Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021

ROTARY IN MOTION, which is Saturday and based at the Rotary Pavilion at Charter Oak Park, is a community bike ride with music and food and more. We have details below but first welcome you to learn about two valuable voices that, quite coincidentally, were heard on Monday night:

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At left is Darryl Thames, chairman of the Board of Education, whose videotaped read-aloud for second-graders was shared at the BoE meeting shortly after one of the most popular Latinx speakers in the country -- Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez -- was at Cheney Library for a presentation that included his powerful poetry. Read more about him here and scroll down to learn about the district's race and equity work. Btw you can subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.

All Class

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At left, seventh and eighth graders at Illing working with music teacher Meghan Clough; MHS tech ed teacher Chris Prytko goes over shop safety procedures with automotive students.
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Race and Equity Work

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Monday's Board of Education meeting included an update on the district's race and equity work. You can see the accompany slides that were shared by clicking here and to watch a replay of the meeting click here (and advance to the 36-minute mark if you want to see Ryan Parker, a race and equity coordinator, model a sample lesson).


  • The meeting also included a review of the district's ambitious summer programming (Curiosity Camp and Summer Slam); those slides are here or check out the attention it received in this back-to-school Barr Foundation newsletter.
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News and Notes

  • COVID cases are tracked on the district website, which also has the latest on what's being done to keep students and staff safe.
  • Want to support the MHS Class of '22? You can buy mums and support Project Graduation. Click for details.
  • The MHS volleyball team is selling Red Hawk gear as a fundraiser.
  • Buy maple syrup and support MHS hockey players: Click here for details

Positivity Project

The Manchester Women's Club and the Manchester Recreation Department are teaming up to spread a little positivity around town this fall by offering lawn signs with different positive messages for the people to display. Signs are free but there’s a suggested $10 per sign donation and you can learn more here.

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The Week Ahead

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Saturday's third annual Rotary in Motion has "something for everyone who enjoys the joy of being outdoors." Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Charter Oak Park.

Thursday, Sep. 30

6:30 p.m. -- Paint Night with a Twist at the Elks Club, 30 Bissell St.
12:30 p.m. -- MARCH, Inc’s 17th Annual Autumn Scramble at Manchester Country Club.

Friday, Oct. 1

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- October Synchronicity: The Art of Being in Tune with Nature, an art exhibit opening at WORK_SPACE

Saturday, Oct. 2

8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot.

9 a.m. -- Basic Life Support Class at MFD, 75 Center St.

9 a.m. - noon -- Knights of Columbus food drive at St. James parking lot.

9:30 a.m. -- Third Annual Rotary in Motion beginning at Charter Oak Park.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Old Manchester Museum Open House. 126 Cedar St.

7 p.m. -- Wild Taxi: A tribute concert to Yusuf/Cat Stevens and Harry Chapin at Cheney Hall.

Sunday, Oct. 3
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Army & Navy Club Vendor/Craft Sale, 1090 Main St.

Monday, Oct. 4
6:30 p.m. -- Grief Share at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.

7 - 8 p.m. -- World-Wide Lighthouse Missions bottle and can drive at 723 Main St.

6:30 p.m. -- Goza Latin Band at Whiton Memorial Library.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

7 p.m -- BoD Meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- The last Northwest Park Farmer’s Market of the season.

Down the Road

  • Friday, Oct. 8 -- Free women's self-defense seminar

  • Monday, Oct. 11 -- Indigenous Peoples Day (no school)

  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 -- Election Day (remote learning day)

  • Thursday. Nov. 25 -- Manchester Road Race

Note: For even more of what's coming up see our OneMan Planner.
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YSB From A to Z

The Youth Service Bureau has a variety of programs including:
... and a special Fall Festival on Oct. 13 and Nightmare Acres House of Hours on Oct. 29

At The Library

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Miss Karen (far left) has a storytime video and R.E.A.D. to a Dog starts soon and Carol Cheney (far right ) helped bring more family art to the Reference Room; and all the details are on FB.

Also of Note

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The MHS girls soccer team is off to a 3-1-1 start and host Conard this afternoon starting at 3:45 p.m. For more sports photos, check out the OneManchester CT fb page.

  • Manchester Travel Basketball is for boys and girls in grades 5-8 and tryouts and evaluation sessions are coming soon. Click here for all the details.
  • Slammers baseball tryouts (for spring play) are this weekend and this flier breaks it down.
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Waddell second graders solving math problems with Mrs. Pollock. Click here for more pictures from around the district.
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OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office; he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017 and features the photography of Paul Ofria. Want to subscribe? Just click here.