October 17, 2014 

OCTOBER 17, 2014


Saturday, October 18

            Harvest Festival -TOMORROW!!!

Friday October 24

            Curriculum Day – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 28-Friday, October 31

            Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday and Thursday, October 29 and 30

            Parent/Teacher Conferences -1:05 Dismissal

Friday, October 31

            Book Character Day

            All-School Assembly - 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 4 and 5

            Parent/Teacher Conferences -1:05 Dismissal



Happy and Healthy

Here in Leverett, enjoying clean air, exercise and healthy living are very much a way of being. As a school, we recognize that a child’s physical and emotional health provides the underpinning for positive interactions and focus on learning. 

The last few weeks have certainly been a weather rollercoaster, chilly one day, warm and muggy the next. In these conditions, it is often difficult for children to decide what to wear. If you are an older child, it is a rite of passage to continue to wear shorts even if you have to hide the resulting goosebumps. Younger children may long to wear a tank top or sundress, because they think of the schoolroom as a place that is usually lively and warm. Talking with your child about dressing sensibly can be a taxing conversation at best, but it is important, nonetheless. As a hiker and backpacker, I am very cognizant of the concept of dressing in layers. It won’t be long before you’ll see me in a fleece jacket, and as the winter cold moves in, the number of layers underneath that jacket will go from one, to two, to three! Dressing in layers can work well for children, too. It may be quite chilly as they head out to recess, but very quickly the jackets start to peel off as the children build up heat by running around. Having a sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt under the jacket can be a good intermediate step. Your child may even want  to keep  a sweatshirt or fleece shirt (and  maybe mittens or gloves!) at school for times when the temperature drops unexpectedly.

Health concerns have also been prominent in the news lately. The outbreak of Enterovirus D68 is certainly concerning to all of us, and particularly to anyone who is working with children. This edition of the Friday Post includes a Fact Sheet from the Department of Public Health that contains information that may be helpful. You will also find a list of resources for both EV68 and for Ebola. While Ebola is not an imminent threat, the news and visual images from impacted areas may be very troubling for youngsters. The listed resources may help you in addressing your child’s concerns.

As always, Nurse Jill (Monday-Thursday) and Nurse Karyn (Friday) are happy to address any questions you may have. We are fortunate to have them on our staff!

Here’s to a winter of good health!!

                                                -Margot Lacey


Helpful Websites for Current Health Concerns

What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68 

Talking to Children About Ebola




Students will have a three-day weekend next week, as teachers will be attending a Curriculum Day on Friday, October 24th here at the Leverett Elementary School. Teachers from all of the Union 28 schools (LES, Shutesbury, Erving, and Swift River) will participate.   UMASS Professor of Education, Rebecca Woodland, will give a presentation on personal learning communities. 


The search for the new Superintendent is beginning. As a first step, the search committee will need input from the school community regarding the qualities and skills of our next school leader. A survey has been created to gather that information. Please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QSF762S    to view the survey which will take approximately five minutes to conclude. The deadline for the survey is October 25, 2014.

Thank you in advance of your efforts to assist in this process.


Please  take our LES LibrarySurvey!

We are redesigning our webpage to better serve you and our students!  Please take 3 - 5 minutes to take this quick survey:


Thank you!  Susan Wells



A great big THANKS goes out to the Johnson family (Jay & Grace’s family) for donating some “birdhouse” gourds, pumpkins, and flowers in time for open house!

Open house evening was a quite fun for me out in the greenhouse BUT next time we either need to put greenhouse higher up on the scavenger list OR I get lots of solar lights in future!! Yes, it got kind of dark out there, one family shined cars lights in to have a look around—silly me, I did not think to bring a flashlight to give a “tour” with!  Oh, not complaining, it was a great deal of fun

I will also be at the greenhouse again during the Harvest Fest this Saturday so please stop in to visit then as well! I am still looking for some fall flowers (mums, asters, etc) that we could plant along the south side to spruce it up for the Festival. Also a few corn stalks to tie up, a few more pumpkins and maybe a hay bale for added décor on the outside. Items can be dropped off anytime, inside or out, I plan to be there Friday afternoon to assemble and plant so…. We could also use some flower bulb donations to plant for next spring! Daffodils, tulips etc.

Hope to see more families on Saturday!!   

 -Dawn Marvin Ward


Leverett Community Interview of the Week


Grade 2

What are you looking forward to at LES this year?

Going to the aquarium!

What do you like doing outside of school?

I drove a tractor pulling a trailer with no wheels and bricks in the back at the tractor pull at the Franklin County Fair. I won a red ribbon for 2nd place!


PTO News

Genevieve orders are due on Monday, October 20th. The class that returns 100% forms  (with or without orders) will receive an extra recess with Ms. Lacey!  Please remember that 50% of all sales are coming right back to the PTO. Consider selling or making a direct donation to PTO to help fund field trips! If you are interested in setting up a table at Harvest Fest with your child to sell Genevieve’s, let us know. We’d be happy to arrange for a space for you. Email Jo-Ann at [email protected]

We will have a Game Night on January 30th. Planning will continue in at next month’s meeting.

34th Annual

Leverett Harvest Festival

Harvest Fest: The Place to Meet.

6th Grade Lasagna Dinner:  The Place to EAT!


5:00-7:00 PM


Hold the date and invite family and friends to the LES annual 6th grade Supper! Look forward to delicious food, several types of lasagna, salad and bread, beverages, desserts, outstanding entertainment, warm atmosphere and exceptional company! Plus, support the LES sixth grade class trip!



