Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday Notes 9-28-18

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Early Release 10/10/18:

Our next Early Release day (10/10) will release at 12:15pm instead of 11:30, due to PSATs for 10th and 11th graders.  Buses will run at 12:15 so expect slightly later arrival times at home.

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.

Middle School Jazz Band Starts Wednesday 10/3:

The Leland and Gray Middle School Jazz Band will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, October 3rd from 2:45 to 3:30pm.  All middle school band students are invited to attend the first rehearsal. Any students playing a fall, winter or spring sport will be excused from practice during the Wednesday Jazz Rehearsals until 3:30. At that time they will dress and head to their respective practice for the rest of the afternoon.

The Middle School Jazz Band plays very fun music from varied styles and genres.  Every music student is encouraged to join!

School Safety Information:

Leland & Gray Community:
The safety of our school community is our priority.  We have increased various safety measures throughout the school and are working on improving our communication with families around what to do in the event of an emergency.  This video discusses the roles and responsibilities parents can play during a crisis.  We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to view this video: 

Women Can Do Conference:

All females and female-identifying students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend the "Women Can Do" conference on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The conference is held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT. 

Participants attend hands-on workshops that promote STEM and Trades careers. such as: Computers and Communication, Engineering and Manufacturing, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Medicine and Health, Professional and Life Skills, Science and Natural Resources and Skilled Trades.

See Mrs. Jones for a registration form and for more information. The cost per student is $5.00 (if we will be travel with the Career Center students or $25 if we drive up separately) 

Spots are limited so register ASAP


All students and staff are invited to attend "ROCKTOBERFEST", an Outdoor Dance and Bonfire on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 7:00 - 10:00.

The evening takes place between the tennis courts and soccer field.  This is just one of two all-school events for all students in grades 7 - 12.

Admission is $5.00.  The L&G Booster's Club will be there selling food and drinks.  Music and light show to be provided by Peak Entertainment.

Classes with the highest percentage of attendance will receive spirit points.  Any questions please reach out to Tammy Claussen  221-2141

Refuse To Use 2019:

Refuse to Use Registration is OPEN

The fee for a Refuse to Use pass is $50.00.  West River Valley Thrives
is generously subsidizing the fee.  West River Valley Thrives has
funding that allows the first 80 L&G students to purchase a RTU pass
for $35.00.

Payment of the  $35.00 subsidized fee can be made in CASH or with a
CHECK made out to West River Valley Thrives.

Payment must be dropped off at the West River Valley Thrives office at
Leland and Gray.

All registrations after October 12, 2018 will incur a $10.00 late fee.-

Scholarships are available.  See West River Valley Thrives for a
scholarship application.

Register at:

Fall Musical:

It's not too late to be involved in our fall musical The Pajama Game! Perhaps you want to be a techie or learn how to make props? See Ms. Rowan or Ms. DeBisschop for more details!

Performances will be Nov 9-11.

Blood Drive at L&G:

There will be a blood drive at Leland and Gray on Friday, October 26th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. You can find guidelines on who can donate (age and weight restrictions) and  schedule an appointment online at Contact Susan Jones at, if you have any questions.

Late Bus Calendar:

The late bus schedule can be found here.  Please note the bus will only run south this year. 


L&G Booster Club Under Armour Gear Store:

Hello Rebel Nation!

The Leland and Gray Athletic Department is very excited to partner with Graphic Edge (Rutland, VT) and Under Armour to supply our school and  community with Leland and Gray Under Armour gear at a reduced price!

I have provided the link below with the items that will be available this fall to order.

Please let me know if you have nay questions. The store will change periodically throughout the school year with new apparel.

Important Update:

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


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 <>

Community Service Opportunities:

1. West Townshend Country Store is looking for volunteers on Friday Pizza nights.  Please see Terry for more information.

2. Community, Hope and Action is looking for students who would like to join their committee.  They would also like volunteers for the monthly events they host.  Please see Terry for more information

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.


Leland & Gray Food Shelf:

Dear Families,
We still have some fresh produce from our own community garden thanks
to LEAF (L&G Environmental Action Force)--
a few bundles of kale, chard and carrots. Additionally, we have acorn and
delicata squash, gold potatoes, celery and apples. There is also a recipe
available for cooking kale or chard. Our school garden has more bounty to offer
and I will process it for you if you have a need. Just let me know by calling and 
leaving a message at 221-2183 or emailing me at
You can also access food by calling or emailing our school nurse, Lauren Shockley.

With thanks to a community member, I would like you to know that we were given 
some frozen pork and pork sausage.

Please come and take advantage of this season and its offerings if you are in need.

22nd Annual Source to Sea Cleanup:

When: September 29, 2018
Where: Dummerston Covered Bridge, Route 30, Dummerston
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Leader: Gloria Cristelli
Who: Anyone can join!
What: Keep our beautiful watersheds clean. Pick up trash along the West River. 
Here is more information:

Great opportunity for community service!

Contact Stephanie Nyzio if you need more information at

Dash to the Dam 5K:

In-Sight Classes:

We're excited to announce our Fall classes at In-Sight! Classes begin the week of October 8th at our 45 Flat Street location in Brattleboro. As always, we allow families to pledge what they can for class fees and we provide all equipment needed for the duration.