From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: March 8, 2016
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Never mind the saying about the lion and the lamb …. did you know that March is Music in Our Schools month and Youth Art Month? Our calendar is packed with events in both visual and performing arts and I encourage all of you to attend at least one of these events. Our Fine Arts and Family/Consumer Studies Director, Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, has put together an amazing variety of concerts and art exhibits. She said this about Music in Our Schools Month:
“Arts are at the core of learning. A dramatic movement in cognitive understanding began n the 1970s, based on research that substantiated that the arts are critical to education and learning. Ernest Boyer of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching said, ‘During the past quarter century, literally thousands of school-based programs have demonstrated beyond question that the arts can not only bring coherence to our fragmented academic world but through the arts, students’ performance in other academic disciplines can be enhanced as well.’ Howard Gardner of Harvard University developed the groundbreaking theory of multiple intelligences which broadened our view of how humans learn and realize their potential.
The arts are rigorous, challenging academic subjects. The arts are more than entertainment and fun – they are intellectual disciplines of substance. To attain competence in the arts, students need to gain literacy with complex, non-verbal symbols. The students have to use the higher-order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation in their performance and artwork. Creativity is naturally developed through the arts. Arts education requires students to use their creative abilities and to deepen them.
The students of the Milton Music Department and the Visual Arts Department are so proud to share their work with the school community, their families, and the public at various events listed below that will celebrate March as Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month.”
March 8 MIOSM Strings Concerts, grades 5-12, 7pm at Milton High School.
March 10-12 All State Conference and Festival (concert on 3/12) Boston
March 15 MIOSM Band Concert, Grades 5-12, 7pm at Milton High School
March 22 In-School Concert, K, Grades 1 and 2, 9:15am Cunningham
March 24 Music Department Cabaret Talent Show, 7pm at Milton High School
March 24 In-School Concert, K, Grades 1 and 2, 9:15am, Collicot School
March 28 Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Glover Elementary
March 29 Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Cunningham Elementary
March 30 Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Milton High School
March 31 Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Collicot & Tucker Elementary Schools
March 31 In-School Concert, K, Grades 1 and 2, 9:15am, Glover Elementary
April 1 Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7, Pierce Middle School
I would also like to remind our MPS families that one of our largest supporters of arts and cultural programming is conducting its annual fundraiser right now. If you have received an excise tax bill, please be sure to read the enclosed appeal letter from M-PACE, a well-established program in the Milton Public Schools.
M-PACE (Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment) is a cultural enrichment program which brings art, music and drama opportunities to Milton Public Schools students at a level they might not otherwise experience.
For the past few years, members of the community have donated generously to the schools through this excise tax option, and with continued support, the schools hope to continue providing the same level of enrichment to their students. Over the past few years, your donations have been used to provide the following experiences:
- Fourth-grade students in all of Milton’s elementary schools have been given the opportunity to attend a Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert at Symphony Hall. This experience provides a foundation for music appreciation and enjoyment of the symphony.
- Pierce Middle School seventh-graders are presented with Historia Antiqua, a program which brings the world of ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians into the classroom.
- Milton High School students have attended productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – performed in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.
- Milton High School eleventh-graders visit the House of Blues in Cambridge for a presentation of American culture and history through an exploration of blues music, blues-inspired music and related folk art.
Check-off forms are enclosed in the recently-mailed excise tax bills. For those residents who lease their cars, donations can be mailed to: Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment, c/o Treasurer’s Office, 525 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186. Under the terms of the Educational Reform Act, any money you add to your tax payment “is to be used solely to provide supplemental funding for local educational needs.” The amount is fully deductible on Federal and State income tax.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
Those of you who would like to attend School Committee meetings should note that nearly all of our meetings are now being held in the Milton Access Television’s cable studio, which is located in Room 245 at Milton High School, just down the hall from the auditorium.
There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, on February 22nd and March 2nd. Those meetings will be summarized in my next E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm in the cable studio (Room 245) at Milton High School.
Please be aware that Parent/Teacher conferences are being held on Thursday, March 10th. Conferences will be held at each school in the afternoon and evenings. If you have not yet scheduled an appointment, please contact the main office of your child’s school as soon as possible to do so.
