Dear Lanesborough School Families,
We hope you all had a restful winter break and enjoyed many of the wonderful outdoor and indoor activities that Berkshire County had to offer from outdoor winter activities to indoor activities at local museums and theaters. One group I discovered over vacation was the Flying Cloud Institute that I hope to partner with to bring some STEAM opportunities to our Lanesborough students. We were the proud recipients of the Exon/Mobil Educational Alliance Grant this year that donated to us $500 to enhance STEM and Math opportunities to our students. Click here to view the many programs they have to offer during school vacations, after school programming and as well as summer programming.
Looking ahead March will be a busy month and learning will be at its peak during this time. As we reach this point in the school year it is a good time to reflect on the importance of regular on-time attendance to school. Please remember school starts promptly at 8:35 each morning. Students who arrive after this time must enter the building through the main entrance and sign in at the office. Schools are required by law to keep track of attendance. If we identify a student whose absences exceed five full day sessions or otherwise exhibit an attendance problem, which includes tardiness, we will reach out to parents/guardians to ensure they are aware. Let us all work together to ensure that school attendance for all students is regular and timely.
Please review the cell phone policy for students found on page 13 of the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook can be found on our School Webpage click here to view.
- If it is necessary for a student to use a cell phone (or any other electronic devices for communication) during school hours, it must be with the permission and supervision of a teacher. Cell phones are not to be used during the school day (including bus rides) without permission. In general, cell phones should not be out at any point during the day; they should be stowed safely in backpacks. Calls home can be made from classrooms and office phones as needed. Students who are not following the cell phone rules may have phones taken from them and sent to the office to be retrieved after school. Parents who need to contact their children during the school day should call the main office. Please do not text your child and expect them to text back.
Our grade 3-6 students will be taking the spring MCAS tests online this year. The testing window opens on April 1st for ELA and ends for Math and Science and Technology on March 23rd.
On March 14th there will be a Public Hearing on the 2019-2020 budget. We will keep you posted on the details for this meeting.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to make an appointment or to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 413-443-0027. It is a pleasure working with you and your children.
Martha Wiley, Principal
Have some fun with these local activities at venues around Berkshire County:
Attention upcoming 5th & 6th graders! Williams College will be offering an amazing science program this summer! It will run Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 8th and July 25th.
Clark Art Events: First Sunday Free: Hearth & Home - Sunday March 3rd @1:00pm - 4:00pm On this First Sunday Free at the Clark, check winter doldrums at the door and spend the day celebrating all things cozy in the spirit of the Danish concept of hygge and other heartwarming traditions from around the world. Settle in by the digital hearth in the Michael Conforti Pavilion to write “warm fuzzies” to friends and family, make your own cocoa blend to enjoy on a frosty day, and use our fiber art materials to create a weaving project that’s soft to the touch. MASS MoCA: -The ArtBar is a hands-on studio space located in Kidspace. Families are invited to drop in to make art that is thematically connected to current MASS MoCA exhibitions. Spend 30 minutes, an hour, or the entire day in Kidspace and at the ArtBar. The ArtBar is open to the public on weekends and during school breaks. Admission to Kidspace and the ArtBar is always free. Berkshire Museum Events: Discovery Talk: Sunday March 10th @1:00pm - 2:00pm
Meet the residents of the Berkshire Museum Aquarium’s tide pool tank in this guided, hands-on educational program for all ages. This drop-in experience will be led by a member of the Museum’s staff who can answer your questions and help you interact with the exciting sea creatures in the tank!
Pop Up Play Date
: Saturday March 16th @10:00am -12:00pm Join us for a morning of child-directed play! The big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground encourage children to build and rebuild, exploring innovative play equipment that leads to collaboration. Chow Time: Saturday March 16th @12:30pm - 1:30pm
Help prepare enticing feasts for the turtles, fish, chameleon, and even the blue-tongue skink in the Aquarium! Public Skating:
Public Skate at Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club, Saturdays and Sundays @3:00pm-4:30pm unless otherwise posted. Check website. $6 admission, $3 skate rentals.
Public Skate at North Adams Peter Foote Rink, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. $3 kid/ student admission, $5 adult admission, $4 skate rentals.
Nutrition Nuggets has great suggestions and tips regarding food and fitness for a healthy child. Please click here to view! The Dental Program has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 12!
Kathy Larson, School Nurse
Please click here to view grade level projects and units of study! In the next coming weeks our tech team will be updating our school website.
As always, please feel free to contact me!
email@example.com or 443-0027 x-144
Julieann Haskins, Instructional Technology Teacher
Our Pre-K and Kindergartens participated in a collaborative art process that included movement and painting while listening to classical and world beat music, click here to view photos! Playing off a version of "musical chairs", kids walked in a circle around 5 large canvases. When the music started, they stopped and began to paint what they heard. The students were asked questions such as "How does this music make you feel?", "Where in your body do you feel it?", "What colors, lines and shapes does it remind you of?" and "Paint how the music makes you feel!". Click here to view some of the beautiful artwork created by our students that is displayed throughout the school! LES's new website, sampling the artwork of our students. You will now be able to see what is happening in the classroom! The site is always growing... a work in progress, according to Ms. Kick, who is open to your suggestions and is happy to answer any questions and respond to any of your comments. You may send Ms. Kick your comments and questions right on the site.
Click here to check it out!
Elizabeth Kicks, Art Teacher