October 10,  2017

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  Virtues for this Month

October: Hope, Joy, and Wonder
Hope is finding the light in the darkness and trusting right endings.

Joy is the fullness of spirit that blooms from the loving heart.

Wonder is the first step on the path to knowledge.

  Head's Note

Last spring, I approached Crossroads parent Stephen Branchflower to help design an outdoor classroom, nestled in the trees and accessible for students and teachers who desired a quiet place to learn, reflect, and complete work that was connected to and perhaps inspired by nature. Stephen created a beautiful design that situated an octagon structure overlooking the Hewes Brook. Last year's eighth grade raised money for the structure, and we purchased the timber to be used for the structure's frame and deck. There were several meetings that Stephen, Phil Harrison, and I attended with the Town's Conservation Committee, Zoning Board, and Planning Board over the summer, and I am pleased to report that we received approval for this structure last week.  

Over the next few weeks, students will have the chance to witness the construction of this building that will be located approximately 100 feet south of the Sticks and Stones area between the Middle School and Bancroft, on the west side of the gravel path. Depending on the timeline for its completion, we hope to be able to use the structure for classes soon. And thanks to the hard work of Stephen, Phil, and others, many students and teachers will be able to enjoy a new classroom space for inspiring children for many years to come.

-Yours truly, Brad
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Support for Tree House Classroom  
We very much appreciate the generous donations, including an anonymous gift for $5,000 and the Class of 2017's graduation gift, that have helped make our dream of a tree house classroom surrounded by nature a reality. They have been a boon to our early efforts to raise funds for this project. Additional donations and/or materials to support the completion of this special space are welcome; online gifts can be made here .  Thank you.

  Admissions Office News

Greetings from the Admissions Office! 
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! It's only a little over one week until our first Discover the Difference open house of the year, Thursday, October 19. Please consider inviting your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to this important Crossroads event. This is a great way for interested families to find out more about our incredible program and see our classrooms in action. The open house will be held in the library, starting with a student, teacher, and parent panel at 9:00 am and then campus tours at 10:00 am. Pre-registration is appreciated. Please let me know if you would like to help greet and chat with our prospective families at this event. Thank you for helping to spread the word about our special school! 

Have a lovely week.  -Warmly, Marilyn

   Grandparent's Day

  School News

Hi Parents of Middle Schoolers,
If your child wishes to participate in the MARINE LAB spring break experience, please deliver your deposit check by Friday, October 20. The deposit is for $500 (out of a total of $1,600) made out to Crossroads Academy. You may place it in my box in the main office. Your check is non-refundable. However, if we don't get the minimum number of students needed to run the trip (and, of course, we'll know this by October 20), I will return your check to you immediately.  

If you need more information about this amazing trip, please call me at (248) 756-1881 or write me at deborahschaner@yahoo.com.  I'd love a chance to tell you more about it!
Deb Schaner
Crossroads mom and Biology Teacher

News from the School Nurse

It is flu shot season! To protect your family from illness and to prevent missed school and work days, please arrange to get flu shots for you and your child at one of the local free clinics.  For the local clinic schedule go to:  http://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/flu/dhmc_flu_vaccine_schedule.html .

Also consider the DHMC outpatient clinic entrance vaccine clinic, Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday during the month of October. The flu vaccine clinic schedule is also posted on the health office door. 

The Spanish students are learning about the Monarch Butterfly

Mexico's Secretariat of Foreign Affairs through the Institute of Mexican´s Abroad (IME) opened a contest for children between six and fourteen years old to participate in the XXI Children´s Drawing Contest, "This is my Mexico:The Monarch Butterfly and its life cycle in North America."

The migration of the Monarch Butterfly involves three countries of North America: Canada, United States, and Mexico. The migratory life of the Monarch Butterfly is a very interesting process, especially the way in which this specie is able to return to the same hibernating sites through many generations.

Our students are very excited about this project. They are making beautiful drawings with creative descriptions and titles of their works: "Las diferencias no importan" -Differences don't matter-; "La Monarca, reina de los cielos" -The Monarch, queen of the skies"; "La magia de una mariposa" -A butterfly's magic -, etc.

