Friday Afternoon Post

Leverett Elementary School   85 Montague Road   Leverett MA  01054


           Calendar of Events

Tuesday, June 20

11 AM, Preschool Last Day Celebration

1:30 PM, 6th Grade Farewell

Wednesday, June 21

Grade 5, Trout Stock Out

Thursday, June 22, Last Day!

9:30 AM Jump Up

11 AM Dismissal


Spotlight On…

Spring Fling and Barn Dance -

An LES Fundraising Event!

Art Show, Music, Bar, Bites!

Saturday, June 17, 8pm. 29 Mill Lane, Amherst

Tickets are $25, sold in the office or at door.

Tickets include entry, live music, one beverage, and hors d’oeuvres.

Live Music - From NYC: Antoine Drye Trio!

In the Schoolhouse

Happy Trails!!

An absolutely terrific Field Day marked the beginning of our end-of- year rituals. We had a perfect early summer day. After the traditional sixth grade vs. staff volleyball game, everyone headed out for every manner of activity. Special thanks to Jo-Ann Konieczny for delivering fruit popsicles!  I played some basketball, won a sponge race, tried a little dancing, joined in some volleyball (both indoor and outdoor), and put a lot of mustard and ketchup on hot dogs. While we no longer have water balloons on Field Day, the new game ‘Drip, Drip, Drop’ gave kids ample opportunity to get wet! Towels will be added to the equipment list for next year’s Field Day!

At last week’s assembly, we began by thanking many of our volunteers who have contributed hundreds of hours this year. They have shelved thousands and thousands of books, helped fifth graders to master math, put together the Friday Post, raised thousands of dollars, and masterminded several events, among many other things. We are all very grateful.

The second part of the assembly was the assignment of owl species to each grade. Since we announced that our mascot is now the owl, there have been many questions about what kind of owls we are. Did you know that there are eight owls that might be found in Leverett? That was perfect, since there are eight grade levels in the school. So, in a skit a la Harry Potter, the staff created a highly amusing way of letting students know what kind of owl each grade is. Now it is time to learn all the owl calls!

I am happy to announce two staff appointments for next year. Nurse Annie Clarke has been filling in for Karyn Briand since March. Nurse Karyn has decided to spend next year with her new son, Alexander. We are very pleased that Nurse Annie will stay on for the coming year. She has gotten to know LES students, and is a great team player, working closely with colleagues to make sure that children are getting what they need.

In the library, Donna Rivers will be taking over from Lani. Several years ago, Donna co-taught with Tracey Supple, so she already knows a bit about LES. Her warmth and lovely sense of humor won over the interview committee, who all felt confident that Donna will be a great addition to LES.

We know that the summer will fly by. But if there is anyone out there who has a few hours to spare, our front garden continues to need some TLC, and there are a couple of cans of paint designated for the office. Though school isn’t in regular session, we are still here! The summer office schedule is a bit variable, so it is always a good idea to call in advance if you are stopping by.

Have a happy and safe summer with all kinds of memorable adventures and many great books!


LES Library Books are Due!

There are a few books that still need to come back. Notices have gone home -- for students and parents who have books out.

The BOOK RETURN RAFFLE will be drawn on Tuesday! All books must be returned by 9am. Each student who returns all of their library books (or otherwise clears their account) will receive a raffle ticket. They then choose which raffle basket to enter. The eleven book-themed prize baskets include: GRAPHIC NOVELS, COMICS, SERIOUS READERS, 2017 MCBA, SPORTS, YO-YO, SCARY, BOOKS-TO-MOVIES, SCIENCE, BUILD, SCHOOL. And we have a number of local and national stores to thank for their generous donations:

Raffle winners will be announced next week!

Summer reading is so fun and important!

Check out the Leverett Library's Build A Better World Summer 2017 Bingo. (Read books, fill out the bingo card, and win prizes!) Stop by the Leverett Library over the summer to check out books (including MCBA Mash Up books and audio books!) and movies, and … new Lego sets, a mini herb garden project, a 21 elephant bridge building challenge and more, dates TBD.

Barnes and Noble also has a summer reading program. Kids in grades 1-6 can read any 8 books, fill out the B&N Summer Reading Journal, and bring it into the store to get a free book.

