Sunday, April 21, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Charles Gobron sent out a reassuring message to families with school-aged children in Northborough.
On Sunday afternoon, families with school-aged kids attending Northborough public schools received a message from Superintendent of Schools Charles Gobron. Welcoming the students back from spring vacation, he assured them that there would be resources available to offer support in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy. "All of us have been deeply affected by this past week's very emotional events surrounding the Boston Marathon," wrote Gobron. "Children react to traumatic events in many different ways, and I want to assure all parents that we are prepared to respond in an age appropriate manner as students return to school tomorrow." Gobron said all ten schools would have resources in place, including counselors and support staff to …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Was the bus on time at your house?
"Let's hope day two is a little smoother," wrote one mom on her Facebook page. The parent's son wasn't picked up by the schoolbus Wednesday morning. When a family friend saw the bus already at the Melican Middle School, she came back and got him. Her daughter's bus, too, was 20 minutes late. Others, too, commented about bus troubles this morning. Liz Nolan, a frequent contributor to Northborough Patch and local mom, said, at 9 a.m., that "Buses always have to work out the kinks in the beginning of the year. I dropped my guys off to school and there were no buses in sight. I haven't seen one yet go by the house." Another added, "My middle schooler was forgotten and our elementary school bus was late. Frustrating but I am reserving judgment…
Friday, August 24, 2012
It's the weekend. Do you know what you're doing?
Our morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. 1. Sorry kids. You're due back in soon. Here are some other important dates to know this school year. 2. Surely you have heard that IHOP is now open over at Northborough Crossing. Have you been yet? Send us a review! 3. Backseat Lover pays tribute to Pearl Jam tonight with a show at JJ's, where there is never a cover. 4. Looking for a job in Northborough? On Craigslist, there are postings for drivers, hairdressers, mechanics, landscapers and more at this time. 5. There are three incredibly easy ways to contribute to Patch and get your voice heard. Don't miss a beat in …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Summer is not long enough (well, parents may differ on this opinion). Here are some important dates to know, including all the days off in the coming year.
Summer just isn't long enough. Well, parents may differ on this opinion. Either way, the start of school is looming. Here are some important dates to know for the new school season. The most important date? Students return to classes Aug. 29. Aug. 20: Football practice begins at Algonquin Regional High School Aug. 22: Freshman orientation, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ARHS Aug. 23: Class of 2016 dance and parent orientation, 6:30-9 p.m. ARHS Aug. 29: Students return to classes at at Northborough schools, including the Melican School, Lincoln Street School, Peaslee School and Algonquin Regional High School. Also Kindergarten orientation Sept. 3: Labor DAy Sept. 17: Rosh Hashanah Sept. 26: Yom Kippur Oct. 8: Columbus Day Nov. 6: Professional …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
It was, and probably is, still a big deal.
Come the end of August, the air gets crisper. Students find out which teachers they're going to have. Vacations come to end, and reading lists must be completed. For those long distant from those days, the "back to school" feeling still can come back to the mind as quickly as the leaves fall from the trees. It only takes a smell, a breeze or the sight of a bus. One of the sharpest memories of heading back to school is certainly the memory of waiting for the bus in your first day of school outfit. After school shopping was done, how long did you debate on what to wear? Was it fashionable enough? What were your friends going to wear? And most importantly, where are your pics of the first day of school? Patch editors are loading theirs (some …
If you are having trouble making ends meet, your child may qualify for reduced-price lunches.
In these tough times, some families may have trouble buying lunches for their children. Luckily, the state has a program to help those families in need. Northborough students will receive a reduced meal packet on the first day of school, which parents can fill out and send back. The forms apply to the whole family, so you only need to fill out one if you have multiple children. If your gross household income is below the figures in the chart below, you may qualify for reduced-price meals. Maura Feeley, director of food services for the Northborough public schools, said that the National School Lunch Program sends out applications to all district families at the beginning of each school year. "In additional to the application process," …
Friday, August 10, 2012
AccuWeather predicts more snow coming our way this coming year than last year.
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Friday, August 10, 2012
Courtesy of Samantha Kramer, staff writer for AccuWeather.com Given the lack of snowfall last winter season in these parts, it probably wouldn't be hard to get "more" snow this coming season. AccuWeather predicts that will be the case. Last school year in Northborough, there were four snow days: Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 2 and March 1. AccuWeather.com reports with the school year rapidly approaching, students are already wondering how lucky they'll get with snow days. Last winter, at least nine of the country's snowiest cities had less than 60 percent of their average snowfall, according to USA Today, which caused many schools to end the year early because they hadn't used up all their snow days. The presence of El Niño or La Niña—and their …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Northborough schools chosen as the host site for the U.S. Department of Education's training.
Submitted by Christine Johnson, assistant superintendent of Northborough-Southborough Public Schools The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough and the Southborough Police Department, in collaboration with the Northborough Police Department, have been chosen to be a host site for the “Safe School Initiative and Threat Assessment” training developed by the U.S. Department of Education and Secret Service. The training program is coordinated through the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance (REMS TA) Center. The training session, to be held on Aug. 21, is open to educators, counselors and school administrators in K-12 public, private schools, and post-secondary schools, law enforcement officials, non-…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Do you remember your favorite lunch box? Today's kids have as many options as ever but nothing will take the place of the Partridge Family or Scooby-Doo.
Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie. That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of Target. Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows. (Yes, I've gone to one.) Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with Patch!