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Published weekly since August 2017 and now daily during the Coronavirus school shutdown

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

On Tuesday, while more than 500 chromebooks were being distributed for students in grades 3-8 to use at home, Gov. Lamont was saying in a radio interview that schools are unlikely to reopen until next fall. Ugh. But chins up! Chromebook distribution will continue today (at Illing, not Bennet as originally planned!) and we have that covered below. We also have this link for those who want to subscribe to this newsletter.
All Hands On Tech!
Illing was hopping Tuesday as chromebook distribution began. School staff wore gloves and parents (thankfully very patient during a crowded morning stretch) didn't even have to get out of their cars -- although they did need to know or show their child's student ID.
Chromebook distribution resumes today (at Illing not Bennet) and the details are in a letter Superintendent Matt Geary sent out yesterday afternoon.
In The News
  • The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state grew by another 200 on Tuesday and is now over 600, with health officials saying the pandemic’s peak may still be a few weeks away.
  • There have been closures galore but deep in a whereas-filled executive order issued by Gov. Ned Lamont yesterday was news saying the fishing season has been opened early (as in immediately).
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage but monthly free-read limits -- although the Courant has removed the paywall from its main daily Coronavirus story. You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch
More School Stuff
Quizlet, Duolingo, Kahoot, Quizizz ... it's a strange new world for many adults but distance-learning platforms are nothing new to MHS junior Aislinn Gara Grady. Click here to read her latest installment.
The theme is 'Unexpected' and to learn about the contest just click here.
Ryan (Keeney) and sister Evie (Bennet) had a blast creating this message. 
eREADING ACCOUNTS : There are special accounts for students in the district, pre-K to grade 12. Click here to see the links.
HIGH SCHOOL: The MHS website has lots of resources and learning opportunities and there's even more on the MHS Media Center page.
  • Manchester Public Library's database page includes a link to hoopla (download books and more for free), Pronunciator (learn another language) and more.
  • Audible is offering free books on tape in multiple languages for kids up through age 18. No subscription or login is necessary.
Meals For Students
For more info:   Details are here.

  • MACC CHARITIES: The Community Kitchen (466 Main Street) is giving out bagged lunches (1 bag per person) from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. No one will be allowed in the dining room to eat. 
  • SENIOR CENTER: Closed indefinitely but meals are being provided using a pick-up/delivery model.
This And That

He's Everywhere

.. and Bill Ludwig, our town troubadour, is always lookin' on the bright side of life.
  • Access Health CT has a new special enrollment period for qualified uninsured Connecticut residents.  Click here for more.
  • Our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
What's That Thing You're Holding?
Ah, old school! Every student pictured here is holding a pen or pencil but things will change come Thursday when many kids enter their Google classrooms. We have many more photos of kids learning from home on the district FB page.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at 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.