Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Notes 9-13-19

SCHOOL INFO:



School Calendar:

Our School Calendar can be found here.

Late Bus:

The Late Bus Schedule can be found here


HEY Help:

HEY Help is back!!  HEY (Help empower youth) Help is an after-school program that students are encouraged to attend for help with any classwork they may be having problems with or to just get their homework done before going home.  The program runs Monday-Thursday beginning Monday, 9/16, after school in the library until 4:20 at which time the late bus picks up at Leland & Gray. 
Please note that HEY Help does not meet when the late bus does not run (the late bus schedule is on the L&G website and the link above).
Any questions, please call Mary Lindsley, 802/365-7355.

Picture Day:

Picture day will be 9/24!  Order packets will be send home with students the week of 9/16.

Middle School Back-to-School Night:

Back-to-School Night is an opportunity for our professional staff to share with families the Middle School programs, curriculum and expectations.  The date for the 2019 Middle School Back-to-School Night is Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 P.M. at Leland and Gray Middle/High School (A level).

The Middle School teachers are looking forward to meeting you at our Back-to-School evening.

Families will follow their student’s schedule for the evening. Attached are blank schedules for grades six, seven and eight.  Please have your student fill in their schedule and class locations with you. You can find this information in PowerSchool, if needed.

The evening will begin in your student’s first period class.  Student schedules will also be available, should you need it.   Exploratory teachers will be available on A level to share details about their classes throughout the evening. Your student is welcome to attend classes with you and encouraged to join you for the evening.

We look forward to your attendance at this informative evening program.


Sincerely,


Bob Thibault Principal
Pamela J. Bernardo Dean of Academics and Innovation
Johanna Liskowsky-Doak Dean of Students

Phoebe Connolly Middle School Counselor 


Tri-M Induction Ceremony:

On Thursday, September 19th at 7:30pm the Leland & Gray Music Department will be inducting our newest group of Tri-M Members.  The night will consist of solo performances from our new students and some refreshments to follow.  The ceremony will be held at the Townshend Church.

Music Parent Meeting:

As our school year begins, we would like to welcome you and your family into the music community here at Leland & Gray. We are very excited to have you here, and want to take this time to celebrate not only the hard work your child will put into the next year in music class, but also the skills that they will develop through their experiences in their ensemble.  The lifelong benefits your child will obtain through music expand beyond the classroom and are transferable to every other academic subject.

We also wanted to let you know about the various ways you can get involved in your child’s musical journey this year:

         • Fundraising opportunities 
         • School board meetings and supporting our music programs 
         • Chaperoning performance/audition trips 
         • Encouraging your child to practice, practice, practice!

We will be discussing these opportunities and the upcoming year and expectations for the music program and its needs on:

Monday, September 16, 2019
5:30 PM in the Leland & Gray Music Room
  
We are currently striving to build the choir and band programs at Leland and Gray.  Our numbers are growing each day and the students are excited! We need parent involvement to help support and grow the music department.

Again, welcome to the musical family at Leland & Gray and we look forward to meeting you on Monday!

Musically yours,

James Pecsok Rene Bernard
(802) 221-2119 (802) 221-2135

New Back to School Look for L&G:

If you visit the Leland & Gray Union Middle & High School cafeteria this fall, you might notice a new back to school style.
This summer when the kids went on break their Seed2Tray team went to work. Food Service Director, Chris Parker, wanted to create a fun space for the school community to enjoy their meals for the 2019-2020 school year. First, they gave their kitchens a deep cleaning, and lots of coats of paint. Then turned their focus to the Leland & Gray cafeteria.
“The cafeteria had spent years looking grey and dull, so we recruited the art teacher, Suzanne Paugh from Newbrook Elementary,” says Chris. “She had been the leader on our makeover at Newbrook last year, and I knew I needed her for this project.” Suzanne worked with the incoming 5th and 6th graders to achieve an industrial/graffiti art feel—and the kids were very excited to be a part of such a large project that would impact their school. They created the signs for each station, then painted them before Chef Chris took them back to his woodshop for the finishing touches.
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The Seed2Tray team worked hard throughout the school year to get to this point. They applied for a mini grant through Food Connects for a new salad bar, generously donated by Entera Catering. The receipt of the salad bar allows the team to provide a wider variety of options for students to make delicious salads. Chris also worked hard to ensure that Universal Meals were added to the budget for the 2019-2020 school year for the entire school district.
Now school is here, the time they all worked so hard to prepare for. “We are excited to see our students and show them their new cafeteria. They are now welcomed by a new hot line, a new salad bar, a pizza bar, and a sandwich bar complete with panini press. The best part is that every student in Jamaica Village, Townshend, Leland & Gray, and Newbrook will ALL EAT FOR FREE.”
Thanks to the entire Seed2Tray team for their hard work to make schools meals welcoming and delicious. Be sure to follow them on Instagram at Seed2Tray.



