Roadtown May 19, 2017 

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Tuesday, May 23

5th Grade MCAS


Thursday, May 25

Drama Club, 3:15-4:15pm


Friday, May 26

Band Concert with Brian Bender,

9:30am & 5:30pm


Friday, May 26

6th Grade Living History Event, 1:30pm


Tuesday, May 30

PTO Presents “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”, 6:30pm


Thursday, June 1

Tony Vacca Workshop (for 5/6 from 1:00-2:00pm)

 and Assembly (for all from 2:00-3:00pm)


Friday, June 2

Drama Club Performance, 2:00-3:00pm & 6:30-7:30pm



Dear Moose,

The warm weather has arrived. I would like to remind families to please send students to school with safe and appropriate footwear in the warmer weather. Flip flops and sandals without heel straps are not safe for students to run around and play in. Please consider sneakers or sandals that secure firmly to the foot. As always, students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to keep at their desks.

BRAVO to the fabulous 6th graders and their families and teachers for a fabulous Spaghetti Dinner. The traditional event was delicious and well-attended. Thanks for the hard work by all. Also, thank you to the PTO and classroom families for the raffle basket donations as well!

As I wrote last week, May is packed with events and activities. Please be sure to check the dates to remember in each RTN and on our school website. This week, the students who take instrument lessons with Mr. Peelle delighted us with a beautiful strings concert. Fifth Grade went on a fascinating field trip to UMASS and Amethyst Brook to learn about life as a wildlife biologist! Kindergarten was treated to a fire truck visit.

So much to do, so little time! This is a reminder that the last day of school is Thursday June 22nd with an 11:00 dismissal. There will be no after-school on the last day. 



 Evie from 3rd Grade!



JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do at school?
ED:  Choice time.  I like to dance.

JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do at home?
ED:  I like to practice Irish dance.

JCB:  Do you have to have a hard floor to do that?
ED:  Yes, I practice in the kitchen or up in my bedroom usually.

JCB:  What would you like to be when you grow up?
ED:  I might want to teach Irish dance.

JCB:  If you were President of the United States what would you do first?
ED:  I would probably make it so that there was more happy people.

JCB:  How would you do that?
ED:  I would make it so that everything is fair, and I would make it so there’s enough houses for everybody.

JCB:  What is your favorite food?
ED:  Lava cake!  It’s a chocolate cake that shaped like a volcano and there’s melted chocolate inside and sometimes vanilla ice cream on the side or on top of it.  And if it’s on top of it, it will melt down.  They have it at Chili’s and we made it once.

JCB:  If you could be an animal what animal would you pick?
ED:  I think maybe like a hawk so that way I could fly.


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.



***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


Staff Appreciation Lunch:  This year's lunch will be on Tuesday, June 6th.  It is a great way for parents to thank the teachers and staff of Shutesbury Elementary School for all they do for our children.

The PTO needs volunteers to contribute food and drinks and to set up (9-11:30am) and clean up (1:15-2:45) the lunch.  If you can help in any way, please contact Jaime Donta (



The 37th annual Lake Wyola Road Race and Walk will be held on Sunday, June 11,2017.  Walkers start at 10 and runners at 10:30.  As usual, there will be t-shirts for all pre registrants,refreshments,  awards and a raffle.   It is again part of the SMAC race series.

We offer a $10 fee for participants 12 and under (no t-shirt) and team scoring and prizes.

Register at

Still looking for the right camp for your child this summer? There are still a few spaces left at Khalsa Camp!

Cooperative Trust Building 

June 26th through July 7th (ages 5-10)

and Expressive Arts

July 24th - Aug (ages 8 - 13)

Khalsa Camp is based out of Leverett, we travel throughout the valley--swimming, yoga, horse back riding, hiking, and other adventures! See our website for referral discount and sibling discount info. (413) 548-8855


M.N. Spear Memorial Library News

We have two fun programs for children and their families planned for this weekend. We hope you will join us!

Saturday, May 20th, 10 am at Town Hall

Story time with HenaSusha

Children ages two to six and their families are invited to join us for stories and a craft.

Sunday, May 21st, noon – 2, at Town Hall

Lego Club

Children ages four and up and their families are invited to join us for the last Lego Club of the season.

Save the Date!

Friday, June 16th, 6 pm, Shutesbury Athletic Club

Pop-Up Adventure Playground and Ice Cream Social

Free fun and ice cream for everyone!

Visit our website,

LIKE us on Facebook,


lunch menu

Field Day Letter

Field Day Schedule

Are You Smarter?

MCBA Mash Up LIst

Pop Up Adventure

Women's Yoga Retreat

Posted by carlson-belangerj On 18 May, 2017 at 10:45 AM