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Thursday, April 1, 2021

We were tempted to make some sort of outlandish announcement atop today's newsletter and then reveal, further down, that it was just an AFD prank, but people have been through enough the past year, psyche-wise, so they'll be no playful deceit from us. Instead, we've got our usual collection of features, news and notes, including an update on Elon Musk's interest in designating the softball field at the Nike Site as an emergency/alternate SpaceX landing area.
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Humans of Manchester 

He started as a preschooler and now as an adult is getting job training and more at the Manchester Transition Center and all along the way his infectious enthusiasm has earned him fans.
 
Shane Costa is the latest to join our gallery, which is on FB and Instagram.
Time To Dig In
GET THE SCOOP

Betty Lou Sandy's gardening sessions have resumed on Spruce Street, with a session on cold weather crops scheduled for a week from tonight.
For more information please click here.
School News
SCHEDULING UPDATE
There's no school tomorrow (Good Friday) and vaca soon (April 12-16) and then starting Monday, April 19 our hybrid learners will be spending more time in schools -- these hours every day:
  • Grades K-4: 9:10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Grades 5 - 8:  8:15 a.m.- 2 p.m.
  • Grades 9 - 12: 7:30 a.m.- 1:15 p.m.
Remote learners will stay remote, it's all contingent on community spread staying low and the details are in this letter from Superintendent Matt Geary.

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

MHS senior Annabelle Watson, who plans to major in Journalism in college this fall (likely at Fordham or Syracuse) won a Bo Kolinsky Memorial sports journalism scholarship from the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance. Read more here.
 
JUNIOR CLASS FUNDRAISER

MHS students will hide candy-filled eggs in your yard on April 3, making Easter easier. You need to put in your order by March 31 and you can click to see the flier (and to sign up click here).

SPRING/SUMMER
CATALOGUE
IS ON LINE
Enrichment offerings range from fitness and crafts to technology and trips. Click here for all that and much more.

Also:
REMINDERS, ETC:
  • This week Financial Fridays program offered through the Manchester Preschool Center is actually today, because of the Good Friday holiday. Click for details.
  • The spring Bennet Academy virtual book fair runs through Sunday, April 4. Here's the link.
  • The district website has lots of other news and information including a COVID dashboard.
  • We uploaded new choice boards for Art, Music & PE to the district website. Click here to see what opportunities await.
Meals For Students
Frozen meals will be available for families to pick up on Friday, April 9 to cover the spring vacation period. (Here's the vacation week menu.)  Distribution will be at Illing Middle School on 4/9/21 from 3-4 p.m. Please complete this form by tomorrow if your family will be picking up food on April 9.

Staff at (Bennet) far left and Waddell are keeping busy with daily food distribution. These photos were shot on Tuesday.
  • When daily distribution resumes on Monday, April 19, noon-1 p.m. distribution now at MHS will shift to Illing.
  • Frozen meals will still be distributed at MHS from 3-4 p.m. but just on Mondays and Wednesdays instead of five days a week. (Monday distribution will be for meals through Wednesday lunch; Wednesday distribution through Friday dinner.)
In the meantime:

Here's the district's remote meal pickup schedule through April 9:
  • Bennet -- 11:00 a.m.-noon
  • Buckley, Waddell & MHS -- noon-1 p.m.
  • MHS -- 3-4 p.m. (includes frozen items for next-day lunch)
Note: The pick up area at MHS is on the Freshman Center side of the building; use the parking lot off of Summit Street and follow the bus loop to the first set of doors:
Around Town

SCOTT SHANLEY TO RETIRE
  • The town's general manager for the past 15 years, he will be leaving this summer and the JI has more.
Related:
TOGETHER WE TEE

Manchester Country Club in collaboration with the town’s Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation is offering a free six-week program introducing Black and brown youth to golf. The details are here.
OF NOTE
  • Click for the latest Manchester Matters newsletter.
  • Click for the Manchester Historical Society's latest newsletter.
  • We have food drive information listed here and food availability here,
  • The winter parking ban will be lifted next Thursday,  April 1  -- read more here.
Calendar, Etc.
MAKE AN ARTISTIC STATEMENT
  • Downtown Manchester's Special Services District is seeking artists of all ages and experience levels to decorate our Downtown windows for the Butterfly Stroll. Read more here.
  • The Manchester Adult and Continuing Education Department and district's Department of Race and Equity are seeking creative contributions in a Juneteenth contest with cash prizes. Here are the details.
MORE THAN JUST AWARENESS
The Autism Society of America is formally shifting references of April as “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month” in an effort to foster acceptance to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in education, employment, and more.
Students and staff at Martin got things rolling on Tuesday; read more about autism awareness here and click here for the school district flier.
THE WEEK AHEAD
MEETINGS
  • The Board of Education’s next meeting is scheduled for next Thursday (April 8). The agenda is expected to include: Highland Park Improvement Plan with a policy subcommittee meeting prior to the regular meeting. Note: BoE meetings are streamed live on the district Facebook page, with members of the public able to submit questions remotely both before and during the meeting. For more information click here.
  • The Board of Directors next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6.
ALSO
Check out our OneManchester planner for more:
Sports
MHS PLAYERS KEY IN HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Andrew Fogarty and Sam Hedlund of MHS led their co-op hockey team to a conference championship last Friday. Click here to learn more.
ALSO:
  • Signup info for Manchester Pop Warner Red Hawks Fall Football and Cheer is here.
  • Manchester youth (K-8) are eligible to participate in Vernon Youth Lacrosse. Click for details.
Buds For You
A magnolia tree beginning to bloom on Hartford Road.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, Want to subscribe? Just click here