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Happy Holidays!

Woodland Heights

Students are finishing up our Fall Session on a very positive note. Our newly implemented Safety Patrol Program is finding its legs and starting to walk. The officers -in- training are comprised of interested 4th and 5th graders who are helpful, positive, and responsible role models. Officers are responsible for assisting if a student needs a hand, helping set up for a class, or even for our general day to day duties such as attendance, snack, dinner set up and recess cart monitor. The list of responsibilities continues to grow!

Recently, I have witnessed true moments of brilliance where even our toughest 5th graders have keeled down to help a young student who was hurt and upset to help them feel safe, taken care of, and comfortable. This group has members with great ambition and the drive to run large group games and help an entire sea of students to settle in and get ready for afternoon classes. Our students work together and help their peers who are having a tough day. They make sure their younger peers are being safe and responsible.

Students in grades 2-5 participated in the Hour of Code this week. The Hour of Code is a worldwide event to bring students into the realm of computer programming. Hour of Code includes lessons and games that help students wrap their minds around how to use computer language to make a character move in a certain way, in a specific direction, and then perform an action. Many of our students tried their hand at this excellent event and several successfully completed their hour of code by demonstrating their understanding of the basics of Computer Science.

Students have also participated in our weekly Fitness Friday Challenge, tried their hand at solving the Rubick's Cube, learned how to play advanced card games, created fundraising items, listened to stories, utilized recycled materials in artistic and scientific ways, accepted Lego Quests, learned how to work with one another in respectful ways, and then put on a small play to demonstrate these ways. It has been quite the Fall Session and Winter is right around the corner!

To some of us out there, the holidays can be as stressful as they are joyful! Make sure to take as much time as your schedules allow to enjoy the company of your excellent children, your friends, your family and maybe take a few minutes for your self to reflect on the season and what it means to you. To me, this is a season of HOPE and I truly HOPE this festive season finds you well and in good spirits. See you on January 5th!

Wishing you a happy holiday season!

Mr. Colby

Woodland Heights Site Coordinator

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Pleasant Street

Pleasant Street students have been busy making downtown Laconia merry and bright for the holidays! Students created gingerbread men, candy canes, and snowmen for Vintage Café and Hair Affair window displays. The idea came from Re-Imagine Laconia with the purpose " to reach out to our youth and make them a part of the community. That way they feel involved and they feel that they have something to be proud of and to show off to their families and friends." They certainly have done that! Be sure to look for their creative work when driving/walking downtown.

Pleasant Street School is feeling holiday spirit! Students participated in the Lakes Region General Hospital's Auxiliary Tree of Love by decorating angels. The angels were for sale for $3.00 at the LRGH Auxiliary Gift Shop. The Tree of Love is an annual symbol of community, Christmas and holiday spirit to honor and remember living and lost family and friends . There was a ceremony on Thursday, December 11th where the auxiliary read the names of the 321 people who were represented by the angels on the tree. Proceeds from the angels will benefit our local community. It was an honor to partake in this annual event.

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year!

Ms. O'Neil-Viar

Pleasant Street Site Coordinator

Laconia Middle School

December has been a festive month at Laconia Middle School! We kicked off the Holiday season by decorating the store window for Sawyers Jewelers in Laconia's business district. Partnering with Re-Imagine Laconia, we made downtown festive with a student-made winter display.

Project Torch helped us remember the men and women in the armed forces who are serving abroad during the holiday season. With their leadership, the entire Middle School came together and donated items to support our troops. They gathered numerous items from deodorant to beef jerky, and shipped it off to the 529th CSSB stationed in Afghanistan. Way to go Project Torch and LMS!!

As the Fall Session comes to a close on December 22nd, we are already planning for our Winter Session starting the day we get back from break January 5th. Please see Mr. Resca for details on how to continue or sign up as a member of Project EXTRA.

From our family at Project EXTRA to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a great New Year!!

Mr. Resca

Laconia Middle School Site Coordinator

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Laconia High School

Project EXTRA at LHS is vibrantly in the spirit of the season! Rhonda Fahrner's Food is Fun! Club has made colorful and tasty gingerbread houses, one of which is being raffled off to support the club. The Virtual Reality Business Club is busy engaging the imaginations of future entrepreneurs and business leaders. Extended Learning Opportunities are going strong, with students putting hours in at Irwin Motors, Lakes Region General Hospital, New Beginnings and the NH Humane Society. The Archery Club has moved indoors at Leavitt Park to practice their keen marksmanship. Finally, the legions of Freedom Found students had their Holiday party last Friday night. Project EXTRA is well in the Holiday Spirit over here at LHS!

May every joy be yours
this Holiday Season.

Mr. Kaiser

English Teacher

ELO Coordinator

Interim Site Coordinator

Elm Street School

We have been celebrating the season at Elm Street Project EXTRA.

Friday, December 19th we welcomed Storyteller, Paul Karinja. Students enjoyed hearing the talented Mr. Karinja make the Clement Clark Moore poem, The Night Before Christmas, come alive through his expressive words and charisma.

In keeping with celebration the season, students enjoyed making holiday ornaments & treats to share with their families. The Cooking Essentials class made cookies to share with their peers.

As we say goodbye 2014 we are preparing for the 2015 Winter Session! Students and staff are working together to brainstorm enrichment possibilities. We look forward to learning, fun and memories in 2015.

Wishing you all the

hope, wonder, and joy
that the season can bring!

Mrs. Montague

Elm Street Site Coordinator

In the News...

Advisory Board

Korry Blake, Randy Brough, Sharon de la Vergne, Jennifer Dunleavy, Edward Engler, Chris Ennis, Jonathan Fecteau,Terri Forsten,

Karmen Gifford, Christine Gingerella, McKenzie Harrington-Bacote, Sophia Joyal, Ron Kaiser, David Levesque,Victoria Makris, Christine Santaniello, Katie Theberge, and Beth Vachon.

Looking Ahead...

  • December 23: No Programming
  • December 24-January 2, 2015: Holiday Break
  • January 5: Programming Resumes - Welcome Back!
  • January 6: Advisory Board Meeting
  • January 19: Martin Luther King Jr, Day-No School/Programming

At the close of another year we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy Holiday Season.

Project EXTRA - Laconia School District

Christine Gingerella: Program Director

603-524-5710 ext. 314

Beth Vachon: Assistant Program Director

603-524-5710 ext. 321

Project EXTRA is a 21st Century Community Learning Center Project

Funding for Project EXTRA has been provided in part by

The Curran Foundation and the WLNH Children’s Auction.