Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Notes 10-19-18

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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.

Spain Trip Meeting:

There will be a meeting next Wednesday, October 24, at 6:30, in room B2 for students in grades 10 - 12, and a parent/guardian, to discuss the L&G trip to Spain during the February vacation.  

Lunch Promotions:

Pizza Meal promotion: When a pizza meal is purchased Monday through Thursday, student will receive a coupon to enter their name into a drawing that will take place on Thursday after the lunch service. Winner will receive a Whole Pizza on Friday with toppings of their choice.We will draw two winner's, One Middle School and One High School.

Pasta Station: Also some exciting news that we will start a new offering on November 5th of a Pasta station on a daily basis. We will offer a meat sauce and a marinara sauce.

We will also be adding deli sandwiches made on Wheat Bread as I had a student request Bread instead of Wraps, grinder rolls.

We have a lot of choices happening in the cafeteria and would love to see you all in the cafeteria.

Middle School Halloween Dance:


Refuse To Use 2019:

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:

Title Funding:

Attention Parents and Guardians:

This note is to inform you that Leland and Gray Union Middle and High School is the recipient of Title funding which is used to provide teachers with a variety of professional development opportunities and to provide students with intervention and enrichment programs.  The funding also allows for implementation of in-school professional development, coaching for grades 7-12 teachers, training for teacher mentors, tutoring and overall support for intervention and best practices.

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.


    Nurse's Notes:

    We are rolling out the Dental Wellness Program in collaboration with West River Family Dental.  Information should be mailed by the end of the month, but you can contact me if urgent care is needed.  This program is run regardless of insurance and ability to pay with thanks to the Stratton Foundation.  Please reach out if assistance is needed for insurance or dental care.  

    Also, there are several families that have yet to complete their "annual health questionnaire".  These are very important for me to be able to safely and effectively treat your child, both in an emergency, and for day to day ailments.  Please return these forms ASAP.

    Thank you all!  Looking forward to a healthy year!

    Lauren Shockley, RN BSN
    School Nurse


    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. Laura Richardson is looking for student volunteers to assist her with the Townshend Holiday Toy Drive.  If you are interested, please email her at

    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.


    The Commons interviews WRVT's Rolf Parker and L&G  Student Intern Olivia, Moore to talk about e-cigarettes, Juuls, and eBay and their efforts against youth addiction.
    Read the article at: 

    Also, read our featured article in the October 10, 2018 edition of The Commons detailing the informative panel presentation and community discussion on Youth and the Impact of Vermont's Marijuana Law. Some of our presenters included Windham County Senator Rebecca Balint, Director of Ambulatory Services at the Brattleboro Retreat, Kurt White, Sgt. Ryan Wood of the Vermont State Police, and Director of Clinical Services at Youth Services, Heather Smith (,545043), to name a few of our very talented and informed panelists.

    Read the article online here:


    UMATTER Suicide Prevention Awareness:

    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.

    3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament: