Hudson - Litchfield News 6 - August 13, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Important Information for Hills Garrison Families
It seems hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close. We hope you have been enjoying a happy, healthy, and fun-filled vacation. With the start of school being August 31, we would like to bring a few items of importance to your attention. The staff of Hills Garrison School is looking forward to the challenge and excitement of a year together with all of you and our second year of kindergarten and the Head Start Program. 1. “Meet and Greet Your Teacher:” There will be a drop-by “Meet and Greet Your Teacher” time on Monday, August 30, from 1-3 p.m. This is an opportunity for students and parents to stop by the school to meet the teachers, walk around the building, and get a sense of your child’s new surroundings. Each elementary school is conducting an “open house” on the same date and at the same time.
2. Traffic Flow: The right side parking lot is for staff parking. Visitors should enter from Route 102 and cautiously bear left, then proceed straight and turn into the drive or parking lot in front of the building. The front driveway is for quick student drop-off; please pull to the end of
the benches in an effort to keep things moving. If you are going to get out of your vehicle, you must use the front visitor parking lot. No vehicles may stop and block the driveway.
is a fire lane. Please note the driveway going around the building is only for buses, service, and emergency vehicles. Cars must yield for school buses. 3. Student Arrival: Duty teachers begin to supervise at 8:20 a.m. The student day starts at 8:45 a.m. and being on time is an essential habit to establish. As the fall months approach, be mindful of the weather. Young children appreciate having a jacket, sweatshirt, hat, mittens, etc., when unexpected changes occur in the weather.
4. Call-In Program: We have a school Call-In Program in effect at Hills Garrison School. If your child is going to be absent, you are responsible for calling the school by 8:30 a.m. If we do not hear from you, we will try to make calls to your home and/or work to verify the absence. We know that you will agree with us that this procedure is in the best interest and safety of your child. Please call the school at 881-3930 to report your daughter/son’s absence.
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5. Snack Time: Every class sets aside a snack time during the day. This is a very important part of your child’s day. It is a time to replenish their energy by eating/drinking the things you have packed.
6. Summer Reading (Grades 1-5): Hopefully, everyone has been enjoying the required summer reading. There is no more important activity to support learning than through reading fun and interesting stories. Summer Reading has been shown to do the following for the student: • Encourage a love and enjoyment of books
• Provide exposure to a variety of genres
• Increase vocabulary knowledge
• Increase reading fluency • Develop background concepts and general knowledge
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• Provide models of good writing
• Provide maintenance of reading skills learned during the school year
• Provide a sense of participation in the community of readers
The required book was given to your child with their report card in June. At the start of the school year, classroom teachers will be doing special activities related to the book read. 7. Medications: The school nurse can only administer medications when a prescription from a doctor directs her to do so. Please keep this is mind when you bring a prescription item to school. All medicine must be brought in by an adult and logged in by the nurse or other school official. No medicine may be transported by a student.
8. No Smoking/Tobacco Use: The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited in all school facilities, and on school grounds and vehicles on school grounds, throughout the Hudson School District.
9. Kindergarten: On Monday, August 30, from 1-3 p.m., kindergarten students and parents should plan time to visit the classrooms, followed by a bus ride and review of safe riding habits and rules for children riding the bus to school.
10. First Graders (New to the school): On Monday, August 30, from 1-3 p.m. If you would like to take a bus ride before school starts, please meet the bus by the soccer field/playground to the left of Hills Garrison School. You can do this before or after you meet your teacher. On the first day of school, each child will bring home a “School to Home Communication” folder of information and important forms to be filled out. This folder will be used to go between school and home, so please send it back each day with your child. Your help and cooperation with these items will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at any time at 881-3930. See you on August 30 for the “Meet and Greet
Your Teacher” time if you can make it, and definitely on August 31!
Marilyn Martellini, Principal, and Lois Connors, Assistant Principal, Hills Garrison School - Hudson
The Other Side to Postings about NH Grizzlies – What You Have Not Been Told
AT THE TOP OF YOUR
You spend plenty of time taking care of things—your car, your family, your house. But what about you?One of the best things you can do to maintain your health for the long term is to schedule a physical. So quit putting it off. For your sake—and for the ones you love—make an appointment today.