ATHLETICS:



Events & Activities Calendar:

All practices and games will be listed on our Events and Activities Calendar which is on the L&G website under Calendars.
http://lelandandgray.org/index.php/co-curricular-calendar








COMMUNITY SERVICE:


Community service is now a graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2019. All information can be found here: https://sites.google.com/lelandandgray.org/communityservice

Please e-mail any community service opportunities to Terry Davison Berger <tdavison-berger@lelandandgray.org>



Fairy House Festival:

Fairy House Festival, scheduled for September 28th and 29th.
Fairy House Festival is by far our biggest fundraiser and we couldn't pull it off without the help and generosity of volunteers. It’s because of the funds raised at the Festival that we are able to keep our museum doors open and our programming costs accessible.
Volunteering at Fairy House Festival is not only an opportunity to support The Nature Museum, but also to make new connections and have fun. Volunteer duties include facilitating crafts, being a trail docent, managing the bubble station, and working at the refreshments tent just to name a few.
Students can sign up to volunteer by clicking this link, or by visiting our web page and following the “Fairies”. There, volunteers will be able to choose their shift(s) and sign up to receive a free t-shirt.

Friends of Townshend Food and Beverage Table:

On Sunday September 15th, The Friends of Townshend Public Library will be in charge of the food and beverage table at the Exit 1 Welcome Center on I-91.  We are looking for volunteers to bake, cook or donate food/beverage items for visitors that day.  Also looking for volunteers (must have their own transportation) to take items to the Welcome Center Sunday morning, set up at 7:30, work at the table, clean up (approximately 3 p.m. but could be earlier) and transport items back to Townshend.  Food/donation ideas and the signup sheet is at the library.



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Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday Notes 9-6-19

SCHOOL INFO:


L&G Families: 

Once again, I'd like to thank you for your patience and support of our efforts to keep our students safe during the incident yesterday.  The Vermont State Police have released a statement about the situation, and I like to thank them for their efforts and support through the day yesterday.  I will say that the response of the VSP was quick and with a large number of troopers.  This fact is more about the availability of the personnel and a recent event at a nearby school, than it was about the actual nature of the incident here.  Because of the open nature of the case, we are limited in what we can say, but I am open to hearing from parents if you have concerns or questions.  Thanks, and have a great weekend!


Bob Thibault, Principal

School Calendar:

Our School Calendar can be found here.

Late Bus:

The Late Bus Schedule can be found here

Bond Vote:

The West River Board of Directors has warned a new Bond vote for September 10th. 

Why are we Voting again?

The first vote did not include the specificity of a BOND.

What is the benefit of voting again?

The interest rate through a bond is less costly. By voting again, taxpayers will save money.

When is the vote?

September 10th in Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend, & Windham


The Warning:

Shall the action taken at the Annual Meeting of the West River Modified Union Education District held on March 27, 2019, in spite of the fact that the Warning for that meeting did not mention that financing of the wood-fired boiler would be through a bond issuance, was not published in The Brattleboro Reformer for three consecutive weeks on the same day of the week and not posted in five places in each town, and any act or action of the municipal officers or agents pursuant thereto, be readopted, ratified and confirmed?


