Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Notes 11-17-17

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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:

November School Lunch Menus 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.

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.

Projects Feed the Thousands Drive:

The Project Feed the Thousands collection drive is underway! Earn spirit points for your class and help Vermonters in need. Collection boxes are in the following classrooms:

7th grade: Ms. Brown

8th grade: Ms. Matson

9th grade: Ms. Doty
10th grade: Mr. Whitman
11th grade: Ms. Marchant
12th grade: Ms. Julian-Cisse

Monetary donations should be given to Ms. Doty.
Checks should be made out to Leland and Gray UMHS.

Last year, Leland and Gray collected 500 pounds of food! This year, let's help even more! See a National Honor Society member with any questions.

Winter Actvities 2018:

Leland & Gray is excited to roll out our 2018 season of Winter Activities.  We have added some new activities based on student feedback from last year.  All students must participate in one of the below listed activities and have been sent sign up sheets electronically via their school e-mail account.  Please complete the registration by Friday, November 17th.  We are excited to offer a wide variety of activities this year.  If you need information about a scholarship to cover fees, please e-mail Marty Testo at

Winter Activities will run on:  1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 and 2/28.  The academic day runs from 7:50-2:40pm and attendance is required.  Students will meet their activity leader at approximately 11:30am and begin their activity.  All activities end and return to L&G by 2:40pm except for Skiing/Snowboarding at Stratton and Freestyle Team at Mount Snow.

The following activities are being offered:

Hip Hop with Ms. Grasso (no fee)
Swimming at Stratton with Mikkel Lasch ($25 fee and a $35 transportation fee)
Yoga with Rebecca Keppler (no fee)
Tai Chi and Hiking with Mr. Sperling (no fee)
Badminton with Mr. Weber (no fee)
Bowling with Pat Pelton ($7/week includes 2 games and shoe rental and $35 transportation fee)
Cross Country Skiing with Mrs. Nyzio and Ms. Davis ($10/week and transportation fee)
Freestyle Team with Mr. Burke (need a Mt. Snow pass (option to purchase via program) and mandatory $35 transportation fee)
Snowshoeing and Winter Fun at L&G with Mrs. Brown and Ms. Matson (no fee)
Skiing/Snowboarding at Stratton (Open to HS Refuse to Use Participants, MS JISP Participants or season pass holders and $45 round trip or $35 one way transportation fee)
Ice Skating with Mr. Whitman, Ms. Hinds, Mr. Bernard ($2.50 ice time, $3 skate rental, $5.50 total and $35 transportation fee)
Weight Training with Mr. Pecsok and Mr. Testo (no fee)
New England Center for Circus Arts with Phoebe Connolly (fee TBD, still negotiating fee with NECCA - goal is approximately $25/week)
Karate with Renshi Matt Butler ($100/student for 6 sessions)
Gerda's Animal Rescue Stable Care with Terry Davison Berger - eligible for Community Service hours, (no fee, possible transportation fee)

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!

L&G High School Semi-Formal:

The L&G High School Semi-Formal will be held in the Dutton Gym on December 2nd from 7-10pm.  The ticket price is $5 for a single ticket and $8 for a couples ticket.  Food and drink will be available for additional purchase at the event.


MS and HS Online Sports Contract Registration is Open:

The registration for MS and HS students interested in playing basketball this winter is not available on the L&G website.

Go to: l

If your son or daughter player soccer, you just need to go in and change the sport (with your username and password), update the medical questions and sign the contracts.

Boys Middle School Basketball Coach Needed:

Interested in coaching Boys Middle School Basketball....Please contact Marty by email or phone.
802-365-7355 x151

Sophomore Fundraiser:

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!
-The Chill Room is open! 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:

New community service opportunities with 3 Generations Collaboration are always being posted at

Also, visit the link to learn about Build Your Own Service.

Grafton Elementary School Community Thanksgiving Feast:

The Grafton Elementary School will host a Community Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday November 21. The Parent Teacher Group at Grafton Elementary School is looking for student volunteers to help set up, serve food and clean up.  Set up starts about 8am, serving will start around 11 and clean up would be around 12:30/1. 

If you are interested in helping, please contact Rachel Plummer by email: or phone: 843-1084.

You can also call Grafton Elementary School directly 843-2495.

Townshend Elementary Crafts:

On Tuesday, December 19th, Townshend Elementary is looking for student volunteers to assist their students with crafts during the morning hours.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please see Terry.  Since it is during school time, special arrangements with your teachers must be made.


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Thrifty Rebel:

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


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!