Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Notes 12-14-18

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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.

Snow Day Routine Change:

 This year we have changed our routine with regards to snow days and our day rotations (green/white and A/B/C)The change - reflected in the attached calendars (click here) is that when we have a snow day, we will SKIP the intended day and NOT PUSH it. In other words, the days are hard-scheduled for the year in advance.  

Late Bus Calendar:

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

Winter Activities:

Hello Rebel Nation!
I apologize for leaving off the prices for two Winter Activities on the Permission slips....please see below:

1. Stratton Skiing and Snowboarding-$50 Transportation fee and a Stratton Pass

2. Ice Skating in Brattleboro-$50 Transportation fee and $6 every Wednesday (includes rental and ice time)


Project Feed the Thousands 2018:

The Project Feed the Thousands collection drive has begun! Grades 7-12 will compete to see which class can bring in the most food and personal care items. The winning class will earn spirit points as well as some delicious cookies lovingly baked by members of Leland and Gray's chapter of the National Honor Society. Join us in helping local Vermonters in need!

What to donate:
non-perishable food items
personal care items
Collection boxes are in the following classrooms:

7th grade: Ms. Hinds' room (A-5)
8th grade: Ms. Matson's room (A-3)
9th grade: Ms. DeBisschop's room (B-11)
10th grade: Ms. Jones (C-3 FACS)
11th grade: Ms. Sanderson (B-7)
12th grade: Ms.Marchant (library)

Monetary donations are also welcomed and should be given to Ms. Doty. Please make checks payable to Leland and Gray with "Project Feed" on the memo line.

Last year, Leland and Gray collected 500 pounds of food and over $500! This year, let's help even more! See Ms. Doty or a National Honor Society member with any questions. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Way to go Leland & Gray! We are almost there! We are a mere 40 pounds from our Project Feed the Thousands food collection goal and only $200 shy of our cash goal. We can do it! The last day to bring in donations will be Tuesday, December 18th. A big thanks to everyone in the Leland & Gray community for their generosity and heart!
Ms. Doty and the NHS

Holiday Bazaar 2018:

Don't miss this year's annual Holiday Bazaar on Monday, December 17th and Tuesday, December 18th from 8:00 AM-2:30 PM in the C-1 classroom.

The crafters and bakers from the IN and HOME Programs are busy making delectable confections and unique must-have gifts and decorations.

This year's raffle is quite spectacular; a hand-dyed, hand-made quilt, a regulation-sized Corn Hole Game and a surprise tray of goodies.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00.  Ticket sales start Tuesday, December 11th and are available in the IN and HOME Program classrooms.  If you can't make it down, contact us - we'll come to you!

Looking forward to seeing all of you.  Thanks for your support.

L&G Theatre Department's Festival Play Auditions:

If you are interested in being involved with the Leland and Gray Theatre Department's festival play Pullman Car Hiawatha please come to auditions on Tues 12/18 and Wed 12/19 from 2:45-4:30 in A9.  Anyone who wants to be involved (both actors and techies) should stop by to fill out an involvement form. This one act play will be performed in March at the Drama State Festival! Find Ms. Rowan if you have any questions.

Spain 2019:

During the February break, 14 L & G high school students and two teachers will travel to Spain as part of our ongoing cultural exchange with El Instituto Los Cahorros, a high school in Monachil, Spain.  The students, Jacob Ameden,  Olympia Burke,
Sarah Andersen, Jillian Carona, Michael Carona , Erin Cutts,  Lily Dutton,  Abbie Hazelton, Bay Holmes, Alison Stockwell, Fox Pickering, Veronica Stevens, Michaela Stillwagon, and Siyanda Jacobs will travel  with L&G teachers, Tammy Claussen and Jeryl Julian Cissé for 13 days.  They will visit Barcelona, Madrid, Segovia, Granada and Códoba, as well as stay with families from the high school in Monachil. This is the fifth trip from L&G, led by Spanish teacher Ms. Cissé, where the students get to know the country through first-hand experiences touring historical sites, museums, hiking the hillsides, eating the local foods, and the highlight of the trip...attending school and interacting with the students.  This is an alternating year trip, with the Spanish students visiting Vermont and staying with L&G families on the alternate year.  Last year, we hosted 9 students and two teachers.

To help fund the trip, please save the dates for two upcoming events!  On Saturday, January 6, there will be a bottle drive for collecting redeemable bottles and cans.  There will be a truck in the front driveway of the school  from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, where you can leave your redeemable items.  Also there is an account for the trip at the Putney Road Redemption Center, so that any time up to the trip departure you may bring your items and ask that the money be donated to the L&G Spain Trip account.  Every nickle will help!

On Saturday, January 12th, there will be a Spanish Dinner & Dance at the Dutton Gym.  Dinner will be served from 6:00 - 7:00, and live and recorded music will be performed throughout the evening.  Authentic Spanish foods will be served...paella, gazpacho soup, tortillas Españolas, rice and beans, and other foods, along with desserts and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.  Ticket prices are: $10 for adults, $5 for students, or $25 for families.  $5 for dance only.  There will also be a silent auction for great prizes.

The students are also selling month-long calendar raffles!  With fantastic prizes for each day of the month, you have 31 chances to win!  And a winner one day with have the ticket entered back in to the raffle, so you may win multiple times!  Calendars are $10 for one or 3 for $20.  Contact one of the students or Ms. Cissé at, if you want to buy a calendar, or if you have any questions about the trip or any of the fundraising activities.    Muchas Gracias for your support!


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 Girls Basketball Team holiday shopping for the Giving Tree:

L&G Athletics Update:

Congratulations to Arin Bates for being named to the 29th Annual Free Press All-State Girls Soccer Team-Honorable Mention


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.

Grant for Students:  invites high school students to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas in four categories:
The Environment: global warming, clean water, land preservation, and recycling; Democracy and Equality: education and development, gender equality, homelessness and poverty, and financial well-being; Health: HIV/AIDS, cancer/smoking, organ and blood donation, and general fitness;  Community Issues: drug/alcohol abuse, crime prevention, animal welfare, and senior care.
Applicants should summarize in 5,000 characters or less how the project will involve others, who it will help, what effect it is expected to have, when it will start, and how the funds will be used. Deadline: Rolling.

L&G students are welcome to contact 3 Generations Collaboration if they need a local collaborating organization for their project. Please note, you should first check with your school's community service coordinator to make sure your project will qualify for service hours credit.


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What happens after Fiddler on the Roof?

NEYT answers this question in their wonderful new production of Rags, an uplifting musical that tells the story of Jewish immigrants during the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from Eastern Europe in 1910. 

The show is chock-full of extraordinary musical numbers all framed within a moving and inspiring story about love, loss, courage, faith and what it means to be American. Don't miss it!

Rags performs December 6-8 and 13-15 at 7pm, and December 8-9 and 15-16 at 2pm. Tickets  for these performances are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors, and $13 for Students.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at, in person at the NEYT Box Office, or by phone (802) 246-6398 from 12-5pm on Wednesdays. The show plays at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.