Friday, August 14, 2015

In the News: let's laugh class, modulars removed, handbooks approved

The First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut St., will host a laughter yoga class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28. 
Laughter yoga is a body and mind practice for well-being that involves deep breathing and a few stretches, clapping, deep relaxation and playful laughter exercises that do not include jokes or comedy. 
Any age and any level of physical ability can participate, and the class will take place in the meetinghouse of the church. Attendees are asked to bring a bottle of water and to contribute a $5 donation to the church for the class. There is a $10 maximum per family. 
Led by certified laughter yoga teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. For more information: 508-660-2223, 
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The Milford Daily News
The Milford Daily News

Those passing by the Davis Thayer Elementary School recently might have noticed something different - or something missing. 
The town has recently removed two modular classroom units that had been on the school's front lawn, leaving a newly-seeded field in their place. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said the units had been there for some time - at least a decade. 
"It was a period of increased enrollment - Franklin schools pretty much doubled," she said. "There were modular classrooms at the Kennedy, Parmenter, Oak Street and Davis Thayer schools."

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The Franklin School Committee reviewed and approved school handbooks this week as it prepares for the beginning of the upcoming school year. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said at Tuesday's committee meeting that the district had made it a policy to review the handbooks yearly. 
Assistant Superintendent Sally Winslow said, while the handbooks contain the district's overall policies and procedures, a substantial amount of work had been to ensure the documents reflect each school's culture. 
"We've been doing this for three years," she said. "It's pretty seamless, I'd say." 
One addition, Winslow said, was including information about suicide awareness in the middle school and high school handbooks.

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