Friday, 4/24/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

With the two highest daily totals of  confirmed new cases in New Hampshire occuring the last two days, I want to open by reiterating the importance of safe practices as we head into the weekend.  Included at the bottom of our daily updates are links that you may find helpful including guidance from the CDC on How to Protect Yourself and Others (embedded here for convenience).  Staying on top of these recommendations will help all of us get through this sooner while keeping everyone that we care about safe.

In our March 30 Update I shared a link to The Virtual Academy Charter School (VLACS) webinars on Tips for Parents of Remote Learners.  If I learn of future webinars I will be sure to share that information with you, but for now, I am including the Power Point Slidedeck from that webinar that you may or may not have had the opportunity to look at.  There are some helpful tips included in the slides that I hope will help ease some of the difficulties our students and families may be facing.  

In that same update on March 30th, I also included a link to the NH Learns Alliance which also includes a number of virtual events that may be of some value as we continue to navigate this new reality we are all facing.  I know that these resources will not answer all of the concerns, but it is my hope that they will be useful in some way.

Some quick reminders:

  • Continue to reach out to our incredible staff with questions or concerns that you may have during this time.  Seeking clarification will better serve all of us in the community as opposed to making assumptions based on speculation.  Please remember that responses may not be as immediate as you may like them to be at this time.

  • The last call for the current student challenge is today by 5pm.  Please submit all entries as indicated below.  A new challenge will be forthcoming next week for students to participate in as they see fit.

  • Please continue with the check-ins with others and yourself as we head into the weekend.  It is really important that we not only look after one another, but also after ourselves.  

  • Weekends are great opportunities to take a break from devices and judging by tomorrow’s forecast, it may be ideal to take advantage of that (not so much on Sunday unfortunately).  I’ve reissued the “Top 5 Unplugged Activities” lists from a few weeks ago at the end of this update for a variety of ideas that may be of interest.

Finally, I wanted to share a practice that we started at the central office when I began as your Superintendent five years ago.  Each month, a different school showcases the artwork of students from their school on the walls at 193 Maple Ave.  I share this because in March, Forrest Bencivenga from Franklin Elementary School proudly displayed the work of her students in our building and because of the current situation it continues to brighten up even the gloomiest of days for us here.  Take a look at the beautiful work I included on the right, that brings a smile to my face each day I walk into the building.  Thank you for your efforts Ms. Bencivenga and great job by your students!

Happy Friday and Be Well,


Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties or concerns with your child’s remote learning or have questions regarding what is expected, please start by asking your child’s teacher.  Our teachers are doing a GREAT job of continuing the teaching and learning process through these adverse circumstances and can provide immediate answers or direct your questions accordingly.

School Boards:  Please use the links below to access the most recent school board meetings for your respective school district.

Chesterfield -  CSB Meeting Video

Harrisville -  Harrisville School Board(video to come after April 27th meeting)

Keene - KBE Meeting Video

Marlborough - MbSB Meeting Video

Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video

Nelson - NSB Meeting Video

Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video

Student Challenge:  Extended to the end of this week is the call to all students to send me their favorite thing to either make or to eat.  If you can, include a recipe to share and a photo of the dish you created.  Submissions could be a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, appetizer, soup, or whatever you’d like to submit.  It may take a little longer, but what I’d like to do when this challenge is over is create a cookbook of sorts for all to use as they see fit.   

Submissions should be sent to me directly at [email protected] by 5:00PM, today, Friday, April 24, 2020.  

Special EducationThe special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance.  Moreover, our paraprofessionals and tutors are providing important assistance and support with remote instruction. In addition, the special education department is moving forward with the daily business of Individualized Education Plan Meetings (IEP), transition meetings and Extended School Year Services meeting (ESY) for those students that qualify.  As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected].  Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!

Meals: The order form for meal pick up at town schools is now closed for Monday April 27th and Wednesday April 29th. If you signed up for meals in the towns, you will pick up your meals at noon on Monday and Wednesday from the school you selected.

Meals in Keene are available for pick up behind Franklin and Keene High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-11:30am.  No preordering is required for pick up at Franklin and Keene High School.

At every location, on Monday you will receive 2 days’ worth of meals and Wednesday you will receive 3 days’ worth of meals.

The order form for meals on Monday May 4th and Wednesday May 6th will open on Monday April 27th.  The link is the same each week. 

Menus and offerings will vary based on availability.

Technology Help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871,  For help with the Home user and remote learning click here

We will be updating Google Hangouts to include some new features this weekend. 

We now have Kami as a part of the Google classroom for Teachers and students. Click here for the 1st time login instructions. Click here for the help with getting started with Kami.  

A tip from Nancy Rafferty at KMS. Control Alt Achieve is a great site and resource for help with Classroom and many other online lessons.  We are working on a way to use Youtube in our schools however it is not available at this time due to an age restriction.  

Vetted APPs and Websites:  You can check the online vetted site here SDPC  Look up the App and website by company. We have added more to the list as we get them back from the Vetting team. 

Mental HealthAs always, please reach out to your child’s team of school counselors or school nurses if you need support or assistance during this challenging time. If you are not sure who to contact, please call or email your child's building principal.  If you are unable to reach someone, please contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected].  Here is a resource guide The 5 Signs to help you identify and support  others may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time.  Thank you!

Reporting AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  

School Calendars: You can use this link to view your district’s calendar:  SAU 29 School District Calendars.  The 2020-2021 school year calendars can also be found using this link.

