Message From The Principal
Dear MCS Community,
Saturday will be an exciting day for many employees of SAU70. Thanks to DHMC, SAU 70, and many advocates in the community, many employees will be able to receive their second dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine on Saturday morning. We are all understandably happy and grateful, though we are also a bit nervous about possible reactions to the vaccine. Many recipients have reported strong adverse reactions, so much so that Lebanon closed 3 of its schools last Monday due to its inability to staff their schools after vaccination. While we are hopeful that we will not experience these results, we wanted to plan.
The SAU has asked for all staff suffering an adverse reaction to notify the district by 3 pm on Sunday, April 25th. After this time we will make decisions on the viability of staffing at each school and inform parents/caregivers/students if there will not be school on Monday, April 26th. We wanted to let you know that there is a possibility that some (or all) of the SAU70 schools could close next Monday so that you can make plans. Just as with a forecast of a heavy snow, we are expecting the best case scenario, but planning for the worst. I believe that we will be able to go on with business as usual at MCS as a good amount of the staff has already received both vaccines, but want to keep you updated just to keep this on your radar.
Thank you again for all your support as we continue to take care of each other.
This week was Earth Week at Marion Cross School. Our students were true Heroes for the Earth with all the work they accomplished in cold and snowy weather. Children pulled invasive plants, picked up litter around school and the community. prepared the garden beds for planting, mulched the nature trail, and planted trees along our brook for the Conservation Commission. They planted seeds indoors (in anticipation of warmer weather), practiced Earth Day yoga pretending to be seeds growing up to the sun, and painted beautiful flowers on stone markers to identify the plants in the flower garden. Please enjoy the photos, and please tell your children how proud of them you are for working so hard for our earth in rather adverse conditions. They were the best!
Enjoy the weekend,
Message From Student Services
This year Marion Cross School staff has participated in a series of equity professional development workshops organized by SAU 70. In the next month, the equity committee has organized two workshops for families. Please see the announcement below.
You’re Invited: Community Diversity & Equity Workshops
Race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socio-economic class, and disability can be difficult to navigate—even for the most experienced educator or parent—but with the ongoing pandemic and its disproportionate impact on Black and other marginalized communities, our deepening economic divide, and continuing acts of racial violence have made it clear we all need additional tools to skillfully address these issues with our children and with each other.
SAU 70 District Equity Committee is pleased to offer two community workshops, facilitated by Groundswell Change, to help us get started. The workshops have been developed with input from district families, Hanover High School alumni/a, and members of the larger community, with the shared goal of creating a welcoming and more inclusive place to live and learn. In addition, we have partnered with Lou's and Blue Sparrow Kitchen, who will be offering special menu options for workshop participants. We hope this can help take dinner off your "to-do" list that evening! More information will be sent via email to families who register.
Thursday, April 29, 7:00-8:00pm, followed by 30-min Q&A
Ready to get started in diversity and equity work, but not sure how? This workshop is for all of us who want to learn more about—or would love a refresher on—foundational language and concepts, along with key takeaways on how to engage your friends, your children, and others in important conversations around race, identity, social power, and other issues as it relates to diversity and equity.
Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:00pm, followed by 30-min Q&A
We've all been there — that moment when someone says or does something that feels harmful or overtly biased. Even the most skilled among us have a hard time knowing how to respond. This workshop is for all of us who want to gain the tools and courage to speak up "in-the-moment" when we believe incidents of racism, sexism, and other bias have occurred and build real-time skills to interrupt, question, echo, and engage.
RSVP HERE: https://bit.ly/3sBI0NH
Welcome to the Principal's Corner. My name is Shawn Gonyaw, Principal of Marion Cross School. Each week I post a message here to keep you updated on important topics that are happening at our school.
My weekly posts can also be found in the weekly Cross Words newsletter which I highly encourage you to view. I hope you find all this information helpful, informative and fun.