Principal Canata’s Newsletter – December 2018

Principal Canata’s Newsletter – December 2018


 Volume 6 No. 4                                          December 2018

Office 587-1540

A Message from Mr. Canata

December in New England means several things, the temperature will continue to drop, the ground will be frozen and covered in snow and the holidays will be celebrated and we eagerly anticipate the coming of a new year. We will all also be enjoying a nice winter break as we welcome 2019. What is also hard for me to grasp is that a third of our school year will already be completed! This time of year always allows for me to reflect at hopefully some of the great things happening at Leeds and on some of the things we could get better at. I also find as I’ve gotten older that I reflect upon the many things in life that truly matter; family, friends, health, and being able to pursue and then enjoy things that truly interest me. I encourage everyone to try and do the same as I am finally beginning to realize how important self-care is. I want to extend seasons greetings and happy holidays to the entire Leeds community and wish you well in the new year.

Mr. Canata


I wrote in the last newsletter that in the spirit of the holidays, we have reached out to our families during this time of year to ask for assistance for the many Leeds families for whom the holidays are not an easy time. Donations (gift cards, toys, etc.) for those in need within our community. The office will gladly accept and appropriately distribute any donations received. To families who might be struggling this time of year, please reach out as we can try to be as helpful as we can.


Winter officially begins on December 21st and students should be coming to school wearing coats and in pants. While we haven’t seen the snow yet, students and parents are reminded that in order to play in it at recess, boots and snow pants are required. Regarding outdoor play, we recognize the importance of it and want all to take part but those who aren’t dressed appropriately will miss out and most kids love building, making snowmen, and using our sleds on the hill. Utilizing information from the National Child Care Weather Watch which provides detail regarding a combination of temperature and wind chill that determines safe levels for children.


A quick reminder that the PTO sends out its digest (by email) periodically keeping parents and guardians informed of happenings. If you do not receive this, please contact the office and we can provide them with your email information.


The Leeds Lego Robotics Team, which is coached by parent ALissa Geis and Rick Patenaude are made up of 4th and 5th graders will be competing in its annual competition in Springfield on Saturday December 8 at Western New England University. To see the schedule or to watch a live stream the link to do so is:

Good luck as they will be squaring off against nearly 20 other teams from across the region!


The December Community Meeting is being hosted by the 3rd grade and will be taking place on Wednesday December 19th at 9:30.

Upcoming dates:

  • December 13th – PTO Meeting
  • December 19th – School Council
  • December 19th – Community Meeting
  • December 24th – January 1st – Winter Break

“Bee” Leeds