Friday, December 8, 2017

Principal Notes 12-8-17

Principal’s Notes

December  Messages
Peace Message: Friendship
Brain Message: I Can Problem Solve

Hour of Code
Hour of Code is an annual worldwide event that allows students to try out coding for an hour and to show that everyone can learn the basics of computer coding. This week we began the Hour of Code in Memorial School. Each class in Memorial, from K-4, will be taking part in this experience at some point during the next 2 weeks.
If you'd like to try an Hour of Code at home you can go to https://hourofcode.com/us/learn to choose an activity.

Grade 4 Ellis Island Reenactment
Mrs. Schmitt and our fourth grade teachers provided an Ellis Island experience for our fourth graders on Thursday.  Students dressed the part and were able to get a taste of what their ancestors went through upon entering America.  Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted to make this such a worthwhile experience.

Bedford High School Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser! Design, create, and decorate your very own gingerbread house. Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee. Help us spread happiness and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th. For more info, check out our flyer!"


Bedford PTG
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who supported our gift card fundraiser.  The second and final round of orders will be delivered next week.  
AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.  

BEEP Playdate
  • Where: Nuthin’ But Good Times: 746 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH
  • When: December 20th from 3:00 to 4:30
  • Who: BEEP Students and Parents
  • Cost: $7 per child and parents/guardians are free.

They are providing a free room, and allowing you to bring your own snacks.  The snack must be peanut free. They need a deposit to ensure us the time, space and price so I am asking anyone who would like to attend to RSVP to me (Miss Emily) by sending in the $7 in an envelope with your child’s name on it by Tuesday December 6th . Please send in cash only. Your classroom teacher will ensure I get it. If you can, please bring only your BEEP student for this event, that would be best. If you need to bring siblings, the cost is $7 per additional child. Please email with any questions blahnike@bedfordnhk12.net

Memorial Spirit Wear
You can order Memorial School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com. Click Schools in the menu bar, and select Memorial School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  As a bonus 10% of profits come back to the school.

Important Dates      
  • December 19- Spirit Day!  Pajama Day
  • December 20- BEEP Playdate from 3:00-4:30pm at Nuthin’ But Good Times
  • December 25-January 1- School Vacation
  • January 2- Students return to school
  • January 11- Winter Chorus Concert 7:00pm
  • January 15- No School, Martin Luther KIng Jr. Day observance
January 23- Spirit Day! Dress like a teacher (Teachers will dress like a student)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Principal Notes 12-1-17

Principal’s Notes

December  Messages
Peace Message: Friendship
Brain Message: I Can Problem Solve

Book Fair!
Thank you to everyone that supported the school by making a purchase at the Fall Book Fair!  If you weren't able to stop by, you can still "Lasso a Great Book for the Holidays!"  Go to the school's Online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair.  The Online Book Fair closes on Tues., Dec. 5 and these orders will be shipped to the school and delivered to your child's classroom before Winter Break.

From the Counselor's Desk...
During the month of December, we will concentrate on relationships and problem solving.  Morning announcements will introduce the “12 Keys to Friendship”.  They are:  don’t put others down, tell others what you like about them, make others feels special, be honest, keep secrets and promises (only “safe secrets”, that aren’t scary or dangerous),  be a good listener,  put yourself in the other person’s place, encourage others when they try new things, help others feel better when they make a mistake, apologize if you hurt someone’s feelings, forgive others if they hurt your feelings, and let your friends have other friends. (Source: Teaching Friendship Skills, by Sopris West Publishing)

We will also focus on our Kelso’s Choice problem solving program, implemented school-wide, which strives to empower children to solve problems that are not “scary or dangerous” (thus requiring adult intervention).  Kelso’s Choice is used in schools throughout the country and around the world.  For more information on the program, visit  www.kelsoschoice.com.

Bedford High School Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser! Design, create, and decorate your very own gingerbread house. Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee. Help us spread happiness and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th. For more info, check out our flyer!"

Hannaford Helps Schools
The Hannaford Helps Schools Program comes to an end on Saturday December 2nd.  For those of you who have been participating all school dollars need to be turned in by this date.  Please do not mail in your school dollars.  If you have questions about the program you can call Hannaford Customer Service at 1-800-205-7839 or visit hannaford.com/helpsschools.

Bedford PTG
SKI AND SKATE THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who came out in support of the PTG and the Bedford School District at our annual Ski and Skate Sale.  Thank you all who dropped off merchandise to sell (consignor checks should be delivered by mid-December for sold items), to those who came to shop, and to all those who volunteered their time to help!

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary -  Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm at Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.
PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer
AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.  

