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Dear Lanesborough Families,
       Happy New Year!  During our first week back to school, the Lanesborough students focused on bus safety at each grade level.  Each grade level received a 30-minute presentation that revisited bus safety, and the rules of the bus. Please see the links below to reference the information shared and discussed during each presentation.

Pre-K -2: Click here for the presentation. 
Grades 3-6 - Click here for the presentation. 
The bus company has had a change in drivers for the New Ashford bus route and the Red Bus. Please review the following safety rules with your child.

                                    Bus Rules                                           
  • Students will be respectful to the driver and listen to his or her direction/s the first time.
  • Students will be seated and remain seated during the route until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • Students will have their hands and feet out of the isle way to load and unload the bus safely.
  • No food or drink is allowed on the bus.
  • Students will use a level 2 (Partner - Talking voice) on the bus, as to not distract the driver.
  • Students will ride facing forward.
  • Students will use respectful language at all times.
  • Students will keep their hands and feet to themselves.
  • Students backpacks should be placed in their laps.
All students were reminded that riding the bus is a privilege. Students causing an unsafe ride to and from school could have their bus riding privileges suspended. Please remind students that toys should not be coming to school especially anything that resembles or could be used as a weapon. Thank you for your support in reviewing the safety rules and expectations of the bus with your children.
Library Volunteers:
We are looking for library volunteers to help students check out books and to re-shelve books. Please call the office and speak with Mrs. Wiley if you are interested in supporting our school library.
Theater and Residency:
Shakespeare and Company will be joining us on January 16th for our Theater and Residency Program. The program will run for 16 weeks from 3:15 - 4:45 pm on Wednesday’s. We will have a performance on May 1st. (Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night Dream)
The Gift of Music:
Before we left for Winter Break, Gayle Schechtman, our English Language Learner and Special Education Teacher delighted our students on Friday morning with her violin. Students engaged in singing holiday music throughout the day and it was wonderful to see students and faculty alike enjoying the spirit of the holiday season.
Gayle is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and a professional violinist. Once a month on Friday mornings the halls will be filled with instrumental music for our students and faculty to enjoy. We will be inviting Mrs. Vinette’s instrumental Music students to join Gayle from 8:25am to 8:40am on the last Friday of the Month to fill our halls with the gift of music!
Data Inquiry Meetings:
Grades 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 were involved in Data Inquiry Meetings during the month of December. Kindergarten and grade 3 will complete their Data Inquiry Meetings this week. Response to Intervention Plans were developed on the data shared to date. We will be having students complete a Mid-Year Assessment with Track My Progress during the next 3 weeks. If you have concerns about your child’s progress, please reach out to the classroom teacher to schedule time to meet to review their progress.
Lexia Training:
Teachers participated in an hour long webinar on December 11th to review the program and to review the data points that support instruction in the classroom.
Enrichment: Author Visit
Dan Sadowski, the author of Finding Brooklyn, will be joining us on Monday, January 28th. His book will be on sale during the grade level presentations. Please feel free to join us. Times for each performance will be sent home shortly.
School Council Update:
Our School Council will be meeting this month on Tuesday, January 15th.  We will focus on last year’s student survey giving to all 5th graders across the state that focused on school climate. Lanesborough opted not to take part in this Climate Survey but we will discuss how this survey will help in the future to support the development of a healthy, positive and safe school climate.
Monthly Character Trait: Tolerance and Acceptance
During the month of January, we will focus on Tolerance and Acceptance as we stop to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Julie Cook is an author that has produced many social stories to support children in learning how to become problem solvers using the strategies found in her books. One of her social stories that focuses on acceptance is titled Cliques Just Don’t Make Cents
We will stop to celebrate National Compliment Day on January 24th. Compliments are a way to brighten someone’s day or to give credit for a job well done! Please click here to see the link to support this day!
Drop off and Pick Up:
Please remember to use the crosswalk when dropping and picking up your children in the morning and afternoon.
Please be mindful that the drop off line is for dropping off only.  Students should be able to get out of the vehicle with limited assistance by themselves. We appreciate your cooperation with this procedure to assist in the drop off line continually moving.
Thank you for all that you do in supporting your children in having a successful day at school. Safety is an area we have been focused on all year and we will continue to make improvements as issues and circumstances present themselves. Your support is imperative to our success.
Thank you for sharing your children with us each day, they are our top priority. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 413-443-0027.
Principal Wiley

Have some fun with these local activities at venues around Berkshire County:
Clark Art Events:
January 12th @10:00am-12:00pm
January 13th @1:00pm-2:00pm
Click here for more details about the January events at the Clark!
Berkshire Museum Events:
Chow Time- Help prepare enticing feasts for the turtles, fish, chameleon, and even the blue-tongue skink in the Aquarium! January 12th @12:30pm-1:30pm
Discovery Tank Program- Meet the residents of the Berkshire Museum Aquarium’s tide pool tank in this guided, hands-on educational program for all ages! January 20th @1:00pm- 2:00pm
Click here for more information regarding events at the Berkshire Museum!
Public Skating:
Public Skate at Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th @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.



National Compliment Day is observed annually on January 24th.  A compliment can have a powerful effect. It can instill confidence in a child, or validate someone's hard work.  A compliment not only improves the receiver's mood, but it also improves the mood of the giver. On Thursday January 24, 2019, we will be teaching the students how to give a sincere, well-thought-out compliment. We will take time to reflect on what we admire about others and then we will encourage the students to give compliments throughout the day.  We hope families will do the same!

Mrs. Viall, School Adjustment Counselor/ Psychologist 

Happy, Healthy 2019!  Helpful Hints for school Attendance...
Should I send my child to school?
Stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea  - A child with vomiting and/or diarrhea should be kept at home until symptoms have resolved for 24 hours and the child is able to keep down food and liquid.

FEVER- Your child may attend school with a temperature less than 100° F.  Fevers are generally a sign of infection. The child should be fever free for 24 hrs without medication before returning to school. Fevers very often will be down when a child awakes in the morning and spike in the afternoon.

RASH- A rash is usually the sign of a viral illness.  It also may be a reaction to a medication or chemical (plant, detergents, etc.). If your child has an unusual rash or it is associated with a fever, contact your doctor.  Keep your child home from school until you have discussed the rash with your doctor.

PAIN-   EARACHE: Consult your doctor office hours.  To relieve the pain, give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen as recommended by your child's doctor.  A child does not need to miss school due to an ear infection.
           TOOTHACHE: Call your dentist. Your child does not need to miss school due to a toothache; unless there is a fever or it is too painful to perform everyday activities.
           HEADACHE:  A child should be kept home if the headaches are severe and do not respond to acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Consult your doctor should the headaches persist.

RED EYES - When the white part of the eye appears red AND produces a yellow or green crusty drainage call your Doctor. Your child may have conjunctivitis (pink eye), a common but contagious infection. Your child may attend school after 24 hours of treatment.  Remember to wash your hands frequently. Use a separate towel and washcloth for the infected person.

These are guidelines and should not take the place of regular medical care.
Kathy Larson, School Nurse

Dear LES Families,

Below are just some of the things that we are working on in the lab. In case you haven’t had a chance to see our LES website, you may access it here. Don’t forget to check out some helpful links to use at home. You can find this page under “About Us” Technology Home-to-School Connections.

As always, please feel free to contact me! or 443-0027 x-144 
Julieann Haskins, Instructional Technology Teacher

Grade 6 A year long project is underway between sixth grade and third grade. The third graders have sixth grade tech buddies and the sixth graders are mentoring their third grade buddies on how to create and use Google docs.

Grade 5 Fifth graders are doing a unit on Digital Citizenship. Some of the topics we are covering are: Online Safety, Effective Searching, Cyber-bullying, and Fair Use.

Grade 4 Right now fourth graders are in the process of making a Google Site about their assigned state. When they are finished with their site, we will have a “State Fair” where the students will be able to visit each other’s sites to learn about The United States!

Grade 3 The third grade received their new Google Chromebooks and they are very excited. In addition to the tech buddy program, third graders are also using a typing program to practice keyboarding skills.

Grade 2 The second grade is finishing their first research project in the lab. They studied four species of owls and are in the process of creating an “Owl Field Guide”. From there, we will move on to continents and oceans!

Grade 1 The first grade has been working on Lexia, ABCmouse, and IXL.

Grade K Kindergarten has also been working on Lexia, ABCmouse, and IXL.

COMING SOON! LES will be having a new website, sampling the artwork of our students. It is not currently linked to our website but should be by the end of the week. You will 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 visit the school website!
January 21st
School Closed- MLK Jr. Day

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This Month's Event Calendar
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School Calendar 


Ask your child about practicing mindfulness at school and at home.


LES students, in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company, will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" this spring. Click here for a copy of the flyer and sign up slip. Rehearsal dates (all Wednesdays) are below:
January- 16th, 23rd, 30th
February- 6th, 13th, 27th
March- 6th, 13th, 27th
April- 3rd, 10th


Attention all 6th Graders!

Mr. Bradley will be offering Advanced Math Club after school every Tuesday starting January 15th through April 23rd @3:05-4:05

Click here for a copy of the sign up sheet!         


Click here for more information!

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


District Website
Powerschool Portal
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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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