June 17, 2022

This final full week of school has been wonderful and busy! We all had a fabulous Field Day on Monday! Mr. Carra organized a fabulous event! Every year our Field Day culminates with a school-wide hula hooping contest. This year, our hula hoop contest winner was Evelyn Okerberg from 2nd grade! Our runners up were Noe Arboleda-Rulf from 6th grade and Tansy Warwick from 5th grade.

On Thursday, the 6th graders had their car parade around town and an evening graduation! Thank you to the wonderful community members who took time out of their evening to cheer on our 6th graders during the parade! Both of these events were so much fun! Today, the 6th graders went on their field trip to Lake Compounce. We will miss this class at SES, but wish them the best of luck in Middle School and beyond!

On Tuesday morning we had our 1st in person all-school assembly in 2 years! We sand songs with Mr. Cortina, listened to a story, played freeze dance and Ms. L presented some library awards! It was a blast and resulted in a whole school conga line!

Some students in the 5th grade created a student production of some songs from Encanto! They performed for the Kindergarten, 1st grade and 5th grade today. They will also perform for their families this afternoon. This was a student-led and created production and was fabulous!

All students wrapped up their work with our artist in residence, Emily Neuburger. Emily will be installing the students' work over the weekend in the front hall. Students created flags of hope and peace. We will have the installation up for the fall of next year as well so that families can see the beautiful and thoughtful work the students did with Emily. 

I would like to announce that we have hired two new teachers for next year. Our first grade teacher, Sarah Willis, is leaving to become a licensed mental health clinician. We are SO sad to see Sarah leave. We will miss her sense of humor and deep kindness, but are happy for her to start this new professional adventure. We have hired Kate Bailey as our new 1st grade teacher. Kate is a veteran 1st grade teacher and reading specialist with many years in the Greenfield Public Schools. We are thrilled for Kate to be joining us.

Our grade 3 teacher, April Cannon, is transitioning into the Math Specialist role at SES. April brings lots of teaching experience and new ideas to this role. We have hired Carrie Doggett as the new grade 3 teacher. Carrie has been a classroom teacher in the Amherst Public Schools for over a decade. She is a Shutesbury resident and her son attends our SES Kindergarten! We are so happy to have Carrie at SES in our 3rd grade!

Our last day of school is Tuesday, June 21st. We will have an 11:30 am dismissal. There is no afterschool on this day. We will not be serving lunch on this day. However, if you would like your child to bring a bagged lunch home from school, please fill out the survey HERE. It will be a simple sandwich and a piece of fruit. 

Have a great long weekend and we will see everyone for one last half-day on Tuesday!



If you have not signed up for weekly in-school PCR pooled testing, we encourage you to do so. To give permission for your student to participate in the program, please follow these steps: 

1. Click on this link

 2. Scroll down on the page until you see “Step 1: Select your school district”. On this scroll down menu, select ERVING.

 3. Under “Step 2: Select your school”, click on Shutesbury Elementary School from the scroll down menu.

 4. Click on “Sign Consent Form For a Minor.”

 5. Review and sign the consent form.

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About Us

    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
    • Fax: 1-413-259-1531