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Village Nursery School & Kindergarten tours available

HARVARD — Village Nursery School & Kindergarten is scheduling tours and accepting applications for the 2008-2009 school year.

Village Nursery School offers morning and afternoon preschool and kindergarten programs for children aged 2.9 to 6 years old. The teacher-student ratios are 1:5 for our 3-year-olds, 1:8 for 4-year-olds and 1:6 for kindergartners.

The programs focus on developmental learning and social skills. They are outfitted with materials that encourage imagination and socialization. Classes provide an engaging and nurturing environment to support the development of verbal, mathematical, creative, social and motor skills.

The recently built, bright and open facility at 40 Poor Farm Road was specifically designed for the early-education program. The spacious building is equipped with large, sunny classrooms; a beautiful, newly renovated playground; a nature nook and is adjacent to a conservation trail that’s accessible for school use.

Extended care is available before and after school.

For information, to schedule an appointment or to request an application call (978) 456-3993. Village Nursery School & Kindergarten is a nonprofit, nondenominational school. Financial aid is available to eligible families.

Boutwell Parent Night

Throughout the year, Early Childhood Director Russ Hoyt, will have coffee and hold discussions, each of which will have a topic with a presentation and time to discuss how it relates to you and your family.

These sessions are open to all families. We encourage families not involved with Boutwell Early Childhood Center to attend this wonderful opportunity.

The first topic of the new year to be discussed will be class offerings. The school is in need of revised class offerings for next year.

This meeting will be held Jan. 7, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the school.

The Early Childhood Advisory Council has been working hard to devise a plan. The clear choices that came out of surveys sent to residents were to bring back a two half-day program and find a way to extend the sessions to three hours.

Proposals to do so are under consideration, but there are many factors that make the process challenging. Hoyt and some members of the Early Childhood Advisory Council will present a summary of the best options possible and open a discussion on which option is best.

RSVP to Brenda at (978) 448-2297 by Jan. 4.

Adult Education to start in January

WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Adult Education program starts Jan. 28.

A wide range of classes will be available, including a 1,000-hour cosmetology program in which students will learn how to become hair stylists, makeup artists, color technicians, salon managers or owners, and more.

For information or if you’re interested in teaching a craft or hobby, call (978) 692-4711, ext. 4000, or visit

Nashoba Tech hosts holiday boys basketball tournament

WESTFORD — After a three-year hiatus, the Nashoba Valley Technical High School Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament is back.

The first round of the eight-team tournament was held Dec. 27, and the finals are Dec. 29.

Nashoba Tech’s third-year boys basketball head coach Rob Beaudette said he’s wanted to restart the popular tournament, and this year seemed to be the right time. He and new Athletic Director David Fusco worked to get the seven other teams committed to the tournament.

Tickets available at the door, will cost $3 for students and $5 for adults. The concession stand will be open as well.

The schedule for Dec. 29 is as follows:

* Game 5: Loser of game 1 vs. loser of game 2, 3 p.m.

* Game 6: Loser of game 3 vs. loser of game 4, 4:30 p.m.

* Game 7: Division 2 Championship — Winner of game 1 vs. winner of game 2, 6 p.m.

* Game 8: Division 1 Championship — Winner of game 3 vs. winner of game 4, 7:30 p.m.

Applewild Open House Jan. 12

FITCHBURG — Applewild School will host an Open House Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Marshall Building, 98 Prospect St. Student-led tours will be available as well as conversations with faculty and administrators who will be on hand to talk about Applewild School and Scholarship opportunities. Applewild, an independent, co-educational day school serving students in kindergarten through grade nine, is accepting applications for the 2008-2009 academic year and scheduling screenings. For information contact Terry Perlmutter, director of admission and financial aid, at (978) 342-6053, ext. 110, or