"A Moose of a Tale" Story Hour Week One

Tuesday was a wonderful morning for the kick off of our summer story hour series! 

We read two great books about Moose.  Beaver Pond Moose Pond by Jim Arnosky took us into the depths of the forest to a secluded woodland pond where many animals consider one pond to be THEIR pond! 

Moose and Beaver were followed up with a a special rendition of the 'hokey pokey' moose style  and the very silly story, Looking for a Moose.

This fun book by Phyllis Root turned the children into detectives searching for moose while hiking.  A bit of a tongue twister, but a favorite of all!


We ended our time together by making moose puppets!  I shared with the children that as a child growing up in the northern part of NH, seeing a moose was a daily occurrence. I remember often seeing a lumbering moose early in the morning while on the school bus.  Unfortunately, these children have yet to see a real moose, so their puppets will have to do!

Please consider joining us at story hour this summer.  We will meet again next Tuesday, the 5th at 10am.  If you think you might like to attend, just drop an email to and let us know.  This will insure we have have plenty of supplies! 

Happy summer days, see you next week!





Progress - 1 Month In!

While there have been days when it seemed nothing was getting done. . . After one month, I can see progress!

We are far from finished, but a classroom is taking shape.  A few more rugs and bookshelves are coming.  I can't wait to start organizing the shelves and activities for the children.

Many boxes remain full of supplies, but things are slowly finding a home.  A certain little lady took this picture for me!

Now that the classroom is presentable with a place for friends and families to sit, we will be offering a few upcoming events.  On June 15th at 10 and again on July 6th at 10, Mary Farley of Lakes Region Music Together will be offering free music classes for local children.  All are welcome!  The program is most suited for children 6 and under.  We would love to see you there.





May Newsletter

Remodeling News

Why is it that remodeling/renovations always take longer than you think?  Is it just because you want it done before you even begin, or simply Murphy’s Law that something will inevitably go wrong?  While the work on our classroom has progressed, it certainly hasn’t gone as fast as I would have liked!  Our first obstacle presented itself when we were unable to spray the ceiling like we had initially intended.  However, after A LOT of SLOW work with a paint brush, progress is being made!

We have moved cubbies into place and are working on the best arrangement for tables.  The classroom is located in a building that is part of Bristol’s Historic District; this means that there are not any straight lines in the building!  Finding spots where tables and chairs will sit without wobbling has been an interesting challenge.  Despite its quirks, the space is coming together nicely.

A special thank you to HCMA parents, Scott and Deanna Sanchagrin, for helping us endlessly on the classroom.  Scott’s help was invaluable in taping and preparing to paint while Deanna’s help in a 14 hour paint-a-thon was so appreciated!  Also, a special thank you to the Sanchagrin family for the wonderful donation of a real slate chalkboard that was taken from a 1930’s Maine school house. Thank You!

We only have a limited number of spots available in our inaugural year!  Please return your registration information early to ensure your child’s spot in out school!

Window Art

These enthusiastic children were painted on our school window by NH Folk Artist Jim Lambert.  Jim's work has been acknowledged by the Museum of American Folk Art and has appeared in Country Living, Early American Homes, Country Collectibles and NH Business magazine. He has received the NH Magazine Editor's Pick for Best Folk Art. He is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  Former President Bill Clinton recently added two of Jim's standing figures to his private folk art collection (Hillary as the Statue of Liberty and Mr. Clinton as Uncle Sam).  – Info from

Jim currently lives in Hillsborough, but had his start teaching high school art for Newfound when the high school was located at the present day middle school.  Folks might also recall seeing Jim’s window art on Pauli’s restaurant window in downtown Tilton.

Our special thanks to Jim for taking the time to return to Bristol and paint our window!

 What Makes Us Special?

Our program gives parents a new option for their children.  While the Kindergarten year tends to be the most challenging for parents, parents still run into daycare scheduling problems for their young school aged children .  HCMA gives parents an opportunity to enroll their children, between the ages of 5 and 8, in a quality all day program that will give them a strong academic start but also give them the tools they need to be socially and inwardly happy.



Learning at Every Age!

Cora's Peppere shows these Daddies how to properly cut the trim for the chalkboard.  "Learning something new everyday."


Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend I hope that everyone has the opportunity to slow down and celebrate the things we love, including our great country.  Don't forget to take in the Memorial Day Parade in your town.  Bristol's parade is Monday at 9:30.  While school will not be entirely set up, folks are welcome to stop by and say hello before or after the parade.