Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Notes 3-16

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**Police Training- March 19th from 6-9**:

LELAND & GRAY COMMUNITY: The Windham County Sheriff's office will be conducting a training at Leland & Gray from 6-9pm on March, 19th. The training will require deputies to attend the training in their assigned marked sheriff cruisers and be in uniform. The public will likely see a significant number of deputies and cars near the school. This training is not in response to any particular event or events within the region, state or country.

Questions can be addressed to Sheriff Keith Clark or Lt. Jessica Fellows at 802-365-4942

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.

Course Offerings:

Please check out the 2018-2019 Program of Studies for the course offerings next school year.  It can be found here.

L&G Food Shelf:

The Leland & Gray Food Shelf, an annex of the Townshend Community Food Shelf, 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 contributions of The Stratton Foundation and The Townshend Community Food Shelf for helping to make this vision a reality.

SHAC Meeting:

You're Invited! 
Please join us for our School Health Advisory Council Meeting 
MONDAY March 19th at 4:00 pm

We will be working on wellness policy development. Please encourage and invite anyone you think is interested in participating in the process. This policy will effect many people in our communities. It would be great if we had representatives from District and school administrations, School nutrition staff, Physical education teachers, Health teachers, school nurses, counselors, social workers, booster club members, board members, parents and students.

Governor's Institutes:

The Governor's Institutes has eleven amazing Institutes running this summer!!

  • Governor's Institutes are residential enrichment programs of 1-2 weeks on VT college campuses in many different topics.
  • They feature advanced curricula (usually college level), expert mentoring, and hands-on learning. Some offer college credit.
  • Sliding scale as low as $10 is accessible to all students.
  • They let students access resources beyond what's available in their schools
  • They're open to students who have completed 9th, 10th or 11th grade. 
Most importantly, students LOVE them.  They have fun, make lifelong friends, gain academic skills, start on pathways to careers that interest them, and gain confidence, social confidence, and broaden their horizons.
Please tell your neighbors, your nephews and nieces, your teen interns, teen colleagues where you volunteer or work and the teenage grocery check-out clerk. Tell all the parents you knowToo many people don't know about this amazing Vermont educational resource that's open to all students in Vermont.

Applications are open now but will close before long.  
High schools and tech centers can nominate as many students as they like. is the place for more information and to apply. 


Important Update:

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


West River Valley Thrives Open House:

West River Valley Thrives cordially invites you to an open house to meet our new staff, learn about the work we are doing in the West River Valley communities and schools, and to network with friends, colleagues, parents, students, organizations, and individuals working and volunteering in our towns, schools, businesses, community organizations, and civic/religious institutions. 

For those of you who know of and are currently partnering with West River Valley Thrives, this will be a wonderful opportunity to socialize with us and meet others in your community. For those of you who have worked with us in the past, we welcome this time to re-acquaint you with our mission, vision, and current programming. And for those of you who are just learning of us, we welcome you as potential partners in mutual collaboration to engage and inspire healthy communities in the West River Valley.

Location:  Leland & Gray Union Middle & High School, Room A13

                   (main entrance) 

Date:        Thursday, March 22nd

Time:        3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We encourage you to invite your colleagues and associates. Please bring your families. So we may plan accordingly for food, drink, and space requirements, we ask that you RSVP by sending an email to or calling 365-4700 indicating the number of people who plan to attend. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Steve Tavella, Director

Nick Plante, Coordinator

Sarah Jensen, Student Assistance Professional

West River Valley Thrives’ mission is to support and promote healthy lifestyle choices with an emphasis on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by young people.

Any member of the community who aligns with Thrives’ mission is welcome to engage in this positive and mutually beneficial partnership. Each member is a valued resource who brings creative ideas and diverse skills that strengthen and motivate the group as a whole to make a positive difference in people’s lives and the community environment.

We serve seven towns in the West River Valley that are part of the Windham Central Supervisory Union.  Those towns include: Brookline, Jamaica, Marlboro, Newfane, Townshend, Windham, Wardsboro and their associated villages.

 * This is a family-friendly event.

 ** For the health and safety of all attendees, we request that everyone come fragrance-free. 

Contra Dance and Potluck:

Please join Community Hope and Action in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a FREE community dance and potluck dinner. Sally Newton, Michael Donahue, Alicia Moyer, Bob Naess, and Colin Blazej will be leading a contra dance. This event will take place at the Townshend Town Hall on Saturday, March 17th. Dinner will begin at 5 PM and dancing will be from 6-8 PM. If you wish, bring a potluck meal, appetizer, or dessert to share with your friends and neighbors, new and old!

A special thanks to Ben & Jerry’s for funding this month’s Community Hope & Action event.


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 <>

Drop In Community Service:

Taste of Vermont at Stratton on March 24:

We are seeking volunteers for the upcoming Taste of Vermont at Stratton on March 24th at the Stratton Mountain Resort .  This event raises $20,000 for our community giving, and your support and help is deeply appreciated.  

There are many tasks and opportunities for teens to accomplish community service hours.  

  • 5-7PM Vendor Arrival & Help Setting Up
  • 7-9 Selling Raffle Tickets
  • 7-9 Taking People's Choice Votes
  • 5-7PM Setting Up Event
  • 4PM Pickup of Mrs. Murphy's Donuts
  • 7-9PM Manning Mrs. Murphy's Donut Table
  • 6-9PM Ticket Sales
  • 7-9PM Event Appearance - bussing event and stocking plates, etc. 
  • 6-8PM Judges
  • 9PM Event Clean Up
Your help is deeply appreciated.  Thank you!  

Tammy Mosher
Executive Director

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.

POSTER CONTEST will award two $50 prize:

West River Valley - 3 Generations Collaboration invites teens to design a poster on the theme “Community Service Changes Lives.”  Entries are due March 27, 2018. The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 who attend Leland & Gray OR live in one of the following towns: Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend, Windham. Home schoolers are welcome to participate. The awards are made possible thanks to the Crosby-Gannett Fund. See full contest rules and drop-off locations at www.team3gc.orgor contact 3GC at 802-428-4333 and provide your name & mailing address for a printed copy.

Video Contests:

Kids, see these two video contests! 
Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest: for Vermont filmmakers age 10-26. Deadline: 4/21/18. Cash prizes. Enter at
100-Seconds Film & Video Festival: Deadline: 9/1/18. Entries will be compiled to premiere on Community Media Day on October 20. Enter at 

Feb Community Service Opportunities with BEEC:


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Sip & Swirl L&G Class of 2019 Fundraiser:

Shake Off Mud Season at a

“Sip & Swirl” Fundraiser

Hosted by Parents to Benefit the
L&G Class of 2019

Friday, March 16, 2018
NewBrook Fire House
6:00-9:00 pm
(Doors open at 5:3o)

All proceeds will support a substance free event for the Class of 2019.
$40 per person buys you all supplies to paint the above picture and one drink per person. Additional drinks and light snacks available by donation. Doors open at 5:30pm.

To reserve a ticket, contact: Melissa Bush, Beth Cutts
or Barbara Marchant.

Abbey Food Group is Hiring!:

Abbey Group Food Service is looking to fill a 3 hour a day position . Monday through Friday.

Interested person can reach out to

Stratton 24:

Rabbit Run:

Support one of our wonderful local preschools by walking or running the annual Rabbit Run!  You can choose the 5k or half-marathon, the course is scenic with water stations and cheering along the way!

Thank you for your support!  To sign up click here.

Thrifty Rebel: