Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Notes 6-15-18

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L&G Family Members:

Thank you all so much for a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable 2017-18 school year!  I am reminded every day, as I work with the students and staff of this great little school, the many reasons that I wanted to be principal here.  I also want to publicly thank Ms. Mel Zwolinski, who after 35 years in education, is retiring from L&G at the end of this school year.  It's  incredible to think about the many many students whose lives she has impacted, both in New Hampshire and here in our little valley!  So join me in wishing her farewell and bon voyage!  (congratulatory emails may be sent to  Have a great summer and we'll see you in late August!

Bob Thibault, Principal

End of the Year Schedule: 

To view the end of the year schedule click here.

Middle School Service Learning Project Showcase:

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.

Refuse To Use 2019 Kickoff:

We have our date and our speaker for the Refuse To Use 2019 Kickoff Event.

I have confirmed the "Eddie Speaks" presentation for September 20th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. 

This event is MANDATORY for all students (grades 9-12 and their parents) who want the 2019 RTU Stratton unlimited season pass for $35.00.


This year's edition of the Leland and Gray literary magazine, Mimesis, is now available for pickup in the library. The magazine contains a beautiful collection of writing and poetry by your peers and teachers. Pick up a copy and take a look!

L.E.A.F News!:

LEAF would like to introduce our new garden assistant, Celia Feal-Staub, who comes to Leland & Gray by way of Food Connect's Farm to School program. She has been hired to work in the L&G school garden 2 hours a week. LEAF will host weekly community garden days all summer. This will take place every Wednesday from 2 - 4 p.m.  Anyone from the community can come by and work in the garden and pick food to take home. The L&G School Garden is located near the baseball field. Just look for the beautiful mortise and tenon garden shed build by our very own H.O.M.E. program. Please spread the word! - contact Stephanie Nyzio with any questions at 


Rebel Nation Message:

Any L&G student grades 7-12 that is interested in participating in a Co-curricular next year at L&G will need to attend the mandatory meeting on Wednesday August 15, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Main Gym.

There will be many important topics discussed at this meeting about Athletics, Music and Drama at L&G!

Have a great summer!

Fall Athletics:

L&G Fall Athletic registration has been opened and is ready for you to sign your child up for middle school and high school fall sports. Remember that this needs to be completed BEFORE the first day of practice.

HS Soccer begins on Thurdsay 8/16/18

MS Soccer begins on Wednesday 8/29/18

Also remember that L&G now requires a yearly Well Exam/Physical for participation in all sports.

Here is the link to get to the forms. It is alsp available on the L&G website.

Important Link for online forms:

Forms must be submitted on or before the first day of practice.

Important Update:

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

L&G Recreational Games Camp:

L&G Baseball and Softball Camp:

L&G Basketball Camp:

22nd Annual L&G Soccer Camp:



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 Fair Day:

Hello all~
Grace Cottage Hospital is looking for student volunteers to assist them Hospital Fair Day, the day before, day of and day after.

I have posted sign up sheets for each day in the main office.  Please encourage students  to volunteer for this worthwhile effort and receive community service hours.

Thank you,


Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day 2018 Needs Student Volunteers 
Earn up to 20 Community Service Hours in your School Community! 
Your Help Will Make A Huge Difference 

The Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day this year is on Saturday August 4th on the Common 

Help is needed the day before - Friday August 3rd from 8:30 to 3:30 
Student volunteers will be asked to help set up tables, move boxes from trucks to the booths and work with the booth chairs moving things around and setting up. 

Help is needed the day of the Fair - Saturday August 4th from 8:30 to 4:30 Student volunteers are needed for helping out the Booth Chairs and entertainment people. Maybe help paint faces, supervise the bouncing house, assist the fish pond, run errands around the common etc. You do not have to commit to the whole day - let us know when you are available.

 Help is also needed the day after the Fair - Sunday August 5th from 8:30 to 12:30 Student volunteers would be asked to repack up the booth contents, carry boxes, litter patrol and fold up tables. 

Please contact: Dot Maggio Co-Chair for GCH Fair Day 2018 365:7072 or E-Mail ​​ if you have any additional questions. 

We are looking for at least 15 volunteers for each of the three days. Talk to your friends, team mates, club members and get a group together. You CAN make a Difference!

