Monday, November 29, 2010

School District's Inclement Weather Cancellation Procedures (2010-11)

From this month's Chalktalk Superintendent’s Message by Dr. Young:

School Cancellation Procedures

The impending holiday season signals the beginning of potential inclement weather and my need to communicate our school delay and cancellation procedures. As have been our procedures in the past, on inclement weather days we will make all reasonable efforts to decide, with input from the highway department personnel and our transportation providers, on whether a school delay or cancellation is necessary by 5:45 a.m. We work very hard to make all such decisions public by 6 a.m., when possible. School delay and cancellation announcements will be made on the local television news channels 22 and 40 as well as on the local radio using WHMP (99.3 FM or AM 1400) or WTTT (AM 1430).

If there are questions about the conditions of the road, we will err on the side of caution, as ensuring the safety of our students and employees is always our top priority. While we seek to avoid such situations, there may be times when we need to dismiss students who are already in school early to ensure we can get everyone home safely. Under such circumstances, we will attempt to contact the parents/guardians of our students, particularly our elementary students. To assist us, we ask that you also stay tuned to the local TV and radio during questionable days to follow developing weather conditions. Parents/guardians are always free to make their own choices about road conditions and to keep their child home or to pick him/her up early when they have concerns.

Web sites to bookmark for closing information:
WWLP (Channel 22)
WGGB (Channel 40)
Note: WHMP and WTTT did not have Web sites dedicated to school closings as of 11/29.

Hadley Park & Rec: Play-Well Teknologies classes

Pre-Engineering with Lego and Engineering Fundamentals with Lego at the Hadley Senior Center, 3rd Floor (46 Middle St, Hadley)
February 21-25, 2011 and April 18-22, 2011
(you must register for each week separately)

Pre-Engineering session from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for Grades K-2
Engineering FUNdamentals session from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM for Grades 3-5 and returning students

Play-Well TEKnologies provides project-based programs designed to teach principles and methods of engineering, architecture, and science to grades K – 8th, utilizing LEGO™ and other building systems. We strive to build problem-solving skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression, foster a greater appreciation of how things work, and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self- reliance, and self-confidence in children. We do this in the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects that both the children and our instructors enjoy!

Have your child become a Play-Well Engineer! Students will build cities, bridges, and motorized cars/planes and explore the many creative possibilities of engineering with the LEGO® system. With access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, your child will have the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced Play-Well Engineering instructor to guide them.

Engineering FUNdamentals
Do you like building things? Design and build motorized machines, catapults, pyramids, demolition derby cars, buildings and other constructions out of LEGO® bricks. While exploring engineering, architecture and physics, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Returning students are given new projects that build on previous projects and concepts.

(This class is not affiliated with the LEGO Group.)


Visit the Hadley Park & Rec website for all of the program offerings. Hadley Park & Rec is also on Facebook.

Contact Park and Rec for more information on these programs at (413) 586-6375 or email

Registration deadlines are February 8th for the 1st session and April 8th for the 2nd session.

Hadley Elementary School Winter Concert 2010

The Winter Concert will be on Thursday, December 9, 2010. Kindergarten, First, Fifth and Sixth grades, Recorder Ensemble, Band, and Chorus will perform at the afternoon concert starting at 1:15 pm.

ONLY Recorder Ensemble, Band, and Chorus will perform again at the evening concert starting at 7:00 pm. There will be no grade level performances in the evening. Chorus members must wear a white shirt or blouse and black trousers or skirt.

In order for all to fully enjoy the concert, we would appreciate it if audience members would keep all cell phones turned off and refrain from talking during the student performances. Thank you!

Hadley Park & Rec's "Lunch with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty! "

Get your picture taken with Santa! Food, drinks and photos will be available at no cost. Your donations are greatly appreciated. For all Hadley children Pre-K thru grade3.

Saturday, December 18th, 2010
From 12:00 – 1:30 pm

at Hadley Elementary School

Come and meet the fire truck that carries Mr. & Mrs. Claus at the following times and locations:

10:00 Corner of Shattuck & Gooseberry Lane
10:15 Corner of Shattuck and Bayberry Lane
10:25 North Hadley Sugar Shack
10:40 Corner of Meadowbrook Drive & Mt. Warner Rd
10:55 Sunrise Drive
11:15 Corner of Spruce Hill and Arrowhead
11:30 Corner of Chmura Road & Laurel Drive
11:45 Burke Way

Then to the Hadley Elementary School!

***Christmas Raffle at $1.00 per ticket***

A mailbox is available for children to write and send letters to Santa at the Goodwin Library. Paper and envelopes provided. All letters must be written by December 6th.

Friday, November 19, 2010

PTO offers to help local organizations coordinate fundraiser dates

Hadley is home to many great organizations working for the benefit of our children and our community. With all that goodwill and volunteerism comes a LOT of fundraisers. The PTO is aware that sometimes family and friends can feel bombarded by fundraisers at certain times of the year. Denise Devine has generously offered to create an email list of representatives from local organizations that run fundraisers to help those organizations be aware of what others are doing, and, we hope, coordinate enough to avoid overwhelming our supporters.

If you are a member of a Hadley organization that runs fundraisers, please suggest that your fundraising chair, or the volunteers who organize your various fundraisers, contact Denise and request to be part of this email list.

Click here to email Denise your contact information.

