January 8, 2018

Table of Contents

  Virtue for this Month

January: Courage
Courage is doing what is right in the face of fear.

  Head's Note

Last November, I was nominated to become a Commissioner at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for the Commission on International Education, and I am delighted to report that my nomination was recently voted for approval. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to develop a more formal role with the organization that grants accreditation to Crossroads along with thousands of other schools in New England and across the globe. In particular, reviewing the accreditation process for international schools will provide in-depth learning opportunities for best practices in education around the world, lessons I expect will benefit our school.

As part of this commitment, I will be expected to attend meetings at NEASC in Burlington, MA, on three separate days throughout the school year and to participate as a Visiting Team member at an international school once or twice per year. I would like to thank the Crossroads Board for its support as I serve NEASC in this capacity-I know I will learn a great deal and grow professionally in this new role. And I look forward to sharing what I learn and to exploring how these lessons can benefit our students' experiences.

Follow me on Twitter @ CrossroadsHead.

To read Brad's most recent blog post on the DailyUV, please click here.

  Admissions Office News

Greetings from the Admissions Office!
I am excited to introduce another new student to Crossroads Academy! Shea Hill is joining the first grade class starting today. I also want to extend a warm welcome to her mother, Jennifer Byrne, to the Crossroads community. Jennifer and Shea live in South Royalton, VT, and we look forward to getting to know them better in 2018!
On another note, it is only two and a half weeks until our next Discover the Difference open house. Please consider inviting friends, neighbors, and colleagues who might be interested in Crossroads to one of our two remaining open house dates: Friday, January 26 and Tuesday, March 27. Another way you can help is by hanging up posters in your community advertising our open house dates. I have extra posters in my office, so please stop by if you are able to help in this way. Thank you!
Have a wonderful week! -Warmly, Marilyn

  Summer Programs 2018

We are delighted to open our registration and share course descriptions for the  2018  Crossroads Summer Programs! Taught by Crossroads faculty, local instructors, or in collaboration with other educational organizations in the Upper Valley, all of our programs are designed to be both engaging and fun. Most programs run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm daily with a free early drop-off beginning at 8:00 am and a free extended day option from 3:30-5:00 pm. All programs are open to both Crossroads students and other students in the area. Please click here for more information or to register . Please note that some programs fill up quickly so early registration is recommended. In the coming weeks, we will also list additional programs that are currently being developed. Feel free to forward this information to friends and neighbors in the area who may be interested in summer programs for their children or want to learn more about our school. Thank you.

  School News

Snack Friday Thank You

Thank you to the kindergarten and first grade parents for the delicious snacks last Friday!

Coloring Contest Winner

During library time before the holidays, grades one and two participated during library time in a coloring contest sponsored by the Coop Food Store in White River Junction, Vermont. The proud winner is Sophia Griffin (second grade).

2018 FIRST LEGO League Winter & Spring Engineering & Project Classes (began 1/3)

FLL classes are being offered for those that are interested in preparing for the 2018-2019 INTO ORBIT FLL season. They are intended for FLL-age children (age 9-14 on January 1, 2018) and their parents.

Topics to be introduced/covered:
  • Best practices for project research
  • Getting a head start on INTO ORBIT project ideas
  • Review best practices for EV3 robot construction and design to complete typical FLL missions
  • Design, write, and debug EV3-G programs to complete typical FLL missions
Where: Bancroft music room
Class format will be small-lecture/tutorial style, along with hands-on lab exercises. Robot programming will be done on student-supplied laptops. We will not have the robot game tables, so robots will run on mats laid on the floor.

  1. Winter session (9 classes): Wednesdays January 3 until March 7, 2:45-5:00 pm, except school holidays. A full commitment is not required, but regular attendance will avoid missing out on key concepts.
  2. Spring session (12 classes): Wednesdays March 14 until June 6, 2:45-5:00 pm, except school holidays. A full commitment is required.
Note that the start time immediately follows P3 (Physical Play Program) in the Bancroft gym 2:00-2:45 pm.

  • Interest in project research
  • Interest in LEGO EV3 robot construction and programming
  • Interest in joining the FLL team in fall 2018
  • Has his/her own Windows or Mac laptop (with EV3 Mindstorms software installed) that your child can bring to school on Wednesdays or leave at the FLL closet in Bancroft
  • For the spring session, the student must have attended the winter session, or must have demonstrated prior robot building and programming experience
The maximum class size is ten students. Attendance in these classes is not a prerequisite to joining the Crossroads Academy FLL Team in the fall.
To register, please contact Wayne Chin wayne.chin@gmail.com.

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture (1/16)

Because of the positive feedback we received for this class in the fall, we are delighted to offer Mandarin again for the remainder of the year.  

