Upcoming Events

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October 18, 2018

Dear SES Community,

I am writing with some fun news of an upcoming event. We have decided to host our FIFTH annual Vocabulary Costume Day on October 31st!

Teachers will be working with students to brainstorm and think about vibrant, robust vocabulary words. They will then plan a costume in class that will demonstrate the meaning of that word. They will create a label to wear with their costume so that they can teach others their word’s meaning.

We will be having the conversation with students that these costumes can be as fancy or as simple as they want. For example, they can dress in green and be “emerald,” put a question mark on a shirt and be “inquisitive,” or dress up fancy and be “elegant.”

Halloween costumes can be worn, but the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Violent and/or gory costumes are not allowed
  • No masks
  • Props such as wands, swords, canes etc. are not allowed
  • Students must be able to sit down in costume
  • No costumes can be worn without a vocabulary word
  • No make-up or face paint for this event

Students will be allowed to come to school in, or change into costumes on the 31st.  At a school-wide assembly and parade, students will teach each other the meanings of their words.

This event will help students bring big and robust words “to life” and to learn new words in a fun and exciting way. We are looking forward to this tradition.


Jackie Mendonsa


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Shutesbury Elementary School (SES) serves elementary age children in the town of Shutesbury. As the only school in town, SES is the focal point for accommodating 125 children from Preschool to Grade 6.

SES is a dynamic learning community. Its mission is to lay foundations in the many critical areas of our children's education. We strive to nurture each child's curiosity, growth, and development, and to foster a lifelong love of learning.


Shutesbury Elementary School

  • 23 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury MA 01072

  • Phone: 1-413-259-1212
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