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					                                                 Backpack Express
                              The weekly newsletter from Crossroads Academy, an independent school
                                                 serving grades K-8 in Lyme, NH

September 20, 2011

Calendar of Events
September       27     Tue       Back-to-School Night for current parents, 6:30-8:30 pm
                30     Fri       Spirit Day, wear blue jeans and Crossroads spirit gear or a solid blue or solid white
                                 collared shirt
October         7       Fri      Grandparents Day, Performance Assembly by K-8, BCC, 8:15 am;
                                 12:30 pm dismissal, No AS Program
                10     Mon       Columbus Day – No school
                11     Tue       MS Parent Coffee (secondary school discussion), Lora Robins Library, 7:45-9:00 am
                14      Fri      Monthly faculty/staff snack by 7th grade parents - PA sponsored;
                                 MS Dance, Barn, 7:00-9:15 pm
                18     Tue       Photo Day; Coffee and ERB presentation for parents by Jean Behnke,
                                 Lora Robins Library, 8:00 am - PA Sponsored
                21      Fri      Core Knowledge Coffee with Bruce Freeberg, Lora Robins Library, 8:15-9:15 am;
                                 Wine and Cheese Party, Levy family home, 6:00-8:00 pm - PA sponsored
                26     Wed       Moonlight Trail Journey, Hoopes Loop, 6:00 pm
                28      Fri      Bullying Awareness presentation by Steve Atkins, grades 5-8, 8:10-10:10 am
                                 Spirit Day, wear blue jeans and Crossroads spirit gear or a solid blue
                                 or solid white collared shirt

Head’s Note
K-8 Performance Assembly and Grandparents Day, 2011

Dear Parents,

What is more special than the relationship between grandchildren and grandparents? At Crossroads, we wish to
honor this relationship by devoting a morning to Crossroads grandparents on October 7th. We hope that your
parents will be able to join us!

We have expanded our usual fall Performance Assembly into Grandparents Day and include students in grades
K-8. This way parents and grandparents can enjoy the performance together before we launch into our special
grandparents/grandfriends-only events.

Grandparents are welcome to arrive at the Bancroft Campus Center any time after 7:45 am. We will be there to
welcome them! Parents are encouraged to stay for our Performance Assembly, which will take place from 8:15
am until approximately 9:30 am. Between 9:30 and noon, grandparents will have time to meet with our Board
Chair Margaret Rightmire, Annual Fund Grandparent Chair Posie Taylor, and me and to participate and observe
in their grandchildren’s classes. Classroom space is limited so we encourage you to contact your parents to
RSVP by September 30th for this event. If you would like an invitation and have not yet contacted Pat
Frankenfield at, please do so. Even if your parents cannot attend,
please send Pat your parents’ contact information including e-mail so that we can include them in future events.
We are also happy to arrange individual grandparent visits if you would like. We hope to see you and your
parents on this special morning! — Cheers, Jean

Community Service, Virtue, and Psalm for This Month
September Virtue: Hope is finding the light in darkness, and trusting in right endings. Joy is the fullness of
spirit that blooms from the loving heart. Wonder is to delight in beauty and mystery. Psalm 19:1-6, Psalm 8, and
Psalm 67

School News
To those who attended the family picnic, it seemed that it was a rout by the WHITE team in the tug-of-war.
It didn't seem like the BLUE team had a fighting chance....but wait! While the WHITE team won the tug-of-
war, the BLUE team won for a gracious act of kindness.

Did you see BLUE team members volunteering to HELP their opponents because there were too many BLUE?
Yes, the WHITE team won the contest because the BLUE team set aside their allegiance to their team to make
things fair and even. A true showing of JUSTICE to all. Congratulations WHITE team for the tug-of-war win
and to the BLUE team for a random act of kindness! For the next week, we'll fly both the BLUE and WHITE
flags in honor of true Crossroads spirit.

Middle School News: The eighth graders will again offer babysitting in the Crossroads Barn from 5:45 to 8:15
pm for the Wine and Cheese Party on October 21st. The party will be held at the Levy family’s house in
Hanover. Mark your calendars for a fun night out for both you and your children!

Photo Day: Tuesday, October 18th is Photo Day. In an effort to support our local community, this year we will
be working with a new, local photography company. All Around Towne Photography is located in West
Lebanon and is a small two-person studio. We are excited to work with a small company with personalized
service. As in the past, order forms will be sent home with students at the end of September through
homeroom teachers. Those students who wish to purchase packages may do so by paying the full amount to
the photographer at the time their picture is taken. If portraits are not satisfactory, your money will be
refunded or you may use our Photo Retake Day. Their prices are very similar to those of our previous, national
photographer, Lifetouch. Information about absentee/retake day will come at a later date. All students will
have photographs taken for school records and the yearbook and will receive a class picture. If you are
interested in seeing some of their work, please check out their website at Please
mark your calendar for our October 18th Photo Day! – Smile! —Pat Frankenfield

Back-to-School Night: It's time to think about booking your babysitters now for Tuesday, September 27th.
Back-to-School Night at Crossroads will take place from 6:30-8:30 pm for all parents of students in grades K-8.
Come hear about the exciting things planned for your children this year, meet your Room Parents, and sign up
for classroom volunteer opportunities. The evening will begin promptly at 6:30 pm with parents meeting first
in homerooms. Please note that this event is for all parents of students in grades K-8 (not just parents who are
new to Crossroads) and parents are asked to please not bring children to this event. See you there!

Halloween Costume Making at Crossroads Academy: Mark Your Calendars - Crossroads Academy is
teaming up with the Hanover Chamber of Commerce’s Dartmouth After Hours Program to help you plan that
special Halloween costume. Please join us on Thursday, October 27th from 5:15 – 7:30 pm for a night of
inspiration and hands on help! Bring your materials and you can mix and match with provided materials.
With creativity and skill, Jen Vaughn, graduate of the Cartoon School, will help you sew, draw, and make the
best costume you can imagine! Registration is required. Please e-mail with the
number attending (for pizza) and the number of costumes you would like to make. Cost is $10 per costume
and includes pizza. Please make checks out to Jenn Vaughn and bring them the night of the event. For more
information, please contact Betsy in the admissions office.

After-School Program: Please remember to pack your child a peanut/nut free snack if they are staying in the
After-School Program. A snack time is built in to the program and students are often hungry after their regular
school day. Also, please refer to our website on our policy regarding requests to switch dates or to issue
refunds. We hope your children are enjoying the program! — Pat Frankenfield

Instrumental Lessons at Crossroads: Mike Parker and Ben Van Vliet from the Upper Valley Music Center will
again offer group instruction after school for students interested in playing a band or string instrument.
Registration forms are being sent home with interested students. For questions, please send your e-mail to

From the Health Office
Flu Shot Clinics: Attached is the free flu shot clinic schedule for the Upper Valley. Vaccines are available for
both adults and children at most of the listed clinics.

If you need to contact the school nurse regarding an issue that is pertinent to that day, please e-mail both
Nancy Tehan and Kathy Barth. On days when one of us is off, this will assure that your e-mail is received. It
also helps with communication so that we both are aware of health issues with our students.

Pediculosis: Head lice are active in the Upper Valley. Please check your children’s heads on occasion. Look
for small off-white oval nits attached near the scalp, accompanied by itching. If you find a case of head lice at
home, please notify the school nurse ASAP. Thank you.

From the Parent Association
"Western Day at school" and "Family Square Dance" are listed on the school calendar for November 4th. In the
spirit of this year’s 20th anniversary celebration and “White and Blue,” the theme of this dance has been
changed to "Oldies" and will be hosted by the Middle School. This is meant to be a family event for the whole
community. As we get closer to the date, more information will follow.

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