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

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Members of the BoE and BoD and others will gather Saturday at 9 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at our latest renovated, Net Zero Energy elementary school, over at 141 Princeton St. By the way, did you know that namesake Herbert Bowers was once one of the top college baseball players in the country? You can read about him in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery.
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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.

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School Notes

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Monday's BoE meeting included the spring data update and a review of last spring's Youth Voice Survey. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12 at Bowers School at 7 p.m. and will feature updates on Bowers and redistricting. You can watch a replay of the last and future meetings on the district Facebook page.
  • 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.
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'101 Things to Do Before High School'

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Our new series begins with a look at Pinwheels For Peace, which over the years has given thousands of Illing students the chance to show what “peace” means to them. Click to check it out.
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Covid Update

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

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It's Saturday with registration is at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and this flier has more.

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.

9 a.m. -- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Bowers School, 141 Princeton St.
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- 4th annual Rotary in Motion at Charter Oak Park.

10 a.m. - noon -- Source to Sea Cleanup event at Center Spring Park
4 - 6 p.m. --Intro to Silk Painting at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.
1 p.m. -- 23 Walks: Cheney District, starting at 146 Hartford Rd.

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.

  • Manchester Road Race registration is under way (3152 have signed up through Wednesday) and you can find the registration form here, plus some key dates leading up to the race by clicking here.

  • 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.

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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.

  • The Town of Manchester is hosting ‘Talk To The Architect’ library design conversations on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 19 at 10 a.m. at Mary Cheney Library.

  • 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.

This is our new spillover space to other newsletters , social media accounts and more, including the 'OneManchester Planner', which has even has more calendar listings for the months ahead. Plus we share a special flashback photo from Paul Ofria each week and this one he has a picture of one of the most dynamic MHS athletes of the past decade. To get to The Annex, click here.

Runnin' Rams

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The Illjng fall sports season is under way. Click here for the IMS schedule, here for Manchester High's and here for more pictures from the games.
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  • 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.
Northwest Park was packed Friday night for a community event that culminated with a 'Lights In The Sky" drone show. These are some of the many photos from the Manchester Recreation Division Facebook page.
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To see The Living History Project video that preceded the drone show, click here.

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