Arsenic and Old Lace This Weekend

If you’re a theater fan, you’ll want to get to Nottingham this weekend when the Meadowbrook Harlequins stage Arsenic and Old Lace, a classic dark comedy.

Here’s the plot:  Drama critic Mortimer Brewster finds he must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in  Brooklyn as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two elderly aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein, to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.   Sound complicated?  It is-with a lot of laughs.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm.  The Sunday matinee is at 2:30.  Tickets are $7 for adults; students and seniors are $5.

Nottingham Students Can Participate In Liberty Partnership Program

Nottingham is currently participating in the Liberty Partnership Program at OCC.  The program provides academic support to students in grades 9-12 who make a commitment to academic improvement.  The goal is that participants arrive at college prepared for college-level work so they do not have to take remedial courses (which can slow their progress toward a degree).

Students interested in participating should get information in the Nottingham library and complete an application.  The program is located in the lower computer room in the Library Monday-Thursday from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm.  Monday and Wednesday the tutor specializes in Math,  and Tuesday and Thursday the tutor specializes in English. However, tutors will work with the students on any of the core subjects.

This is a great opportunity for students to ensure they’ll be ready to take on the work they’ll be assigned in college.   Parents who want more information should contact program director Steven Wolf at 315-498-2887 or s [dot] a [dot] wolf [at] sunyocc [dot] edu

Next FACES meeting is Wednesday, December 4

FACES holds its next meeting on Wednesday, December 4, from 6:30-8 pm in the Nottingham cafeteria.   All members of the Nottingham community are invited to attend, though under the new incorporation of FACES, only board of directors will be able to vote on FACES business.

Minutes of FACES meetings will be posted on the FACES website at

SCSD meeting on Code of Conduct

The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Syracuse City School District Board Room, 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comments on any proposed changes to the Code of Conduct.

The public is also invited to communicate comments in writing by addressing them to the Board of Education at 1025 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204. For further information or copies of the Code of Conduct with the Dignity for All Students revisions, please contact Eileen Steinhardt, the District Clerk at 435-4691 or email esteinhardt [at] scsd [dot] us

Documents which will be the subject of discussion during the meeting, if any, will be available prior to the meeting, at

Senior Class Extends Cookie Dough Sale

Great news!!  The Senior Class’ Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough sale has been extended for ONE MORE WEEK to Friday, November 22.  Seniors, you have an additional week to make a few sales and contribute to the class fund for graduation activities.  Pull the order form out of your backpack and make a sale!

Take a look at products here: Cookie dough will arrive at Nottingham the week of December 15, just in time for Christmas cookie baking!!  Also check out Spunkmeyer’s other items, like pretzels, sweet rolls, or pizzas….each item is only $16!!!

To place an order:  Contact a senior or contact senior parent Tanika Jones-Cole at 315-516-2235 or tanikaj2002 [at] yahoo [dot] com   You can pay by check or by credit card using the FACES website’s PayPal button.

Thanks for supporting the Class of 2014!

FACES Sponsors Suicide Awareness Talk on Nov. 13

FACES of Nottingham invites all Syracuse City School District staff members, parents and guardians to attend a panel presentation Wednesday, November 13, at 6 pm in the Nottingham cafeteria.  The panel will consist of people who help children, teens and adults through the grief and loss of death and who are experts in suicide awareness and prevention.  A short presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

For help in dealing with the anger and sadness of terrible loss, know that these resources exist in our community.  You can go to these people in any school including Ed Smith K-8 and Nottingham High School when you need help

  • Social Workers
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Student Assistance Counselors
  • School Psychologists

Remember that you can talk to any trusted adult at any time when you are sad, angry or scared.  Your coach, teacher, school administrator, leaders at your church, mosque or temple and friends and family members want to support you and can get you the help you need.

If you are thinking about suicide, tell someone now.

If you are worried about someone, ask him or her if they have thought about suicide.

There are people you can talk to at any time

day or night at the:

CONTACT Hotline at 315-215-0600.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK 

Talking with children and teens about death and suicide

When Families Grieve is a web resource that provides both tips for talking with your children and an online video by the same name developed by Sesame Workshop.  Hospice counselors advise that parents watch the video without their children before deciding how they might use it to address their child’s experience with death and grieving.

When Families Grieve video link

Another excellent resource for families with young children dealing with death is Read this to help prepare children for a funeral.

Hospice Grief Center provides professional grief counseling after a death and sudden and traumatic loss for individuals [children, adolescents and adults,] couples and families. The center also provides adult and children’s grief support groups. Call the center at 315-634-1100,

Hope for the Bereaved provides group and individual counseling (call 315-479-4673) and a variety of information on their website a grief information site and 24-hour chat room

Opportunity to be part of No More Excuses Campaign

The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) is looking for parents, teachers, students and community members from Syracuse to take part in the Albany Kickoff to the No More Excuses Campaign. This is an exciting opportunity for you to pressure NYS legislators for fair funding for Syracuse schools. There will be training during the day so you can return to Syracuse with the information you need to fight! Departure information (Transportation and Lunch provided) November 20th  Price Chopper  2515 Erie Blvd   8:20 am departure; 6:30 pm return If you have any additional questions, please contact local AQE organizer Lekia Hill at lhill [at] citizenactionny [dot] org