Friday Afternoon Post

Leverett Elementary School   85 Montague Road   Leverett MA  01054




Calendar of Events:                

Peace Day & Picture Day- Monday, Sept. 25        

Volunteer Day- Saturday,  Sept. 30, 9 AM-1 PM

School Committee Mtg. - Monday, Oct. 2, 6 PM

Open House- Wednesday, October 4

Harvest Festival- Saturday, October 14

In the Schoolhouse

Moving beyond a First Draft!

Last spring, the LES teaching staff came up with several ideas for strengthening and enlivening our life as a school community. At the end of last year, we decided that the most efficient way to bring these ideas to life would dividing into committees to create action plans. During our meeting times this past week, there was very focused work on each of these areas, and I’d like to share some changes and new initiatives that you will be hearing about and will soon see on the calendar.


Assemblies will now be held twice a month on Mondays at 8:45, beginning October 2nd. Facilitation of the assemblies will be shared among staff and students (and an owl or two). There will be opportunities for movement, singing, classroom news, and some general fun. Parents are welcome to join us. More information will be going home in the next Friday Post!

Peace Day, Mountain Day, and Winter Field Day

Yes! The staff is very enthusiastic about making all of these events happen. Peace Day is already on the calendar for 9 a.m. on Monday, September 25th. Storyteller John Porcino will be working with students next week on different ways of expressing the concept of peace. Children are also learning songs that will be shared. We hope many Leverett folks will attend.

   While we’re not sure of the ‘when’ yet, there will be a ‘Mountain Day’ this fall when we’ll move outside and spend the day hiking and reveling in the school’s incredible surroundings. The committee identified different length walks/hikes so that every child can participate. Stay tuned for further details!

   And, finally, we feel sure the everyone will enjoy a winter field day! This will be a day for bringing sleds, making snow angels, snow forts, and snowmen. And there will be indoor activities for children who may want a respite from snow and cold. The date of Winter Field Day will be a bit dependent on Mother Nature. I think after that second or third early morning “No School” call, Winter Snow Day will soon be upon us!


We recognize that the half hour lunch is often a bit long for children in grades 1-6. The mischievous behaviors tend to arise during the last ten minutes, when most children have finished eating.  Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing table and card games, and other ways to engage with each other in a happy and purposeful way once children are done with their lunch. We also have been introducing ‘Quiet Lunch,’ which is an opportunity for up to six children to eat in the Parent room—a bit less busy than the cafeteria! In the coming month or so, you will also hear about children taking the responsibility of cleaning their tables, as well as other ways of caring for the cafeteria.

Community Service 

The Community Service Committee started their work by identifying a definition and purpose for community service at LES. It captures the dedication we have as a school to making a difference.

Community service is work done by a person or group of people that benefits others. Through community service projects, students are inspired to make a difference in their community and in the world. Community service at Leverett Elementary School helps children to develop caring, kindness, empathy, generosity, and gratitude.

At Leverett Elementary School, we are committed to:

Community service projects will range from hurricane relief to watering plants. Every child will participate in community service over the course of the year.

We will continue to work together to bring all these initiatives to fruition. While some of these initiatives will take place within the classrooms, there will also be several that will community-wide activities, as well as opportunities for volunteers to help!

It is going to be a terrific year!!


                    Community Bulletin Board

Announcing the Singing Giraffe Music Class for kids ages 4-8 years old who just love to sing.  We’ll learn great songs, explore accompaniment and movement and concepts of all kinds.

Tuesdays, Sept. 12th through October 31st, 3:45-4:45 PM

Located at Immanuel Lutheran Church,

867 N Pleasant St Amherst, MA 01002

Directed by Dorothy Cresswell

Kindergarten teacher at Leverett for many years :-)

Nationally Board Certified

Contact Dorothy at or call 413-668-4189

Leverett Alliance Meeting.  Please come.

The Leverett Alliance invites you to our September meeting and potluck at Town Hall on Thursday, 9/14 - 6pm potluck and 7-8:30 meeting.  We will discuss our hopes for the coming year and hear updates from the working groups: Sanctuary/Hate Crimes, Building Bridges, Building Community, Youth/Schools, Environment and Book/Reading.

There will be a detailed update from the Bridging Committee on the very exciting Hands Across the Hills effort, a the 3-day visit to Leverett from our sister community in Eastern Kentucky. Details on what is scheduled and how the community can be involved will be shared.

Please join us and bring a friend.  Any questions contact

LIVE TOXIC FREE! Jen Field, mother of Matthew, Grade 5, can help you do just that! I used to spend a lot of time making my own household cleaning products, deodorants, and moisturizers because then I knew they were free of harmful chemicals. Then I found Pure Haven Essentials products, with the same ingredients I was using and even more products to keep my family truly TOXIC FREE! From surface cleaner to laundry detergent, from deodorant to toothpaste, all free of ANY toxic chemicals, made here in the USA, and totally effective for my kids, my pets and my home. I don't spend time making my own any more and PHE delivers right to my house! Want your house to be TOXIC FREE? Email me at or text/call me at 413-210-1912

Need a babysitter? Look no further. My name is Emma McIntire and I’d love to hang out with your kids sometime! I am 13 in eighth grade and I live in Leverett. I have a somewhat varying schedule because of sports but we can work around that. I have siblings so I have experience with kids. So if you ever need a babysitter please call my home phone at 413-367-4352  or call or text my cell at 413-230-7492.

Coming up at the Leverett Library

New to town?  Come meet your librarians, have some pizza, tour the library, and get a library card. Please join us even if you’ve already been in, meet library trustees and some new neighbors.    Thursday October 5, 6:30-7:30pm.

Free Technology Workshops with Hank Allen Saturdays this fall from 12:30-2pm.            

September 16: Computer Security.   October 14: Streaming tv & movies.  October 21: Digital photography   October 28: TBD. Please let us know if you will need to borrow a laptop.

Mindful Eating Workshop: A five week  workshop on eating habits with trained mindfulness teacher Michelle Miller. Learn healthy eating habits through daily app activities and weekly meetings.  Participants will need a smart phone or internet connected device to participate. The first 15 people to register will receive the $25 app for free.  Program will run Sunday, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 15, 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road, Leverett. Please contact us at 413-548-9220 to register.

Go with Your Gut: How Gut Bacteria are Thought to Affect Our Health and How What We Eat Can Affect Our Gut Bacteria. Presented by Alicia Walter MS, RDN/LDN Registered/Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist.  Gut friendly snacks will be served!  Saturday September 23, 1-3pm. Please register.

Monthly movie nights are back from summer hiatus. Join us one Friday every month at 7:30pm. Friday September 22, The Wedding Plan Rated PG, 1hr 50m 

This comedy follows bride-to-be Michal, a 32-year-old Orthodox Jew whose fiancé breaks their engagement. Rather than call off the nuptials, Michal decides to let God provide her with a groom by the scheduled wedding day. Starring:  Noa Koler, Amos Tamam, Oz Zehavi, Irit Sheleg, Ronny Merhavi,

A Day with Super Vision Workshop.  Passport to Chemistry Adventure scientists from Mount Holyoke College will lead caregiver/child teams through an exploration of color vision and 'super vision', to uncover hidden messages and more. Tuesday October 10 at 4pm. Space is limited, sign up early.

Join us every Wednesday from 10:30-noon for stories, songs and play with Heleen Cardinaux. Developed for children newborn-5, but open to all families. 

Sponsored by the Community Network for Children.

Call the library for more information 413-548-9220.