June 5, 2015 

JUNE 5, 2015

Wednesday, June 10

            Field Day (raindate: 6/17)

            Kindergarten Open House – 1:30-2:30

Monday, June 15

            School Committee Meeting – 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 17

            Last Day of Preschool – Celebration at 11:30am

Thursday, June 18

            Sixth Grade Farewell – 1:30 pm

Friday, June 19

            LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 11:00 Dismissal

Wednesday, September 2

            First Day of School for Grades K-6




Accomplishment. According to Dictionary.com, accomplishment is a noun meaning:

     1. an act or instance of carrying into effect;fulfillment:

     2. something done admirably or creditably:

     3. anything accomplished; deed; achievement:

     4. any acquired ability or knowledge.

Every single child and adult at LES can feel accomplishment in all of its meanings for the amazing work, effort, and achievement of the past year.

As I write, I can see down to the fourth grade classroom where students are eagerly presenting their inventions at the Invention Fair. Creativity abounds. Need to get your cat out of your room at night so that you can sleep?  Are you having trouble keeping track of your hair elastics? What about having to pass so many plates down the table in order to serve a meal? Talk to a fourth grader. They have your solution!

Last week, Bill Stewart’s fifth grade presented an original (and very amazing) play, called “The Judgment of Paris.” The class definitely is a cohort with a great deal of acting ability! But the delivery of their lines also showed how much they have grown in their understanding of character, plot, and story line.

There were wonderful musical performances as well. Kudos to Brian Bender and Heidi Renault for the work they have done this year, which was so tunefully reflected in the two concerts! 

Three kindergartners also did an original performance of “The Emperor’s New Toys.” This trio has been reading with Susan Wells, and decided to come up with their own rendition of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It was a clever and amusing story, greatly enjoyed by their classmates and the second graders, as well.

There will, no doubt, be more accomplishments in evidence over the next couple of weeks.  These accomplishments are the result of individual efforts, but they also reflect the incredible support and encouragement that comes from the entire Leverett community. We continue to be very grateful for ensuring that “LES is more!”

Before the end of the year, we hope to have completed two appointments. The first is for the long-term substitute, who will cover Amanda King’s maternity leave until she returns after Thanksgiving, and the second for a teacher who will take over second grade for one year, while Angela Regan is pursuing her Master’s Degree at Smith College. We will announce these appointments as they are finalized.

There are still several field trips, Field Day, and Jump Up Day ahead! Stay tuned!!

-Margot Lacey




Let’s hope for a nice day! 

The rain date is the following

Wednesday, 6/17.

Parents:  Please have your child wear sneakers and a sun hat and bring a water bottle labeled with his or her name.

Sunscreen & insect repellent should be applied at home.



I did my student teaching at the Leverett Elementary School from September of 1975 to June of 1976. I returned in November of 1977 as a Comprehensive Employment Training Act (C.E.T.A.) aide.  In April of 1980, I took over as the fourth grade teacher and I taught fourth grade for seventeen years. I then moved to the newly created Essential Skills position. This allowed me to teach everything from remedial to accelerated math, as well as language arts and science labs.  And now it is time to say goodbye.  It has been a good run and the Leverett School has always been a great school.  I will take with me so many cherished memories.  Thanks to all who have made this wonderful place possible.

                           -Nancy Gibavic 

Summer Camp Registration Continues:

The Leverett Summer Camp is currently accepting registrations for our small community centered educational and recreational day camp here at LES.  Space is limited and is open to children K-6.  We are operating for 4 weeks.  Week I:   July 13 - 17  Classic Sports and Games;  Week II:   July 20 - 24  Theatre Week;  Week III:  July 27 - 31  Nature and Science;  Week IV:  August 3 - 7 Theatre Week.  Camp hours are from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  Space is limited with no exceptions so please contact us now if you’re interested.  For more information or a registration form please contact Mike DeRosa at the Afterschool Program 413-548-9144 extension 6, or email  [email protected].  Also, a registration form is attached to this week’s Post.  Thanks and hope to see you here!

 summer camp




(Items listed here are not school sponsored)


Leverett-based dog walking service has early afternoon and late afternoon walk times available.  Dogs must be good with other dogs, children and adults, and be able to run off-leash. Please contact [email protected] or 413-475-4304.



Chair Yoga for Strength, Flexibility & Balance - Wednesdays 10-11am  Town Hall

Yoga for Stress Reduction- Thursdays 5-6:15pm Leverett Library

 Women's Yoga Circle- Sunday, May 31 10am-1pm

The Shintaido Center, River Road Deerfield.  Please call Nancy @413-687-2125 for information and registration.


Savings and Serenity:  Schedule your 1 hour Monday massage between 12 noon and 4 pm for $55 (regularly $75), with Nancy Paglia, M.Ed. Certified Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, and Stress Management Specialist.  Call or email today, 413-687-2125, [email protected].


Wolf Tree After School Nature Program, 2015-16 - Now registering for the 2015-16 session, which starts in the fall. Wolf Tree Programs is offering an after school program, Wild Coyotes, based in the woods next to Leverett Elementary School. The program runs from 1-5pm on Wednesdays. Wild Coyotes is a supportive container for kids to grow, play and deepen their connection to nature. Kids are encouraged to follow their interests and explore the natural world through all their senses. Combining outdoor skills, naturalist knowledge and a long-term mentoring model, Wild Coyotes offers your kids a safe place to be themselves and develop a deeper connection with the natural world.

Visit http://www.wolftreema.com/wildcoyotes/ for more details or to register.

WANTED:  A room or in-law apartment to rent to a young, single woman.  Please call 397-3300.


Family Afternoon with Multi-Arts - Let your creativity run wild!  We'll be making masks, sculptures, imaginary creatures, 3D art pieces, and much more!  Spend the afternoon with us, and you’ll be sure to leave with a beautiful final product to bring home and display (or play with,) as well as ideas for many more projects to come.

Hadley Senior Community Center

Free admission

Friday June 19, 4:30

 This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hadley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


The Diaper Task Force of the Franklin County Resource Network is holding a DIAPER DRIVE  through June 21 to support families in Franklin County.  You can help by donating diapers (collection box at school) or by making a financial contribution.  Diapers are a huge expense when money is tight. The diapers provided will help.  For more information, to make a donation, or to organize a diaper drive where you work, visit www.communityaction.us and click on “community partners”, or call or email Judith Weinthaler at [email protected], 413-548-9896.


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