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  • Nov 02 Daylight Saving Time Ends, FALL BACK
  • Nov 03 Parent Coffee with Francie 9am
    L’After Session 2 Begins Today
    School Board Meeting 6 pm
  • Nov 06 Parents & Friends Meeting 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Nov 13 High School Night 7 pm
  • Nov 24-28 SCHOOL CLOSED

Note from Francie 10/31/14

Happy Halloween!  Your children paraded some wonderful costumes at All School Sing and were greeted by some curious creatures as they arrived at school this morning.  As of this writing, masks are off and we’re settling into a productive day.

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L’After Session Two

begins Monday, November 3rd! This session will end December 18th.

Monday: Magic & Art  and Jolt: Electronics

Tuesday: BEEC, Chess Club, Grease

Wednesday: Crazy Chemistry

Thursday: Gift Crafts, Knitting, Dance Squad

We’ve got an incredible line up of activities.  There are 49 kids participating in next session’s activities!  The big change to the schedule involves the combination of Magic: the Gathering and Paper Art.  Soren Whitehouse will be leading the game of Magic: the Gathering, with the help of Patti Donnelly, and Kelsey Gately, a Marlboro College art student will lead the art.

Our big project this session (and next) is the production of the middle school version of Grease, directed by Celena Romo and assisted by Carie Kowalski.  We’ve got an amazing cast and crew ready to put of a fabulous show full of songs and laughter.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to support L’After.  Best way to reach me is through email,   We appreciate all parent and community involvement.  So much activity and learning going on after school!

Health Information from the State of VT

On Adolescent Well Visit for Parents and Understanding Confidentiality from the UVm College of Medicine and a note from the VT Dept of Health on the ebola outbreak in West Africa

Marlboro School Board Meeting Agenda 11/3/14

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Broccoli Month

October’s Harvest of the Month P.S.A. by Roxanne, Wyatt and Warren

Here’s the recipe for the delicious Broccoli Slaw we had today in the taste test!

Serves a family of 4-6. Ingredients for slaw:

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Draft – Marlboro School Board Meeting Minutes 10/27/14

Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 7pm

Attending: Jen Carr– Chair, Wayne Kermenski– Clerk, Will Brooke deBock,– Vice Chair, Francie Marbury – Principal, Steven John – Superintendent, Gail Chaine Administrative Assistant/bookkeeper

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November Lunch & Snack Menus

Funds raised for the Morningside Shelter

Thanks to your support, we raised a total of $790 for the Morningside Shelter with the Hike for the Homeless. This was an important activity for us and we’re hoping to continue with this fundraiser in the future.

Thanks all!

-Pam’s 4/5 Class

Bus Driver Position Opening

Marlboro School will have an opening for a bus driver to take over Gail’s run beginning with the 2015 -2016 school year. Starting pay is $18 per hour. A school bus driver’s clinic will be held at Marlboro School on January 10. Anyone interested in obtaining a school bus driver’s license is encouraged to attend. Please contact Gail MacArthur at or 257-7328 for more information or leave a message with Francie Marbury at Marlboro School, 254-2668.

Halloween Dance

Saturday night for Students in Grades 4, 5 and 6

Nov. 1st 7:00-9:30 at Meeting House School (next to Marlboro Post Office)

Come to dance with friends, eat spooky snacks and have a great time! Come in costume or not.   If you bring a friend from another school then your friend’s parent must stay at the dance as a chaperone. See you there! We still need one more chaperone for the evening. If you are interested in this please contact Patti Donnelly at 257-9929 by October 27th!

This is the first dance of the year for the P&F dance committee. We plan to help with or put on a Valentine’s Dance for 7&8 graders only. At this Valentine Dance friends from other schools may be invited! We hope to offer an All School Dance sometime in the Spring as well!

Book Fair

on December 12th/13th in the Outback. There will be a collection box in the MES hall for donations of children and teen books in excellent shape to re-sell at the Book Fair.There will also be NEW children and teen titles from Everyone’s Books with 20% of all sales going to the school!

Mark your calendars and plan to give books for the holidays! We are hoping to have a Holiday Craft event happening at the same time.

Contact Jess Weitz with questions

Harvest of the Month: October

This month’s taste test will be broccoli & cauliflower. Check back for results & photos.

In the meantime, you can download recipes and other info from Vermont Food Connects!

Broccoli and/or Cauliflower Slaw
Broccoli Soup
Cauliflower Gratin
Hummus Dip

School Savings Program

Sign up forms and information went home with your student in an earlier Friday Notes. If you missed it there are more available on the front hall table at school. I will be in the front office on Friday mornings from 8:15 to 8:30. Participants should come to me with their deposits. I will stamp their rewards book and fill out the passbook, which will be receiving. Then I will take their deposit to the bank. Students receive small prizes every time they make a deposit and get a big “prize” at the end of the school year, if they have made 12 deposits. If parents would like to set up an account for their child please come into school with your driver’s license and your child’s birth certificate and social security card. I believe this is a wonderful program that can teach our children the benefits of saving money.

Bethany Whitney
Marlboro School parent and employee of River Valley Credit Union

Cider Sale


The Junior High Cider Sale, a fundraiser for their trip to Costa Rica, was a smash success! More photos can be seen in our gallery. Thank you to everyone who helped or bought. We hope you’re all enjoying your treats!

Ski Passes

Mount Snow offers complimentary Junior season passes to Marlboro students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Season Pass Order Forms are available in the front hall table at school.

October Snack & Lunch Menu

MES Teacher Honored with 2014 Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award

CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, 802.262.1354

Vermont Humanities Council Announces

Montpelier — The Vermont Humanities Council has named Marlboro Elementary School teacher David Holzapfel as its 2014 humanities educator of the year.

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Hike for the Homeless

Pam’s class had a beautiful hike and raised hundreds of dollars for the Morningside Shelter. See more photos in our gallery.

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Donations Sought for Soccer Team Shirts

This years’ Marlboro Magic soccer season is just underway and with 20 children playing for the team it will surely be an exciting and fun filled season with lots of on-field soccer skills learned and team work paramount! Our soccer team is unique from others in that we participate in a grades 5-6 soccer league but our soccer team players range from grades 3-6 (in order to have enough players the grade range was widened for us!) Another clear difference between our school and that of our soccer opponents is that they all have team soccer shirts and we do not.   We would love to purchase soccer team shirts for our Marlboro Magic team!   Even if your child is not of age to play soccer this year or did not choose to play this year, your donation will not be wasted as we will use these shirts year after year! The children will feel even more like a team and look like a soccer team as well!

In order to garner enough money to buy team soccer shirts we decided to write an appeal letter to Marlboro school families and ask each family to donate $10.00 or whatever amount works for your budget. Any amount is worth giving!   Our next game is the first weekend of October and we would love to have team shirts for the children by that game!   You may put your donation in an envelope marked “SOCCER” to give it to Gail Chaine in the MES front office. With a team effort by Marlboro families we can buy those team soccer shirts for the children! Thank you in advance for your contribution! Please know your donation will be appreciated for years to come.

All the Best,

Patti Donnelly and Gretchen Webber

Red Cross Babysitting Course

On Sunday, November 9th from 8:30-4:30, L’After is sponsoring a Red Cross Babysitting Certification course at Leland and Gray.  The cost is $10.  The class is taught by the L&G Consumer Science teacher, Sue Jones.  Please contact Emily Wagner ( to sign up.  This is an excellent opportunity for kids 12 and up.