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Cookie Swap

Our annual cookie swap is on Friday, December 14. The PTO is looking for both bakers and buyers. At the same time, the winter clothing swap will be open. If you have gently used clothing that your child has outgrown, please consider donating them to this event. There is a bin in the front lobby for your items. Thank you!

All-School Assembly

Our December all-school assembly is on Wednesday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. Please join us and see what’s been happening in classrooms across the building.

All-School Checkers Tournament

Back by popular demand is our all-school checkers tournament on Friday, December 21 at 1:00 p.m. The peer mediators have been visiting classrooms teaching students how to play checkers. We are looking forward to this friendly competition!

Important Bus Route Change for Mohawk Trail Regional/Colrain Students, Effective January 2, 2019

The Heath Road Bridge is now open! The Mohawk Trail Regional School District will be eliminating the eight-passenger van that serviced the Heath Road area effective January 2, 2019. 

The Mohawk Trail Regional School Colrain bus route #12 and the Colrain Central School bus route #13C will have bus pick-up time changes:

Mohawk Trail Regional School
Route #12- 6:47 Adamsville Rd, 6:54 CRN Adamsville Rd./Hillman, 6:56 Adamsville Rd, 6:57 Adamsville Rd./ Maxim Rd,7:05 Hager Cross Rd/Heath Rd, 7:08 Heath Rd/Dwight Cross, 7:11 Thibedeuo/Heath Rd, 7:13 Foundry Village Rd,7:18 Main Rd/Church St., 7:19 Main Rd/Griswoldville St, 7:20 Main Rd, Continue onto Mohawk High School.

Colrain Central School
Route #13C 7:36 Jacksonville Rd, 7:38 Jacksonville Rd/Reils Lane, 7:41 Jacksonville Rd, 7:45 Thompson/Jacksonville Rd, 7:48 Thompson Rd, 7:55 Ed Clark Rd., 7:57 Christian Hill Rd., 7:59 Wilson Hill, 8:13 Crn of Hillman/Adamsville Rd., 8:18 Adamsville Rd/Stetson Brs Rd, 8:31 Heath Rd, 8:33 Heath Rd/Maxam Rd, 8:34 Heath Rd./Dwight Cross Rd, Continue to Colrain Central School.

If you have any questions, please call Dawn Brown at the Shelburne office at (413) 489.3194 ext. 10 or Robin Pease at the Mohawk Trail Regional School District at (413) 625.0192 ext. 1021.

Blizzard Bags

The school committee voted to put into place up to five blizzard bags this winter. Not every snow day will be a blizzard bag day. The superintendent will make the determination when he makes the cancellation. Teachers are working on preparing assignments to send home in preparation. Students will have up to five days to complete the assignments. If they do not turn the assignments in by the due date, we will count them as absent for the blizzard bag day. If students need additional help or support with an assignment, we can make arrangements for them to stay after school. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Winter Break

Winter break begins on Monday, December 24 and continues through Tuesday, January 1. School resumes on Wednesday, January 2. We wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Colrain Service Learning Program Enhances Student Connections to Community

Connecting students to the world around them and creating meaningful service-based lessons is not a new concept in teaching. But for Colrain Central School, this year presented new opportunities for student learning as they fully embrace a new initiative and service learning curriculum. To help with the process, the school hired Talia Miller, service learning coordinator, to help identify and navigate this new frontier.

“Service learning is really about helping students to make community connections and to create pride in their community,” said Miller. “The goal of service learning is to identify resources and community problems from the source.”

Helping students to connect the concepts they learn in the classroom to concrete, real-world, community-based problems, service learning provides students with an opportunity to take ownership and help to provide solutions.

Service learning can take shape in a variety of ways in the classroom, through structured support, and through establishing routines. While the concept of service learning isn’t necessarily new to Colrain teachers, making service learning a focus is new for the school. As a result, teachers are learning alongside their students with identifying local needs and creative problem-solving. Additionally, Colrain teachers regularly participate in professional learning opportunities with a service learning focus.

Please take a moment to read our service learning program press release in its entirety.