September 11,  2017
Middle School students attending the Hulbert Outdoor Center


Table of Contents

Mr. McGuigan helping a student at the Hulbert Outdoor Center


  A Note From The Board of Trustees

Dear Friends,
 
I am probably the last person to welcome you to the Crossroads 2017/18 school year! But I know I speak for your entire Board of Trustees when I say that we are so grateful you have made the choice as a family to join our wonderful school community. I spent some time in early meetings with our terrific new teachers as they started their Crossroads journey, and I was so impressed both with their talents and energy and with the planning that had gone into getting them quickly up to speed. This is not a shy bunch: indeed, they were already stepping up to ask questions and even to lead activities with their new colleagues. I left feeling so confident that this will be, as we often say, the BEST YEAR EVER!  
 
Please check out the Crossroads website for a new page on your Board's work and role in the workings of this independent school. We are holding our first meeting of the year tomorrow and have set ourselves an ambitious agenda, as we look out strategically at the next years in Crossroads path forward. We are hoping to help set the parameters for wise decision-making, while making sure we stay within our purview, leaving the nuts and bolts of the work ahead to our most professional administrators and faculty. We will try hard to listen well and to lead with transparency and dedication. We are so grateful for the chance to share the road with each one of you and with your amazing children who make the work so worthwhile every day. Thank you so much, and I look forward to meeting you during the year ahead!   
 
Posie Taylor, President of the Board of Trustees
 

  Virtues for this Month

September: Respect and Responsibility
 
Respect is treating others with high regard regardless of their race, their place, or the color of their face!

Responsibility is doing your part for the groups that make us whole.

Middle School students enjoying the Hulbert Outdoor Center


  Head's Note

Crossroads teachers start the year with the Core Virtues of Respect and Responsibility, and for good reason. These are fundamental qualities that serve as the foundation for much of what Crossroads does throughout the year.  And with this common understanding and shared expectations for how to be with each other and do what's expected, so much more can be accomplished between now and June.

As you may have heard, this year I am writing a weekly blog for the DailyUV, under the category of EducationUV that can be found here. In a blog that will appear on September 14,  I write about the importance for developing a "sense of belonging." In essence, belonging to a community is essential for every student's progress throughout the year. And I believe developing a sense of belonging has its roots in our Core Virtues of respect and responsibility. For once these virtues are fostered, it helps all of us develop greater care for our community and the environment where we spend our days.

As I sit in on classes and observe students on the playground, I am struck by all of the wonderful opportunities students have to learn these two virtues.  I am so proud to be part of a school where essential teaching moments are fully utilized for their immediate value and where we are intentionally setting long-term goals for having every student feel a sense of belonging during the school year.

-Yours truly, Brad
 
Follow me on Twitter @ CrossroadsHead.


  Admissions Office News

Greetings from the Admissions Office! I hope everyone is adjusting well to the new school year. Please know that I am here to support your family in helping to make this a smooth transition, as I know that challenges sometimes arise when beginning a new school year. The commute to and from school can be especially challenging for some families. Why not share a ride to save gas, time, and the environment? Please send me an email if you have interest in carpooling, and I'd be happy to send you contact information for Crossroads families who live near you. What a great way to connect with old and new friends alike and build a stronger school community!

Have a lovely week! -Warmly, Marilyn


  School News

Family picnic sponsored by the Parent Association

Afternoon Assistant in the Kindergarten 
 
Crossroads is conducting a search for an additional part-time assistant in the kindergarten class to help with afternoon activities eight hours per week (two hours per afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). For more information or to apply, please contact Brad Choyt.  

Photo Day: (9/19)
 
On Tuesday, September 19, Mark DeToma Photography will be at Crossroads to take portraits of each student. All students will have photographs taken for school records and will receive a complimentary class picture. A make-up photo session opportunity for absentees will be on Grandparents Day, October 6. If you have any questions, please e-mail Marion Frazer at marion.frazer@crossroadsacademy.org.

