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November 2019

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The annual Arts Exhibit at the Otis Library will feature a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 19th from 4 until 6 pm. The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Planning, Preparing, Producing, and Performing” and it will include ideas and illustrations for characters and scenes in the upcoming musical in the Spring of 2020. The children in all grades have helped to develop the story and have even written some of the script and the songs that will be performed! The Otis Library will sponsor and host the opening of the exhibit with refreshments, music and prizes!

The 2020 Community Arts Production is in its planning stages. Children have begun to edit to the script with help from Laura Catullo and other staff members. We are seeking participation from parents and community members with scene and stage preparation, costumes, lighting, and dramatic role play. Rehearsals will begin in early 2020. Please contact Laura Catullo at if you have questions or want to get involved!

1. Practice the Fundation homework a few times a week.
2. Help make a grocery list and then help find the items at the grocery store.
3. Read a story and ask questions about it (Who were the characters? What was the setting? What happened in the beginning, middle and end? What was the problem? How did they fix the problem? Tell me your favorite part.)
4. Write names of people around you.
5. Tell stories to each other.

Help support your child’s classroom by purchasing pastries or cookie dough. Half of all proceeds go directly to your child’s classroom. Or-der forms will go home on Monday, November 4th and are due back on Friday, November 15th. All orders will be in before Thanksgiving!!

“In October, Mrs. Hamill’s preschoolers learned all about pumpkins. They had fun turning their classroom pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern!”

Mrs. Tracy, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Digrigoli, and Mrs. Silk get into the Halloween spirt by reliving the 80’s.

November 2019

Dear Families,
We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 7th, for our Parent-Teacher conferences.
Parent-Teacher conferences present an excellent opportunity to find out how your child is adjusting to the new school year and to get to know their teachers. Here are some general hints on how to have a successful conference:
1. Ask your child if there is anything that he would like you to discuss with the teacher. (Ask about subjects he/she likes and those that he/she does not. Also ask your child if there is a particular subject or time of day that he/she finds difficult.)
2. Jot down everything that you want to talk about at the conference. (Try to prioritize your list just in case there is not enough time to cover all the topics.)
3. Arrive promptly or a few minutes early.
4. Avoid lengthy discussions of topics that are not related to the purpose of the conference. (As friendly as this is, it takes time away from the conference topics).
5. Be open-minded to suggestions from the teacher. (Even if you may not agree with the teacher’s suggestions initially, sometimes after you have had some time to think about what was said, you might understand the teacher’s point of view better).
6. Take notes about what has been discussed to share with your child. I would also add that if you don’t feel like you’ve finished discussing everything that you wanted to talk about, please schedule another conference with your child’s teacher. We realize that the allotted time for these conferences is sometimes not sufficient. As I indicated above, we look forward to seeing you at the Parent-Teacher conference. By working together we can provide the best educational program for your child.

Tom Nadolny

Cash Calendar Winners!
2019 Winners:
Feb 26 - Julie Fielding, $250 donated by Mark & Sherry DeCelle, Ameriprise Financial
Feb 27 - Kelly Dolan, $100 donated by Wendy Berman, Iron Blender Studio
Feb 28 - Nick Dellaguistina, $250 donated in Memory of BRP
March 1 - Hannah Van Sickle, $100 donated by  Otis Poultry Farm and Farmington River Diner
March 2 - Roger Meyer, $250 donated by John Field Tree Services
March 3 - Deb Prew, $150 donated by Stearns Construction
March 4 - Robin Morrison, $250 donated by GJ Pease Logging & Land Clearing
March 5 - Roger Meyer, $100 donated by P&R Construction
March 6 - Jessica Havens, $125 donated by A&M Auto
March 7 - Dolores Harasyko, $100 donated by Jody's Floor Sanding
March 8 - Meghann Arnold, $50 donated by Soules Sports and Fitness
March 9 - Francine Larson, $100 donated by Kimberly Electric
March 10 - Melissa OBrien, $100 donated by Katie's Country Store
March 11 - Kristen Curtin Palmer, $50 donated by Berkshire Mountain Sculpture (Ken Packie)
March 12 - Kim Wilder, $125 donated by RSE, LLC Bogart Muller
March 13 - James Schwab, $ 50 donated by KRM Office Equipment
March 14 - Tom Lovett, $75 donated by John's Home Improvement
March 15 - Jerry Keefner, $150 donated by SS Home Improvements (Steve Seddon)
March 16 - Linda White, $100 donated by RJ Beham Forest Products
March 17 - Ben Strauss, $500 donated by Soap and Suds
March 18 - Marion Middleton, $150 donated by New Boston Crane
March 19 - Marion Middleton, $50 donated by Colebrook Store
March 20 - Alexcia Adams, $250 donated by Tonlino & Sons
March 21 - Jenna Lewis, $150 donated by Curtiss Landscaping
March 22 - Michelle Lane, $100 donated by Riska Brook Orchard
March 23 - David McCuin, $250 donated by Knox Trail Inn
March 24 - Tim Grady, $100 donated by Pittsfield Comnunication Systems, Inc.
March 25 - Dennis Mountain, $100 donated by Berkshire Bank
March 26 - Carole Hammer, $100 donated by Chester Granite
March 27 - Allie Crespo, $100 donated by Susan Tarasuk (Snow Farm)
March 28 - Wendy Scott, $100 donated by Gary O'Brien
March 29 - Sheila Miezejewski, $100 donated by the Drenga Family
March 30 - Roger Bailey Sr., $100 donated by Chip Crandall - Meyer Well Drilling
March 31 - Daniel Odell - $100 donated by Bruce's Hardware
April 1 - Myrtle Ross - $100 donated by Center for Dance
April 2 - Mike Funk - $50 donated by Tucker's
April 3 - Barb Adams - $75 donated by Osiris Photo Co.
April 4 - Ron Wightwood - $100 donated by Subterranean Drilling
April 5 - Lorie Smigel - $100 donated by Mielke Landscape & Construction