September 2, 2016 

September 2, 2016

Monday, September 5
            Labor Day- NO SCHOOL

Monday, September 19
            World Peace Gathering- 9:15am

Monday, October 3
            Picture Day

Wednesday, October 5
            Open House






Many, many thanks to all the parents/guardians who have already filled out the avalanche of forms sent home in the back-to-school mailing.  For the few who haven’t done so yet, please send them in soon – especially the emergency information form (gold) so that we are able to contact you if necessary.  The school directory will be published next week, so make sure you send in the pink form if you would like your family to be included!



Welcome Back!!

Where did the summer go? Has it really been ten weeks since school ended in June?

Yes, it’s been a hot, dry, and seemingly quick summer, but we are geared up and ready for the approach of fall, and the beginning of another year of learning, exploration, and fun.

Over the past week, I have spent many hours in conversations and meetings with teachers. Just today, I was in five hours of meetings devoted to going through the class lists, and sharing information about individual student’s academic and social/emotional strengths and needs. These were but two of the many gatherings where teachers strategized and collaborated so that there are well- crafted plans in place to get the year off to a great start for everyone! 

As many of you know, I spent ten days backpacking in Yosemite National Park in July. I always enjoy the collective spirit that quickly develops among a group of hikers, and seeing the ways that different people embrace the hard work of carrying a heavy backpack all day, cooking a meal for twelve on two one-burner stoves, and then climbing the peak behind camp to watch the sunset. But tramping for miles also was a time of contemplation, and LES was never far from my thoughts. Shortly after my return, teachers received several pages of “musings” from me, with ideas that had been percolating while on the trail.

I have also had conversations with parents about some of their hopes and dreams for the coming year, and I shared those with teachers. There is much to think about, and optimism is high as we consider ways to put those ideas into action. At this week’s Wednesday afternoon meeting, we will begin to prioritize our work, so that it can be thoughtful and meaningful, and have logical continuity over the course of the year.

There are some ideas that we are working on that parents may be interest to know:

•  Teachers are working with Dawn Ward to help develop more collaborative instruction in the greenhouse, which we hope will help to lighten Dawn’s workload.

•  Victoria Shaw, longtime Adventure Program teacher recently decided to retire. There is strong desire to continue this kind of program, and perhaps extend it throughout the grades. This will be a work-in-progress during the fall, but we are hoping that our fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students will still be able to take field trips to Morse Hill, where Victoria continues to run an outdoor center.

•  Some parents have asked us if there is a way to have assemblies that incorporate more community singing and are more interactive. These are interesting ideas that the staff is considering as we plan for the year. Stay tuned! There will be community gathering to celebrate World Peace Day (officially September 21st), and the date will be announced in next week’s Post.

Stay tuned. Be sure to read the Friday Post, and visit the school website for updated information, and classroom blogs as they begin to develop.

But first, enjoy this last long weekend of the summer!

- Margot Lacey

Notes From Nurse Karyn

Hello everyone and welcome back to school! I have had a great week meeting new students, families, and greeting returning students. As many families have read in the newspaper, EpiPens are an expensive yet lifesaving requirement for some of our students. I have several $0 co-pay cards available in the nurse’s office for families who are interested. If you are unable to come to the nurse’s office to retrieve a card please call me and I will gladly put one in your child’s backpack.

Attendance- As a reminder, please call Kate Rice or myself to report known absences or tardies. Part of the school health policy requires me to call the parents of absent students. To avoid this interruption in your day please call to inform us of planned medical appointments and planned absences.

Thank you and have a healthy year!

Karyn Briand RN, MSN 413-548-9144 (extension 3)




The Friday Post was sent home today with the youngest child in each family. If you would like more or fewer copies, please call Kate at 548-9144 or e-mail [email protected].  Also, if you would prefer to have the newsletter e-mailed to you instead of (or in addition to) a hard copy, please let us know.



