Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Announcements 11-17-2016


Students may take two fruit servings with each meal. They must take at least one.
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The snack possibilities for Thursday and Friday are Granny Smith apples and Bell Peppers.  The ripeness of the fruit and vegetables determine the day they will be served.
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Granny Smith Apples
Granny Smith apples are often used in baking because of their high acidity and ability to hold their shape when cooked. Try baked into sweet or savory pies, tarts, or meat pastries; add to savory bread stuffing, risotto or potato pancakes. Their sweet-tart flavor is a great addition to soups, smoothies and sauces. Because they are slow to brown when cut, they are perfect diced and added to fresh preparations such as salads and salsas or sliced and paired with cheese.

Bell Peppers
Bell peppers also known as sweet peppers are native to Mexico , Central and South American region from where they spread to the rest of the world by Spanish and Portuguese explorers during 16th and 17th centuries and now grown widely in many parts of the world as an important commercial crop. Bell peppers belong to the nightshade family of plants. They come in a variety of colors including yellow, green, orange, red, purple, white black etc. Interesting enough there are peppers of the colors brown, white and black! The green ones are the most common in groceries and supermarkets.
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  • Dodgeball (Small gym)
  • Buddy Club (Connections)
  • Drama (Music Rooms)
  • HW Club

Parents Take Note:
Session 1 of Open Doors ends today November 17th. Session 2 will begin on December 5th, with a few exceptions - please see your student's acceptance letter for details. Letters will go home on the 21st and 22nd of November.

There is no tutoring on 11/21. There will be Homework Club on 11/21 and 11/22 for students who are already enrolled ONLY.

Drama Schedule for the Next Two Weeks
Drama will continue for those students already enrolled through the production on 12/1/16, with an updated schedule, see below:

November 21st & 22nd: Full cast run through,

November 28th: Full dress rehearsal,
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
NO BUS, parent must transport

November 29th: Full dress rehearsal,
3:30-5:00 p.m. 
NO BUS, parent must transport

November 30th: School day performance, no after school rehearsal

December 1st: Evening performance, students arrive 5:00 p.m., performance 6:30 p.m. 


Jr. Band and full Sr. Band are rehearsing today.


The Weather for recess and outdoor activities looks decent.  Try to head outside and get some exercise.


Raiders 7/8 Boys Basketball
Coach Smith will be hosting Open Gyms for the 7-8 Boys Basketball Team on the following date: November 17 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Please do not arrive before 5:45 PM. Dress for playing. Call Mrs. Trainer with any questions at 527-0565 X1102


Parents: Operation Happiness
United Way will again be sponsoring Operation Happiness by providing a basket of food and toys for children in the family (16 and under). If you are in need of this service you can call 393-4443 M-F, Nov. 14th to Nov. 18th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. And Nov. 21 and 22 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Everyone: Thanksgiving Feast
Families, students, teachers are welcome to take part in the Thanksgiving Feast offered at lunch time on November 17th.  See notice below this section for details.

Everyone: Chorus Concert Date
St. Albans City School will have a chorus concert on November 17th at 6:30 in the Library. We will have both the elementary chorus and the middle school chorus performing.

Incredibles: Field Trip
November 18th. Time 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The trip will be to the Montpelier State House.

1st-3rd Grade: Fun Event
November 18th. 3:00 to 4:30 PM Cafeteria, Large Gym, Small Gym and Library

Everyone: Drama
This fall's musical production, "Nutcracker" will be presented on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 in the big gym. There is no admission cost. Please bring family and friends to see and hear a timeless classic put on by our amazing cast!

Everyone: Day of Code
On December 8th, we will celebrate our "Day of Code".  More information provided below in misc. section.



AUDITIONS FOR "ANNIE" Grades 5-8 Can Participate

Auditions for "Annie" will be December 7th and 8th. We will have a workshop and some auditions from 3:30 to 4:45 on Wednesday and Auditions until 6:00 on Thursday. 

There will be a sign up sheet outside the music rooms soon. When you sign up, you need to get a permission slip from Ms. Hartman. Please indicate whether you will be need to ride the bus or if you can get a ride home. Plan on attending both days but if you finish your audition on Wednesday you will not need to come on Thursday.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Operation Happiness
Renaissance students will be collecting non-perishable food for Operation Happiness again this year. Examples of great donations would be canned fruits/vegetables, dry foods like pasta, rice or cereal, peanut butter/jelly, soups or jars of baby food. Please contact us if you have questions about other donations and be sure to check expiration dates. Students will be coming to your communities on Tuesday November 22nd to deliver your community box. Starting November 28th, students will come to your community between 8:20-8:30 to collect donations. We will post daily results in the announcements to show how many donations have been collected from each community. Our goal is to collect 3,000 donations from our school. The community that collects the most items, will receive an Ice Cream Celebration. We will be collecting donations from November 28th - December 9th.

Day of Code 2016 is almost here!

December 5-11 is computer science week, a global event with over 180 countries participating! This special week will be highlighted to raise awareness around computer science and programming. 

On Thursday, December 8th, we will be celebrating and participating in Day of Code! We challenge YOU to spend at least 1 hour on this day learning about programming and coding. We will have resources for iPads, tablets, Chromebooks, and others that require no technology at all! 

Teachers, please keep your eyes out for future emails letting you know about several special guest workshops happening throughout the day such as designing your own computer game, evolutionary robotics, and our beloved Way Back Time Machine. If you don't know a whole lot about coding, no worries, we have you covered with some of our stress free unplugged kits. These kits will have all of the materials and resources for an unplugged activity and they are great for our younger learners! Please keep your eye out for more information coming soon!

If you are feeling adventurous, check out the resources at the Hour of Code site for some more information.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Borst or Ms. Bertucci.

Pictures from last year's Day of Code

Last call for the Doodle 4 Google Contest!

Create a doodle using the letters G-O-O-G-L-E to represent this year's theme "What I see for the future." Pick up an entry form from outside Ms. Tagliamonte's classroom or check out for more information. Entries will not be returned from Google, so make sure to take a picture of your work if you want a copy.

Your Entry MUST:
  • Be your own work
  • Be completely filled out
  • Be signed by a parent/guardian
  • Be turned into Ms. Tagliamonte by Monday, November 21

Raider Clothing For Sale
All orders are done on line through Kevin Smith Sports
Last Day to order is Tomorrow -Friday November 18th
Use this link to view the web page
All purchases are final. There are no refunds or exchanges. 
Contact David Aliquo at Kevin Smith Sports with any questions


Mural Creation
Ms. Haberman and Ms. Tagliamonte have been working with students to create the murals for the Nutcracker drama production to be presented on December 1st.


Improving Local Foods Map
Imagination students in Ms. Martinson's art room helped to make artwork for the St. Albans City School local food map in the cafeteria on Wednesday 11-16-2016