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We had a very successful Grade One Information night last night in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. For those of you who missed this event, we have posted both the Grade One Info Night and the Kindergarten Info Night presentation on our main website. Please review the timeline below to be aware of upcoming events and deadlines:
- District-Wide STEM Night – Friday, March 11th
- Grade One Program Selection Forms distributed to families – Monday, March 14th
- Grade One Program Selection Forms due to school offices – Thursday, March 24th
- School-based and District-wide lotteries for French Immersion (if necessary) – Week of March 28th
- Program assignments communicated to families – Week of April 6th
- If French Seats are still available, lottery for students who entered MPS after March 1st but before June 30th – early July 2016
- If French Seats are still available, lottery for students new to MPS after June 30th – August 2016
- Teacher Assignments Communicated to Families – August 2016
- School-based waiting lists close – 10th day of school
Also, please see the following item from our Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding:
Good afternoon 5th Grade Families! I am excited to invite you to Pierce Middle School’s 5th Grade Information Night on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 PM in the Pierce Middle School auditorium. Pierce Middle School is devoted to supporting the unique needs of pre-adolescents/adolescents. We know well that the middle school years are a unique time in the life of a child, and so design programming that will support and enhance social and intellectual growth during this critical time. We are extremely proud of our faculty, staff, and students and want to share with you the many enriching opportunities available to your student.
In addition, in an effort to smooth the transition from elementary school to middle school, the Pierce Middle School offers a summer program, Welcome to Middle School. Welcome to Middle School is led by Pierce staff and is your child’s opportunity to meet students from the other elementary schools, become familiar with the Pierce Middle School, meet some of our staff, and, most importantly, have some fun! Please see the attached flyer for more information. (Please note- students should sign up for one session as the sessions are identical.) This flyer is also available on the Pierce Middle School Edline site. By the way…while you are there, I encourage you to read some of the Pierce Pages newsletters to learn more about the wonderful experience your child will have at the Pierce Middle School!
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A team of students from Milton High School will be travelling to Colorado to compete in the Lifesmarts Championships Tournament in April. Our team, Milton Strong, won first place in the 2016 Massachusetts LifeSmarts State Championship held last month. The team will now move on to represent Massachusetts in the 22nd National LifeSmarts Championship April 9-12 in Denver, Colorado. Sponsored by the National Consumer League, LifeSmarts is an academically rigorous and engaging competition in which all teams compete multiple times and top teams and individual students are recognized for high achievement. Congratulations to Captain Nolan Carvalho and Sindhu Banerjee, Liam Chase, Harry Kong, Brandon Musto and Coach Paul Arenburg. I’d also like to recognize their former coach, Nancy Mikels, who helped prepare them in advance. If you would like to make a donation to help support the team’s trip to Denver, please scroll down to “Grant/Fundraising News” and make a donation on their GoFundMe site.
The following item was sent to us by Lori Henry, one of our Future Problem Solving coaches:
Great news from our Future Problem Solving teams! One of our Tucker teams (Emily Gallagher, Ellis Wallace, Priya Shaw and Logan Do), one of our Cunningham teams (Sophie Kosiba, Sofia Porros-Avalos, Ariana Ruiz and Will Kelley) and two of our Pierce teams (in the Junior Division: Anderson Korman, Barron Clancy, William Matejka and Ian Gravallese; and in the Middle Division: Dominique Thomas, Zoe Malouf, Claire Walko and Abigail Files) have been invited to the FPS State Bowl on April 2nd at Clark University in Worcester. Additionally, our coaches will also be able to bring one individual to compete for every team that wasn’t invited. Based on the students’ enthusiasm for FPS I think we’ll have many interested individuals! The topic at the State Bowl is “The Global Workplace,” so if any MPS parents/guardians are experts in this field, we could use your help getting our team ready for the competition. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to volunteer.
The following item was sent to us by April Allegrezza, music teacher for Collicot & Cunningham Elementary Schools:
Twenty-eight elementary and middle school students from the Milton Public Schools successfully auditioned and were selected to be participants in the 2016 Massachusetts All-State Chorus. Music teachers April Allegrezza, Colleen Martin and Dawn Sykes auditioned all students who wished to try-out and then selected and recorded ten students from each of their schools-Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker Elementary fifth graders and Pierce Middle School sixth graders. The students from Milton represent one-third of the 210 piece chorus which is comprised of students from all over the State of Massachusetts! The Massachusetts All-State Treble Chorus will be performing two sold-out concerts at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference to on Saturday, March 12th at the Seaport Hotel and Conference Center in Boston.
