Thursday, May 18, 2023

THEY WERE IN KINDERGARTEN back in September of 2011 and now here they are, more than 2,300 school days later, wondering how it all passed so quickly. Countdown to commencement continues for the MHS Class of ‘23 (graduation is June 14) and next up as the days dwindle is tomorrow’s class picnic. As for senioritis? It's spreading fast but kudos to the 86 seniors who made High Honors in quarter 3. (And congrats to the all of the latest honor rollers -- the list is below.)

Story Preservation Capsule

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Six district students were chosen to read at the town-wide Bicentennial celebration at Center Memorial Park on Saturday. Left to right are: Georgia Lombardo, Bhavya Mula, Kemoya McLeod, Penelope Alvarado and Kwabena Yeboah and inset at right, Emma Shapard. Their stories about their identities and experiences living in Manchester are also included in a 'Story Preservation Capsule' that will be buried for 50 years. Read more here. The Illing Jazz Band and MHS Roundtable Singers also performed as a part of the celebration.
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Mother's Day Brunch

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From the district Facebook page: First graders at Buckley School celebrated with their mothers at a brunch in Mrs. Bourcier's classroom Friday morning.

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BoE Meets Monday Night

The Board of Ed meets Monday night and is expected to finalize next year's school budget. The meeting is in Lincoln Center at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the district Facebook page. As the JI wrote, because of increased costs for magnet tuition and special education services among many other things, 14 vacant positions may be cut.


  • The spring concerts at Bailey Auditorium continue tonight when the MHS band takes the stage and conclude next Thursday with the MHS choral concert.
    • Manchester High's 'Senior Send Off' starts tomorrow with the Senior Picnic and ends on June 14 with graduation. Click here for a complete schedule of activities.
    • Try food from all over the world at the Student Equity Advisory Team's (SEAT) 2nd annual Multi Cultural Night in the Manchester High Cafeteria on Monday from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • The Manchester Youth Commission is recruiting students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. The application to serve on the MYC has been extended to May 20. Find more info on this flier and apply here.
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    Head Start

    Head Start serves Manchester's low income families, children with special needs, homeless and foster children and we have more information (in both English and Spanish) here.

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    On A Roll, Academically

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    The names excerpted above are just some of the 12th-graders who made High Honors in the third quarter at MHS. For the complete list (showing all grades) click here.
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    Fundraisers Etc.

    Bennet Academy's PTA has a 'Spirit Night' fundraiser tonight at Urban Air tonight. Click here for details... Pink Flamingos in the yard are a fun, positive way to celebrate high school accomplishments. Click here to "flock" a friend from the Class of ‘23.


    • Are you worried about supporting your child's mental health this summer? You can attend a virtual session offered next Tuesday by the Healing Springs Wellness Center and you can click for details.
    • The Manchester Community Service Council has scholarship money available for students going to college in the fall. Click here to find out how to apply.
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    Enjoy a multi-course themed meal starting in the Oriental Garden at Wickham Park tonight, then work it off at the Manchester Running Company's traditional 'Spring Street Mile' on Saturday. Also Saturday -- the Garden Club plant sale.

    The Week Ahead

    Thursday, May 18
    9 a.m .- 6 p.m.-- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.
    10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Veteran’s Coffeehouse at Army & Navy Club, 1090 Main St.
    9:30 - 10 a.m. -- Mother Goose storytime at Mary Cheney Library.
    6 p.m. -- Taste of the Park Dinner Series: Oriental Garden at Wickham Park.
    6:30 p.m. -- Two quilting programs at Whiton Library.

    Friday, May 19
    10 - 12 a.m. -- Preschool Playgroup at Mary Cheney Library.
    5:30 p.m. -- Manchester Land Conservation Trust annual dinner and meeting at Georgina’s Restaurant.
    7 - 8:30 p.m. -- Nightshift at Cheney Hall.

    Saturday, May 20
    8 - 11 a.m. -- Boy Scout Troop 27 bottle and can drive at St. Mary’s Church, 41 Park St.
    8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Household hazardous waste collection at 321 Olcott St.
    8:30 a.m. -- Manchester Running Company’s Spring Street Mile starting at the intersection of Tam Rd. and Spring St.
    8:30 a.m. -- Manchester Garden Club perennial plant sale at 585 East Center St.
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Huge indoor tag sale at South United Methodist Church, 1226 Main St.
    9:30 a.m. -- Randy Smith Journal Inquirer Greater Manchester Track and Field Invitational at Manchester High School.
    1 p.m -- History Walk #9 of 23 in 2023: Cheney Railroad, starting at 146 Hartford Rd.
    2:30 p.m. -- Folded book birdhouse craft at Mary Cheney Library.

    Sunday, May 21
    Noon - 2 p.m. -- Woodbridge Farmstead open house, 495 Middle Tpke East

    Monday, May 22
    6 - 8 p.m. -- Songwriters Group meeting at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.
    6 - 8 p.m. -- Family Game Night at Whiton Library.
    7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

    Tuesday, May 23
    3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- DIY Henna Tattoos at Mary Cheney Library.

    Wednesday, May 24
    9 a.m. - noon -- Public Works Day, 321 Olcott St.
    11:30 a.m. -- 37th annual GMCC golf tournament at Manchester Country Club.
    Noon -- Lunchtime lecture at Cheney Hall
    12:30 - 6 p.m. -- Teen Center is open, 63 Linden St.


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    Down The Road

    • Manchester’s Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29 starting at the Army and Navy Club at 9:30 a.m.

    • Learn how to be a skilled apprentice at the Unionized Trade Fair at Manchester High on May 30. Click here for more info.

    • The Manchester Woman’s Town Wide Tag Sale will be on June 3 (rain date June 4). Click the link for details.

    • The Spruce Street Farmer's Market returns to 153-163 Spruce St. on Thursday evenings starting on June 7.

    • Visit six beautifully designed private backyard gardens in Manchester on this year’s Garden Tour June 10. Click here for details.

    • Manchester will celebrate Juneteenth with food, music and activities on Saturday, June 17th at Mahoney Rec, 110 Cedar St.

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    Manchester Adult & Continuing Education: A touching tribute to mothers from Dr. CK; MA&CE helped out at Rebuilding Together Manchester; a two-day security guard certification course will be offered on May 27 and 30, etc.

    Manchester Historical Society: The Woodbridge Farmstead will be open Sunday; learn more about former town manager Richard Martin for whom Martin School is named, Homeland Day in 1914 and read a 1953 letter to the editor by J. W. Cheney plus a lot more.

    Manchester Matters: Household hazardous waste collection on Saturday - appointment needed; energy and water assistance programs available; round 2 of the water main flushing program began this week…Click here to subscribe.

    MACC Minutes: A message from Shannon; check in on MACC’s ‘Coffee Corner,’ meet volunteer Hannah and police officer partners, plus a big thank you for an anonymous donation.


    • Manchester PAL is sponsoring a 3 on 3 basketball tournament at Charter Oak Park in July and August. Click here for sign-up info.
    • Manchester Travel Basketball is sponsoring a Mini Ballers spring session at Bennet Academy for Manchester students in grades 1-4. Click here for dates and sign-up info.
    • Manchester Soccer Club is holding travel tryouts for the 2023-24 season in June. Click here for details.
    • And if you are looking into summer soccer camps, you can register for one-week sessions in July and August by clicking here.
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    The MHS track & field team took a few minutes on Tuesday to thank the Manchester Road Race Committee for a donation that will be used to help fund Saturday's meet. The JI has a preview (with a focus on standout freshman sprinter Samiya Eady, right) and to see the full team photo click here.

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