7th & 8th Grade Cell Policy:

The 7th and 8th grade students are off to an excellent start and we are so happy to have them.  We wanted to make you aware of the cell phone policy for our students so that we are consistent between home and school with our expectations.  Any 7th or 8th grade student who brings a cell phone to school will hand it to their House teacher by 7:50.  The teacher will keep it secured for the entire day and the student can pick it up at 2:40. If a student is found with a device during the day, staff will turn the phone in to the office so that you come by during office hours (7:30-3:30) to retrieve it.  We appreciate you reinforcing this policy with your children at home as we continue to work together to make sure all of the middle school students have a successful year!

L&G Players Website AND Fall Musical: Into the Woods:

Our wonderful Theatre Department, Leland and Gray Players has a functioning and current website! (Thanks Kevin for your help!) It mostly has photos from the last few years (since I took over the direction), but there are links to archives too. Take a look and let me know what you think! It's still a work in progress but I'm proud it's finally live!

I really want to reiterate that our doors are welcome to any student who wants to participate in our program, grades 6-12. Yes, we have cast the major roles already, but if there are students who want to be involved please send them my way. I have a long list of middle school students who signed up with me in the spring, and I will be reaching out to them this week. I will be posting our schedule on our bulletin board (outside my B2 classroom) and put one on top of A level too. I still need techies, painters, props builders, set builders, lighting and sound folks and costume peeps. If there are some students who still want to act in the ensemble, that is still an option as well.

Drama gives students the opportunity to be seen, to be heard, to gain confidence, to feel included and to be creative. If you see a student who really needs a place to be engaged, encourage them to be involved! (And if there is any staff who wants to help out, come on by!)

Much appreciated,

Jessa, Artistic Director
With support by,
Dr. Mike Kelly, Music Director
Sarah Grasso, Choreographer
Trish Scott, Costumer
Dale Stevens, Technical Director
David Sanguinetti, Set Director
Joe Sanguinetti, Lighting Director

RTU Registration:


Thursday, August 29, 2019:  

Refuse to Use Registration is open

Deadline for Registration is Sept 9, 2019


https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/bd70de6a73124fefb770f5444ee264f4  

At the time of publication, there is a glitch in the system that The Collaborative is working to fix. We appreciate your patience.


West River Valley Thrives has a grant to subsidize the $50.00 Stratton Refuse To Use Pass.  The first 65 Leland and Gray registrations will benefit from the grant.  Passes are $35.00 for the first 65 registrations.  Pay by check made out to West River Valley Thrives. At this time, all registrants should pay the $35.00 fee.  When registration closes, Thrives will let you know if you did not receive the subsidy.    Does your family need more Refuse To Use scholarship money?  ALL REGISTRANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FILL OUT THE COLLABORATIVE'S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION  (found on the registration form). In the past all Collaborative scholarship applications received the full scholarship for the $50.00 Refuse To Use Stratton pass fee.


2019 Program of Studies:

The 2019 Program of Studies can be found here.




ATHLETICS:



Events & Activities Calendar:

All practices and games will be listed on our Events and Activities Calendar which is on the L&G website under Calendars.
http://lelandandgray.org/index.php/co-curricular-calendar








COMMUNITY SERVICE:


Community service is now a graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2019. All information can be found here: https://sites.google.com/lelandandgray.org/communityservice

Please e-mail any community service opportunities to Terry Davison Berger <tdavison-berger@lelandandgray.org>



Fairy House Festival:

Fairy House Festival, scheduled for September 28th and 29th.
Fairy House Festival is by far our biggest fundraiser and we couldn't pull it off without the help and generosity of volunteers. It’s because of the funds raised at the Festival that we are able to keep our museum doors open and our programming costs accessible.
Volunteering at Fairy House Festival is not only an opportunity to support The Nature Museum, but also to make new connections and have fun. Volunteer duties include facilitating crafts, being a trail docent, managing the bubble station, and working at the refreshments tent just to name a few.
Students can sign up to volunteer by clicking this link, or by visiting our web page and following the “Fairies”. There, volunteers will be able to choose their shift(s) and sign up to receive a free t-shirt.

