Roadtown May 5, 2017 

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Tuesday, May 9

3rd and 6th Grade MCAS


Tuesday, May 9

School Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30PM


Wednesday, May 10

Arts Night, 6:00-7:30PM


Thursday, May 11

3rd and 6th Grade MCAS


Thursday, May 11

Drama Club, 3:15-4:15pm


Friday, May 12

6th Grade Spaghetti Dinner, 6:00 and 7:30 seatings

& PTO Raffle Basket Drawing!


Monday, May 15

5th Grade Field Trip to Amethyst Brook and UMass,



Tuesday, May 16

4th Grade MCAS


Wednesday, May 17

Strings Concert with Tyson Peelle, 10:30am & 6:30pm


Thursday, May 18

4th Grade MCAS


Thursday, May 18

Drama Club, 3:15-4:15pm


Thursday, May 18

School Committee Meeting, 7:00pm


Friday, May 19

5th Grade MCAS


Friday, May 19

All School Assembly, 2:30-3:00pm


Dear Moose Families,

Happy May to all.

There's a LOT happening in the coming weeks! Please make sure you are reading the Roadtown and check our important dates.

May 10th is ARTS NIGHT! Please see the attached flyer for the event! You may arrive between 6:00pm and 7:00pm to examine and purchase (if you'd like) your student's artwork and attend our Book Fair from the World Eye Bookshop from Greenfield. At 7:00 students will gather in the gym to perform some songs they have learned with Ms. Becca.

Purchase your tickets from a 6th grader, the school office or the Spear Memorial Library for the annual 6th grade Spaghetti Dinner!! On Friday May 12th dine at the fancy dinner and support our SES 6th graders!

We also have grades 3 and 6 completing math MCAS next week!

Lots going on! See you for the fun events next week!



Owen from 2nd Grade!


JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do at school?
OC:  Read graphic novels in the library.  My favorite graphic novel right now is Missile Mouse:  Rescue on Tankium3.

JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do at home?
OC:  Watch Netflix. 

JCB:  What is your favorite show?
OC:  “Dinotrux.”

JCB:  What would you like to be when you grow up?
OC:  Mission Control Personnel at NASA or maybe I might also run for President, if I can.

JCB:  If you were President what would you do first?
OC:  I haven’t thought of that.  I guess make more good Missile Mouse graphic novels.  I also kind of would want them shipped to the White House.  I love that series!

JCB:  What is your favorite food?
OC:  Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese from a box.  I like the shells.  Mom likes to put peas in the mix and I hate it!  I hate vegetables mixed in with good stuff!

JCB:  If you could be an animal what animal would you pick?
OC:  That’s a tricky one.  Probably an octopus. An octopus is a great animal.  They can live on land for a while, I think, and they don’t have any bones so they can squeeze into super tiny spaces as big as a penny.  And the first letter of an octopus is O and the first letter of my name is O!



Basic Rights in Special Education

Annual Workshop

Sponsored by the Erving School Union #28

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

 with Prudence Marsh, Director of Student Support Services

Monday, May 22, 2017

Erving Elementary School Conference Room

9:30 am-10:30am

Please join us for this opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable information about the special education process.


33rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner:

The annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Shutesbury Elementary School is right around the corner! On Friday, May 12, 2017 our school will be transformed into an Italian bistro. Come enjoy a spaghetti meal with all the fixings. Graduating 6th graders will wait tables. There are two seatings, 6:00 and 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased through a fifth or sixth grader or through the school office.  The M.N. Spear Memorial Library will also be selling tickets. Prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. All money raised will be used for the 6th grade field trips.  Hope to see you there!


It is 6th grade portfolio season.  We are looking for volunteer coaches to help our 6th graders prepare for their portfolio presentations.  This is a unique opportunity to learn about the 6th graders and their learning journeys while at Shutesbury Elementary School.  The coaching schedule is :

                                                                             Tues  5/30 9-12 pm

                                                                             Thurs  6/1 9-11 am 

                                                                             Fri       6/2 9-12 pm

                                                                             Tues    6/6 9-12 pm

                                                                             Wed     6/7 9-11 am

                                                                             Thurs   6/8 9-11 am

If you are able to volunteer or have questions, please contact Mara Hahn at  You do need to have a CORI check in order to volunteer.




Arts night is coming May 10! Fasten your seat belts because this year we're doing things new and a little bit different! 

New! Every student will have a framed piece of their original artwork available for you to purchase just in time for Mother's Day!

New! A locally sourced book fair allowing you to purchase fabulous new books!

It all starts at 6 PM Wednesday night, May 10!

7 - 7:30 PM is the music concert! We will take our seats to hear the beautiful music of our children both with vocals and percussion!

You won't want to miss any of it! See you Wednesday, May 10 for an amazing night of the arts!


Spaghetti Supper Volunteers and Tickets

SES Parent - Spaghetti Supper tickets are now on sale at the front office or the MN Spear Library, or from any 5th or 6th grader.  We are also inviting any parents to help with the supper.  We still need about a dozen volunteers to help with the Spaghetti Supper on May 12.  Our greatest need is during the 7:30  - 9 pm shift, but we could also use a few more folks with the 6-7:30 shift. This is a big tradition for SES 6th graders, and gives parents of younger students a chance to see how it works.  If you can help, please contact Kyla Hastie at, or 413-253-0317.  



May Day




Morris dancers

  Morris Dancers2

***PTO NEWS***

Shutesbury Elementary School PTO Presents “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”

This game show, trivia fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30pm at the school and we invite townsfolk to participate or just come to watch!  All participants will pair up with an intelligent, enthusiastic fifth grader (in teams of 2 or more) to answer 5th grade level trivia questions.  Entry fee for participants will be $10/person (may be sponsored by your Board, Committee, or place of business).  There will be a suggested donation at the door for our audience as well as a bake sale!  If you would like to be a participant or help at the event, please contact Jessica Carlson-Belanger at or


Box Tops for Education

Our school has raised another $100.60 from your Box Tops donations this round!  This comes in the form of a check, sent to the school to be able to use in any way the PTO sees fit.  Every little bit counts and the Box Tops really add up quickly.  Please keep sending in the Box Top coupon found on many food products sold at local grocery stores.  We appreciate your contribution!



Multi-Arts Summer Children’s Activities

Art. Theater. Music. Dance. Fashion. Story Telling and more

Join us for one day, one week, or the whole summer

June 19 to August 11, 2017

Wildwood Elementary School, Amherst 

Taught by top-notch, professional artists every day

Small groups. Individual attention for Children ages 4 to 12   

Fun, inspiring, empowering

You will bring home a happy child

Limited Space. Register TODAY!   413-584-7951



Art Show Presale

Art's Night

Spag Dinner

Book Fair

Swim Lessons

Artists' Collective

Posted by carlson-belangerj On 05 May, 2017 at 1:55 PM