Cristina Stuebner

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 27 issue by Apr 24, 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)
WYC open every weekday from 7:00-8:30 am.  $7 per child per day.  Breakfast served.

Rescheduled to Saturday, April 14, 10 am - 2 pm 
Field Park, Williamstown

Join HooRWA and community volunteers to beautify our parks, riverbanks, and road frontages as part of the annual Keep Massachusetts Beautiful campaign. Check-in at Field Park between 10 am and 1 pm for instructions and a yellow trash bag. Please wear bright clothes and appropriate shoes and work gloves. Come for an hour or more. Kids are welcome. Pre-registration is greatly encouraged! **Heavy rain or snow on the ground (!) postpones the event to April 14, 10 am - 2 pm
Contact: Anne O’Connor
This community event is supported by HooRWA and the Town of Williamstown. 

Williamstown Community Preschool Spring Fund Raiser
Saturday, April 28th, 2018  7-10 PM at the Williamstown Community Preschool

The public is invited to join us for the Third Annual Berkshire Bites and help support the Williamstown Community Preschool at our annual fundraiser. Featuring food, beer and wine and live music from Misty Blues.

Enjoy a fun night of music and appetizers from the Northern Berkshires best restaurants and caterers. Silent auction with items including ski passes, yoga packages, gift certificates, kids camps and much, much more. 
Buy tickets online at:
Advance purchase is $40 with tickets available at the door for $50.

Founded in 1972, Williamstown Community Preschool serves the needs of toddler, preschool, and school-age children and their families. From age 15 months to 12 years, children find a safe, caring environment at WCP where they can grow, learn, and thrive. The Williamstown Community Preschool is a private, non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors.

MGRHS Annual Friends of the Arts Raffle
Win a free week of camp with the Soccer Academy at Williams, family passes to SkyZone trampoline park, Greylock Bowl & Golf tee time, and LOTS more great food and entertainment packages through the annual Friends of the Arts Raffle. 

Going on now through April 15, all proceeds go to support arts programs at Mount Greylock –  especially visual and performing arts. Tickets available at Where'd You Get That?! on Spring Street or by contacting Cecilia at

Saturday, May 5, 11 AM to 3 PM at Sheep Hill, Williamstown
The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry.  The legendary Fred DePaul will spin stories while shearing sheep with traditional tools.  Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies. Local farms will bring sheep and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing. The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving throughout the day.  Blacksmithing and traditional building techniques will also be showcased.  There will be fiber-arts and crafts projects for children and enthusiastic adults. Local farmers and artisans will show and sell their wares, including basketry, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, maple syrup, pastured meats, and fiber products. 
Cricket Creek Farm  and the Store at Five Corners will offer, artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.
Admission is $7 per individual, $12 per family/$5 per individual and $10 per family for WRLF members.  Those who come by bicycle get in free!  Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission!  All are welcome to enter their admission tickets in a Sheep to Shawl raffle for a ‘locally produced’ prize basket. Proceeds from the Sheep to Shawl Festival support the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation ( and its public programming.  

There is so much to enjoy at Hancock Shaker Village! Too much to list here, but highlights include:

• April 14 begins three weeks of fun with Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm
• Saturday & Sunday, April 28 and 29, 10am-4pm  Sheep Shearing Weekend
• Sunday, May 6, 1-3pm compete (for fun) in Farm Games. Friends from Greenagers (the organization that brings you the Farmers’ Olympics) will be on hand to run you through your farm paces with friendly – and hilarious – competitions: Grain Bag Toss, Moo Juice Squeeze, Bucket Carry, Wheelbarrow Push, Round Bale Roll, and more.

Pony rides, face painting, balloon art are offered on weekends. See cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, milking, dying, spinning, and weaving demos.There are hundreds of activities during this festival – to see full schedule, visit  

Voluntary Public Access Program Informational Workshop
Monday, May 7th, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, Sheep Hill

The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) and Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will hold an informational workshop on May 7th, 3pm, Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, about FLT’s new Voluntary Public Access Program (VPA). This program pays private landowners to allow public access on their land for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and hiking.  This is brand new program is funded through the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and is implemented in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Forest Alliance, and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. This informational workshop will provide a detailed overview of the VPA program, including information on how the program works and how to get involved. RSVP is requested but not required. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all. To learn more or to RSVP, email Melissa Patterson,, or call (413) 625-9151.