(Items listed here are not school sponsored)

Happy Valley Children’s Chorus

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 Ages 4-10 years old September 13th-Nov. 1st

Rehearsals held at the First Congregational Church of Amherst in the Hawley Room 65 Main Street, Amherst, MA

Performance on Sunday, Nov. 6th, 1:30  Cost: $80

Directed by Dorothy Cresswell

*The kids were amazing—-their enthusiasm was both beautiful and contagious.”

For more information contact: [email protected] 



Piano Lessons with Daphne Bye, Montague Center Start at age 5 or 6 with the Suzuki approach or at any later age for a comprehensive approach to reading and loving music.  A few weekly spots still available.   413-834-0597 [email protected]


Johnny’s Tavern & Sound Health Bodyworks Present:

Donation Day!

Thursday, September 8th

* 11:30am - 9:30pm *

With this coupon (remember to bring it with you!) Johnny’s Tavern will donate 20% of your food order to the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) fundraiser.  All money goes to Dana Farber Cancer Institute for research and treatment.

Come early and enjoy a free chair massage before you eat!

Chair massage, coupons & raffle prizes provided by 200 mile PMC Riders;

Kerry Young @ Sound Health Bodyworks AND Andrew Young @ The Whole Tree!


Kerry Young, mother of Ben Young(grade 6) and owner / operator of Sound Health Bodyworks, will be offering chair massage at the Amherst Block Party on Thursday September 15th, 5-9pm.  Take a moment to breathe a little slower, sink into your body-mind center a little deeper.  Everyone who gets a chair massage will get a discount coupon for a full session at the office!  I will be near the Laughing Dog Cycle Shop.  Please stop by and say hello, even if you don't have time to stay for a massage.