This class will continue to introduce students to basic Mandarin Chinese language and culture. Students will develop basic speaking and listening skills, and some basic reading and writing ability. We want students to enjoy learning the Chinese language and culture, and therefore we place a lot of emphasis on listening to stories, singing songs, and learning traditional crafts and games. We will review our lessons at the end of each class and distribute an optional homework/review sheet for students to work on and study for the next class.
Beginning and end dates : 1/16/2018-6/5/2018
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Location: Spanish room

Grades: K-8
Cost : $100 for 19 classes
Availability : Registration for this session began on 1/2/2018 and, end on 1/30/2018.
For more information: Please contact  Jessica Bai Styles.

To register: Please click 

Indoor Soccer Club is Coming to Crossroads! (2/6)
There will be an after-school indoor soccer club for grades 5-8 starting next month. This club will run every Tuesday in February (6, 13 & 27) and March (6, 13, 20 & 27) from 3:00-4:00 pm in the gym. Participants are asked to bring a snack, water, and a change of clothes if desired. Please make sure there is a designated person for 4:00 pm pickup at the Bancroft parking lot. -Mr. McGuigan
Dates: Every Tuesday in February and March (no class 2/20)
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Bancroft gym
Grades : 5-8
Cost: Free for Crossroads students - $25 for non-Crossroads students
Coaching Staff: Alex Jaccaci & Matt McGuigan
What to bring: Sneakers & gym clothes, snack and water
For more information and to register : Please click here .

Recreational Volleyball (2/7)
Crossroads Recreational Volleyball (grades 5-8) will focus on developing individual skills and the fundamentals of team play for the beginner as well as the experienced volleyball player. Non-Crossroads students are also welcome to join us, so Crossroads participants can consider inviting their friends from the community to join them for this unique and fun opportunity. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and practice with occasional guests who are current Dartmouth players and assistant coaches.
Note: We will begin each session with a quick after-school snack.
Dates: Wednesdays - February 7, 14 & 28; March 7, 14, 21, & 28; April 4, 11 & 25

Time:  2:15-3:30 pm

Location: Bancroft gymnasium

Grades: 5-8

Cost: Free for Crossroads students; $25 for non-Crossroads students

Availability: Registration for this session will begin 1/8/2018.

Coaching Staff: Gilad Doron, Dartmouth's Head Women's Volleyball Coach, and his wife Jennifer Thomas, a former collegiate/professional player, have twenty years of experience developing young volleyball players across the country. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with coach Doron and coach Thomas as well as occasional guests who are current Dartmouth players and assistant coaches. This is a unique opportunity for young players in our community to learn from professional coaching staff.
What to bring: Participants should wear comfortable gym shorts and sneakers. Knee pads are recommended. Please bring an after-school snack and a water bottle.
To register: Please click here.

From the Health Office

Please consider participating with your child in the "On Doctoring" program at Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Adam Weinstein, a pediatrician at DHMC and Geisel School of Medicine, is coordinating the pediatric program for medical students. This will be an excellent learning opportunity not only for the Geisel students but also for our Crossroads students who may have an interest in health care or medicine. For more information, please click here.

New Hampshire Academy of Science (NHAS)  http://nhacadsci.org/
The NHAS STEM Lab, located on the Crossroads Academy campus in Lyme, NH, is a state-of-the-art facility that is equipped with advanced scientific instruments supporting research across the STEM fields. Our summer programs are instructed by PhD scientists and engineers. This is a rare opportunity to do authentic hands-on research with professional scientists and engineers. 
Program Dates

June 15-July 6, 2018         July 9-July 27, 2018         
We offer two, 3-week research programs that will run for about seven hours per day during the summer of 2018. Any middle or high school student may participate in up to two programs in a single summer. Students work in groups of up to three students. Each group will be involved in developing their own research project.
As part of an authentic STEM experience, each participant will be encouraged to utilize creative thinking and analytical skills to develop their own scientific hypothesis and design their own investigation. Expert scientists will guide the participants through literature research to develop a sound experimental design and choose from a variety of experimental techniques available in our lab to execute their experiments. Successful completion of each investigation will require engineering and problem-solving skills as the participant builds and adapts scientific instruments to the evolving needs of their investigation. By the last week, students will analyze their data, write an abstract, and present their research to professional scientists, other students, and guests. Students in eighth grade or older are also given the opportunity to submit an abstract and research paper to the NHAS. If accepted, students will be invited to publish their work and participate in the American Junior Academy of Science.
To apply, visit the following link
The NHAS is a charitable organization committed to providing STEM research opportunities to any serious student. Financial aid requests can be accessed on our website. The NHAS STEM lab is located on the campus of Crossroads Academy at 95 Dartmouth College Highway, Lyme, NH. The NHAS is funded in part by a federal and state workforce development grant and also through the generous support of The Couch Family Foundation, The Byrne Foundation, the Hope Foundation, and community members of the Upper Valley. 

  Parent Association News

Thank You from the PA
Thank you to the kindergarten and first grade families for providing a wonderful array of food for the Crossroads faculty to enjoy on the first Friday of the New Year! This is one of the ways we give thanks to our treasured faculty, and it is deeply appreciated.

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