Calendar of Events

Monday, November 5
Picture Retakes
School Committee Meeting, 6 PM

Monday, November 12

Veterans Day (Observed) NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, Nov. 14-Monday, Nov. 19

Book Fair

Tuesday, November 20
All School Read-a-thon

Wednesday, Nov. 21-Friday, Nov. 23

Thanksgiving Recess

Catching Our Breath After a Busy October!

It is hard to believe that fall Conference Days have come and gone. The year already seems to be zooming by. I used to think that the fall felt a bit long, since it is the longest stretch of the year without a long break, but it doesn’t feel that way anymore! It won’t be long before the trees are bare of leaves and snow (dare I utter the word) will be flying. We are all trying to peer into a crystal ball to try to discern whether Mother Nature will attempt some havoc with our school calendar.

Perhaps the year is moving fast because life at LES has been so full of late! Ten days ago, we had a ‘Safety Day,’ and students practiced bus evacuations, and then a full school evacuation to the Leverett Library and an offsite location. For the first time, we practiced ‘reunification,’ the system by which parents and children would be reunited after an evacuation. Some local volunteers played the parts of parents. As we visited yet another possible evacuation site, the police and fire departments supported school staff in discerning the best places to house students. The Fifth and Sixth graders were wonderful Safety buddies to our youngest students, and everyone took the drill in stride.

Earlier in October, the Fire Department visited an all-school assembly to present the fourth graders with their certificates for completing the SAFE program. This program teaches fourth graders all about fire safety. In the final component of the classes, students practice making 911 calls, something that every child should learn to do.

October at LES also included a very successful Harvest Festival. Though Mother Nature tried to put a damper on our celebration, we managed to fit everyone in the gym, and we all had a wonderful time. There was a great mix of food, activities, information tables, and conversation. The School’s classes, PTO, and greenhouse realized over $2000 from the event, and the sixth graders raised over $2400 with their evening spaghetti dinner. That money will go towards their class trip at the end of the year.

Finally, last Friday, came the PTO’s Halloween event. Many hardworking parents put together an absolutely wonderful evening, with food, fun, dozens of costumed kids, and a very spooky haunted hallway! While the main focus of the evening was on fun and families, PTO also managed to raise over $1100. Wednesday, the 31st, was Book Character Day, and the halls of the school were humming with excitement and glee over the costumes worn by both students and staff.

What a month it has been! It certainly has been a powerful example that “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

- Margot Lacey

The PTO Corner

How? Sign in to, Change your Charity to The Leverett Parent-Teacher Organization Inc. and start shopping!

Full directions are here.

Book Fair Update!
LES will be hosting a book fair November 14-16 & 19!

Volunteers are needed to help with our preview day, Wednesday, and with cashiering during school hours on Thursday, Friday and Monday! 
If you are able to help out, please email Donna Rivers (LES librarian) at: for more details.

All classes will have a chance to preview the fair and make a wish list to take home on Wednesday, November 14th. Students who come to school with money to spend at the fair can come shop at a designated time during the school day on Thursday, Friday or Monday. 

The hours of the fair are:
Wednesday, November 14: 1:00-6:00
Thursday, November 15: 8:00-3:00
Friday, November 16: 8:30-3:00
Monday, November 19: 8:30-3:00

Families are encouraged to come shop on Wednesday afternoon. The fair will be open until 6:00 p.m. that day. The fair will also open at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 15th. Come and get some books to stash away for upcoming family celebrations! 

Greenhouse News:

The greenhouse harvests continue!  Even though we have had several nights of freezing temps recently we still have been able to keep our lettuce growing!

Our basil has now been made into pesto in the cafeteria. Mega carrots were harvested and many eaten on the spot, while others went home for soup.

Lots of parsley has been harvested, bunched and hanging to dry in the greenhouse for when Molly wants some for sauce later on.

The harvest recess time has been a great deal of fun to have such enthusiastic help and making fast work of the harvest chores.

Cheers, Dawn – Greenhouse Manager

Enjoy the photos:

The NOVEMBER lunch menu is here! 
This month's Harvest of the Month is featuring KALE!  With help from the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, our school cafeteria will include produce from local farms throughout this school year. To learn more about Harvest of the Month, visit

Please click on the links for detailed information.

Leverett Village Co-op Grant for New Low-Income Members

Free Memberships offered to 10 Lucky Winners by an Anonymous Co-op Member!!

News from the Leverett Co-op Board

An anonymous donor has generously donated  money for ten FREE memberships in the Co-op  for new low-income members. We are starting a campaign to get applications for eligible candidates to receive this award.  Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested. Applications can be made either by a hard copy application left in a box with the cashier at the Co-op or by sending us the application by email.   There will be a drawing to choose the winners from all names submitted. Winners will be notified privately through their contact information.

Please use the form below or send us an email with the relevant information and help  grow our membership so that we can serve the community better!! If you are not low income and are interested in becoming a member eligible for special discounts and profit-sharing, please stop by the store and fill out a member form.

Ann Ferguson
President, Leverett Co-op Board


Drop in Entry Box at Leverett Co-op Store or copy this form in an email to: (Ann Ferguson, President of Co-op Board)




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Soul Centered Programs at Doors of Light, Leverett, MA
Helping you to create, connect and strengthen pathways to your soul -

Writing Group-

For those seeking deeper truth, wisdom and expression join others for spiritual writing on Monday, October 29th from 5:00-6:30 PM.  Also meeting 11/19th and 12/10. Come to one or all three.

Soul Centered Creativity Retreat-

Do you long to create, from the deepest part of your being? We all have aspirations and gifts. Whether you want to write a story, paint what lives inside of you, connect to the world with a website that carries your vision and truth, write a song that moves peoples' hearts and souls, etc. - or just be in a deeper place of realness and truth, wonder and beauty. Join us on Monday, November 12th from 3-8 PM.

Soul Centered Group for spiritual development-
Starting on Thursdays in November.
For more information contact Diana at 413.687.7748 or

85 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054 | Phone 413-548-9144 | Fax 413-548-8148

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