Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by Beth Melo on January 24, 2014

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It’s time for another open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

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1 Love Kids January 26, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Maybe it is a bit early to ask, but what do families around here do for full day summer camp? I’ve got 3 kids ages 6, 8 and 10. This will be our first summer in Southborough and I’m looking for a fun, affordable suggestion that involves swimming. Suggestions welcome.

2 sl January 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

My kids loved the YMCA camp in Hopkinton. Then when they were older they loved Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps, both day and resident.

3 resident January 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Mine too, even the one that was super reluctant to go. He had a ball and they really are good with the kids. I can’t recommend it enough.

4 Wasseem February 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I don’t like signing up for too many camps. My daughter loves consistency.
She loved girl scout camp in Ashland. Planning on doing it again this summer.
And the school bus that picks up and drops off is a life saver.

We’ve also done kidsborough and she enjoyed that as well.

5 Dan February 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Consider Southborough Extended Day.
They have a great summer program that includes supervised play and activities at one of Southborough’s schools, with lots of field trips to keep things exciting. They go to pools or state parks regularly for swimming.

6 beth January 27, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I haven’t sent my kids to a full day camp yet. But I should point out that My Southborough sponsor Fay School offers a full day Discovery Camp.

I can’t speak to price, but I’ve heard great things about quality and it does include swimming. You can check out their info by clicking on ad.

I just shared your question on Facebook, hoping others with more direct experience will respond.

7 southborough mom January 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Pilgrim Day camp in Framingham offers half, full and extended day options and costs around $600 for a two week full day session. The swimming there is in a pool.

8 Resident January 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Are your kids in scouts? My son loved cub scout camp. The camp is up in Bolton but the bus picks up and drops off in the town house parking lot. They had swimming every day. There is also a bus to girl scout camp that picks up at the same place but I am less familiar with that.

9 Love Kids January 27, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, those look like great options!

10 John Kendall January 28, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Rustic camping close to home

11 Matthew January 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Any update on the iPad-gate issue and the 1:1 program?
This article made me immediately think about our own struggles.

12 beth January 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Your comment made me chuckle. But I’m not sure that we can call it a -gate. The attempted pilot was a controversy rather than a real scandal. (It’s not like we discovered that Principal Murdock was taking kickbacks from an iPad vendor after all!)

The only news I have is what I shared months ago – the decision that they will attempt to fund increased use of ipads in the classroom rather than ask parents to fund a 1:1 program.

When I find out more about how those efforts are going, I’ll be sure to share the news.

13 beth January 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Funny timing. Checking my email this morning, someone forwarded me a letter from Principal Murdock sent after school yesterday.

I’ll be running that story later today. But here’s the basic scoop –

Increased iPad use will be available late Feb. At that time, there will be a protocol for students who want to bring in their own.

14 Le Jardin Blanc January 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM


Our Flower School is being hosted by the Tower Hill Botanic Garden on February 8, March 8 and March 22. Both beginner and Intermediate classes are on offer and spaces are filling up quickly.

Follow the link below for more information and for Tower Hill registration.

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