Roadtown News 12.1.17 

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Tuesday, December 5

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


Thursday, December 7

Folk Dance Night, 6:30-7:30pm


Friday, December 8

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


Dear Moose,

It is December! Incredible how fast the time goes! We had a very busy week at SES. All classrooms are in the middle of great units of learning. Grades K-2 went to an exciting field trip at the UMASS Fine Arts Center, older students on Team MCBA are thinking up fun activities for MCBA participants and everyone is gearing up for our SES Folk Dancing Night led by our music teacher Hannah Berube. 

December flies by with all of the events going on in and out of school for our community. I want to take the time to highlight these important dates for your review:

  • Folk Dance Night- Thursday December 7th from 6:30-7:30 pm
  • PTO Apparel Sale! - Available now- December 6th (you will receive items before the December Break!)
  • Our Artist-in-Residence performance will be Thursday December 21st from 6-7:00
  • There will be a 1:00 dismissal on Friday the 22nd!

Please take a look at the article in the RTN about our amazing Moose on the Move club!

Enjoy the weekend!



Dear Shutesbury Elementary Families,

You are cordially invited to Family Folk Dance Night at Shutesbury Elementary on Thursday, December 7th from 6:30-7:30pm in the gymnasium. Students in grades 2-6 have been learning various folk dance styles, steps, and terminology. We are eager to share all that we have learned by inviting you to a Family Folk Dance Night, where you will join us in dance!

Who can come? All are welcome! For dances that are particularly complex or fast-paced, we may ask for adults with small children to head over to the kiddie corner, where dances will be modified and better suited for little ones.

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided by our wonderful PTO during the break. Water will be available at all times during the dances.

Cost: There is no cost to attend this event, and the PTO is graciously providing refreshments free of charge. The PTO will put out a “donations welcome” basket, and there will be a raffle if you would like to contribute/ participate.

Attire: Dress up, dress down- however you feel most comfortable! Comfortable shoes are strongly advised!

But I don’t know how to dance! Don’t worry! Ms. Berube will teach the steps beforehand, and our brilliant students will serve as great teachers and coaches throughout the event.

Further questions may be directed to Ms. Berube via email at

Hope to see you there!


Ms. Berube

Music Teacher

Shutesbury Elementary School



Emma from 4th Grade!


JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do at school?
ES:  Draw.  Actually I like to do math.  Right now we’re doing division and multiplication.

JCB:  What is your favorite food?
ES:  Sushi. 

JCB:  Who makes it the best?
ES:  I like Ginger Garden.

JCB:  What is your favorite thing to do at home?
ES:  Read. 

JCB:  What book are you reading right now.
ES:  Wonder.

JCB:  Have you seen the movie?
ES:  We want to go see the movie.

JCB:  If you could be any animal what animal would you be?
ES:  An eagle because they can fly.

JCB:  Is there anything you’re looking forward to at school this year?
ES:  Doing fractions!

JCB:  Is there anything else you’d like the Shutesbury community to know about you? 
ES:  I like Irish Step Dancing.  I take lessons at the Duffy Academy of Irish Dance.

Photo credit to Martina Dooley-Carvalho.

***PTO NEWS***

Next Wednesday, Dec. 6 is the deadline for ordering SES apparel that will be in by the December Break!  Find the order form online (and flyer attached):



Wednesday mornings from 8:00-8:30 with Mr. Carra.

Friday afternoons from 3:10-4:00 with Jessica, Nurse Katie and Ms. Tyner through December 15.  We plan to walk in (mostly) all weather so if you are going to join us at the track, please dress accordingly. 

Some of us met on the Friday of Thanksgiving Break to log some more laps!  I was so happy to see families turn out, along with some supportive community members.  Go Moose!!!

At the next assembly (December 8) we will be recognizing more children who have made it to their 10-mile mark and some who have hit the 25-mile mark!  Very impressive!! 

10 Miles!

Ronan Donta

Ella Lester

25 Miles!!!

Anna Carlson-Belanger

Benny Galman

Nick Stinson


We have run exactly 790 miles!  This includes every child in the school.  The laps are run in Moose on the Move Club (morning and night), also in gym and other times like recess and other free times in the day.  We have made a map for how far we would have run from Shutesbury Elementary to Charlotte, NC!  The map is located at the water fountain as you walk into the school.  We plan to run to Florida and then to L.A.!  We plan to run around the country!  Keep on running, Moose!!

~Trevor Makepeace and Jessica Carlson-Belanger



News from the M.N. Spear Memorial Library

Shutesbury is a small town with a big heart. Thank you to everyone who donated to the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library on Giving Tuesday. Fifty-five people gave $3,985. We are thrilled!

We have two events planned for this Saturday, December 2nd

Movie Night featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Get ready for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in theaters December 14th!

Rated PG13
Suggested donation, $1 per person. Soda, popcorn and baked goods for sale, $1 each.

6:30 pm, at Town Hall


Wendell Full Moon Coffee House 
Featuring The Crescent Dancers with music by Shalom Habibi!
An evening of Arabic and Jewish music and dance to welcome the holiday season.

Admission sliding scale $7 - $15 and a bake sale to benefit the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library!

Historic Wendell Town Hall, 6 Center Street, 7: 30 pm.


And one for next Friday, December 8th


Soups and Stews Dinner

A delicious selection of homemade soups and stews, breads and desserts.

Suggested donation, $10 adults, $5 for kids and seniors.

6 – 8 pm at the Shutesbury Athletic Club


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Sunday, December 310:30AM-2PM; Eating Your Way to Strong Bones

An adequate supply of calcium is necessary to build and maintain strong, healthy bones. Of course, many simple and delicious foods supply this essential mineral – beans, leafy greens, soy foods, sea vegetables, nuts, seeds and a few special grains. Yet some foods increase our calcium needs and others inhibit its uptake, while others actually steal it from our teeth and bones. To cut through calcium confusion and discover delicious ways to nourish your bones, join Leslie Cerier for this fun and informative hands on vegetarian cooking class.

For more information on each class, please go to

Cost per class is $75, paid in advance to Leslie Cerier or $100 at the door if there is room. For more information, please email or call Leslie on her landline: 413-259-1695; no Texts

Live the Super Luscious Life with Leslie

Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet, Farm to Table, Chef, Hosts Organic B&B, Teaches Vegetarian Cooking from the Heart, Private and Group Classes Locally, at your home and worldwide; Award Winning Nature Photographer, Cookbook Author; Email


Holiday Ornaments from the Heart with Val Gilman

come to my ceramic studio in Shutesbury and make your own!

Saturdays December 2 and December 9 from 2:30-4:30

fee is $55 includes both classes and materials and firing

There is still time to sign up for the two day ceramic workshop making holiday ornaments. Imagine making your own menorah or set of hanging ornaments for the tree. Or do you have a family meal that it would be lovely to have special candle holders for, or individual napkin rings on the table? Or maybe you have a different idea entirely and you would just love to have some time in a clay studio! Two hours of working with clay making anything you like and a week later another two hours to work on glazing.



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