Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

FALL IS HERE, arriving yesterday, and while nights will get longer and sunshine incrementally more scarce until the winter solstice on Dec. 21 there are still 24 hours in each day and they seem to be getting busier and busier. Our calendar is, we believe, the single-best place to turn to if you want to know what's happening in Manchester and we also have sorts of other tidbits for you each Thursday morning. If you like our newsletter and want to subscribe, just click here.

At Your Fingertips

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For these students at (from left) Buckley, Highland and Verplanck, learning is easier thanks to manipulatives -- objects that allow for the exploration of ideas in active, hands-on ways.
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MPS From A (Ababio) to Z (Zuverink)

Gideon Ababio and Paige Zuverink, both seniors at Manchester High, are at the beginning and end of the alphabetized list of all 6,162 students enrolled (as of yesterday) in our schools. Some other points of note:

  • Grade 9 is by far the largest class, with 549 students enrolled (some at alternative programs like Manchester Regional Academy).

  • The next largest class is grade 2 (494 students) with the smallest is grade 11 (409).

  • The most common last names include those found at the top of every such national list -- Rivera, Rodriguez, Smith and Johnson.

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Humans of Manchester

Helen Delacruz, an ELL-bilingual tutor, was reluctant to leave her native Peru after graduating high school but has had a profound and positive impact since coming to this country. You can learn about her in our gallery, which is on Facebook and Instagram.

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News and Notes

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Red Hawk Sports

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  • The boys soccer team is unbeaten and unscored upon through five games, four of which have been 0-0 ties. Goalkeeper Will Slayton (left) deserves lots of credit but Sedem Omega and the rest of the Red Hawks have all stepped up.

Belly Dancing And Bookin' It

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She's an artist, writer and teacher (with our Adult and Continuing Education Department) and last night Rima Riedel was at Cheney Library to read from her new belly-dance based mystery novel and give some fun and free lessons. This Patch story has more.
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The Week Ahead

Highlights include entertainment and activities at CCGC on Saturday and a visit from Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez to Cheney Library on Monday plus a Troop 123 Open House.
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Friday, Sept 24
8 p.m. -- Moonlit Yoga at Charter Oak Park.

Saturday, Sept 25

8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot.
(8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Hazardous Waste Collection at the Town Landfill, 231 Olcott St.

Relay for Life at Charter Oak Park.

9 a.m. - noon -- Knights of Columbus can and bottle drive at St. James Church parking lot.

9 a.m. - noon -- Polish food sale at St. John’s Polish Church, 23 Golway St.

10 a.m. -- Farmer Minor and Daisy the Pig at Mary Cheney Library.

10 a.m - 2 p.m. -- Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Charter Oak Park.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- CCGC Fall Fest 2021 at 1075 Tolland Tpke.
11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m -- Book Fiend Readers Fest at Cheney Hall.

Sunday, Sept. 26
9:30 a.m - 5 p.m. -- Disc Golf “Widows” Invitational at Wickham Park.

Noon - 2 p.m. -- Woodbridge Farm Open House (free) at 495 East Middle Tpke.

Monday, Sept. 27

6-8 p.m. -- Manchester Songwriters Group - in person, at 153 Spruce St.

7 p.m. -- An Evening of Inspirational Latin Stories and Poems at Mary Cheney Library.

7 p.m. -- BoE Meeting at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Deadline for the Main St. Scarecrow Contest.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

6:45 p.m. -- Boy Scout Troop 123 Open House at Community Baptist Church, 585 East Center Street.

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays through Oct. 7)


9 a.m. - 3 p.m.-- The Landtrust tag sale at 330 Bush Hill Rd continues daily through Saturday.
5 -7 p.m -- .Monday Night Art Bar at Northwest Park, Mondays through Oct. 25.

Reminders: Saturday’s David Hayes Sculpture Field tour to benefit the Elisabeth Bennet sculpture at 905 South St. Coventry has been postponed.

Down the Road

  • Saturday, Oct 2 -- Rotary in Motion at Charter Oak Park.

  • Oct. 11 -- Indigenous Peoples Day (no school)

  • Saturday, Oct. 23 -- Bark in the Park at Center Memorial

  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 -- Election Day (remote learning day)

  • Thursday. Nov. 25 -- Manchester Road Race

Note: For even more of what's coming up see our OneMan Planner.

Also of Note:

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Students at the Preschool Center are already bonding with their books.

For photos from all around the district please click here

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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.