Front Row from left: Logan Do (Tucker), Sammi Fitton (Glover), Charlotte Dangel (Collicot), Anya Weinstein (Cunningham), Lily McLaughlin (Cunningham) Row two: Rohan Meier (Pierce), Isabella Fiske (Glover), Delia Gaff (Pierce), Timothy Fay (Tucker), Onosetale Odion Ukpebor (Tucker) Row three: Ian Gravallese (Pierce), Christopher Barrett (Pierce), Fiona McCarthy (Glover), Anna Dembowski (Glover), Ava Lundbohm (Pierce), Ian Wick (Tucker) Row four: Kiera Glazer (Cunningham), Isabella Baylon (Tucker), Lily Lane (Cunningham), Priya Shaw (Tucker), Victoria Williams (Pierce) Row five: Anna Radley (Pierce), Kaitlin Schleicher (Tucker), Nicolas Maldonado (Collicot), Brynn Mershon (Collicot), Brendan Reardon (Pierce), Jordan Elliott(Pierce) absent: Sadie Leggett (Glover)
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The cafeteria at the Pierce Middle School was recently transformed into a laboratory during the school’s annual Science Fair. Students explored topics from atoms to earthworms and took time to educate their classmates, teachers and their families on all things science. Photos below, credit and thanks to Pierce and Cunningham parent John Gillooly.
Photo on left: Caroline Gannon displays a worm at the Pierce Middle School Science Fair. Photo on right: Pierce students explore whether plants can survive on other liquids. From left: Elizabeth McGill, Rose Gillooly and Lucia Dwyer.
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Please note that STEM night will be held on Friday, March 11th at 6:30 in the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria. Bring your kindergarten student to this event, where the whole family can learn about the STEM/Innovation Pathway program in a hands-on atmosphere. This is an opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions.
MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT
The following item was sent to us by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden and Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:
It is still very cold outside but Milton Summer Enrichment 2016 will be here in 4 shorts months. At this time, I would like to communicate important information about the summer program. This will serve as the first of many communications about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE).
Administration for MSE: We have a new administrative team working hard in preparation for MSE 2016. Mrs. Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org) can answer questions about Red Shirts and volunteer opportunities. She will also be available when it is time to register, change courses or make payments. Mr. Donovan (email@example.com) can take questions about Middle and High School academic credit courses. All other questions about MSE can be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Cunningham at 617-696-4285 daily between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Courses: We are currently recruiting staff for MSE. This process involves finding skilled staff to teach and balancing course offerings for all age levels. We hope to bring back all of our popular offerings as well as new courses that will be fun and engaging for students. This year, we hope to offer more courses around STEM, keyboarding, and the Arts. Once course offerings are finalized, we will send an At a Glance Document to help prepare you for registration. This document will be sent in April.
Registration: Online registration will take place in April. We will also have drop in times at Cunningham School and Milton High School. All courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to register. We will not leave the online registration open until the start of MSE. If you miss the online registration window, you will have to register in person during a drop in time (TBD).
April 15, 2016 – At a Glance Document
April 15, 2016 – Brochure for MSE
April 26, 2016 – Family ID Live Registration
May 27, 2016 – End of online registration
TBD – Onsite Registrations
Tuition: The tuition for MSE is subject to change pending a decision by the Milton School Committee.
1 Course = $150 2 Courses = $300 3 Courses + $450
4 Courses = $560 Pre – k = $600 Family Max = $1,050
Pricing for academic credit courses will be shared in a later communication.
Dates: MSE will be held at Milton High School and run from Monday – Thursday. The program will begin on June 27, 2016 and end on July 28, 2016. These dates can change due to snow days that are made up in June.
Again, this is the first of many communications. If you have questions about MSE please contact me at email@example.com. If you would like to speak with me, you may call Cunningham School at (617) 696 – 4285 after 3 p.m. Mondays – Fridays. I am looking forward to another great year of MSE!
Hoping for a heat wave soon to get everyone in the summer spirit!
FAMILY LIAISON NEWS
This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison. Contact information: email; firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone # 617 980 7343
The definition of kindness is “the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.”
