The Buzz at Leeds

January 3, 2022

Message from Principal Wenz

Dear Leeds Caregivers,

Happy New Year everyone! Let's hope that this year brings many positive experiences for our Leeds' community members. We will resume school tomorrow, Tuesday, January 4th. Our lunch choice will be Chicken or Cheese Quesadillas with Salsa & Sour Cream, and Sweet Potato Fries or Carrots. Additionally, our Lift Off Learning after school program for our grade 3 through 5 students will start again tomorrow, January 4th. For those who have opted into our pooled testing, they will be tested tomorrow. I would like to welcome Ms. Bastoni as our Long Term Art substitute teacher. She will be filling in for Ms. Macutkiewicz until she returns. She will begin tomorrow, January 4th.

January is a very busy month. We do not have school on the following days:

  • Thursday, January 6th in observance of Three King's Day or
  • Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or
  • Friday, January 28th for a teacher work day.

We have early dismissal days at the end of the month for Teacher/Caregiver conferences. Dismissal is at 11:30 for Kindergarten through Grade 5 students on each of the following days:

  • Monday, 1/24
  • Tuesday, 1/25
  • Wednesday, 1/26
  • Thursday, 1/27
  • Monday, 1/31

Teachers will get in touch with you shortly to schedule your meeting time. More information to come for the preschool schedule.

Ms. DeWitt, our School Secretary, has taken a leave of absence to care for a family member. If you need to contact the office, please contact Laura Ziomek our Administrative Assistant at 413-587-1540 or Thank you!

Just a reminder that we do go outside for recess if it "feels like" 15 degrees or higher. Please make sure everyone has appropriate winter clothing. If your family is in need of winter clothing or boots, please contact our Adjustment Counselor, Susannah Bastek by email or call her at 413-587-1535.

Stay safe and be well,

Chris Wenz, Principal

School Culture & Climate Survey

Our district is conducting a culture and climate survey. We would love your feedback. Please click one of the survey links below to share your family's experience with our school. Your feedback will help us strengthen our partnerships and work on engaging with families. Thank you ! English Spanish French Swahili Kinyarwanda Chinese Burmese

Letter from Dr. Provost & Lisa Safron, Director of Health & Safety - December 30, 2021

Leeds PTO

Our next PTO meeting is Tuesday, January 11th via Zoom. More details to come.

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.

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:

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 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.)
  • 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

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Just a reminder that breakfast and lunch are free for all students. However, milk without a lunch, is NOT free. If a student wishes to have just a milk at lunch there is a charge of $0.50. Some of our students have been charging milk to their accounts.


Calendar of Events

Upcoming Dates

  • 1/4/2022 - School Resumes

  • 1/4/2022 - Lift Off Learning Resumes

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

  • 1/11- Leeds PTO Meeting @7:00pm via Zoom

  • 1/12 - Fire Drill @9:15

  • 1/12 - Leeds Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting @6:30pm

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

  • 1/18 - School Council Meeting @6:15pm via Zoom

  • 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

  • 2/9 - Early Dismissal @11:30 Half Teacher Work Day

  • 2/21 through 2/25 Winter Break - No School

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