No Salad Bar

We will not have any salad bar this week. Hoping to have salad bar next week!

Dates of Note:

Monday May 15th-Friday May 19th Safety Week at BSE

Monday May 15th (Today!) Brain and Spinal Cord Safety with Boston Children's Hospital

Tuesday May 16th Bus Safety

Wednesday May 17th, 1:50 Release

Wednesday May 17th, Anti-Bullying With Local Police grades 4-6

Wednesday May 17th, Band Together Rehearsal for participants in Band Together Concert

Thursday May 18th, Water Safety with State Dive Team

Friday May 19th, BloomFest at BSE and surrounding town

Wednesday May 24th, 1:50 Release

Wednesday May 24th, Band Together Concert, Bandshell 7pm

Friday May 26th, Art Show 5:30pm

Friday May 26th, Astrid Sheckles Local Author visits K-3 Students.

Monday May 29th, No School Memorial Day

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Lion King DVDs in the Library

If you missed the show, or want to watch it again, we have a few copies of the DVD of The Lion King in the Library. They have barcodes and they are property of BSE Library, so that students can check them out. A student will have to ask the Ms. Whitsett to get them from the DVD collection to borrow of them. The DVDs MUST BE RETURNED IN ONE WEEK so that other families will have the chance to watch it too. Happy viewing!

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Click here for the Mabels Labels Site

Website: campaigns.mabelslabels, search for our school- listed under Pre-K Buckland Shelburne Elementary (Shelburne Falls)

Letter from Donna Weber, Nurse Leader

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency will end on May 11, 2023.

We want to provide you with some details about what this means for you and your family starting May 12, 2023.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

Medicare and Medicaid (Mass Health) will continue to cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccines after the Public Health Emergency ends. There may be a co-pay for your vaccine, depending on your insurance plan.
We expect most commercial insurance companies will continue to cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccines. There may be a co-pay for your vaccine.
Check with your insurance company if you have questions about the cost of a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Testing
Tests ordered by a provider
Starting May 12, mandatory insurance coverage for COVID-19 testing will end. Your insurance company will continue to cover the cost of COVID-19 testing when a provider orders the test and you have been exposed or have symptoms. You may not be covered for elective testing, such as for travel.
At-home testing
Starting May 12, most insurance companies will no longer reimburse you for buying at-home COVID-19 tests. If you want to purchase at-home COVID-19 tests before insurance reimbursement ends, you can purchase them from your local pharmacy or online. See the websites below for more information about where to purchase at-home COVID-19 tests.

You can still order free at-home COVID-19 tests from the government until the end of the Public Health Emergency. See for more information.

COVID-19 Treatment and Therapies:
There is no change in coverage for COVID-19 treatment. If you are paying a deductible or cost share for these treatments now, then you will continue to pay these costs after the end of the Public Health Emergency.

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Come to the SEPAC meet-up! What is SEPAC? MTRSD’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council is a group made up primarily of parents of children with learning challenges and other disabilities, although local allies are welcome at meetings. SEPAC's goal is to support families and students' needs within the public school system and to work with the district to enact change, when needed.

If your child has a 504 or an IEP, or you are wondering whether they might need one, SEPAC can help you figure out who to talk to, what steps to take, what questions to ask and where to turn next at every step of the process. On Saturday, May 20, at 2:00 PM, we will be hanging out on the playground at BSE, with popsicles! Stop by, meet the interim group leaders, ask questions if you have them, and connect with other parents and allies.

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Visit During Safety Week

On Wednesday May 17th Detective Tucker Jenkins of the Shelburne Police Department

will be in to speak with students in grades 4-6 about topics related to discrimination, social

awareness, bullying, and leadership. In this thirty-minute presentation Detective Jenkins and a few colleagues will highlight important societal issues to increase our communities’ awareness and proactivity in fostering positive development of the youth in the community. Of note, there will be a general focus on the importance of leadership, respect and integrity.

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Letter from The Mary Lyon Foundation

Dear Friends,

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to celebrate the tireless work of our Volunteers! April was National Volunteer Month, and the Mary Lyon Foundation is exceptionally grateful for the service of our volunteers. Their impact is immeasurable.

The Mary Lyon Foundation has eleven volunteers who assist us with our grocery delivery program through Hilltown Church’s Food Pantry. Twice a month, the Volunteer Crew packs two thousand pounds of food for those in need to battle food scarcity around our community. The goodwill at Hilltown Church’s Food Pantry gives the Mary Lyon Foundation the resources needed to help meet our families' basic needs.

Our eleven volunteers drive in various weather conditions to ensure our families receive groceries delivered with care. This program is only possible because of the dedication of our volunteers and the food pantry.

We are fortunate to have twelve selfless board members who serve as fiduciaries and set the strategic direction and inspiration for a sustainable future for the Foundation. I am deeply grateful for their commitment to the vision and mission of our organization and their partnership.

Volunteering at the Mary Lyon Foundation is a great way to give back to our community, and the opportunities go beyond delivering groceries and board membership. We are fortunate to have volunteers that support us in many ways, such as in our office and with event planning, just to name a few!

Are you interested in giving back to our community? Reach out to us today to see how you can get involved.

In the words of Booker T. Washington, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

Thank you to all our volunteers for making West County a better place. We appreciate you!

Be sure to check out our Spring Newsletter: The Lyon Roars for updates on programing and exciting initiatives!

With deepest appreciation,

Kristen Tillona-Baker
Executive Director

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