March 16, 2018



3/21 Magazine order turn in day

3/23 Future Me Day – See details below

3/29 Final Magazine order turn in day

3/30 PTO Fundraiser packets go home

4/6 + 4/7 Drama Show 7 pm

4/16 PTO Fundraiser packets due

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

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

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





  • If you have a child who will be age 5 by September 30th please contact the office to start the Kindergarten registration process


Yearbook Deadline Approaching

Dear Parent,

We're sending a quick note to remind you that the yearbook order deadline is approaching. Pre-order your Strafford School yearbook online byMonday, April 16to make sure your child doesn't miss out on this year's school memories.

Thank you!


Not sure if you've pre-ordered?Get your order history detailsfor the 2017-2018 school year. If you've already purchased your yearbook, please disregard this email.



Upcoming Character Ed Focus Points

March- Resilience

April- Empathy

May- Honesty

June- Trustworthiness



What do you want to be in the future? A doctor? A Firefighter? A scientist? Dress up for the career you want to have when you are an adult. Here’s the twist…….we have to be able to guess your profession just by looking at your costume so get creative! Hats are allowed if it is part of your costume.



Girls in middle school, grades 6-8, softball pitching and catching clinics will be held Sundays in March, starting March 11th.

Please see or contact Ms. Dolan if you are interested in attending.



Dear Strafford School Families,

We would like to start a BOYS volleyball program here at Strafford School this spring.  Please help us gauge interest by completing the attached survey.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (



Next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, April 3rd in the school library

On Friday, March 30th every student will be sent home with a PTO fundraiser packet. We will be selling Yankee Candle products and plants from Art and Nature Company. The instructions, incentives, and payment options are all explained on the top page of the packet. The packet is due back April 16th. Please return all money and the payment forms back so we have all information necessary.

Looking for a fun, creative way to be involved with the school? Do you enjoy planning events and having input as to what happens at the school? Being on the PTO Board is a wonderful way to build sense of community and support the school. Board meetings are held once a month for an hour. If you're interested in becoming a PTO board member please email with any questions you may have. Nominations for the next school year take place in May, and voted in June.

The PTO has purchased a tetherball game for the playground, as well as several new items such as footballs, basketballs, ribbon wands, playground balls, jump ropes, (to name a few) for outdoor play.



In March students will be learning about and making green wall art pieces for our school. Aaron Kinne, owner of Kinnebotanicals will be talking with grade levels about the importance of green wall art and how to take care of them. The art pieces will become part of the permanent art collection.

Photographer, Mark Holt-Shannon will be doing 2 assemblies; he will share his photography and talk about the voice of a photo. Students will then be encouraged to take their own photos that will be part of a slideshow shown at lunch times. We then will have class votes to help decide on a handful of those photos we would like to print large scale for our permanent art collection.

To upload you student’s art work follow the link below:   

Sarah Kern, from The Center for Wildlife will bring her animals to Strafford School for each grade level to observe and learn about. They will do writing or an art piece about the animals. She will show photography and artwork inspired by the animals in our world.

Arts Committee Members; Mrs. Jordan, Ms. Ray, Mrs. Irons, Mrs. Hossack, and Ms. Adams


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 cook out 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

On Thursday, March 22, join us for a game of Charades. It will be silly and challenging, and it starts at 4 pm.

The Hill Library is looking for some Goosebumps books to add to our collection. Do you have any of these series (by R.L. Stine) you would like to donate? Please bring them in! Thanks.


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



Mother & Son Night of Fun

Friday March 23rd 6:00-9:00 PM


-Wildlife Encounters

-Minute to Win it games

Proceeds benefit Strafford Rec Sports

Tickets @ the door or


Bow Lake 5K!!!

Race Date

Sunday, April 8th

Race Start

9:00 am

**Registration 8:00 am**


NH Thunder

Track & Field Program is now accepting Registrations


The NH Thunder Track and Field Program is currently taking registrations for the 2018 Track & Field season.   More information and online registration is available on our website:

Or you can print out and return the registration form with the program fee of $50.00 which includes: new uniforms this year and meet fees - made payable to NH Thunder, PO Box 173, Strafford, NH  03884.  

Early Bird Registration is by March 31st, after that the fee changes to $55.00.  

Registrations will also be taken the first night of practice.  

The program will begin Monday, April 16th and run thru end of May. 

The Track and Field program is open to boys and girls between the ages of 6-15 yrs. as of December 31, 2018.  

Practices will be Monday and Thursdays from 5:15-6:45pm with 3 track meets throughout the season.  Practices are held at the Coe Brown Northwood Academy Track.  The meets will also be held at Coe Brown.  Times will be subject to change due to High School meets and availability of CBNA athletes.  There will also be optional meets during the season that we will encourage you to go to.

The Track & Field program is USATF certified.   This is a great opportunity to participate in any, and all, track and field events you may be interested in, such as shot put, javelin, high jump, long jump, discus, running events, and hurdles.  Events will be chosen by the guidance of the coaches and athletes together.

~The track program only works if we have interested parents to volunteer to help with measuring, timing and supervising the different age groups.  No experience is necessary.  The Coe Brown athletes also help to make this program a success.

We are excited to continue to build our NH Thunder running program, our emphasis is completely on fun and participation.  We are looking forward to another great year.

Please call Karyn Fisher at 664-6993 or email with questions or concerns.