Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

ALL HANDS ON DECK. The phrase was first used at sea to summon all sailors in an emergency but has since become a more generic plea for all the help you can get under any especially trying circumstances. With COVID continuing to take a toll, lots of businesses and institutions (like the school district) are facing staffing shortages and those on the job are stretched thin. Speaking of which, our newsletter is a bit sparse this week for these very reasons but we've cobbled together a calendar etc. and will hope to find time to gather more comprehensive content in coming weeks.

  • Testing is now at the core of the district strategy to keeping students and staff safe. To see the most recent update sent by Superintendent Matt Geary to the MPS community, please click here.
  • The BoE meets Monday, Jan. 10 and the agenda will include updates on COVID and also climate and culture. A week from tonight there's a workshop that will start with the presentation of the superintendent's proposed 2022-23 school budget. Click here for the meeting calendar.

January Family Survey: We want to hear from you! In order to make it easier and faster to provide feedback, we have developed four BRIEF surveys for the school year connected to district improvement planning. The 9-question January survey is linked here.

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Thursday, Jan. 6
10 a.m. - 2 p.m -- Snow Day Fun at YSB, 63 Linden St.

Friday, Jan. 7
7 p.m. -- Ham Radio certification class begins at 321 Olcott St. (a free five-week course)

Saturday, Jan. 8
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Train Show at Army & Navy Club, 1090 Main St.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Free Spoken Word Writing with Ryan Parker at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

6 - 8 p.m. -- ART-Blend Experience at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Monday, Jan. 10

9 a.m. - noon -- Five Senses Friendly Mondays at the Lutz, 247 Main St.
6:30 p.m. -- Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. at Whiton Library

7 p.m. -- BOE meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

6 - 7:30 p.m. -- The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration at MHS Bailey Auditorium.

7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, Jan 12

6- 8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.



COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be available Saturdays in January (starting Jan. 8) from 1-5 p.m. at Bangladesh Bhaban Community Center, 9 Delmont St.
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Other Newsletters

  • Manchester Matters: Town Taxes are due by Feb. 1 and Christmas trees can be left out for curbside pickup through Friday, Jan. 14.

  • Manchester Historical Society: The Bon Ami plant had to be closed due to a shortage of materials (sound familiar?) back in 1941; the January TV show features parachutist Adeline Gray.

  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education: Dr. Diane Clare-Kearney has suggestions on how to make improvements in the new year; meet award winning educator Tom Oxman.

  • Better Manchester Magazine: Read what’s new in the Culture Lab and about an iconic Main St. barbershop, plus more in the first BMM of 2022.

OneMan Planner: We use this document to keep track of things coming down the road and you can include yours by contacting Paul Ofria at
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COVID test-seekers descended on the Parkade Tuesday morning and the school district had a distribution operation for parents of students on Wednesday night at MHS ...
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... And Grief

.. and in between a flash freeze spelled big trouble on the roads Wednesday morning.
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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.