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The Wonderful World of Butterflies
Wednesday, April 18 at 3:30 - 5 p.m., Milne Public Library

This is a beautiful slide presentation of Eastern butterflies, by Jerry Schneider, creator of the award winning Butterfly Game. Audiences will learn about the difference between butterflies and moths, where to find butterflies, how to attract butterflies to our gardens, and how to create and maintain butterfly habitat. We will learn interesting butterfly facts and behaviors (did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Or that the Viceroy butterfly looks like the Monarch and is protected because birds tend to avoid the poisonous and distasteful Monarch?). We will also look at the amazing Monarch migration! After the slide show, children will create their own butterfly tee shirts (heavy, 100% cotton) using a combination of Rit fabric dye sprays, plants, and butterfly cut-outs. Children may purchase heavy cotton shirts for $4.00, or bring their own. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milne Public Library
Make Your Own Owl (knit or crochet)
April 17th, 19th and 20th, 2-4 p.m., Milne Public Library

All-ages, drop-in event to make your own owl 
Must have some experience knitting or crocheting in the round
Bring your own yarn and needles/hook if you'd like or we'll have some extras on hand too.
Stop by the Children's Room anytime Tuesday, Thursday or Friday afternoons (April 17, 19th, or 20th) to hang out with us and make some cute owls from a really simple pattern. 

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FEMPOWER is an initiative to promote positive self-esteem and healthy lifestyles in elementary school girls at Pine Cobble School and Williamstown Elementary School. Each Tuesday, a group of coaches, comprised of parent and college-student volunteers, will meet at Pine Cobble School with a small group of 3rd and 4th-grade girls to workshop a different topic, play active games and train for a 5k. We are encouraging girls to be active and live strong, empowered lives as they enter the formative middle school years. The program will run for six weeks from April through mid-May, culminating in the 5k fun run that the girls will train for over the course of the program. Together, we hope to strengthen these girls’ self-esteem, encourage healthy relationship skills, and bolster healthy body image through physical activity, goal setting, and fun!
Dates: Tuesdays, April 10th–May 15th
Time: 3:30–5pm
Venue: Pine Cobble School
Cost: $40 which includes race registration fee.
The remaining funds will be used to provide healthy snacks each afternoon and for other supplies.
Fun Run: 9:30am, Saturday, May 12th in Adams, MA
We are limiting the program to 20 participants to maintain an intimate feel and enable meaningful discussions to take place. The 20 spots will be filled on a first come basis. Please email Sarah Raymond at to register or for further details.

5th or 6th grade boys interested in joining the Thunderbeasts, a Williamstown based soccer team, please reach out to Coach Jonathan Igoe ( or call 413-884-5861), or register on-line at We play an 8 game season starting in late April against teams in Berkshire County and practice once a week in Williamstown. The League fee is $70 plus the cost of a uniform (approximately $40). Financial aid is available. The league requires shin guards. We highly recommend soccer cleats. Any skill level and experience welcome.

This year, our K-2 lacrosse program has been reorganized to teach basic skills in a fun, active way. In addition to learning the fundamentals of lacrosse, players will practice catching, throwing, scooping and shooting through age-appropriate games. A lacrosse stick is the only equipment required. Practices will be held once or twice a week April through early June. 
To register, or for more information, please visit the Greylock Youth Lacrosse site


The Williamstown Rural lands Foundation is offering a vacation exploration program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade Tuesday, April 17th through Friday, April 20th from 1 - 4 pm at Sheep Hill.
The program will take place no matter the weather and will feature habitat exploration, hiking, craft projects, science experiments, baking/cooking and more. The cost is $140, $115 for WRLF members.
For more information or to register please visit or call the office at 413-458-2494.


Williams soccer is hosting a Spring Break soccer session for kids to get touches on the ball, develop new skills, and have fun while preparing for the upcoming spring soccer season! 1st through 6th grade boys and girls are welcome to join us from Tuesday, April 17th - Friday, April 20th from noon to 3:00pm at Weston Field. For more information, click here or contact Erin Cummings at

This summer, Williams College is offering an amazing science experience at the Williams College Summer Science Lab during the weeks of July 9-13 and July 16-20. Any child entering the 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2018 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 2018 program is $225 for Early Bird registration through April 30th, 2018, and $250 for registration on or after May 1st, 2018. 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! For more information and to register:

Make a difference in the life of a low-income child: The Fresh Air Fund is looking for local families to host visiting children for a 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.

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