BASKETBALL TIME CHANGE FOR WEEKDAY LEAGUE GAMES
The Marble Valley League has changed the times of league double headers during the week from 6pm and 7:30pm to 5:30pm and 7pm. This change has been made for both Boys and Girls. Please be aware of the time changes that affect our games at Leland and Gray. If you have any questions, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
8TH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL
After a sluggish first half, the 7-8 girls basketball team defeated Dummerston 45-16 to move to 3-0 on the young season. Eight players scored led by Julianne with 11 and Mariah with 10. We have a Thursday game @ Putney to finish up our pre-holiday schedule.
HUNGRY HEARTS FILM
The Hungry Heart: A Film about Prescription Drug Abuse in Vermont comes to Leland and Gray. The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction. We meet St. Albans pediatrician Fred Holmes, who works with patients struggling with this disease.
In addition to students and parents/guardians involved in co-curricular activities, this free event is open to all students, staff, and community members. Leland and Gray will feature the movie in the Dutton Gym on Wednesday, January 29th at 6:30pm (snow-date: February 5th). Before the film, a reception for all moviegoers will be provided beginning at 5:45pm, sponsored by the West River Valley Thrives Coalition.
Afterwards, filmmaker Bess O’Brien, Dr. Holmes, his patients, and family members will present and answer questions from the audience. Earlier that day, they will present at a school assembly and meet with doctors at Grace Cottage Hospital to discuss the problem of prescription drug abuse in our area. The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many young addicts yearn for, but do not have in their lives. Throughout the movie, we see the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery. Please attend this unique opportunity for our community to learn together.
A NOTE FROM THE SAP!
With the cold weather moving in we have seen an increase in colds and cold-like symptoms. When we feel this way, there is a tendency to the store and pick up some NyQuil or Sudafed and hope our cold gets better. However, did you know that the active ingredient in over 100 cold and cough medicines is Dextromethorphan, or DXM, and it is the most commonly abused over-the-counter medicine. One in every ten teenagers has reported abusing cough medicines to get high. Large doses can cause hallucinations, impaired judgment, vomiting, and loss of muscle movement. Be careful with how much cold medicine you take, and make sure that your children are not taking more than the recommended amount. Remember, sending your children to school with cold medicine violates the school’s drug policy unless it is kept with the nurse. Also, try some homeopathic methods such as Boiron Coldcalm. For more information visit http://www.webmd.com/parenting/teen-abuse-cough-medicine-9/
SENATOR SANDERS’ 4th ANNUAL STATE OF THE UNION ESSAY CONTEST
Vermont high school students...Senator Bernie Sanders wants to hear from you!
4th Annual State of the Union essay contest:
The contest asks students to write an essay of 250 to 500 words about their view of the “State of the Union” so that we can publish the best of what our young people think at the same time as the president presents his “State of the Union” address to the nation, scheduled for late January. The essays must be submitted by 12:00 noon on Friday, January 10th. Students can submit their essays and learn more about the contest at www.sanders.senate.gov/stateoftheunion .
A NOTE FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT!
Please congratulate the following students who auditioned for and were accepted to the District Music Festival:
Middle School Band:
High School Chorus:
High School Jazz Band:
These students will rehearse for two days and then represent Leland and Gray at a concert on Saturday, February 8, at the Mid-Vermont Christian School.
LELAND AND GRAY PLAYERS’
Support the Leland and Gray Players' Scholarship Fund. Order Dean’s Beans by Tuesday, December 17and have them by Friday, December 20. For a form on line write email@example.com.
A NOTE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
The following article is from the CDC Vital Signs:
Drinking and driving can be deadly, especially for teens
Fewer teens are drinking and driving, but this risky behavior is still a major threat.
- Drinking and driving among teens in high school has gone down by 54% since 1991. Still, high school teens drive after drinking about 2.4 million times a month.
- 85% of teens in high school who report drinking and driving in the past month also say they binge drank. In the survey, binge drinking was defined as having 5 or more alcoholic drinks within a couple of hours.
- 1 in 5 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had some alcohol in their system in 2010. Most of these drivers (81%) had BACs* higher than the legal limit for adults.
*Blood alcohol concentration. It is illegal for adults to drive with a BAC of .08% or higher. It is illegal for anyone under age 21 to drive after drinking any alcohol in all US states.
Preventing Teen Drinking and Driving: What Works
- Minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) laws in every state make it illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under age 21. Research has shown that enforcement of MLDA laws using alcohol retailer compliance checks has reduced retail sales of alcohol to those under the legal drinking age.
- Zero tolerance laws in every state make it illegal for those under age 21 to drive after drinking any alcohol. Research has demonstrated that these laws have reduced drinking and driving crashes involving teens.
- Graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems help new drivers get more experience under less risky conditions. As teens move through stages, they gain privileges, such as driving at night or driving with passengers. Every state has GDL, but the specific rules vary. Research indicates that GDL systems prevent crashes and save lives.
- Parental involvement, with a focus on monitoring and restricting what new drivers are allowed to do, helps keep new drivers safe as they learn to drive. Parents can consider creating and signing a parent-teen driving agreement with their teens. Research has shown that when parents establish and enforce the “rules of the road”, new drivers report lower rates of risky driving, traffic violations, and crashes.
PROJECT FEED THE THOUSANDS
Did you know that 1 out of 5 people in Vermont are hungry?
Please give what you can to Project Feed the Thousands.
Deposit non-perishables in the box in the Activity Room that's designated for your class. Watch for weekly tallies --and where you stand with Spirit Points!
AN ATTENDANCE REMINDER FOR 2ND QUARTER
Students who are passing their classes and accumulate 5 unexcused absences in a quarter will receive a passing grade of a 60. The 60 will be written as an "S" on the report card. For an absence to be excused, students/parents must submit official documentation from a health care provider, court clerk, motor vehicle clerk, or other representative where an appointment or meeting was held.
THE L&G ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CLUB
The Boosters club is selling Leland and Gray Sweatshirts, long sleeve tees and sweat pants. Check out the Leland and Gray Booster Club FB page to view all the great items for sale!
Let Marty know if you want one, ask any of the booster club members, or send us a request on FB.
Long Sleeve T-shirts $15
Sweat pants $23
There are limited quantities and sizes.
Looking for an inexpensive holiday gift? Share your REBELS spirit by purchasing a Leland & Gray Rebels Window Decal for your cars. They are not a sticker, but a decal, so if you ever need to remove it, it can be done easily. They are selling for just $10. Proceeds benefit the L & G Softball Program. They will be available for sale at all home basketball games as well as through Tammy Claussen.
The Late Bus will be available again starting January 6 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons. For information on the route and the dates it will be available for the 2013-2014 school year, please visit www.lelandandgray.org.
We look forward to seeing you all when we return from break. It is a short week so there will not be after school programs or a late bus on Thursday, Jan. 2 but HEY! Help will continue to run in the mornings (7:15-7:45) with Mrs. Lindsley in A-11.
Starting January 6th, look for HEY! Help Mon.-Fri. mornings (7:15-7:45) and Mon., Tues., and Thurs. afternoons (2:45- 4:15). On Monday, 'Ukulele will meet in Mr. Whitman's room, and Yoga will start meeting again in Ms. Hinds' room. On Tuesday, look for Newspaper, Weight Training, D&D, and Iron Chef. Also on Tuesday, RAMP will now be meeting in A-8. Wednesday is Winter Activities day, so there will not be HEY! programs or a late bus after school. On Thursday, CLEA will meet in B-2 as usual, and LGTV will meet on Thursday afternoons until the end of Winter Activities. The Wednesday D&D group will meet every 2nd and 4thThursday until the end of Winter Activities.
Make sure to check the website for updates on new programs that will begin during the spring semester and schedule changes for the programs that are currently running. You can always ask Megan Altshuler or Susan Gunther-Mohr for information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is simply too much information to put into Friday Notes. Please visit the counseling department website regularly for a calendar of events and check the bulletin boards on A and B level. If you would like to be added to an email group specifically for college info, please email Sarah Grasso at email@example.com
UPCOMING ATHLETIC EVENTS
12/20/13 Boys 7th grade vs Winchester (NH) 4pm Home
Girls 7th grade vs Winchester (NH) 5:15pm Home
Boys Varsity @ Black River 5pm Away
12/21/13 Girls JV @ Bellow Falls 12pm Away
Girls Varsity @ Bellows Falls 1:30pm Away
12/23/13 Girls JV vs West Rutland 5:30pm Home
Girls Varsity vs West Rutland 7pm Home
12/26/13 Boys Varsity @ Keene State College (Hinsdale) 6pm Away
12/28/13 Boys Varsity @ Keene State College (Mascenic) 11:30am Away
Girls JV vs Windsor 1pm Home
Girls Varsity vs Windsor 2:30pm Home
12/29/13 Boys Varsity @ Keene State College (TBA) TBA Away
12/30/13 Girls Varsity @ MSJ 6pm Away
1/2/14 Boys JV vs Poultney 5:30pm Home
Boys Varsity vs Poultney 7pm Home
1/3/14 Girls 7th grade vs Brattleboro 4pm Home
Boys 7th grade vs Brattleboro 5:15pm Home
Girls JV @ Proctor 5:30pm Away
Girls Varsity @ Proctor 7pm Away
1/4/14 Girls JV vs Brattleboro 1pm Home
Boys JV vs Brattleboro 2:30pm Home
Boys Varsity @ Green Mountain 2:30pm Away
1/6/14 Girls 8th grade vs Putney 4pm Home
Boys 8th grade vs Putney 5:15pm Home
1/7/14 Girls 8th grade @ Kurn Hattin 4pm Away
Boys 8th grade @ Kurn Hattin 5:15pm Away
Boys JV @ Twin Valley 5:30pm Away
Boys Varsity @ Twin Valley 7pm Away
Girls Varsity @ Woodstock 7pm Away
1/9/14 Girls 8th grade @ Hinsdale 4pm Away
Boys 8th grade @ Hinsdale 5:15pm Away
Boys JV vs Windsor 5:30pm Home
Boys Varsity vs Windsor 7pm Home
1/10/14 Girls 7th grade @ Brattleboro 4pm Away
Boys 7th grade @ Brattleboro 5:15pm Away
Girls JV vs Bellows Falls 5:30pm HomeGirls Varsity vs Bellows Falls 7pm Home