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Welcome to Who's Wise Words. Here you will find the weekly newsletter as well as its archives. We encourage you to come back often to hear about the fun and exciting things happening around our school.


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MCS Cross Words August 30, 2019

Welcome to a New School Year!

What an amazing start to the school year we have had over the past three days! Students have come back to school rested and ready to learn. We have taken a proactive approach to the year. In doing so, teachers have reviewed our school expectations with students and done purposeful teaching of what it looks like to follow the KRRS (Kind, Respectful, Responsible, and Safe) expectations.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the MCS community for helping me to feel welcome. Each and every interaction I have has been with a friendly smile and gratitude. I could not be happier to be a part of Marion Cross School.

I appreciate the many, many families who were able to attend Open House on Tuesday afternoon. Again, the warm welcome given to Mr. Bagnato and me was impressive and much appreciated. Of most enjoyment were the happy faces of returning students.



Shawn Gonyaw


Part of this newsletter is designed to answer some commonly asked questions.  Please take a minute to peruse the remainder of this newsletter.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the school hours?

School officially starts at 8:10 a.m. School ends at 3:10 p.m. We provide early child drop off at 7:30 a.m., where there is supervision on the playground.

What should I do if I my child has a problem or I have a concern?

The best way to solve a problem or get a question answered is to start with the person closest to the situation. Often times that is the classroom teacher. I suggest that you always ask the classroom teacher first and they will direct you to the appropriate person if/when unable to answeryou questions.

Where should my child go when I drop them off in the morning?

We ask that ALL children who are dropped off starting at 7:30 a.m. report to the playground. In the event of a rainy day or extreme cold weather, children should go to the gymnasium or library.

What is the best way to contact my child’s teacher?

Even though it is tempting to catch a teacher first thing in the morning, it isn’t ideal. Teachers start their morning routines as soon as children enter the room. The best ways to contact a teacher are to call between 3:10 and 4 in the afternoon, e-mail, or send in a note. Of course you are always welcome to call the office and let Joy or I know you want to speak to your child’s teacher.

I want my child to have a great year, what are the most important things I can do to help?

At this point in the year there are two areas that will help to make a successful year. First is getting your child to school on time. Kids who arrive late often miss the opportunity to start the day building classroom community. Second is to talk with your child(ren) about school life. Children who know their families are interested in their school success do better in school.


Important Dates

September 4 – School Board Mtg., 6:30PM
September 6 – PTO Meeting, 8:15AM
September 24 – Picture Day!

Music News from Mr. Ramsey

August is a busy time in the music room!  It's been a wonderful first few days of being back together and our students have already begun to fill the halls with joyful music.  Our third and fourth graders have began their study of the recorder, our fifth graders are learning all about how to join band, and our sixth grade band will start playing again very soon.  Parents of fifth graders, please be on the lookout for a letter coming home about renting an instrument!

Save the date!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - Holiday Concert 6:30 PM, Grades 4-6
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - Holiday Concert 5:00 PM, Kindergarten and Grades 1-3
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Instrumental Concert 6:30 PM Grades 5-6*
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Choral Concert 6:30 PM Grades 3-6**

* Students who play in the band or orchestra will perform at this concert (many orchestra students are younger than 5th grade).
** All students in grades 3, 4, and 5 participate in this concert. 6th graders may elect to participate or not (and they make this decision in the fall).


Important Health News

Parents of New Students, Kindergarteners, and Preschoolers:

Please make sure that your child has an up-to-date immunization record on file in the health office. Nurse Pam will be emailing parents that have not submitted their child's immunization record. According to the Vermont Department of Health, all records should be in place prior to the student starting school. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Pam at or 802-649-1703 x 206.

For all parents:

Info-Snap is an online tool that must be completed annually by parents. Please review your child's information and make the necessary changes in this online portal. Please update your child's last physical and dental exam. Please complete the over the counter medications permission area on the portal. It also includes a place to update any medical information and parents should sign medical releases form in case of a medical emergency and you or your child's emergency contact cannot be reached.  Please make sure that the emergency contact information is current as well.

We appreciate your help with this matter.  Please contact the main office or health office if you are having trouble accessing this online portal.  We have 179 students done so far.  Please help us reach 100%.

Thanks very much.


Community Interest

From the Norwich Public Library:

Hope your start to the school year has been a good one. Here at the Library we’ve made a few changes to make the library experience a pleasurable one for all ages.

Please note: our unattended child policy states that children in 5th grade and up may come to the library without a parent or guardian. But children under that age are welcome to come to the library with an adult caregiver. For more information, please visit the policy on our website:

While you are here there are a variety of places to sit, either by yourself or with friends. Of course, there’s always the Children’s Room, which has had a tiny redesign. (Let us know if you have any feedback about the new layout.) In the Fiction room we have a few chairs. And we’ve established a quiet study area in the Front room, which is where the adult non-fiction is kept. We found that it’s helpful to give those patrons doing homework and research a place to focus on their projects.

We are still trying to keep the stone wall near the main entrance free of backpacks and other items. This will hopefully mean less congregating there and a much easier time for people to enter and leave the Library.

If you’re looking for someplace to sit outside, there are the benches and stone table near Hazen Street, as well as the benches on the front lawn. In the back we have a picnic table and a few other benches, out past the parking lot. And there are also the benches in the garden. There are still some flowers in bloom, and it is a beautiful place to sit, chat and relax after a long day at school.

And lastly, as season winds down, we here at the Library are very interested in hearing about what you read and listened to this summer. Let us know what captured your attention.

We managed to exceed our goal of reading 2019 books this summer—thanks to everyone who participated!

Hope to see you soon,

~Kate and Beth
The Downstairs Duo