BEEP Playdate
  • Where: Nuthin’ But Good Times: 746 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH
  • When: December 20th from 3:00 to 4:30
  • Who: BEEP Students and Parents
  • Cost: $7 per child and parents/guardians are free.

They are providing a free room, and allowing you to bring your own snacks.  The snack must be peanut free. They need a deposit to ensure us the time, space and price so I am asking anyone who would like to attend to RSVP to me (Miss Emily) by sending in the $7 in an envelope with your child’s name on it by Tuesday December 6th . Please send in cash only. Your classroom teacher will ensure I get it. If you can, please bring only your BEEP student for this event, that would be best. If you need to bring siblings, the cost is $7 per additional child. Please email with any questions blahnike@bedfordnhk12.net

Memorial Spirit Wear
You can order Memorial School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com. Click Schools in the menu bar, and select Memorial School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  As a bonus 10% of profits come back to the school.

Important Dates      
  • December 7- Ellis Island Day- Grade 4
  • December 19- Spirit Day!  Pajama Day
  • December 20- BEEP Playdate from 3:00-4:30pm at Nuthin’ But Good Times
  • December 25-January 1- School Vacation
  • January 2- Students return to school
  • January 11- Winter Chorus Concert 7:00pm
  • January 15- No School, Martin Luther KIng Jr. Day observance
January 23- Spirit Day! Dress like a teacher (Teachers will dress like a student)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Principal Notes 11-21-17

Principal’s Notes

November  Messages
Peace Message: Kindness and Gratitude
Brain Message: We Love a Challenge!

Memorial Community Council
Date Change due to scheduling conflicts; we will be meeting on Friday December 1st at 8:00am.  This is an opportunity to sit with administration and a teacher representative to discuss community issues and how they relate to the school.  Please feel free to join us if you are available.  

Memorial Lost and Found
With the changing weather I am sure many of you are looking for coats and sweatshirts for your children, please look here.  Our Lost and Found is full.   Also, if your child has brought home coats or sweatshirts by accident that are someone else's,  please have them return the items back to school.  Items tend to be picked up after recess or lunch and at times get mixed up.
Thank you.

Book Fair!
The Memorial Book Fair opens THIS Monday, November 27.   Early open hours (at 7:30 a.m.) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday!  Open late on Thursday during Family Fun Night.
Lasso a Great Book for the Holidays!  If you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping or have relatives who can't make it to the physical book fair, you can access the school's Online Book Fair starting Wed., Nov. 22 (during Thanksgiving Break) at scholastic.com/fair.  The Online Book Fair closes on Tues., Dec. 5 and these orders will be shipped to the school and delivered to your child's classroom before Winter Break.

WHAT IS VAPING?
November 27 from 7 - 8 pm at the Bedford Public Library
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski, Officer “Spike” Donahue and Officer Danielle Nightingale, School Resource Officers at Bedford High School/Ross A. Lurgio Middle School and McKelvie Intermediate School respectively, will give you the facts about vaping. Can you smell it?  Can people vape marijuana? Can people vape other substances?  What does a vape look like?  Where do people get vapes?  Is it legal for kids to vape? In addition, Dr. Joseph Hou, Pulmonologist at Catholic Medical Center, will also provide clinical information on vaping.  Is it addictive?  Is it harmful?  How does it affect young people?  How does it compare to smoking? The 40 minute presentation will be followed by a 20 minute question and answer session.  Get your questions about vaping answered!
Bedford PTG
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE PTG - We wish you all a Wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. We are thankful for the amazing support we receive from families, staff, and the community.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you! Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form please click here… Gift Card Order Form For more information about this program, click here… Gift Card Program. HAPPY SHOPPING!
MANCHESTER MONARCHS DISCOUNT TICKETS - Join the PTG at the Manchester Monarchs Ugly Sweater Holiday Game on Saturday, December 9th, at 6pm as they take on the Royals. Special discounted ticket price of $15 for child or adult! Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice.  Click HERE  for order form and return to your child’s school by Friday, 12/1.
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary -  Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm at Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.
PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer
AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.  
Food Drive
In conjunction with our Kindness and Gratitude month, we will be conducting our annual "Stuff the Turkey" Food Drive.  The drive will begin on Monday, November 6 and will end on Friday, December 1.  Proceeds will go directly to the Bedford Community Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church.  We greatly appreciate any canned or boxed donations you are able to give. Items such as canned proteins (meats, fish, vegetables, etc.), pasta, rice, peanut butter, jelly, rice, flour, sugar and cereal, are especially needed.  If you would like to join us in helping our Bedford pantry, please send the items into school with your child.  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Pleat, X-23206.  Thanks for helping us support Bedford families!

