School Lunches

Elementary schools

Monday: No school.

Tuesday: Baked mozzarella sticks, dipping sauce, Caesar salad, chilled peaches.

Wednesday: Pasta with Italian meat sauce, green beans, fresh apple, low-fat milk.

Thursday: Whole-grain breaded chicken patty on a bun, mixed vegetables, chilled pineapples, low-fat milk.

Friday: Assorted pizza, veggie sticks, chilled fruit.

Weekly alternatives: Dairy Dactyl Fun Lunch or chicken Caesar salad pita bread. All meals are served with choice of milk (whole, low-fat, chocolate) and choice of fresh or chilled fruit or juice. Student meal prices: $1.75 regular lunch, 40 cents reduced lunch; 40 cents milk; $1 regular breakfast, 30 cents reduced breakfast.



Middle schools

Monday: No school.

Tuesday: French toast sticks with syrup, sausage patty, peach cup, juice box or egg, ham and cheese sandwich, peach cup.

Wednesday: Sweet and sour or regular popcorn chicken, white rice, dinner roll, Oriental vegetable, fresh orange.

Thursday: Roast turkey, mashed potato, green beans, cranberry sauce, warm cinnamon apples.

Friday: Assorted pizza, garden salad, chilled fruit.

Weekly alternatives: Fried chicken salad with pita bread or Italian hoagie. Student lunch prices: $1.85 student lunch, 40 cents reduced meal; 50 cents milk; $3 adult lunch. Regular breakfast: $1, 30 cents reduced breakfast.



Whittier Vo-Tech

Monday: No school.

Tuesday: Grilled cheese sandwich, mixed vegetables, pretzels, fruit cocktail.

Wednesday: Chicken vegetable soup, assorted sandwiches, pretzels, assorted fruit.

Thursday: American chop suey, green beans, sliced Vienna bread, peach slices.

Friday: School pizza special, small salad, pretzels, pear halves.

Breakfast served daily as a meal or a la carte. Pizza and sub sandwiches served daily. Choice of 8-ounce homogenized, low-fat chocolate or 1 percent milk served with each meal.



College planning presentation

Haverhill High School, in conjunction with Monster's Making it Count, invites all parents of students in grades nine through 12 to a college financial planning presentation titled "Making College Financial Planning Count" on Nov. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Haverhill High School auditorium, 137 Monument St. Presentation topics include planning for and managing college costs, strategies to help prepare for a student's next educational steps, and ways to navigate the college financial aid process. This program is offered at no cost by Making it Count and the Bank of America.



National writing contest open to local students

The Massachusetts Center for the Book and the Library of Congress present Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing promotion program for young readers in grades four through 12. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author from any genre, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. Judges will select the top letter-writers in the commonwealth from three competition levels: Level I for young readers in grades four through six, Level II for grades seven and eight, and Level III for grades nine through 12. Entries will be assessed on content, exposition and voice. State winners receive a $50 Target gift card and are invited to a Statehouse awards ceremony. The three state winners advance to the national competition. Each national winner will receive a $500 Target gift card and win a Reading Promotion Grant of $10,000 for his or her school or community library. To obtain the required entry coupon, visit www.massbook.org/letters. The program is sponsored in part by Houghton Mifflin Co. and Massachusetts libraries and at the national level by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target.



Top Notch presents Shakespeare

Northern Essex Community College's Top Notch Players will perform William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through Nov. 11 in the Top Notch Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Members of the cast include Haverhill residents Andre Ouellette as Egeus and Cobweb, Kim Cote as Puck/Philostrate, Mike Zuccola as Nick Bottom and Emily Murphy as Peaseblossom. Performances are Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 students and seniors, $10 general admission. For more information, call Jim Murphy at 978-556-3377 or e-mail jmurphy@necc.mass.edu.



Free preschool screening

The Haverhill Public Schools provides free preschool screening to 3- and 4-year-old children in Haverhill. Preschool screening is a brief look at a child's overall development including the areas of language, motor skills, and thinking and reasoning skills. Screening is a brief, child-friendly, play-oriented time during which a trained preschool teacher will work with your child. The information gained from preschool screening may help answer some of your questions and help make decisions about good learning experiences for your child. For more information or to make an appointment, call the Moody School at 978-374-3459 or 978-374-3484.



Emergency and cancellation information

Notices of school closings and delayed openings due to inclement weather are announced on radio and television by 6 a.m. Radio stations: WBZ-AM 1030, WRKO-AM 680. TV stations: 4, 5, 7 and 32. Closings and delays are also available on the Emergency Snow Line at 978-469-9078. During delayed openings, school will start two hours later. Bus pickup, therefore, will also occur two hours later. If it is necessary to dismiss schools prior to regular times, announcements will be made over the radio and TV stations normally used for cancellations, along with the school Web site. If a parent or guardian decides that a child cannot travel to school safely due to weather conditions, the child may remain at home. Please provide the school with a written note when the child returns to school.



Fit 'n' Fun after-school program

Cedarland Family Fun Center will offer after-school care for children in grades one through five starting this fall. Children will partake in various indoor and outdoor activities that vary by season and include: indoor play maze, outdoor playground, indoor swimming, sports games, basketball, mini-golf and batting. Homework time and arts and crafts will also be offered. Children can register for anywhere from one to five days a week. Drop-in care will be available if space allows and paperwork is complete. Bus transportation will be provided from Bradford Elementary and Greenleaf schools in Haverhill. Cedarland is located at 931 Boston Road. For more information, call program director Beth Bailey at 978-373-1596. To register, visit www.cedarland.net and select Fit 'n' Fun after-school program.



Northern Essex Community College

Author visit: Meredith Hall will be speaking about her memoir "Without a Map" on Nov. 13 at noon in Room 106 of the Behrakis One Stop Student Center. Hall is currently a memoirist-in-residence in the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of New Hampshire. She won the 2005 Pushcart Price for her first essay, "Killing Chickens." Her work has appeared in the New York Times and The Washington Post. For more information about the event, call Ginny Anderson, coordinator of the Women's Network, at 978-556-3722 or e-mail ganderson@necc.mass.edu.

Drum circle: weekly drum circle will meet Wednesdays at 3 p.m. in Room 220 of the Technology Center. It is open to interested students, faculty, staff and the general public. For more information, contact adviser Ken Langer at klanger@necc.mass.edu.

Grant-writing seminar: A one-day grant-writing seminar Dec. 1 at Northern Essex Community College's Corporate and Community Education Center, 1600 Osgood St., North Andover. Amanda Preston, chief advancement and external affairs officer of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge and former director of corporate and foundation relations at Merrimack College, will teach. She is a certified fundraising executive with more than 30 years of experience. Cost is $104. For more information, contact Dianne Lahaye at dlahaye@necc.mass.edu or Diane Zold-Isenberg at dzoldisen@necc.mass.edu or call 978-654-1200.



Military help with college loans

You can get help repaying college loans by investing $1,200 in the Montgomery G.I. Bill to receive more than $30,000 for education expenses. Receive an associate in applied science degree in your specialty from the world's largest community college and the only accredited degree-granting program in the Armed Forces: the Community College of the Air Force. For more information, contact Sgt. James Moore at 978-686-1464; or 160 Winthrop Ave., Stadium Plaza, Lawrence; or James.Moore@rs.af.mil.



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