April 20, 2018



5/1 PTO Meeting School Library 6-7 pm

5/3 Elementary concert 6:30 pm grades 1-3

5/4 Spring dance 7-9 pm – see info below

5/4-5/5   8th grade Lock-In at Coe-Brown

5/7-5/11 8th grade trip to DC

5/16 Choral Concert 6:30 PM

5/18 Incoming Kindergarten Orientation

5/18 Neon Day - Student Council

5/25 Student Placement Day - NO SCHOOL

6/5 Freshman Parent Information Night – CBNA – 6:30pm

6/13 Field Day - 6/15 Rain Date


Strafford School Exceeds

1000 book Reading Challenge

After our Read Across America week that took place three weeks ago, Dr. Young challenged Strafford School students, teachers and staff to read 1,000 books. Well, the goal was well exceeded with a whopping 2,548 books read in just 3 weeks!

Staying true to his word, our proud principal, Dr. Young, as promised ate two different delicacies, Mexican Spice Worms and Salt and Vinegar Crickets all while dressed in a banana suit!  Not only did he do this once but twice---once for the younger students and once for the older kids!!! Dr. Young could not be more proud and is already brainstorming many ideas for future challenges.  The rest of us, though, are thinking about what he will do next.

Submitted by Ella Brooks, Grade 7


Please make note that the middle school Spring Dance for grades 6-8 is  Friday, May 4th from 7pm-9pm!! Please sign up to donate baked goods and drinks if you can.

  • We are aware that this is the same night as the Coe Brown Lock In. 8th grade students will be able to participate in both.


The PTO would like to thank all families for the Yankee Candle  and Art and Nature orders, thank you for all your support!

Next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, May 1st 6-7 PM in the school library

Paint Night hosted by the PTO

Raffle baskets too!

Please go to this link if you would like to sign up for our event:'s-inn-10061854

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

May 7th - 11th

Feel free to participate in the following daily themes during Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Students may choose their teacher or another staff member in the school to focus on

Monday ~ Handmade art or special note day

Tuesday ~ Special treat, baked item or sweet treat

Wednesday ~ From the garden, pick a posie or give a plant

Thursday ~ Donate an item to the classroom

Friday ~ Bring in a breakfast treat for your teacher

Step by Step Preschool

Located at the Northwood Elementary School, Step by Step is accepting enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.

For all 3-4 year olds residing in

Northwood, Nottingham and Strafford


Sessions are offered Monday through Thursday

2 days per week - $100.00 per month

3 days per week - $150.00 per month

**Scholarships available to qualifying families

Program hours:  8:45 to 11:15 (3 years old by 9/30)

                     11:15 to 1:45 (4 years old by 9/30)

Step by Step Preschool follows a School District calendar.


For more information, please call Jill La Vallee at the SAU #44 Office: 603-942-1290 ext. 212 or email:

Upcoming Character Ed Focus Points

April- Empathy

May- Honesty

June- Trustworthiness


 Attention parents/guardians of 8th grade students:

  • Throughout the year we have several opportunities to help our 8th graders raise money to use towards their trip to Washington, DC, the year-end trip to Canobie Lake, the end-of-year cookout and for graduation.

If you would like to help out with donations or have any questions or ideas that would improve our fundraising efforts, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks in advance!

Mrs. Lano

Hill Library News

Are you looking for something to do over vacation week?  Come on into the Hill Library and find a book and a movie you can enjoy this week.  Tomorrow morning, April 21 come at 11 for the Harry Potter Club. Fans of all ages are welcome to join the fun!

Next Thursday, April 26, we will have Magformers out for you to explore from 4-5. These are magnetic  building toys.


Saturday, May 12, 2018


The Strafford Post Office once again is proud to support the Annual National Food Drive.  You know how important our food drive is. Over the years the Strafford community has generously donated non-perishable food and personal care products. The items collected all stay in Strafford and are donated to the local food pantry located at the Third Baptist Church.

Your Postal carriers will be collecting non-perishable food and personal care products that are left in a bag by customer’s mail box.  There will be a receptacle available in the lobby of the Strafford Post Office for those customers who wish to drop off their items. The lobby is open Monday – Friday from 6:45 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  On Saturday lobby hours are 6:45 until noon.

All donations will be distributed to the local food pantry located at the Third Baptist Church of Center Strafford, Rte 202A, 22 Strafford Rd., Strafford NH.  The pantry is open Thursdays from 8-10 a.m. for confidential distributions.

This year there is a need at the pantry for canned meats such as chicken and tuna.  Other requested items include soups and beans. Products such a paper towels and toilet tissue are always needed.  Donations of personal care products are always welcome including: shampoo, deodorant, bar soaps, razors, shaving cream and toothbrushes.

The Strafford Post Office employees thank the town of Strafford for their continued support and look forward to another successful food drive.

Strafford Summer Arts Camp 2018:

Dates: July 16–July 20, 2018

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 deposit due at time of registration. Camp balance due July 1.)

Perhaps you have passed through Strafford School during one magical week in the summer. If so, may have noticed the heart-pounding rhythms of African drumming, the arresting voices of young actors, or striking hand-painted scenery on display.

These sounds and sights are the products of Strafford Summer Arts: a weeklong day camp during which student’s ages 8–14 explore art music, and theatre under the guidance of professionals—including the 2017 winner of the Governor’s Award for Arts Education, Mr. Randy Armstrong!

Randy brings a wide variety—a HUGE vanload—of authentic world instruments from his own personal collection! During the camp, students learn to play multicultural music, as well as sound effects. No prior experience is necessary.

In addition, our town is honoured for Strafford Summer Arts to be headed by none other than New Hampshire Theatre Project (NHTP) director Genevieve Aichele. During the camp, Genevieve leads students in dramatic theatre and movement, storytelling, costume design, and set decoration/setup.

We also have AMAZING Coe Brown interns who bring great energy and enthusiasm to the program.

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 for more information or to register at