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posted Feb 22, 2019, 6:48 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good morning.  I hope that some of you are going to warmer climates next week.  Me? I’m heading up to Kennebunkport, Maine; I hear the beaches aren’t very crowded this time of year.

Yesterday afternoon, saw our annual Unified Hoops Alumni Game take place here in our gym.  Our own Unified Team joined forces with high school alumni to take on the high school’s Unified Team.  It was great game, great fun, and was also very nice to have a potluck dinner together afterwards. Many thanks to coaches and organizers, Chris Parker, Cheryl Bryan, Laurie Belanger, Terry Wilson, Corey Nazer and Tom Carr for all they work they do to make this a great event. Also thanks to Paul Warnick and put together an all-star Pep Band (including Mr. Donovan playing a mean tambourine) that just added to the exciting atmosphere.  Most of all, thanks to all the students (past and present) who came to play and displayed awesome sportsmanship.

Kudos, also, to our 6th Grade Math Team for winning their last Math Meet versus 9 other teams!  And to our Nordic Ski Team who took the state championship last weekend!! Lastly, to our Girls B Hoop team who won the championship in their last tourney over in Belmont last weekend!!!

A reminder that our Winter Carnival Day is schedule for Friday, March 8.  Either next week or early the following week, I will send reminders about the event, specifically regarding the protocol for having your child stay behind at Gunstock at the end of the school day.

A couple of friendly, but important reminders:  At drop off/pick up each day, please heed the sign that states there are no left turns when leaving the school parking lot.  Making that left hand turn just bogs down the flow of traffic even more. Also, on Monday (2/25) the GMS Office will be closed.

On March 7, there will be a presentation from Dynamic Image on the dangers of vaping.  Our students (as well as students from both the high school and Gilmanton Middle School) will attend the presentation during the school day and there will also be an evening presentation for parents from 6:00-7:30 at the high school.  Please see the attachment for more information.

I have also attached a flyer from the folks at Lakes Region Lacrosse regarding their program and their upcoming “demo” nights.

Part II: As you know, “vaping” has become an issue in the community and communities across the country.  Below I will share with you some facts (from the FDA, CDC, and SmokeFree.gov) about vaping and the use of e-cigarettes that I would encourage you to discuss with your children:

  1. Nicotine use can lead to serious medical problems, including heart disease, blood clots, and stomach ulcers.

    1. True.  Nicotine overdose symptoms can include rapid heart rate, nausea, elevated blood pressure, vomiting diarrhea, dizziness, convulsion, seizure and even death.

  2. The odds of a heart attack is doubled among people who use e-cigarettes.

    1. True.  People who vape or use e-cigarettes every day have twice the risk of heart attack, and the odds increase almost 5 times for those who use them together with traditional cigarettes.

  3. If a substance is safe for use in food, it automatically means it is safe for our body.

    1. False.  E-cigarette manufacturers suggest that if the flavor ingredients are safe to be used in food, then it is safe; but what is safe to eat, does not mean it is safe to inhale via vaping.

  4. Teens are attracted to e-cigarettes’ many flavors.

    1. True.  Almost a third of students vape because of the wide range of flavors and 66% of teens believe there is just flavoring in the e-cigarettes.

And to finish off with a more positive note, I have an updated word count report (as of 8:30 this morning).  The amount our students is reading is pretty impressive. Still leading the way with more than 4 million words read is John Blandford.  Three students (Ryan Guyer, Elizabeth Albert, Addison Guyer) each have more than 2 million words read. And a slew of students have read at least 1 million words so far this year: Maria Tilley, Benson Chen, Declan Voivod, Taylor Dillon, Joseph Schelb, Lily Maynard, Ben Wolpin, Sydney Eastman, Emma McBride, Alyssa McKenna, Jalen Reese, Anna Coapland, Kyle Gandini, Elijah Presby, Elijah Moneysmith, Megan Legro, Rachel Beck, Riley Powers, Dominic Soucy, Rylee Stefan, Abby Kenyon, and Ben Williams.  Kudos!

Thank you and I hope you get to enjoy some quality family time this winter break.  Take care.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 24, 2019:
LR Lacrosse 2019.Demo Night.pdf