Summer Community Service Invitations:

Students (and others of all ages) who are considering doing community service over the summer with 3 Generations Collaboration should reach out NOW with their contact info. Then, when specific opportunities arise over the course of the summer, they will be invited to join in. Send your name, phone and email to to receive invitations and newsletters. Or call Jim or Janis at 802-428-4333 if you have any questions.

Green Mountain Club:

Green Mountain Club - Brattleboro Section

maintain section of the Long Trail/App from Winhall River to Rt 11/30 in Manchester

Looking for students to assist in trail and shelter maintenence

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.

Video Contests:

Kids, see these two video contests!
100-Seconds Film & Video Festival: Deadline: 9/1/18. Entries will be compiled to premiere on Community Media Day on October 20. Enter at 

Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest: for Vermont filmmakers age 10-26. Deadline: 4/21/18. Cash prizes. Enter at

Community Service Opportunities with BEEC:


Graduation Message from WRVT:

High School Graduation is coming up soon! In this time of accomplishment and celebration, West River Valley Thrives would like to encourage and support responsible parenting. It’s not easy being a parent in today’s world, but it’s an important job. We hope you find the following tips helpful in keeping your child safe, healthy, and supported:

The Graduation season is an exciting time for teens, but sometimes it can also be stressful so…
·      I will help my teen to balance the responsibilities and celebrations.
·      I will check in on their stress level, plan some downtime and make sure we have time to connect. I will be a parent, not a BFF.

Because teens thrive with clear and consistent expectations…
·      I will talk to my teen about my expectations around underage drinking, and…
·      I will make sure I know where they are, who they are with, and how they’re getting to and from parties. I will be a parent, not a BFF.

Because teens can sometimes take risks I want to make sure they’re safe so…
·      I will talk to my teen about the risks of underage drinking.

·      I will make sure all parties include adult supervision because I am a parent, not a BFF.

Community Survey:

West River Valley Thrives, a substance use education and prevention organization based in Townshend and serving the towns and villages of Windham Central Supervisory Union, has developed a short survey to assess perception of community members around smoking on town commons and at public events on town commons. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization and would like to emphasize that this survey in no way is directed at creating mandates, laws or ordinances. We do not have that authority.
If you have not already, would you please take a moment to add your opinion to this short 8-question survey at We appreciate your participation and honest opinions. We take them all seriously. Please limit yourself to one survey response. Thank you to all who have already responded and given their important feedback!


Summer Food:

Stratton Community Foundation:

 - Summer Volunteer Opportunities - 

Community Service Hours & Community Support

June 29 Golf Outing
Hours During 11AM-6:30PM 
18 year old to monitor hole in one
registration & event execution

August 10-12 NE Obstacle Course 
Challenge Championship
Hours During 8AM-8PM Over Weekend
Tasks yet to be determined

August 16-19 Vermont Challenge Bike Tour 
Hours During The Weekend

To help, please email or call Tammy (802) 297-2096
and we will contact you with more information
as the event nears.

Thank you!  
 Stratton Foundation |  802.297.2096 | Email

Summer Camp:

Natural Resources Management Academy:

At the Natural Resources Management Academy participants will have the opportunity to take in-depth, hands-on workshops with experts.  Each workshop will allow for extensive in-the-field exploration of the subject matter. 

2018 Workshops include:  Wildlife Biology, Orienteering, Geology, Herps/Salamanders, Watersheds, Soil Science, Alternative Energy, Let's Go Fishing  and more!  

View information here:
Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Natural Resources Management Academy:

1. Learn about and enjoy Vermont’s diverse natural resources.

2. Explore natural resources management issues and what you can do to help.

3. Find out about careers related to natural resources management.

4. Learn from University of Vermont faculty, UVM Extension, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department staff, and other natural resources professionals.

5. Make new friends from across the state and learn about where they are from.

6. Enjoy a chance to be independent from your family in a safe, friendly environment.

7. Learn new ideas, skills and techniques you can use for the rest of your life.

8. Develop your leadership abilities.

9. Paddle a canoe, catch a fish or shoot a shotgun under expert supervision.

10. S’mores at the campfire!!!  Need we say more?

View information here:

Summer Classes at InSight:

Summer Job Opportunities:

Spring/Summer job opportunities for students:

1. Part-time Assistant Rangers at Jamaica State Park and Lowell Lake in Londonderry.  If interested, please apply as soon as possible.

 For more information, please contact Chris Peterson at (609) 358-3940.

2. Lawn care, maintenance and mowing at Townshend cemeteries.  Please contact Charlie Marchant at 365-7937.

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