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Thanks for the Tuesday pies, parents, and all the care. Mine was the mountaintop apple pie, too tall for the box, and it continues to be delicious. Thank you!
Monday, May 13: Syrup Eating Day! Also, SBACs begin for 4th and 5th graders, and continue all week. Be sure to help your children get plenty of rest.
Thursday, May 16: Fort #4, 3rd grade
(1) Who will be the 2019-20 homeroom teachers at Marion Cross School?
Pre-K: Cheslee Morrison
K: Ashley Morse, Jen Newberry
1: Ginny Moore, Karen Trombley
2: Leslie Dustin, Kevin Petrone
3: Lisa Holley, Rick Wilson
4: Becky French, Beth Haney
5: Matt Buck, Jonathan Fenton
6: Marguerite Ames, Kara McKeever, Ania White
(2) On behalf of the K-12 Dresden District School Counselors we would like to thank the Upper Valley Community for attending the Lynn Lyons' presentation on Anxiety. We know that these sorts of events are much more effective when there are opportunities to follow up on ideas presented and talk about real life applications. With that in mind, we will be putting together book groups in the fall, using the book "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children". Look for further information in early September.
(3) From The Top at MCS next week!
Dear MCS Families,
Have you heard the radio show "From The Top?" It's aired on NPR on Saturday evenings and features outstanding high school-aged musicians from around the country. Well, next Saturday's performance will be at Dartmouth and the musicians will be visiting our MCS fourth graders this month (Friday, May 24).
If your family would like tickets to the show, Dartmouth has made them available for $10 each (regular price is $10 for students and $25 for adults) for MCS families. If you plan to go, you need to buy tickets online using the link below. Just select the $10 price for all the members of your party. The show is Saturday evening, May 25.
(5) Free Items: Large wooden teacher's desk; rolling computer-lab chairs (short); computer-storage cart for 20 computers. Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(1) Dartmouth Alliance for Children of Color is back on campus and open to the community! We host weekly play dates connecting kids of color in the Hanover/Upper Valley area and Dartmouth students of color. We welcome children of color from the area and their parents to join us and we can be contacted at Dartmouth.email@example.com!
Gabrielle Mitchell '22
Logistics Coordinator for DACC
(2) RMS Theatre Department presents "Into the Woods Jr." next week. Performances are at 7pm in the RMS Auditorium on Thursday and Friday plus an additional 7pm performance on Saturday (May 16, 17, & 18th) this year! The show intertwines many beloved fairy tales, including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and more. Tickets are by donation. Please contact a cast or crew member or email firstname.lastname@example.org you would like to reserve tickets ahead of time.
(3) NORWICH RECREATION SUMMER CAMPS OPEN NOW!
Look online for more info: http://norwichvtus.sportssignup.com/site/
THE GOOD LIFE CAMP ***NEW LONGER WEEK***
DAYS & TIME: Monday - Friday 9am-1pm Min #4; Max #1
LOCATION: Marion Cross School Kindergarten Classroom
FEE: $115/session; Non-Res.: $135 (AfterCamp program also runs from 1-5pm and costs an additional $95 – opening soon!) Instructor/participant ratio 8:1 or better; Assistants as needed
AGES: 4-7 years old
SESSION #1: June 24-28 #2: July1-3 #3: July 8-12 #4: July 15-19 #5: July 22-26 #6:7/29-8/2
COORDINATOR: Alan Palmer (email@example.com / 603-831-4010) returns as our Coordinator this summer. Alan has a B.S. in Physical Education and has extensive experience as a Teacher, Health Educator, After School Program Teacher and Physical Education Teacher.
PROGRAM: Our summer day camp is dedicated to fun hands on healthy activities and movement. The program will have daily themes with activities to include - Get to Know each other ice breakers, crafts, outdoor play, art, tending the Willing Hands gardens, guided field trips to the fire station, the Norwich Inn, the Post Office, as well as a weekly visit to the Norwich Public Library.
NORWICH NATURALISTS CAMP
DAYS & TIME: Monday - Friday 9am-1pm Min #4; Max #20
#1: July 7th-12th #2: July 15-19th #3: July 22nd -26th #4: July 29th-August 2nd LOCATION: Marion Cross School Kindergarten Classroom
HOURS: 9:00am – 1:00pm
INSTRUCTORS: Ashley Morse and Jennifer Newberry
AGES: 1st-3rd grade
FEE: $115/session; Non-Res.: $135 (AfterCamp program also runs from 1-5pm and costs an additional $95) Instructor/participant ratio 8:1 or better; Assistants as needed
PROGRAM: The Norwich Naturalists Camp is a forest immersion program that offers the benefits of creative outdoor play. We will explore with all of our senses and use our imagination through play. There will be games in the forest, cooking over an open fire (when permitted), nature art, tinkering with real tools, gardening, and fort building. Children will have the opportunity to bring stories to life through creative fun experiences
SPORTS CAMP ***NEW LONGER WEEK & HOURS***
FEE: $95 residents/ $105 non-resident (option for AfterCamp@Storrs for $95) HOURS: 9:00am-1:00pm
SESSIONS: #1: 6/17-21 #2: 6/24-28 #3: 7/1-7/3 #4: 7/8 (@ Storrs) #5: 7/22-26
#6: 7/29-8/2 #7: 8/5-9 #8: 8/12-16
LOCATION: Indoor space & Drop-off / pick-up will be based in the Tracy Hall Gym, unless otherwise indicated. Our outdoor space is the Norwich Green & surrounding area.