Friends of Townshend Food and Beverage Table:

On Sunday September 15th, The Friends of Townshend Public Library will be in charge of the food and beverage table at the Exit 1 Welcome Center on I-91.  We are looking for volunteers to bake, cook or donate food/beverage items for visitors that day.  Also looking for volunteers (must have their own transportation) to take items to the Welcome Center Sunday morning, set up at 7:30, work at the table, clean up (approximately 3 p.m. but could be earlier) and transport items back to Townshend.  Food/donation ideas and the signup sheet is at the library.

Sub Varsity Soccer Officials Training and Membership:

Juniors and Seniors:

The Vermont Soccer Officials Association is inviting all interested high school juniors and seniors, community members, school personnel, and parents interested in learning more about officiating sub varsity soccer games. This is for JV, Middle School, and Youth soccer officiating this fall. A clinic will be presented that will go over safety, the basic rules of the game and foul recognition, positioning on the field and basic game procedures.  Membership as an Associate Member of the VSOA, insurance, and follow up support, as well as the clinic is included in the $50.00 fee.  You may attend any of the following clinics .
Tuesday, September 3rd in Manchester, VT at Burr and Burton at 6:00 PM
Monday,  September 9th in Brattleboro, VT  at Brattleboro High School at 6:00 PM
Tuesday, September 10th in West Rutland, VT at West Rutland High School at 6:00 PM
Interested people are encouraged to email Gary Blodgett atgblodg@comcast.net with questions and to register.



Newfane Heritage Festival:

Looking for 5 students to help with set up on Friday, 10/11, during the festival on Saturday, 10/12 and Sunday, 10/13 as "booth sitters".  Help is also needed for clean up on Sunday, 10/13. 

This is a very fun event and a great way to fulfill some community service hours.

If you are interested, please see Ms.Harlow or email her at sharlow@lelandandgray.org


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L&G FACEBOOK:











Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday Notes 8-30-19

SCHOOL INFO:


School Calendar:

Our School Calendar can be found here.

Late Bus:

The Late Bus Schedule can be found here

Bond Vote:

The West River Board of Directors has warned a new Bond vote for September 10th. An informational meeting will be held at 7:00pm at Leland and Gray on Sep 3rd.

Why are we Voting again?

The first vote did not include the specificity of a BOND.

What is the benefit of voting again?

The interest rate through a bond is less costly. By voting again, taxpayers will save money.

When is the vote?

September 10th in Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend, & Windham


The Warning:

Shall the action taken at the Annual Meeting of the West River Modified Union Education District held on March 27, 2019, in spite of the fact that the Warning for that meeting did not mention that financing of the wood-fired boiler would be through a bond issuance, was not published in The Brattleboro Reformer for three consecutive weeks on the same day of the week and not posted in five places in each town, and any act or action of the municipal officers or agents pursuant thereto, be readopted, ratified and confirmed?


7th & 8th Grade Cell Policy:

The 7th and 8th grade students are off to an excellent start and we are so happy to have them.  We wanted to make you aware of the cell phone policy for our students so that we are consistent between home and school with our expectations.  Any 7th or 8th grade student who brings a cell phone to school will hand it to their House teacher by 7:50.  The teacher will keep it secured for the entire day and the student can pick it up at 2:40. If a student is found with a device during the day, staff will turn the phone in to the office so that you come by during office hours (7:30-3:30) to retrieve it.  We appreciate you reinforcing this policy with your children at home as we continue to work together to make sure all of the middle school students have a successful year!

L&G Players Website AND Fall Musical: Into the Woods:

Please make sure to check out the Leland & Gray school calendar.  It differs from the District calendar because of professional development days for our faculty.   The full calendar can be found here.


Our wonderful Theatre Department, Leland and Gray Players has a functioning and current website! (Thanks Kevin for your help!) It mostly has photos from the last few years (since I took over the direction), but there are links to archives too. Take a look and let me know what you think! It's still a work in progress but I'm proud it's finally live!

I thought I'd also take this opportunity to tell you that The Leland and Gray Players will be starting to rehearse our fall musical, Into the Woods, next week. The first two rehearsals are Wed 9/4 and Thurs 9/5 from 2:45-4:30 in the Dutton. We'll be going over the schedule, answering any questions, playing fun games, singing songs and reading the script. Anyone who wants to come is welcome.