Posted by kate.rice On 02 September, 2016 at 2:36 PM  26 Comments

Yelp! (Guest) said On 21 June, 2021 at 1:56 PM
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ North 49 Brands- Paddleboards, ONEWHEEL, Electric Scooters, Electric Bikes - Vancouver - Address: Entrance In Rear, 2212 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 3G8 - Phone: +1 888-431-4612 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld a B.C. He said he wasn't able to obtain them from the provincial insurer, ICBC. E-bikes such as this one - North 49 Brands- Paddleboards, ONEWHEEL, Electric Scooters, Electric Bikes - Vancouver - Address: Entrance In Rear, 2212 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 3G8 - Phone: +1 888-431-4612 - will now require the driver to have a licence and insurance to legally operate on B.C. Affordable, environmentally friendly Lawyer Dan Griffiths, who represented Ghadban in the case, said his client is a man of modest financial means who relied on the bike to get around. Please follow the vendor’s directions on proper use and parking of the vehicle when ending a session. His client intends to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada. Vancouver council to consider shared e-scooter proposalShared e-scooters in Vancouver? Learn from mistakes made in other cities, study says However, those scooters were never legal on B.C. Each vehicle has a GPS tracking device that allows vendors to locate, collect and redistribute bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters as required. Supreme Court judge's decision from May 2020 that found although the Motorino XMr is outfitted with pedals, limited power and a maximum speed of 32 km/h, it doesn't qualify as a motor-assisted cycle because it's not designed to be operated primarily by human power. At the heart of the issue are the XMr's small pedals, which Court of Appeal Justice Harvey M. Currently, the permit defines pedal bicycles, electric bicycles and electric scooters as bikeshare vehicle types. "He was excited to find a transportation option which was affordable and which also had the added benefit of being environmentally friendly as well," Griffiths said. Licensed vendors are required to report parking issues, known collisions, accidents, or injuries, and complaints regarding their bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters to the City. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rapid Flo Plumbing - Surrey Plumbers - Address: 6590 125a St Surrey, BC V3W 6S9 - Phone: (604) 339-4842 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Whether you’re searching for a plumber in Vancouver, South Surrey, North Delta, Surrey or one in Langley, installing, replacing, repairing or maintaining various types of plumbing fixtures, drain services or heating and air conditioning systems is all part of a plumber’s job. My kitchen and bathrooms look amazing thanks to him. We are a plumbing company in Mission, Surrey, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Langley with a distinct reputation for quality and making our customers smile. Make your home more functional and stylish with premium renovations. We pride ourselves on providing a variety of heating and plumbing services in Surrey, including residential, strata, and residential facilities. We deal with flood cleanup and digging out that gross mess from your toilets like that pink princess your child flushed down the toilet, or that fidget spinner that got flushed down your pipes. When you run into a plumbing issue in your home or your business, don’t wait and call Tap2Drain Plumbing now so we can dispatch one of our friendly plumbers in Abbotsford to you right away. I was caught in a very difficult situation, and these guys pulled me through. I highly recommend Avi and his team at Hilltop. I would highly recommend him to my friends and family. A licensed, qualified plumber is trained to solve your plumbing problems. Wouldn’t use anyone else. Rapid Flo Plumbing - Surrey Plumbers - Address: 6590 125a St Surrey, BC V3W 6S9 - Phone: (604) 339-4842. It’s important to have a plumber you can trust. Rapid Flo Plumbing - Surrey Plumbers - Address: 6590 125a St Surrey, BC V3W 6S9 - Phone: (604) 339-4842 My kitchen and bathrooms look amazing thanks to him. The danger with DIY plumbing jobs, from simply installing a dishwasher to reconnecting a hot water tank, is that you might jeopardize your insurance by not using a licensed professional. They have experience to know how to fix your problem while upholding industry standards and best practices. Bathroom Renovations We excel at building beautiful, durable modern bathrooms. Website: Very professional, fast, reliable and friendly. We also deal the repair of frozen pipes, sump pump maintenance, and slab leaks. Along with emergency repairs, you should call a licensed plumber whenever you’re doing a plumbing job. Make your home more functional and stylish with premium renovations. Plumbing systems aren’t always basic, many times they’re actually quite complex. At the end, I expected a huge bill and was pleased to find out that it was well within my budget, and for less money than ‘the other guy’ who dropped the ball. We treat you like family because we want to be your Abbotsford Plumber for life! Are you looking for a plumber in White Rock? You are in luck! Best Plumbers Surrey, BC, can help with all your plumbing and drain cleaning needs. when they are installing, repairing or maintaining drainage systems, sewer connections or septic fields. I had other trades, and City inspections held up with nowhere to turn. We know your bathroom renovation is an investment to your homes’ value, comfort, convenience and enjoyment. Also gave recommendations for future options and troubleshooting which we really appreciated. Using a trained and qualified plumber means that they know how to do the job right, if you need to get a permit for the work or not, and they can make sure that the work is done properly and to code. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Urban Machina, Inc. - Address: 1868 Glen Dr #229, Vancouver, BC V6A 4K4 - Phone: +1 604 695-0122 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ There may be some confusion between electric mopeds and electric bikes. The majority will be providing free helmets that are shipped directly to the user's home when requested through the app. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed concern over the public health implications of sharing helmets and other garments. Where to ride an e-scooterE-scooters as defined by the Province here, can go everywhere bikes and e-bikes can go in Kelowna including streets, bikes lanes and shared pathways. Users are expected to follow bylaws and the rules of the road to keep themselves and others safe.Although requiring shared helmets was initially considered, this option was not pursued for two reasons: safety and hygiene.SafetyThe protective ability of helmets is significantly reduced after a primary impact. It would be very challlenging to continuously test and guarantee the safety benefits of a helmet fleet that could climb to multiple hundreds of vehicles. Check the service provider's app for more information. Urban Machina, Inc. - Address: 1868 Glen Dr #229, Vancouver, BC V6A 4K4 - Phone: +1 604 695-0122 - Pedal-assisted e-bikes are treated like bicycles in Toronto only if they are pedal-assisted or "pedelecs" and require pedalling for propulsion (i.e., the power is cut to the motor when the rider stops pedalling). These new options could help us achieve our mobility goals in the Kelowna On The Move Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and the 2040 Transportation Master Plan, which is currently under development.We're closely monitoring the program and will make adjustments as appropriate to support the safety and well-being of our community.We regulate small shared vehicles like bikes, e-scooters and e-mopeds to ensure they deliver on the following objectives: Allow more residents to travel other than car or truck by building an interconnected network of transportation optionsEnsure public benefit by removing the pressure to move more cars on our road networkEncourage people to walk, bike and take public transit more oftenLower the cost of living by allowing residents to build a robust set of options around how they moveBuild on a culture of active living in the community _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ eevee's (e-Scooters, EUCs, e-Skates, Onewheels + more) - Address: 230 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T3 - Phone: (778) 873-1811 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act hasn't been updated in 50 years, O'Mellin said, and it doesn't deal with all of the the new electric mobility devices - eevee's (e-Scooters, EUCs, e-Skates, Onewheels + more) - Address: 230 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T3 - Phone: (778) 873-1811 - that have come onto the consumer market in that time, including electric standup scooters and skateboards. Adding such an engine converts the bicycle into a hand-crafted moped or scooterA 2- or 3-wheel passenger vehicle equipped with an electric motor or a gasoline-powered engine with a cylinder capacity of no more than 50 cc and an automatic transmission. They have a similar appearance, especially when the removable pedals are taken off an electric bike. These services in Kelowna are dockless, or stationless, which means you don’t need to end your trip at a pre-set location.We've updated our Traffic Bylaw and issued permites to five shared e-scooter companies to operate in Kelowna to explore new ways of providing flexible, affordable and accessible mobility options. However, electric mopeds must be registered, whereas electric bikes do not need to be. All the shared e-scooter service providers provide options to support compliance with the helmet law. This information was gathered before the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow the vendor’s directions on proper use and parking of the vehicle when ending a session. You can then use the app to pay for the time that you use bicycles, e-bikes and e-scooters on city bike lanes, shared paths and roadways. In many cases, shared micromobility services may enable transit riders to eliminate a transfer or or a long walk to their destiantion.   
<a href=""></a> (Guest) said On 20 September, 2018 at 5:14 AM - Check out the quick step wise guides to download, install and activate the McAfee antivirus products on the device. By using the 25 characters alpha-numeric product key code.   
<a href=""></a> (Guest) said On 20 September, 2018 at 5:13 AM – we are providing you step by step procedure for downloading, installing and activating any McAfee antivirus security software by using a 25 character alpha-numeric activation key code.   
<a href=""></a> (Guest) said On 20 September, 2018 at 5:13 AM
Nice post.... This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post.   
<a href=""></a> (Guest) said On 20 September, 2018 at 5:12 AM Check out here complete steps for downloading, installing, uninstalling, and activating the Norton setup purchased via or from a nearby retail store.  
<a href=""><strong>Mcafee.Com/Activate, Mcafee.Com/Retailcard</strong></a> (Guest) said On 19 September, 2018 at 2:20 AM
McAfee Antivirus software with all the updated versions is available in form of CD and also available at the online webpage  
<a href=""><strong>Www.Mcafee.Com/Retailcard, Mcafee.Com/Activate</strong></a> (Guest) said On 19 September, 2018 at 2:15 AM
For the McAfee activation, you can visit The guide consists whole downloading, installation, uninstallation and activation of McAfee Antivirus.  
<a href=""><strong>Www.Mcafee.Com/Activate, Mcafee.Com/Retailcard</strong></a> (Guest) said On 19 September, 2018 at 2:06 AM
McAfee antivirus tool which is very useful for those, who need to get amazing security provider for their personal computer. You can get more features and enhanced services of protection against malicious attacks.  
<a href=""><strong>Avg.Com/Retail, Www.Avg.Com/Retail</strong></a> (Guest) said On 19 September, 2018 at 1:59 AM
Get AVG support by Avg customer service number. We bring world best class remote customer support to fix-up technical glitches by Avg phone number.  
<a href=""><strong>Www.Avg.Com/Retail, Avg.Com/Retail</strong></a> (Guest) said On 19 September, 2018 at 1:55 AM
Dial the AVG Antivirus Customer support phone number to get quick help and solutions to the problems over the phone. Seek immediate customer service for AVG antivirus.  
<a href=""><strong>Www.Office.Com/Myaccount, Office.Com/Myaccount</strong></a> (Guest) said On 19 September, 2018 at 1:49 AM
Let's Connect with our skilled MS Office setup experts via Email, call or live chat and get instant and immediate support for any related query. We choose to solve your issues remotely so your time and money can be saved.  
<a href=""><strong>Www.Office.Com/Setup, Office.Com/Setup</strong></a> (Guest) said On 15 September, 2018 at 8:30 AM
We are a Microsoft Office setup support provider to offer full-fledged technical support for those users who have any sort of issues concerning about MS Office applications.  
<a href="" >novel updates</a> (Guest) said On 04 September, 2018 at 3:04 AM
Great post! I didn’t know about several of these resources and I’m going to go check them out now!  
<a href="">Casino extra</a> (Guest) said On 21 August, 2018 at 10:35 AM
Slotty Vegas Casino just records their own reward bargain, however utilizing our connection will give you the new gambling clubs much better arrangements, paying little mind to what is on their online clubhouse.   
<a href="">finmax</a> (Guest) said On 02 August, 2018 at 1:39 PM
Most manual discretionary traders face the same problems: their own poor decision making in live market conditions and poor position sizing.   
<a href="">sportnation</a> (Guest) said On 26 July, 2018 at 9:14 AM
When perusing the football wagering tips attempt to see them as an inadequate baffle or jigsaw.   
<a href="">1xbet</a> (Guest) said On 15 July, 2018 at 2:34 PM
In this way, for a $3 Place wager on the 5 or 9 with full Place chances of 7:5, we hope to be paid $4.20 when we win. The craps table doesn't have 20-penny chips, so the gambling club adjusts down to $4.   
<a href="">types of wine</a> (Guest) said On 09 July, 2018 at 6:24 AM
Thanks for sharing learn a lot from this site  
<a href="">1xbet</a> (Guest) said On 04 July, 2018 at 9:48 AM
The amusement has advanced into a pass-glad form that lights up scoreboards and keeps fans on their toes.   
<a href="">spins</a> (Guest) said On 28 June, 2018 at 6:16 PM
How would you realize that the gambling club audit you are perusing is exact, progressive and legitimate, also fair-minded.   
<a href="">Iq option</a> (Guest) said On 20 June, 2018 at 9:27 AM
In any event it ended a really fantastic trip for us on an absolute high. A case of being in the right place at the right time!"   
<a href="">Buy an Assignment Online</a> (Guest) said On 31 May, 2018 at 2:11 AM
School timetables are very important in every student’s life, these timetables are very essential for a range of reasons. The school schedule allows learners to know accurately when a particular event is planned. Well, thanks for telling us, about these days.   
<a href="">superior essay writer</a> (Guest) said On 03 May, 2018 at 8:02 AM
I want to visit your school this year and meet you there. Is t possible to do that?  
<a href="">how to play a dvd in windows 10</a> (Guest) said On 02 May, 2018 at 4:14 PM
Get online tutorial for how to play dvd in windows 10 online.  
<a href="">Dissertation editing service</a> (Guest) said On 26 March, 2018 at 6:06 AM
I have done it such a large number of various ways, genuinely! Toward the start of the year, I do let them know precisely where to go. Once they've learned in the routines, at that point I give them more flexibility. Furthermore, for specific kinds of focuses, I generally indicate where they ought to go. I don't know whether that helps much essentially, I imagine that whatever works for you and your kids is the correct method for doing it!  
<a href="">best writing service</a> (Guest) said On 03 March, 2018 at 1:20 AM
Summer vocation is one of the wonderful part in the year when each of the student get benefit from it as his own desire so the need is to focus on the quality stuff and manage it as well. Keep it up!  
Leave Your Comment
Security Measure