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Dec 25 – Jan 1 – Winter Break, NO SCHOOL
Jan 15 – MLK, Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL
Jan 25
- Orchestra Concert, 6:30pm
Feb 12 - Valentine's Concert, 6:30pm
Mar 22 - Band Concert, 6:30pm

Request from the Health Office
Uh, oh! Cold and flu season is upon us! There is lots you can do, though, to stay healthy and help keep others healthy as well. We are sharing this important flier with excellent tips to help us all make it through flu season with proper information. Remember, if your child does get sick with the flu or another virus that he/she needs to stay home for at least 24 hours after having been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.

It is helpful to monitor trends in illness, and maybe to prevent them! Please email the nurse with information about your student's illness, especially if they are being treated with antibiotics, for example strep, sinus infections, pneumonia, etc.

Much Appreciated!  ~ Nurse Carol

Fund Raiser to Help
Our Friends in Puerto Rico

Let's bring some light to Puerto Rico on our darkest day of the year, the winter solstice! 
The 5th grade invites all WES students to wear light, bright, sunny, shiny, glittery clothes on Thursday, December 21 as we welcome back the sun and collect money for our friends in Puerto Rico. This is a voluntary fund raiser -- raid your piggy banks or ask your family to contribute -- every little bit helps!  There will be collection container in the school lobby, starting December 14. 

Let's help Puerto Rico in their hurricane recovery efforts and spread some light. 

Adventures in Learning Registration Extended Through TODAY!! 
All registrations must be in by this evening (Friday, January 15th) at 6pm so that we can do lotteries for oversubscribed classes.  Follow the link below for more information!!

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). 
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:

Got a Wagon? Do you have a wagon in gently used condition taking up room in your garage or shed? Would you be willing to donate it for a good cause? If so, our office and crisis team could really use it. We are looking for a wagon to use to transport our gear during a situation that might require us to evacuate the building. 

Speaking of Evacuating... With the help of some willing parents, we conducted a mini-reunification drill on Wednesday afternoon. Our state and local law enforcement partners were here with us, and it went great. We want to take a moment to remind families that in the event of a real emergency, information, including where we would relocate to in the event of an evacuation, would be shared with you via robocall. We have a process in place that will allow us to check children out and keep close track of them as parents arrive to pick them up. This is a great time for you to be sure that your emergency contacts are up to date in the parent portal, because children will only be released to those you specifically designate as emergency contact. Children will never be released to a friend/neighbor/relative/babysitter/sibling without it being documented in our data management system. Please take a moment to review yours today. Also, you should know that in the event of a situation that would require us to activate our reunification system, the person picking up your child will need to fill out a form and show his/her driver's license or another valid form of photo ID. Thank you!

Playing in a Winter Wonderland...

Yup, it's a winter wonderland outside. This is a reminder to please send your children to school dressed for the weather. We go out for recess twice a day when temperatures are 10 or above, which is most days. Students need to have boots, warm jackets, snow pants, hats and mittens/gloves in order to feel comfortable during this winter weather. PLEASE let us know if you need help supplying gear for your kiddos, we are happy to confidentially supply coats, boots, etc... Contact Principal Joelle Brookner, Assistant Principal Elea Kaatz, or Nurse Carol Stein-Payne; we are here for you. Cheers to a wonderful winter!
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @WES_Principal

By Joelle Brookner
School Closings 
We don't REALLY want to think about it, but it is getting to be the time of year when we should let you know how we make announcements in the event of the need for an unexpected school delay or closure due to weather. Decisions are typically made in the wee hours of the morning, so we can get the message to you by 6:30AM. We first post announcements on social media: Instagram and Twitter (see The Principal's Corner for how to follow us) followed by a robocall using our emergency notification system. We also post a page-pop notification on our school's web page and advertise on local radio and television stations: WWLP-TV Springfield 22, WNYT - WXXA - WRVE - WYGB, WTEN - WFLY - WGNA, WTRY/WPYX - WGY - WRGB, WTRY/WPYX - WGY - WRGB, plus iBerkshires and The Berkshire Eagle. This is a perfect time to go into your parent portal to be sure that your phone numbers are updated and correct. Let's think snow - but not too much snow!

Friendly Dismissal Reminder
If you have a change of dismissal plans please send your children in with a note in the morning noting the change, bus change, pick up, walker, playdate (etc). Making changes of plans during the course of the school day is strongly discouraged because we cannot guarantee communication to your child. Thanks for your help with this.

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. 

Spanish Teacher Wanted!
Are you or do you know of a teacher who can teach Spanish to elementary age kids for a few hours weekly as an after-school offering? There are many native Spanish speakers in our community and many Williams students to help run a program, but we need a lead teacher who has experience teaching language to young children. Please put any potential candidates in touch with us at
E-mail submissions for our Dec 22 issue by Dec 19, 2017, 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.

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The halls are decked and we're ready to welcome you weekends through Sunday, December 17. In addition to holiday activities all day every weekend, with food at Seeds and artisan gifts at Shaker Mercantile, on December 16 at 1:30 & 4pm we're serving tea historic style in the 1830 Brick Dwelling, decorated for the season. An old-fashioned tea is a beloved tradition, and our Holiday Teas feature an array of sweet and savory bites. As an extra treat, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Presto Strings and School Recorder Consort will perform holiday favorites and Shaker classics, and we'll be offering a peek at the gems in the attic. A perfect afternoon for the entire family, or by yourself - we celebrate communally. Get your TICKETS today.

During Hancock Holidays, escape from the holiday frenzy and make a Shaker Peg Rail in the last of our seasonal workshops, this Sunday, Dec.17, 1-3pm.

For a full schedule of Hancock Shaker Village events, including live music, workshops, demonstrations, and more, visit

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