Dec. 12, there will be a Geography Bee at AVS at 1:30 p.m. for grades 4 through 8.
The next School Committee meeting will be Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., it will be in the AVS library.
The Winter Choral Concert will be Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
There will be an early release day Dec. 20, school will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Christmas vacation will be Dec. 23 through Jan. 1.
Congratulations to the following students who missed no days or only one half day during the 57 days in our first trimester: Kindergarten students Justin Batty, Zoe Davis, Isabelle DeBrosky and Jacob Harrington; first-grader Aidan deLorimier; second grade students Colby Buck, Maya Martz and Oona Stewart; third-graders Ian Dionne, Madison Marshall, Miranda Maxwell, Lindsey Rose, Taber Twitchell and Lucas Wyman; fourth-graders Meg Gleasner, JJ Harrington and Hayleigh Martz; fifth-grade students Lauren Linscott, Elias Porter, Devon Smith, Fiona Smith and Gideon Sullivan; sixth-grade students Myles Kelley, Amy Kunzinger, McKenna Maxwell, Colin Stewart and Colby Strout; seventh graders Ethan Ford, August Gray, Maggie Maxwell, Lexi Smith and Ian Sullivan; and eight-grade students Emily Batty, Caleb Boyington and Cole Corey.
Buy your raffle tickets while you can! The eighth-grade class is selling raffle tickets for a cord of firewood, delivered and stacked!
You can buy them from any eighth-grade student, at basketball games, or in the front office. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will take place at the AVS Winter Concert Dec. 19.
Appleton school will be hosting a contra dance Dec 13, from 7 to 10 p.m., with live band Velocipede (Chrissy Fowler will the caller). Tickets will be $8 for adults, $5 for students and all money raised will go into restoring funds for our field trips. Chrissy Fowler is an energetic and very patient caller who is used to teaching people of all ages how to contra dance — it will be a fun event for all! We will also be having a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m., and food concessions.
Beverly Moody passed away last month. She was the fourth-grade teacher at AVS for many years. She was a wonderful teacher who inspired many children. I wanted to give my condolences to Chris, Mary Kate, Katie and Jack.
Town Office News
Appleton Town office will be closed (day and night) Tuesday, Dec. 24, and there will be no selectmen’s meeting that evening.
The 2014 hunting/fishing licenses are now available.
The 2011 foreclosure notices will be mailed soon.
2011 taxes must be paid in full by Feb. 6, 2014.
2014 dog licenses are due by Jan. 31
If you cannot make it to the town office call to find out about doing the process through the mail.
The Town Office will close at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, and there will be no selectmen’s meeting that evening.
Free Christmas Trees for Appleton Residents
The Cleaveland Family would like to offer free Christmas Trees to anyone or any family in need this holiday season. Come pick out and cut your own tree if you would like. Call 845-2067 for more information. For those without transportation, a wonderful family in the community has come forward and is offering to deliver your tree. Happy Holidays!
Appleton Library News
Appleton Library is currently looking for a second staff volunteer for the first and second Thursday nights of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. The library is also in need of two staff members Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., this shift could be broken down in to 1 or 2 hour increments — the full three hours is not a necessity. This is an important shift since it provides an opportunity for AVS students to take the bus to the library after school, but if we are unable to find additional volunteers, we will need to close the library on Wednesdays. Please consider taking on one or more Wednesday shifts each month so that we can continue to offer open hours to our community. If you have an interest in offering a Wednesday afternoon student activity (book group, Lego club, homework help, drama, board games, crafts, etc.), please contact the library to discuss the possibilities! If you have a mature middle school or high school student who is interested in volunteer experience, please encourage him/her to donate some time on Wednesdays!
FMI, please call the Library Coordinator, Angie, at 785-5656 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Medomak Valley Grange Open House
Medomak Valley Grange will have an open house Friday, Dec. 13. There will be a supper starting at 6 p.m. and a program at 7 p.m. There will be skits, music and awards. Everyone is welcome to attend!