Did it sink, or did it float? After all, Science Night was an experiment. We didn't know if ten people would show up, or three hundred. When the doors opened, however, we ended up with a steady stream of people who explored the many stations as families: MCS community members created pendular sand designs, sampled maple syrup that was tapped and gathered and made by the students, built Lego dragsters and towers and sound triggers and rubber band/dowel structures, and checked whether different types of sodas sank or floated. At one station, students were wowed (and spontaneously articulated, "Wow!") by the resonance of a string.
And simply for their love of learning and for the students and for the community, twenty-two teachers and ed. assistants coordinated and hosted the evening together. I wish to thank especially the Science Curriculum Committee for the idea and their planning and their commitment to making the night happen. This night made long memories for many of us. Not only did Science Night float, it buoyed.
Tuesday, April 2: 3rd-grade compositions sung by mezzo-soprano Maria Lamson, 12:30-2:00, Multi
Thursday, April 4: Choral Concert, 3rd through 6th graders, 6:30, Multi
(1) Sixth-Grade Celebration will be on Monday, June 10, starting at 5:00 pm.
(2) At this point, barring any snow days, the last day of school is on Wednesday, June 12, with a noon dismissal.
(3) The Big Hoot: During this year's Big Hoot, 6th graders will be running a food table/bake sale to raise money for 6th grade celebration activities and a class gift. Come early for dinner (food available starting at 5pm) or stop by during intermission for some tasty treats and to support our 6th graders.
In addition, if you'd like to donate food items, feel free to sign up on the google doc here:
Any questions, please contact Tonya Gammel, Melanie Michel and/ or Tracey Hayes.
(4) The online Spring MCS Spirit Wear store should be open for business by the time you read this, or by 5:00pm Friday. The store will be open through Friday, April 12th, and this will be the last chance to order spirit wear for the 2018-2019 school year. All net proceeds from spirit wear benefit the PTO Grant Fund. Click here to see the great spring items and to order: https://marioncross.itemorder.com/sale
(5) After-School-Care Information: The surveys are in, and it's very clear that people would like more options for after-school care. 69.14% of respondents do not feel they have adequate after-school care, and 91.57% think that a school-hosted after-school program would be helpful.
It's clear that there's a need. I have been and will continue to converse with the superintendent and other local leaders to see what is possible. I do know that Brie Swenson, the new rec. director for Norwich, is also looking at options.
Thanks for letting us know the need.
(6) Dear Parents and Guardians,
With winter coming to an end, there have been some cases of head lice. Head lice are very common and affect 8-12 million people a year. Head Lice do not carry any diseases or cause any infections. We ask that you check your child's hair for lice and/or nits.
What to look for:
Natural light is the best light to check hair. You may use a bright light if necessary and a magnifier.
You are looking for adult lice and their eggs (called nits). You’re more likely to see nits than adults because nits are firmly attached to the hair and do not move.
As you look through the hair, look closely at the hair behind the ears and around the nape of the neck. These are likely places to find lice and nits.
If the person has adult lice or nits, you will see the following:
Adult lice: These look like one or more light-brown objects that resemble sesame seeds, often moving quickly. You can find these on the scalp or the hair.
Nits (Eggs): These are yellow, brown, or tan objects that look like tiny seeds and appear to be cemented to individual hairs close to the scalp. Sometimes dandruff and hair product are mistaken for nits, nits will not brush off easily.
What if you find lice and/or nits:
Please let the school nurse know.
Do not be afraid. Lice is not an illness or infection.
There are many treatment options available: over the counter treatments, prescription treatment, and natural treatments.
You may consult your physician for help in choosing a treatment. I am available to help with treatment recommendations as well.
There are no over-the-counter or prescription treatments to kill lice that are 100% effective against head lice and nits.
Regardless of what treatment you chose to use, combing and manual removal of the live lice and nits is the most effective part of any head lice treatment regimen.
Following the treatment, your child’s hair should be checked daily for nits for at least a week after the last nit has been seen. This is a very important step because the nits are eggs that can hatch into more lice and then they lay more eggs. This can take a lot of time but it is a necessary step. If you have any questions about what the nits look like, please do not hesitate to contact the health office.
A metal fine -toothed lice comb should be used for combing. Conditioner on hair while combing helps to loosen the nits on the hair. Apply conditioner to hair and comb with lice comb section by section. It is helpful to use hair clips or pins to make sections. The first comb-through could take a couple of hours depending on how much hair your child has.
Some recommendations show that using essential oil overnight on the hair can help kill the nits. If you choose to use oil, it should be applied for 7 days after the last nit is seen.
Wash hair with essential oil shampoo every day and make sure all the overnight oil is removed.
Then rinse the hair again and dry hair so you may check for lice/nits. If you still see nits then manually remove them. Use your fingernails to grab nit and pull off hair shaft.
Clean lice comb in boiling water. Make sure all hair is removed from the comb before boiling.
• All bedding and pajamas should be dried on high heat for one hour everyday for at least 4 days. Sometimes it is just easier to have child sleep with a sleeping bag and no sheets. Also dry child's backpack.
• Do not use brushes on your child's hair for the week of treatment.
• If you can, throw all old brushes and combs away as well as hair ties. If that is not possible, remove all hair from the hair supplies and boil them in very hot water or wash in dishwasher. you'll need to check your child's hair daily for lice. Lice are so small they are easy to overlook. If you missed just a few tiny lice or eggs, the lice will start over again. Most of the time, parents believe their child was re-infested, but in fact, all the lice/nits were never eliminated with their first attempt.
