Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weathersfield News Oct 22 #weathersfield #VT

Weathersfield News October 22, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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Got my annual Flu Shot this past weekend. When we first moved up to Vermont in the 80s I got the flu (not a wimpy old cold mind you-but the REAL flu.) I never knew your hair follicles and teeth could ache or that breathing could be should a monumental chore. I had the chills so bad that I thought I was going to throw out my back shaking so hard. After the major symptoms left, it took over a month to get back to normal. I vowed to NEVER go through that again. I know that there is a lot of controversy circulating about getting the flu shot but trust me, if you don't get one for yourself do it to save someone else from getting this nasty bug. We travel a lot and folks have been asking if we fear the Ebola Virus-well, no not really but I DO FEAR the common cold and the Flu-hopefully this shot will save me from the flu's nastiness.

Weathersfield Elementary School News
Natalie Nichols Is A Winner-Natalie won her age group for the Elks soccer shootout that was held at Riverside Middle School on Sept 13. She now has an opportunity to go to St. Albans on Oct 19 to compete in the state shootout. If she wins her age group there, she will have a chance at going to Maine to compete nationally.
Good Luck Natalie!

Parent-Teacher Conferences/Report Cards
Parent -Teacher conferences will be held on Dec 4 and 5 this year, the school is reporting at trimesters for the first time. Grades will be sent home to parents on Dec 3, (the close of the first trimester is the week before), the conferences will focus on student achievement. K-4 students will receive a standards based report card for the first time ever. They will be graded on a 1 to 4 scale so the report card will not have letter grades and will look very different. Grades 5-8 will use the same reporting system as they have others years, but there is talk of changing their grades to standards based reporting, perhaps as early as next year. K-8 teachers are using PowerGrades now. The parent portal is open for grades 5-8, so parents can have daily access to their students’ grades. The parent portal is expected to open next year for grades K-4. Parent-Teacher Conference notices will be sent home on Nov 14.

Student Council Elections-Elections for Student Council were held on Thursday, Oct 16. The officers for 2014/2015 are: President - Brooke McKeen, Vice President- Emily Lang, Secretary- Katelin Wright, Treasurer- Ben French. Congratulations to these school leaders!

Hawks Mountain Grange #499 in Perkinsville Senior Scholarship
The School announced that Hawks Mountain Grange #499 in Perkinsville has donated a sum of $200 offering a scholarship to a graduating senior from Weathersfield that will be furthering their education in the agricultural field. This scholarship will be awarded each year until the funds no longer exist. Interested students should submit a letter of interest to: Weathersfield School, PO Box 279, Ascutney, VT 05030 c/o Grange Scholarship.

In my garden- Another Monday, another below 30 degree morning. Our pepper plants are trying to hang on but this may be the time that the garden gets put to bed. The garlic is in and now my focus is on cleaning up the perennial beds. Most of the leaves are off the trees so raking the yard should commence later this week if it doesn't rain.

Town Events:
Arming The Union: Vermont Gunmakers and The Technology That Shaped America-Thursday Oct 23 6:30 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall Rte 5 Ascutney. During the Civil War, The Union Army fielded more that two million men, most armed with newly-made highly accurate rifles. Carrie Brown will explore the critical role that Windsor played in producing technology that won the war. This is a Vermont Humanities event sponsored by the Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library. For more information call 802.674.2863 or visit www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org.

Candidate Forum at Cavendish Town Elementary School-Thursday Oct 23 at 7 p.m. for a local Candidate Forum at Cavendish Town Elementary School. Cavendish/Weathersfield residents should attend to ask question of the candidates running to represent this seat in the Vermont House.

Service Day At Weathersfield School-Oct 24. Please join the school in welcoming Weathersfield's fire departments, police and rescue as they spend the day at WS to teach kids about fire safety and safety in general.

Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society Annual Dinner and Program-Friday Oct 24 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program, Methodist Church Springfield. The traditional turkey dinner will be followed by a talk by Dr. Leonard Reitsma about his research the Secret Sex Life of Canada Warblers. Reservations for dinner can be made by contacting Ellen Allman 802.463.5129.

The Impact of the Interstate on Vermont Towns-Saturday Oct 25 7:30 p.m. UVM Professor Frank Ryan will speak on how the interstate system changed life in Vermont. The lecture will follow the Weathersfield Historical Society Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper. For more information call Ginger Wimberg 802.263.5626.

The Weathersfield School PTA Annual Fall Craft Fair-Nov 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school on School House Drive in Ascutney. There are still tables available (at $10.00 a table). Come and see what our local people make and have for sale. Food will be on sale and the 8th graders will be there to draw for the winners of their raffle prizes. Make sure you take a chance on winning a great prize and help them raise their money for the trip to Boston. Contact the school or Kelly at 263-5373.

Early Release Day for Weathersfield School- Wednesday, Nov 5. Don’t forget, is an early release day for students. Faculty and staff will be working the full day. Students will have lunch and students will be boarded on buses to go home by 11:30 a.m..

Veteran's Day Program -Tuesday, Nov 11 at 8:15 am The Weathersfield School would like to cordially invite you to our annual Veteran's Day Program. The program will feature patriotic songs, poetry and student presentations, as well as few speakers. It should last about 45 minutes. This event is open to the public. Please wear red, white and blue!

Ongoing:

Wildlife Photo Contest-2nd Annual Contest Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Requirements: Limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects); Limited to amateur photographer; Must be photographed locally (within a 50 mile radius.) One submission per person must be on a 8 x 10 glossy. There will be up to three places should there be sufficient entries. Judging will be done by 3 interested persons. Submitted photos can be dropped off at the Weathersfield Town Office in an envelope plainly marked Conservation Commission photo contest. There is a drop box at the Town Office for after hours. Please include with the photo: Name, phone number, address, and location where photo was taken. Winning photos will be mounted and framed, then displayed for one year at either the town office, library, or school, then returned to the owner. Submission deadline: Nov. 15.

Food Shelf
The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-FREE Programs
Literacy, Learning and Fun at the Weathersfield Proctor
Fall Storytime with Jordan begins on Wednesday Sept 10 and will be held every Wednesday from 11:00 - 11:30 through Nov 19.

Shakespeare Discussion Group
Oct 1-Nov 5 at 6:30 pm, Weathersfield Proctor Library
Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Are you scared of Shakespeare? Bothered by the Bard's vocabulary? Put off by the poetry in his plays? The works of this Elizabethan playwright are easier to read and understand than you think. Join Patti Arrison for a six-week discussion group that will put your fears to rest--except for those aroused by Macbeth! This story of magic, murder, and mayhem is perfect for dark fall nights. We will read one act a week, beginning with a brief introduction to iambic pentameter and ending with a movie night. Please call Nancy T. (802-674-2863) or Patti A. (802-263-9405) for more information. Copies of the book will be supplied. Sign up is encouraged, but not required.

FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Do you want to learn how to use a computer? Sign up for email or facebook or learn more about internet safety? Did you know the library offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks? Sign up required. BYOL (bring your own laptop or smartphone if you have one).

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