Hudson - Litchfield News | November 10, 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Tankful for a Storm and Some Great Kids
Te Saturday before Halloween the sky went grey, the air got cold and down came the snow. At first it looked pretty until the winds picked up. Ten came the darkness ... all across town. In that darkness we may have heard the children cheer and the spouse groan. Days went by and the children were still home, riding their bikes or skateboards past our house. We spent the days outside raking leaves and cutting tree limbs because it was warmer outside than in. By day three most adults were tired and trying to figure out how to keep from losing all that food they had bought. After four days it was back to school ... finally. I am one of the lucky adults who also get to see these children in the school setting. With an average of 14 students in each class that still had no power, I got to hear about their adventures. Tese children weren’t miserable in their storytelling, the way adults had become. Tey were explaining what they saw, what happened, and what they were doing to make a tough time more fun. Maybe as a parent you heard the cries for SpongeBob, watched the meltdowns over no computer and witnessed firsthand what video game withdrawals looks like. I saw the other side of your children. Te side that had to rely on other forms of entertainment. For two days I listened to children telling of playing a board game by candlelight. I saw the glimmer in their eyes when they spoke of playing outdoors or roaming the neighborhood to see the damage. Tey just wanted to tell their story and have someone listen. Some of them even took the time to create a Halloween costume to wear to school on Friday. Having no power did not deter them from being children.
I saw firsthand what excitement and creativity can
come from inside a child when all the power is turned off. Our children are so moody and frustrated because
they are over stimulated by electronics. Children need to go out, get fresh air and play the way we were able to. To play the way children are meant to play ... in the trees, on bikes, in foxholes, jumping in leaf piles. It is a very important part of childhood to breath fresh air, get dirty and communicate with other youngsters face to face. It is as important as good nutrition. Children really do want to be children for longer than we allow them to. Our children are wonderful, silly people with a lot of fun to offer. So whether you believe me or not, look for that child that enjoys the simpler side of life. Take time to act silly once in a while. Maybe just one weekend a month, shut down the electronics and play like a child with your children. You might even get lucky enough to experience what I witnessed.
Meghan Kostro (Mrs. K) – Hudson
Veterans Day Program and Christmas Boxes for Town’s Service Members
Tis Sunday, the 13th, a special program will be put on at Litchfield Town Hall at 2 p.m. to honor all our veterans. Tere will be short speeches, music, and refreshments. Everyone is invited. If you have any questions, call Pat Jewett at 424-6636. Gift boxes for our town’s service members: If you
know a person from our town that is in the service, would you please let us know? Te townspeople will be donating items that we’ll mail to them for Christmas. A box is in the lobby at the Town Hall for names and addresses for our service people. Ten we can mail them a box. Soon there will be boxes in the lobby for donations to send to them. Suggestions are work gloves, white tube socks, disposable cameras, greeting cards to mail home, packages of crackers - peanut butter or cheese, instant
coffee, tea and soup, hard candy individually wrapped, gum, beef jerky, hand games such as tic-tac- toe, checkers, dominoes, etc., foot powder, lip gloss, tooth paste, tooth brushes, and joke and crossword puzzle books. Plus other things that you think they might enjoy. No home baked foods or glass good, please. Call Pat Jewett if you have questions.
Pat Jewett- - Litchfield
New Hampshire Selected by Learning Forward as ‘Critical Friend State’
submitted by New Hampshire Department of Education
New Hampshire has been selected as a Critical Friend in a new initiative led by Learning Forward – a national membership and advocacy organization focused on professional development – to create a statewide, comprehensive system to support educators as they implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and new student assessments. Kentucky will serve as the Demonstration State for the initiative, while Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Utah, and Washington will contribute to the development of the system’s tools and strategies and learn from Kentucky’s challenges and accomplishments. With support from lead funder the Sandler
Foundation, Learning Forward will provide coaching and technical assistance and host meetings of the seven states over the next two years of the initiative, Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core. The resources developed through the initiative will be made available to all states as they implement CCSS.
“The Department has already compiled
an array of tools to help the school leader inform his/her staff in an ongoing manner around the CCSS. These suggested resource activities are designed to build/enrich the background knowledge for educators in the Common Core State Standards,” said Virginia M. Barry Ph.D., NH Commissioner of Education. “We look forward to sharing these with other States and learning from them.” In addition the National Parent- Teacher Association (PTA) partnered with the writers of the Common Core State Standards to create grade-by-grade guides for parents that reflect the Common Core State Standards. As a Critical Friend State, NH will participate in meetings with Learning Forward, partner organizations, and Kentucky’s team; provide input in developing tools and strategies; and guide the implementation of resources, tools, and protocols locally. The state will also support new school year and daily school schedules that provide substantive time for professional learning for educators and establish new systems for working with third-party providers
HFD Responds to Compactor/Shredding Machine Fire
submitted by Hudson Fire Department On Friday, November 4, Hudson Fire Department received an emergency 911 call from Colt Recycling located at 6 Hampshire Drive. Upon arrival Hudson Fire Engine 4, commanded by Lieutenant Timothy Kearns, met with Hudson’s Safety Officer Captain Kevin Grebinar who reported smoke was issuing from the rear of the building with a fire in a compactor/shredder. The fire was contained to the compactor/shredding machine; smoke was removed from the warehouse section of one side of this dual occupant facility.
and vendors who provide expertise. “Congratulations and deepest appreciation to all our partners and supporters, including the Council of Chief State School Officers, our lead Demonstration State and our Critical Friends States,” said Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward. “I am confident that this partnership will lead to identification of new practices that substantively advance professional learning that ensures effective Common Core instruction.” Learning Forward and the states will work in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors Association, National Association of State Boards of Education and American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education on the initiative. NH was selected from among several states through a competitive process this fall. The Demonstration State and Critical Friends States had to show a commitment to equity, professional development and substantive change.
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