The Buzz at Leeds

December 12, 2022

Message from Principal Wenz

Dear Leeds Caregivers,

Our first snow fall brings such excitement with it. Our Interim Superintendent, Dr. Pearson-Campbell wanted to let you know that during a Snow Day or Snow Delay, messages will go out via Robocall, via NPS_All email and will be announced through local TV stations. Messages will be sent around 5 a.m. If you have changed your phone number or email since September 2022, please notify our Leeds office, so we have the most up to date information.

This was our first two (2) hour delay in a long time. I just want to let everyone know that with a two hour delay all students will get lunch at their usual time. Buses run on a 2 hour delay. Drop off is at 9:45 and school begins at 10:00. Our preschool session 1 will be cancelled. Our full day preschool students will get their bus/van on the two hour delay schedule. Drop off for full day preschool students is at 10:10. Session 2 for preschool students will be at their usual times (11:30-2:00).

Our fall LEAP (Leeds Enrichment Afterschool Program) ended last Friday. Thank you to all of the program instructors. Our winter LEAP dates, offerings, and enrollment forms are available at this link.

Our January/February Early Bird & Late Bird forms are ready to complete as well. This form must be returned by Monday, December 19th.

Online Registration Form:

Online Payments:

Online Payment Instructions:

Paper Copy

We have a Leeds School Council meeting tomorrow night at 6:15. Here are the details:

Leeds School Council (Agenda)

  • Tuesday, December 13 · 6:15 – 7:45pm
  • Google Meet joining info
  • Video call link:
  • Or dial: ‪(US) +1 316-778-8026‬ PIN: ‪824 980 790‬#

  • Just a reminder that we do not have school on Friday, 12/23/2022 as this is the beginning of our holiday break. Our holiday break will run from Friday, 12/23/2022 through 1/2/2023. There is no school on Monday, 1/2/2023. School will resume on Tuesday, 1/3/2023.

    It is that time of year again to get caregiver feedback for our school. We are sending home flyers with for this year's survey. Please see below for more information on the results of last year's survey. If you need a paper copy please let us know.

    With kindness,

    Chris Wenz, Principal

    NPS Superintendent Search

    The Northampton School Committee Invites you to join the:

    Preliminary Superintendent Search Committee

    Northampton Public Schools will hire a permanent Superintendent to begin duties July 1, 2023.

    Although the School Committee makes the final decision in hiring our Superintendent, members of the Northampton community play a critical role in the process. Therefore, we are forming a broadly representative Preliminary Superintendent Search Committee.

    For more information, please see letters below.

    Winter Wear Collection & Humanitarian Aid

    Leeds’ 5th-Grade

    Community Service Projects

    December 13 - February

    Leeds’ fifth-grade classes are collecting winter gear for those in need in Ukraine, supporting the International Rescue Committee and continuing to collect Personal Care Items for Northampton Survival Center. Watch for an upcoming flyer with details this week!

    Snow Expectations

    Students are able to play in the snow at recess. We have sleds for students to use. We do have the following expectations:

    1. In order to play in the snow, students must have snow boots, snow pants, coat, hat/hood, mittens/gloves.
    2. Students who have only boots or their shoes for school will be on our black top places on the playground.
    3. Students walk on all black top surfaces as they can be slick.
    4. Students are able to access our pavilion area.

    If you need assistance in getting snow pants or boots, please let your child's teacher or Ms. Bastek ( or 413-587-1535) know. If you have snow clothes or boots that are too small for your child, please consider donating them to our school for others to use.

    NPS Caregiver Survey 22-23

    The Northampton Public Schools District Improvement Plan (DIP) states that “the Northampton School District is a community of learners committed to equity and the success of each student. The principle of equity goes beyond formal equality where all persons are treated the same. Instead, equity fosters an inclusive and barrier-free environment in which everyone will fully benefit.” Family student engagement is an integral part of equity in our district and a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are empowered and the entire community benefits.

    Northampton Public Schools would love to hear about your family and the relationship you have with the school your child attends.

    Your responses will be kept confidential. The information collected in this survey will be aggregated and shared with school administrators and Action Teams without your email and name attached, in order to support strengthening family engagement both across the district and within each school.

    After completing the survey, you will be directed to fill it out for additional children if applicable.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

    Here are the survey links to send to families in your electronic communications

    All responses are recorded on a master spreadsheet that then can be aggregated by school. Each survey for a language other than English has their own response spreadsheet.

    Caregiver Survey Link - English

    Caregiver Survey Link - Spanish

    Caregiver Survey Link - Kinyarwanda

    Caregiver Survey Link - French

    Caregiver Survey Link - Swahili

    Caregiver Survey Link - Chinese

    Caregiver Survey Link - Burmese

    Caregiver Survey Link - Arabic

    Caregiver Survey Link - Dari

    Caregiver Survey Link - Russian

    Caregiver Survey Link - Ukrainian

    Here are our results from last year's Caregiver Survey 21-22!

    Last year we received feedback from approximately 104 caregivers. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. If you would like to discuss these results, please reach out to Chris Wenz, Principal.
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    Leeds Equity & Inclusion Committee

    Greetings from the Leeds Equity and Inclusion Committee! We are a group of Leeds parents, caregivers, teachers, and staff who work toward creating a school community that honors self-exploration, meaningful relationships across difference, and every person’s dignity and belonging. The E&I Committee is a subcommittee of the Leeds School Council.

    Our next monthly meeting will take place virtually on Thursday, December 15, from 7:00-8:30 PM. Please email for the Google Meet link.

    New folx are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join meetings to get a better sense of what we’re about! E&I participation is completely flexible -- you can choose to commit as much or as little as you’d like. This might mean staying in the loop via our email listserv, attending the occasional meeting or every meeting, initiating or joining existing activities/projects, or some combination.

    Find out more about the E&I committee and our past projects on our website! To join the E&I email listserv, receive updates about future meetings, or ask questions/share your ideas, please email:


    Leeds Leopard - LEAP Club Newspaper

    Calendar of Events

    Upcoming Dates

    • 12/13 Leeds School Council Meeting @6:15pm
    Leeds School Council
  • Tuesday, December 13 · 6:15 – 7:45pm
  • Google Meet joining info
  • Video call link:
  • Or dial: ‪(US) +1 316-778-8026‬ PIN: ‪824 980 790‬#
    • 12/23 through 1/2/2023 No School - Holiday Break
    • 1/3/2023 School resumes
    • 1/10/2023 Leeds School Council Meeting @6:15
    • 1/16/2023 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • 1/17/2023 Leeds PTO Meeting @6:30
    • 1/27/2023 No School - Teacher Work Day

    Click here for the most up to date District calendar.

    Click here for the School online calendar.