Bare Necessities

Pierce Newsletter ~ October 9, 2022 ~

No School Monday, October 10th - Teacher Professional Growth Day

Principal's Message

Dear Pierce Families,


Welcome October! Fall is in the air and so is the chilly morning air.


Clothing - LAYERS


If there is one thing we can count on in New England, it is the ever changing weather. Please remember to send your child to school with multiple layers that they can shed as the day may warm up. Sweatshirts, jackets, hats and mittens are extremely helpful to send with your child each day. If you are in need of any of these items, we understand the kids grow out of seasonal items quickly, do not hesitate to contact the main office if you need seasonal items.


Update - Reading Challenge


I am excited to report there were 25 students who turned in logs or hours from the Reading Challenge and 202 books read during the summer! The lunch celebration will be held this month! Congratulations to all who participated and another challenge will be announced at the end of the month. Please keep reading with your child and encourage them to read independently as well.


Dash for a Playground


In October, our first annual Fun Run 5K will be held on October 29th at 8 am. Please remember to register today through this link. If you or someone you know is associated with a local business I would like to sponsor the Fun Run, please contact either the main office or Amy Powell, our PTO president, at ptopierceelem@gmail.com. We are very excited to celebrate fall with all of you at the Fun Run. We encourage friends and family, neighbors in Bennington and surrounding towns to register today. We will also be in need of volunteers for this event! Please contact the main office if you can help.


Special: Next week our special is music


Warmest regards,

Beth Gibney — Principal

End 68 Hours of Hunger

End 68 Hours of Hunger Program Information

Any child enrolled in the ConVal School District is eligible to participate in the End 68 Hours of Hunger program. This program provides ConVal students and any additional children under the age of 5 who reside in the household with extra meals for Friday evening through Sunday evening. All food is non-perishable and easy to prepare and food is sent home or available for pick up at GES on Friday afternoons. Parent permission is needed for your child(ren) to take advantage of this FREE opportunity. Please contact Robin Lamothe via email at rlamothe@conval.edu or by phone for more information or to request a permission slip.

Nurse: Health and Safety

Please refer to the ConVal School Nurse Newsletter for information regarding COVID-19 exposures, school attendance after an exposure or testing for your child. You can find the newsletter here: https://www.smore.com/18ae4. Nurse Amy is available during school hours to answer any questions you may have after reading the guidance.

A glance into grade 1

In celebration of fall, we are working on Pumpkin Math!


These first few weeks we have been working on our SEL skills and learning how to be back in the classroom. One way we have been practicing that is by nominating a student to earn the class star! They get so excited to hear their name and why they earned the class star!


The class gives feedback to each other as to who they feel did a great job following the rules, helping out a friend, being kind, or following one of our school rules.

Grade 2- Cornucopia

Thank you Volunteers!

Volunteer needs

We have already had 20 people step forward to be fingerprinted and willing to volunteer for events and needs at the school. Please contact the main office if you and willing and able to volunteer at recess, lunch or for assemblies. We need you!


We also need many volunteers for the Fun Run to help support the playground of October 29th. Please contact Amy Powell, ptopierceelem@gmail.com, if you are able to volunteer that day!

Fun Run / Walk 5K October 28th 9:00AM

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Dash for a playground!


Register up to the morning of the race!


Come support the Pierce School PTO in raising funds towards a new playground.

This race will feature a loop of about 3.5 miles, half on the road, and half on the Bennington rail trail. The course has two small hills and is otherwise flat. Refreshments and baked goods after the race.


Walkers: 9:00 am - Runners: 9:30am - Kids Run: 10:15AM


Registration: $25, The first 50 registrants recieve a commemorative t-shirt.


Registration can be found in this link.


Want to donate more? Click here!

S.E.L.- Behavioral Support - Corner

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S.E.L.- Behavioral Support - Corner

Hello again and happy fall weekend!


Included below are another set of resources that I hope you find helpful! As a school psychologist, I am so grateful for the opportunity to support all students . If ever you have a question about one of the resources given or wish to learn more about a particular topic, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email at kstyren@seresc.net or contact the school counselor at your child's school. Thank you very much and have a wonderful weekend!


- Kristina Styren, School Psychology Consultant

Pierce, Francestown, Greenfield, and Hancock Elementary Schools



Resource of the Week:

Flusterclux Anxiety Podcast with Lynn Lyons: Access this podcast from this link or from wherever you are able to listen to podcasts (phone app, etc.). Here you'll find dozens of episodes on supporting your child, whether or not they currently experience challenges with anxiety.


Article of the Week:

How and When to Limit Kids' Tech Use by Melanie Pinola

This article illustrates well how there are so many different approaches to parenting in the world of technology. Regardless of how you do, here are some great tips for what is most important and a great reminder that we are role models for our children, even when we don't realize it. And ultimately, just continuing to do the best you can do - you're likely doing better than you think!


Family Activity:


Fly a Kite! Embrace the brisk fall wind by going outside as a family and flying a kite. Don't have a kit? Make one together! Check out this tutorial at PBS Kids: https://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-and-experiments/take-flight-with-a-diy-kite




How to Make a Newspaper Kite | DIY Kite |… | PBS KIDS for Parents

1. Carefully carve a small notch into both ends of each wooden stick for your child. The notches must be cut in the same direction.

www.pbs.org

Community Resources

ConVal News Blog

The ConVal School District has news blog to serve as a hub for the latest updates, information and news about the district’s schools, students, faculty, events and accomplishments.


The blog, ConValNews.com is integrated into the schools and District’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and will automatically broadcast news blog content onto these platforms, connecting directly with the district community.


With a clean, user-friendly and mobile responsive layout, the news blog allows for easy navigation throughout. It can be accessed on computers, cell phones and tablets. Community members can subscribe and be notified by email when new posts are published.


Parents/guardians, students, staff, and community members should still utilize the district’s main website, Convalsd.net, to access the District-wide calendar of events, contact information, school committee meeting notices and minutes, important documents and notices and to view general information about the district and its schools.

COMING SOON - PODCAST

Bear Den Broadcast

We are excited to announce the first ever Pierce PODCAST! Where you will get a window into learning from the students' point of view.
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The Pierce PTO will be sponsering the sale of MUMS as their kick off fundraiser. All proceeds will support the NEW PLAYGROUND FUND. Mums will be delivered to the school in mid-September. Order Details will be sent val email prior to August 22nd.

2022 - 2023 District Calendar

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RESOURCE: Fuel Assistance Application

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE SERVICES, INC.

Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties

P. O. BOX 5040 MANCHESTER, NH 03108- 5040

FUEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 2022-2023

This is an EARLY REGISTRATION for households that applied for Fuel Assistance last year. Eligibility is usually based on the household income for a 30-day period. Complete the application and send it back to us with accompanying documentation before 4/30/2023.

1. To apply by MAIL please do the following:

  • Complete both sides of the application form.
  • List everyone actually living in your home at the time that you fill out the form.
  • Report all income for everyone in your household during the same 30 day period.
  • Send proof of all income received for the last 30 days prior to the date that you send in the application. Send in last 6 weekly or the last 3 biweekly stubs. Documentation that you send in, checks, payroll stubs, bank statements, award letters, and wage forms, etc. must be for income received after July 1st, 2022 and received in the last 30 days before you mail us your application.
  • Send in a complete signed copy of the 2021 Federal Tax Return (Form 1040) for each adult in your household.
  • Send in copies of the Social Security cards for all the members of your household.
  • If one or both parents are not in the household, please fill in the top part of the Child Support Verification Form.
  • If you need additional wage or child support forms, pick them up at one of our outreach offices.
  • If you rent and your heat is included, send in the completed Landlord Verification Form. Your application will be denied for insufficient documentation if you are a renter and we do not have your completed form as this is a mandatory form for all renters with heat included.
  • If you are behind on your rent or mortgage, please provide a statement from your landlord or mortgage company showing the amount you are behind.
  • If you receive Food Stamps, send us a copy of your most recent award letter with all pages.
  • Please request and send in a 12 month usage history from your vendor if you heat with oil, propane or kerosene.
  • Please write in your primary fuel type and indicate how much fuel you have in your tank at this time.
  • Although the Fuel Assistance Program can only pay for permanently installed electric heat, you may still apply for The Electric Assistance Program for non-heating electricity needs.
  • If there is a supplementary benefit this year, it can only go to your primary fuel vendor.
  • SIGN THE APPLICATION. We cannot process it without your signature.
  • This application should be filled out and returned to us immediately through the mail.
  • Please note: We will be processing applications this summer before the official opening of the program. You may receive a letter, an email or a phone call asking you for additional information. We cannot process an application until we have all the necessary information and documentation per the program rules. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • A secured drop box has been installed at all Resource Centers to make it easier to get documents to us.

2. To apply On-Line:

· Please visit www.snhs.org/programs/energy-programs/low-income-home-energy and print out the Program Year 23 Fuel Assistance application and return to SNHS via mail or the drop box located at each Resource Center.

