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UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS
June 20 - Last day of school, noon dismissal
June 20 - 6th grade graduation, 1:15
WHAT'S NEW AT WES?

Field Day Sign Up...
The annual WES Field Day will be held on Monday, June 17, and we STILL NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS! The whole school will enjoy field day(along with Walk for WES) rain or shine. Get ready for fun and games, including a bounce house, 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 here

Please remind kiddos to bring their water bottles!

We appreciate your help! 


2019 Words are Wonderful Visiting Authors/Illustrators
Are you looking for a good book for summer reading? In October 2019, visiting authors/illustrators Brian Pinkney and Jarrett J. Krosoczka will join us as part of our weeklong Words are Wonderful celebration — read one of their books! Happy reading!


Tech Tips!

Summer Tech Update
To all families of outgoing 3rd-5th graders: Please take note that all student Google accounts will be deactivated for the summer as of Thursday, June 20th. Students will not be able to access their drives or create new work using G Suite tools during this time. All of their work will be saved and accessible when we return to school in September.


Notes from Nurse Carol
Wishing you and your family wellness and a healthy springtime! One of the most important ways we promote wellness at school is through immunization from communicable illnesses. Children in school spend hours each day working and playing closely together. It is not surprising that illness can and does spread quickly through our school community at times. Frequent cleaning of classrooms, good nutrition, adequate rest and hand washing all factor into helping our students stay healthy, but nothing is as powerful as the prevention of illness through immunization. Immunization for Hep B, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox are all required by law to come to public school. This protects our school community as a whole, even the very few that claim a religious exemption and is known as "herd immunity". If the majority of the "herd" is healthy, the overall chance of a particular illness is much less for the individual. However, if immunization rates drop, it is bad for all and outbreaks occur. Please immunize your child. This is a true case of it taking a village to raise a healthy child.
 
NEW Department of Public Health Memo on Measles

https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/parents-top4.html 

Be Well, 
~ Carol, RN, NCSN

THE PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
 Last Newsletter of the Year!

The last full week of school has been a whirlwind! There's been so many wonderful events showcasing student learning! This will be the last WES News of the school year, but we will return bringing you weekly news in September.

As we have done for the past couple of years, teacher assignments for next year will be mailed out midsummer. Waiting to finalize placements allows us to integrate new students moving into town and placing them in classes with thought and balance

Stay tuned for a school emails during the summer with information you'll need for the fall.

Joelle Brookner, Principal
Elea Kaatz, Assistant Principal
Follow us on Twitter: @WES_Principal

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM, TOO!
@williamstown_elementary
By Joelle Brookner
Calendar
Next year's calendar can be found here. Though it is not noted on the document, WES will continue to have a 1:30 dismissal for teacher professional development on Wednesdays through the end of next year.

WES PTO Needs New Leadership
The PTO needs someone who is willing to plan/lead monthly meetings, oversee coordination of PTO-sponsored events, and answer questions about various topics within the WES community. Please send a message to info@wespto.info if you are interested. 


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?
This is our last newsletter for the 2018/2019 school year. Have a safe and happy summer and we'll see you in September!

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
WYC Summer Camp
Bousquet! Grafton Lakes! Ioka Farms! Ramblewild! Join us for a packed summer full of swimming, art room adventures, group games, cookouts, and field trips. Summer camp runs from July 1 to August 23. Swim lessons at Sand Springs happen weeks 2-8 and Rob Livingstone brings his FitKidz program to the WYC during Weeks 2 and 6. Learn more and register:
https://williamstownyouthcenter.org/summer-camp-2019/


MILNE PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING
Keep reading all summer with a Universe of Stories at the Milne Public Library! Keep track of the books you read, and get prizes! Sign-ups begin June 20th, and we’ll start checking reading logs (and handing out prizes) on July 1st. There will be lots of fun programs happening too, so come on by and see what’s going on! Call 413/458-5369 with any questions.


THE PLANET FITNESS TEEN SUMMER CHALLENGE IS HERE!
Starting May 15th and running through Sept. 1st, teens ages 15-18 can work out TOTALLY FREE.   No catches, no commitments.  Come in and use tons of cardio and strength equipment on your own, or sign up for our free fitness training classes.  Plus, enter for the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship and other prizes!  Visit any Planet Fitness on or after May 15th to sign up for your free summer membership.  Under 18 must have a parent or guardian present at sign up. https://www.planetfitness.com/TeenSummerChallenge


EMS CLUB
Are you going to be in 6th, 7th, or 8thgrade for the 2019-2020 school year?
Are you interested in a career in Emergency Medical Services, Public Safety, or the Medical Field? Are you interested in making friends, having fun, learning new things, and leadership opportunities? Then I have an offer for you!


