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

Monday, March 16, 2020

Unprecedented times call for special measures and so we are stepping up production and will be publishing our OneManchester newsletter daily while our schools are closed to mitigate the spread of the pandemic. We'll have all the cancellation information we can muster, tips and resources to keep students (and others) engaged and lots more. We will publish every weekday morning until classes resume and if you want to subscribe, just click here.
The Big Picture
The town's pandemic information page has much more.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ breakfast and lunch is available to students Monday through Friday at three locations.  

  • Bennet Academy - School Street entrance
  • Manchester Middle Academy (the former Robertson School building) - Main entrance
  • Waddell Elementary School - Broad Street side door entrance along cafeteria

Breakfast is available from 8-10 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Students are not allowed to congregate and must leave school grounds as soon as they get their meals.

There's Not Much Happening This Week...
.... but our OneMan Planner will help you sort things out.
And Things Will Be Back To Normal Eventually ...
School Stuff
There's a great deal available on line but listed below is some of what district educators are recommending and offering. Just as important -- establishing routines and expectations for children who need just that right now.
Pre-K to 12 eReading Accounts
  • If you can't get to the library, the library can come to you through these special accounts for students in the district. Click here to see the links.
More (And Special) School Stuff
  • MHS teacher John Wetmore and a team of student judges have organized a writing contest that's open to students of all grade levels, district staff and community members. The suggested theme is 'Unexpected' and genres include poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and, well, etcetera. The details are here.
'P' Should Be For Prom ... Not Pandemic

Aislinn Gara Grady is a junior at MHS and a writer for 'The Nest', the school's online source for news and opinion. She'll be writing each day offering a student view of the Coronavirus Crisis. Here's her first installment.
  • From pre-K to high school, we'll share daily tips on how parents and guardians can help support their children -- academically and otherwise -- from home. 
This And That
Humans Of Manchester

Brandon Farr is the owner of Retro Junk in the Manchester Mall (no, not that mall -- the one on Main Street). 
Read about Brandon in our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram. You can also read a Hartford Courant story about how Retro Junk is just one of six new businesses in the former site of a W.T. Grant department store.
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage (but monthly free-read limits). You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch. Published recently:

Small World

Manchester firefighter Rob Rising recently climbed to the top of Mt. Kilmanjaro -- and when there met another group from Connecticut.
Manchester Patch has the story of an amazing achievement and coincidence.
Samoas No More
Sales were brisk on Broad Street Sunday afternoon -- but it was the last day Connecticut Girl Scouts were allowed to sell Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, etc.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell and Paul Ofria of the school district's communications office based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim, the district's communications director, can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published weekly since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019,