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Above: Looking for something to do on President’s Day or over February Break? St. Mark’s is offering more Free Skate sessions next week. (image cropped from photo posted to flickr by Benson Ku)

Next week, St. Mark’s School is opening its doors to the public again for the final period of free skating this year. The ice time is offered over February Break, Monday the 18th through Friday the 22nd.

That will especially come in handy on Monday when the Southborough Library, Town offices and many workplaces are closed for President’s Day. (Including this blog. But I’ll be back with more posts on Tuesday.)

Each day will start with a 1:00 – 1:50 pm Sticks and Pucks session followed by 2:00 – 2:50 pm Free Skate.

St. Mark's School's skating ring (by Susan Fitzgerald)St Mark’s Gardener rink is inside the Michel Faculty Athletic Center. It can be accessed off School Street (map).

Admission is free, but there are no rentals, so you’ll need to bring your own skates. Some rules do apply. For details, open the flyer – click here.

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Above: An art workshop for kids will encourage them to “create beautiful works of textile art” using oil pastels and watercolors. (images cropped from flickr L-R by Kim Love and Bruce Guenter)

The Friends of the Southborough Library are sponsoring another Drop in Art Workshop for kids this weekend. On Saturday, February 16, from 10:30 am – noon, kids are invited to make art at the Library.

As usual, Lanting Huang-Truong from the Bigelow Center for the Arts will lead the workshop. While the series is geared to the 5-9 year olds, siblings are always welcome.

This session:

Children will create beautiful works of textile art! Mediums they will use are oil pastels and watercolors.

Registration is not required.

Save the dates for more sessions coming up this spring:

  • March 23 – make a bird vessel using clay
  • April 6 – make a flamingo puppet
  • May 4 – Giraffe drawing and painting

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Register for spring RAP (or AM fun)

by beth on February 15, 2019

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Above: Dodgeball and slime making are included again in the next session of Town Rec’s after school programs. (images cropped from pics posted to Facebook by RAP instructors – left by Fast Athletics and right by Paradise Island Kids)

Registration is now open for the spring session of after school programs (and a before school one). With a few classes already filling up – I thought I’d remind readers before they flit off for February break. 

This next set of RAP (Recreation After-school Programs) is another mix of fun active, creative, and educational offerings. Options include Future Scientists, Floor Hockey, Spanish Speaking, Painting, Chess, Volleyball, Martial Arts, 3D Tech Art, and much more.

Most classes will run the first full week of March to the first week of April. Registration closes on Friday, March 1st. But act soon to reserve your kid’s first choice.

Finn is also continuing its before-school program – AM Fitness Fun led by popular Gym teacher Tom McCabe. Kids who register can enjoy getting their blood pumping three mornings per week.

For details on the RAP classes offered this session, click on links to flyers for the specific schools:

To register for the programs online, click here.

(If you are signing kids up for RAP, be sure you saved the date for Rec’s voucher sale. It takes place too late to use for this session, but you can take advantage of the savings for a future month.)

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Above: NSPAC is holding a special workshop focused on reading. New information out makes clear that its special education focus is broader than just children with dyslexia.
(photo of reading in the classroom cropped from image posted to flickr by US Department of Education)

NSPAC has been busy bringing important programs to parents this year – and the group isn’t done. I’ve previously shared their list of upcoming events. But I learned this week that one of them has a broader focus than I originally thought.

The March 2nd presentation is something parents of children with dyslexia will want to note. But it is also intended for parents of children with other learning disabilities.

My original schedule just listed the presenter. New press and promo materials make the broader topic clear: “Reading Goals Workshop – A Clear and Structured Process for Effective Reading Goals”.

Reading is complex and effective instruction is urgent for those with a disability like dyslexia or other learning challenges. . .

You will learn what you need to know about the science of reading, understand how to apply the correct data for making Individualized Education Program (IEP) decisions, know if the instruction your child is receiving is targeting the needs of your child, and know if your child’s instruction is meeting the standards of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) law. Parents are encouraged to bring copies of student evaluations and IEPs.

Reading Goals Workshop flyerA flyer notes that reading science topics addressed will include decoding, evidence-based interventions, fluency, and comprehension.

