October 20th 2017


10/27 Halloween Dance 7-9pm for grades 6-8th

10/28 Pumpkin Hollow & Trunk or Treat 4-7pm IF PARTICIPATING IN THE PUMPKIN DÉCOR CONTEST BRING PUMPKIN TO EVENT (See details below)

10/31 4th grade field trip – Great Bay Estuary

11/7 PTO Board Meeting 6-7pm in the library


On Monday, October 30th classrooms will celebrate Fall Harvest/Halloween. The dress theme for Monday, October 30th is Storybook Character Day, as we have done in the past. Students may choose to come dressed as their favorite storybook character for the day. Your child's classroom teacher will communicate with you about details for their classroom celebration planning.

Attention artists!  Ms. Ray will be offering an after school art program starting up soon for students currently in grades 1-5. This program is free and will run for an hour after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 weeks. Permission slips with dates went home in Friday folders today (10/20) and need to be returned to the office ASAP as there is limited space and it is filled on a first come, first served basis. There will be a second session for grades 6-8 starting in December. Those slips will be handed out at a later date.

Attention parents/guardians of 8th grade students:  8th grade is an exciting year for students at Strafford School.  In part, students are prepping for their transition to Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.  As a part of this preparation, Coe-Brown is offering an Informational Night for students and parents on November 1st at Coe-Brown.  It will be from 6:30-8:00pm.  You are strongly encouraged to attend!

Art News

Students 1st through 8th have the opportunity to showcase their art skills in the upcoming Fosters Newspaper Holiday themed Art competition. Paper must be 8.5x11in and their best work-holiday spirit themed. We are working on the art in class, however, I don't currently teach all the middle school students, so they need to see me or work at home if they choose to participate.

The deadline: is Friday, Nov.10, 2017

7th & 8th students are welcome to participate in Scholastic Art; they must see me for specific requirements and to review ideas. If your child has a love for art and would like to participate, please encourage them to visit me, as deadlines are approaching, I don't have them all for art this trimester. The deadline is: Friday, Dec.15th, 2017

Heidi Jordan

Visual Arts Teacher 


  • Our next board meeting is November 7th  

in the Library room from 6-7

Students will be getting a Calendar Raffle packet October 20th. This is our big fundraising event this year! Please email if you have any questions 

For Pumpkin Hollow, we are adding a Trunk or Treat feature. The best decorated car wins first place and receives $100.00! At the event, there will be $1.00 carnival games, tattoos, and face paint, a spooky walk outside, along with a movie, popcorn & cotton candy treats, a 50/50 raffle, and other festivities. If you’re decorating a car, you must fill out the orange form that went home with students. If you’re just attending the event, no sign up is required. Please email if you have further questions

Any parent or Coe-Brown student willing to volunteer at our Pumpkin Hollow event, please email

On Saturday, December 2nd, we are also hosting the Annual Christmas Craft Fair. The cost for craft tables are $25.00 ea. Please email Lanta at if you want to participate. The 8th grade provides food and drinks as part of their fundraising efforts at the event as well.

Prior to winter break, we will continue the student Shopping Spree

Don't forget about Amazon Smile and our Box Tops fundraising!

Thank you, PTO



The Strafford Middle School soccer teams are participating in our 3rd annual Goals For A Cure to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. 

How it works:

Community & staff members make a pledge for either the girls or boys soccer team. The Pledge can be any amount of money per goal scored in October (ex. $1.00/goal) or a maximum amount of money for the month.

OR ~ You can make a pledge to the staff sheet in the teacher's room or by emailing Jay Trafton. Please include which soccer team you are pledging for or if it's both teams.

At the conclusion of the season (after playoffs) the athletes will collect the donations.

We will make an announcement of the total raised in November.

NEW for 2017: There is now an online pledge page just for our campaign!

Upcoming Events:

Pink Socks! Our Spartans are wearing PINK SOCKS for the month of October. Thank you Beth Lano for organizing the purchase!

Last home Game of the season- whether it's a regular season or playoffs, the students will be showing their support for the cause.

Please let me know if there are any questions.


Soccer Schedule

Playoffs 10/24

Championship 10/26


Cross Country Schedule

10/21 Division III State Middle School Meet at Coe Brown


Volleyball Schedule

10/24 vs Barrington   4:00 JV 5:00 Varsity