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

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Kudos to Officer Rob Johnson of the Manchester Police and others involved the AFD prank that gave people a laugh and a lift yesterday. Scroll down for more on that as well as our usual array of news, notes etc., which today includes a candid piece by MHS junior Aislinn Gara Grady about the toll that the pandemic is taking psychologically. By the way, our subscriber list continues to grow and if you want this newsletter sent to you by email each morning you can sign up by clicking here.
The Latest
'Nobody is safe' said Gov. Lamont as he announced that a 6-week baby had died in Hartford from COVID-19. One model is projecting that the pandemic will peak in Connecticut in mid-April with about 40 deaths per day and that more than 1,000  state residents will die by June, when they virus will be gone -- at least for the season.
The Weather

Seriah, a second-grader at Bowers, has a little bit of everything in her drawing (including a tornado!) but we are expecting a so-so day with some sun early and temps in the 40s but rain tonight.
Click here for Manchester's 10-day forecast and here for info on how to submit weather drawings. (The sun is fun but we still could use more drawings of partly cloudy and rainy days. Remember: April showers ...)
School Stuff
Here's how much work students are expected to be doing at home.
From The Superintendent:

Matt Geary's email to the MPS community yesterday had reminders, clarifications and updates for parents and guardians including:
  • School nurses will be at schools next Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon for parents who need to pick up student medication. 
Learning the Home Way
The gallery of photos of students learning from home continues to grow on the district FB page and we'll add yours if you send them to

Pick And Choose

Students in grades preK-4 are playing  “music bingo” in Google classrooms this week, choosing one activity from each column and clicking on links to reach a video of one of our music teachers teaching a song, rhythm, dance, or other music activity. 
Once students complete five activities, they fill out a Google form survey and here's some feedback from the first day.
MHS junior Aislinn Gara Grady is writing for us each day and today delves into the psychological toll this unprecedented situation is taking. Plus, if you have an essay you'd care to share we have info for you here.
District Resources and Info
  • We have all the past emails from the superintendent (in English and in Spanish)
  • This resource hub has tips about Google Classroom, Chromebook troubleshooting info and more.
  • We have a team of people who are helping with tech-related concerns and issues and they can be reached at
Our writing contest rolls on and to get the details just click here.
Around And About
Did you get fooled yesterday? The Manchester PD posted a story saying Officer Rob Johnson has a new partner, a drug-sniffing tiger named 'Saber.' Fun fact: Rob (posing with K9 partner Vito) received a record 788 likes when featured in our 'Humans on Manchester" gallery in February 2017. 

Of Manchester

MHS grad Kiara Elias was enjoying her freshman year at URI and had no idea that when she came home for spring break she wouldn't be going back. She's the latest addition to our gallery.
'Humans of Manchester' can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
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
Free Meals For Students
The menu is here and starting on Monday, Verplanck will begin distributing three meals each day using the same times as Bennet, MMA and Waddell. Meals will not be distributed at Squire starting on Monday.
OTHER FOOD AVAILABILITY: For info about the MAAC community kitchen, the Salvation Army and the Second Congregational Church food pantry, please click here.
Teacher's Pet

This Black Mouth Cur (a 'hunting and cattle dog that has its origins in Southern United States" according to Wikipedia) likes watching TV or sitting at the table as the "teaching assistant" to a mom with two children learning from home.
Is he named Buckets ... or Sullivan ... or Kemba?
Click here to find out his name, owner and more and click here to learn how to have your pet featured.
Just Droppings By
Ahhh, branta canadensis, the Canadian goose. They are  recognizable by the distinct white cheek patch, or chinstrap, that covers the throat ... and by the souvenirs they leave behind. This pair was at Union Pond yesterday.
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