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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 teacherCell 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 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:

Williams College:
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.
Click here to find out more information!

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.

       -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.


Mrs. Viall, School Adjustment Counselor/ Psychologist 


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! 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
Click here to visit the school website!

March 1st
Dress as your favorite character day!
(See below for details)

March 5th & 6th 
Kindergarten Registration 
Click here to view the flyer

March 11th 
Report cards will be sent home.

March 12th
Dental Program 

March 20th 
Half day! 
Professional Development Day for staff

March 20th
Tile 1 Math Night!
Click to Download:
This Month's Lunch Calendar

Click to View:
Lunch Menu

MCAS Dates & Details

Grades 3-6 only!

Click here to view the dates!

Opens Tuesday, February 5th and will run until the end of the year! The 6th grade class will be running the store for their Service Learning Program. At the end of the year they will donate all proceeds to a local charity.
There will be a $5.00 limit per visit. Please be sure that all money for school store is properly labeled as school store money. 
Store hours: Tuesdays @8:25am – 8:40am
Location: Main Street Hallway
Title 1 Math Night!

Come join us on March 20th from 5:30pm-7:00pm us for a night of math and fun!
March is National Reading Month!

Please join us in this celebration on the following days:
The Berkshire Human Society will be hosting their 4th Annual Paws Read-A-Thon from March 1st - 31st. Those who have signed up- continue to read to your hearts content and ask a few friends and family members to "sponsor" their minutes. 100% of those donations support the homeless animals of Berkshire County.
At the end of the month, students will return their packets back to you and we pick them up. Goodie bags for all participants and prizes for top readers!

Reading Buddy Fridays!
Each Friday for the month of March, students from different grade levels will buddy up and share one of their favorite books!

Shakespeare & Company's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Rehearsal dates (all Wednesdays) are below:
March- 6th, 13th, 27th
April- 3rd, 10th
May 1st: Performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Time: TBD

Please click here to view important dates for those involved in the performance. 
Norman Rockwell Museum

Gadgets! Discover Rube Goldberg Drop-in Workshops
Saturday's, March 23- April 27
@ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Click here for more information! 

Ask your child about practicing mindfulness at school and at home.
Annual LES Spring Concert!
Thursday, May 23rd @6:00pm
Click here to view the flyer!

Reminder to 6th Grade Math Club:
What: Advanced Math Club
Where: Mr. Bradley's classroom
When: Every Tuesday after school until April 23rd: 
Time: 3:05pm - 4:05pm 

Read Aloud to Your Kids!

15 minutes of reading aloud to your children makes a world of difference in supporting literacy skills.  Really.

The benefits of reading aloud to your children are many.  Reading aloud promotes language development and emerging literacy. As you read, talk with your children about  the meanings of words, help them make predictions, discuss together the events in the story and point to and identify  letters and words as you read. Discussing stories helps with their understanding of what was read and unfamiliar words discussed adds to their vocabulary, which will grow rapidly over the years as a result of  both read alouds and through discussion. Most of all, reading aloud will hopefully foster a lifelong love of reading for your kids! Don’t know what to read or are have difficulty reading yourself? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at and I will guide your way.

Beth Nichols,
Reading Specialist and Special Education teacher


Please contact PTO President Jen DeChaine at if you can help!

We are always looking for volunteers to help in our library to re-shelve books! 

District Website
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IXL - Math - Login
X-tra Math - Math Fact fluency
Table Talk Math - Facilitating math conversations with your child 

Lexia  - Login
Reading Rockets

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 Please call or email me directly with any questions you may have about the information included in our newsletter, or with any other issue! - Principal Wiley

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