May 19, 2017

Calling all artists...we are happy to let you know we are having our annual summer art studio with Ms. Ray! This program is free and offered to Strafford School students entering grades 1-8 in the following school year. Permission slips are being given out on Friday, the 19th and run on a first come, first serve basis. They will not be accepted after May 25th. If interested, get the slip signed and returned to Mrs. Doyon in the front office ASAP!

The goal of the classroom placement process is to create class rosters that provide each student with the very best opportunity to succeed as learners and as people. The classroom placement process is one that both I and the entire faculty and staff take seriously. It can be challenging at times but I am confident that we have a process in place is thorough and will help us create the best possible outcome for your child(ren).

The placement process at each grade level takes into account many factors (such as male/female balance in each class, social tendencies/maturity & peer relationships, student learning assessments, developmental needs, best use of staff and faculty, student learning styles, etc.). In my experience, these factors provide the strongest basis for class placement decisions.

Your voice as a parent or caregiver is also important to this process! Please advocate for your child(ren) by reflecting on questions such as these:

- What kind of classroom environment is most conducive to your child as a learner and person (for example: highly-structured or emphasis on student autonomy)?

- How does your child best learn (for example: auditory or visual learners - or analytic or collaborative learners)?

- What is your child's biggest challenge at school (socially, academically, emotionally)?

- What is it at school that your child excels in or enjoys most (curricular and/or co-curricular)?

I have found that a child-centered approach to advocating for your child(ren) is preferable to advocating for a specific teacher. Also, I want to be careful not to set an expectation that we cannot equitably honor regarding parent/caregiver requests. Although the input and recommendations of staff and faculty are an essential part of the class placement process, all class placement decisions are the results of my final approval. We will communicate classroom assignments to parents or caregivers in the August summer mailing prior to the start of the school year.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thank you!
Scott C. Young, Ed.D.
Principal - Strafford School

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Spring Fling Party Like It’s 1999! It was a successful fundraiser and we are grateful for your support!

Field Day is June 15! We need volunteers and donations to create a fun-filled day for our students. Sign up at

The Smarticle Particles made up of Lyla Baker, Steeler Baker, Sydney Comeau, Amelia Poirier, Thomas Small and Emerson Totten are headed to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN next week. They want to thank everyone who supported their fundraising efforts! They are proud to represent Strafford School at this global competition!

Live Free and Code presents Coding and Gaming Camp to be held June 26 – June 30, 2017 at Strafford School for boys and girls ages 9-13.

*Beginners or advanced coders
*MineCraft, Smash Bros., 3D printing
*Make Apps you can run on IPad or Smartphone
*Make friends as you enjoy video games, outdoor recess, snacks and other fun activities.
* Free tee shirt, certificate and other gifts and prizes throughout the week.

Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30-3:30, June 26-30, 2017. Cost of Camp is $299.00 for 5 days and is limited to first 20 paid registrations. Contact Diane to register at 603-608-3028.

The Kindness Puzzle has begun! When a student demonstrates an act of kindness, the student will be recognized with receiving a puzzle piece. The student can sign and design the back and then give it back to the teacher. Together we will build the puzzle through kindness. In addition, each recipient will be given a Strafford Strong bracelet that is theirs to keep. The kinder we are, the stronger we are! If your student comes home with a bracelet, please ask them how they earned it. The more positive attention they can get for their act of kindness, the more they will be encouraged to continue to be kind.

Hundreds of locally grown plants will be available at Catamount Womenaid’s Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 - 3:00 at Christie’s Antiques in Epsom. All the plants, which have been donated by avid gardeners and nurseries in our area, will be ready for transfer into home garden beds. Choose from dozens of varieties of perennials and annuals, suitable for full sun to shade, all at reasonable prices. Christie’s Antiques is located at 1740 Dover Rd. (Route 4) in Epsom--the purple house on the hill across from Cumberland Farms.

All proceeds will benefit Catamount Womenaid which provides emergency financial relief for individuals and families in Deerfield, Epsom, Northwood, Pittsfield and Strafford. (See The generosity of home gardeners and nurseries makes this sale possible. Those with plants to donate should contact

Smarter Balanced Testing (Grades 3-8):
The Smarter Balanced Assessment (or SBAC) is an annual assessment of learning, given to students statewide through the New Hampshire Department of Education in English (Language Arts) and Mathematics. The assessment requires students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and skills in areas such as critical thinking, analytical writing and problem solving. The assessment includes performance tasks – multi-step assignments that ask students to address real-world problems. In English, students have to apply their research and writing skills, and in math, they will solve a complex problem and then describe and defend their reasoning. The assessment is computer-adaptive, adjusting to a student’s learning level by giving harder or easier questions based on how well he or she is doing.

Parents and caregivers can find additional information about this assessment by going to the school’s website ( and hovering over the “Parents” tab and then clicking on “Smarter Balanced Information”. Please contact Dr. Young, Principal, should you have specific questions or concerns.

Strafford Summer Arts Camp 2017:
Dates: July 31–August 4, 2017
Location: Strafford School
Ages: 8–14
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (with a Friday evening performance for the community at 6:30 p.m.)
Fee: $350 ($275 for residents of Strafford. $125.00 deposit due at time of registration. Camp balance due July 1st.)

African drumming. Painting. Acting. World music of all kinds . . .

These are just some of the words that help define one of best summer educational opportunities for students in New Hampshire . . . and it is right in our backyard!

Strafford School is fortunate once again to host Strafford Summer Arts—a week-long day camp run by theatre, music, and art professionals.

Guided by New Hampshire Theatre Project (NHTP) director Genevieve Aichele, instrumentalist Randy Armstrong, and art instructor Rachel Vilandre, Strafford Summer Arts Camp includes dramatic theatre and movement instruction, storytelling, costume design, and set decoration/setup. In addition, Randy brings a wide variety of world instruments the participants are excited to play! Students learn to play multicultural music, as well as sound effects. No prior experience is necessary.

The emphasis of the camp is on collaboration, gaining self-confidence, and developing an appreciation for world cultures through theatre, art, and music. And, of course, fun!

Please email or call 603-431-6644 x4 with questions or to enroll! Local community coordinator, Angela Smith, is also available to answer questions at

You may also visit the NHTP website at

Listed below are the Student Council Spirit Days for 2016-2017. All students are encouraged to participate to show their Strafford School spirit!
5/25 Animal Day
6/9 Musician & Artist Day

5/22 Joint Board Mtg. @ SAU 6:15 pm
5/24 School Board Mtg. @ 6:00 pm
5/25 Student Council sponsored Animal Day
5/26 Student Placement Day – no school for students
5/29 No School
5/31 Band Concert for grades 5-8 @ 6:30 pm

Home games:
5/25 vs Pembroke
5/30 vs Nottingham
6/1 vs Deerfield

Away games:
5/22 @ Deerfield
5/24 @ Pembroke

Save the dates:
June 15: Field Day
June 16: Field Day – Rain date
June 19: 8th Grade Graduation @ 6:30 pm
June 20: 8th Grade to Canobie Lake Park
June 21: Last day of school for students (E/R @12:30 pm)