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Remaining Important Dates
April Vacation - April 21-April 25
Spring Fling May 16
Field Day June 17 - Rain Date June 18
Grade 8 graduation - June 20, 2014
Last day of school - June 24, 2014
Dates are subject to change 








 The Strafford School “Well Trained Well Diggers” advances to Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the largest celebration of creativity in the world.

Strafford, NH -- After winning first place at the regional and state level for creativity, teamwork and problem solving, The Well Trained Well Diggers ( Elizabeth Abbott, Morgan Burnap, Kathleen Grace, Abby Leas, Sarah Marsh, and Dru Szatko) have earned the right to travel to Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the largest creative thinking and problem solving competition in the world, to be held May 21-24 in Knoxville, TN.

In order to fund the journey to Tennessee, you’ll see this team of 5th grade students fundraising over the next few weeks in order to raise the $10,000 necessary to make the trip.  Any donations to this excited and hard-working group of students can be sent directly to Strafford School DI, 22 Roller Coaster Road #1, Strafford, NH 03884

Destination Imagination is an exhilarating after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.

Destination Imagination has had a positive impact on more than 1.5 million young people and adults who have benefitted from taking part in its acclaimed Challenge Program. This year, another 100,000 young people have competed in tournaments throughout the U.S. and in 30 countries to earn a spot at the Global Finals competition in May.

Contact:        Mae Burnap  603-231-4299



Introduction to Video Game Programming

Two separate weeks  June 30 - July 3 or July 7-11 

Ages: 9 - 14 Grades 4 - 8

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 

Strafford School (22 Roller Coaster Road) ,Strafford NH 

  • Have you ever wanted to create your own video game?  During this program you will be introduced to the world of video game creation with fun, hands-on activities.

  • Join Mr. Bonneau and his team of programmers and designers on an adventure that will lead you through five levels of game creation skills.

  • In addition to exercising your mind,  there will be time for outside activities, game tournaments, and refreshments.

  • There will be a special raffle and an awards ceremony on the final day.

  • Programmers will receive a T shirt, certificate, and other prizes. Space is limited to twenty programmers so sign up now.

  • For more details go to 
  • Email: Mr. Bonneau or call 603-608-3028

Register today at:  


ART NEWS: Coffee House & Silent Student Art Auction May 8th, 6:30-8:00 pm @Strafford School.  This year we will be bringing back the student art auction!  Students may submit polished art work, to Mrs. Jordan by May 2, 2014.  Bidding starts at $5.00 per artwork, 50% of the proceeds go the Strafford School artist residencies and 50% goes back to the student artists.  Thank you and email Mrs. Jordan if you have any questions.

10TH ANNUAL SAFE KIDS 500: Join us on Wednesday, April 30th from 5:30-7:30 pm for free bike and helmet safety checks, healthy snacks and educational handouts at the NH Motor Speedway.  Your family can bike on the same track driven by your favorite NASCAR stars!  For more information, contact Safe Kids New Hampshire at 877-788-0432 or

SRS VOLLEYBALL: Strafford Recreational Sports is teaming up with Push Volleyball to offer K - 5 afterschool volleyball clinics.  Introductory volleyball clinics will run from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. every Tuesday afterschool throughout the month of May.  The cost will be $20.00

You can register and pay online at:  You can also print out and send in the registration form with payment ($20.00) to: SRS Volleyball, P.O. Box 261, Strafford, NH  03884.  The registration deadline is Friday, May 2nd.  The first clinic will be on Tuesday, May 6th.

This is an introduction for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade to learn how to play this fun, popular sport.  We will use an adjustable net system as well as age-appropriate soft, foam-covered, lightweight volleyballs to introduce the basic concepts of the game while focusing on self-awareness and self-control.  Basic volleyball skills such as passing, hitting, and serving will be taught through drills and games.

You can email Kerry Fitzpatrick at: with any questions about the SRS volleyball program.

Check out to learn more about Push Volleyball.

FOOD DRIVE CHALLENGE: The Strafford Helper Leadership Group will be holding a food drive between grade levels from April 28th through May 9th to benefit our local food pantry.  Items to help: cranberry sauce, peas, canned meats, box mixes, etc.  Our goal is to reach 2,500 items this spring!



TRAVELING RAFFLE- (draw date 5/10) Examples of items are;  Eastern Power Equipment Co. $79.00 1-day Log Splitter Rental, John T. Emery Pottery- $130.00 Canister, Kriya Touch Therapies- 1 Hour Massage, Statix Salon & Spa- $25.00 Gift Card, Province Road Plumbing, Heating & Electric- 2 Hours of Labor, Butternut Farm $50.00 Gift Certificate, Cumings Conservation Center- 2014 Membership for 1 Adult, Durham Village Garage- 1 Oil Change & Labor, 50/50 and many more.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00

QUILT RAFFLE- Our handmade quilt is now on display in the foyer. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 and can be purchased at the office.  Drawing date will be 5/10/14.

SAVE THE DATES- May 3rd - We will be having a carnival and raffle from 4:00-7:00 pm at the school. Games for the carnival, Plinko, photo booth, caricature drawing, bouncy ball race, cake walk, and much more!

May 10th- Our fundraising will culminate with a Yard Sale at the school TBD.  As you are spring cleaning we would appreciate any items that you could set aside for the sale to be delivered to the school, the nights of either Thursday May 8th or Friday May 9th.

Lastly we would like to take a moment to thank the school, the school board and the community for their past, present, and future support of D.I., without you this program could not be the success it is!

You can now “like” us on Facebook under Strafford School Destination Imagination. If you have any questions, would like to donate an item to our raffle or would like to purchase tickets, please email

SPRING FLING!  Contact to order your tickets today!  This is gearing up to be an amazing event!!!  May 16th at The Governor’s Inn.  New auction items are arriving daily- tickets to the Rep, Day hopper passes to Disney, overnight stays at fine hotels, personal trainers, car detailing and more!   We have something for everyone!  Don’t delay in getting your tickets for a fabulous evening out!



19th-27th – April Vacation

23rd – School Board Mtg. @ 6:00 pm in LMC

30th – Grade 5 to UNH



7th – 4th Grade Band Concert @ 6:30 pm

7th - Sports Pictures @ 3:30 pm

8th – Coffee House and Silent Auction 6:30-8:00 pm

10th – PTO Yard Sale to benefit DI

12th-16th – Grade 8 to Washington, DC

14th – School Board Mtg. @ 6:00 pm in LMC

16th – PTO Spring Fling @ Governor’s Inn 6:00-10:00 pm

16th – 2014-2015 Kindergarten Orientation (No school for current kindergarteners)

21st-24th – DI Global 2014 Finals @ University of Tennessee in Knoxville

23rd – No school – Teacher Workshop Day

26th – No school – Memorial Day

28th – School Board Mtg. @ 6:00 pm in LMC



4/29 home Deerfield

5/1 home Nottingham

5/6 home Epsom

5/8 away Northwood

5/20 away Nottingham

5/22 home Northwood

5/27 home Barrington

5/29 away Epsom

6/2 away Deerfield

6/5 away Barrington