Northern Berkshire EMS, formerly North Adams Ambulance, is looking to start a club just for you!  Here is your chance to join a group focused on learning about first aid, public safety, emergency preparedness, goal setting, leadership, and more.  You will have the opportunity to work with those already in the field, learn new skills, plan events, do community outreach, and have fun with other like-minded folks your age. 

For questions and more information Call Lt. Lynn Richardson, Community Outreach at Northern Berkshire EMS (413) 662-8034 by June 17, 2019.


A BRUSH WITH KINDNESS
The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust, in collaboration with Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, is pleased to announce a funding program for minor home improvements for income-qualified Williamstown residents. 
 
The Brush with Kindness Program pairs Habitat for Humanity volunteers with those needing minor home repairs (painting, light carpentry, access ramp). The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust provides funding to pay for the building materials needed for the project (wood, paint, hardware). Grants range up to $2500 per project. 
 
To apply for a Brush with Kindness Grant or receive more information, please contact Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity at 413-664-4440 or email NBHabitat@msn.com with any questions.
 
To volunteer to help work on the Brush with Kindness Program or other Habitat for Humanity projects, call the NB Habitat Office: 413-664-4440 or email NBHabitat@msn.com 
 
The purpose of the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust shall be to provide for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in the Town of Williamstown for the benefit of low- and moderate-income households.
 
For more information on the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust, please contact Town Hall: 413-458-3500.


HORSES AND HIKERS FOR HEALING:
2ND ANNUAL SCAVENGER HUNT!

Saturday, June 22nd 10 AM
Berkshire HorseWorks
101 Patton Road, Richmond, MA


Calling all families, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts to register for the 2nd annual Scavenger Hunt: “Horses and Hikers for Healing” hosted by Berkshire HorseWorks, Saturday, June 22, All proceeds will go towards funding EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, life skill development, and team building programs for children, families, and veterans with mental health and behavioral challenges. 

Clues will be hidden throughout the 7 acres of nature trails, paddocks, natural pond, and gardens.  The walk is gentle and easily navigated by all generations! The 10 clues will be a combination of Berkshire fun facts and horse trivia. Special awards will be given to the first three teams who solve all clues in the fastest time. There will be a bonus clue for those who register before May 15th which will lead to $100 hidden on the trail. The team that finds it first takes it home!!!  A BBQ/ HOEDOWN will immediately follow.

REGISTER TODAY by calling (413) 698-3700 or by emailing info@berkshirehorseworks.com. Registration is $35 for individuals, $55 for families of five, and includes the scavenger hunt and BBQ/Hoedown. The Hoedown will begin at 12:00 PM. Tickets are also available for hoedown only and can be purchased the day of the event: children (12 and under) $10, adults $25, and families of five $50.  Everyone can look forward to live music, barbecue, face painting, and other family friendly activities. 

For further questions or information on how to register or become a sponsor, contact Hayley Sumner at (310) 488-9777 or at info@berkshirehorseworks.com.

All proceeds to benefit those at risk in the Berkshires


FALL CHORISTER PROGRAM AT ST. JOHN'S
Do you love to sing? Then you will love Choristers at St. John’s!   
 
Choristers will begin again on Thursday, September 5th under the direction of Matthew O. Thomas, Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Williamstown and Vocal Coach of the recent production of Mary Poppins at WES.  
 
Chorister music scholars will learn and strengthen their sight-reading and sight-singing skills and music theory knowledge, all while performing in and learning about the culture and history of a wide range of singing styles. Performance opportunities will encourage and enrich community building and service and will include participation in Lessons and Carols at Williams College and singing with the St. John’s Choir and the Williams Concert and Gospel choirs. 
 
If participation numbers allow, the program will also feature a Musical Theatre intensive during which Choristers will create and then perform a mini-musical. Guest artists will also visit the Choristers throughout the year to demonstrate instruments or teach choral traditions like Gospel, Southern Harmony Shape-Note singing, Blues, and Broadway.   
 
Choristers will meet at St. John’s (the stone church at 35 Park Street) on Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:45pm. Transportation from WES is possible, and child care can be made available until 5:15pm if needed. The program is free and open to all students in grades 3-7. Register for this unique and exciting opportunity via email: music@stjohnswilliamstown.org or call the St. John’s office: (413) 458-8144.

