Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Notes 3-9-18

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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.

Parent Conferences- Health Fair- VSAC College Information Night:

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.

Rebel on the Runway:

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.

HS Baseball Pitchers and Catchers Practice:

3/12 Monday 4-5pm
3/13 Tuesday 3-4pm
3/14 Wednesday 4-5pm
3/15 OFF (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
316 Friday 3-4pm

Please remember to make sure you have a physical within the last year and go online to the L&G website to complete the online forms required for participation.

Online registration is open to all MS and HS students interested in baseball, softball and ultimate disc.

These firms are required BEFORE PARTICIPATION!

Go Rebels

Attention All Girls Playing Softball:

Discouraged by all the snow...don't be!  We're still going to start softball season on March 19th!  The following OPEN GYM dates are available for you to come and get loose, throw a ball, get in the batting cage!  You really don't want to wait until the first day of practice to start!  Any questions, see Coach Claussen

Friday   3/9    2:45 - 4:15
Monday  3/12   5:00 - 6:30
Tuesday 3/13   4:00 - 5:30
Wednesday  3/14   5:00 - 6:30
Friday  3/16     4:00 - 5:30



To the students and families of Leland and Gray,

For the last 7 years, L&G has had federal funding for the SEEK program and for the HEY afterschool programs such as HEY Help, Jr Iron Chef and the Dungeons & Dragons club. We also have had amazing staff who helped design SEEK and HEY and put all their good ideas and energy into our programs. Many, many thanks to the teachers and staff for all their dedication.   

Unfortunately, we are not going to have the federal funds next year.  The requirements for us to participate in the federal investment program include a set of targets for the summer and afterschool activities.  A number of factors have come together at Leland and Gray so that we can no longer meet those requirements.

Leland and Gray will continue to develop programs, in and out of school, that truly meet the needs of students.  Although there will be no federal funds for SEEK or HEY next year, there are efforts and some local funds to continue to support the following four areas:

The late bus connection to homes and the local elementary schools.

The middle school summer program. (SPAE and Sports Camp are not funded through the same programs and will run as usual.)

The Elementary Counselor Program, which shall continue through federal funds from the elementary schools.

Student-led clubs that provide a positive space after school to hang out with peers working on projects of their own interest.

Families may have questions about these changes.  Please feel free to call or email Thara Fuller, WCSU Director of Expanded Learning, at 802-365-9510 x118 or, or Principal Thibault at 802-365-7355 x133 or


Healthy Living Expo:

On March 15th West River Valley Thrives (WRVT) is hosting a Healthy Living Expo in the activities room of Leland & Gray during the parent-teacher conference from 130 PM to 7 PM. This will be a great opportunity to find out about some local resources that help promote healthy living. Organizations that will be there include: 3 Generations Collaborative, Alison Trowbridge Massage Therapy, Healthy Changes Vermont, Meadows Bee Farm, VT Department of Health, West Townshend Community Project, West River Valley Thrives, and Jamaica Healing Arts and Wellness Center. Come out for the afternoon to enjoy interactive exhibits, information, and free samples! Parking and event entrance will be in the lower parking lot behind Leland & Gray Middle and High School.

Everyone is welcome!

For more information about the Expo or about WRVT, please contact Nick Plante at (802) 365-4700 or

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

2nd Annual Poetry and Pizza Slam:

*****UPDATE****** Deadline has been extended!!!! Want to sign up??? Just email Sophie at It would be really great to have some teens from Leland and Gray participate! 

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: