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Wednesday February 27, 2013

The Grammar School hosting online fundraiser

PUTNEY - The Grammar School (TGS) will be hosting an online auction from now until Wednesday, Feb. 27. Hundreds of one-of-a-kind items and personal experiences are available for purchase at the online auction site, www.biddingforgood/tgs.

"The variety of items and experiences that have been donated for this auction is truly remarkable," according to head of school Steve Lorenz. "The support from our community has been tremendous thus far, and we hope this generosity continues as the online auction bidding begins." Included among the hundreds of items available are unique personal experiences such as a studio tour and lunch with award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, a "Morning at The Met" which includes a guided tour of New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art with 19th and 20th century art specialist Catherine Dail, followed by lunch in the exclusive Trustees' Dining Room, a L.A. Burdick's Chocolate Class, and a VIP guided tour of The Bronx Zoo.

Vacation rentals in New Orleans and Hawaii; a retreat at the famous Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires; certificates for massages with area therapists; art, sculpture and jewelry by local artisans; gift certificates for area restaurants, businesses and professional services and even the right to name a character in local author Archer Mayor's next novel are all available. "There is truly something for everyone," according to Lorenz.

All monies raised from the auction will support TGS students and programs, including scholarship funds.

Monadnock Waldorf student artists showing at Carroll House Gallery

KEENE, N.H. - Students and faculty from Monadnock Waldorf High School have been honored with a request to show their artwork at an invitational exhibit at the recently opened Carroll House Gallery of Keene State College.

The exhibit, which is open to the public, will open on Feb. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m, with the installation remaining at the gallery for a month following the opening. In addition to artwork from Monadnock Waldorf High School, artwork from students and faculty of The Putney School and Keene High School will also be on display. The Carroll House Gallery, located at 229 Main Street, Keene, is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the KSC Art Department at 603-358-2040 or visit

To learn more about Monadnock Waldorf School, visit or call 603-357-4442.

Monadnock Waldorf School hosts elementary morning tour

KEENE, N.H. - Monadnock Waldorf School is offering an opportunity for the community to explore Waldorf education. The Elementary Tour is appropriate for parents curious about Waldorf education or for anyone wishing to learn more about the school.

On Wednesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 20, beginning at 8:15 a.m., join Lisa Mahar, Administrator of the school, for a tour of classes in session. The tour will visit four of the classrooms in session, offering a broad sampling of the Monadnock Waldorf School curriculum and methods. Time will be set aside after the tour for questions and conversations over refreshments.

Please call 603-357-4442 to register. Adults only, please.

Opening minds to inspired life-long learning, Monadnock Waldorf School, founded in 1976, serves over 200 students in nursery-kindergarten through high school. Working with the insights of Austrian educator and scientist Rudolf Steiner, Monadnock Waldorf School is one of over 1000 Waldorf schools worldwide. To learn more about Monadnock Waldorf School, visit or call 603-357-4442.

Application period opens for Vermont Governor's Institutes summer lineup

SOUTH BURLINGTON - The Governor's Institutes of Vermont has announced its summer lineup of courses and expects to enroll a record number of students into eight residential summer programs for accelerated high school students this year.

The IT Institute has 55 spaces open for Vermont students, while GIV's flagship Institute, the Arts Institute, will convene up to 130 young dancers, musicians, actors and artists for an artists-in-residency experience at Castleton State College. "It's like drinking from a creativity firehose for these young people," says Elizabeth Frascoia, the professional musician who has run the Arts Institute since 2010. A graduate of GIV herself, Frascoia speaks from experience when she says "Students get a huge confidence boost at any of the Governor's Institutes where they are surrounded by people who care about the same things they do, gaining real life skills in arts or engineering or mathematics."

"We are particularly excited to be offering more opportunities in our Information Technology Institute this summer," says Executive Director Karen Taylor Mitchell. "High school students have told their schools that they want the opportunity to study computer topics like coding, cybersecurity, and advanced web design in depth, and through our partnership with Champlain College we're going to be able to give them the expert instruction and professional mentorship they're looking for." Offerings also include specialized topics like engineering and environmental science.

The seven traditional Governor's Institutes and dates are: Arts (June 23-July 7), Asian Cultures (June 23-29), Current Issues/Youth Activism (June 25-July 6), Engineering (June 22-29), Information Technology (June 22-30), Mathematical Sciences (June 16-21), or Environmental Science and Technology (June 23-29). A new Special Topics Institute is also in the works for July.

Students can apply to GIV through their high schools, which typically set application deadlines in March. Acceptance is based on school referrals and a written application. Detailed program descriptions and bios of the instructors are online at

For more information or to download a registration and scholarship application form, email, visit, or contact your high school guidance department

Kindergarten registration in March for Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO -- Kindergarten registration for the Brattleboro Town Schools will be held from March 6-13.

Registration for all Brattleboro students entering kindergarten will be held in individual kindergarten classrooms throughout the town. Children will not necessarily attend kindergarten at the school where they participate in the registration. School assignments will be made later in the spring.

Any Brattleboro resident with a child who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, should call Sue Dyer at 802-254-3742, ext. 124, for further information and to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be confirmed by mail. Anyone wishing an exception to the policy regarding age for entrance must send a request in writing to Sue Dyer, Coordinator of Kindergarten Registration, Early Education Services, 130 Birge St., Brattleboro, VT 05301, by April l. In no case will a request for testing for early admission be allowed for a child whose birth date falls more than 60 days after the Sept. 1 date.

Vermont law requires proof of immunization for school enrollment. Children may be exempt from immunization for medical, religious or moral reasons.


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