Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023
POETICALLY SPEAKING, September hath just a couple more days but as we move towards October the weather looks decent and there’s lots to do outdoors. Saturday’s highlights include the Bowers ribbon cutting, Rotary in Motion (Charter Oak Park is the home base for that) and another history walk, this one through the silk mill district walk. Details are below. Also below we have lots of school news and photos from last Friday’s big drone show.
Take A Bow, Bowers
Jimmy Alvarado-Rodriguez, a third-grade teacher at Bowers, is proud of his Puerto Rican roots and loves that he's able to put race and equity work "at the forefront of all of the decisions I make in my classroom for my students.” Visit the district Facebook page to learn more about Jimmy and also and Erin Keser (inset), a fourth-grade teacher at Verplanck.
- MHS Class of 2026 is holding a popcorn fundraiser starting today through Oct 2. Click the link for details.
- Project Graduation is running a mums sale (click for details) and also holding a 'Pink Flamingo' fundraiser (those details are here.)
- Remember -- students in grades PK - 12 will again follow an early dismissal schedule on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 4 and ending June 5, 2024.
'101 Things to Do Before High School'
As COVID continues to circulate, the district continues to follow CDC protocols. If your child tests positive for COVID, they will need to stay home for the first 5 days, and (when fever-free) return wearing a mask for the next 5 days. Please notify the school nurse of your positive result.
As always, please take simple actions such as staying home when sick, washing hands, and covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, as this will help in limiting the spread.
As a reminder, MPS does not provide COVID test kits.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, Sept. 28
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Picassos at Mary Cheney Library.
11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.
Friday, Sept 29
10 a.m. -- Preschool Playgroup at Mary Cheney Library.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Manchester Pipe Band open house at Lutz Children’s Museum, 247 S. Main St.
6 p.m. -- Manchester Elks Lodge 2023 Citizen of the Year Award Dinner, 30 Bissell St.
Saturday, Sept. 30
8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at the Forest St. parking lot. Rain or shine through Oct. 28.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Manchester Women's Club Diaper Drive at Center Congregation Church, 11 Center St.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- BSA Troop 123 bottle and can drive at 585 East Center St.
Sunday, Oct 1
12 a.m. -- Registration for the Little Manchester Road Race begins.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- UR Community Cares Cornhole Tournament fundraiser at Urban Lodge.(rescheduled from 9/24)
Monday, Oct. 2
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. -- ABC Storytime at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 p.m. -- A Court of Thorns and Roses painting workshop at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 7 p.m. -- The Family Place program at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 - 7:15 -- Pajama Storytime at Whiton Library.
Tuesday, Oct 3
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. -- Baby Rhyme Time at Mary Cheney Library.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Teen Crafternoon at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 7 p.m. -- The Family Place, a parent/child workshop at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Manchester Youth Commision meeting at 41 Center St.
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. -- Toddling Tots at Mary Cheney Library.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Manchester Art Association Workshop with renowned Karen Israel at Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Tpke.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- ABC Storytime at Whiton Library.
4:30-7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmer’s Market at 448 Tolland Tpke.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Learn how to be a Dungeon Master at Mary Cheney Library.
The Elks Club will honor the combined services of the Eighth Utilities District and Manchester Fire Rescue EMS as its 2023 Citizen of the Year on Friday. Click here for details.
Manchester Land Trust’s Giant Tag Sale runs through Saturday at 300 Bush Hill Rd.
Before and after school programs are available through the Manchester Early Learning Center. Click here for more info.
The Teen Center at YSB (63 Linden St.) is open Monday - Thursday from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Click here for details.
Further Down the Road
Four frightfully funny and original 'Radio Plays' will be at Cheney Hall Oct. 5 - 8. Click here for times and tickets.
Rebuilding Together of Manchester will host a family friendly comedy event at the Elks Club on Oct. 19. Click here for details.
Starting on Oct 19, WORK_SPACE will host ‘The Listening Room’ on the third Thursday of the month.
The annual Manchester Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Nov. 4 at Georgina’s Restaurant in Bolton.
State Election Day is Nov. 7. Absentee ballots will be available starting on Oct 7. Click here to find out more.
The Town of Manchester’s leaf Collection Program begins on Nov. 14. Click here for route information.
Visit the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame at its new home at the Mahoney Center.
- The Hartford Shockers are sponsoring a winter travel basketball program starting in December for players in grades 3 - 8. Click here for more info.
- Sharpen your basketball skills with Ellington High School Coach and 1,000-point scorer, Teighlor Clare-Kearney. Click here for details.
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