The Bobcat Bulletin

October 8, 2021

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From the Principal's Desk

Happy October!

It was so wonderful to see so many of you on Wednesday at our Open House. Thank you again for coming and for following our mitigation strategies. Our teachers were overjoyed to meet families in-person.

Our Field Hockey and Cross Country Teams finish up this week and the Soccer Teams will play their final matches during the week of the 18th. If you haven't had a chance to come out and cheer on our teams, please check the website for the schedules!

By now all students should be able to log into PowerSchool to see their grades and any missing assignments. Parents can also log into PowerSchool and do the same. If you are not sure how to do that, please contact Bambi Kierstead ( and she will be able to help you. We encourage students to check PowerSchool once a week to make sure they are keeping up with their work.

The end of the month traditionally brings Halloween excitement. Students (and staff) are encouraged to wear costumes on October 29th. Students and staff will still be required to wear a school approved PPE mask (even if your costume has a mask). Additionally, do not bring any weapons (plastic, wooden, or otherwise) to school with your costume. That afternoon, we will head over to Shea Field at 1:45pm to watch the AES students as they begin their Halloween Parade.

If you would like to send in a treat to share for Halloween, please consider prepackaged or non-food treats. We are still not able to have big class celebrations with lots of food sharing. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

As a reminder, there is no school for students on Monday. It is a Professional Development Day for staff.

Be well,

Mrs. Foecking

Important Dates

October 11 - No School (Professional Development Day)

November 2 - Parent Teacher Conferences

November 4 - End of Quarter 1

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PTO Fundraiser!

The PTO is having Little Caesar's Fundraiser for the month of October which happens to be National Pizza Month. Flyers went home with your student on Friday, October 1. Online ordering began Monday October 4 or can be completed on paper with your student.

Order Due Date: Monday, October 25th

Delivery Date: Week of November 8th

For Online orders:

Fundraiser ID#: 395465

*Please put child's name as "Seller's Name" for Online Orders

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Shoe Drive

A shoe drive will be happening October 4 through November 17. Bins will be available for shoe donations at GBS, SMS and ConVal High, as well as at Shaw's in Peterborough on October 9th and 16th. The shoes should be matching pairs, gently worn if used, and in good condition. We love new shoes best of all! No single or mismatched shoes, or shoes that have holes or tears. Funds raised will provide scholarships to students in the district. Any questions can be directed to Laura Gourlay, School Counselor. Thank you!
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GBS Apparel

We are collecting orders for GBS Swag! The order form will come home with your student next week, but you can download it from here as well. Orders are due by November 2. Show your school spirit!

Calling all Contractors - please help!

GBS has received a grant to create the GBS HAVEN, or Holistic Accessible Venue for Education about Nature. This is a native plant/pollinator garden that will replace the rock garden area in the back recess space, and will be used as an outdoor classroom and inspiration space, accessible to all students and educators. This project has been put on hold through the pandemic, and we MUST have a contractor with a certificate of insurance to dig up the materials and lay the new soil. We are looking to book someone for the Spring! If you have the time, tools, insurance, and can help out, please contact Victoria Burnham

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GBS Sports Update

  • Boys Cross-Country won the meet on Wednesday and the girls competed strongly.
  • Field Hockey played a great game despite losing 3-1 to Jaffrey-Rindge.
  • Girls Soccer beat Jaffrey-Rindge 5-3 on Tuesday, but then lost to them 2-1 on Friday.
  • Boys Soccer played hard, but fell twice to Jaffrey-Rindge this week.
  • On Friday GBS hosted a meet with many teams and it went very well.
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Co-Curricular Information

Robotics Club

The Robotics Club will be meeting on Tuesdays after school. Drop in hours are available for club members on Thursdays as well.

Select Choir (5th - 8th graders)

This year, Select Choir is open to all students 5th - 8th grade. It will be a community service-based club with lots of opportunities to perform. Students received paperwork in Advisory. Please contact Mr. Cogan ( for more information.

Art Club (7th/8th Graders)

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Craft Fair

The CVHS Class of 2022 is pleased to sponsor the Annual Holiday Craft Fair on November 13 from 9-2. This event is open to crafters, makers of all sorts, and direct sales vendors. Please scan the QR code below to register!
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Community Information

Peterborough Food Pantry

The Peterborough Food Pantry would like to spread the word that it is open three days a week (M, W, F / 9-Noon). With the support of community members, local farmers, gardens and businesses, they provide a variety of fresh produce, meats, staples and non-food items to families in the ConVal District. The pantry serves 13 towns (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Jaffrey, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon, Temple), and is part of a larger umbrella organization that can assist with other emergency needs. Please check out their website ( and/or Facebook page.
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YETI Club - FREE and loads of fun outside!

Join Harris Center naturalists John Benjamin and Ben King for this free after-school program, where we’ll practice wilderness skills like orienteering, shelter and fire building, and tracking animals. We’ll also hike and explore in the woods, play games, and more! Release your inner Yeti and join us!

Tuesdays Oct. 26, Nov 2, 9 and 16 afterschool at GBS until the late bus.

Please contact Susie Spikol with questions regarding this after-school club at

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Introducing Stay & Play!

Are you the parent of a child(ren) ages birth to four and looking to connect with other parents and kids? The Grapevine’s new Stay n’ Play parent/child group is beginning at the end of September! Join us in our outdoor environment on Tuesdays from 12:30pm to 2pm to meet other families, have discussions about child and family-centered topics, and give your kids an opportunity to socialize and play!

Space is limited – please email Carol at The Grapevine for more info and to register:

Visit us online for more info on our Parent/Child Groups!!

Strong Living for Seniors

Come exercise with this fun group as we focus on aging gracefully!

This free community-based program promotes opportunities for older adults to increase their physical activity, while also connecting in a social atmosphere. The exercise program helps participants improve levels of balance, strength, and fitness in a low-impact way. You will focus on strengthening arms and legs, joint mobility, and ways to help maintain activities of daily living, such as walking up stairs, reaching, and dressing.

The Strong Living Exercise Program is for any senior member of the community. Please call The Grapevine for more information, exact dates and times, and to register.

Contact us for more details!

As cooler weather approaches, please keep in mind that we have a Community Wood Bank at the Grapevine that is intended to be a temporary, emergency source of heat for those in need. Call us at 603-588-2620 for information.