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Let's Win the Doodle for Google Contest

Every year, Google holds a nationwide contest to find the best Google Doodle, those illustrations of the Google logo that appear at the top of the search page, drawn by a kid.

The winner gets their drawing posted on Google’s search page for one day, along with some other pretty sweet prizes including a $30,000 college scholarship and a trip to Google headquarters. Entry is free. Deadline is March 18.

This year’s judges are Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning, Jimmy Fallon, and Kermit the Frog.

This year’s theme is “When I grow up, I hope…” The rest is up to the kid.

Find out everything you need to know and get doodling!

Podcasts for Better Thanksgiving Roadtrips

At this time of year, many of us are hitting the open road to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. To entertain small friends on long drives, check out these podcasts designed for kids but entirely enjoyable for adults as well:

This Podcast Has Fleas – Hilarious comedy about a dog and a cat with dueling podcasts, living in the same house. Features Alec Baldwin as a Zen goldfish.

Pants on Fire – Nobody can spot a liar better than a kid. Or can they? This gameshow brings two adults before a child contestant: one adult is an expert on the topic of the day while the other is a no-good dirty liar. Will the kid detect the imposter?!

Brains On! – Science that feels like a cool news magazine.

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel - a scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds.

When the kids fall asleep, or while you’re out for a pre-turkey jog, here’s some fantastic listening for adults.

Last Seen - WBUR’s podcast about the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum robbery, the biggest unsolved art heist in history.

Bear Brook - New Hampshire Public Radio’s podcast that investigates a cold case of murder in Bear Brook State Park.

Gladiator - The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team takes a hard look at the crisis facing football through the lens of Aaron Hernandez’s life and terrible crimes.

Radiolab - Various topics, all of them thought-provoking and fascinating.

99% Invisible – Design-focused podcast that goes way way beyond architecture.

Empire on Blood – True crime about a 1992 Bronx murder case that questions the nature of justice and redemption.

Wooden Overcoats – Fictional radioplay about a small town in the Channel Islands that has one funeral home. Until one day, it has two.

Ear Hustle - Made by the inmates of San Quentin Prison, this podcast offers a glimpse into a world that may surprise you.

Serial - Season 3 is now available and details a full-year immersion in a courthouse in Cleveland as a microcosm for the entire justice system.

These podcasts (and more) are available on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.

No Mistletoe Required: Kissing Balls For Sale

As the leaves and temps drop, we start thinking about holiday greenery to add color, decorate our homes or to bring as gifts for the start of the Winter season.

Please support the Hannah school's 4th grade in purchasing beautiful holiday kissing balls created for us by Country Gardens in Rowley. Balls are $27 with your choice of ribbon and pine cones. See the order form here.

Proceeds from this fundraiser go toward supporting exciting 4th grade initiatives such as Project Adventure and the Express Yourself program and performance at the Wang Theater. 

The history of Christmas kissing balls dates back to the Middle Ages when villagers would wind together twine and evergreen branches in the shape of a ball. Learn the story behind this odd tradition.

The deadline for kissing ball orders has been extended to Friday, November 16. Kissing balls will be ready for pick up at Hannah on Tuesday, November 20, between 1:45-2:15 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.

Questions? Contact Melissa Perry at

Get Down at Hannah's Fall Festival

Whether you bus-stop or hustle or cabbage patch, krunk or salsa or swing, cha-cha slide or samba or step . . . there’s a place for you, out on the dance floor.

Celebrate the changing of the seasons by shaking your groove thing at The Fall Festival and Dance Party on October 19 from 6-8 p.m. in the Hannah Elementary Gymnasium.

This popular event will feature a scavenger hunt and other games, face painting, photo booth, baked goods for sale, and more. Our DJ will count down the top 5 favorite songs as voted on by Hannah students. Will your favorite song reign supreme? Join us to find out.

Children are encouraged to wear orange and black attire but please, no costumes.

We need volunteers! If you’re interested in helping out, please email Michelle Pouliot.

Healthy Eating From Farm to Lunchbox

By Abigail Sykes, MS, RDN, and Hannah mom

Fall in New England is an exciting time full of lots of local, fresh produce. Apples, pumpkin, winter squash, cranberries, brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, and kale are just a few of the things available right now.

Although many of the seasonal farmer’s markets are ending for the year, there are still several places to buy local food, including local farms and fall/winter farmers markets. Other sites, such as Farmers to You, allow you to purchase local food throughout the year. The MassGrown and Fresher! website has lots of information on local farms, farmers markets, seasonal crops, and agricultural activities.

So how do you pack a lunch that is fun, easy, and will help your child get the energy they need throughout the day? As a general guide when packing lunches, aim for at least 3 of the 5 food groups (fruit, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy) to help ensure you have a balanced meal. Eating a protein and/or fat with a carbohydrate, such as cheese stick and crackers or carrots and hummus, helps your child stay full and energized longer.

For more lunch ideas, check out Registered Dietitian Jill Castle’s Love your Lunchbox.

In Spring 2018, Hannah Elementary piloted a hands-on nutrition and health education program called Hooray for Health for 1st and 4th graders. This year, thanks to funding from the Beverly Education Grant Foundation and the Hannah PTO, we will expand the program to the entire school.

During this fun, interactive program students explore new foods, learn about body systems, and understand the connection between healthy foods and healthy bodies. Be on the lookout for special Hooray for Health related events for students, parents/caregivers, and families at different times throughout the year.

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This is the Hannah PTO blog. Here, we will post relevant material that promotes an event (i.e., “Mrs. Brown’s Recommended Playlist for the Fall Frolic,” “Britta and Ali’s Tips for Rocking the Walking Schoolbus”), ties into current events (i.e., holiday recipes from the kitchen staff, reports on School Committee developments), or is otherwise of interest to the Hannah community (English-as-a-second-language resources, “Mrs Howell’s favorite snacks at the new Whole Foods”).

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