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 am at Northborough Library, 34 Main Street.

The event is co-sponsored by the Northborough-Southborough, Shrewsbury and Westborough Special Education Parent Advisory Councils. That means there may be a lot of attendees, so RSVPs are encouraged. Please email NSPAC at nspac1@gmail.com.

The workshop will be run by Nancy Duggan, the Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia – Massachusetts:  [click to keep reading…]

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Obituary: Barbara Jeanne (Slamin) Barnes, 88

by beth on February 15, 2019

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Barbara Jeanne (Slamin) Barnes, 88, a 20 year resident of Southborough and former longtime resident of Framingham and Marshfield, MA died peacefully Wednesday February 13, 2019 after a brief illness.

Born on January 9, 1931 in Watertown, MA to Ralph Slamin and Bernice Slamin Langston, Mrs. Barnes was a sister to Elizabeth and Janet and the beloved wife of Edward William Barnes for 67 years. She worked at Giovanni’s in Framingham for 25 years and later finished her career after working for 15 years at the Framingham District Courthouse. Mrs. Barnes loved her family and friends and watching her beloved Red Sox and Patriots.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Recreation is putting the focus on the savings for this year’s voucher sale.

Friends of the Southborough Recreation Department will be hosting their annual afternoon of family fun in a few weeks. This year’s “Hop into Savings” event is Saturday, March 2 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

hop into spring savings flyerIf you’re a parent who signs kids up for RAP programs or Rec Camps, you’ll want to save the date.

Rec will be selling reduced rate vouchers good towards programs through Town Rec. Even better, attendees have a the chance at winning a week of summer camp through the free drawing.

The discount vouchers are again being offered at $30 for a voucher worth $50 and $60 for the voucher worth $100.

Vouchers can be used for programs that include RAP or Summer Camp. (They may also be used for some other programs, but you may want to double check with Rec if you have one in mind.)

As always, Rec will be hosting the event at the South Union Building, 21 Highland Street. Making it easier for parents to attend, there are free refreshments and entertainment to occupy kids while you’re conducting your business.

Rec is bring back Clowning Around with Lee Lee to do more face painting and balloon twisting. You can see some examples of happy kids from a past year below:

Clowning Around With Lee Lee - balloon hats superhero facepainting and balloon twisting face painting and balloon animal

(Photos by Beth Melo)

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Public Safety Building Update for January

February 14, 2019 02:04:18 PM
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The latest newsletter chronicling progress on the police and fire complex is out. According to the January report, one piece of the project is behind schedule but the targeted end date remains the same.

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On the market this week in Southborough

February 14, 2019 11:51:27 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Southborough job listings: Part-time Admin (with benefits), full-time Business Admin, and Schools’ Director of Finance & Operations

February 14, 2019 10:07:04 AM
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I received another posting of jobs available in Southborough.

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Casting Call for Southborough photographer’s project

February 14, 2019 08:34:49 AM
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A Southborough photographer is looking for at least 40 ordinary people who live, work or have a tie to Southborough. She wants to photograph them in their “everyday lives”. Though, they won’t look so ordinary when she gets through with them.

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“Meet” women from American History – starting with the 1st female soldier

February 13, 2019 02:27:56 PM
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The Southborough Historical Society is launching a Speaker Series. This spring, it will focus on Women in History as part of  a “Voices Found” theme for 2019.

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Obituary: Eric James Hanslip, 87

February 13, 2019 02:09:00 PM
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Eric James Hanslip, 87, of Southborough, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, after a period of declining health.

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Free 3-part evening course on “Youth Mental Health First Aid” in March

February 13, 2019 11:46:09 AM
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Adults (including parents) who interact with tweens and teens are urged to take advantage of a free course to “Learn the Signs” of youth in crisis to help save lives.

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EDC forum on Downtown challenges and hopes: Septic constraints, zoning changes, and more

February 13, 2019 10:18:05 AM
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Last week, the Southborough community was invited to another forum on the Downtown Initiative. The public was briefed on experts’ recommendations for revitalizing the downtown area of Main Street. The Economic Development Committee also shared some of the obstacles and thoughts on how to overcome them.

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