Normally, I reserve this spot for talking about students: talking, for example, about their exhilaration during today's Global School Play Day; or about the choral concert last night and the request for frim fram sauce as well as students' singing "If I Only Had a Brain" when we know very well that they do; or about the third graders getting their music compositions sung by mezzo-soprano, Amber Leavitt.
No, I'm not going to do that this week.
Instead, I'd like to welcome incoming principal, Shawn Gonyaw, to Marion Cross School. He is a perceptive, intelligent, and kind man and leader who will be a tremendous boon for our school. We're lucky to find a principal of his caliber to continue and enhance the mission of the Marion Cross School.
And, generously, he came to the choral concert last night to see the students and to meet many of you. He is devoted to learning about the culture and people and program here. Thank you, Shawn, and welcome!
Saturday, April 6: The Big Hoot, 6 pm (food at 5 pm), Richmond Middle School
Wednesday, April 10: Science SBAC Testing, 5th Grade
Thursday, April 11: Comedy of Errors, 6th Grade
Friday, April 12: In-Service Day for Teachers—no school for students
Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19: spring vacation, no school for students or staff
(1) Come See the Big Hoot!
The 5th Annual MCS Big Hoot Variety Show is this Saturday, April 6th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Richmond Middle School!!
There will be singing, dancing, music, magic, and more! Please come out and support your friends and best of all, see a fabulous show! Admission is FREE so don’t miss out on the fun!
This year the 6th grade class will offer pre-show and intermission meals and baked goods as a fundraiser for the 6th Grade Celebration. Meals will be available starting at 5:00pm and cash or checks will be gratefully received.
Show starts at 6:00pm - see you there!
The Big Hoot Committee
Katie Bucci, Jenn Langhus, and Katie Kitchel
(1) Community Nurse for Norwich: What do you think?
Attached is a link to a Survey Monkey survey. It's an exploratory survey that a working group of Norwich residents is sharing with the community concerning the need/desire for a Community Nurse in Norwich.
There are hard copies of the survey at the Town Clerk's office and at the Norwich Public Library if you prefer to respond that way. Thank you!
(2) We know of no issues here, but the middle and high school encounter these issues:
Is your school dealing with VAPING/Marijuana Issues? The Association of Student Assistance Professionals & VT Department of Health is sponsoring a workshop at Lake Morey, Thursday, April 4 from 8-4 pm. (6 CEU's approved.)
You can register electronically at our website: www.asap-vt.org/wp/ through Eventbrite. Cost is $100.00 if you register before March 25th, and $125 after that.
Questions? Call or email me. Bring a community team and join us for an in-depth discussion of the #1 issue in schools.
(3) Helping Families Manage Anxiety: Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist
Save the Date! Lynn Lyons, a Concord, NH, psychotherapist, author and expert on treating, managing and avoiding childhood anxiety, will peak on Monday, April 29th, at 7 p.m. at Hanover High School Auditorium.
Lyons, author of "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle" and "Playing with Anxiety: Casey's Guide for Teens and Kids," is known for her concrete and accessible approach to helping families break the cycle of anxiety.
"We tend to want to give children reassurances and information and to tell them that everything will be OK," Lyons said in a recent interview with Time magazine. "But the trick is to give kids the skills they need to manage realistic pressures and uncertainties."
Lyons will help parents understand anxiety and provide strategies to help their children understand what is happening in their bodies when they are anxious. Importantly, Lyons will discuss the tools parents need to help their children face anxiety and uncertainty safely and successfully.
(4) On Saturday, May 10th, from 8am-1pm, the RMS Student Council will be hosting a yard sale to benefit the 7th grade ”Power of We” Program - a community service oriented initiative.
As you start your spring cleaning, please think about items that could be donated to our sale! Donations will be accepted at RMS Friday, May 9th 12-2pm and 3:30-7pm.
Nothing to donate? We are looking for volunteers- let us know if you are available!!
Most importantly, we need people to come and shop, so please spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors.
(5) From the Norwich Public Library~
We’ve got so many break-week events coming your way. They are all drop in, except for the movie on Friday. We’d love to have you stop in, but the activities are not meant to last for the whole two hours.
For most events, children under 8 should be accompanied by a caregiver. Please visit our website www.norwichlibrary.org for all the details, or send an email to email@example.com if you have any questions. Some of these are new offerings for us and we’re really excited to try them out with you.
And if you haven’t heard—“The Peeps are coming!” We’ve got an afterdark make your own diorama event scheduled for Friday, April 12, hope to see you there. See our website for all the peeptastic details.
Children’s Librarian @ NPL
Friday, April 12 from 1-3:00 Spa Day
Saturday, April 13 from 11:00-noon Reading with Charley the dog
Monday, April 15 from 1-3:00 Quilling Paper
Tuesday April 16 from 3:30 – 4:30 Lego free-build
Wednesday, April 17 from 1-3:00 Circuits and flashlights
Thursday April 18 from 1-3:00 Black out poetry and prompts
Friday, April 20 starting at 1:00 Movie Matinee
featuring your friendly, neighborhood Spiderman
(6) From the Norwich Rec Department:
(7) Event Title: Science Day at Dartmouth
Date: Saturday, May 4th
Time: 10am-3pm (drop-in style event)
Pre-registration: Preferred but not required
The Dartmouth Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies is pleased to announce the seventh annual Science Day at Dartmouth, to take place May 4th from 10am-3pm on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH. Dartmouth graduate students in a variety of fields invite you to their labs for fun, interactive activities and demonstrations. Come meet real researchers-in-training, learn about their work, and find out why they love what they do! Science Day activities are designed for students in grades 5-10, but all curious minds are welcome to attend. All students must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit our website for details and to sign up to attend.
Marion Cross School