The Buzz at Leeds

December 13, 2021

Message from Principal Wenz

Dear Leeds Caregivers,

It truly is amazing to see all of the different activities happening around the school. From archery in fourth and fifth grade to our kindergarteners leading the letter sounds, it truly is spectacular. We had our first snow this past week. Students should have snow pants and boots to venture out into the snow during recess. We will go outside if it feels like 15 degrees or higher.

Our Picture Retake day is Wednesday, December 15th for students who wish to have their pictures re-taken.

Please remember to sign up for the January Early / Late Bird program. See details below. Please fill out the form below by December 17th.

We will be in school next Monday, 12/20, Tuesday, 12/21, and Wednesday, 12/22 for full days. Our holiday break will begin 12/23 and run through 1/2/2022. We will not have Lift Off Learning on Tuesday, 12/21 or Wednesday, 12/22. School will resume on 1/3/2022.

Superintendent Provost and Lisa Safron, Director of Health Safety & Equity Programs, , sent a letter to update families on our COVID protocols. The link for it is below. Nurse Beth has shared some "Testing Resources".

Stay safe and be well,

Chris Wenz, Principal

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Holiday Needs

This time of year can be very challenging for some of our families. If you need assistance with holiday gifts, please contact Susannah Bastek at 413-587-1530 ext 1535 or through email at Also, please see Leeds Equity and Inclusion section of newsletter.

Snow Pants & Boots Needed

Our students go outside at recess if it feels like 15 degrees or higher. Students are required to stay on the black top if there is snow on the ground and they do not have snow pants and boots.

We are looking for

some slightly used boots and snow pants

to have as a spare for some of our students.

Please consider making a donation.

Leeds Equity & Inclusion Committee - A Subcommittee of our School Council

The next meeting of the Leeds Equity & Inclusion Committee will take place (virtually) on Wednesday, January 12, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. New folks are always welcome and encouraged to join! Please reach out to for the meeting link, to join our email listserv, or with your questions/ideas. We plan to meet the second Wednesday of every month throughout the year. E&I participation is always completely flexible–you can choose to commit to as much or as little as you’d like.

This week we’re sharing some info on local holiday support, upcoming virtual events related to equity and race, and local in-person events.

Holiday support:

  • Additionally, while the official deadline for the Gazette’s Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund has passed, applications from families are still being accepted. The Fund provides $40 vouchers for local businesses like A2Z, High Five Books, and Once Upon a Child. Contact The Bridge (above), at (413) 773-1314 for more information.

Upcoming virtual webinars/workshops:

  • Raising Race-Conscious Children will offer an interactive workshop/webinar on Sun, January 9, 8:00pm ET, on talking about race with young children. (A follow-up workshop/webinar is scheduled for Jan. 23rd). Check link for pricing details - individual registration is $45 for the first webinar, and $70 for both. Registration for the 1/9 webinar may close on 1/7.

Current and upcoming in-person events/exhibits:

  • Springfield’s 2021 Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration and Black Wall Street Market: Mon, December 27, 11am-6pm. “The 2021 Regional Kwanzaa Celebration Begins at 12 Noon [with a] Candle Lighting Ceremony that honors Faith, Family, Community, and African American cultural history along with entertainers and speakers who will address our present circumstances and what is to come – in our personal and communal lives.”

Early Bird / Late Bird / LEAP

Students have been actively involved in lots of outdoor activities and games on rainy days. This is NOT a drop in program. You need to sign up in advance to attend Early Bird or Late Bird to ensure our staffing ratios are met. Just a reminder that if you need to change your child's Late Bird attendance, please call Gabrielle at (413) 587-1530 ext 3659 or email at

  • Our January Early/Late Bird form is now available. Please sign up by December 17th. If you need assistance, please contact our coordinator, Gabrielle Hollender.
  • Payments: Pay Online (preferred) or make checks payable to "City of Northampton"

    *Note: UniPay seems to have an aversion to Visa cards... so please try another card for payment

  • Please be sure to choose the dates you need for after school care. We have a limited number of staff and may not always be able to accommodate drop ins.

  • Late Bird - 2:10-5:15 (Please send your child with a snack from home.)
  • Just a reminder that we do not have school on the following dates in January:

    • Thursday, January 6th
    • Monday, January 17th
    • Friday, January 28th

    Additionally, we will be having PreK through Grade 5 Caregiver/Teacher conferences on the dates listed below. We will have Early Bird on these dates, but we will not have Late Bird. Teachers will reach out to schedule conferences. Preschool teachers will contact caregivers regarding their schedule.

    • Monday, January 24th
    • Tuesday, January 25th
    • Wednesday, January 26th
    • Thursday, January 27th
    • Monday, January 31st


Be on the look out for the February Early / Late Bird forms and LEAP forms (our enrichment program) will be sent out in early January. If you or you know someone who would like to be a LEAP instructor, please reach out to Gabrielle with more information, ( or 413-587-1530 ext 3659)

Online payments are accepted for Early Bird/Late Bird and the LEAP program.

Online payment instructions: I know some of you had difficulty with our online payment system, so we have created a document with instructions. Here is the link.

BEHAVIOR POLICY: All staff and students will adhere to the Northampton Code of Conduct found at


Calendar of Events

  • 12/14 Covid Testing

  • 12/15 Picture Retake Day

  • 12/17 Report Cards and progress reports for grades 1-5 go home

  • 12/21 Leeds School Council meeting @6:15

  • 12/23 - 12/31 Holiday Break

Upcoming Dates

  • 1/3/2022 - School Resumes

  • 1/6 - No School in observance of Three Kings Day

  • 1/17 - No School in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • 1/24 - Early Dismissal @11:30 Caregiver / Teacher Conferences No Late Bird

  • 1/25 - Early Dismissal @11:30 Caregiver / Teacher Conferences No Lift Off / No Late Bird

  • 1/26 - Early Dismissal @11:30 Caregiver / Teacher Conferences No Lift Off / No Late Bird

  • 1/27 - Early Dismissal @11:30 Caregiver / Teacher Conferences No Lift Off / No Late Bird

  • 1/28 - No School - Teacher Work Day

  • 1/31 - Early Dismissal @11:30 Caregiver / Teacher Conferences No Late Bird

Click here for the most up to date District calendar.

Click here for the School online calendar.


Contact us:

Sharon DeWitt, School Secretary


Laura Ziomek, Administrative Assistant


Gabrielle Hollender, Early Bird/Late Bird Afterschool Coordinator


Chris Wenz, Principal