Roadtown News 3.9.18 

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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


Wednesday, March 14

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


Thursday, March 15

School Committee Meeting, 7:00pm


Thursday, March 22

PTO Meeting, 7:00pm

Shutesbury Athletic Club


Friday, March 23

NO SCHOOL – Curriculum Day


Dear Moose, 

It seems we just can't catch a break with this winter weather. We are crossing our fingers that there are no more snow days! As it stands now, the last day of school for students is Friday, June 22. 

Tonight students in grades 4, 5 and 6 that have read 5 or more MCBA books will gather for the Books in Action party at Leverett Elementary School. Students from the other Union 28 schools will also attend. The Librarians from each school have spent lots of time creating an amazing event of games, fun and food based on the book selection this year. A BIG THANK YOU to Heather Lobenstine for all her work and enthusiasm on the whole MCBA endeavor. 

The springtime at SES always becomes very busy with events, field trips, concerts etc. Please reference the ‘Dates to Remember’ portion of each RTN and visit our website for information on dates/times/locations of these events.

State testing (MCAS) will be coming up for grades 3-6 in April. A test schedule will be listed in next week's Roadtown. 

Here's wishing for a full week of mild weather next week.




Dear Parents:

Please consider joining me as part of a Parent / Professional Leadership in Education team from our Erving School Union #28.  Please contact me by April 1, 2018 at if you are interested in this opportunity.

Prudence Marsh, Director of Student Support

2 day training on family leadership:

Talk with your SEPAC leaders and commit to bringing a team to our Advancing Parent / Professional Leadership in Education (APPLE) Institute this spring – a two-day free training on May 3 and 4 in Framingham.  It is a great way to help parents develop leadership skills, network with other district teams, and develop a customized district action plan for increased family engagement. 

Developing a better working relationship with your SEPAC can:

·       help make positive things happen in your district,

·       increase family engagement which supports student success,

·       identify and address issues in your community,

·       build a professional collaborative partnership; and

·       move your special education program forward.

Please click the following link to review the APPLE Institute flyer .  

Spring will be here before we know it, plan now to join us in May!

For more Information about this DESE-supported workshop:


Cheri from 6th Grade!


JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do at school?
CW:  I like doing math. I get to learn new things there and it’s fun.

JCB:  What is your favorite food?
CW:  Potato soup.  It’s weird but my mom makes it the best!

JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?
CW:  I like to doodle and I love to read.  I’m reading the Percy Jackson series.  I just finished Wings of Fire.

JCB:  If you could be any animal what animal would you be and why?
CW:  Honestly, to be honest, a moose.  Because no predators really go after moose because they’re so big and they are not predators.  They are kind of like calm and always on the watch.

JCB:  What are you most looking forward to in middle school?
CW:  Advanced classes, I guess.  I just like advanced classes.

JCB:  Is there anything else you’d like the Shutesbury community to know about you or is there anything special about you?
CW:  I have 2 brothers and1 sister and a mom and dad, and we like going hiking.  My dad likes going hiking and we tag along.

Photo credit to Katie Harrington.

***PTO NEWS***

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 Thursday, 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.

I'm also attaching an ad I've used in the past, if a visual would help

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!



FUNDRAISERS:  We will be receiving $155.20 from our most recent Box Tops submissions!    We have also made over $600 from our Trivia Night held on March 3.  Way to go!!  Thanks to all who have organized, helped and participated in these fundraisers particularly Amber O’Brien and Jaime Donta.


Join the PTO at Bertucci’s on Monday, March 12 where 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Shutesbury PTO.  See the flyer attached to this Roadtown News.  Tell all of your friends and family!!



Not School Sponsored

News from the M.N. Spear Memorial Library

Movie Night featuring Wonder

Saturday, March 10th, 6:30 pm at Town Hall

Suggested donation, $1 per person

Soda, popcorn and baked goods for sale, $1 each


Corned Beef Dinner

Friday, March 16th, 6 – 8 pm, at the Shutesbury Athletic Club

A benefit for the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library

$10 for adults, $ 5 for kids and seniors

A vegetarian option will be available


Save the Date

Wednesday, March 28th, 7 pm, at Town Hall

Living History Presentation

All to the Tune of a Hickory Stick:

A Look at Education in the One Room Schoolhouse

A presentation by local “Living History” professional, Dennis Picard.

Co-sponsored by the 250th Anniversary Committee


The Library has many more fun and interesting programs planned.

To learn more, visit our website,

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Posted by carlson-belangerj On 09 March, 2018 at 9:40 AM