Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Notes 10-20-17

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School Calendar:

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.

School Cancellation Test Call:

A school cancellation test call was sent out today 10/20/17.  If you did not receive the call and would like to please call the L&G office and asked to be added.  

School Picture Day:

Many students had their pictures taken.  If you missed your opportunity Geskus will be back on Wednesday, November 1st from 9-11 am.  If you didn't order pictures and would still like to place an order turn the order form into the Main Office.  There are extra order forms in the Main Office too.

Refuse to Use Meeting:

There is a mandatory STUDENT grade 9 & 10 Refuse To Use meeting on Wednesday, October 25.  2:45 in Room A-3.

FAFSA for High School Seniors:

File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in October!
Governor Phil Scott has proclaimed October as FAFSA Filing Month, setting a statewide goal of having 65 percent of seniors complete the FAFSA. The earlier you file, the more opportunities you have for financial aid and making education decisions that fit your career goals – and your pocketbook.

Special added bonus: Any senior who completes the FAFSA by Oct. 31 could win a $1,000 scholarship from UVM, the Vermont State Colleges, Sterling College or Southern Vermont College, when they enroll.
If you’re looking for some extra assistance, VSAC is hosting FAFSA Fridays (and some Thursday nights, too!) where you can call or walk in and get 1:1 personal assistance with one of their trained financial aid advisors. Once you finish the FAFSA, it’s only a few clicks to apply for a Vermont state grant.

Last but not least: Our school could also win $1,000 from VSAC for a senior class activity if we get 70 percent or more of our seniors to complete the FAFSA before May 1. Wouldn’t that be great for a year-end or graduation event?

For additional information, please contact:

Nordic Skiing for Winter Activity Days:

Want to XC Ski at Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center (formally Grafton Ponds) for this year's Winter Activity? If yes, please sign up on the sheet posted outside of Ms. Nyzio's artroom. Try skate or classic, beginners are welcome. Grafton Trails would like us to have our list confirmed by November 1st. and requires full payment by December 15th. 

New this year, students who sign up to go to Grafton Trails will receive complimentary trail passes to be used on non-Winter Activity days. In addition, students' parents/guardians will receive 10% off of a membership or trail passes.  

Food Service Advisory Committee meeting:

Do you eat school meals? Do your children eat at school? Would you like to see different offerings? Make your voice heard! 

Come to the Food Service Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday October 26th from 2:30-3:15 pm in the cafeteria on C level. We are really interested in getting input and feedback from students, parents, faculty, and staff about our food service and how we can increase participation in our meal/snack programs. We will have a representative from Hunger Free VT presenting about "breakfast after the bell" and other ways they can help L&G. If you can't make the meeting but have some ideas or suggestions you would like to share, please e-mail and I will share your feedback with the group. Hope to see you there!

School Health Advisory Council:

Please join us for the first meeting of the 2017-2018 school year of the School Health Advisory Council on October 26th from 3:45 -5:15 pm in room A3-4 at Leland & Gray.  We are tasked this year with updating/creating a comprehensive Supervisory Union wide Wellness Policy. It is important that we have representatives from all of the district schools, parents, students, and the community in order create the best policy. If you are unable to attend the meeting but have some ideas or suggestions you would like to share, please e-mail and I will share your feedback with the group. Hope you'll join us!

Attention Parents of Middle School Students:

Please see the letter regarding our partnership with the Tarrant Institute here

The consent form can be found here

L&G Food Shelf is Open:

The Leland & Gray Food Shelf, an annex of the Townshend Community Food Shelf, is up and running. It is open to all of the L&G community during school hours. Please contact Sara Dunbar, the school nurse, at 221-2126 or or one of the school counselors or social worker to come shopping, drop ins are welcome. Students are invited and encouraged to shop for their families.

We currently have spaghetti, pasta sauce, crispy rice cereal, protein granola bars, peanut butter, grape jelly, raisins, canned kidney beans, sandwich and pita bread and some other snack items in our dry goods section. We also have milk, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, carrots, and celery in our refrigerator. There are still some back packs with school supplies and snacks in them, as well.

We will be expanding our offerings soon, as we are expecting delivery of a refrigerator and freezer to the L&G Food Shelf next week.

If you have items you would like to donate, they can be delivered to the nurse's office at Leland & Gray. We appreciate your support of this program.

Thank you to the generous contributions of The Stratton Foundation and The Townshend Community Food Shelf for helping to make this vision a reality.

L&G Middle School Stratton JISP 2018 Registration:

Stratton JISP 2018 Registration  
Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, 2017 

Leland & Gray On-line Registration: 
Leland and Gray Middle School students are eligible for Stratton Season Passes.  L&G students and their parents wishing to participate in the JISP program must register for passes via the link above.
Each school has a separate link.  

 JISP Program Fee = $39.00 (+tax)

After 10/31 /17, pay a $40.00 late fee, & register in person at Stratton Guest Services. 

Stratton employee dependents participating in JISP must register at Guest Services. JISP
Registration is strictly audited.  Students who are enrolled in K-8th grade from participating schools are eligible to enroll in Stratton’s JISP Program. 

On-line registration includes the Assumption of Risk Form, which must be acknowledged to complete the registration process. Upload student pass photo if needed. Call Guest Services 297-4001 if you have questions re: registration process.

L&G JISP Program:

Students receive a full season pass, valid 7-days week, no black-out dates.  
L&G Student JISP passes will be distributed at school the Nov 16-17. Passes will be available FOR SKIING AND BOARDING OVER THE THANKSGIVING BREAK.

Winter Activity Wednesday Afternoons:  Jan. 10, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 28

JISP Rental Equipment: $7.00 = reduced rental rate.  

Includes skis/poles, snowboard, boots, and helmet. The reduced rate is only available on designated JISP mid-week days – not available on weekends or FREE JISP days.  

NHS Winter Clothing Drive:

The National Honor Society will be collecting warm winter clothing in good condition from now until Thanksgiving. Donations of jackets, snow pants, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves/mittens, boots, and hats are happily accepted! Please place your donated items in collection bins on A level in A-3 (Ms. Matson's room) or on B level in B-4 (Ms. Doty's room). Donations will be used to stock "The Thrifty Rebel." Thanks!

Service Learning in Ecuador in April 2018:

Have you ever thought of traveling to a foreign country to work beside the natives in a service learning project? Now is your chance to take a meaningful sustainable and unforgettable venture into the heart of Ecuador’s lush Amazonian rain forest, where you’ll find one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. In Otavalo, you’ll experience the culture and heritage of the city, visiting the Mercados de los Ponchos—a famous market known for its local beautiful textiles—and learning how traditional crafts and meals are prepared when you visit a local family’s home. As you’re immersed in the Quito and Otavalo cultures, you’ll also put your hands to work: building and restoring local schools and promoting social justice.

For more information visit the EF Tours website:

If you are interested in this service learning travel opportunity, contact Susan Jones,


Important Update:

L&G has moved to requiring a well exam (sports physical) every year starting 2017-2018. This requirement is for grades 7-12.

All practices and games will be listed on our Events and Activities Calendar which is on the L&G website under Calendars.



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

Please e-mail any community service opportunities to Terry Davison Berger <>

3 Generation Collaboration Community Service Opportunities:

More information on community service opportunities can be found here

Sign Up To Do Tech For Mary Poppins:

Need community service hours? Want to learn more about doing theater? Sign up to do tech for Mary Poppins! You can learn how to do lights, sound, work backstage and how to build a set! Already have these skills? Great, we need your help asap! Contact Ms. Rowan at or find her in room A9


Fall Events and Opportunities:

Dash to the Dam

Dash to the Dam: West River Valley Thrives’ annual Halloween 5k will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 9am. Dash to the Dam is a mostly paved trail race on the West River Trail. The race begins at a trailhead off Route 30 and finishes at the Townshend Dam Rec Area, where there will be snacks, prizes and pumpkin painting. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes; a panel of judges from Leland & Gray Middle/High School will be awarding prizes for spookiest, funniest and most creative costumes! The race will begin promptly at 9am and festivities should be concluded by about 11am.

The cost to run is $20 for adults and $15 for kids under 15. Day-of registrations are the same prices, but we encourage you to sign up in advance. Sign-up is open at

More information on any of these programs is available by contacting Rebecca Keppler with West River Valley Thrives at 365-4700, or Room A13.


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L&G School Clothing Store:

Clothing donations the seasons change and you are sorting through your clothes, please consider donating any unwanted clothing to the L&G school store. Bring your clean clothes, sweaters, winter coats, snow pants, shoes, boots, hats, etc. to L&G. They will be added to the inventory and given out to students and family in need.

If you need any clothing, call the school to arrange a free "shopping" trip.

Help Wanted

Timber Creek amenity center has two shifts available for the front desk position afternoon/evening and Sat am shift.   Interested students can apply and call and speak to Minna Case with questions.  (802)464-0259


Murder Mystery Dinner and Show:

Friday Nov. 3, 2017 from 6-9:30.   For more information can be found here

Potluck and Square Dance:

Jamaica Annual Harvest of Talent:

Hey everybody! It’s time to start thinking about getting your act together LITERALLY!

The annual Jamaica Harvest of Talent is just around the corner. This year it will be held at 7 PM on Saturday, November 18 at the Jamaica Town Hall. This event is a fund raiser for the Jamaica Village school club, but it is a community wide effort and we’d love for you , your parents, grand-parents and neighbors to be a part of it! Think about what you’d like to share on stage ….a gymnastics routine? A song? A poem? A stand-up comedy act? Fill out the entry form and return to D&K's store in Jamaica or Jamaica Village School.

If you have any questions, contact Laura at Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!