Thursday, March 16, 2017

Friday Notes 3-17-17

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Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Parent Teacher Conferences are Thursday, March 23rd from 2-7 in the Main Gym.  You do not need to make an appointment with teachers.  There will fundraisers with food and auction items available.  We look forward to seeing you then.

A Message from the School Board:

Please read the following letter regarding radon from our board chair.  This is also being sent in the mail to all L&G Families.  Please note there will be a special board meeting Wednesday night at 7pm in the Library to discuss this.

School Calendar Update:

Due to coming to school on Wednesday, August 31st, 7th grade students will not have school on Friday, April 7th.

Attention Seniors!:

Please make sure you are checking your school email and the Class of 2017 Facebook page regularly.

We will be sending out lots of notices and information as your big day quickly approaches!!

Mind The Map Fundraiser:


Leland & Gray students in an elective course, Mind the Map, are
learning Irish and English culture, history and literature while
planning a 13-day excursion to the UK.  All hands-on, all self-funded,
this learning-on-the road adventure welcomes your support.

Please join us at a Four Columns Inn Music Night on March 29 from 6 to
9.   Have a meal in the main dining room or go more casual in the
tavern. A portion of the night's proceeds will be donated to the Mind
the Map excursion.  The evening will also feature a silent auction.

Music slated is Bard Owl, a new acoustic duo with Breeze Verdant and
Annie Landenberger delivering driving rhythms and sweet harmonies in
old tunes and new.

Info: Annie Landenberger, teacher,;
802-365-7355 x159.

Spirit Week:

Spirit Week Update:
Currently the seniors and the 8th grade are tied for 1st!  Many spirit points still to come!  This class competition can be won by ANY class!  HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?  Our new Rebel slogan!

With our snow day here is the latest:

1)  Friday our dress up will be Rocker, Rapper, Country Day. You will have one last opportunity to work as a class on your float/skit.
Our All-School Dance "A Night At The Ball" will take place from 7:00 - 10:00.  Special guest Mike Roj will be with us to celebrate Leland & Gray Spirit!  Admission is just $5.00.  Listen and dance to the sounds and light show of Peak Entertainment.  Food and drinks available for purchase from the middle school student council.

2)  Monday morning will be our float/skit competition.  Dress to your Fairy Tale Theme!

This class competition can be won by ANY class!  HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?  Our new Rebel slogan!

Tim Collins:

This winter, Leland & Gray has taken on the important task of educating its students on the topics of sexual assault, teen dating violence, consent and bystander intervention. With generous support from the Women’s Freedom Center in Brattleboro and West River Valley Thrives, Leland & Gray was able to bring in Tim Collins, an expert speaker and solo performer. 

Tim performed a one-man show this February for the entire school in which he played five characters. The setting for his show was a college and he played three students, a brother of one of those students, a professor and an educational speaker. The premise of his show was a sexual assault that took place on campus during a weekend party. A woman was violated and no one stepped in to help, though there were plenty of witnesses. The main character, Brandon, a member of a sexual assault prevention club on campus, agonizes over the assault with his friends, brother and professor. Brandon is stunned when he finally discovers who photographed the incident. We learn from his brother the various reasons why a bystander might choose not to intervene in this situation or a similar one. These include fear of getting harmed or made fun of, insecurity about what exactly they should do to help and the belief that someone else will help instead. 

In a non-direct way, Tim encouraged students to think about what they would do in a situation like this and to also question whether or not they have contributed to the creation of a culture that has normalized violence and rape. 

Leland & Gray’s counseling department worked with Anna Mullaney of the Women’s Freedom Center to organize a series of discussions with faculty and students before and after the performance. Advisors stepped up to prepare students for this topic as well as debrief in groups after the fact. Overall, the show was moving and impactful; Tim encouraged all of us to consider the ways in which we contribute to “rape culture” and the normalization of violence toward all people, women in particular.

From the Music Department:

The Leland and Gray High School Band will present it's first annual Solo Festival night on Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm in the band room.  Students will be performing solo literature individually or with piano accompaniment.  All parents, students and teachers are welcome to attend.  It should be a fun night of music making.  Please come out and support our outstanding musicians at this event!

Congratulations to Emma Urbaska, who auditioned for and was selected to sing in the AllState Chorus for the third year in a row. The concert will be in Brattleboro on May 13th.

The Friends of Music are sponsoring another music night on March 24th at 7PM in the Dutton Gym. Performers should talk to Mr. Kelley or Mr. Bernard about participating. Music department students will be taking pre-orders for pizza. This is a fun evening for all. Come on out.

Save the Date:  Prom 2017:

Prom will take place on Saturday, May 13.  Events and location to be announced at a later date.

SAT / ACT Registration:

If you have not yet taken one of these exams, it is highly recommended that you do so, at least once. Either exam is accepted at all schools that require standardized testing. Even if you think you are applying only to schools that do not require test scores, it is a really good idea to take one test!!! Better safe than sorry! 

ACT Test Dates
April 8, June 10
To register, visit

SAT Test Dates
May 6, June 3
To register, visit

March School Lunch Menu:


April 27th is the last day to order yearbooks so students will have them for the yearbook assembly at the end of the school year. Yearbooks are for sale at for $40 each

Online orders only... no cash/checks accepted

Thank you!

Parents of Seniors:

Would you like to recognize your outstanding graduate in the 2017 Leland and Gray yearbook? Purchasing an advertisement is simple!

First, create a piece of text congratulating your student.  If you want to have a picture on your ad, send it as a jpg.

Size options:
Business card $25.00
Half page $50.00
Full page $75.00

Once your ad information is complete, you can send all your text and photos to Nika Oakes, Yearbook Editor, at Please send payment via check to Leland and Gray.  Thank you for advertising in the L&G Yearbook!

Bubble Soccer:

NEW ENGLAND BUBBLE SOCCER comes to Leland & Gray on April 30th, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm on the Leland & Gray Athletic Fields
Sponsored by the Class of 2017
Teams of Four will compete against each other. You will be assigned to a 15 minute time block between 1:00 and 3:00.
You will only be in the "bubble" for 10 minutes! (This will be more than enough!)
Registration fee is $80 per team. Registration forms will be available on the L&G website and teams should pre-register by April 20, 2017.
Age divisions include Elementary, HS/MS, and Adult
Spectators admission fee is $5.00
Concessions will be available for sale throughout the event.


L.E.A.F. (L&G Environmental Action Force)
We need your help!  
Composting is a regular event at L&G and soon will become required by law that all food scraps must be diverted from the landfills. L&G has offered the option to compost over the past 2 years. But, some students do not choose to compost their food waste. Please encourage your children to compost, it’s easy and takes very little time. Why is composting your food waste important?
1)Composting is simply the process of turning organic matter that is ready for disposal into something beneficial. 
2)Composting reduces the amount of waste that is being directed into our landfills. This means a reduction of concentrated, toxic leachates and methane gas that is being released into the atmosphere, which equates to a decrease in overall pollution.  
3)Composting also cuts down on the usage of chemical fertilizers, which are harmful to our water supply.
4)We use the compost for the L&G garden!

What we do as a club:
  • Manage the L&G School Community Garden
  • Support, work on, and promote our composting and recycling initiatives
  • attend Youth Environmental Summits
  • educate ourselves and others on the outdoors, environmental issues and model sustainable practices
  • Facilitate the replacement of plastic utensils in the cafeteria with metal flatware by purchasing, with LEAF funds, magnetic trash barrel lids. 
March Fundraiser - High Mowing Seeds - vegetable and flowers!!
April Fundraiser - Equal Exchange coffee & chocolate!!   AND
      Snacktaxi reusable cloth ziplock bags and other reusable snack storage products!!

When? Every Thursday HS lunch and on occasion after school.

Thailand Group Updates:

We would like to thank everyone who came to our Thai Dinner Fundraiser on February 11th at the Townshend Town Hall. There were about 100 people who came and supported our event. A big thank you to the crew of Vermont Muay Thai, especially to Dan Martin, who shared their talent with everyone by demonstrating Thai martial arts. Thank you to Sun, a Leland and Gray Thai exchange student, who translated some basic Thai words into English. Thank you, everyone!

On March 23rd, during the Leland & Gray parent-student-teacher conferences, our group will be selling some delicious spring rolls and holding a silent auction. We have movie tickets, a Sam’s gift certificate, a massage gift certificate, a Brattleboro Museum & Art Center membership, bowling coupons, a Teacher Treasure’s gift certificate, a gift certificate to The Marina, a Rick’s Tavern gift certificate, an oil undercoating gift certificate, an oil change gift certificate, a car inspection gift certificate, and more. Please come hungry and support our trip to Thailand.

As we prepare for our trip to Thailand, we are still collecting school supplies for the kids in the Sparrow Home. Sparrow Home is a residential home in Bangkok for children whose parents are incarcerated. We are collecting pencils with erasers, colored pencils, crayons, coloring books, notebooks, rulers, markers, and also money to help pay for the children's school uniforms. Donations are welcome, and if you'd like to contribute the school supplies can be dropped off at Leland and Gray. You can also email Rence at fricohermoso@lelandandgray for pick up or if you have any questions. Follow us on Facebook:

Please Contact Mr Rico at 365-7355 ext 111 or via email

L&G Facebook Page:

Did you know Leland & Gray has a Facebook page?  Like the page for updates and pictures of things happening at L&G!


Community service is now a graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2019. All information can be found here:

Camp Daybreak:

Know someone interested in giving back to their community or who could use a supportive experience this summer?

Camp Daybreak is a program that serves Vermont kids ages 8-11 with a range of social, emotional, and behavioral needs by pairing them with a high school volunteer. These relationships are extremely powerful for both our campers and our volunteers. Our campers, many of whom would not be successful in traditional camp settings, are provided with constant support and encouragement while our volunteers receive a unique hands on training on mental health conditions and kids. Everyone has fun and leaves Camp Daybreak being positively affected.

Join us and help create a life changing experience for our campers and volunteers! Space is limited.

General Information:
Camp Daybreak
Dates: August 6 - August 13, 2017 (Campers arrive on Monday August 7th)
Location: Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, South Hero, VT
Contact: Dan Osman, Director (

Camp Daybreak creates a sense of community that extends beyond the camp session. Not only are our high school volunteers exposed to a group of like-minded peers but they are given the opportunity to contribute to their community. This intensive experience can create life long friendships and keep volunteers coming back year after year.

Please feel free to be in touch and we hope to see you this summer!

Green Mountain Girls Camp:

Green Mountain Girls Camp in Dummerston is looking for female Counselors-In-Training (CIT) to assist with the girls camp over the summer. Must commit to a 2 week period - 120 hours of community service! Room and board is provided. CIT's will have priority to be paid counselors in subsequent years. If interested, please contact Billie Slade at #257-1751 or apply on line at

Bowl for Kids Sake:

Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers for their Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser on Saturday, April 1st. Also, community service hours are available to anyone forming a team, getting sponsors, and bowling on the day of the event. For more information, click on the links below or see Terry in the Main Office.

For those of you who are available to volunteer or know someone who might want to volunteer at Bowl for Kids Sake on Saturday April 1, Please click on the following link or forward it to someone who might like to help out:

Sign up now on

If you are planning to lead a team, make sure to register at to ensure your spot!

The Taste of Vermont:

The Taste of Vermont is one of the Foundation's signature events, recognized this year by the Vermont Chamber as a Top 10 Winter Event 2016-2017.
We are seeking volunteers with community service hours available.
Must have own transportation.
Here is a link to tasks and signup:

Any and all help is deeply appreciated. Please contact me with any questions!
Tammy Mosher
Executive Director
PO Box 523 Stratton Mountain VT

Green Mountain Conservation Camp:

Wardsboro Public Library:

Wardsboro Public Library is looking for LGUHS student volunteers to be computer tutors for those who need assistance.

They are also already looking for volunteers for their street parade and book sale that is held on 7/3 and 7/4.

 Spring Break Opportunity:

Jim & Janis, 3GC coordinators

Luncheon Helpers (Townshend):

Teens are needed to help at the meal for senior citizens which is held on first and third Thursdays at the Townshend Community Church (Congregationalist). Helpers will place serving dishes on the tables, sit with the elders to enjoy a lunch provided by The Dam Diner, and then clear the tables and wash dishes. The volunteers are needed from noon to approximately 1 P.M. You do not need to be available for every meal; sign up for the days that work for you. Please contact 3GC about this opportunity, not the church.

Jim & Janis, 3GC coordinators


WRVT needs a student to do some data entry work. This will involve entering survey responses from Community Hope & Action concerts into our survey monkey account. Students who haven't used survey monkey need not worry, it only take a few minutes to learn how to use the site. Students are welcome to do this at our office down the road from L&G or take the surveys back to the school to work on them in the library.

Katelynn Venne
Program Coordinator
West River Valley Thrives
(802) 365-4700

Grace Cottage Hospital:

Grace Cottage Hospital has an immediate need for a high school volunteer to post items for their online fundraising auction. The individual must be computer/internet savvy, preferably with experience or willingness to learn Wordpress, InDesign, iMovie (or equivalent), Photoshop and Illustrator. If interested, please see Terry.

Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center:

Hello and Happy New Year!
We are looking for students interested in doing community service working with youth at Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center.

There are numerous opportunities coming up, January through April.

Students bring valuable contributions to BEEC programs while providing hands on learning experiences for students.

For more information contact Kristina Weeks at 802-257-5785

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:

Vermont State Honorees:
Riley Callen, Pawlet
Gabrielle Metz, St. Albans

Distinguished Finalists:
Victoria Reed, Alburgh
Maria Wiles, Brandon


Girls on the Run:

Do you want to be part of the start of a brand new program at Leland & Gray? Would you love to get some exercise, have fun with friends and meet new people?
Join us as we kick-start a brand new Middle School Heart & Sole running program at Leland & Gray!

Heart & Sole is the middle school Girls on the Run program.  We will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45-4:00, starting the week of March 6th.  It is a 10 week program, with a celebratory 5K run at the end.

Students will be receiving flyers with registration information at school.  Registration is online and is open until March 3rd.

More information can be found on, or contact:
Kate Venne at
Johanna Liskowsky-Doak at
Mary Davis at

SEEK and Explorers Camp:

Starting July 5  Ending August 4  Running Monday through Friday 8:30-3:00
SEEK: Rising 7th and 8th Graders at Leland and Gray

Explorers: Rising 1st through 6th Graders at NewBrook Elementary

Brochures and registration forms will be sent home in April

Think Summer!!

HEY! After School Programs:

1. The late bus starts again next week! This also means the afterschool snack will be available at 2:45 starting Wednesday, 3/8
2. HEY Help continues for morning and after school
3. Jr Iron Chef team is in the countdown getting ready for the competition!!
4. High school counselors needed for the SEEK summer program--see Patty in the office for an application
SEEK will run July 5th through the first week of August Counselors are paid $10 per hour to be mentors and teaching assistants
    These free programs are additional offerings beyond sports, drama and band  practices. 

    Contact person for any questions:  Thara Fuller, Director of Expanded Learning:  802-365-9510


    If you have any community events or information you would like to be listed in Friday Notes, please e-mail

    Community Hope & Action of Townshend:

    On Saturday March 18th from 6-9pm, Community Hope & Action of Townshend will be putting on its second annual TALENT SHOW! 
    We are lucky to have Harmonyville Store cooking for us again and we thank the Townshend Fire Department for their financial contribution!
    Dinner will be from 6-7pm at the Townshend Town Hall; the Talent Show will follow upstairs from 7-9pm. 
    Please contact Community Hope & Action at or 802-365-4700 if you’d like to participate in the show – we still have a few open slots! If you can, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. This event us substance free and is open to people of all ages, from all towns.

    Operation Parent:

    Webinar - Social Media Mania...Setting Boundaries

    Join our webinar on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT.   Register today!

    Do you feel like your child knows more about social media and the cell phone than you do? You are not alone.

    Attend this session to learn about:
    • The three key areas in raising a digitally responsible child.
    • Establishing your families’ internet/social media boundaries.
    • Differences between parental control and spyware products.

    You will come away with practical steps regarding safety, content, and responsibility. Great for parents, grandparents, and anyone working with today's youth.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Guilford Church Sugar-on-Snow Supper March 18:

    Guilford, VT-- The Sugar-on-Snow Supper at Guilford Community Church, Guilford, VT will be held on Saturday, March 18 with seatings 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m. 
    Prices are $12 adults, $6 children age 11 and under, and $3 for preschoolers.  For reservations, please call 802-254-9019 or email The money raised at the Sugar Supper helps support the church’s outreach in the community. Visit for more information.

