Monday, July 30, 2018

New principal named for Parker-Varney Elementary School

Bryan Belanger is the new principal of Parker-Varney Elementary School, effective next month. The Board of School Committee approved Superintendent Bolgen Vargas’s recommendation of Belanger for the position.

Belanger comes to Manchester from Raymond, New Hampshire, where he was principal of Lamprey River Elementary School since 2015. Previous experience included other school- and district-level administrative roles. He was interim principal of Seabrook Elementary School, assistant principal of curriculum and integration at Seabrook Middle School for six years, and technology director for Hampton School District and School Administrative Unit 21, serving Hampton Falls, North Hampton, South Hampton, and Seabrook.

“I am excited and eager to work with Parker-Varney’s learners, teachers, parents, and community,” said Belanger. “Together we will continue our school’s legacy of quality educational experiences, innovation and personalized learning.”

“Mr. Belanger’s experience and enthusiasm make him the right choice to lead the children and staff of Parker-Varney,” said Dr. Vargas. “I am confident he will succeed in moving current initiatives forward as well as creating new ways to meet the educational needs of our students.”

Belanger succeeds Amy Allen, who became assistant superintendent last October. Parker-Varney’s assistant principal Mike Beaulac served as acting principal in the interim and will return to the role of assistant principal.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Registration open for Luke Capistran Memorial 5k

The Luke Capistran Memorial 5K Run, 3K Walk & Kids Fun Run
Saturday, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Derryfield Park, Bridge Street, Manchester NH 03104

First 150 participants to register will receive a free t-shirt
Awards for the 5K top 3 overall winners and age group winners
All participants will be entered to win some of our great raffle prizes!

Course Description:  Scenic cross-country run through Derryfield Park on grass and gravel trails, featuring rolling terrain.

All proceeds go to the Luke Capistran Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for students to attend summer camp.
Adult Entry Fee: $25.00
Manchester Educator Entry Fee:  $20.00
Student Entry Fee:  $10.00
Kids Fun Run: Starts at 9:00 at Hillside Middle School, Donations welcome

Pre-race packet pickup on Friday, September 28th, HIllside Middle School Lobby, 5:00-8:00 PM.
Post entries will start at 8:00 AM the day of the race at Hillside Middle School.

For more information email the Race Directors:
Mary Hartigan-Demers at or Nancy Michaud at

Make check payable to: Hillside Middle School.  Mail Entry form to Hillside Middle School, Attn: Hillside Builders Club, 112 Reservoir Avenue, Manchester, NH 03104

Monday, July 16, 2018

Fall sports registration open

Students who are trying out for fall sports can sign up with FamilyID starting Monday, July 16. All Manchester middle and high schools use FamilyID to collect student registrations in one place, such as emergency contacts, medical forms, and other important information related to student athletes. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

CLiF to support summer reading in Manchester

Manchester schools are the grateful recipients of a grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation, which will provide free books to our students.

The community is invited to join CLiF for a FUN and INTERACTIVE storytelling for both children and parents.

Every child in attendance will get to choose TWO NEW BOOKS to take home and keep!

There will be HUNDREDS of books to choose from

Eight sessions are scheduled, starting next week:

Thursday, July 12: 9:00 at Gossler Park, 145 Parkside Avenue
Thursday, July 12: 11:00  Parker-Varney, 223 James A. Pollock Drive 
Monday, July 16: 9:00 Beech Street, 333 Beech Street 
Monday, July 16: 11:00 Northwest, 300 Youville Street
Monday, July 23: 9:00 Jewett Street, 130 South Jewett
Monday, July 23: 11:00 at Weston, 1066 Hanover Street
Tuesday, July 31: 9:00 at McDonough, 550 Lowell Street
Tuesday, July 31: 11:00 at Bakersville, 20 Elm Street

Bookmobile ready to roll

We're excited for July 9, when the new Manchester bookmobile start its drive through the city, making stops at various public locations.

