Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Notes 10-27-17

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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.

Abby Group School Lunch Menu:

October and November School Lunch Menus can be found here.

School Picture Day:

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.

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.  

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.

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,


Hello Rebel Nation Community!

I wanted to send a big REBEL NATION thank you to all the students, faculty, staff and community that came to support our varsity soccer teams  at their Playdown games on 10/25/17!

Both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals on today (10/27/17).

The GV willl travel to Thetford for a 3pm game. 

The BV will travel to Peoples Academy for a 3pm game.

We are very proud of these 2 teams and look forward to their continued success in the next round!


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.


HEY! You!
-Next week, October 30-November 3, there will be NO PROGRAMS and NO LATE BUS!
-The STEM Counselor training will take place on November 2nd from 3-5pm.
-The Chill Room will open on C-level on November 6th! It will be a drop-in hang-out space open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:45-4:15! Interested in helping create the space? Contact Crystal at


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 <>

Grace Cottage/Valley Cares Healthy Living Class:

Jean Allbee who teaches healthy living classes for older people at Grace Cottage/Valley Cares would love to have high school students join them. For more info, she can be reached at #365-7967.

The classes are at Grace Cottage on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:45-9:45 and at Valley Cares on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10:15-11:00.

3 Generation Collaboration Community Service Opportunities:

More information on community service opportunities can be found here


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

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

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!