Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023
YONDR. It's the talk of the town -- or at least the talk of Illing Middle School. In a few weeks, seventh- and eight-graders there will be putting their cell phones away each day (in a locked Yondr pouch) in an initiative designed to take away that distraction so they can better focus on learning and face-to-face engagement. We have more on that and lots more below starting with a look back at homecoming festivities at MHS last weekend.
Illing Students Will Be Pouching Phones
After lots of community conversation including a presentation at Monday’s Board of Education meeting (and enthusiastic support from board members), the district will be implementing the Yondr initiative in a few weeks. The date is not yet set and school leaders are working through details but it's part of a growing trend. More than a million students in 2,000 schools across the country are already using Yondr pouches.
The basic plan: Students each will be given a Yondr pouch and when they arrive at school they will place their phone in it. The pouch is locked and students will maintain possession of their phone at all times. At the end of the day students tap their pouch on an unlocking base and bring their pouch and phone home.
Monday's BoE meeting started with a visit from Mayor Jay Moran, who read a proclamation in honor of Leon Haberski, the security guard at Bennet who recently saved a student who was choking on food in the cafeteria. You can watch a replay of the meeting here.
- As for Yondr, CBS did a piece last week that gives a lot of information.
- The next BoE meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 13 at Lincoln Center with a human capital and talent update on the agenda.
District Hiring Event Is Today
Interested in the field of education? Have experience working with children? The district has a hiring event scheduled for today from 4-6 p.m. at Central Office, which is at 45 North School St. There is a special need for paraprofessionals. For more information please check out this flier.
Also of note:
- Project Graduation raises funds all year long so MHS seniors can have a safe, fun place to celebrate after their commencement ceremony in June. The next fundraiser is a dine out night at DQ on Nov. 6. Click to see the flier.
- Macy's is supporting the TLC Foundation Inc. group home, with customers able to 'round up' to the nearest dollar and proceeds going to TLC through the end of October.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, Oct. 26
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Picassos for children ages 2-5 at Mary Cheney Library.
4 - 6 p.m. -- Manchester Public Schools hiring event at 45 North School St.
6:30 p.m. -- Easy Gardening with Ted Johnson at Whiton Library (rescheduled from Sept.7).
Friday, Oct. 27
10 a.m. -- Preschool Playgroup at Mary Cheney Library.
11:30 a.m. -- Walk Audit for Downtown Main St. with State Rep. Jason Rojas starting at Mary Cheney Library.(Note new time; originally scheduled to start at noon)
7 p.m. -- Only the Lonely: Roy Orbison Tribute Show at Cheney Hall
Saturday, Oct. 28
8 a.m. - noon -- Season finale: MACC Manchester Farmers Market at the Forest St. parking lot. Rain or shine.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Open House at the Salvation Army, 661 Main St.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- National Drug Takeback Day at CVS, 1121 Main St.
Noon - 4:30 p.m. -- Silk City Board Game Group at Mary Cheney Library.
3 - 6 p.m. -- Halloween Open House at iCode, 1131 Tolland Tpke.
7 p.m. -- Tribute to Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac at Cheney Hall.
Sunday, Oct 29
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. -- The Wickender - Bare Bones Disc Golf Tournament at Wickham Park.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Audition Workshop at Cheney Hall.
1:30 p.m. -- Death and mourning customs at the History Center, 175 Pine St.
Monday, Oct. 30
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. -- ABC Storytime at Mary Cheney Library.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Dino Time @ Whiton, at Whiton Library.
6:30 p.m. -- Halloween with the Horror Writers of Connecticut at Mary Cheney Library.
Tuesday, Oct. 31
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. -- Baby Rhyme Time at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 8 p.m. -- Halloween Horror Movie Costume Party at Mary Cheney Library.
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. -- Pajama Storytime @Whiton at Whiton Library.
Wednesday, Nov. 1
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. -- Toddling Tots at Mary Cheney Library.
Noon -- Lunchtime Lecture on LTM’s upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at Cheney Hall..
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. -- R.E.A.D. to a Dog Children’s Program at Mary Cheney Library.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. -- Crazy 8’s Club at Whiton Library.
Manchester Public Schools will not be in session on Tuesday, Nov. 7 for Election Day.
Borgida & Company’s 18th annual food drive to benefit MACC Charities is ongoing through Dec. 13. Click here for details..
Labworks for Teens is a free program for students in grades 9-12 that began on Monday.
The Teen Center at YSB (63 Linden St.) is open Monday - Thursday from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Click here for details.
The Manchester Police Explorers meet every Tuesday at MPD. Click here to learn more about this great opportunity for kids to learn about criminal justice and law enforcement.
Further Down the Road
Second Congregational Church’s New England Country Fair on Nov. 4 will feature regional crafters, baked goods etc.
The annual Manchester Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held at Georgina’s on Nov. 4.
New World Trio ‘Commemoration’ chamber music concert will be on Sunday, Nov. 5 at UUSE. Click here for more info.
The Town of Manchester’s leaf collection program begins on Nov. 13. Everything you need to know about the program is here.
State Election Day is Nov. 7. Absentee ballots will be available starting on Oct 7. Click here to find out more.
Disney’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’ will be at Cheney Hall Nov. 10 - 26. Click here for dates, times and ticket info.
The mobile mammography van will be at the Community Y on Nov. 30 and you can find out how to make an appointment by clicking here.
- Registration for the Manchester Road Race continues (5771 have signed up through Wednesday) and note some key dates leading up to the race by clicking here.
Illing will host the CRAL (Connecticut River Athletic League) Cross County Championship at Charter Oak Park on Monday, Oct 30 at 3:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, contact athletic director Brian McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Basketball Opportunities
The town is offering co-ed basketball for high school students at the Mahoney Rec on Saturdays starting in December. Click here for sign-up information.
Manchester Travel Basketball teams are forming this month. Click this link for the where, when and how.
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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