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Community Day and the Pancake Breakfast
A beautiful day for hayrides, leaf jumping, sack races, pumpkin decorating, making birdfeeders, planting bulbs and generally having a great time together.  And then there were the pancakes…
Blueberry, chocolate chip and plain were the variety of pancakes made by the Upper Elementary parents and served by the Upper Elementary students.  Funds raised go toward the cost of this year’s UE trip to New York City in May.  Other than a longer-than-usual wait for chocolate chip pancakes at one point, the LMS Pancake House was a “model of efficiency,” according to one patron.  Behind the scenes at the pancake griddle, was debate about the right size for a pancake.  So, depending when you ordered, you got a large or small (and could always come back for more).
Outside children and families kept warm in the chill air by racing, planting, jumping and decorating.  Several tables were arranged for families to sell their wares – from items made by hand in Guatemala to handcrafted gemstone jewelry designed by an LMS grandparent and greeting cards painted by a father of two LMS students. 
Thanks to Children’s House and Lower Elementary Room Parents for organizing the outdoor activities, to Upper Elementary students and parents for feeding us, and to everyone for coming to play and eat together.

Liberty Ride Trolley Tour of Lexington and Concord
The Upper Elementary Seniors and their history teachers Seth and Meg went on their first field trip of the school year on Wednesday, October 1: the Liberty Ride Trolley Tour of Lexington and Concord ( The purpose of this trip was to kick off the yearlong study of early U.S. History and the American Revolution. 
Seth asked the students, “What was the most memorable moment from our Liberty Ride Tour?” and here are their answers:

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Camp Becket in the Berkshires: Upper EL Outdoor Education
Next week the Upper Elementary students will travel as a whole community to Camp Becket Chimney Corners, nestled in beautiful Western Massachusetts. Students will focus on team building skills, gaining trust, responsibility, respect and independence and learning about our environment through activities, demonstrations and project adventure experiences. 
"What are you looking forward to at Camp Becket?" asked Meg Duffy, UE teacher.
"Everything! Especially Gaga ball and everything else: campfires, nature hikes...there's a lot of other things!" 6th grade boy
"I'm looking forward to canoeing the most." 5th grade girl
"Low ropes! I also can't wait for this job game. It's really fun."  5th grade boy
"Mostly Gaga ball, and the campfire is really fun because of the jokes that they tell and the skits. Sometimes we do songs. Last year they did "What Does the Fox Say." There's also canoeing. It's really cold but you want to do it over and over again." 6th grade girl

LMS Family Day at Cradles to Crayons
Seventeen families (46 parents and children) participated in Family Day at Cradles to Crayons on Saturday, September 27 from 10-noon.  Parents and children worked at various stations:  Triage, Outfits, Book sorting and ordering/shopping.  Dave Cotugno, the Family Philanthropist Associate and the liaison between Cradles to Crayons and LMS, let us know that over 350 children in need were helped as a result of the morning’s work. See photos on the C2C Facebook page:
Saturday, November 1 Cradles to Crayons will have a similar opportunity for families to volunteer.  The sorting and organizing of items will be at St. Brigid’s church in Lexington on the morning of 11/1.

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