Many of our elementary schools dedicate time during the school year to celebrate kindness. For example, the Cunningham Elementary School is celebrating kindness during the month of March. Each week of the month the students are filling a bucket with acts of kindness when they are “caught” practicing in their school, classroom, homes, community and world. The Collicot Elementary School had The Great Kindness Challenge during the week of January 25-29, 2016 where students kept track of good deeds done, encouraged kind behavior through posters hung around the school and participated in a Kind Coins for Kenya initiative which raised $885.28 to help build a new school in Kenya.
Kindness is shown in many different places and ways. The Milton Public Schools are very fortunate to have many members of the community who frequently demonstrate the attributes of kindness through volunteering their talents, donating their time and giving generously to the children of Milton.
One such act of kindness was demonstrated this December when over 250 Milton children in need received gifts through the Milton Residents Funds’ Holiday Gift Program at the First Parish Church. A special thank you to Diane Ferrari and Maura Doherty of the Milton Residents Fund for their kindness in coordinating the gift drive and volunteers. Through a collaborative effort of kindness the holidays were made a little brighter for many Milton families experiencing hardship. The Milton Public Schools would like to send out a special thank you to the many individuals who sent in financial contributions, Nancy Lanata , Liaison at the Milton Community Food Pantry, the many volunteers, family and friends, who carefully sorted and bagged all the gifts for the December 19th distribution day and the following groups for the kindness they demonstrated in contributing to the gift drive during the holiday season.
Milton Helping Hands
Girl Scout Troop #74094
Collicot Elementary School
Cunningham Elementary School
Glover Elementary School
First Parish Unitarian Church
Milton Town Clerk’s Office
Milton Junior Woman’s Club
Milton Women’s Club
The Corcoran Family & Friends
Juliann Bridgeman & Friends
Dr. Ivana Adamov DDS & Staff
Erin Donahoe & Family
Friends of The Council On Aging
Knitters for the Needy
St. Elizabeth’s Church
St. Michael’s Church
St. Mary of The Hills Church
St. Agatha’s Church
Nancy Lanata, Milton Food Pantry
Congratulations to our MHS Lifesmarts Team (see item above, under Curriculum News). This team will be travelling to Denver, Colorado to compete at the National level. They are fundraising to offset the cost of the trip. Anyone wishing to donate to the team can click here: https://www.gofundme.com/lifesmarts?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=body_photo&utm_campaign=upd_n
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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Playground Planners, a new group in Milton who are raising funds and awareness to improve the town’s existing playgrounds.
This March, we invite you to support our local businesses who support Milton Playground Planners! Shop with these business on the dates listed below and they will contribute a portion of proceeds to MPP:
- The Milton Times – 20% of all new subscriptions (print OR online) purchased in March
- Boston Sensory Solutions – 15% of March and April Sensory Strong Kids movement classes with code “MPP”
- Grono & Christie – 15% of sales of children’s jewelry in March
- Milton Hill Sport & Spa – 15% of new memberships paid in full March 18-20
- The Ice Creamsmith – 15% of sales every Monday in March
- The Nutshell – 15% of sales every Monday in March
- Body Benefits Day Spa – 15% of sales on Sunday, March 13
- The Toy Box – 20% of sales during the month of March when mentioning the code “MPP” (phone sales included, delivery to Milton available)
- Refresh by Julie – 20% of sales from new clients when mentioning the code “MPP”
- Plus make a donation through our website and be entered in a raffle to win a gift certificate to Christine’s Day Spa!
- We’d like to thank Republic of Wellness for their contribution as well!
Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page and check out our website at www.miltonplaygroundplanners.com to find out more. Thank you for your continued support as we work toward our goal of raising $750,000 to renovate our town’s playgrounds for our kids and our community!
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
The following item was sent to us by MPS Food Service Director Jackie Morgan:
Sipping on Sugar – Rethink your Drink — More Water, Please! Choosing water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages is a healthier option, it contains no calories, sugar, or fat. Water is a refreshing drink that your body needs. Adults and children need to drink water throughout the day to stay healthy and hydrated. So, offering your child 6-8 oz of water with meals and snacks can be a great way to ensure they stay hydrated. If your child is not a big fan of water, then it’s time to flavor their water by adding sliced lemons, lime, strawberries, orange, grapefruit, cucumber, apple, berries, melon, or pineapple. The Milton Schools offers milk and water at all of its schools.
