On behalf of my colleagues, I am most pleased to extend our
congratulations to Amy Bielunis for receiving this year’s “American Star
of Teaching” award for the State of New Hampshire. Teachers are
nominated by peers or supervisors for their special efforts in seeing
that all children experience success. Under the direction of Margaret
Spellings, US Secretary of Education, a selection committee vetted the
5,000+ nominations. Of all of this year’s fifty-one teachers, Amy was
the only physical education teacher to be selected. Mr. Todd May,
Senior Director, Office of Communications and Outreach, flew up to make
the presentation. Also there to commemorate the event at our Morning
Sing were Dr. Shirley Ferguson, Asst. Superintendent, Diane Estes, our
new public relations representative, local newspapers, and Amy’s mom and
fiancée. Thanks for all you do to make Mt. Lebanon a great place for
our students to learn, Amy.
Project Out-Doors Update: About 30 volunteers showed up on Saturday, Sep. 20th,
dressed for work and armed with garden tools. Under Marilyn Wyzga’s
direction, and with the assistance of some enthusiastic Bobcat
operators, tons of topsoil, gravel and sand were moved and removed to
shape berms, gardens and a terrace. The berms will provide additional
surface area for plants and trees, and place of exploration for the
students. Spaces between the rocks of the terrace will be planted with
fragrant ground cover and herbs. Our thanks to all who participated!
gratefully acknowledge the generous donations Mt. Lebanon received in
the memory of Briana Mayes, formerly a student of Mt. Leb. The Mayes
family has been strong supporters of Mt. Lebanon having had four
children attend over the years. It was their desire that a memorial
garden be positioned near the library to serve as a quiet place of
reflection, attractive to birds, butterflies and children alike.
two years ago, a group of teachers attended a week long course in the
White Mountains that focused on the enhancement of school yard space to
enrich science instruction, and to encourage children to get outdoors,
the idea to merge these two projects began to take shape.
In honoring the wishes of the Mayes family, we have chosen Saturday, Oct. 4th as
a workday to include special friends of Briana and the Mayes family.
On this day, we will build and groom garden beds and plant bulbs and
perennials. We will also select a site selected for the installation of
a granite bench or other commemorative feature. We will also inscribe a
plaque to be placed in the near the library that will read, “Children’s
Garden in Loving Memory of Briana Susan Mayes”. We invite you
all to join us Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:00-3:00 and we encourage you to bring
perennial cuttings from your garden, bulbs and tools. Also, a bag lunch and snacks if you intend to stay.
Safe Routes to Schools
(SR2S) : The city of Lebanon has recently received a grant to further
the SR2S initiative. Of the $30,000.00 received, approximately half is
earmarked for the students in West Lebanon attending Mt. Lebanon and
Seminary Hill. City planner David Brooks is keen to start a task force
and prioritize the work so we can start putting that money to work. We
are working closely with out PTO volunteers to articulate a full plan,
and anticipate that we will need to address 4 key areas, among others:
Determine the number of students who would walk or ride a bike to
school if there are responsible and trained “walking/riding school bus
drivers” to conduct them.
2. Determine the most likely routes, assuming at least two, one coming from both north and south, to the school.
3. Determine those places that are in need of additional support and/or human supervision en route,
Determine what additional infrastructure do we need to put in place
(speed tables, traffic lights, signs, visible police and traffic law
you are interested in getting in becoming a member of the West Lebanon
SR2S task force please contact Suzanne Mansfield, pres. of the West
Lebanon PTO, Amy Bielunis or myself. Benefits to be realized: less gas
spent on driving for parents, less air pollution for all, healthy
activity, exercise, fresh air, enjoyment of the outdoors and
appreciation of the surrounding environs and neighborhoods of West
Lebanon for kids.
Between Oct. 6 and Oct. 23, all of our third graders will be taking the
New England Common Assessment Program tests. These are standardized
tests measuring student progress in the areas of reading comprehension,
language arts, and mathematics. The areas in mathematics where some of
our students experienced difficulty were, U.S. coins and values, time
and time telling using clocks, fractions and numbers less than one, and
Family Literacy Night for Families including children who receive reading support services.
Many parents might recall that we had planned a spring family Literacy
Night program only to have it canceled due to inclement weather. This
program will be on Tuesday, October 9 from 5:30 to 7:15 in the
multi-purpose room. Healthy snacks will be provided. The evening will
consist of sharing strategies for supporting the literary growth of your
child; what we do here in school and what you are encouraged to do in
There will be a meeting for any interested in helping to lead the
Masterpiece Art classes this next Monday, October 6 at 6:30 in the Mt.
Lebanon Art room, #32.
Mt. Lebanon Open House Evening Program: Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:15 – 7:30 PM