Colrain Central School News

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August 13, 2021

Welcome Back!

While there are a still a couple of weeks before we will be back together, I did want to begin sending out my weekly newsletters as there is so much information to share. First and foremost, I hope you've all had a wonderful summer with your children. We are very excited to see them again and begin a new year of learning and growing together!

I know that you have many questions about the year do I! One thing that we've learned over the last year is that the rate at which things can change is astounding. I so appreciated your patience last year as we navigated new territory together and ask for the same this year. I will do my best to keep you updated on any and all new information I receive. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. If I don't know the answer, I will do my best to find it!

You can always check our website: and our Facebook page: for updated information.

Staffing Update

Over the summer, Mrs. Lord retired. She will be missed and we wish her all the best as she and her husband begin new adventures. Ms. Sue also left to pursue some additional schooling.

Our teaching lineup is as follows:

Preschool: Ms. Chmura

Kindergarten: Ms. Ahrensdorf

1st grade: Ms. Jillson

2nd grade: Ms. McMillan

3rd grade: Mrs. Taylor

4th grade: Ms. Shearer

5th grade: Ms. Norwood

6th grade: Ms. Ickes

Additionally we have Ms. Steward and Ms. Glick providing Special Education services, Ms. Jensen as our math interventionist, Ms. Martin back as our reading interventionist, and Ms. Vicky and Ms. Leann providing PT and OT services. Ms. Aiken, Ms. Fitzgerald, and Ms. Tyler will all be back teaching Art, Music, and PE. Ms. Banschback will be providing counseling support. Ms. Goodnow and Mrs. Socquet will continue as our Special Education liaison and Early Childhood Coordinator. Ms. Miller will be guiding us with Service Learning.

Ms. Heidi, Ms. Genie, Ms. Alice, Mrs. Burton, Mr. Nelson, Mrs. Tower, Ms. Mary and Mrs W-S are all returning as paraprofessionals to support everyone. Ms. Tina will be cooking our delicious meals and Nurse Donna will be making sure we're all staying healthy. Ms. White will be helping to keep me organized and Mr. Youmell will be keeping our building clean and in good working order.

We are still in the process of hiring an additional paraprofessional and a speech pathologist. We are also still looking for an after-school program director. Until we hire for that position, we will not be able to run before and after school care. As soon as I am able to have someone in that position, I will get the program up and running.

Virtual Town Hall

The Mohawk Trail Regional School District's COVID-19 School Planning Task Force will host a Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 PM via Vimeo ( and simulcasting to the MTRS Facebook page ( to share updates and information regarding COVID-19 as we gear-up for the new school year.

The task force will share proposed updates to the district's mask policy; preparing for back to school; and share current information about COVID-19 relative to our community.

We encourage all district families to join us for this informational meeting and welcome questions in advance! To submit a question, please visit this link

so we can answer as many questions as possible during our meeting. We look forward to "seeing" you there!

**REMINDER: You don't need a Vimeo OR Facebook account to watch the live streams! Simply visit at 6:30 p.m. on August 17 or head over to the school's Facebook page (@mohawktrailregional) to watch!**

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First Day Celebration

Mark your calendars for our First Day Celebration! On Wednesday, September 1st we invite you to join us as we celebrate the first day of a new school year. More details will be in next week's newsletter.

West County Soccer

West County Soccer is back this year !

Registration is open, please click on the link below to sign your children up.

We are looking forward to a great soccer season. There will be one or two practices a week, and games are on Sunday mornings at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School.

All kids ages 4-11 are welcome !