September 1, 2017

Dear Leverett students and families:

It is that time of year once again, and I am writing to welcome you all to the 2017-2018 school year at Leverett Elementary School! We are excited to welcome all of the returning families as well as the families of our new students this year. Welcome to the LES community! We hope that you will find it to be a warm and inviting environment, and you will come to love LES as much as we do! We are also welcoming some new staff members as well as some changes in our staffing as some people move into different positions. Alyson Bull will be returning from her family leave, and will be teaching Grade 6. Christine Paglia-Baker, one of our Essential Skills teachers, will be taking family leave this year, and Rhonda Cohen will be filling in as an Essential Skills teacher for the year. Nurse Annie Clarke is filling in for Karyn Briand, who is on family leave this year. Tracey Supple will be moving from Grade 3 to Essential Skills, Nicole Harper will be teaching Grade 2, and Angela Regan will be teaching Grade 3. We welcome Donna Rivers, our new librarian, and two new paraprofessionals: Amy Boyden in Grades 2 and 4, and Liz Chagnon in the Kindergarten class.

In addition to some new staff, we are excited about a new initiative-- the rollout of G Suite for Education, which will enhance the teachers’ ability to integrate 21st century technology into the classrooms.

This Handbook contains important information that we hope will assist you and your family during the course of the year. Please take some time and read through it carefully. The school administration and School Committee have worked hard to make the handbook both comprehensive and comprehensible, but if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know. All of the staff at LES are dedicated professionals who are committed to providing your children with the best possible educational environment in which to learn, grow and thrive. One of the Leverett Elementary School’s best assets is its wonderfully close and supportive community of families. Family involvement in school events and activities is crucial both to student success and that of the school as a whole. Your input is valued and valuable, and your participation in school activities is critical to all of our success. This year there are many options for voluntary participation, including the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), which organizes events and raises funds for field trips and other important school programs.

The School Committee also welcomes family and community input and participation. We meet on the first Monday of every month, at 6:00 p.m., in the LES library. The minutes of each meeting are published on the school website and agendas are included in the Friday Post each month. You can find more information about the roles and responsibilities of the School Committee on page 45 of this Handbook. We encourage you to reach out to us regarding policy issues affecting the entire community. Questions or concerns regarding specific classroom practices or individual situations, however, should be addressed through the process outlined on page 34.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the School Committee with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have. The members’ contact information is listed on page 7. Once again, welcome, and on behalf of the School Committee I wish you all a school year full of joy, exploration, learning, and fun!

Sincerely, Sarah Dolven

FY18 handbook.pdf