The winners will receive a package of Mexican literature books, and a diploma. The sixty-two selected drawings will be published in the IME calendars, and they will take part in an itinerant exhibit that will be inaugurated in Mexico City and will travel around the main capitals of the world.

"The Effects of Digital Life, a Crossroads Community Discussion" (10/17)

Join with other parents and teachers to discuss the different ways we manage our families' digital lives. Let's work together in our quest for balance. The discussion will take place October 17, from 7:00-8:30 pm, in the Lora Robins Library. An email will go out soon with more information about the event. You can contact Amy Kreuzburg with questions.

Moonlight Trail Walk/Trunk-or-Treat (10/25)

What - This year for the first time at Crossroads, we are introducing a Trunk-or-Treat event. From 5:45-6:30 pm, parent volunteers will be parked down at Bancroft and have decorated cars and treats for students to have a safe and fun Trick-or-Treat evening. Then enjoy some fun games and activities on the Bancroft field. We will then gather up and start our walk at 6:30 pm and return around 7:00 pm.  
Who - All students and parents are welcome to join us on this fun fall day! If you plan on coming, dress up in your best Halloween costume and enjoy the first annual Trunk-or-Treat event and games. Afterwards wrap the night up with a spooky walk through the Crossroads woods and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and a few Halloween surprises!
When - October 25, 5:45-7:00 pm
Trunk-or-Treat: 5:45-6:30 pm
Moonlight Walk: 6:30-7:00 pm
Where - Bancroft parking lot and Bancroft field
Why - Why not enjoy a nice evening with family and friends!

The PA will provide pizza prior to the event during set-up and decorating.

Brown Bag Café
Reminder: The Brown Bag Café is open every school day from 8:00-9:00 am in the library conference room in Bancroft. This is your space; meet up with friends, have an impromptu gathering, or just enjoy a little time to yourself to get caught up on work or relax with a cup of coffee or tea. There will always be a Keurig with the necessary supplies set up for you to enjoy. Please use the key pad to enter at the library entrance and head to the back conference room. See you around campus! 

  Parent Association News

Thank You for your Lunch Program Participation
The lunch program has had another successful term, thanks to all of you! Due to PA fundraisers like the lunch program, Crossroads parents have been able to contribute toward a number of school efforts, including a portion of the beautiful new teachers lounge, a new Spanish lunch club, a grill for the school, a salad bar for the lunch program, multiple curriculum-relevant field trips, co-sponsorship of guest speaker Andrew Watson (scheduled to speak on November 2 about learning, memory, and attention), as well as planning some new community events!

Crossroads Family Night at the Dartmouth vs. Yale Volleyball Match (10/13)

The Dartmouth volleyball team invites you and your family to attend a Division I Ivy League volleyball match in the Leede Arena on ESPN night.
Wear your Crossroads spirit gear and Dartmouth green & white, and cheer loudly for the ESPN camera. That's right, you will be on TV!
Volleyball Match
Dartmouth vs. Yale
Location: Leede Arena, 6 South Park Street, Hanover, NH
Time: 7:00 pm
Entry is free to all Crossroads families and their guests.
Highlights: Half-time serving competition with prizes; post-game meet-and-greet with players--receive a free autographed poster!
RSVP to Jennifer Thomas. Please indicate the number of adults and children who will be attending.

Pre-Game Pizza Potluck
The Crossroads PA will be hosting a pre-game pizza party at the home of Rhonda Sheffield and Elke Konings. Come have a bite to eat and head to the game with all your Crossroads pals.
Sheffield-Konings Residence: 16 Three Mile Road, Etna, NH
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm
The PA will provide pizza and drinks. Please bring a side salad with serving utensils to share.

Family Western Dance, Friday (11/3)
The first and fourth grades are hosting the 2017 Family Western Dance! Please plan to join other Crossroads families for a fun, energetic evening of square-dancing and socializing in the Bancroft gym. Enjoy live music performed by Jane Orzechowski on fiddle; Carol Compton on keyboards; and David Millstone, who will be calling the square dance. Country/Western attire is encouraged, but not required. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Date & time: Friday November 3, 6:30-8:00 pm
For questions, please contact Robin Kloos.

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