Did you notice how tightly the ribbons on the maypoles were woven? And how clear the patterns were in the weave? The first dance alternated colors like a candy cane. The second dance wove colors like a basket. To achieve those effects, sixth graders practiced diligently and cooperated with their classmates. Individually, they had to slow down or speed up to achieve the artistic wrapping, but their goals were to have a bit of fun and to create something beautiful with their fellow sixth graders.
I'm never quite sure which part students enjoy more, the creation of the pattern or the unraveling of it. Maybe they enjoy both, but for different reasons. After all, the unraveling of the pattern brings them back to the beginning, which allows them to attempt a new pattern that they may have never considered before. With so many different ribbons attached to the maypole, however, creating new patterns requires planning and collaboration and imagination and trust and . . . time.
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day (observed), No School
Tuesday, May 28: Field trip to Cricenti Bog, 4th grade
Thursday, May 30: River Day, 5th grade; Field trip to Billings Farm, kindergarten; Spring Open House, 4F, 5:00-6:00 pm; 6th Grade Rep, 6:00-7:30 pm
Friday, May 31: Field trip to Fort Ticonderoga, 6th grade; River Day (rain date), 5th grade; School Culture Team, final meeting.
Monday, June 10: Sixth-Grade Celebration, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, June 11: Field Day
Wednesday, June 12: Last Day of School for Students, noon dismissal
(1) Memorial Day Pop-Up Exhibit
In their own words: The Vietnam Experience
Interviews by Marion Cross School 6th Grade on display at the bandstand after the Memorial Day parade.
This winter Marion Cross 6th graders interviewed six local Vietnam veterans who shared their stories of courage, determination, duty, and empathy.
Come to the bandstand on Sunday, May 26th after the parade to explore the stories of Norwich's veterans. The parade begins at 12:00 at the American Legion post on Beaver Meadow Road, makes several stops, and is due to arrive at the Norwich Green by 1:00. There will be free hot dogs, chips, and ice cream too!
(2) The SAU is sending out a survey about your thoughts about Marion Cross School. Here's the link to access the survey:
(3) Outside of school time, the KOOP is closed for play. We aren't able to provide monitors in the evenings and weekends, and some of the equipment we use for our program has not been well cared for outside of school time.
(4) On Sunday, May 26, there is a Memorial Day Parade that begins on Beaver Meadow Road in front of the American Legion Post #8. The veterans always appreciate having a contingent of Marion Cross students in the lineup. Would anyone like to be in the parade? Are there parents who will volunteer to gather the students? Unfortunately, I'll be at a wedding in Boston, but I've always appreciated being part of this parade.
Line up for the parade begins at 11:30.
(4) Dear Parents,
Just sending a reminder out about lice. Here is some information to help when checking your child at home.
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.
(5) Keep checking for ticks. Today we had a staff member who had not been outside today find one on her sweater. These ticks are sneaky.
(1) There is a unique opportunity for language learning in the UV this summer! Express Fluency, a language school based in Brattleboro, is hosting language camps in WRJ in August. Classes include French for students 7-11 years old, and French, Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin for ages 12-adult. Please let families in your school know about this program. The classes will take place 6-9 August, 9-11:30 AM, at the Hartford Area Career and Technical Center. Visit www.expressfluency.com or contact Allison Litten (French teacher at Marion Cross) for more information; there is a flyer attached that you can post in your school and your community.
(2) Kumon Math and Reading of Norwich is offering free registration ($50 savings per child) in June. Kumon offers year-round programs in math and reading comprehension for preschool through high school-aged children. For more information, please visit our website, www.kumon.com/norwich, or contact Therese Linehan at 802-649-1416 or email@example.com to schedule an orientation.
(3) Before you start your long weekend – take a look at the Rec’s summer programs, sign up and get one more thing off of your list!
1. We have added another date for the 1st-3rd graders Norwich Naturalists program! Intro to Summer with the Naturalists is led by Christina Wild, an amazing addition to our staff! She has taught the outdoor kindergarten program in Lebanon, as well as the TimberNook program at Storrs Pond. She will open the Naturalist program this year, sharing her enthusiasm, creativity and wonder with the group. This brings our total outdoor 1st 3rd grade programming to 5 weeks!
2. Arts & Crafts Camp opens this weekend! Taught by beloved Marion Cross art teacher, Caitlin Eastman, this will be an extremely popular class where kids will make instruments, experiment with different mediums/methods, and embrace many ways to express their creativity. The class will take place in the Marion Cross art room, and the adjoining forest, garden and trails. August 19th-23rd – close out the summer with some great projects!
3. Swim Team needs 9 more kids to join! Find out more at https://uppervalleyrapids.swimtopia.com/
4. Basketball Camp has a few more spots, but is filling up fast! 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.
5. Sports Camp is going strong – make sure to sign up and reserve your spot in the free form fun!
6. Upper Valley Trails Camp --- come on out and learn how to create those trails you love to ride, run and hike on! You will leave with an understanding of how to read the forest landscape, create a trail plan and implement it.
Sign up here - http://norwichvtus.sportssignup.com/site/
802-649-1419 ext. 5
(5) Did you know that Norwich and the Upper Valley have a brand new, outdoor, summer swim team? The Upper Valley Rapids is a multi-skill-level team for kids and teen ages six to 18. Join us at our Open House at Tracy Hall Sunday, June 2nd at 4pm. The team is run through the Norwich Recreation Department, and practice is at the pool at Storrs Pond in Hanover. If you can swim one-length of the pool without needing help, you can join the team! There are morning and evening practices, and you can pick the practice times and meets that work for you. Registration is limited, so sign up soon if you'd like to be part of this great, new team. Learn more and get registered at our website at https://uppervalleyrapids.swimtopia.com/
(6) The Vermont Agency of Transportation will be working on VT 10A on the Vermont side of the Ledyard Bridge on June 3rd & 4th with June 5th as a rain date. The work will take place between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm, traffic will be reduced to alternating one lane traffic. Drivers should expect to be delayed during the duration of the work.
Chief J. Frank
Norwich, VT Police Department
10 Hazen Street / P.O. Box 311, Norwich, VT 05055
(7) Crossroads Academy, located in Lyme, New Hampshire, is offering summer programs for children ages 3-13. They will be offering a “soft” drop-off at 8:00 am and free extended care from 3:30-5:00 pm. Go to www.crossroadsacademy.org/summerprogram/ to register, and you have any questions, please contact Heather Verheeck, Director of Summer Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (603)795-3111 x112.
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