Thank you!



REMINDER - School Committee meeting Monday, November 22 at 5:30 pm

The next School Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm in the Hopkins Academy Music Room.

Agenda: School Committee agenda for November 22nd (.pdf)

Tv-5 records, but does NOT live telecast, these meetings. Taped coverage of School Committee meetings is shown on the Town of Hadley's Community Access Television station, seen on Charter Communications' cable channel 5, the evening following the meetings (usually Tuesday) at 8:00 pm, and repeated the following Saturday at 9:00 am (or following the Selectboard re-play, if any). For programming updates, please visit the Tv-5 Web site.

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This is not an official Web site of the Hadley School Committee or the Hadley Public Schools. The Hadley PTO posts in good faith for informational purposes only, and does not accept responsibility for inaccuracies or cancelled events.

Chalktalk for November/December 2010 now online

You may now download a .pdf of the current Chalktalk! Click here to visit the Hadley PTO Chalktalk page.

If you are interested in receiving notification via email when the latest edition of Chalktalk is posted in the future, please subscribe to the Hadley PTO website (for more information on this quick and easy process, click here.)

Families who wish to continue receiving a paper version of Chalktalk need to contact Hadley PTO at OR send a note in to your child‘s teacher with student name and grade/teacher (ATTN: Hadley PTO).

A limited number of copies will be available in the HES Main Office, HA Main Office and Goodwin Memorial Library later this week.

Have an idea you'd like to submit to Chalktalk? Click here to email Meredith Feltus and the Hadley PTO (please put "Chalktalk" in the subject line). We value and appreciate your input!

Monday, November 15, 2010

HPS Bullying Policy .pdf's now available online at

Please visit the Hadley Public School's official website to view the HPS Bullying Policy. There are four .pdf's posted: the Bullying Plan, the Complaint Form, the Investigation Form, and the Determination Flow Chart.

Also available online is the Anti-Bullying Overview (.pdf) by Dr. Arthur Friedman of James Levine & Associates from the Open House events.

REMINDER! The Public Forum on the HPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan is scheduled for this Thursday, November 18th at 5:00 pm in the Music Room at Hopkins Academy.

Hadley Mothers' Club - VENDOR FAIR this Saturday, November 20th, 9 am to 2 pm

The Hadley Mothers' Club 1st Annual Vendor Fair will be this Saturday, November 20th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley.

Jewelry, Cosmetics, Food, Handmade Greeting Cards, Gift Items, Bake Sale…and a lot more! Over 30 vendors! Bid on items in the Silent Auction! Bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry & receive a free raffle ticket!

For more information, please click here to email Donna Berg.

REMINDER! Hadley Mothers' Club - Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Friendship Boxes - this is a community service event, we wrap and fill a shoebox with items for needy children, school aged and teens, boys/girls.
Hadley Elementary School from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Free on site child care is available. Any questions please call Denise at (413) 584-1859.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Public Forum on HPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan scheduled for Thursday, November 18th at 5:00 pm

The Anti-Bullying Task Force has scheduled an Open Forum for November 18, 2010 at 5:00 PM in the Music Room at Hopkins Academy. Hadley citizens will have the opportunity to comment on, and ask questions about, the Hadley Public Schools' proposed Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan.

Click here to visit the official Hadley Public Schools website about this event.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

URGENT - Volunteers are needed for Scholastic Book Fair next week!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are looking for assistance on Monday (11/15) and Tuesday (11/16) for the Scholastic Book Fair. Please consider volunteering if you are available.

For more information, please contact Gina Kotfila at (413) 549-3917 or click here for email.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Calling all volunteers! MANDATORY volunteer orientation Nov 18th

There will be a *mandatory* volunteer orientation for all parents/guardians planning on volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, and lending a hand at school events and/or PTO functions, including the book fairs, on Thursday, November 18, 2010. For your convenience, this informational session will take place at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm at HES.

Note: The evening session will rollover into a PTO Meeting. For those planning to attend the Town Meeting at Hopkins Academy on the 18th, there will be a break between the training session and the PTO meeting to step out for the TM.

For more information please call Stacey Butterfield (413) 586-5549.

MEETING CHANGE - PTO Meeting moved to Thursday, Nov 18th

IMPORTANT - MEETING CHANGE! The PTO Meeting scheduled for this week has been moved to next week on Thursday, November 18th at 6:30 pm at Hadley Elementary School as part of the mandatory volunteer training session for those interested in volunteering at the school. Please join us! Free on site child care will be available.

Note: For those planning to attend the Town Meeting at Hopkins Academy on the 18th, there will be a break between the training session and the PTO meeting to step out for the TM.

Please note that there will be no PTO Meeting in December. The next PTO Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm at HES.

Hadley Mothers' Club Fundraiser (Hillside Pizza)

The Hadley Mothers' Club Fall Fundraiser, Hillside Pizza, will start 11/10 through 12/1. Pick up for product will be at Hadley Elementary School on December 9th during the Winter Concert.

Please contact Diane Kieras-Ciolkos at (413) 582-0665 or Denise Devine at (413) 584-1859 for more information

Special Town Meeting - Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Hopkins Academy

The Town of Hadley has rescheduled a Special Town Meeting to Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Hopkins Academy. The warrant was posted on Thursday, October 14, 2010.


All registered voters are encouraged to attend.