Monday, 5/18/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend and as much time outside as you wished. The weather certainly cooperated on that front and it looks like the temperatures will be much more pleasant throughout the week ahead. When we get through this week, we’ll have our first school day off since we started remote learning, next Monday as we observe Memorial Day. Then it’s just a short dash to the completion of the 2019-2020 school year.   

You’ll notice in the update that follows that this week’s challenge is tied into the upcoming holiday. I sent it out to students this morning and the responses started flowing in almost immediately. Thank you to those that have already sent their response, they have been posted on Twitter as of the release of this update. For convenience purposes, I’ll be including the wonderful responses to last week’s challenge at the end of the update. Today features the longest of the five lists as many of our students shared a favorite quote of theirs.

We continue to receive requests to distribute information from a variety of organizations.  Once these flyers have gone through the approval process, we post them on our website for the public to access them at their discretion.  I’m embedding a link to where you can find the Electronic Flyer Distribution site we have set up in the event you would like to see what is available.  Please note that these are NOT SCHOOL SPONSORED activities and are shared as a service to our community partners.

Today we start the viewing access to our second film for Mental Health Awareness Month, “Angst.” Below in the update you’ll find directions on how to access the film in the comfort of your home so that you will be able to learn more about the anxiety pressures that our children are facing. The film is less than an hour long and if you have any follow up questions, I would encourage you to reach out to your child(ren)’s counselor. Check out this 3 minute video from some familiar faces around the SAU regarding this as well as the other films we are featuring this month.

That should just about do it for today, except that I want everyone to know that we are still planning to finalize the graduating Class of 2020 plans by the end of this week. We have heard from our soon-to-be graduates and have seen examples of what other districts are doing.  We all want to see a celebration of our graduates that honors all of the hard work they have put in to get to this culminating point in time. Stay tuned for information and remember that WE GOT THIS!

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.

Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness MonthToday we launch access to our second feature film for Mental Health Awareness Month. Below you will find the link and login information in order to access the Angst online program.

Link to View Angst

Login: [email protected]

Password: sau29

The remaining schedule for the films will be as follows:

May 11-15:  Like a film about the impacts of social media.

May 18-22:  Angst a film about anxiety in our youth.

May 25-29:  The Upstanders a film about Cyber-bullying.

A friendly reminder that we have limited viewings for each film, so it is really important that households only access one of the viewings. This will allow more of our families and our staff to be able to watch the films as well.

As 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].  


  • The 5 Signs to help you identify and support others who may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time, or at any time.
  • A Mom's Retreat - A podcast on managing anxiety.

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 -  HSB Meeting Video

Keene - KBE Meeting Video

Marlborough - MbSB Meeting Video

Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video

Nelson - NSB Meeting Video

Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video

Student Challenge:  This week’s challenge is related to Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States and is an observance to honor military personnel that have passed away while serving.  

My challenge to you is to write a brief message to those that have passed while serving our country. You may know someone specifically that has, or maybe you do not. It’s okay either way, but what would you like them to know if they were here today?

I will be tweeting the responses (anonymously) that come in throughout the week and weekend.  You can follow them on Twitter by finding me (@rhmalay).  Students, please get your parent’s permission before setting up an account. Send your response to me directly by email at [email protected], or through a Google Doc.  This challenge will remain open until Friday, May 22nd at 5pm.  

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 meetings (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 in the towns is now open for Wednesday May 27th. Orders must be submitted no later than this Thursday May 20th at 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.

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

At every location, this Monday you will receive 2 days’ worth of meals and this Wednesday you will receive 5 days’ worth of meals due to the holiday weekend.

Menus and offerings will vary based on availability.

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

Phishing attempts:  We have had another phishing attempt. We have blocked the person that is attempting to scam us. Please read this document for more information.

We 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.  

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. 

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

Additional Resources:

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 Orders for additional guidance on this as well as other areas of interest.

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:

Favorite Quotes:

  • “ The Ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.”  - Steve Jobs

  • "The time is always right to do what is right." Martin Luther King

  • ¨The purpose of our lives is to be happy.¨

  • "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Ghandi

  • "Sometimes it takes a really good fall to know where you stand." by Hayley Williams

  • "Twitchy little ferret, aren't you, Malfoy?" J.K. Rowling

  • "Deep down you already know the truth"

  • "Do the right thing, even when no one is looking."

  • "Never ever give up."

  • "Literally"

  • "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

  • "Fall down 7 times, stand up 8."

  • "When it rains, look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars." Oscar Wilde

  • "All you need is love." Unknown

  • "Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon." by Paul Brandt

  • "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Ghandi

  • "Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds."

  • "Wherever you go my love is with you."

  • "You can only get 99% wrong and 1 % right."

  • "Mind your biscuits and life would be gravy."

  • "Play hard or go home."

  • "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." Dolly Parton

  • A quote from Michael Jordan- “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

  • Quote from Mahatma Ghandi - “Be the change you want to see in the world."

  • Quote from Confucius- "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

  • "Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits."

  • "Friends are still here, even if you can't see them."

  • "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light."- Albus Wulfric Percival Brian Dumbledore

  • "The happiest people don’t HAVE the best of everything. They MAKE the best of everything."

  • "Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher."

  • "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." Abraham Lincoln

  • "My limits don't exist."

  • "When life is tough, don't say why me, say try me."

  • "When you fall down, get back up and try harder."

  • "Fly, if you can't fly, then run, if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do just keep on moving." M.L. King

  • This is a famous quote from Mittens my kitten who says "Let all cats be a cat! It is okay to be who you are."

  • "Positive actions make positive reactions: If you do something good for someone there will be good in it for you."

  • "You are only confined by the walls you build yourself."

  • "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day."

  • "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

  • "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." JFK

  • "A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can't go anywhere or get stuff."

  • "This too shall pass."

  • "Anything is possible." - Kevin Garnett

  • "Never give up!"

  • The actions of the past do not determine one's worth but rather the actions of the present."

  • "Far-away there in the sunshine, are my highest aspirations! I may not reach them, but I can look up , upon their beauty, BELIEVE in them, and try to follow where they Lead!"