Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

Students and staff alike have had this day circled for a while, as today's abbreviated school day leads into the holiday break, which is always welcome but more so this year, what with the stress of COVID cases, the labor shortage and more. Turns out that 2021 hasn't been the bounce-back year that everyone had hoped for, but there have been lots of bright spots and we'll take a look back at some of them in a special issue next Thursday. In the meantime, if you want to subscribe to OneManchester just click here.

First Concert

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Manchester High's Modern Band Club debuted on stage Monday nights and you can read all about it in the JI.
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Classroom Snapshots

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At left, Mariah at Bowers reads her favorite book ('My Name Is Not Mariah') to her second grade classmates in Mrs. Patrick's room, and at right, Riley works on her hanging visual essay in Ms. Martin's seventh grade ELA class at Illing.
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In The News

  • The next BoE meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10 and will feature on update on climate and culture and also a presentation of the superintendent's proposed 2022-23 school budget.
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Ho Ho Ho on the Go Go Go

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The serious traveling starts Friday night but Santa has been getting around of late, stopping last weekend at Northwest Park and the week before at the MHS pool. He's also making appearances at Wickham Park but that ends tonight.

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The Week Ahead

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Highlights this week: Chef Kim Prada will share the story of Tribe Power Bites, there's a Highland Park History hike -- and don't forget about the Lutz, which is always an appealing vacation-week destination for kids.

Thursday, Dec. 23

3 - 6 p.m. -- The last day for the 40th Annual Santa’s Workshop at Wickham Park.

Sunday Dec. 26
1 p.m. -- History Hike of Highland Park at 670 Spring St.

Monday, Dec. 27

6:30 p.m. -- The Boss Mama Behind the Rolling Pin at Mary Cheney Library.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

2 p.m. -- Snowflake Craft with The Firestone at Mary Cheney Library.
4 - 8 p.m. -- Bowling & Holiday Magic Lights Show at YSB, 63 Linden St.

Wednesday, Dec. 29
9 - 3 p.m. -- Journey to Hammonasset Beach & Nature Center starting at YSB, 63 Linden St.
6 - 8 p.m. -- Middle School Nights at Mary Cheney Library.

Thursday, Dec. 30

8 a.m. -- Blood Drives at United Methodist Church and Evergreen Walk in South Windsor.
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- New Years at Noon at YSB, 63 Linden St.

2 p.m. -- Winter Birds Craft with the Firestone at Mary Cheney Library.

Down the Road

Saturday, Jan. 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. -- ART-Blend Experience at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main St.

Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. -- The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration at MHS Bailey Auditorium.

Saturday, Jan. 15 from 1-4 p.m. -- Opening reception for ‘Manchester Then and Now’ exhibit at the History Center, 175 Pine St.
Wednesday, Jan. 19 -- 7 - 8:30 p.m. -- Internet Safety and Human Trafficking Awareness at MHS, Bailey Auditorium.

Saturday, Jan. 22
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Tea Party in celebration of Elisabeth Bennet’s birthday at 131 Hartford Rd.

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Also of Note


  • The Youth Services Bureau has a variety of fun (and free) Winter Break activities. Click here to find out more.

OneMan Planner: We use this document to keep track of things coming down the road and you can include yours by contacting Paul Ofria at
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Other News Sources

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Humans Of Manchester

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No one new this week but with almost 650 people in the gallery you can visit us on Facebook or Instagram and see how many people you recognize.

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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.