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January 13, 2023

A Note From Mrs. Looman

  • It is with sadness that I announce that Ms. McMillan will be leaving us after February vacation to take a job at Sanderson Academy, which is much closer to her home. We thank her for her hard work here at Colrain and wish her well in her new adventure. I am currently working on a plan for her replacement and hope to be sharing that information with you very soon.
  • Pull out your dancing shoes and mark your calendars! The 5th & 6th grade "Winter Wonderland" dance has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 20th from 5:30-7:30 in the gym. Admission is $6/person or $20/family. All students must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.
  • The tickets for the 1st & 2nd grade Lasagna Dinner are due next Friday, 1/20. Checks can be made out to the Colrain Central School PTO. The dinner will be held the following Friday, 1/27 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Please see the flyer below for more information.


COVID tests: Covid tests are available at the Griswold Memorial Library, the town office, and by mail at http://www.covidtests.gov for those who may be looking for them.

Internet Safety for Parents

The United States Attorney’s Office is hosting a virtual Internet safety presentation for parents the evening of Wednesday, January 18th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The presentation, entitled Keeping Kids Safe and Secure Online: A Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Parents will bring awareness to the dangers of the internet, including gaming and social media platforms that predators use to groom children with the intent of exploiting them sexually online or for an in person meeting. The presentation will focus on prevention by educating parents and community members how to help keep children safe online covering the following topics:

Social Media 101 & Digital Footprint

Cyberbullying

Sexting

Gaming

Victim Support

Protecting Against Online Predation

The presentation is free. Registration is required. The link to register is included on the attached flyer and is also included here:

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Please register at the following link: (via Chrome browser))

Event address for attendees: https://usao.webex.com/usao/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec3d8ccd61ccdd26ee39d8c6ffd5c57aa

Password: PSC1

Questions or difficulty registering? Please contact

Karen Legace @ USAMA.PSCOutreach@usdoj.gov

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Specialist's Scoop: Kari Lyden, M.S., CCC-SLP - Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist

Can You Break Your Voicebox?!

Did you know that you can actually hurt your voice like any other part of your body?! Your vocal folds (or chords) are in your larynx (or voice box). When you talk, air moves up from your lungs and causes your vocal folds to vibrate, which produces the sound of speech. A voice problem happens when something prevents your vocal folds from vibrating. For example, when you use your voice too much or in the wrong way, your vocal folds may swell. Over time, those swollen spots may harden into small bumps called vocal fold nodules. Nodules can cause your voice to sound harsh, raspy, or hoarse, and they can cause neck and ear pain as well.

“Vocal abuse” refers to things we may experience or do that can hurt our voice and lead to vocal fold nodules, such as smoking, talking loudly/yelling, singing, using caffeine/alcohol (which dry out our throat and vocal folds), and/or having allergies.

To prevent vocal abuse, we can practice good vocal hygiene:

➤ Drink lots of water, and limit drinks that dehydrate the body

➤ Don’t smoke

➤ Avoid yelling

➤ Don’t try to talk over loud noise


Adapted from: Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps and ASHA Offers Tips for Teachers to Protect Their Voices This School Year

PTO News

The next PTO meeting will be a virtual meeting on Wednesday, January 18th. The link for the meeting is: https://meet.google.com/vwm-nxdm-eit

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upcoming events

1/16: No school: Martin Luther King Jr Day

1/18: Virtual PTO meeting

1/20: Winter Wonderland Dance

1/27: Lasagna Dinner~Dine in or Take out


January early release dates:

1:50 dismissals: 1/25

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