Dear Families,
In library class and in second grade, students are thinking about heroes. This week the PTA will invite you to have a family conversation about heroes and contribute to a bulletin board. What are the characteristics of our heroes? What does it mean to be a hero?
Our third graders are clear that Jerry Pinkney is a hero. A few students shared that after reading his stories in class they could barely sleep in anticipation of meeting him. He and his wonderful wife, Gloria Jean, visited every third grade class yesterday for an hour. They listened to students and shared stories. Jerry's overarching message was one of hope. With perseverance and caring for each other anything is possible. He talked with us about attending a segregated school in Philadelphia as an elementary school student. He described overcoming dyslexia and working every day on his art. He shared about the teachers and mentors who believed in him and gave him room to find his voice. He shared that he has visited the White House and has published over 100 books.  He also drew us a coyote which the Norman Rockwell Museum is framing for us. We are so grateful for this opportunity!
March 11 will be a free family day at the Norman Rockwell museum. We hope all families will be able to attend! Please save the date! The museum has also donated a Youth and Family Passport to every third grade family for a group of four to visit the museum.  They also gave us an additional supply. If you have a child in another grade and would like a passport to visit the museum please reach out to Christine Kelly in the front office. Our goal is for all students and families to feel at home and part of the Norman Rockwell Museum experience.
Important Note About Regular Dismissal as Stated in our Student and Family Handbook on page 14.
Students being picked up will be called starting at 3:10 from younger to oldest for dismissal in the front hall.
Those picking up students are not permitted to go past the pick up line to classrooms. Thank you for adhering to this. If there are unique circumstances arrangements are to be made with the principal.
Thank you,
Mary Berle, Principal
MONDAY, January 23
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess Club
TUESDAY, January 24
2:00 p.m.                             Ski Butternut
6:00-8:00 p.m.                     Cub Scouts
WEDNESDAY, January 25
8:00-8:30 a.m.                     Chess Club
5:15-6:15 p.m.                     ALICE Community Forum
THURSDAY, January 26
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Ukulele Club
9:30-10:00 a.m.                  Shelter in Place Drill
FRIDAY, January 27
½ day school; a.m. schedule
Spirit Day – Buttons
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Unicycling
February 20-24 - Winter Break
March 10 - No School; Professional Development Day
March 24 - Half Day
April 14 - No School; Good Friday
April 17-21 - Spring Break
May 5 - Half Day
May 29 - No School; Memorial Day


As a member of the board of the Stockbridge Land Trust (SLT), I’m pleased to let you know that the Laurel Hill Association and SLT have just launched their 2017 Photo Contest, with a new category for photographers up to and including age 18.  Please go to for details about sending up to ten submissions per student.  For your convenience, I have copied below the contest rules, criteria, categories, and required submission information.  Your students will need to go to the Laurel Hill Association website to submit photos.
We at SLT and Laurel Hill Association look forward to receiving submissions from your students by March 31, 2017.
Stewart Edelstein

Photo Contest

Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust (SLT) are launching our second annual free photo contest. Anyone can submit up to ten photos of Stockbridge landscapes (or closeups!), in any season, by March 31, 2017 – including photos taken before now.  Some of the photos will appear on the Laurel Hill Association and SLT websites, and the winning photos will appear on cards and other items Laurel Hill Association and SLT will sell as a joint fundraiser. Whenever we display or print we will identify the photographers and where they took their photos.


  1. With your photo(s), include your name, address, phone number, email address, and a photo caption that identifies the location where the photo was taken. The caption may also include other interesting information about the photo.
  2. All photos must be in digital format. They need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. Photos can be in color or black and white, and must be original, not published elsewhere.
  3. All digital files must be betwee 900 kilobytes and 6 megabytes, must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image). (HINT: if you submit photos from your smart phone, upload the original file, not a compressed version.)
  4. Photos cannot have been published elsewhere.
  5. Photos must be original material taken by the contestant.
  6. Watermarks are not acceptable.
  7. By submitting a photo, you authorize SLT and Laurel Hill Association to reproduce, distribute, display, and create works including the photo in any medium, without SLT or Laurel Hill Association paying any amount to you.


All photos must be of scenes in Stockbridge.  We’re looking for photos taken in all seasons.  The criteria for judging photos are as follows:
  • Design
  • Composition
  • Technique
  • Iconic Stockbridge locations, including abstract images of those locations 


Our contest is in two categories: up to and including age 18, and older than 18.  Five winning photos will be selected for each category. People under the age of 18 must have their submission accompanied by a parent's approval.

Submit Photos 

You may submit up to 10 photos. You may submit them over a period of time. For each submission, please complete the following form.
Phone number 
Email address 
Photo Upload 
Photo Caption (Please identify the location) 
( )  Up to and including 18 years old 
( )  Older than 18 years 
Parent approval if under 18 
( )  Yes 
( )  No 
BHRSD does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

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