COORDINATORS: Rebecca Reed with several talented Instructors and young CITs.
PROGRAM: Now a full week program with an extended day option! This very popular camp option offers a variety of indoor & outdoor activities, sports and games such as: ice breaker activities, tag games, relays, whiffleball, basketball, pinball, medical ball, cooperative challenges, capture the flag, kickball, tennis ball baseball, soccer, bocce, touch/flag football, water balloon games, man hunt, etc. Field trips on the AT during some weeks are an option that will be explored.
DAYS/DATES/TIME: Monday - Friday, June 17th-21st 9 am - 1:00pm
LOCATION: Indoor space and drop off/pick up will be in the MCS Gym. AGES: 4-8th Grades FEE: $115
COORDINATOR: Keith Drake and Tom Vashel with Assistants and CITs.
PROGRAM: The Norwich Recreation basketball camp is back this summer! Campers will participate in 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 scrimmages; drills designed to improve ball-handling, passing, shooting, and defense; as well as loads of fun activities such as knock out, money ball, and an up-down competition.
THE UPPER VALLEY RAPIDS
DATES: June 17th-August 4th
TIME: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 8:00am-9:00am and occasional evenings from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Swimmers are encouraged to attend min. three practices per week and min. four weeks of the season. Meets are most Tuesday evenings and occasional Saturdays.
LOCATION: Storrs Pond, 26 Reservoir Road, Hanover, NH
HEAD COACH: Ashley Ellis (Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org)
PROGRAM: The Rapids is a multi-skill-level group serving ages 6-18. The team focuses on safety, fun, teamwork, fitness, and building competitive swimming skills. This is not a "learn-to-swim" program. To be on the team, your swimmer must, at minimum, be able to get in and out of the pool independently, swim with his/her face in the water, and swim 25 yards (one length of the pool) unassisted. Swimmers new to competitive swimming as well as those with many years of experience are welcome! For more details, please visit the Upper Valley Rapids website athttps://uppervalleyrapids.swimtopia.com/
Please register for all of these great summer programs at www.norwichvtus.sportssignup.com
802-649-1419 ext. 5
(4) HORIZONS DAY CAMP ON LAKE FAIRLEE
(ages K–7th grade)
Sailing, crafts, swimming, hiking, archery, boating, drama, sports & more! Stellar staff and excellent return rate - accredited by the American Camp Association. One and two week sessions are offered from late June through mid-August. Campers may enroll in as many sessions as they wish. Freshly prepared lunches and snacks are provided each day. Transportation available from Lyme, Norwich, Lebanon, and Thetford. For more information and to register visit www.alohafoundation.org/horizons or call (802) 333-3400.
(5) Register for the Summer Revels Chorus Today!
On Monday, Revels North begins rehearsals for "Summer Revels 2019: A Celebration of Life in New England!" And we want to invite all in the Marion Cross School community (and your family, friends, and neighbors) to come and sing with us. The Summer Revels Chorus is open to all, age 6 to adult, with weekly rehearsals and one of the two performances in Norwich. No prior singing experience or music reading necessary (though experienced singers will find challenge and satisfaction in the material as well). All songs taught with enthusiasm, skill, humor, and patience by Artistic Director Nils Fredland. Everyone is welcome!
Register at www.revelsnorth.org/summer-revels/
Our weekly Monday rehearsals begin on May 13th (detailed rehearsal schedule below):
Multipurpose Room, Tracy Hall
300 S. Main St, Norwich, VT
DETAILED REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Monday, May 13, 5pm - 6pm Children's Chorus; 6pm - 8pm Adult/Teen Chorus
Monday, May 20, 5pm - 6pm Children; 6pm - 8pm Adult/Teen
Monday, May 27, 5pm - 6pm Specials (TBD); 6pm - 8:00pm Full Chorus (Children released 7:30pm)
Saturday, June 1, HOLD noon - 6pm
Monday, June 3, 5pm - 6pm Specials (TBD); 6pm - 8:00pm Full Chorus (Children released 7:30pm)
Monday, June 10, 5pm - 6pm Specials (TBD); 6pm - 8:00pm Full Chorus (Children released 7:30pm)
Monday, June 17, 5pm - 6pm Specials (TBD); 6pm - 8:00pm Full Chorus (Children released 7:30pm)
DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, June 20, 5 - 8 PM, NORWICH GREEN
FIRST PERFORMANCE: Friday, June 21, ARTISTREE, POMFRET, VT
SECOND PERFORMANCE: Saturday, June 22, NORWICH GREEN
This year, Summer Revels celebrates the music, stories, and people of a small Vermont village. Set ago -- but no so long ago -- and right near here, we'll look at a day in the life of a small New England town, told through singing, stories, and games.
Register for Summer Revels at www.revelsnorth.org/summer-revels/
See you at rehearsal on Monday!
