Thursday, November 22, 2007


October / November

Ski & Skate Sale is on Saturday October 20th at the Montpelier High School gym from 9am to 2pm. New and used winter recreation items will be available. Anyone who wants to sell items has until 8pm tonight (Friday) to get them there. Straight skis will not be accepted this year, shaped downhill skis only.

The National Life craft fair is this weekend.


Foreign Language Forum - Monday 5:30-6:30pm in room 131 at U-32 - WCSU is interested in finding out what parents, school board members, and community members concerns are about the foreign language learning experiences of students in our schools. To do this we have invited Carol Meyer, Ph.D. from Bennington College to work with our district to review our current programs and make recommendations for ways to improve foreign language opportunities for all children in our schools. You're welcome to meet with Carol to discuss K-12 opportunities on Monday.

U-32 Scheduling Forum - Tuesday 6:30-8pm at U-32 cafeteria - For the purpose of reviewing proposed and current U-32 Schedule for the 2008-2009 school year. A committee of faculty members, support staff, administrators, and parents has been working together for the past 12 months to review possible daily schedules for U-32. The committee has decided on four possible options. One option is the trimester schedule while the others use semesters. This forum is an opportunity to review these possible schedules and provide input to the committee before a final decision is made. Schedules may be viewed at: (if the link does work, go to and find the link in the New & Events box of upcoming dates)

The Vermont Big Read kick off is this weekend! Everyone will be reading, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, one of the best detective novels ever written. For more details and to learn about Sunday's event visit:

This year the Vermont Reads program is reading Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop.

Halloween Family Dance, Saturday, October 27th 7-9pm at Berlin Elementary School. Parade of costumes at 7:30pm. Berlin students, staff and their families are welcome. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Bring muchies or beverages to share if you can.
D.J. Mike Stridsberg will be playing your favorite Halloween music - Monster Mash, Thriller, Rock Lobster, Werewolves of London, Ghostbusters and more!
Both students and adults typically come in costume - lots of great homemade costume ideas can be found at:
Contest prizes donated by the Berlin PTNA.

More fun: Monday, 10/31 there will be trick-or-treating at downtown Montpelier businesses 4-6pm, from 6-7:30 at the Montpelier Rec Center free toss games & snacks and at 7:30pm Marco the Magician performs at Rec Center - event ends 8pm. Barre businesses usually also have trick-or-treating and don’t forget the fabulous display of hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns at Ellie’s Farm Market on Route 12 on both the night before Halloween and on Halloween.


GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST ENTRIES NEEDED!! "Home Sweet Home" sponsored by the Central Vermont Community Land Trust. Saturday, November 10th, 2007 at Montpelier City Hall. For all the details go to: There is a $5 entry for for Adults, Youth, Families, and $20 for Profressionals - all are encouraged to send in an entry form. Maybe some friends or families want to join together to assemble their gingerbread house and share supplies! Drop off for entries is Nov. 10th 7am - 9am. Judging will be 9-10:30 and doors are open to the public from 10am - 2pm. There is an awards ceremony at 11:30am.


5th Annual Central Vermont Scholastic Chess Tournament Saturday,November 10, 2007 Berlin Elementary School Come one, come all! This is an unrated chess tournament open to players of all abilities from Kindergarten through Grade 12, where the focus is on fun and sportsmanship. The Swiss system will be used, and all players will play 4 rounds (no-one will be eliminated.) Please bring a chess board and chess clock if you have one (not required.) Pre-Register by Nov. 7th for only $8 per player, or $15 per family. Register at door - $10 per player or $18 per family. Registration open from 9–9:30 AM. First round starts at 10AM. Food concessions available from 9 AM until 2 PM (including pizza at lunchtime). Awards given at approximately 3:00 PM. Pre-registration form and full details are available at: For more information, contact: Mike Stridsberg (Tournament Director) or Corinne Stridsberg (Event Organizer) at or call (802) 223-1948.

Genevieve On Line - Please note that although the Genevieve fundraising order to benefit the Berlin PTNA is processing, people are still welcome to place orders on line to benefit the PTNA. If you're interested go to: and enter our school account number: 5355. Genevieve's offers not only quality wrapping paper but also products from Crabtree & Evelyn, Pioneer Valley Candles, calendars, the well loved Create-A-Plate (using artwork or photos) and 100 items that are made in New England. Contact Corinne with questions.

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