Posted January 19, 2006

By Jacqueline Sexton - 508-645-2895 -

If the temperatures early in the week were any indication, our spring-like winter is now a fuzzy memory. Our outdoor thermometer registered eight degrees early Monday and by mid-morning had worked all the way up to nine degrees The rhododendrons had wisely withdrawn their blossoms and skewered their leaves into thin black stilettos. It's a pity homo sapiens isn't equipped with such resources and must pay sky-high heating bills instead.

School principal Diane Gandy reports in her January newsletter that she and the school staff plan winter workshops. Reading teacher Deb Dunn will facilitate discussions on reading and assessment, and the school will take part in a collaborative grant on differentiation with the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School, meeting on Saturdays from February to May.

The 2/3 class is conducting research all over up-Island for a photo essay called "Growing Up-Island." And the 4/5's are embarked on a theatre project with the Vineyard Playhouse.

Ms. Gandy also announced a drive for donation of used books in good condition. The books are for Matt Parker, a 2005 graduate of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School who is working for Ameri Corps, an organization structured to help people in the United States. Matt is working in the Mississippi area and says kindergarten and first grade children have only outdated books in ragged condition. So he hopes his Islanders will come to the rescue and donate books their children may have outgrown. There is a donation box at the school. (I'll bet he gets a lot more than the 200 books in each category he has asked for.)

Ms. Gandy also sent a special thanks to Skipper Manter for the "box of citrus" he sent to the school. All presumably in the hope of getting children to eat more healthy food and bypass the sugar drinks and greasy fries.

Kristin Maloney, children's librarian, has announced that a life-size Max, the rabbit, will make an appearance at next Saturday's story hour at the library. Max is the star of "Max's Ride" and "Max's Dragon Shirt" and other tales by Rosemary Wells. The time is 10:30 am, Saturday, Jan. 21.

Art teacher Kathleen Cameron reports that her students from kindergarten through fifth grade will have a show of their work at the library, also opening on Saturday, Jan. 21. The show will include portraits and sculptures inspired by the ancient peoples of North America.

Next Wednesday Sally Cohn will give a slide show of her dance photos at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The Wednesday night talks are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Stay warm!