The Buzz at Leeds
November 15, 2021
Message from Principal Wenz
“November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.” -NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) https://www.ncai.org
Tomorrow, Tuesday, 11/16 we will have COVID testing at Leeds. This week those being tested will get tested twice. The first sample will be placed in the pool. If someone is positive in the pool then the individual samples will be tested. This should make our process much easier.
Wednesday, 11/17 is National Education Support Professionals Day. Leeds is very fortunate to have ESPs who support our students, caregivers, teachers, and other staff members each and every day.
Just a reminder we are taking a break from our Lift Off Learning program until November 30th. We have a full week of school this week. Next week, we will have an early release on Wednesday, 11/24 with dismissal at 11:30. We will not have session 2 for preschool. Then we will not have school with our Thanksgiving break Thursday, 11/25 and Friday, 11/26.
Stay safe and be well,
Chris Wenz, Principal
Welcome to the NPS Elementary Curriculum Corner!
From Karen Albano
- We are in need of pants of varying sizes in case some of our students need to change.
- We are in need of individually wrapped goldfish, pretzels, or graham crackers for some of our students who are in need of snacks.
Leeds School Council
Leeds School Council meeting will be Tuesday, 11/16 @6:15 via Zoom.
Please join us. Everyone is welcome.
If you participate in the meeting, please include your name, your child's name & their teacher.
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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, December 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. New folks are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join! Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for the meeting link. We plan to meet the second Wednesday of every month throughout the year
E&I participation is completely flexible--you can choose to commit to as much or as little as you’d like. This might mean staying in the loop via our email listserv (email us at email@example.com to be added), attending the occasional meeting or every meeting, initiating or joining existing committee work, or some combination.
Thanks for reading! Please be in touch with any questions.
Re-opening of Schools Update
There have been some changes to the protocols and updates for schools. Please see the attached letter from all of the principals regarding building use and visitors to the school. All building use, visitors, volunteers, and events must have prior approval by the building principal. Volunteers must go through VINS (Volunteers in Northampton) and follow their protocols of having a CORI, fingerprints, and proof of vaccination. All requests must go through the building principal and have prior approval, follow school committee policies KF and KI and everyone must follow safety and health protocols around masking, social distancing, and capacity. We are still encouraging all meetings be held via zoom, unless it is not possible. Please read the attached letter carefully as well as the two school committee policies embedded in the letter. Thank you for your patience and for putting safety first.
Leeds PTO T-Shirt CLARIFICATION
The Leeds PTO is providing each staff member and student a t-shirt. Please click on the form to select your child's size. You can purchase extra t-shirts for others in section 3 of the form. Here is a link to the order form (online version). Here is a link to the paper copy. Please complete the form for your child's size.
Next PTO General Meeting January at 7pm via Zoom
Early Bird / Late Bird / LEAP
- 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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 http://www.northamptonschools.org/project/code-of-conduct/
Free COVID-19 VACCINE FOR CHILDREN AGES 5-11!
No insurance needed.
Appointments are open for all children at all sites regardless of which school they attend.
To make appointments and find more information:
Or go to www.northamptonma.gov and click on Vaccine Clinics
Jackson Street School
Thursday, November 18th: 4-6 pm
Elks Lodge, Florence, MA
17 Spring Street
Mondays in November: 4-6pm
Thursdays in November: 3-6pm
Additional clinics are being planned in the downtown neighborhood that will be accessible on foot or bus to make vaccine access equitable across families’ transportation needs and healthcare status. Vaccine is also available at several local pediatrics offices.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for 5-11 year olds will be given.
A second dose must be at least 21 days after the first dose. You will be able to make the appointment for your child’s second dose at any of the above sites as soon as your child receives their first dose.
One caregiver should plan to be with their child for their vaccination.
These specific clinics are by appointment to accommodate the needs of children and for safe distancing in the vaccination area.
This is the same vaccine that is available also at local pediatrics offices.
Please note: The Pfizer vaccine approved for ages 12+ will NOT be available at these clinics. Booster shots will NOT be available at these clinics.
¡Vacuna de COVID-19 gratis para los niños de 5 a 11 años!
No se necesita seguro.
Las citas están abiertas para todos los niños en todos los sitios, independientemente de la escuela a la que asistan.
Para hacer una cita y hallar más información:
O vaya a: www.northamptonma.gov y pulse en Clínicas de Vacunación
Escuela Jackson Street
Jueves 18 de Nov.: 4-6 pm
Logia Elks, Florence, MA
17 Spring Street
Lunes en Noviembre: 4-6 p.m.
Jueves en Noviembre: 3-6 p.m.
Se están planificando clínicas adicionales en el centro de la ciudad a las cuales podrá llegar a pie o en autobús para que el acceso a las vacunas sea equitativo para las necesidades de transporte de las familias y el estado de la atención médica. La vacuna también está disponible en varias oficinas de pediatría locales.
Se administrará la vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech aprobada para los niños de 5 a 11 años.
La segunda dosis tiene que ser por lo menos 21 días después de la primera dosis. Usted podrá programar la cita para la segunda dosis de su hijo/a en cualquiera de los sitios anteriores tan pronto como su hijo/a reciba su primera dosis.
Un cuidador debe planear estar con su niño/a para su vacunación.
Estas clínicas específicas son con cita previa para atender las necesidades de los niños y mantener un distanciamiento seguro en el área de vacunación.
Esta es la misma vacuna que también está disponible en las oficinas de pediatría locales.
Favor de tener en cuenta: La vacuna de Pfizer aprobada para los mayores de 12 años NO estará disponible en estas clínicas. Las vacunas de refuerzo NO estarán disponibles en estas clínicas.
Calendar of Events
- 11/16 Leeds COVID Testing
11/16 Leeds School Council Meeting @6:15 via Zoom
11/17 Leeds Safety Drill #3 - Fire Drill @9:15
11/24 Early Release Day @11:30 Thanksgiving Break begins
11/25 & 11/26 No School - Happy Thanksgiving!
11/30 Lift Off Learning begins again
Click here for the most up to date District calendar.
Laura Ziomek, Administrative Assistant
Gabrielle Hollender, Early Bird/Late Bird Afterschool Coordinator
Chris Wenz, Principal
Location: 20 Florence Street, Leeds, MA, USA
Phone: (413) 587-1530