PLEASE READ!

The level of federal funding for next winter’s Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) may not be known for several months. You will not receive written notification of your eligibility until NH has received notification of available funds. You WILL receive written notification if your application is incomplete or your household has been denied for any reason. Please complete and submit your FAP application for the 2022-2023 heating season as soon as possible. COMPLETE applications that meet all FAP requirements will be certified as eligible. We cannot pay any bills until the program officially opens generally on December 1st, 2022.

Resource Centers that are open from 8:30 to 4:30 daily by phone.

40 Pine Street in Manchester 647–4470 or 1-800-322-1073

134 Allds Street in Nashua 889–3440 or 1-877-211-0723

9 Vose Farm Rd in Peterborough 924–2243 or 1-877-757-7048

9 Crystal Avenue in Derry 965–3029 or 1-855-295-4105

55 Prescott Road in Raymond 895–2303 or 1-800-974-2303

146 Lafayette Road in Seabrook 474–3507 or 1-800-979-3507

4 Cutts Street Suite 1A in Portsmouth 436-3896 or 1-800-639-3896

85 Stiles Rd, Suite 103 in Salem 893-9172 or 1-800-939-9172

SNHS FUEL & ELECTRIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICATION 2022-2023

Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties

If you wish to apply BY MAIL, fill in FRONT and BACK of this application and return to: Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., Fuel Assistance Program, P.O. Box 5040, Manchester, NH 03108-5040. Application must be received by or before 4/30/23.

Please print clearly on all sections of the form. You must sign the application on the reverse side.

List the names, sex (M or F), Social Security numbers (SSN) and date of birth (DOB) of ALL the people who live in your home. For each member of the household write Yes or No if they have Health Insurance (private, Medicare or Medicaid) and if they are working. If in school write current grade or last grade completed.

NAME Sex SSN

1.__ ________________ /_____ #___________ DOB _________ Insur_______ Work____ School_______

2._____________________________ /_____ #________________ DOB ________ Insur____ Work____ School______

3._____________________________/ ____ #_______________ DOB _______ Insur____ Work____ School______

4._____________________________ /_____#________________ DOB _________ Insur____ Work____ School______

TOTAL # OF PEOPLE living in your house in the last 30 days: __4____ Add a sheet for more people.

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Street: ______________Apt #______________City: _____NH Zip: ________-_____

Mailing if different: Street ____________Same_________ City: ____________ Zip: _______-_____

Is this a new address? Yes ( ) No ( ) Phone #:____ 0_____Message/Cell #_________________

Email address for additional information if needed: _________________________________________

WEATHERIZATION: Would you like to have your home or apartment weatherized? Yes ( ) No ( x )

See enclosed program description. Renters must have a signed Landlord Tenant Agreement.

HOUSING INFORMATION:

House type: Single _______Duplex ___Multi (3+) family ___ Condo___ Mobile home ___Room ___

TOTAL # of rooms you have: ____Do not count halls, bathrooms, pantries and closets.

Have you lived in this location for one year or more? Yes ( ) No ( )

HEATING FUEL SECTION: Fuel Type: _________Your Fuel Co.: _____________ Account #____________

Have you used this vendor for the last 12 months? Yes ( ) No ( )

How much fuel is in your tank now: __________When was your last delivery? __________

If you heat with Natural Gas or Electricity: Is your service currently disconnected? Yes ( ) No ( )

Do you have a disconnect notice? Yes ( ) No ( )

**Only permanently installed electric heat bills can be paid.

Do you own your home? Yes ( ) No ( ) Monthly Mortgage amount $___­­­­__________

Owners, please send in a current mortgage statement.

Do you rent? ** Yes ( ) No ( x ) Full Monthly Rental amount $________________

**RENTERS: a COMPLETED & SIGNED Landlord Verification Form is MANDATORY for renter with heat included**

Your Fuel Assistance application will be denied if you don’t provide the Landlord Verification form.

Does an agency help you pay your rent? Yes ( ) No ( x ) Your monthly portion of the rent $___________

Is heat included in the rent? Yes ( ) No ( )

ELECTRIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: This is the program that provides a monthly discount on your electric bill. Would you like to apply for the Electric Assistance Program at this time?

Yes ( ) No ( x ) Electric Utility: ____________________________ Account #:______________________

TAX RETURN: Send in a complete, signed copy of the 2021 tax return for each adult in the household. DNF

SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS: Send in copies of Social Security cards for everyone in the household.