To find a physician near you, call 1-800-210-9000 or visit stjosephhospital.com
We believe that these comments are being posted due to an issue that arose on our U14 team and the St. Louis tournament, and it is time for the other side to be told. In late fall, the parents voted (majority) to attend a tournament in July. A few weeks after returning from a tournament in New York, a parent requested a meeting to have a re-vote concerning the STL tournament, as “some “ parents had concerns about the competition being harder in STL. It was held and each family was simply asked if they were attending or not. Reasons given for not going were financial, and because “my son would not want to go unless his friends were all going to be there,“ “my son would not want to go with kids he didn’t know,” “it could be a difficult eight days for our kids,” ”our two best pitchers are not going,” (apparently, they were not the best), etc. The majority at the meeting did wish to attend, with one changing her mind later. It was then decided that we would look for replacement players locally and in STL. Parents did offer to take current players. New e-mails arrived with neg. comments on our decision and a demand for refunds. Money: Please contact us and we will explain our contracts/refund policies. We rostered the new players with AAU as it became apparent those not going had lost interest in participating with the team and we had a commitment to other AAU teams. A team was assembled and won the highest division “Platinum” at the World Series U14s.
Money and the Grizzlies: in short, we have two fees (membership and tournaments). Contact us and we will be glad to explain what each covers. These anonymous postings are from a parent or parents who apparently had their own vs. a team agenda. Consider this: If we are so bad, then why did they come back for a second year at 14s? We have not changed. We commit to what we say we will do and expect those on our teams to do the same. One cannot expect everyone on a team to lose monies they have spent (i.e., airfares) because a few decide not to go. Don’t believe everything you read in Thumbs Up/Down unless you get all sides to the story. Most posts there will only present one side, and it is usually a negative one. Check things out for yourself. Ask. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions and visit our Website at www.
, and while there, take a look at our list of Alumni/School Teams’ players. FYI: as they say, now you know the rest of
the story. Connie Jackson, NH Grizzlies - Litchfield
Host Families Still Needed for Hockey Players
Each season, the Cyclones Hockey Club
recruits talented junior hockey players from across the country, Canada, and Europe. These players show great potential to play at the college level and beyond, but do not live within a reasonable driving distance of the arena. To take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes and become a “home away from home” for them. We are currently looking for host families in Windham, Salem, Pelham, Londonderry, Derry, Litchfield, and Hudson. These boys, ranging in ages from 16 to 20, have been able to complete their high school educations, take classes in local colleges, or hold part-time jobs while pursuing their hockey opportunities and dreams. In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and his billet family, as well as with the player’s family. Our players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet family, as they demonstrate hard work and determination to achieve tough goals. The player needs a bed, bureau, closet space, and a desk or table and chair. Families receive a monthly billeting stipend for each player. Some have found it easier to house two players, as they then travel together and are company for each other. Host families have included traditional two-parent families, single-parent families, and “empty-nesters,” too. All that’s really needed is a willingness to help a player pursue his dream by providing a good home. If you are interested in the possibility of being a host, please call Denise Dolloff at 475-1289. Your willingness to share your home and family is all it takes, and you will truly make a difference in a player’s life.
Denise Dolloff - Windham
Supporting Terry Dakin for Hillsborough County Commissioner As a life-long resident of Nashua and
a current City of Nashua Board of Public Works Commissioner, I support Terry Dakin in the Republican primary for the position of Hillsborough County Commissioner (District 2 includes Nashua, Hudson, Hollis, and Pelham). We need someone like Terry who understands budgets and would serve as a watchdog for the Hillsborough County taxpayer. Terry has the experience in creating, implementing, and managing multi-million dollar budgets. Terry Dakin is my choice in the Republican primary for Hillsborough County Commissioner on September 14.
Dan Gagnon - Nashua
Support for Terry Dakin for Hillsborough County Commissioner
I am a resident of Hollis and a small business
owner. I am very concerned that Hillsborough County government is out of control with continued increases in county employee salaries and budget while decreasing services. I am supporting Terry Dakin in the Republican Primary for Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 2 (Hollis, Nashua, Hudson, and Pelham) scheduled for September 14. Terry worked in the private sector as a manager and knows budgets and personnel. Terry will watch our tax dollars. Please join me in voting for Terry Dakin for Hillsborough County Commissioner on September 14.
Tom Lavoie - Hollis
Rotary Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Scholarship Fund
This weekend, the Hudson/Litchfield Rotary Club will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast in conjunction with Hudson Old Home Days. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to share some time together and contribute to the scholarship fund for Alvirne and Campbell High School students.
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