To kick it off, we held an official ribbon cutting with Mayor Joyce Craig; Assistant superintendents Amy Allen and Jennifer Gillis; Manchester City Library head of children’s services Karyn Isleb; director of English learner instruction Wendy Perron; and Booked for Summer coordinator Kelly Jobel.

We hope to see you this summer! Check out our full five-week schedule:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Manchester to celebrate National Summer Learning Day

The Manchester School District, in collaboration with organizations, businesses, and supporters of education across the city, will highlight the importance of summer learning opportunities on July 12, the day designated as National Summer Learning Day.

Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Day is an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, safe and healthy during the summer. On this day each year, the country unites in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations from libraries to parks and recreation centers and civic and non-profit groups to promote awareness of the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer.

“Summer Learning Day is a reminder that summers count for success in the school year ahead, and our community should work together to ensure students get the opportunities and services necessary to continue growing and thriving over summer vacation,” said Dr. Bolgen Vargas, Superintendent of Schools. “We are dedicated to supporting student achievement throughout the summer, and our celebration today marks our commitment to that goal.”

Manchester’s Summer Learning Day efforts are closely linked to the school district’s “Booked for Summer” literacy initiative, now in its second year. The summer-long calendar of events to engage children of all ages in learning outside the classroom includes story hours, interactive activities, and other programs. The Manchester City Library, Manchester Parks and Recreation, Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, Granite YMCA, New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Millyard Museum, SEE Science Center, Amoskeag Fishways, Massabesic Audubon, the Currier Museum of Art, The Bookery, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers are among the many community partners promoting and participating in the Booked for Summer program.

In special recognition of National Summer Learning Day, Booked for Summer supporters have committed to hosting additional events on July 12, such as a read aloud sponsored by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Popular mascot Fungo is scheduled to read to children at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.    

The new Manchester Bookmobile, which visits six city locations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, will add special stops on July 12, a Thursday, for National Summer Learning Day.

Research shows that summers put our nation’s youth at risk for falling behind in core subjects like math and reading. The math and reading skills low-income students, in particular, lose each summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap seen in many communities as large and diverse as Manchester. A survey conducted by NSLA indicated that two-thirds of teachers said they spend at least a month re-teaching students old material when they return from summer vacation.

The Manchester School District also recognizes that proper nutrition is just as important as academic opportunities are to children’s growth and well-being. The district’s school food services department provides meals to summer school programs, school-based day camps run by the YMCA and 21st Century Learning Centers, and the city’s three Fun in the Sun locations.  Southern New Hampshire Services also provides free breakfasts, lunches and dinners to Manchester youth 18 and under at various public locations.

Many of these learning opportunities require resources. Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant on Elm Street and Texas Roadhouse on South Willow Street are hosting fundraisers on National Summer Learning Day: A portion of each dining bill will be donated to the Booked for Summer program.

Dr. Vargas will join community leaders from around the city to kick-off Manchester’s Summer Learning Day events that morning at Gossler Park Elementary School. The full schedule of public activities is available online at All children and families are welcome to attend all of them throughout the day.

WHO: Manchester School District and community partners
WHAT: National Summer Learning Day 2018
WHEN: Thursday, July 12
                 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Gossler Park Elementary School

Heat advisory from the Manchester Health Department

The National Weather Service is forecasting an extended period of continued hot temperatures and high humidity through Friday July 6. Heat Advisories are likely during this period. These conditions may pose a health danger to the public, especially young children and elderly adults. Please pay special attention to the following information.

People tend to suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Usually, the body cools itself by sweating, but in some cases sweating is not enough. When that happens, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures can damage the brain and other vital organs.

Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly. Other conditions that adversely affect temperature regulation include old age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Understanding the inherent danger of extreme heat, health and emergency management officials are making the following recommendations:

Increase how much you drink regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink 2-4 glasses (i.e. 16-32 ounces) of cool fluid each hour. Plain water is the best fluid to drink since it is the easiest for your body to absorb. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids. Remind others to drink enough water.

Avoid drinking very cold beverages (they can cause stomach cramps) and avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages (they make you lose more fluid). During hot weather, you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. This is especially true for persons over the age of 65.

