- October 8, 2021 -
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and important announcements!
Fall Festival
As summer’s warmth fades and the cool crispness of autumn falls upon us, mother nature’s fruits and vegetables ripen for harvest. These gifts help sustain us through the dark, cold days of winter, and remind us to summon our own gifts and inner strength to help balance our internal light with the darkness of the season.

Our Fall Festival is a celebration of nature's harvest as well as our own strength and courage. This season is a good time to ponder our own inner dragons, both internal and external, and cultivate the courage and strength necessary for growth.
On this spectacular fall day, the entire Gathering Waters student community (grades K-9) gathered together at Robin Hood Park to enjoy the bounty of the season and to test our strength! We enjoyed pressing apples for cider and planting bulbs for the spring.
We honored Mother Nature by creating a beautiful mandala with her gifts.
We demonstrated our determination and agility with games, relays, an obstacle course and fun with a parachute!
A joyous celebration was had by all! Thank you to all of the teachers and parent volunteers that made it possible!
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences will be held October 27, 28 and 29. School ends for all grades at 12:30. Children should bring a snack, but do not need to pack a lunch.

For the children regularly signed up for aftercare, it begins at 12:30 on all three days.
Drop-in aftercare will be available (if needed) specifically for those children whose parents are having a conference. Please contact Fiona ASAP (603-733-8701 or office@gatheringwaterscharter.org) if you will need this service as there are limited slots available.

Sign-ups for the conferences will be forth coming from your child's class teacher, so be on the lookout!
Craft Fair News
As part of the Gathering Waters Crafts Fair fundraiser, we will be offering a secondhand boutique sale! You can donate your high quality, un-used or gently used items prior to the event. Items will be priced at less than 20% of new retail pricing, so you’re sure to find excellent deals, and all the sales proceeds will go to Gathering Waters! For guidelines on donations and other ways you can contribute, please read CLICK HERE.
First Friday Coffee Hour
Our initial 'First Friday Coffee Hour' was a wonderful success! Parents joined our administrator, Luke Goodwin, and Parent Council reps and enjoyed warm coffee, delicious treats and lively conversation. It was a nice opportunity to share stories and get to know each other. Watch your newsletters for an announcement regarding next month's gathering. We will again have coffee, tea and baked goods to share with anyone who is able to come! Contact Sara Norris with any questions at  sara.norris@gatheringwaterscharter.org 
Announcements and Upcoming School Events
  • Reminder: No School Tue. 10/12 (faculty/staff workshop)

  • Parent Council Meeting October 14th 6:30-8:30 pm, 98 South Lincoln Street. All are welcome!

  • Gathering Waters Craft Fair November 19-20th
Community Support
Upper School Office Manager Position

GW is looking to complete our administrative team with a full-time Upper School office manager.

Position Purpose and Scope: The Upper School Office Manager works to support the Lead Administrator, the Business Administrator and the Upper School faculty in the efficient and effective management of the Upper School facility. As part of a dynamic administrative team, the Upper School Office Manager will develop systems and administrative processes that allow for streamlining and strategy, creativity and collaboration.
Handwork Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for volunteers to help children in Grades 1 and 2 with knitting projects and Grade 3 with crochet. Learning to knit and crochet is a hands-on experience that is most successful when there is enough individual attention.
The excitement for the children in learning these new skills and being part of helping them to learn is equally rewarding!

We are hoping to compile a list of volunteers that teachers leading the Handwork classes can draw from to assist with teaching these much loved experiences.
If you have time on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, beginning at 11:00 AM and would enjoy helping a small group of children learn these skills, please let us know your interest. Any time you are willing to help would be greatly appreciated.

Once I hear from you and know your skill set, I will send out the specific times for you to confirm your availability.

Please contact me with your interest or questions at


Gathering Waters is a K-12 school community cultivating lifelong capacities for creativity, critical thinking, compassionate moral strength, and purposeful action.