If someone gave you a cup full of sugar and asked you to drink it, would you? Or would you allow your child to add 56 grams or more of sugar to his or her beverage? Well, if your child or teen drinks a typical 20-ounce soda, then they might as well fill a cup with sugar and sip on it because it contains on average 56-77 grams of sugar!! Not only what food we eat matters and can affect our health, but also what we drink – every sip counts! Sipping on sugary-sweetened beverages can add unnecessary calories to your child’s diet with very little or no nutrients needed for healthy growth. A fun exercise with your children is actually measuring out the amount of sugar into a container or bag and having this visual guide to show how much sugar is actually in certain beverages.
As found in many studies, sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, sport drinks, fruit punch, flavored water, flavored milk, and fruit juice are considered the largest contributor of added sugar in an American diet. On average, kids between the ages of 6-11 drink about 15 ounces of soda a day, and adolescents get 11% of their calories or 15 teaspoons of sugar from soft drinks1. There are many contributors to childhood obesity; however, the high consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks amongst kids is considered the largest contributor.
It might be hard to say “no” to your child or teen when it comes to drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, especially with the constant non-stop advertisement geared towards them to drink these beverages. But before you feel guilty about saying “no”, let’s take a closer look at how many teaspoons of sugar are in these popular drinks:
Drink Size of Container Teaspoons of sugar per container
Soda 20 fl. oz. bottle 17 tsp.
Sports Drink 20 fl. oz. bottle 9 tsp.
Energy Drink 16 fl. oz. can 15 tsp.
Juice Drink 20 fl. oz. bottle 17 tsp.
Sweetened Tea 20 fl. oz. bottle 14 tsp.
Vitamin-added Water 20 fl. oz. bottle 8 tsp.
Fruit-flavored Soda 12.5 fl. oz. bottle 11 tsp.
Chart adapted from the California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California
Always Read Before You Buy:
The good news is that you can choose healthier beverage options for yourself and family, and greatly influence your kid’s preferences at an early age! You can avoid excess calories from sugary drinks by reading “Nutrition Facts” label located in the back of the beverage container. There are few things you need to look for when reading “Nutrition Facts” label:
Serving size: It’s important to pay attention to serving size because sometimes there are more than one serving in a beverage container.
Calories: Beverage containers may give the calories for only part of the contents, so don’t forget to do the math and multiply calories by the number of servings, for example, if one serving of fruit punch is 180 calories , but there is 2 ½ servings in the same container, then multiply 180 x 2 ½ = 450 calories
Sugar, sugar, SUGAR: You definitely want to look at how much sugar is in your drink to limit added sugar consumption. Divide the total grams of sugar by 4 to figure out how many teaspoons are inside your drink (4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon). If the beverage container has more than one serving then multiply the number of teaspoons by the number of servings to get the total number of teaspoons of sugar.
Your kid will most likely drink a sugary beverage if they find it in the kitchen. It can be a lot easier to help them avoid drinking sugar-sweetened drinks that cause excessive weight gain and cavities, if they don’t exist at home. Instead purchase low fat milk, 100% fruit juice (4 oz = 1 fruit serving), and unsweetened beverages. You could also make fun smoothies with low fat milk and fruits!
Remember sugary drinks = extra calories = extra weight. So remind yourself to rethink your drink for a better and healthier you!
PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS
On March 16th, the SEPAC will be hosting the PCG (Public Consulting Group), who will make a presentation similar to their recent School Committee presentation. The PCG will present an overview of their recent study of the Milton Public Schools’ Special Education program and will discuss their recommendations. All are invited to attend this event, scheduled for 7pm at Glover Library. If you wish to see the PCG presentation to School Committee, please click here.
The following item was sent to us by the MFE’s Celebration for Education co-chairs: Darryl Elliott, Eileen Heller, William Resnick and Angela Van Allen
Get ready to celebrate! The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) will commemorate its 20th Anniversary at Celebration 2016, “Empowering Teachers, Enriching Students” on Saturday, April 9, at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Registration and cocktails are at 6:30pm, with dinner and program to follow. The Jeep Raffle winner will be announced.
(It’s back! Contact Liddie Sutter at email@example.com or any MPS office!)
Festive cocktail attire is encouraged and anyone interested can buy tickets here: (https://miltonfoundation.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/Celebration2016/BuyTicketsNow/tabid/744578/Default.aspx)
$95 ticket price $65 ticket price for teachers (thanks to a generous donor)
Includes After Party at Vincent’s!
Safe-Sitter is a one-day course for young persons, ages 11-13, before they begin actively baby-sitting. Safe-Sitter uses discussion, practice and role-playing to teach participants more about: how to handle emergencies, safety precautions, caring for an infant or child, and calling for emergency help.
DATE: Saturday, April 30 TIME: 9 AM – 3 PM
PLACE: Nangeroni Education Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton
COST: $50, pre-registration required. Call 617-696-8810 to register. Space is limited!
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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton along with the physicians of Milton Primary Care and Milton Physician Organization, are pleased to announce the 7th Annual Diabetes Fair to be held Saturday, April 23rd at the Lantana in Randolph.
Each year, the fair strives to meet the needs of the community by providing free information regarding treatment and prevention of diabetes. This year’s fair will include a series of informative presentations from our leading diabetes experts who will discuss nutrition, heart health, proper care and treatment of your eyes, and the latest on medications. In addtion, guests will enjoy watching an exciting cooking demonstration, and have the option of participating in free foot screenings provided by podiatrist Joel Chariton, DPM. Chaired by William Cobb, MD, speakers include Mercy Devadoss, RD, CDE; Cardiologist Scott Lutch, MD; Opthalmologist Veena Mathew, MD; and Endocrinologist Manfred Ernesti, MD.
Our presenters, along with a gallery of exhibitors offering helpful information and literature on the latest in diabetes care, will help provide answers about the best ways to manage diabetes. A complimentary diabetic-friendly lunch will be served. Anyone interested in attending may register by calling 617-696-8810 by April 18th.
NEWS AROUND TOWN
The Milton Art Center is offering the following courses:
MPS Early Release Day Crafting Workshop, Wed., Mar. 2, 2-4 p.m. Christine Jorge, an instructor for Milton Community Schools, will help students create and customize their very own rooms in a castle, spaceship, secret lair or even their own house using paper engineering techniques and some imagination. Cost is $15 per child (grades K-5).
Lucky Rainbow Wind Catcher Workshop, Sat., Mar. 12, 10-11:30 a.m. No need to chase leprechauns – in this workshop Christine Jorge will help children create their own vertical rainbow with a four-leaf clover for a bit of luck! Cost is $15 per child (grades K-5).
Mel O’Drama St. Patrick’s Day Workshop, Sun., Mar.13, 12-3 p.m. This workshop will incorporate theatre games, improvisation and rehearsal of an original production where the leprechauns steal the magic from the fairies which they must recover! Parents/family/friends of the participants will be invited into our workshop for the last 15 minutes to watch the final product. Cost of the workshop is $125 per child (ages 6-10); $99 if registered by March 1.
Please visit www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register for any of these workshops.
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following items were sent to us by MPL Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:
Spring is coming – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Programs, coloring, games, puppet shows and of course BOOKS are available every day for you to check out.
News flash: The Children’s Room is proud to once again be hosting a PJ Drive with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins. Anytime between now and March 15, families may bring in donations of brand new pajamas in sizes 4/5T through 18/20. Checks made payable to Cradles to Crayons can also be accepted. Help make a difference in the lives of thousands of local children in need!
In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 13 – 19:
Friday, March 18, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5
Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Craft, Ages 2-6
Come to the Story Hour Room for a crafty good time! Each month the Children’s Room will provide instructions and materials for a preschool age-appropriate, seasonal craft. Drop in anytime during the hour and make something lovely to take home! No registration required.
Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9
Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama! Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
The following update was submitted by Athletic Director Alex Campea:
The Winter Athletic Season has concluded for most of our athletic teams. Congratulations all our many Athletes, Coaches and Thank You, to the many members of our Community that supported the teams this past season.
We still have members of our Girls Indoor Track Team & Boys Indoor Track competing this weekend in the Nationals in New York.
Best of Luck to …… Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau, Alexis Belash and Alex Daly on the Girls Team
And to ….. David Perkins, Derek Perkins, Smith Charles and Koby Osazee on the Boys Team.
The Boys Basketball Team, Girls Hockey Team and individual members of Wrestling and Indoor Track qualified for post season MIAA competition.
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Spring Sports Registration is open and available to all athletes. Please visit our website at www.miltonps.org for all the details. Please note FamilyID Registration is not on Edline. Please find all the information on the MHS Homepage under the MHS Athletic link.
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The Booster Club has kicked off its Calendar Raffle Drive. Please support this effort that will benefit all MHS Athletic Teams. All are welcome and invited to join us tonight, Tuesday, 3/8 for the monthly Booster Club Meeting in the Field House in Rm. 133. The meeting begins at 7pm … bring your ideas and energy.
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The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18,or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER- APRIL 30, 2016
Open to all Milton Residents!
To register a child, go to:
http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/ and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration.
For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Other direct contact information:
The following item was submitted by Candy Brown of our Milton Boosters:
Milton High School Boosters Fundraising and Scholarship News
The Milton High Boosters has had a busy year raising money in support of our High School athletes through various fundraising programs, including the annual Swing for Sports golf tournament, the monthly Cans for Cats program, and the Annual Membership Drive. A new “Calendar” fundraiser is now underway in which a raffle prize will be given away every day in April. Calendars can be purchased for $10 until March 29 from student athletes, at the inside concession stand, or by contacting Jeanne Kibble at firstname.lastname@example.org. Local restaurant gift cards, sporting event tickets, and cash are some of the generous prizes. Funds raised will help purchase sports equipment and uniforms, and will support Booster scholarships and the annual athletic awards dinner.
Applications for the 2016 Booster scholarships are now available at our website www.miltonboosters.com, or in the Guidance Department. Applications for scholarships are due by April 15. To be eligible, the athlete’s parent or guardian must be a current Boosters member (registration is available online). For questions on scholarships or becoming a member, please contact Kerri McCarthy at email@example.com.
The next Cans for Cats can & bottle recycling drive will be held Saturday, March 5, at the front entrance of the High School from 9 AM to noontime. Please support the golf team by dropping off your redeemable cans and bottles. The Boosters invites everyone to their next meeting on March 8, which will be held at the High School in room 133 at 7:00 PM. Go Wildcats!
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Pierce Basketball Recap: The Pierce girls basketball team finished on a strong note defeating Pembroke in an exciting overtime finish to complete the team’s last home game of the year. Defense was the key to victory as the girls fortified the interior with excellent play from Ella O’Hanlon, Sarah Palmer, Jami Milliken, Sophia Manning and June Padera. Leadership from Danielle Needham motivated all and ignited Natalia Vega for two momentum shifting shots from long range. Tenacious guard play from Jillian Vaughn and Maeve Ritchie lead to steals and breakaway layups that iced the game. Great job girls!
The Pierce boys’ basketball team won two games at the end of the season, defeating Calvary Chapel Academy and Stoughton. Luke Botsford, Larry Darcy, Andrew Lynch and Sam Phelan led Pierce to a 48-18 victory over Calvary Chapel on Monday. Pierce hosted Stoughton looking to make up for an earlier buzzer beater loss at Stoughton. Pierce started strong and rolled to a 46-23 victory. A very balanced scoring attack was led by John Barros, Earl Tucker, Ryan Mazzotta and Matt Laine. We have had a very successful year going 9-2 with an 8 game winning streak.
Students: I would like to recognize Emily Dobrindt, an 8th grader at Pierce Middle School, who recently served as an ambassador during Project 351. This statewide service project brings 8th graders from across the Commonwealth together to inspire them to serve their communities. Ms. Dobrindt took the message to heart, and is launching a Cradles to Crayons clothing and shoe drive. As part of this project, she will be placing bins in each of our school to collect new or gently worn clothing and shoes. The bins will be in the schools from March 28th to April 1st.
Staff: Please join me in congratulating Dawn Sykes, music teacher at Pierce Middle School, who was recently published in Massachusetts Music News. Ms. Sykes authored an article on “Understanding the Middle School Mind is Key to Success,” in the Winter edition of the periodical. The article touches on the adolescent mind, the challenges of launching a middle school choral program and using humor as a tool to connect with students. We are very proud of Ms. Sykes, whose role as choral director at Pierce Middle School is invaluable.
Volunteers: I’d like to thank three volunteers who helped to make this year’s Tucker Unity Night a rousing success. Thank you to Miriam Lundgren, who spearheaded the effort and organized the evening. Also, thanks to Tucker parents Jeannie Knight and Adrian Williams who helped with choreography and getting our Tucker students up on stage, dancing. It was a memorable event.
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