PTO corner

Although the school year is coming to an end we are already looking forward to next year and ways we can make LES even better. We have been working on some really exciting after school programming for kids next year. But we need your help: we are looking for a parent volunteer or two, to help coordinate the after school activities. Most of the work will entail communicating with parents and activity coordinators. You will NOT have to be at school to do any of this work!!!! So if you have a few hours to spare and would be interested in learning more about this role, please contact Miryam (mom of Uli and Finn) at 413-231-2646 or email at

Community Bulletin Board

You Are Invited!

Please join us for Leverett’s first Interdependence Day town-wide cooperative picnic, co-sponsored by the Leverett Select Board and The Leverett Alliance. We will convene at the elementary school on July 4 th between 4 PM and 7 PM for a do-it- yourself picnic on the grounds of the school. If you have sports equipment you’d like to share, like frisbees or soccer balls, please bring them. Bring whatever you’d like to eat and/or drink and a blanket or chairs. Details are still being worked out. For more information or to help out, contact Pat Fiero at or Paula Green at

Hope to see you there!

CUSTODIAN WANTED.  Leverett Congregational Church is looking for a custodian for two hours a week.  Job starts in August or September.  No heavy lifting. $15/hour.  Contact Barbara Tiner at 548-7919 or  


Call me!  My name is Rheannon Stewart and I am a student at Amherst High School and an LES alum (and daughter of 5th grade teacher Mr. Stewart).  I have Red Cross babysitting certification and lots of experience, and am a dog, cat and general animal lover.  I would be happy to help you with your child or pet care during the weeks of July 10 through July 20, and at other times during August.  Please call me at 413-404-3045.  

Ever too tired from your intensely energetic kids to do that yard work? For $10/hour I'll come over and scrub your porch, mow your lawn, rake leaves, clean windows, or any other yard work you need done. And I also love to entertaining energetic kids. My name is Geir Hartl and I'm a 7th grader at Amherst Middle School and was in the LES class of 2016. Just send me an email at or call/text me at 413-992-8093 and I will bike anywhere, even North Leverett!

Wild Coyotes After School Program, 2017-18 Now Registering

Wednesdays, 1-5 pm, meets at LES.

A supportive container for kids to grow, play and deepen their connection to nature. Kids are encouraged to follow their interests and explore the natural world through all their senses. Combining outdoor skills, unstructured free play and a long-term mentoring model, Wild Coyotes offers your kids a safe place to be themselves and develop a deeper connection with the natural world.

For more details, visit us online:

A current 5th grader (soon to be 6th grader) is interested splitting a Wild Coyote Wolftree registration for coming 2017-2018 school year with another LES student.  We are hoping to find someone to fill and pay for the the Fall 2016 session of this full year program.  Our 5th grader is only able to attend in the Spring 2018 session. If interested, please contact Sarah Marcus at or call 413-549-3839. Registration has begun and program spaces are limited. See the program website for more info at: Thank you!

Coming up at the Leverett Library

Stop in to borrow museum passes for the Magic Wings Butterfly Museum in Deerfield, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield and more… We also have passes for the Massachusetts State Parks C:\Users\Ashley\Downloads\23092.jpg


Make an Herb Garden with Dawn Ward. Elementary school age and older. Wednesday July 5, 1-2pm. Please register.

The Leverett Fire Department will visit story hour on Wednesday July 12 at 11am. Story hour starts at 10:30 every Wednesday, continuing over the summer.

Passport to Chemistry Adventure experiments are available for check out. Kids with at least one stamp/sticker are eligible to register for a special program at the library, A Day with Superman and Superwoman Vision! Scientists from Mount Holyoke College will lead caregiver/child teams through an exploration of vision to uncover hidden messages and more. Space is limited, sign up early. August 17 at 4pm.  

Summer Reading, Build a Better World-, ongoing crafts and activities in the library- stop in! We are also looking for families to volunteer to tend the new ‘Free Mini Library’ to be placed at the Leverett coop. Please speak with Ashley if you are interested.

Music on the Patio, Thursdays July 6-August 17, 7-8pm. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy some wonderful local music. Check our website for artist listing.

Have a happy summer. Read!