Please talk to your children about these steps to help prevent the spread of head lice.
• Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp). Lice do not jump or fly.
• Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes. Store hats and scarves in coat sleeves.
Do not share combs, brushes, or towels.
Classroom checks are discouraged by the Board of Education. They have been found not to be effective in the prevention of the spread of lice and can cause embarrassment to the child affected. Parental checks have been found to be more effective. Please check your child weekly for any signs of lice/nits. As always, please do not hesitate to contact the health office at 802-649-1703 x 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks very much.
Pam Hausler, RN
Marion Cross School
Contact: 802-649-1703 x206
Fax: 802-649- 3640
(1) Brie Swenson has been selected as the new Recreation Director for the Town of Norwich. Congratulations to Brie! We're lucky to have her in that role. For more details, here is the announcement in the Daily UV: https://dailyuv.com/profile/460/976180
(2) POTENTIAL SUMMER SWIM TEAM AT STORRS POND POOL
Would your children and teens enjoy the opportunity to improve their swimming and be part of a fun, summer, outdoor swim team? If so, please let us know! If there are enough families interested, Storrs Pond Recreation Area in cooperation with The Norwich Recreation Department would like to offer a swim team for area youth.
The team will be a multi-skill-level group serving ages 6-18. We will practice at the lap pool at Storrs Pond in Hanover, and will be part of the Vermont Swim Association (VSA). The team will focus on safety, fun, teamwork, fitness, and building competitive swimming skills. The season will run for seven weeks from mid-June through the first weekend in August and practices will be most weekday mornings from 8:00am-9:00am and occasional evenings. It is ok to miss practices or part of the season due to camps, vacations or other summer plans. Meets are at pools in the central and southern Vermont region.
The team will have beginner through advanced groups. This is not a "learn-to-swim" program. To be on the team, your swimmer must, at minimum, be able to enter the pool on his/her own without assistance from a parent, swim with his/her face in the water, and swim 25 yards (one length of the pool) unassisted, using a reasonable version of the Freestyle ("crawl") stroke. Swimmers new to competitive swimming as well as those with many years of experience are welcome.
If you think this team might be a good fit for your family and would like more information, please email Alexa Manning at email@example.com. We can only offer swim team this summer if we have enough interest, so please let us know as soon as possible. Thank you!
(3) Storrs Hill Ski Area’s End of Season Party
Sat, Mar 30, 11 am - 4 pm
60 Spring St; Lebanon, NH
Public skiing, snowboarding, pond skimming, & sledding!
$5 lift tickets! BBQ meal deals.
This will be our last public ski day for the season.
More at: skistorrshill.com
(4) The Devil We Know | 4/1/19, 6-8pm, Oopik Auditorium
What: A screening of the documentary film, The Devil We Know, about perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), followed by a panel discussion with scientists and policy makers
When: Monday, April 1, 2019 – 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Oopik Auditorium, Life Science Center, Dartmouth College
Why: PFAS are a group of more than 4,000 individual chemicals, which are widely used in consumer products for their water-repellant, non-stick and surfactant properties. PFAS chemicals are known to harm human health and these chemicals are increasingly measured in our environment, including in drinking water. Since no federal regulations exist for PFAS in drinking water, individual states are in the process of establishing their own regulatory limits. Currently, the State of New Hampshire is working to establish a regulation for safe levels of PFAS in drinking water. Public comment on the proposed legislation is open until April 12th Attending Monday’s screening of The Devil We Know will inform individuals about PFAS and the adverse health effects they can cause, as well as provide information about the legislative process and how individuals can contribute to the process.
About The Devil We Know, a documentary film about PFAS contamination in Parkersburg, West Virginia:
When a handful of West Virginia residents discover DuPont has been pumping its poisonous Teflon chemical into the air and public water supply of more than 70,000 people, they file one of the largest class action lawsuits in the history of environmental law. As the citizens of Parkersburg rise up against the forces that polluted their town, the story builds out to dozens of other American cities. In fact, as many as 110 million Americans may be drinking water tainted with PFAS chemicals. Exposure to this class of chemicals has even become a global phenomenon, spreading to places like Italy, the Netherlands, and China. Parkersburg is ground zero for this story, but this clearly is not about one place or one chemical: because of the power of the chemical lobby, PFOA is one of more than 80,000+ untested chemicals that have been approved for use, their dangers unknown.
Monday’s screening of the film is sponsored by several prominent environmental organizations, including, the New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance, League of Conservation Voters, Union of Concerned Scientists, Conservation Law Foundation and the Sierra Club, as well as the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program, and the Dartmouth Sustainability Office.
(5) On Saturday, March 30th at 8:30pm local time, the Empire State Building, the Space Needle, Niagara Falls, and millions of people, landmarks, cities and businesses from around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to show their steadfast commitment to protecting nature as we celebrate Earth Hour. Will you join the movement and go dark for Earth Hour this year?
Sign up for WWF's Mobile Action Team for updates and a text reminder to turn off your lights on the day of, March 30. You can also text EARTHHOUR to 43144 to join. By texting in, you are opting to receive text messages from WWF. Standard messaging rates apply.
Opting in, you'll join our list of engaged mobile activists and receive text messages on the latest way to help us protect wildlife and conserve nature.
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