posted Oct 16, 2017, 4:33 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  Yesterday’s pumpkin carving was a huge success.  In about an hour, we carved nearly 350 pumpkins that you can see at this weekend’s PumpkinFest in Laconia.  This is a great community and team building event that could not have happened without the direction of our own Andrea Damato and the rest of her Unified Arts Team.  Others that deserve many thanks to are the Bourgeois Family, MB Tractor & Equipment, John Lyman & Sons, Winnipesaukee Woods Farm, the Gilford Volunteer Steering Committee, our own Buildings &  Grounds crew and, of course, our wonderful students and staff.

Upcoming Volunteer Fingerprinting Clinics:

Tuesday, October 24 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Friday, November 3 ~ 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Fingerprint clinics are held at the SAU office located at 2 Belknap Mountain Road.

Please call the office at 527-9215 to schedule an appointment. A photo ID is required for identification.  

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations:

Wednesday, October 18 ~ every half hour starting at 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

SAU Office - 2 Belknap Mountain Road

Tuesday, December 12 ~ 6:30 p.m. - Elementary School Library

No sign-up necessary for orientation sessions.

Next Wednesday (10/18) is Early Release.  Students will be dismissed at 12:20, as usual.  We ask that all students go home at that and return later for sports and other activities.  We are unable to supervise students as our staff is working on professional development.

This week’s tip from the Middle Years*   Living in a Diverse World:  In school, college, or on the job our child will meet and work with people of various backgrounds and abilities.  Share these strategies for embracing diversity.

  • Point out that cultural differences make life more interesting.  A classmate from another heritage might invite her to participate in a tradition with her family or introduce her to foods that taste and smell differently.

  • Encourage your middle grader to connect with classmates who speak other languages.  

  • Let your tween know you expect her to show respect toward everyone.  She could sit down to chat with a student in a wheelchair (rather than towering over the person).  Also, she should smile and say hello when walking by people with disabilities-the same whay she would with anyone else-rather than ignoring them.

Thank you and enjoy the weekend.


*Resources for Educators, October 2017