DO YOU GET FOOD STAMPS (SNAP)? Yes ( ) No ( x ) If yes, send a complete copy of the Food Stamp letter.

INCOME SECTION: Please check the types of income received by all in your household. You must send in proof of all income received and make sure your name is on the documents.

DHHS: For TANF: NHEP, FAP or IDP; FWOC, APTD, ANB and OAA, send in a complete copy of your most recent decision letter. (All pages’ front and back)

CHILD SUPPORT: Complete the enclosed child support form and send in proof of total amount received

and/or paid in the last 30 days.

DISABILITY: For Workers Compensation, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Veteran’s benefit, send in proof of total gross amount received in the last 30 days.

EMPLOYMENT: Send in copy of last 6 weekly or 3 bi-weekly pay stubs for each household member.

SELF EMPLOYMENT: If any member of this household is self-employed, a signed 2021 Tax Return and

all attending schedules are required.

RENTAL INCOME: if any member of this household has rental income, a signed 2021 Tax Return is

required. If you do not file a tax return, please call your local outreach office for additional instructions.

For any PENSION: Send in proof of total gross amount received in last 30 days.

For any Retirement Fund Disbursement (IRA, 401K, 403B, SEP etc.): Send in proof of total gross amount withdrawn in the last 365 days, from the date of your signed application.

SOCIAL SECURITY: Send in a copy of the check or the most recent award letter or current bank statement (all pages) for total amount received monthly for each person receiving Social Security, SSDI and SSI payments.

UNEMPLOYMENT: Send in copies of the last 6 pay stubs for each person receiving unemployment pay.

INTEREST / DIVIDEND: Send in the most recent bank statements for all accounts to show total amount received in last 30 days. Include interest on CD’s, investment accounts, etc.

OTHER INCOME: Not listed above, fill in the spaces below and send the documentation (copies of checks, check stubs, benefit letters, etc.) when you return this form:

Income Type: 1. __________________________ 2. ____________________________

Release and Conditions:

I understand that this application is only a request for assistance. No assistance can be provided until the application is completed and approved. I understand that assistance is based on the availability of funds. I authorize the Fuel and Weatherization Assistance Programs to contact any necessary third party in order to verify my household income and any other information necessary to determine my eligibility for assistance. I authorize the Fuel Assistance Program to obtain a record of my annual energy consumption, costs and billing information from my heating and electric company for purposes of program operation and evaluation. I authorize the Community Action Agency to provide my household data to their internal information systems for the purpose of program evaluation and reporting. I authorize the Fuel Assistance Program to call the listed vendor/landlord in the event of an energy emergency. I understand that a final determination of eligibility for the Weatherization Program does not take place until a home energy audit has been completed by certified Weatherization Program personnel. I understand that the information that I am providing is for the purpose of determining my eligibility for the Fuel and/or Weatherization Assistance Program(s). I understand that if I knowingly give inaccurate or incomplete information pertaining to my eligibility for the program(s), I am breaking the law and can be prosecuted; conviction may result in imprisonment and/or fine. Furthermore, I may be subject to administrative penalties which may include denial of eligibility and/or repayment of the assistance I received. The information that I have provided for this application process is true and correct. NH’s Fuel and Weatherization Assistance Programs prohibit discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status and physical or mental disability.

In addition, I authorize the Electric Assistance Program to contact any necessary third party in order to verify my household income, electric usage or costs and any other information necessary to determine my eligibility for assistance. I understand that a final determination of eligibility for the Weatherization or Power Assist @ Home Program does not take place until certified Program personnel have completed a home energy audit. Further, I understand that this benefit is provided to assist our household in making full and timely payments on my electric bill.

We cannot process this application without your signature:

Signature Adult 1: ______________________________________ Date: _______________________

Signature Adult 2: ______________________________________ Date: _______________________

This is an early registration. We may send you a notice requesting additional information.

If you wish to apply later, you must schedule an appointment for a phone interview.

Please note: No payments will be made prior to the opening of the 2022/2023 Program, generally on December 1, 2022. The Fuel Assistance Program can only pay bills for fuel delivered after October 1, 2022 and for metered utilities (electric heat, natural gas and metered propane) billed after November 1, 2022.

If you have any questions about this application, please call us:

Manchester: 647- 4470 Nashua: 889- 3440 Peterborough: 924- 2243 Derry: 965- 3029

Raymond: 895- 2303 Seabrook: 474- 3507 Salem: 893- 9172 Portsmouth: 436- 3896

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