Roadtown Dec. 2, 2016 

PUBLICATION INFORMATION  Please submit any submissions for the Community section to: by Wednesdays at 1:00.  Online attachments must be compressed (less than 500KB) and in PDF format.  Hard copies (29) must be submitted by Wednesdays at 1:00.  Call x100 with any questions.

Monday, December 5:  Safety Committee Meeting, 8:15 – 8:45am
Monday, December 12 – Friday, December 16:  Artist-in-Residence:  Circus Smirkus!
Monday, December 12:  SpotVision Screenings for PreK-2nd Grades
Tuesday, December 13:  School Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30pm
Thursday, December 15:  School Committee Meeting, 7:00pm
Friday, December 16:  All School Exhibition with Circus Smirkus, 6:30pm
Tuesday, December 20:  Photo Retakes with Lifetouch
Wednesday, December 21:  Winter Craft Day for K-2 grades, 10:15-11:15am
Friday, December 23:  Early Release at 1:00pm

December 2, 2016
Dear Moose,

This week, a student came up to me and said, "Ms. Mendonsa, did you know that December is the 'Friday' of the months"? I thought this was quite funny and clever! Welcome to December!

This week, the school was buzzing with learning. Many students enjoyed meeting and learning with our new music teacher Ms. Becca. The third graders presented some of their wonderful writing in a Publication Celebration. The 6th graders were still on a high from their amazing work collecting food, raising money (over $600!!), and marching with Monte for the Food Bank of Western Mass. Some pictures of the march are included in this RTN! Thanks to families who donated food or funds to this awesome and inspiring project.

Believe it or not, there are only 3 weeks until December break-- and 2017! Our Artist in Residence, Joshua Shack from Circus Smirkus, will be working with our students the week of December 12-16th. There will be an evening exhibition of skills on Friday the 16th at 6:30 pm. This year, we will NOT have a daytime performance. However, we will have a whole school rehearsal that could be observed (if necessary) on Friday afternoon. The evening gathering will not necessarily be a performance, but more of a demonstration of skills learned from the artist over the course of the week. Please mark your calendars.

This is a reminder that beginning in January of 2017 the lunch and breakfast prices will be raised by $0.25. SES is proud of the delicious and healthy food that is offered to our school community. To continue to offer this service, breakfast will be raised to $1.75/day. Lunch will be raised to $2.75/day for students and $3.75/day for adults.

Last call to order SES gear! Sweatshirts, T-shirts, long sleeved T-shirts, hats and totes are available to order! Please see the PTO's blurb in this RTN for details! Many of our staff and students like to wear our SES shirts on Fridays-- especially when we have an assembly. This is NOT mandatory, rather it is a fun (and comfortable) way to end the week. Your student is always invited to wear SES "stuff" (maroon and gold or moose-like clothing) on Fridays!






Michaela from 6th Grade!


JCB:  What do you like to do at school?

MS:  I like to play soccer or football at recess and do math with my friends.

JCB:  What do you like to do in your spare time at home?

MS:  I like to sit down and relax and sometimes play outside.

JCB:  If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

MS:  If I would like to live a long time, I would eat fruits and vegetables.  If I didn’t want to, it would be pizza.

JCB:  What do you think you’d like to be when you grow up?

MS:  Maybe a soccer player because I really like soccer.

JCB:  If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?

MS:  I would make everything awesome!

6th Graders March for the Food Bank!







Dear Afterschool Families,

Afterschool now has a special doorbell! Please ring the special doorbell in the foyer (it is labeled) if you are picking up your children after office staff leaves.  This change has been done to ensure the safety of our Afterschool students and staff.

Thank you,

SES Afterschool Program


***PTO NEWS*** 

Greetings from the PTO.  Today is the last day to order your moose apparel from the online store.  You have until 11:59 tonight to visit  Delivery date will be in about 2 weeks. 

BoxTops Submission!  Thanks to Amber O’Brien the PTO has made a whopping $101.20 with the latest submission of BoxTops for Education!  Please keep sending in your BoxTops as we submit regularly throughout the year.  Find BoxTops on various food brands at many local supermarkets.



Not School Sponsored

Shutesbury Master Plan:  What is your vision for the town for the next 10 years?   

Workshop on Monday, December 5, 7pm @ SES

Thank you families of Shutesbury who have already contributed your vision for the town at either the first community workshop (November 3rd), by filling out survey forms, or via the online survey.  If you haven't participated yet, we really need to hear from the parents and caregivers of young children in our community!  Please come to the next visioning workshop on Monday, December 5th, 7 pm, at Shutesbury Elementary School.  We'll review the overarching visions that have emerged so far and discuss preliminary steps for incorporating these into a Master Plan for the town.

Would you come if childcare were provided?  Please contact Jeanne at by Sunday to let us know if you are interested in this option.

More info is on our webpage,

For questions, email

Hope to see you there!


Multi-Arts Children’s Theater Company presents

“The First Connection” 

Contact: Catalina Arrubla

    Tel: 413-584-7951



Amherst, MA, November 18, 2016 – The Multi-Arts Children’s Theater Company production of “The First Connection” by Xinef D’Agnos will be performed at the Jones Library, Goodwin Room, 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5pm. Admission is free to the public. 

“The First Connection” is a hilarious play about aliens trying to take over Earth. It is an entertaining and inspiring play where the unexpected happens. 

This performance is in conjunction with the Amherst Arts Night Plus program which promotes free cultural events held in and around downtown Amherst, MA on the first Thursday of each month. Participating venues host gallery openings, concerts, lectures, and other creative events. 

A second performance will be presented on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Northampton Community Music Center (NCMC), 139 South St, Northampton, MA at 5pm. Donations accepted to benefit NCMC and the Northampton Patent’s Center.

The playwright, Xinef D'Agnos, an alum of Multi-Arts, is a published author, and writer who has written and directed several plays for Multi-Arts summer camp. Mr. D’Agnos also teaches creative writing workshops to adults for a youth development program, and works with social justice initiatives though the creative arts. He is also a choir director, and acting director of the arts at Hope Community Church of Amherst.  

Sonia Arrubla is the artistic director of the Multi-Arts Children’s Theater Company. A former Colombian theater and television actor, Sonia graduated from New York University’s prestigious Film and Television MFA program in 2001.  She currently works as a theater director and film editor. Her short films have won various international awards.  

Multi-Arts, a non-profit organization, has been offering world-class, innovative performing arts programming for children ages 4 to12 for over 16 years. Its mission is to introduce the arts to all children, regardless of their financial status and/or ethnic background, and to present the children’s work to the larger community.  Classes are taught by internationally renowned performers and teachers who work side by side with the children to create original theater productions integrating several arts into a single project. For more information, please visit


The Shutesbury Holiday Shop is coming!!!  The 2016 Shutesbury Holiday Shop features the work of many local artists, artisans, crafters, authors, musicians and cooks.  Lots of gift giving opportunities for any and all celebrations!  Jewelry, body care products, quilts, ornaments, fudge, jam, syrup, soap, handmade bags, tei dyes, wind chimes, baskets, toddler shoe kits, books, blankets, hats, woodcraft, fiber art (knit, crochet, woven, sewn), mosaic, therapy pillows, photography, card & prints, stained glass tea kits and much much more.  The Shop is open December 9th from 6-9pm featuring a delicious dinner prepared and served as a fundraiser for the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library, December 10th From 10-8:30, and again on December 11th from 11-6.  So come on by the Shutesbury Athletic Club and check out some great local handmade items.








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