Fifth Grade

Canoe Trip Fundraiser!

Burritos Especiales: Grande: $5

Pequeño $4

Quesadillas: $3

Hot Mulled Cider: 50¢

Cold Cider 50¢

Chips & Salsa or Guacamole: $1




Buy a slice or a whole delicious pie at the Fourth Grade's Pie Table 




Homemade soups and bread at the Third Grade booth. Have a hot cup of soup on a cool autumn day. Enjoy a slice of homemade bread alone or with your soup! 



Mystic Aquarium Field Trip Fundraiser!

We will be selling hot and cold drinks and baked goods.  We’ll also be taking orders for ocean creature t-shirts.

See you there!


Seeds!  Any garden leftover garden seeds you may have, particularly beans, regardless of age, would be useful.  Please send them in.  Thank you. 


Ph: 548-9220

[email protected]

Lego Club Thursday, October 23, 3:15-4:30.
Join us for a new building challenge each month. With caregiver permission kids can walk over to the library after school for Lego Club. For elementary school age kids.

Free movie night To Kill a Mockingbird, Friday,  October 24,  7:30.  Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel translated to film,1962. Starring Gregory Peck, and directed by Robert Mulligan. Lawyer Atticus Finch represents a black man on trial in 1930s Alabama, events are shown through the eyes of a 6 year old girl.

Please call or stop in to register.

Friends of the Leverett Library Annual Meeting, Thursday, October 30 , 6:30pm.      Please join the Friends for a visit from local author Suzanne Strempek Shea.    Shea will talk about her latest book, This is Paradise, true story of Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in the African nation of Malawi. Open to all. Copies of the book are available for check out at the library. 

STEAM program MAGNETS! Thursday, November 6, 3:15-4:15pm.   Kids ages 3-6. Using different types of magnets, we will discover what they can do and how they can be useful, and fun.

Please call or stop in to register.

Local author Cammie McGovern Thursday,  November 13, 7pm  will be at the library to talk about her work. McGovern is the author of three adult novels, The Art of Seeing, Eye Contact, and Neighborhood Watch, and most recently the acclaimed YA novel Say What You Will



(Items listed here are not school sponsored)


The Enchanted Forest: A Non-scary Halloween Event

"Sounds of the Night" Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25,

5:00-8:00pm.  Come to the Hitchcock Center for a magical treat! You will be led along our pumpkin lit forest trails where creatures will emerge to share their stories. This year we will meet nocturnal critters whose sounds fill the night. Fun for all ages!    Adult:  Members $10 / Non-members $12

            Children:  Members $5 / Non-members $8

            Under 3 years free

Registration required, please call to sign up for a walk time, space is limited. Call: 256-6006


Kids West African Dance and Drum Classes are back !!! 

For ages 5 – 12  At the Leverett Crafts and Arts.

Fall Session held on Mondays, Oct. 27th - Dec. 8th

Drop ins are welcome at all classes.

Dance classes taught by Jai Fuller. Drum classes will be taught by Harijap and Jai. Live drumming will accompany all the dance classes!

KIDS DRUM 3:30 -4:00           KIDS DANCE 4:00 - 4:45

With your permission children can take the bus to the LCA and I will be there early to meet them. (Please send them with a snack for this time)

This is a great way for children to get exercise, build coordination and rhythm in a friendly and fun environment. In addition, these classes will help them gain confidence in their creative expression, while we let our spirits soar to the primal rhythm of the drums!

Register for the 7 class series by Oct. 12th for early bird discount!

Pricing: Drum Class - $55 before Oct. 12th; $65 after

Dance Class - $60 before Oct. 12th; $70 after

Discount for Both Classes $100 before Oct. 12th; $110 after

Drop ins are welcome at all classes. Drop in Class rate: drum - $10, dance - $12, both $20  Ask about family rates

Jai is an accomplished dancer, has received extensive training in ballet, modern, and west African dance. She has taught many children's, adults and college dance classes in the area. She has worked with children in many capacities her whole life. Jai's teaching style mirrors her everyday relationships; she is bright, enthusiastic, and heart centered.For more information and to register contact:Siri Om at (413) 367-2460  or [email protected]

Come and create your unique mask for Halloween!

Whether you want to be silly or spooky, this fun workshop is an exciting way to make your imagination come to life. Multi-Arts is offering a children's Make Your Own Mask workshop just perfect for Halloween! Multi-Arts, a local arts organization that has been empowering and inspiring young artists for over 14 years, is hosting a free mask making workshop, led by professional illustrator Titus Neijens.   Multi-Arts' innovative programming encourages creativity and instills a lifelong love of the arts with children. Especially in this age of consumerism, Multi-Arts' camps and workshops help children discover they can use their imaginations to invent and build designs that instills lasting pride and happiness. 

Wednesday October 29, from 4-6 pm

at All Things Local Coop, Downtown Amherst

Free of charge but donations are very much appreciated

All children welcome.


 If you would like to put a notice in the Community Bulletin Board section of the Friday Post, please submit notices to be published no later than Thursday at noon.  The easiest way to do that is by e-mail to [email protected]. Flyers for non-school sponsored events can be attached to the Post.  They must contain a disclaimer “This is not a school-sponsored event” and a sufficient number of copies (125) should be provided to the office by the end of the school day on Thursday.

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