With a property having sold behind the school, we knew we'd lose access to our garden back there, so we developed another relationship with our neighbor to the south and are—with enormous help from parents and community members—building a new garden. It's double the size of the old garden, and half of the garden will be devoted to donations to Willing Hands, and the other half will be saved for student and community consumption.
Gardens take substantial investment and a wee bit of sweat. They require someone or some group to plan and organize the layout. They benefit from multiple people who dig, who plant, who weed, who nourish, who tend, who harvest, and who enjoy the vegetables and flowers. In the end, after all the work and nourishment, the garden can be put to bed to wait for the next cycle.
How much of a garden produces waste that can't be returned to the earth? How about that for a model of efficient use of resources?
Monday, June 3: Step-Up Day, all students, 8:30; Trout-Release Day, 5th grade, noon
Friday, June 7: Wright's Mountain Hike, 1st grade; Oregon Trail, 3rd grade
Monday, June 10: Sixth-Grade Celebration
Tuesday, June 11: Field Day, 1:00; Acadian Odyssey, 6th grade
Wednesday, June 12: Last Day of School for students, noon dismissal
(1) All Library Books are Now Due
Please have your child bring in all the books they have from the MCS library as soon as possible. I truly appreciate your support with this endeavor. Remember, if the book is lost and you pay for it, I will gladly refund your money if it is found and returned in good condition. Thank you!
Joy Blongewicz - MCS Librarian
(2) For the last five years I have appreciated the opportunity to serve as the Associate Principal at RMS. During that time I’ve learned so much from the students I’ve been fortunate to get to know, the talented, and caring staff I’ve worked alongside, and in partnership with many of you. One of the best parts of my role has been working with parents to support students through their time here at RMS.
I feel one of the things that makes this community so unique and successful is the level of engagement from the broader community. You’ve confirmed for me how vital it is to be engaged and supportive of your school, and the difference this attention makes in students’ lives.
I am one of the rare Vermonters that was able to move back to my hometown. I live in the same community where I grew up, and next year my son will start kindergarten at the same elementary school I attended. I have decided to pursue an opportunity to join that school for the 19-20 school year in an effort to give back to my community, and to participate more directly in my own son’s school.
I want to thank this community for your support, and partnership, and I hope to see many of you in the next few weeks.
( 3) Have you visited the school website recently? You might enjoy the pictures that are posted, and the information you find about learning and enrichment and resources may be invaluable. Go to https://www.marioncross.org/
(1) The Richmond Middle School Library is open for rising 7th grade students this summer! Join us on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 12:00 starting June 25th. Kids will be able to check out books, read, play chess, and use the Makerspace. Makerspace activities will include duct tape, 3D pens, slime making, seed planting and more. Each week will have a different special activity. Makerspace activities available every week include sticker by number, coloring, make your own bookmarks, and LEGOs. It is fine to drop rising 7th graders off, but if younger siblings want to attend, they must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that we will not be open July 9th while the Prouty is using the library and August 27th, which is a teacher inservice day.
If you have any questions, please email the librarian, Chris Putnam-Pouliot: firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) White River Ballet Academy presents its annual Spring Performance and this year we’re performing PETER AND THE WOLF!
When: Sunday, June 9
Where: The Barrette Center for the Arts, WRJ
Show times: 1:00 and 5:00
Tickets: Adults: $15
Kids 12 and under: $10
This is a wonderful performance for all ages!
Featuring 3 Norwich residents and soon-to-be graduates of Hanover High School and Sharon Academy: Sarah Genzer, Natalie Thompson and Hailey Swett and also many more Norwich residents/MCS students!
Come join us for an hour of beautiful dancing in this beloved ballet narrated by David Bowie!
(3) TRY SOMETHING NEW - SIGN UP NOW!
Borderline Racing, a new co-ed mountain bike team for Grades 5-12 featuring group rides and racing in the late summer through early October.
There is no expectation of prior racing, just a willingness to try! We will participate in the Vermont Youth Cycling League. This is not a school sponsored or affiliated team.
More details on Borderline Racing team may be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BvYG0m5tepxpcje0cVHh_PWgb1D076abwyrNcNaYdsA/view
Registration deadline is June 8th.
Here's the quick link to registration & purchase clothing:
Questions, please contact Jane & John Phipps at email@example.com
(4) The Norwich Farmers Market is offering to kids from K to 12 and their
families the chance to try their hand at vending. There is no charge to
participate but we'll have limited space so reserve your space by July 15 to
secure a spot. More info will be available when you sign up.
Send your interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(5) Upcoming Events at The Norwich Public Library~
Teen Kick-off for rising 6th graders (and up)
Thursday, June 6
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Teens, come join us at the Library to celebrate the end of the school year. Pledge to read this summer and we’ll tell you all about the great prizes you could win. We’ll have pizza and watch some fun videos, plus our scratch tickets will be returning in July! Reservations strongly encouraged so we can have enough refreshments for everyone. Send an email to: email@example.com
Ice Cream Social for all ages!
Wednesday, June 12
noon – 3:00 PM at The Norwich Public Library
Everyone is welcome to come sign up for the summer reading program and have a scoop of something sweet. While you’re here, get a reading log and a bingo board and be entered to win a family pass to Billings Farm. We anticipate lots of families coming straight over at the end of the school day, which may make the sign-up area slightly congested. Feel free to drop in anytime during those three hours to sign up and get your ice cream. Visit http://www.norwichlibrary.org/summerreading/ to discover more about our summer theme: A Universe of Stories.
See you soon,
Children’s Librarian @ NPL
Marion Cross School