Roadtown News 2.9.18 

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Monday, February 12

Author Visit with Jeff Mack, 4th-6th Grades, 1:00-3:00pm


Tuesday, February 13

School Council Meeting, 3:15-4:15pm


Thursday, February 15

Amherst Regional Middle School visits 6th Grade, 9:00am


Thursday, February 15

PTO Meeting, 5:00pm


Thursday, February 15

School Committee Meeting, 7:00pm


February 19 – February 23

Winter Recess, NO SCHOOL



Dear Moose,

We’ve survived another wacky week of weather.  Fingers crossed that next week we’ll have a full, uninterrupted 5 days of school before our Winter Recess! 

This is the time of year when we start thinking about the transitions for next year.  Our Preschool and Kindergarten teachers are busy planning their registrations and open houses for next year’s new students while our 6th graders are in the process of registering for Middle School!  It’s all very exciting and you can find info about all of our school events in the Roadtown News and on our school website and calendar – 

Thank you to Preschool teacher, Grace Griecci, for leading our all-school yoga this afternoon.  Yoga is a beneficial, centering activity that we can all participate in and we appreciate that it’s become a part of our culture at Shutesbury Elementary School.




Jeff Mack, a local author/illustrator, is visiting the SES library on Monday afternoon, Feb. 12th!

Jeff will share excerpts from his MCBA Mashup title, Clueless McGee, and from his picture books. He will tell us how he gets ideas, how he collaborates with other authors, why he uses different art styles, and more. He’ll also demonstrate how he draws.  

He will present to grades 1-3 and to grades 4-6. The public is welcome. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Shutesbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


There will be an All-School Yoga Practice on Friday, February 9th from 2:30-3:00.

All are welcome to join us as we breathe, move and relax together.

***PTO NEWS*** 

The PTO approved teacher requests for use of funding to enrich our children’s education, discussed lots of new ideas for building community and funds, and planned for the upcoming Trivia Night at the SAC at our recent meeting.  We are excited to be hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser at the SAC on Saturday, March 3 from 7-10ish.  Get your teams of up to 4 together to compete and have fun!  Cost will be $5 a head plus snacks will be available for sale and there will be a 50/50 raffle.  Please consider donating snacks for this event-look out for an email from your PTO class reps about this.  We are exploring many ideas for raising needed funds for our children's teachers and school including fundraising dinners at local restaurants, A possible STEM activity involving a trebuchet and pumpkins...and others.  We are always open for new ideas!  Please join us for our next meetings on February 15 from 5-6:30 at SES and for a change, our March meeting will be at the SAC starting at 7pm.


Big Y:  Education Express- Sign up on website or app.  Purchase items at store and points are given to the school-starts 2/1.  Earn points for your school so the school can purchase school supplies.  For every 500 points you earn you get a gold coin.  Sign up on the Big Y website or download the myBigY app for your phone.


Sela from 3rd Grade!


JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do at school?
SF:  One of my favorite things to do is have choice and recess.

JCB:  What do you choose during choice?
SF:  To go on Chromebooks. I go on Google docs which is to write and I do slides.

JCB:  What is your favorite food?
SF:  My favorite food?  Well, I’ve wrote this on something that I have at home, that my favorite is ice cream.

JCB:  What flavor?
SF:  Definitely vanilla and coffee.

JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?
SF:  Like at home?  I love to have playdates and visit my friends who are very dear to me.  I love to watch movies.  I love to color.  I love to play in my kitchen.  I love spending time with my parents.  I love to use my Legos.  I love to use my sword.  I love to tackle my dad.  I love to tackle my brother too.

JCB:  If you could be any animal what animal would you be and why?
SF:  I think one of my favorite animals is horses, so I think a horse.  They are just so peaceful and they run so much and I love to run.  I would be an American Paint horse because they’re beautiful.

JCB:  Is there anything else you’d like the Shutesbury community to know about you or is there anything special about you?
SF:  I’m very social.  I love music.  I love to dance.  What else do I like?  Friends!  And I like my Principal too….and my secretary [Jessica, Office Assistant]…. and I like Jessica’s assistant [Martina, Office Assistant] and Ms. Culbreth and Ms. Cannon! 

Photo credit to Katie Harrington.



Not School Sponsored


The newly formed Shutesbury Recreation Committee is pleased to announce a series of gentle yoga classes in January, February and March. Yoga will meet Wednesdays, 9 am, at Town Hall. The suggested donation/fee is $3 - $5 per class. Fees will be collected at the beginning of each month. Please bring a yoga mat. 



My name is Mariama Jaiteh and I'm a sophomore at Smith College studying computer science and data science. Smith College is hosting the Girls Who Code Club again starting in February for girls in grades 6 - 8 & I'd like to invite students to sign up to participate in this program. 

We'll be working on Netlogo which is program to create graphics. During this program, students will be working on creating small games while learning programming concepts.

Here is the link to sign up: 

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.


Mariama Jaiteh

Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Autism: Parent Training Series of tomorrowWednesday February 7 is being re-scheduled.  Please see below for the revised event information.

Moving Through School: How to Adjust to New Schools and New Expectations

Date: Wednesday March 7

Time:  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location:  Amherst Regional Middle School, PD Center

Childcare is available for in-district families.  Please RSVP to prior to Monday March 5, 2018.

News from the M.N. Spear Memorial Library

Join us for one of these programs coming up soon.

Tales & Tunes Storytime with Katie

Stories, songs, and activities for young children and their caregivers.

Weekly - Mondays, 9:30 -11 am, at the Library


New Parent and Family Meet & Greet 
Do you have a new baby? Are you a family with young children and you are new to the area?
Join us for an informal gathering of our newest families. Free refreshments. 
Hosted by the Union 28 Community Network for Children and the M. N. Spear Memorial Library.

Sunday, February 18th, 11 am, at Town Hall


Healthy Cooking for Kids – Healthy Breakfast!

A hands-on cooking and eating workshop for 6 -13 year olds.
Menu: healthy French toast, eggs in a basket, and chocolate strawberry smoothies.
Space is limited - REGISTRATION required. Please call 259-1213 to register.

Wednesday, February 21st, 10:30 am– 12:30 pm at Town Hall


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February Vacation Camp, 19-23
Join us for One day, Two or more days, or the WHOLE WEEK!
Camps in Amherst & Northampton
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