Monday, December 4, 2017

Friday Notes 11-30-17

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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.

L&G Food Shelf:

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:

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!


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:

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

Tip Off Classic:

Tip Off Classic

Friday December 8th

Game #1 6:00pm Brattleboro (H) vs Burr & Burton
Brattleboro wears Home Whites

Game #2 8:00pm Leland & Gray (H) vs Arlington
Leland & Gray wears Home Whites

Saturday December 9th

Game #4 1:00pm (JV) Leland & Gray vs Hinsdale
Leland & Gray wears Home Whites

Game #3 3:00pm (JV) Brattleboro vs Burr & Burton (A)
Brattleboro wears Home Whites

Game #5 5:00pm (V) Loser Game #1 vs Loser Game #2

Game #6 7:00pm (V) Winner Game #1 vs Winner Game #2


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.

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


2nd Annual JISP Donation Station: