Calendar of Events

Monday, September 9
6:00 School Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 12
6:00 PTO Meeting

Tuesday, September 24
Picture Day

Wednesday, September 25
Open House

Saturday, October 5
Harvest Festival


Speech-Language Room News

 Hello LES community! Welcome to the new school year. For   those of you who haven’t met me   yet, my name is Liz Cole and   I am the school’s Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Don’t   know what SLPs do? You’re not alone; see the list below. This   year I will be popping up in the newsletter occasionally to   spotlight strategies and tips around the areas of communication   and language. 

LES community! Welcome to the new school year. For those of you who haven’t met me yet, my name is Liz Cole and I am the school’s Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Don’t know what SLPs do? You’re not alone; see the list below. This year I will be popping up in the newsletter occasionally to spotlight strategies and tips around the areas of communication and language. 

Introducing Sign Language Word of the Week: We communicate at LES in so many ways! We use verbal expression (what we say), written words, tone of voice, drawings/pictures, and nonverbal communication such as facial expressions and gestures. Most of us use a mix of several of these strategies to communicate during the day. Several of our LES students use signs based on American Sign Language to communicate. Research shows that the visual information/movements of sign language can help children express themselves, remember information, pay attention to the nonverbal communication/gestures of others, and understand verbal information even if they don’t have speech-language delays or hearing impairments. 

Your family can learn signs with us this year! This week’s word is MORE. 

But Liz, What is an SLP? SLPs work with people of all ages on areas including:

  • Receptive language: Understanding (receiving) language including vocabulary, sentence structure, and grammar.
  • Expressive language: The ability to use (expressing) language to say what’s on your mind.
  • Pragmatic language/social communication: Understanding and following the invisible rules that help us interact and communicate in socially expected ways.
  • Articulation: how we say sounds and put sounds together into words.
  • Fluency problems: How we put words together into a steady rate/flow.
  • Resonance or voice problems: Voice pitch, volume and quality.
  • Cognitive-communication: strategies to use language to improve/compensate for memory, attention, problem-solving, organization, and other thinking skills.
  • Hearing and auditory processing: the perception of sound.
  • Oral feeding/dysphagia management: Helping improve eating and swallowing.

I look forward to working together! Have a great start to the school year.

Ms. Liz

PTO Meets Next Thursday @6pm
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is gearing up for the new school year. Please join us next Thursday, September 12 at 6pm for our kick-off meeting. We’ll be focused on planning for next month’s Harvest Festival and Halloween Party. We'd love more ideas and more sets of hands! These days, schools are asked to do more with less and parent involvement is needed more than ever to fill the gaps. The PTO relies on volunteers, like you, to accomplish our goals. There are so many ways to get involved, and we can match time-limited roles to your interests and abilities. The work is simple and rewarding (and we have so much fun together). Please reach out to Miryam Vesset ( to learn more. Thanks in advance for your participation and your support. 

Please click on the links for detailed information.

Come to the library on Tuesdays, right after school, and check out the Leverett Scrabble Club! All student in grades 2-6 are invited. Learn how to play or improve your Scrabble skills. 

    Every Tuesday, 3:00 - 4:45

  Helper and organizer: Gene Stamell

Happy new school year kids! I’m looking for an energetic 6th grader interested in helping with fall cleanup on weekends, doing supervised pruning , raking, weeding, etc.  Every little bit helps! I’ve had great success with Leverett students in the past who continue working with me in spring & summer. If interested, call Mary Jo at 413-218-3289.  I live on Juggler Meadow Road so walking or biking distance for some. 

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