Note from Francie 11/4/16

Looking ahead and behind…

What fun we had on Monday as all the kids arrived inHalloween costume and the teachers met them – also in full dress! I, for one, had a great time impersonating Miss Viola Swamp from Marshall’s picture book, Miss Nelson is Missing. Those smart kids figured out that it was really me when they saw the familiar turquoise ring on my right hand.

On Tuesday Parents & Friends met. Please see their report later in these notes.

Throughout the week Gail Chaine, Lois, and I have been interviewing candidates for the Food Service Director position. We are thankful to have very qualified applicants. On Friday we hired Brian Newcomb. Brian is currently working at Marlboro College and comes with excellent experience in food service. He will start on November 14. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Lois and Starcie Grout for keeping our kids fed in fine style!

The Alternative Structure committee and the School Board meet on Monday, November 7. You are welcome to attend these meetings and encouraged to keep up on their work. The minutes from both groups are posted at the Town Office and at school.

Now, for fun!  The Harvest Feast will be held on Thursday, November 10. Once again we will celebrate healthy eating with nutritious local foods that each class takes a hand in preparing. The kindergartners will make cornbread. Primary is on deck with kale salad. Yes! There is still kale in the school garden. North El will fix the main dish, a frittata. South El is in charge of apple-raspberry sauce and the Junior High will make a sweet potato mash. All students will share in this meal, so please don’t send lunch for your child on Thursday.

There will be no school on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Just as you think carefully about how to talk with your child about the election (see P&F notes), you will want to let them know your thoughts on Veterans Day – and help them to recognize the family members and friends who have served our country.

And more fun! On Saturday, December 3 there is a special event for families sponsored through our CLiF grant. Please see the flyer in these notes and look forward to a morning of good food and good books.

Finally, Tuesday, November 8 is election day. We do not hold mock elections at Marlboro School but we believe strongly in our students learning the importance of being engaged and exercising the rights and responsibilities that are essential to democracy. Please provide a model for your child by exercising your right to vote!

Francie