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October 7, 2022

A Note From Mrs. Looman

  • A huge thank you to those who came out to our fall work bee. We were able to get a couple of projects fully completed and make some significant progress with a couple of others. If you missed this one, don't'll get another chance! We hope to have a few more over the course of this year.
  • Yesterday, you should have received an email with a link to a district survey. This survey will help our district gather information from families, staff, and students and inform us as we move forward.
  • Can you help our library? We want to get hundreds of new books ready for the library shelves and we need your help! You can take part in the Library L.U.V. Takeout Project. Email Ms. Miller ( and she will send your child home with a small bag of books for you to prepare at home. Send your bag back within a week and together we will get this project finished on no time! All supplies and directs are included in the bag. Thanks!
  • On Wednesday, October 19th, we will be having Jay Mankita from here to bring some hands-on workshops to students. We are excited to be able to have him come back again and thank the Colrain Cultural Council for making it possible.
  • School Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th.
  • We will be holding an All-School Hike/Nature Day on Wednesday, October 26th. More details coming soon.
  • I have made a change in the rule about wearing hats in school. Beginning next week. students will be allowed to wear hats in school with the following parameters in mind:

~Hat logos/messages need to be school alcohol, drugs, sexual references, etc

~Hats may be worn as long as they are not a distraction. If students are putting hats on and off, fiddling with the clasp, taking others' hats, etc they will lose the privilege and need to put their hats in their lockers.

~Hats may not be shared under any circumstances.

~Hats must be removed during the Pledge of Allegiance, the playing of the National Anthem, etc.

Specialists' Scoop!

Every so often, you'll see a special column in this newsletter called Specialists' Scoop. This highlights some of the related services our school provides and some tips for supporting students at home. This Scoop was written by Ms. Kari, our Speech/Language Pathologist.

Hearing and Speech

Kari A. Lyden, M.S., CCC-SLP - Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist

Hearing is one of the most important parts of speech and language development. When an infant or child has difficulty hearing, they are missing out on sounds that will help them to learn and understand spoken language. This can lead to later problems such as delayed speech and language skills, learning difficulties in school, and issues with self-esteem and social skills.

Children with hearing loss:

➤ Have difficulty learning words

➤ Understand and use shorter sentences

➤ Have trouble hearing endings of words (like -s or -ed, as in “cats” or “walked”)

➤ Have difficulty using “quiet” speech sounds like s, sh, f, t, or k

➤ May not speak clearly

➤ May not hear themselves when they are talking (so they may speak too loud or too soft, or they may mumble or sound different)

➤ May have difficulty making friends because hearing loss can make it harder for

them to talk to or play with other kids

➤ Often have difficulty in school, and do not catch up to peers without

help/support both at home and at school.

The most important thing you can do is to have your child’s hearing screened. This can be done by your pediatrician. It’s also important to follow up with any additional testing that is recommended (such as with an audiologist), and share results with your child’s school and school nurse so they can best support your child in school.

Adapted from: Effects of Hearing Loss on Development

From Valerie Vasti, District Literacy Coach

My name is Valerie Vasti, and I am honored to join the Mohawk Trail Regional - Hawlemont Regional School District community as the District Literacy Coach. I am enjoying a warm welcome from a team of creative and thoughtful educators as well as many curious and kind students!

This year is my 27th as an educator. I started out teaching ELA to insightful high schoolers and went on to teach energetic middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th) ELA, ELL, and inclusion classes. Along the way, I directed student theater productions and created advisory programs.

My calling as coach began while serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. I have coaching to thank for expanding my world to include the wonder of elementary school students.

I am truly excited to work in this beautiful place with so many wonderful people.

I am starting a blog to respond to questions received and to share information. I also look forward to sharing some of the wonderful thinking, reading, and writing happening in ELA classes!

Check out the first blog. I answer the question, Why did we choose EL Education for our ELA curriculum, and share important information about Dyslexia as October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Check it out here.

I look forward to meeting everyone!

Thank you,


PTO News

The new CCS beanies, t-shirts, and sweatshirts are now available for purchase. If you did not purchase anything at Open House and would like to, please email us at and we'll be happy to get you set up with some new apparel!

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th at 3:30. All are welcome.

Big picture
Information about Heath celebration

upcoming events

10/10: No school in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day

10/11: 3:30 PTO meeting

10/12: 6:30 School Committee meeting

10/19: Jay Mankita from Playful Engineers visits

10/25: School Picture Day

10/26: All school hike day

October early release dates:

1:50 dismissals: 10/19, 10/26