School Buildings: Building hours are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for staff only.  All buildings are closed on the weekend.

School GroundsAll school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.  

Social Distancing:  Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order 17 for additional guidance.

Contact Information: Dr. Rick Matte is the lead contact person for all COVID-19 inquiries and concerns at all SAU 29 schools and districts.  He can be reached at [email protected]

Governor Sununu has also activated a 24 hour COVID-19 hotline for all related needs and supports. The hotline can be reached by dialing 211.

COVID-19 and Remote Learning Resources:




Hanging out with family



Washing Dishes

Petting my cat


Play with Hot Wheels

Play soccer with my mom

Do school work

Play with my beyblade

Ride my bike


Riding my bike

Playing in water

Playing games with my family

Reading books

Playing with my Hot Wheels

Shopping at Walmart



Taking walks

Bouncing on therapy ball


Playing with Barbies

Cooking with Mom

Putting puzzles together and Legos

Reading short stories with Dad

Playing tag and riding my bike

Board games


Baking brownies

Playing outside


Learning new games


Building legos

Playing soccer and basketball



Playing chef in my sandbox

Building with legos

Making things with playdough

Going on walks down the road and throwing rocks in the water to make them splash

Ride my bike

Ride my scooter

Build and ride on the scooter/bike jump in my driveway


Cook dinner with my Dad

Make crafts

Start a garden




Making bracelets

Playing Games


Ride my bike

Play with my dog


Shoot my bow

Practice guitar

Bike riding

Science experiments


Hide and seek

Making posters to hang in windows to let Everyone know we're all in this together  :)

Bike riding



Watching and playing softball

Playing board games with my mom and sister

Most of all I love to play with my two black kitties!


Go outside


Play a board game

Play soccer with the dog

Swing acrobatics


Play four square- only need chalk and a ball


Bake chocolate chip cookies


Read the series "The School of Good and Evil


Play "Would you Rather" at the dinner table with your family.


Sit outside your house at night and watch the phases of the moon.






Hike/explore the woods



Target Shoot bows

Play with siblings

Board games

Craft projects

Rock painting

Playing with my puppies

Helping Mom in the yard

Yard work

Rebuilding a stone wall

Riding my bike

Forestry work


Going on walks


Playing with my pets


Spending time with my family



Playing in the rain

Easter Egg Hunting

Snuggling with my daddy

Jump on the trampoline with my mom, dad, and little brother, Porter.

We’ve played lots of wiffle ball and I love wiffle ball. I like to win and hit home runs!

Play soccer, kick ball, and basketball (first one to 20 with my mom and dad) or OUT

We go on bike rides to see a horse down the road. I love riding down the big hills in Surry!

We are a big football family so whenever we can, we throw passes and play football. Sawyer is great at catching and throwing his pee wee size football, and Sawyer really likes to tackle :)








Kinetic Sand




We have three dogs named Bean, Chance, and Chronic and its fun taking the dogs out

Sometimes when I'm inside I do a little bit of running around the house and then Bean and Chance chase me which I gotta say is pretty funny.

When I'm inside I sometimes build castles and houses with wooden blocks and legos and then I hope that it doesn't fall.

When I'm outside I like to take out my starters bow and arrow and try to shoot this target that we put in front of something so it doesn't fall.

 A few times a month my mom brings home flower seeds and we put them in pots together and it's pretty fun.

Play Pokemon

Hang out with my mom and dad

Play outside

Cook with my aunt and her family

Play with the dogs

Playing outside

Baking with my mom



Working out with my cousin





Playing card games

Spending time with my family

Working out


Play with my sister

Read a book to my sister, I also read a book to myself sometimes

Draw different pictures

Color in a coloring book

Jump roping


Go outside

Play in room






Draw and paint and make art

Bake with my mom

Ride my bike (learning to do it without training wheels)

Play with our puppy

Play dress up!




Riding my ATV

Nature Scavenger Hunts


Go outside and play


Playing with my little sister

Berry picking

Cooking with my mom


Bike rides & exercise

Learn to cook. I made grilled cheese for my dad and me all by myself!

Build and run an obstacle course

Board games (Catan Jr, Ticket To Ride, Stratego, Labyrinth)

Building legos



Playing with my brother

Going on bike rides

Playing with my toys



Ride my bike


Play tag

Hide and seek

Drive my four wheeler


Going for walks/hikes/exercising

Playing with our pets

Board games

Getting things done around the house


Board games, even though the age ranges are far apart we have games the whole family can play all the way down to age 2.


We love family movie day/night where we make popcorn, get some candy, ice cream and pick out a movie everyone wants to watch.


Often when the weather is good we love to go for nature walks where we can do a scavenger hunt we find online or we love to go out and garden because there is something for every family member to do.


Family art projects where we all get together, paint, draw or create something out of all the craft supplies we have.


Round-about stories where one person starts the story and then we all take turns adding to the story. It usually ends up pretty ridiculous but really funny, sometimes as an alternative we will do reading time where we are all relaxed silently reading or read to each other.

Make a Sundial - all you need is a compass to find where North is, and put a stick in the ground  while watching the shadow as the day goes on!


Create a bird feeder- all you need is a cookie cutter of your choice, some lard, mixed birdseed and ribbon.


Create a treasure hunt- make your own maps and hide stuff either outdoors or inside.


Create a memory box - you can use any box that will hold items. Put special items found or made, photos of you and your family,..anything you want! Decorate your box any special way!


Do some gardening!!!



Play bull riding

Play hockey

Go on a run

Have a tub