Library news

The Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library Reading Group will hold its last meeting until the group reconvenes in September. The Reading Group will meet on Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. Everyone will share a short story or poem for discussion. For information contact Elaine Tracy, elaines_site@hotmail.com.

Cribbage night is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. This group meets every third Tuesday of each month. Cribbage players of all skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. No charge. For information contact Jon Kreps, 785-2210.

Just a reminder that the library always welcomes volunteers. There are current openings in circulation desk staff, collections committee, programming and events, fundraising and grant writing, maintenance and class, performance or lecture.

School news

The following letter from Appleton Village School Principal Gary Bosk was included in Wednesday’s version of notes home. It looks like there are many exciting things to come!

“The end of the school year is here, and as we move into the summer break I would like to take this time to express my gratitude and appreciation for all you do to support the school and the children of the Appleton community. This past year has been a great experience for me. As I have become acquainted with the students and their families, the staff, and community members of Appleton it has confirmed my initial feelings that this is a unique school community with the potential to be an innovative leader in 21st century rural education. I am looking forward to years ahead and the opportunities awaiting the Appleton Village School and community.

“This summer we will be sending out an advanced mailing around Aug. 5 which will include a school calendar, annual forms for parents to update their child’s emergency information, Fall sports information, accident insurance application forms, and other information that, in the past, has gone home on the first day of school. Some of the forms will need to be returned to school on the first day, Monday, Aug. 29. We are also planning an opening day pancake breakfast for students and their parents as a way to welcome everyone to the new school year; I hope you will be able to join us. The breakfast will begin at approximately 8:25 a.m. and end at 9 a.m. with an assembly in the gym. Students will begin classes at approximately 9:20 a.m. on that day. We will also be holding a Welcome Back Night on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.; this has been an annual tradition. Just prior to the Welcome Back Night, the PTO will be hosting a Kindergarten Tea for all new kindergarten parents. The time and location for this activity is TBA. Our first Open House night is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28. These are just a few of the start-up activities and events being planned for the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

“Again, I would like to thank everyone for their time, energy, and support of the educational programs of AVS. Education for our children is truly a team effort by all. I am looking forward to serving you and your children in the future. Please stay tuned for other information that may be sent out over the summer. We will be doing our best to keep you posted.”

Have a wonderful summer.

Respectfully,

Gary S. Bosk, MEd.

Principal

Lost & Found is located in the school gym entrance between the two locker rooms. All items will be placed on a larger table in the lobby the last week of the school year. Please encourage your children to check this area, and parents are welcome to stop by any time as well. Unclaimed items at the end of the year will be donated to Goodwill.

Busline League Sports

To join an AVS Busline League team, students must provide proof of health insurance and documentation to show that they have passed a physical examination within the previous two years (signed by a physician). Students will not be allowed to participate in the AVS sports program without these two documents. Avoid disappointment in the fall … summer is a wonderful time to schedule sports physicals.

Appleton Mountain Bikers

Seven Appleton kids participated in the first of the Bradbury Mountain Bike Series. The Bradbury Mountain Bike Summer Series is a six race series of individual mountain bike races held at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal. Their focus is to increase the number of youth participating in the sport of cross country mountain biking. Alex Mansius placed fifth In the Junior A Division and Cade Patten was eighth and Ben Smith was 13th. In the Junior Female Division, Kendra Patten placed third. Owen Hilt was first in the Mini A Division with Tucker Patten placing third and Logan Maddox placing 16th! Great Job!

Reminder: Tri-County Solid Waste Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day

TCSW will be hosting a Hazardous Waste drop off day on Saturday, June 18 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The fee for drop off is $10 per unit. A unit is equal to five gallons or 20 pounds of hazardous waste. Items that you may dispose of are: oil/alkyd based paints (no latex), stains, thinners, paint strippers, solvents, varnishes, lacquers, wood preservatives, adhesives, rubber cement, kerosene, gasoline, diesel, engine degreaser, brake fluid, antifreeze, hydraulic oil, poisons, insecticides, weed killers, pesticides, moth balls, hobby supplies, artist supplies, photography chemicals, chemistry sets, nail polish remover, cleaners, drain openers, spot removers, swimming pool chemicals, aerosol containers, oil based driveway sealers, old carbon tetrachloride fire extinguishers, and propane cylinders. If there are other items that you are unsure about , please call Hank at 785-2261. Tri-County Solid Waste is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.