Note from Francie 11/18/16

When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we can look forward to a very special event, made possible through our CLiF grant with help from P&F. Today you will receive a personal invitation from your child to attend the MES Holiday Event on Saturday, December 3, 10-12 in the Outback. This event is for the whole family and includes a free breakfast and gift books, a visit with an author, and craft tables. See you there!

The results of the election last week surprised many of us and we found it helpful and important to come together as a school community. The past week provided several opportunities to do just that.

The Outback was filled with happy noises on Thursday as students, staff, and guests enjoyed the Harvest Feast. It was a great all school celebration. The Kindergarten baked corn bread. Kale salad was made by the Primary. North El made frittatas. South El peeled lots and lots of apples and added raspberries to make a beautiful as well as delicious applesauce. Finally, the Junior High exercised their impressive creativity and turned sweet potatoes into sweet potato fries. Students pitched in with set up, serving, and clean up, helped by stalwart parent volunteers. Thanks to Meg Smith, Gemma Ollis, Hillary Duggan, and Saint Rosner. And major thanks to Helen Rortvedt of Food Connect and, of course, our own Erica Morse, the mastermind behind the event.

Thank you to Tom Hudak for hosting High School Night!  Representatives from area high schools came to Marlboro to share information about their schools with our Junior High students. This year we had representatives from Brattleboro, Leland and Gray, Twin Valley, Compass, Putney, Northfield Mount Hermon, and Charlemont Academy.

At Sing we danced in sets of long contra dance lines made up of the same multi-age groups we sat with at the Harvest Feast. Part of the dance involved each couple taking turns creating an arch which everyone in our set went through. This meant each couple needed to include a small and a tall. I had a great time dancing with Juniper from Kindergarten!

The search committee to find a new principal is being formed and there are spaces on the committee for two parents. This committee will review applications and conduct interviews in January. Please let me know if you are interested in serving on this.

The Dover-Marlboro-Wardsboro Act 46 Study Committee has completed a draft of Articles which spell out key features of a new school district composed of the three schools. These Articles are posted at wcsu-committee.blogspot.com. This proposal is based on all schools providing the same grade levels, Kindergarten through 6th grade, and being overseen by a single school board. The Alternative Structure Committee is working on an alternate plan in which Marlboro would remain a single school district and continue to provide 7th and 8th grades. Stay tuned for opportunities to learn about both of these proposals.

                               

~ Francie