I really want to reiterate that our doors are welcome to any student who wants to participate in our program, grades 6-12. Yes, we have cast the major roles already, but if there are students who want to be involved please send them my way. I have a long list of middle school students who signed up with me in the spring, and I will be reaching out to them this week. I will be posting our schedule on our bulletin board (outside my B2 classroom) and put one on top of A level too. I still need techies, painters, props builders, set builders, lighting and sound folks and costume peeps. If there are some students who still want to act in the ensemble, that is still an option as well.

Drama gives students the opportunity to be seen, to be heard, to gain confidence, to feel included and to be creative. If you see a student who really needs a place to be engaged, encourage them to be involved! (And if there is any staff who wants to help out, come on by!)

Much appreciated,

Jessa, Artistic Director
With support by,
Dr. Mike Kelly, Music Director
Sarah Grasso, Choreographer
Trish Scott, Costumer
Dale Stevens, Technical Director
David Sanguinetti, Set Director
Joe Sanguinetti, Lighting Director

RTU Registration:


Thursday, August 29, 2019:  

Refuse to Use Registration is open
Deadline for Registration is Sept 9, 2019

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/bd70de6a73124fefb770f5444ee264f4  

At the time of publication, there is a glitch in the system that The Collaborative is working to fix. We appreciate your patience.


West River Valley Thrives has a grant to subsidize the $50.00 Stratton Refuse To Use Pass.  The first 65 Leland and Gray registrations will benefit from the grant.  Passes are $35.00 for the first 65 registrations.  Pay by check made out to West River Valley Thrives. At this time, all registrants should pay the $35.00 fee.  When registration closes, Thrives will let you know if you did not receive the subsidy.    Does your family need more Refuse To Use scholarship money?  ALL REGISTRANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FILL OUT THE COLLABORATIVE'S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION  (found on the registration form). In the past all Collaborative scholarship applications received the full scholarship for the $50.00 Refuse To Use Stratton pass fee.

2019 Program of Studies:

The 2019 Program of Studies can be found here.




ATHLETICS:



Events & Activities Calendar:

All practices and games will be listed on our Events and Activities Calendar which is on the L&G website under Calendars.
http://lelandandgray.org/index.php/co-curricular-calendar








COMMUNITY SERVICE:


Community service is now a graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2019. All information can be found here: https://sites.google.com/lelandandgray.org/communityservice

Please e-mail any community service opportunities to Terry Davison Berger <tdavison-berger@lelandandgray.org>



Fairy House Festival:

Fairy House Festival, scheduled for September 28th and 29th.
Fairy House Festival is by far our biggest fundraiser and we couldn't pull it off without the help and generosity of volunteers. It’s because of the funds raised at the Festival that we are able to keep our museum doors open and our programming costs accessible.
Volunteering at Fairy House Festival is not only an opportunity to support The Nature Museum, but also to make new connections and have fun. Volunteer duties include facilitating crafts, being a trail docent, managing the bubble station, and working at the refreshments tent just to name a few.
Students can sign up to volunteer by clicking this link, or by visiting our web page and following the “Fairies”. There, volunteers will be able to choose their shift(s) and sign up to receive a free t-shirt.

Sub Varsity Soccer Officials Training and Membership:

Juniors and Seniors:

The Vermont Soccer Officials Association is inviting all interested high school juniors and seniors, community members, school personnel, and parents interested in learning more about officiating sub varsity soccer games. This is for JV, Middle School, and Youth soccer officiating this fall. A clinic will be presented that will go over safety, the basic rules of the game and foul recognition, positioning on the field and basic game procedures.  Membership as an Associate Member of the VSOA, insurance, and follow up support, as well as the clinic is included in the $50.00 fee.  You may attend any of the following clinics .
Tuesday, September 3rd in Manchester, VT at Burr and Burton at 6:00 PM
Monday,  September 9th in Brattleboro, VT  at Brattleboro High School at 6:00 PM
Tuesday, September 10th in West Rutland, VT at West Rutland High School at 6:00 PM
Interested people are encouraged to email Gary Blodgett atgblodg@comcast.net with questions and to register.