(6) SAVE THE DATE - Borderline Racing Mountain Bike Team Night at Omer & Bob's on Thursday, May 16th at 6pm.
Come learn about a new co-ed mountain bike team for Grades 5-12, group rides & racing in the late summer & fall in the Vermont Youth Cycling League.
Questions about youth riders or being a volunteer coach, contact Jane & John Phipps at email@example.com
(7) A group of students at the Richmond Middle School is raising money for newly settled refugee families in Manchester, New Hampshire. We will be hosting a Game Night on May 24, from 5 to 6:30 and the entrance fee is $5. We will have games, but feel free to bring your own. Snacks will be available to purchase too. We hope that you will come in two weeks!
(8) As part of the Richmond Middle School Power of We project, we are planning a Walk For Water. The project is raising money to purchase water filters for a special needs school on a Navajo reservation that lacks access to clean water due to contamination of the water tables from mining and toxic waste. We would be grateful for your participation in our efforts to raise money for this important cause.
Here is a link to the school we are supporting:
This school only got running water in 2013, and many of their students are dependent on life-support devices. We often think of such dire circumstances affecting developing countries in Africa, rather than in our own backyards.
The Walk for Water will involve carrying gallon jugs of water around the HHS track. Sponsors will sign up to walk a certain number of laps, pledging a dollar contribution per lap.
The Walk for Water will be held Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 - 12:00 at the HHS track.
(9) May events at The Norwich Public Library
This Saturday, May 11, kids are invited to come and read with Charley, our therapy dog. He’ll be here from 11-noon, he loves a good story. We may be outside if the weather’s nice.
We announced the 2019-20 DCF titles to the 5th graders this week. They are now available for checkout at our library. The books circulate for 2 weeks and a patron may have 2 at a time. Stop on by and see which titles are calling to you. (Geared towards those going into 4th grade and up.)
Kids, do you like to pantomime, or act out scenes with friends? We’re hosting a game of Charades on Wednesday, May 15 at 2:30 in our Community Room. Kids in 3rdgrade and up are invited to come and get on a team—even if you’ve never played before. It will be goofy and silly—and a fun way to spend some time after school.
Our StoryWalk is up and waiting to be visited. Stop by the Norwich Square and take a stroll around the green to visit 16 spreads from David Macaulay’s new book—Crossing on Time. Afterwards, stop on the porch and open the spread to reveal the six foot image of the boat, look at the timeline, and grab a sticker for a souvenir. The StoryWalk was made possible through a generous grant by the Norwich Women’s Club and is a collaboration between the library and the bookstore. It will be up through Monday May 27.
Hope to see you soon at the library, where we are planning out the amazing events for summer. This year’s theme is “Universe of Stories” and it promises to be out of this world!
Children’s Librarian @ NPL
(10) Norwich and the Upper Valley have a new, summer, swim team! In a wonderful community collaboration between the Norwich Recreation Department and Storrs Pond Recreation Area, the Upper Valley Rapids Swim Team will provide children and teens from age 6 through 18 with a chance to experience competitive swimming in a fun, outdoor, collaborative environment. Head coach Ashley Ellis has over 15 years of competitive coaching experience. Registration opens today, and space is limited. Please visit https://uppervalleyrapids.swimtopia.com/ to learn all about the team and register. If you have more questions, please email MCS parent Alexa Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(11) Hi Baseball Fans,
I'm writing on behalf of the Upper Valley Nighthawks, a collegiate summer baseball team that plays at Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford from early June to early August. The Nighthawks are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, playing their 4th season of baseball in the Upper Valley. They attract some of the top collegiate baseball players from all over the country to come to the Upper Valley and play for the summer.
The Nighthawks are desperately in need of host families for the upcoming season. If your family would be willing to host one or more players this summer, you'd be doing something great to promote baseball in the Upper Valley and support a local nonprofit. You can find the details about hosting on the attached flier.
We still need 12 beds, or the season may be in jeopardy. If you can't host yourself, please help us find hosts. We're quickly approaching serious problems for the Nighthawks. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for considering,
(12) Don't Forget...
RMS YARD SALE TOMORROW!!!
SAT 8-1PM IN THE GYM
*DONATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL 7PM TONIGHT... household items, furniture, clothing, toys, games, holiday decor, etc...
(13) Touch-A-Truck Day
Wednesday, May 22nd from 2:15-3:30pm at the Marion Cross School! Visitors will be welcome to climb into/onto the town working vehicles/treasures. You can have a hands-on, close-up look at all these intriguing work vehicles and meet some of the dedicated staff of Norwich who drive and run them. On display will be: a Police Cruiser, and Fire & Ladder Trucks and Public Works machines. If you have a little one in your life who adores big machines and vehicles, then mark this event on your calendar and be sure to come along. Bring the whole family for great photo opportunities!
***Please bring non-perishable food items for ‘Fill A Truck’. The year, the Department of Public Works is participating in a charitable giving event, and would appreciate anything you are able to contribute ***
Sponsored by the Norwich Fire, Police, Public Works and Recreation Departments
802-649-1419 ext. 5
Marion Cross School