[MSS News] School and Community Announcements: Monday, October 31, 2011
schamberlin at hopkintonschools.org
Mon Oct 31 16:41:10 EDT 2011
October 31, 2011
It seems unbelievable that I am looking out at snow covered yards and
roofs. Overall, I think the Hopkinton area was pretty lucky. Though a
number of elementary students have lobbied for Halloween as a day off
from school, I am thankful that I did not have to make a snow day call
A few notices as November is about to arrive:
The Hopkinton School District will be testing its auto call system
this week. If you have not provided the District with a preferred
emergency contact, it would be appreciated. The goal is to have all
the numbers entered for a test on Saturday.
Hopkinton Middle School students do not have school this Friday
(November 4) as the middle school staff will be participating in an
additional Parent/Guardian Teacher Conference Day.
All schools will be closed November 10 (the district wide Parent/
Guardian Teacher Conference Day) and November 11 (observance of
Please watch for a Safe Routes To School survey coming out this week.
The information is needed to support a grant application.
A few community announcements:
In observance of Veterans Day, a wonderful candle light ceremony is
planned at the Civil War Park in Hopkinton. The event is scheduled for
Friday, November 11, 1 at 4:25pm. Additional information is at the
The Sean Powers Wood Bank at the transfer station is in need of
hardwood to support families this winter. A volunteer day for
splitting and stacking wood is scheduled for November 12. If you have
wood or are available to volunteer, please email tcongoran at hotmail.com.
Please remember a Farmer’s Market is held in Hopkinton on Saturdays
from 10:00am - 1:00pm. A flyer with additional information is
available at the link below:
A Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 from
2:00pm - 7:00pm at St. Andrew’s Church in Hopkinton. Additional
information is available at the link below:
An announcement from the FCC and FEMA
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Emergency
Management Authority (FEMA) are planning the first Emergency Alert
System (EAS) nationwide test, which will take place at 2:00 PM (EST),
Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The test will last approximately three
(3) minutes. Normal programming will return following the test.
FCC and FEMA are conducting a public relations campaign utilizing
print, broadcast, and other media to prepare the public for the test
and the fact that a “live” alert code is being used. If you are part
of an organization, below is a draft article that could be used for
use in your group’s newsletters, telephone trees, blogs, meeting
announcements, or any other way your group uses to communicate
The November 9 test will utilize a “live” national alert code, i.e., a
coded message that will make it appear as an actual emergency
announcement, not a test. This is necessary in order to allow FCC and
FEMA to test the actual working order of EAS equipment and the state
of readiness of EAS operators and participants.
An audio message will precede the alert message announcing that the
exercise is a Test Only. Other information will be broadcast after
the test concludes.
Additional information about the test is available at the FCC’s
Thank you for your support.
Steven M. Chamberlin
Superintendent of Schools
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