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SWIM LESSONS AT SAND SPRINGS POOL
SMART-START SWIM! Get ready for summer or upcoming camp experiences by enrolling today! Two weeks of instruction taught by knowledgeable and caring instructors who can help swimmers at every level feel comfortable in the water and progress to the next level. Open to all school aged children. June 17th-27th. Mondays-Tuesdays-Thursdays from 5:30-6:15pm. $100 for non-members, $80 for season-pass holders. SIGN UP HERE


THEATRE FESTIVAL GUILD
Join the Williamstown Theatre Festival Guild and come to the Guild Season Preview Party!
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 making a casserole or providing side dishes). Come to Taconic Golf Clubhouse on June 9th at 2pm. The Guild will get a preview of the 2019 season from Mandy Greenfield, the artistic director. 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? Want to join? Email Emily at wtfestivalguild@gmail.com 


WRLF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will once again be running two summer programs for children at its Sheep Hill location.
Explore, Discover, Create! for children ages 5-8 will be held Monday, July 8th – Friday, July 12th. Sheep Hill Junior Naturalist for children ages 7 – 10 will be held Monday, June 15th – Friday, June 19th. Both programs run from 9 – 1 daily. They will be led by WRLF educator Kathy Chesney and will involve exploration of Sheep Hill’s different habitats, crafts, games, stories, cooking and more! Cost for each program is $160 for WRLF members and $200 for non-members.
For more information or to register please contact Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at 413-458-2494, email at rural@wrlf.org, or visit our website www.wrlf.org


LANDED ART EVENT
Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 3-8 pm
671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA
 
Visit WRLF's Sheep Hill headquarters for LANDED: A Celebration of Local Landscape Through Art.  Take a plein air painting class from 3 pm to 5 pm with artist Tony Conner (cost: $25).  From 5 pm to 8 pm, peruse an art exhibit featuring local artists Julia Matejcek, Cein Watson, Lucy Rollins, Grant Sun, and Tony Conner.  Art work will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds supporting the conservation work of Rural Lands.
 
The WRLF grill will be hot - bring your own burgers or brats and picnic on our grounds.  Yard games, too.  A great way to spend the start of summer.
 
Event runs rain or shine.


ANNUAL FIREFLY HIKE & CAMPFIRE
Friday, June 28, 8:00 PM, Sheep Hill                                                
On Friday evening June 28th, visit Sheep Hill to meander the meadows for a bedazzling firefly show. One of Williamstown Rural Land Foundation’s most popular events, there will be a campfire, folk tales, and firefly FAQs presentation.
 
At dusk, roast marshmallows over the campfire to make s‘mores before heading out into the meadow among the "lightening bugs". Show up at 8:00 pm to explore the property, activities start at 8:30 pm and conclude at 10:00 pm.
Suggested donation is $5, $10 per family. Severe weather cancels the event. 
For more information: www.wrlf.org.
 
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HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
SUMMER SESSIONS FOR KIDS

Get kids unplugged and out into the great outdoors, where a wild world of creativity awaits. Art on the Farm, July 15–19, is for children entering grades 1–6. Guided by artist and Grammy-nominated musician Karl Mullen, your child will dive deep into nature to practice active listening, slow looking, forest bathing, and expansive art and music making. As they explore together in the outdoors, kids will draw outside the lines, make sculptures with sticks and stones, sing with the wind, write songs of the earth, and get delightfully messy along the way. Advance registration required.
 
For the animal lovers and gardeners in your life, check out our Summer on the Farmsessions: July 22–26 for kids entering grades 2–4, and July 29–August 2 for those entering grades 4–6. Pitch in and help our farmer care for the sheep, chickens, and other animals during morning chores. Get dirty with our gardener as you help her tend to our vegetables and herbs. Work side-by-side with Village crafters to make a basket, work with wood, spin wool, and sample other Shaker crafts. Imagine life in the 1800s as you ring the Dwelling bell, bake in the kitchen, sing, and have fun with new friends. Advance registration required.


ROPES PROGRAM - FREE FOR 6TH GRADERS
The Northern Berkshire Youth R.O.P.E.S. Summer Program provides a free week long summer camp, once in July and once in August, for more than 200 children in Northern Berkshire County. This program is staffed by police officers, firefighters, EMTs and teachers from participating cities and towns; Adams, Clarksburg, Cheshire, North Adams, Florida and Williamstown.
 
A parent/guardian must stop in on ONE of the following dates to register your child for ROPES Camp this year: Thursday March 28, 2019 (Between 6-8 PM) or Tuesday April 23, 2019 (Between 6-7:30 PM) or Saturday May 25, 2019 (Between 10 AM and Noon). All registrations will take place at the North Adams Elks, 100 Union St, North Adams. Please keep in mind: There are 72 campers (not including mentors) accepted per camp. Once full, a waiting list is kept in case of a cancellation.
 
Application forms are available to download here.


KIDS' SUMMER SCIENCE OPPORTUNITY
4th and 5th graders - Do you LOVE experimenting with science???
Williams College is offering an amazing science experience at the Williams College Summer Science Lab  the weeks of July 8-12 and July 15-19, 2019. This week-long lab is run by two Chemistry Faculty at Williams College using the fully equipped Chemistry Labs at Williams with the help of Williams students and two local teachers. 

Any child entering the 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2019 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 program is $225 for Early Bird registration through April 30th and $250 for registration on or after May 1st. 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! Contact sslab@williams.edu with questions.

 

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