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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Happy Mother's Day weekend! Also, it's teacher appreciation week as well as that time of year when special attention and recognition are directed at school nurses, with next Wednesday (Florence Nightingale was born May 12, 1820) dubbed National School Nurses Day. We have coverage below and lots more including a birds-eye view of the MHS senior class. Like OneManchester? You can subscribe by clicking here.
Recognition and Thanks
"Teachers are people who start things they never see finished,
and for which they never get thanks until it is too late." 

The quote above is from the writer Max Leon Forman, who lived from 1909-1990 and thus was a child during the last great pandemic -- the Spanish Flu of 1919. But his words endure and resonate and these photos capture just a few of today's MPS teachers doing what they do. Clockwise from top left are: Rosina Blundo at Waddell, Justin Pearson at MHS, Dan Lee at Illing and Jessica Cutino of Buckley.

“I am in a position to help people in all kinds of ways all day long,” says Mindy Olson, who has worked as a school nurse in town for more than 20 years. “What is better than that?”
Read Mindy's story on either Facebook or Instagram
School Stuff, Cont.
The Board of Education’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m., with the agenda expected to include an Adult Education update and a Curriculum and Instruction subcommittee report.
  • 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.

These Waddell fourth-graders had answers and enthusiasm in class yesterday. We have plenty of photos on the district Facebook page.
Next week is National Prevention Week and the Change Collaborative and FACTS club at MHS will be doing a "Prevention Walk" on Monday to call attention to prevention of substance use and misuse. Click for details

Registration for Manchester Adults and Continuing Education's STEAM Summer Camp starts tomorrow. It's for incoming K-6 students and runs from July 26-30. Click for more.
Mayor Jay Moran (top right) and Dr. Amy Radikas (lower left) dropped in to congratulate 'graduates' of the district's 
Fatherhood Class.
The workshops were facilitated by Doug Edwards in collaboration with the district's Office of Family Partnerships.
  • Interested in joining the conversation about how to repurpose Nathan Hale, Washington, Martin, and Robertson schools? Click here for more info including who you can contact to get involved.
Around And About
There's a re-opening open house at the Little Theatre of Manchester  at Cheney Hall on Saturday from 10-11 a.m.
  • Veterans Memorial Park, located on Center Street in a triangle of land formed by Munro and Porter streets, has been renamed to honor Nate Agostinelli. The JI has it covered.
  • To see the Manchester Historical Society's latest newsletter please click here.
  • Click for the latest Manchester Matters newsletter.
  • We have food drive information listed here and food availability here.
  • MACC recently released its annual report. Here it is.
Ch. 3 did a neat story (with lots of great drone shots) looking at the Cheney influence on Manchester's past. It's just  2 minutes and 20 seconds and you'll learn a lot.
  • Seventh-graders: There's an Anti-Vaping Poster Contest with prizes and the details are here.
  • Adult/Continuing Ed and the district's Department of Race and Equity are seeking creative contributions in a Juneteenth contest with prizes. Here are the details.

Starting next week, the library will once again have (a limited number of) tables and chairs for seating at both buildings. The Governor's "Everybody Learns Public Library Grants" during the winter months have helped secure air purifiers, PPE and at the Mary Cheney building, smaller/more flexible tables and chairs. 
  • St. Mary’s Church: Is seeking new socks, non-perishable foods, toiletries etc. to support MACC and Bennet Academy. Click here for details.
  • Baby-sitting lessons: Learn the skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. This Red Cross course is being offered at the YSB. Click for details.
  • Mahoney murals: For information, please click here.
  • Butterfly Stroll: Artists needed. Read more here.
  • Manchester Youth Commission: Students entering grades 9-12 next fall are invited to apply and be part of an effort to be catalysts for change within the community. All the info is here.
Calendar, Etc.

There's a Mother’s Day Plant Sale at the 8th District Firehouse (at 32 Main St.) Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) each day.
Down the road:
  • The Spruce Street Farmers Market will run on Wednesday nights from June 2 through Aug. 11 at 153 & 163 Spruce Street from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • The Silk City Fest plans to be back at Purnell Place on Aug. 28. Stand by for more info.
  • "Cruisin On Main" will be held this year on August 1 with a rain date of August 8. Follow developments here.
Check out our OneManchester planner for more.
One Month Left
Seniors at MHS gathered for a group yearbook photo yesterday; they'll be back on the field for graduation on Saturday, June 5.
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