Raising Screenwise Kids, presented by Dr. Devorah Heitner, PhD (9/27)

Parents often have questions about technology safety at home and in school. Consider attending this Upper Valley parent education opportunity.
On September 27, 2017, from 6:30-8:00 pm, " Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World" will be presented by the Dorothy Campion Corcoran Fall Lecture Series of Good Beginnings at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital Auditorium E-F, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH. www.raisingdigitalnatives.com
This event is sponsored in part by the Norwich Women's Club and the Norwich Bookstore.
For more information, please contact:info@gbuv.org.
Running Club is coming to Crossroads! (9/26)
 
Introduction Running Club is now available here at Crossroads! Starting September 26 all the way until October 31, every Tuesday is Youth Running Club. Students in this club will work on cardiovascular exercises to get the heart pumping and feet moving. Here at Crossroads we have miles of beautiful trails to explore. Students will be able to enjoy the outdoors and run the trail daily.  
 
Description:  The Running Club is for grades K-4. Each day will be packed with cardiovascular exercises and activities. This is a great way for students in this age-group to get outside and get moving.
 
Dates:  September 26 (3:00-4:00 pm);  October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (3:00-4:00 pm)
Registration begins 9/12.
  
Time:  Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm
 
Location:  Bancroft gymnasium
 
Cost: Free for Crossroads students
 
Coaching staff: Matt McGuigan and Bruce Hammond
 
What to Bring: Water bottle, snacks, shoes, sweater or jacket for the cold days, and active wear for running
 
For more information and to register : Please click here .

Grandparents Day (10/6)
 
Grandparents Day will soon be here on Friday, October 6! At this event grandparents/special friends are welcomed at Crossroads to spend time in classrooms, hear students presenting poems and songs, have a photo taken with their grandchildren, and enjoy refreshments. Our hope is that every child will have a grandparent/grandfriend, parent, or older sibling here to share the day with him or her.
 
Invitations have been sent to all grandparents we have on record. If you want to make sure we have your family's grandparents' contact information, please e-mail Marion Frazer. As well, if a grandparent you anticipate attending Grandparents Day has special needs we should be aware of, please let Marion know.
 
We look forward to warmly welcoming grandparents to Crossroads on October 6!


  Parent Association News

Spirit Gear  Sale (9/5-9/19)
 
Good news--we have a new Spirit Gear vendor who offers not only the traditional items everyone loves, but also a tremendous variety of outerwear and accessories. So if you need t-shirts or sweatshirts, of course they're available. But if you were hoping for hats, scarves, jackets, bags...even stadium blankets...those are now available as well. During the Spirit Gear sale (9/5-9/19), you can order anything from the sale flyer at 10% off the regular price, and it will be shipped to the school free of charge and then sent home with your child. If you don't see what you are looking for on the sale flyer (or just want to browse all the cool new stuff), the full array of offerings is available through the  online store  during the sale period and throughout the year. Items not on the flyer will incur a shipping fee and will be drop-shipped to your home. The Crossroads Academy Parent Association will earn 15% of all sale and non-sale purchase prices, and the items on the flyer will be sent out two weeks after the sale ends (arriving around the first week in October). So get set for the cold weather with all your Crossroads Spirit Gear, and help support the PA at the same time. Please feel free to contact  Deb Hoffer  with any questions.

SCREENAGERS (9/12)
 
We encourage you to attend a community screening of the documentary film SCREENAGERS on Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 pm at the Lyme School. This film focuses on the impact of screen time on children's development--personal and in relation to family and school--and offers empowering screen time management solutions for children.
 
A trailer and information about the film can be found here

Lunch Program (9/15)
 
The PA would like to send a friendly reminder that the Lunch Program begins today, September 11, and payment is due in check form by September 15, delivered to the blue envelope in the entrance to Klee. Thank you for participating!

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