     Full Time and Part Positions at the West River Cafe:

    The West River Community project which is a non profit is looking for serious senior graduates who are interested in the food business and working in our cafe.  Our Chef who has thirty years  of experience in the food industry would give the students hands on skills that could lead the right students to NECCI or mentorships in the multi-faceted food industry.

    What we are offering:
    $ 10.00 an hour wage with periodic reviews/ raises and potential for health care.
    Working in a certified USDA Kitchen
    Learning food safety and cooking protocol
    Basic cafe cooking skills

    Vermont Tech's Summer Camps:

    You're invited to Vermont Tech's
    Summer Camps
    Registrations now open! 
    Do you learn by doing?
    Fly, code, fight fires, design and build or launch a business.

    Try one of our hands-on camps and have fun! Camps/institutes are for middle and high school students.

    2017 Dates
    Rosie's Girls STEM Leadership Camps: June 19-23 or July 10-14
    (overnight camps - for girls entering 9th -10th grades with follow-on mentorships - Randolph Center Campus)
    Coder Camp for Girls: July 17-21
    (day camp - for girls entering 8th-10th grades – and mentorships -Williston Campus)
    AeroCamp: July 24-28
    (day camp - for boys & girls - ages 12-18 - Williston Campus)

    GIV Entrepreneurship: June 24-30  (Governor’s Institutes of Vermont)
    (overnight residential Institute for students entering 10th - 12th grades  
    Randolph Center Campus - this includes social entrepreneurship- doing good)


    We are Rebel Proud:

    Congratulations to the Varsity Girls on their third consecutive Marble Valley League Championship and their trip to the Barre Auditorium on Thursday Night!  The support of the community was strong in Barre and the girls gave it their all!  Congratulations on a wonderful season!!!

    Athletic Leadership Council:

    The Athletic Leadership Council's next meeting will be Tuesday, March 21st at 7:15 in the Weight Room.

    Unified Sports:

    We have some fantastic news - Leland & Gray has decided to create our very own Special Olympics basketball team.  There will be a total of 6 games, 3 of which will be at L&G, 3 of which will be at other schools.  

    Game & Practice Schedule

    Practice @ L&G Main Gym 2:45 pm
    Practice @ L&G Main Gym 2:45 pm
    GAME Hartford @ Leland & Gray at 3:00pm         
    Practice @ L&G Main Gym 2:45 pm
    GAME Brattleboro @ Leland & Gray at 3:00 pm       
    GAME Middlebury @ Leland & Gray at 3:00 pm                
    GAME Leland & Gray @ Springfield (Riverside M.S.) at 3:30 pm,
    Depart L&G at 2:00 pm
    GAME Leland & Gray @ Mill River High School at 4:00 pm,
    Depart L&G at 2:00 pm
    4/24 OR 4/26
    GAME Leland & Gray @ Otter Valley at 3:00 pm,
    Depart L&G at 12:30 pm
    May 3, 4, 5
    Quarter Finals
    May 8, 9
    Semi Finals
    May 11 or 12
    Finals @ Castleton

    Baseball and Softball:

    All High School Girls who are playing softball this spring...despite Blizzard Stella, our season begins on Monday, March 20th!  That's three days!

    Please see Mrs. Claussen for a copy of the first two weeks practice schedule. The dates are also on the Leland & Gray calendar.  Be sure that you have registered online, and your physicals are up to date!

    Spring is just around the corner!

    Please remember that all students at L&G need to register online before the participate on an athletic team. To register your student online go to the L&G website under Co-curricular Activities, then Athletics, the go to Click here for online submittal.  

    If you have already registered your student online, you will need to log on with the password you created and change the sport and go through the medical questions for updated injuries.  

    Start Dates for Baseball and Softball:

    HS Baseball Pitchers and Catchers:  Monday, March 13-20

    HS Baseball and Softball Practice: Monday, March 20

    MS Baseball and Softball Practice April 3

    Please check the Events and Activities Calendar for all practice and game times.