(NOTE: If your doctor has prescribed a fluid-restricted diet or diuretics, you need to ask your doctor how much you should drink.)

Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for you and need to be replaced. The easiest and safest way is to eat a balanced meal and drink fruit juice or a sports beverage. Do not take salt tablets unless directed by your doctor. If you are on a low-salt diet, ask your doctor what to eat or drink, especially before drinking a sports beverage.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will provide shade and keep the head cool. Use sunscreens that have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply according to package instructions. Sunscreen protects you from sunburn, which can affect your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids.

The best way to beat the heat is to stay in air-conditioned areas. If you do not have an air conditioner, consider visiting a shopping mall or public library for a few hours. For other recreational ideas and resources, please visit:

While an electric fan may be useful to increase comfort and to draw cool air into your home at night, it should not be your primary cooling device during a heat wave. When the temperature is in the high 90’s or above, a fan will NOT prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath is also an effective way to cool off.

If you must be out in the heat, plan your activities so that you are outdoors before 10:00 a.m. or in the evening after 6:00 p.m. While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area. Resting periodically will give your body’s thermostat a chance to recover. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity; get into a cool area and rest. Also, you should rest if you become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint.

When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. If you are 65 years or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a period of extended heat. If you know any people in this age group, check on them at least twice a day. Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include: (1) infants up to 4-years of age; (2) people age 65 or older; (3) people who are overweight; (4) people who overexert during work or exercise; and (5) people who are ill or on certain medications.

Avoid hot foods and heavy meals – they add heat to your body. Do not leave infants or pets in a parked car. Dress infants in cool, loose clothing and make sure they drink enough liquids. Give your pet(s) plenty of fresh water and leave the water in a shady area. NEVER leave a child or pet in a vehicle, not even for a minute!

Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside. Check local media outlets for heat advisories and warnings issued by the National Weather Service. Sign up for weather alerts to your phone or email by visiting: (Note: These are 3rd party Apps and some may not be free)
Both of these ailments occur when your body becomes unable to control its temperature; your body’s temperature rises quickly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. If emergency treatment is not taken quickly, death or permanent disability can occur. Warning signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion can include hot dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, paleness, and unconsciousness. Call 911 should these symptoms occur.

Please note that the William B. Cashin Senior Center and Manchester City Library Branches are open to the public for cooling purposes:
West Manchester Branch Library
76 North Main Street
Hours: Monday-Thursday
Closed on July 4

William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center          Manchester City Library                     
151 Douglas Street                                                                405 Pine Street
(603) 624-6533                                                       (603) 624-6550
Hours: Monday through Friday                           Hours: Monday and Thursday
8:30 am to 4:00 pm                                                9:30 am to 8:30 pm
                                Closed on July 4                                   Tuesday and Friday
9:30 am to 5:30 pm
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Closed on July 4

In addition, the City of Manchester's public swimming facilities are open and are OPEN on JULY 4th. The daily hours of operation are as follows (weather permitting):
Facility and Location
Afternoon Session
Evening Session
Hunt Pool - 297 Maple St.
1PM - 3PM
3PM - 4:45PM
6PM - 7PM
7PM - 7:45PM
Residents Only
Open Swim
Livingston Pool - 300 D.W. Highway
1PM - 3PM
3PM - 4:45PM
6PM - 7PM
7PM - 7:45PM
Residents Only
Open Swim
Raco Theodore Pool - 66 Head St.
1PM - 3PM
3PM - 4:45PM
6PM - 7PM
7PM - 7:45PM
Residents Only
Open Swim
Dupont Splash Pad- 207 Mason St.

Residents Only

Open to All
Crystal Lake Public Beach-679 Bodwell Rd.

Residents Only

Open to All
The three municipal pools and the Splash Pad are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.  Livingston Pool provides a zero-entry way, and Raco-Theodore Pool, and Hunt Pool are each equipped with hydraulic lifts for pool access.
To access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Extreme Heat Media Toolkit, please visit: