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UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS
June 11 - Walk for WES and Field Day
June 20 - Bike to School Day
June 25 - Last day K-6, noon dismissal
June 25 - 6th grade grad., 1:15pm
WHAT'S NEW AT WES?

Calling All Library Books!
Library books are due Friday, June 1. All books need to be returned for inventory. Please check on bookshelves, in your car and under beds for your child's library books. Notices for lost/overdue library books will be sent home via your child's classroom teacher. Your help in returning books is greatly appreciated. Thank you. – Sue Lynch, School Librarian


2018 Words are Wonderful Visiting Authors
Are you looking for a good book for summer reading? In October 2018, Ty Allan Jackson and Michelle Cuevas will join us as Words are Wonderful's visiting authors—read one of their books! Or you could read 2017 WAW visiting author Kate Messner's, new book Breakout. She talked about it at her presentation in October, and many 3rd-6th graders were excited to read it. Happy reading!
 
 
Field Day Fun!
Field Day is coming! The whole school will enjoy field day (along with Walk for WES) on Monday, June 11th, rain or shine. Get ready for fun and games, including bounce houses, scooter soccer, home run derby, tennis rally ball, bead crafts, hocker and so much more! Parent volunteers are needed to keep the fun rolling. If you can help, please sign up at:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b44a8a928a0fe3-wesfield3


End-of-Year Band News
The last concert for the year will be on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30-7:10.  The in-school concert will be on Wednesday, June 20 at 10:10-11:00.  The WES Concert Band and the WES Orchestra will perform. The Band will play Sherman Oak's March and The Challenger. The Orchestra will play Swallow Tail, Simple Gifts, Twinkle Variations, Boil 'em Cabbage Down, and Farandole. Concert dress (dark slacks/skirt, white polo style or button down shirt/blouse) is encouraged for both performances. 
 
Questions? Please contact Margot Sanger
458-5707 X 222 or margotsanger@roadrunner.com


A Note From Nurse Carol: Tick Safety
Now that we finally have some warm weather, students can really enjoy the outdoors. However, it seems like we are having a banner year for ticks, so some extra care needs to be taken. If your child is going to be spending time in the woods or anywhere with tall grass or brush, consider having your child wear light-colored pants tucked into light-colored socks. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that children can use insect repellent containing DEET (NN-diethyl-m-toluamide) if they are over 2 months of age. Repellent can be sprayed on clothing or skin, but avoid using near the face or on the hands of young children who might put fingers in their mouth or rub their eyes, causing irritation. Repellent should not be used more that one a day in a row. After some fun in the woods or fields, remember to do a head-to-toe tick check. Ticks are very small - about the size of a lower case "O" in the newspaper. Ticks have some favorite places to hide - check extra carefully along hairline, in hair, behind ears and in arm pits and belly buttons.  Our area is endemic for Lyme disease, but there are other illnesses that are tick-borne as well, so don't forget to do your tick checks!  Be Well, Nurse Carol, R.N.
 

 
THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
Walk for WES


 
 
Remember those pledge forms or donate online. The Walk for WES is Monday! Hooray!!!!
 
Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
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By Joelle Brookner
Walk For WES this coming Monday!
Walk for WES is on Monday, June 11th! If you haven’t already returned your pledge form to your teacher, please remember to bring it to school with you on Monday! If its easier, pledges can also be made online! We are looking forward to a fun day of Field Day activities, followed by an energetic Walk for WES on Monday! 
 

School Portrait Info
School portraits from the fall are available for online viewing, altering, and ordering only for one more month. (Phone orders will continue to be available through the summer.) If you’d like more school portrait prints, perhaps with a different background, or objects with your child’s picture, now’s the time to order at Lifetouch.com.
 

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. 


Upcoming PTO Events:
June 11th: Walk for WES and Field Day
June 20th: Bike to School Day


HAVE NEWS TO SHARE?
E-mail submissions for our June 15 issue by June 12, 2018 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)

THIS SUNDAY! SVHC COMMUNITY DAY!

Please gather your friends and family to join Southwestern Vermont Health Care on the day of our 100th anniversary, Sunday, June 10, 2018. We are holding a special celebration, Community Day, in honor of a century of caring. All are invited to partake in a free barbecue lunch, fair-style treats, games and prizes, activities for all ages, entertainment, and more! For complete details, visitour website. We hope to see you there! For more info: 
https://svhealthcare.org/news/2018/04/Community-Day/





BEE FRIENDLY GARDENING WORKSHOP & PLANT SALE
On Saturday, June 16, 9am–noon, Amy Pulley of Wing and a Prayer Nursery in Cummington, MA, is offering a workshop and plant sale at the Williamstown Youth Center on School St., as part of the Bee Friendly Williamstown campaign. The workshop from 9–10am will focus on how to maintain a pollinator-friendly garden, followed by a plant sale from 10am-noon featuring organic, pollinator-friendly plants. 


 

HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

TOMORROW! Saturday June 9 1st Annual Northeast Fiddlers' Convention


Summer Makers Workshops include:
• Oval Box (June 9-10, 10am-3pm)
• Shorty Cathead Basket (June 16, 10am-3:30pm)
 

For more information visit https://hancockshakervillage.org/calendar/
 

 

JOIN THE WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL GUILD!

The Guild provides food, information and support to the over 300 staff and administrators who inhabit our corner of the Berkshires every summer. We are a fun-loving, low-stress, guilt-free, art-loving crowd who encourage you to be involved at whatever level works for you (it can be as simple as baking cookies or providing fruit). In the past, perks of membership have included backstage tours, free tickets, attending dress rehearsals, exclusive preseason cocktail parties, walk-on parts in shows, advance notice on special events, and much more!  Questions? Email Sharon Claffey at sharonclaffey1@gmail.com.  Want to join? Email Emily  Bourguignon at wtfestivalguild@gmail.com 


 


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SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES ***************

WILLIAMSTOWN YOUTH CENTER

SUMMER CAMP
The Williamstown Youth Center offers a unique combination of onsite, local, and regional activities in an eight-week, all-day camp environment.  Open to children entering grades 1 through 8, our hours are 8:00-5:30 daily, M-F, June 26 through August 17. Cost is $210 per week.
 
 

CAMP DISCOVERY SUMMER PROGRAM

Camp Discovery is for children who have finished kindergarten through 3rd grade. Camp is run by the Williamstown Community School Age Program and is located in the Tiger Classroom at the Williamstown Youth Center.  We are open Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  Breakfast and afternoon snack provided daily. We are licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  We employ a professional teaching staff certified in CPR and First Aid. You may choose the days or weeks needed for 
the ten weeks of summer. The schedule is based around weekly themes of interest and field trips. The children will enjoy recreational swimming two days a week. Please call 458-4476 to register.  Cost is $40.00 a day.


CUB CLUB SUMMER READING PROGRAM
with the Steeplecats! 

The North Adams Public Library and the North Adams SteepleCats have teamed up to organize a Cub Club Summer Reading Program for youth in the Northern Berkshire community! The Club aims to create a youthful community presence at the ballpark and promote literacy. Readings and activities will be held throughout the SteepleCats’ season and the Club can be found at the ballfield every Sunday. We can not wait to see you all at the ballpark and library, getting involved in the Cub Club first summer of programming. 
For further information or questions contact Duffy Martin at cubclub@steeplecats.org

BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY 
SUMMER THEATRE CAMPS

Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/ Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid! 

• TEENSACT! (FOR AGES 11-14) 
Our exciting new program designed for ages 11-14 focuses on building performance skills through coaching, and individualized attention. 

• KIDSACT! (FOR AGES 7-10)
Join Barrington Stage Company for an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10. This 2 week theatre camp will focus on building acting and improvisation skills through fun theatre games, as well as the collaborative creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program. 

Barrington Stage has OPENINGS IN THE FOLLOWING TWO WEEK CAMPS:
 
* SESSION ONE: JUNE 25-JULY 7* KidsAct! TeensAct!
* SESSION TWO: JULY 9-20 KidsAct! TeensAct!
* SESSION THREE: JULY 23-AUGUST 3 KidsAct! TeensAct!
* SESSION FOUR: AUGUST 6-17 KidsAct! TeensAct!

All camps run Monday-Friday, 9AM - 3PM.


NEW FROM HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE:
SUMMER CAMP!

Hands to Work Hearts to Good, is an exciting week-long program engaging children in all aspects of our vibrant outdoor museum and farm. Have fun, build self-confidence, and develop values through wood working, weaving, basket-making, helping with daily farm and garden chores, hiking our trails, and more! 
 

REGISTER HERE:
• 3rd through 5th grades (July 23-27)

http://shop.berkshirecc.edu/Hands-to-WorkHearts-to-Good--3rd-5th-Graders_p_1522.html

• 6th through 8th grades (August 6-10)
http://shop.berkshirecc.edu/Hands-to-WorkHearts-to-Good--6th-8th-Graders-_p_1523.html
 

 

SUMMER ART CAMP WITH IS183

IS183 Art School is in North Adams for 2 week-long camps this summer! 
• Your Comic Strip Life runs either June 25-29 or 26-29 (dates accommodate last day at WES). It features comics and lots of other autobiographical art experimentation
In the Now runs July 23-27

NEW THIS YEAR: we have a special scholarship fund for North County residents. Please call us to find out more and apply! 413-298-5252 x100. Visit us on the web at http://is183.org/classes/summer-camp-north-county


WILLIAMS COLLEGE SUMMER SCIENCE LAB
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: https://learning-in-action.williams.edu/elementary-outreach/summer-science-lab/


HOST A FRESH AIR FUND CHILD!
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, RachelLouis@verizon.net or 413-458-1678.
 

 

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