The Buzz at Leeds

November 30, 2021

Message from Principal Wenz

Dear Leeds Caregivers,

The month of December is upon us. Snowflakes have fallen and more will come. Our students go outside if it "feels like" fifteen (15) degrees or higher. Please be sure to label all coats, hats, mittens, gloves and boots. In order for students to go sledding during recess, they need to have coats, hats, boots, mittens/gloves, and snow pants. Please let Ms. Bastek, our School Adjustment Counselor, know if your family needs assistance with winter clothing. (

If you can believe it, we are beginning to get ready for the 2022-2023 school year. Our first Kindergarten Information night will be tomorrow, December 1st @5:30. The next Kindergarten Information night will be in January. Please see flyer below.

Just a reminder we will have an early release next Wednesday, 12/8 with dismissal at 11:30. We will have session 1 for our preschool students. Our full day preschool students will be dismissed at 11:20. We will not have session 2 for preschool.

Our elementary students have new standards based report cards this year. Please see the section below about the report cards. Report cards for students in grades 1 - 5 have been delayed one week and will now be going home on December 17th.

Stay safe and be well,

Chris Wenz, Principal

Leeds PTO

It's Giving Tuesday - Help fulfill our school's wishes!

Dear Members of the Leeds Elementary School Community,

Today is Giving Tuesday! This time of year, your Leeds PTO runs a program called "PTO Gives" where staff throughout the school community request supplies and materials to support our students and staff.

Last year, in the unique environment of new COVID regulations, this program provided such materials as:

  • Sensory materials for Pre-K and K classrooms like Kinetic sand, playdoh, and individual bins for each student
  • Chapter books for our second grade learners
  • Specialized books and art materials for social emotional support
  • A microwave and coffee maker for our beloved staff who work so hard
  • Bookmarks and headsets for our library
  • Binoculars for nature observation for our fifth grade learners
  • And much, much more!

Your special Giving Tuesday donation today can support this unique program and help fill our school's wishes this year!

You can donate online here, or send a check to Leeds PTO c/o the school at 20 Florence Road, Leeds, MA 01053.

Together, we make our school community a special place to BEE!

Warm wishes,
Jean, Liz, Meghan and Jenna

Leeds PTO Executive Board

Elementary Report Cards

November, 2021

Dear Northampton Public Schools Elementary Caregivers,

Over the past few years, Northampton Public Schools teachers, administrators, specialists, and coaches have been working collaboratively on updating our report cards to reflect the changes to learning standards that periodically occur within the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Curriculum Standards. The current curriculum frameworks can be found here:

Our intent with updating the report card has been to create reporting systems for caregivers and their children to assess how students are meeting academic goals/content standards instruction and support students in a timely manner. In the updating of standards, we also focused on adopting a growth mindset towards student development and proficiency.

Please see the letters below for more detailed information.

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

Happy Hanukkah to those who are celebrating! The next meeting of the Leeds Equity & Inclusion Committee will take place (virtually) on Wednesday, December 8, 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 a few resources related to the winter holiday season:

  • Looking for kids’ books that depict a variety of holidays and traditions? Try searching the Diverse Book Finder’s collection by holiday name, or use filters to explore books by religion, ethnicity, race/culture, setting, and more. And don’t forget that our local CWMARS library system gives access to books from libraries across Central and Western Mass, delivered to your preferred local library.

  • One more idea: join the Buy BIPOC 413 Facebook group and check out a local directory to find holiday gifts while supporting BIPOC-owned businesses and makers!

Thanks for reading, and please be in touch with any questions!

Leeds Lost and Found

We have over 100 lost and found items. There are pictures of the items in the document below. Please let us know if one of the items belongs to your child. Again, it would be very helpful if student items were labeled. In the last week, we have many coats that are in our collection.


Caregiver Workshops

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Welcome to the NPS Elementary Curriculum Corner!

From Karen Albano

Welcome to the first NPS Elementary Curriculum Corner! In this monthly newsletter, we will share curriculum news, offer a view into a different grade levels and curriculum, and share the many reasons we are grateful for the amazing NPS educators and all of the joy and learning taking place among the wonderful students in our schools!

Newsletter Link

Register for First Aid or Parents & Professionals Workshops

with Laura at

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 November & December sign ups are now closed. 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.)


Gabrielle will begin looking for enrichment program instructors for courses that will run on Mondays and Fridays beginning in January. If you or you know someone who would like to be a LEAP instructor, please reach out to Gabrielle with more information. (

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

  • 11/30 Lift Off Learning begins again

  • 11/30 Covid Testing

  • 12/7 Covid Testing

  • 12/8 Early Dismissal @11:30 - Teacher Work Day

  • 12/8 Leeds Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting @6:30

  • 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

  • 1/3/2022 - School Resumes

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

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