Roadtown News 3.2.18 

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Saturday, March 3

PTO Trivia Night, 7:00-9:00pm

Shutesbury Athletic Club


Wednesday, March 7

6th Grade to ARHS Musical, 9:00-11:30am


Wednesday, March 7

Preschool Open House, 12:00-1:00pm


Friday, March 9

All School Assembly, 2:30-3:00pm


Friday, March 9

Qualifying 4th-6th Graders, MCBA Books in Action Party at LES, 5:45-8:15pm


Sunday, March 11

Daylight Savings Time Begins,

Set your clocks ahead!


Monday, March 12

PTO Fundraiser at Bertucci’s


Tuesday, March 13

Irish Dance Performance by Duffy Academy of Irish Dance, 2:30-3:00pm


Tuesday, March 13

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


Thursday, March 15

School Committee Meeting, 7:00pm 

Hello Moose!

Now that we are in to March and the warm weather is upon us (although not so much today!) SES is kicking into high gear!  We have a lot of exciting upcoming fundraisers, parties and performances (see the Dates to Remember section of this Roadtown News).   

We are in the thick of mud season here, so please send appropriate outdoor clothing to school (extra clothes might be useful, as well, for the younger grades).  If your child has borrowed SES clothing, please make sure to wash and send back quickly as we have a limited supply of these extra items.

On Wednesday students in grades 4-6 participating in MCBA participated in the Battle of the Books! We had some fabulous teams and Ms. L organized the student created questions with great skill! All of the teams did very well but we did have a sixth grade winning team and a 4th grade team right behind them in 2nd place! Amazing! Please see the pictures of the winning teams below! Thanks to students, teachers and parents who support this tradition. The Books in Action party for students who have read 5 or more books happens Friday March 9th in Leverett!

Daylight Savings Time begins on March 11.  It will be great to have longer amounts of sunlight in the evenings! 


th Grade – First Place!!   

4th Grade – Second Place!! 







The Moose on the Move Running/Walking Club has been meeting despite the cold and wet weather through the months of January and February!  Congrats and kudos to the students who have still been moving with us.  All of these students will be recognized at the next assembly on Friday, March 9:

Abby Addison

Elyse Hawkins

Bennett Lanoue – 25 mile milestone!

Trevor Makepeace

Sam Malcolm-Brown

Mie Piner – 35 mile milestone!

Elodie Warwick – 10 mile milestone!

Tansy Warwick – 35 mile milestone!


Many other students are close to their next milestone (10, 25 or 35 miles) so if they work hard at the track, we’ll be recognizing even more students at assembly on Friday, March 9!  Stay tuned for more info on the next Moose on the Move session in March …



Eli from 4th Grade!

  What is your favorite thing to do at school?
EK:  P.E.  Floor hockey. 

JCB:  What is your favorite food?
EK:  I don’t really have one. 

JCB:  If you could have anything for dinner what would it be?
EK:  Probably ice cream.  Mint chocolate chip.

JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?
EK:  Play basketball.

JCB:  If you could be any animal what animal would you be and why?
EK:  Probably a black panther, I guess. 

JCB:  Is there anything else you’d like the Shutesbury community to know about you or is there anything special about you?
EK:  I’m good at basketball.

Photo credit to Martina Dooley-Carvalho.

***PTO NEWS***

The PTO is 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! The money raised will help pay for field trips, field day expenses, the artist in residency program, etc.  Any finger food will be appreciated - you can drop off your dish at SAC after 1pm on 3/3 or just bring to Trivia Night when you come.  See the link to sign up to donate food items:

We look forward to seeing you at Trivia Night!!


Ditch the Workout, Join the Party! 

A Zumba class run by Shutesbury Elementary School’s own Susan Kahn (certified Zumba instructor) will be held in the SES gym on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm beginning on March 8.  Free class!  Donations accepted to benefit the Shutesbury PTO! 

Dance fitness classes that are fun, energetic, and make you feel amazing! 
Perfect For
Everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on.
How It Works
We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.
A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.
And here's a link to a video that captures just some of the fun we have! Every class is unique, but it's always a good time!


Police Chief, Tom Harding - Interviewed by 4th Grader, Mia Boulanger



MB:  Do you have any secret talents or hobbies?
TH:  If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret.  I do can stuff with cans.  So I take old cans and I have a lot of old bicycle parts and I put them together.

MB:  What have you liked about working in a small town like Shutesbury?
TH:  I have a lot of time to talk to people at the school or people who need help.  It’s slower here [in Shutesbury].  Like Amherst would be busy all the time, so I like that there’s time to talk.

MB:  Do you remember your 4th grade teacher and do you have a funny story about 4th grade?
TH:  My 4th grade teacher was named Mrs. Dandelion.  My grandmother owned a candy store and I lived 2 doors away from the school.  So I wanted to make friends and impress people so I brought in 2 big bags of candy on the first day, and Mrs. Dandelion was not impressed.

MB:  If you were in a band, what instrument would you want to play and why?
TH:  I was in a band in 4th grade through high school and I played guitar and piano.

MB:  What is the first thing you’ll do when you retire?
TH:  I will probably burn my snow shovels and give away my cold weather clothes.  We’re moving to a warmer climate and trying it for a year.

MB:  What do you do when you’re not working?
TH:  I like to ride a bike a lot.  I read a lot.  I write a little. 

MB:  What are your favorite meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and what’s your favorite dessert?
TH:  Desserts easy – anything chocolate.  My favorite breakfast - biscuits and sausage gravy with chicken fried steak.  For lunch I like bacon cheeseburger club sandwiches.  Dinner?  My wife makes great enchiladas.

MB:  Do you have any pets?
TH:  I don’t have any pets at the moment.  Our dog and our cat both went on to animal heaven.  When we move we’re going to get another dog.  I like Labrador retrievers.


**Welcome to the new 5th Grader!!***



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. 


Dear Shutesbury Elementary School Parents and Guardians,

Please join Amherst Education Foundation as we celebrate Shutesbury’s very own Jackie Mendonsa and the other principals of our public schools: Mark Jackson, David Slovin, Patty Bode, Diane Chamberlain, Derek Shea, Lisa Desjarlais, and Margot Lacey.

AEF is a 24-year-old nonprofit organization that gives approximately $30,000 in grants to our public schools each year.  Over the years, Shutesbury students have benefited from our grants through teacher training, a Robotics program, Science resources in the libraries, and numerous enhancements in the middle and high schools where AEF grants have purchased biology equipment, music technology, physical education equipment, and more.

Every spring, we celebrate “Champions for our Schools” at a fun gala featuring the ARHS jazz band, trivia, and delicious food and drink.

Tickets are $50 each or reserve a table in a prime location for you and nine special friends for $60 per person. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 pm
UMass Student Union Ballroom

Tickets are on sale now! Can't make it on the 17th? We will miss you! You can still participate by sending a message to your favorite principals. Click here for tickets and more information:

 All proceeds from the event will go to AEF and the grants we give to educators.

We hope to see you there!

Becky Michaels
Michael Hutton-Woodland


Amanda Rivera Lopez


Board of Directors

Sanjay Arwade
Isabella Dell’olio
Youssef Fadel
Rick Hood
Sue Kelly
Ken Leblond
Susan Kennedy Marx
Jennifer Page
Suzanne Parker
Adelia Pope
Megan Rosa
Amanda Seaman
Sudha Setty
Michele Spirko
Meera Vaidyanathan
Jennifer Veshia










Posted by carlson-belangerj On 02 March, 2018 at 1:47 PM