Friday Notes

November 18, 2022

From Our Hearts to Yours - Happy Thanksgiving!

We will not publish Friday Notes next week, due to the Thanksgiving recess. We, the faculty and staff of the school, are thankful each and every day for your children and the joy they bring us: we love our BJAMS families! Happy Thanksgiving!

Basketball Update

Great news! Basketball is happening for Grades 1-8 - we have the numbers we need! We are firming up coaching details; if you received an email from Coach Lafrenz, kindly respond to him as soon as possible! Once coaches are secured, we will establish practice schedules with an anticipated start week of December 5. Go Eagles!

Snow Day/Delay Info

When school is closed for snow/inclement weather, we utilize the Parent Alert notification system that is part of the FACTS platform. This enables the school to notify all households by phone, email, and text in a timely and efficient manner. The school will also share closing and delay information with local news stations. Every effort will be made to call off or delay school by 6:30 am.

The school calendar has five (5) make-up days built into the end of the calendar. In the event of a particularly difficult winter, additional make-up days may be required at the end of the year.

Unstuffed Turkey Trot - TOMORROW!

Volunteers, please arrive at 8:15 am.

Racers, plan to arrive no later than 8:45 am.

Not sure of the race route? Click Here. The winner of each age group will have a Thanksgiving basket donated in their name to Lamoille Community House.

BJAMS families' race packets are coming home today.

Food Drive for Lamoille Community House

We will be accepting non-perishable food donations for our charity partner, Lamoille Community House. Think Thanksgiving Dinner: canned green beans, corn, boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing and the like!

Our race highlights generosity, community, and the students of Bishop Marshall.

Please bring your food donations to the lobby on race day - whether you're running or not!

Giving Tuesday

When deciding where to direct your Giving Tuesday dollars this year, please consider supporting our campaign to purchase new computers for our technology lab. We want to balance our philosophy of technology being used to enhance current lessons while making sure that our students are learning to be thoughtful, competent, and safe digital citizens.

The class whose families donate the most money will win a PIZZA PARTY!

There will be great giveaways too! When you donate by cash, check, or credit card (online), you will automatically entered to win.

Winners will be drawn Wednesday morning, November 30 and announced on our BJAMS Facebook page.

Click Here to donate on Giving Tuesday, November 29

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Computer Workshop for Grades 4-8

This is not your run of the mill computer course. Students will get into the nuts and bolts of computers by deconstructing one, putting it back together again and in running order! Students will gain a foundational understanding of the basic components that make a computer run, in a fun and engaging way.

This computer makerspace program is for students in grades 4-8. Hosted by Ryan Manewich (Tucker, PK4) on Thursdays from 3:15-4:00 starting on December 1st.

To express your student's interest, please complete and submit this GOOGLE FORM.

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ASP Corner

Please be sure to register your student for the month of November.

Mark your calendar - NO ASP - Nov 23-25, December 9, December 21-31.

Help Wanted

Do you enjoy working with kids? Bishop John A. Marshall School is seeking enthusiastic and energetic staff for our K-8 After School Program to work 2-5 days a week from 2:30-5:30pm.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, possess a high school degree or equivalent, and be willing to complete and pass a background check, fingerprinting, and child protection trainings.

Our program operates M-F, 3:15-5:15, only while school is in session. This is a perfect opportunity to add to your resume or earn a few extra dollars with a flexible schedule!

Please inquire to for more information.

Coming Up Next

Nov 18 - T1 Ends

Nov 23-25 - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

Dec 9 - Christmas Concert @ BJAMS - holiday best

  • PK3-Grade 3 (4:00-4:40)
  • Grades 4-8 + Band (5:00-5:45)


The Chosen - Season 3

An introduction to the series, The Chosen, was published last year in Friday Notes; Nov 19. Season 3, episodes 1 and 2 are playing now at the Essex Cinema.

If you are interested in coordinating to attend as a group or carpooling, please reach out to Missy Semprebon (Olivia, 6th grade).

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Fr. Paul's World Famous Chicken Curry

Saturday, December 10

Take-out only 5-6pm

$15 per meal

Included in each meal are chicken curry, potatoes, paratha, and small dessert (cookie or brownie).

Please place your orders (at either parish) by Dec 4

Blessed Sacrament Church, Stowe: 802-253-7536 or
Most Holy Name of Jesus, Morrisville: 802-888-3318 or

Nurse Notes

Thanksgiving: FACT or FICTION

There is a cornucopia of history and flavor to our traditional Thanksgiving Day holiday in the U.S. and a lot of fun facts of which I was previously unaware. Here are a few:

The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 with the Wampanoags and Pilgrims.

FICTION: Thanksgiving feasts and religious celebrations happened regularly and as far back as 1565 with Spanish settlers the Seloy Tribe in Florida.

Turkey contains more tryptophan, or “turkey fumes”, than any other food.

FICTION: Whole milk and canned tuna take the top two spots leaving turkey in 3rd place

Thanksgiving has been recognized on the fourth Thursday in November since 1789.

FICTION: President Lincoln declared it for the last Thursday in 1863. In 1870, President Grant appointed it a federal holiday. Under President Roosevelt, Thanksgiving was moved to one week earlier from 1942 onwards, and took an act of Congress, so control over the date was no longer at the discretion of the President.

One of my biggest pet peeves about this holiday is the seemingly inevitable weight gain that comes along with it.

FACT! It can be difficult to resist all the tempting treats, delicious side dishes and other delectable goodies that accompany feast tables this time of year. We don’t need to despair nor completely avoid all the gastronomic wonders. Some simple adjustments in either portions size or healthier versions of our favorite recipes can help make the most “sinful” of dishes more forgiving.

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