Chickering Weekly News
November 8, 20114
Important November Dates
Being well-read has always been a sign of being well-educated. It is not about the number of pages read, as young people often think, but about the type of literature and informational text we choose. Being well-read means learning the enduing qualities of human nature, as tragic and inspiring as they are (Shakespeare), the truths that cut across time and place (Aesop's Fables), and lessons from history (Kennedy's Profiles in Courage). Over time, one should draw from a wide range of authors and genres, because over time, what we read informs our decisions.
What we choose is important. Classic literature is so because it has an enduring lesson. That is true of Shakespeare, and it is also true of children's books such as Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, one of my favorite books as a child, about the nature's beauty, human greed, natural conservation, and the power of one. It is also true of Bernard Waber's Ira Sleeps Over, with its lessons on self-reliance, friendship, and separation.
Before I was reading long stories on my own, my dad read Arabian Nights to me. It was not the Disney version. I still have the well-worn book, now on my son's bookshelves, published in 1921. It obviously enjoyed the hands of many in my family over the years. What I remember is not only the stories, but being close to my dad at the end of the day, and listening to his voice. That is the beauty of reading together. But there seems to be a shorter and shorter window of time in which children and adults typically indulge in that shared time. At some point children want to curl up with their own book, and we as adults figure shared reading is over. But it doesn't have to be.
When children get excited about reading "chapter books" and become independent readers, keep reading together. It could be a longer book you take turns reading, such as E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. It could be a picture book, whether a favorite you want to go back to (Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree comes to mind). Not only are they visually interesting, they provide an entry point for discussion, whether it be Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are or Shel Silversteins's The Giving Tree. We can move children from being able to read the words of a story to articulating why a character is feeling a certain way, or predicting how the story will twist and turn.
We want to get good books into the hands of our children, at school and at home, no matter where kids are in their reading journey. We want the books to be thought-provoking, or pose a different point of view, or use rich vocabulary, to do something special for the reader. That is when we as adults can really help, to get kids to think, to gets kids to question, to get kids to wonder. It's one of the most impactful roles we have as adults.
May you find a good book to curl up with, together.
Your children’s pictures from Coffeepond Photography will be in their backpack today (Friday)
Note from Dover Police
Download the free "MYPD APP" for your smartphones. The app allows people to get real time updates from the Dover PD on incidents such as the crash earlier this week. It may save some stress and aggravation the next time we have an incident in town.
Chief of Police
Winter Music Concert - Friday, December 20th, 9am, Gymnasium
BOKS is a before school physical activity program for elementary school kids. There is plenty of evidence that establishes moderate to vigorous physical activity stimulates brain function. BOKS gives kids the opportunity to get moving in the morning to help boost their academic and physical performance, in addition to their overall confidence and well-being. BOKS classes start with a fun warm-up game and transition into running, relay races or obstacle courses and group games. All classes end with a quick nutrition tip developed to help children learn about healthy choices. BOKS is now in over 500 schools worldwide and has been running in DS elementary schools (Chickering and Pine Hill) since the Winter of 2011. For more details about the program, check out www.bokskids.org.
DOVER TOWN LIBRARY TILE PROJECT UPDATE
Dear Library Tile Project Participant,
It has been both sad and frustrating to watch our beautiful tiles deteriorate! They were painted with such care and were a lovely addition to the outdoor area of the Children's Library. It had taken much too long to get them installed (we worked with three contractors who all began the project and then abandoned it). The last group of tiles were ready to go up when we began to notice the first cracks on the surfaces.
We had been assured by the tile company we partnered with that the tiles could withstand a microwave, a dishwasher, and Mother Nature. Unfortunately, this proved to be untrue. They are very embarrassed and feel awful about what has happened. The extremes of heavy snows in winter and the heat of summer were just too damaging.
We sought the expertise of people in the tile industry to see what might be done to save them. Could they be sealed? Protected by Plexiglas? Removed from the concrete? None of these options were found to be a viable solution.
So, we are going to have a "Do-Over". We will hold three tile painting workshops at the Library for people to come and make a replacement tile. Free of charge.
These new tiles will go inside the lower level of the library in the Children's Library and Community Room areas. With the Children's Library soon to be renovated with new furniture, shelving, carpet and paint, we believe the tiles will have a good and safe home.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Friends of the Dover Town Library
PTO Sponsored Couples Night Out at the Legion is fast approaching!
Don’t miss this opportunity to relax and mingle with Chickering friends old and new.
Please join us at the Dover Legion on Wednesday, November 13th from 7:30-10:30pm.
Let us know you are coming and RSVP to your paperless post.
See you there!
The Oompa-Loompas are Coming…
Mark your calendars! The Dover Sherborn Middle School Drama Program proudly presents the musical Willy Wonka, slated for four performances December 5, 6 & 7 at Mudge Auditorium.
Watch as DSMS students morph into Oompa-Loompas with orange faces, green wigs, wild and wacky costumes, singing constantly about candy. Scott Walker, the show’s director, calls it “…nothing short of pure happiness.” The show is family-friendly from beginning to end with thrilling special effects and constant Technicolor energy. Tickets go on sale the week ofNovember 18 and are just $15.
Reminder: Sunday, Nov. 10 – Candlelight Concert at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church.
On Sunday, November 10, at 5:00 pm, St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church will be hosting the Neponset Chamber Players in a Candlelight Concert. The Neponset Chamber Players (Joyce Alper, oboe; Amy Rawstrom, violin; Harold Lieberman, viola; Andre O'Neil, cello) will perform quartets for oboe and strings by Cimarosa, Krommer, Druschetzky, and Stamitz
Dover Sherborn Soccer Registration and Winter Clinics
Registration for Spring 2014 Travel Soccer is Open
It is time to register for spring 2014 BAYS travel soccer (fall grades 3 – 8). Please register before November 30 as late $25.00 fee will apply. No guarantees in player placement if registration is late.
Visit www.dssoccer.net and click the link to on-line registration to register.
Winter 2013/14 Programs
Dover Sherborn Soccer Club
Winter Program 2013/14
This year DSSC are offering indoor practices at Suburban Athletic (10 Roxana Street, Framingham) through the winter season for players in Grades 3-8. Click on 'program timetable' for full details on winter practices.
Other program details:
Dover Sherborn Girls Lacrosse Registration HAS BEGUN and will run until January 15th 2014. This program is open to ALL GIRLS presently in the 3-8th grades! This program fills up quickly. Wait-listed girls may or may not get a spot due to number of girls and coaches. You may begin registering at dsgirlslacrosse.com.The Lacrosse Gear store is up as well. Please also look for information regarding the winter clinics on our web site. Any questions can be addressed to Cara Ahola at email@example.com. (1of 4)
Silhouettes by Joy Anne - Return December 7th
Renown silhouette artist, Joy Anne MacConnell, will return to the Sherborn Holiday Gift Bazaar on Saturday December 7th to create her heirloom silhouettes. One of the few practicing silhouette artists in the United States, Joy Anne is a second-generation silhouette artist and has been practicing her craft for over 40 years. With a tiny pair of surgical scissors, black coated paper, and precise eye-hand coordination she will freehand cut your child's silhouette portrait in only a few minutes. Each $60 sitting produces two mirror images. Keep one for yourself and "gift" one away! Additional copies may be requested for a nominal fee.
Appointments may be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 508-954-2647. Silhouettes by Joy Anne is always a sold-out event, so schedule early to reserve your spot. Individual sittings are available 9 -5 PM at the Sherborn Community Center, 2 Sanger St., Sherborn, MA. A portion of all proceeds goes towards providing programs and services for Sherborn's seniors.