Memorial Spirit Wear
You can order Memorial School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com. Click Schools in the menu bar, and select Memorial School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  As a bonus 10% of profits come back to the school.

Important Dates      

  • November 22-24-No School, Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 27-December 1- Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 30- Family Fun Night
  • December 1- Memorial Community Council, 8:00am
  • December 1-Last Day for our Stuff the Turkey Food Drive
  • December 7- Ellis Island Day- Grade 4
  • December 19- Spirit Day!  Pajama Day
  • December 20- BEEP Playdate from 3:00-4:30pm at Nuthin’ But Good Times
  • December 25-January 1- School Vacation
  • January 2- Students return to school
  • January 11- Winter Chorus Concert 7:00pm
  • January 15- No School, Martin Luther KIng Jr. Day observance
  • January 23- Spirit Day! Dress like a teacher (Teachers will dress like a student)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Principal Notes 11-17-17

Principal’s Notes

November  Messages
Peace Message: Kindness and Gratitude
Brain Message: We Love a Challenge!

Memorial Lost and Found
With the changing weather I am sure many of you are looking for coats and sweatshirts for your children, please look here.  Our Lost and Found is full.   Also, if your child has brought home coats or sweatshirts by accident that are someone else's,  please have them return the items back to school. Items tend to be picked up after recess or lunch and at times get mixed up.
Thank you.

Development of early-literacy skills has benefits beyond academics, assert researchers at the University of Washington. They studied children for five years and found that students whose parents read to them at home improved both their progress in school and in life skills such as self-regulation and goal-setting.

Memorial Community Council
We will be meeting on Thursday November 30th at 8:00am.  This is an opportunity to sit with administration and a teacher representative to discuss community issues and how they relate to the school.  Please feel free to join us if you are available.  

WHAT IS VAPING?
November 27 from 7 - 8 pm at the Bedford Public Library
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski, Officer “Spike” Donahue and Officer Danielle Nightingale, School Resource Officers at Bedford High School/Ross A. Lurgio Middle School and McKelvie Intermediate School respectively, will give you the facts about vaping. Can you smell it?  Can people vape marijuana? Can people vape other substances?  What does a vape look like?  Where do people get vapes?  Is it legal for kids to vape? In addition, Dr. Joseph Hou, Pulmonologist at Catholic Medical Center, will also provide clinical information on vaping.  Is it addictive?  Is it harmful?  How does it affect young people?  How does it compare to smoking? The 40 minute presentation will be followed by a 20 minute question and answer session.  Get your questions about vaping answered!



Book Fair!
The Memorial Book Fair is Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 1 which includes Family Fun Night.  Help us in raising readers!  Please click on the Signup Genius link to be a volunteer at the book fair.

Bedford PTG
SKI & SKATE SALE THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH - Save​ ​HUGE​ ​on​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used​ ​winter​​sports​ ​equipment​ ​&​ ​apparel!
Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School. Join​ ​local​ ​vendors​ ​bringing​ ​top​ ​name​ ​brand​ ​equipment​, ​both​ ​new​ ​and​​used, along​ ​with​ ​our​ ​tremendous​ ​consignment​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​ski​ ​and​ ​boarding​ ​equipment,​​skates,​ ​and winter​ ​apparel​ ​and​ ​outfit​ ​your​ ​entire​ ​family​ ​for​ ​the​ ​upcoming​ ​season!  
Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM.
Visit our Ski and Skate Sale  page to find out more information about the sale and how you can tag and consign your items.  
If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email BedfordPTGSkiSkate@gmail.com.
Items are needed for the bake sale (homemade or store bought), click HERE to donate a baked good.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you! Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form please click here… Gift Card Order Form For more information about this program, click here… Gift Card Program. HAPPY SHOPPING!
MANCHESTER MONARCHS-Discount Tickets
Join the PTG at the Manchester Monarchs Ugly Sweater Holiday Game on Saturday, December 9th, at 6pm as they take on the Royals. Special discounted ticket price of $15 for child or adult! Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice.  Click HERE  for order form and return to your child’s school by Friday, 12/1.
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary. Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm at Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.
PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer
AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.

Holiday Help
The holiday season is approaching and the excitement is building, as we look forward to happy celebrations with family and friends. This is a busy time for many of us, and children can sometimes become overwhelmed. Eating a healthy diet, getting extra sleep and having some quiet time may help your child to stay healthier.

We recognize that holiday anticipation may not be joyful for all students and families, and instead brings stress, fear and even sadness.  As always, our school community is here to assist you, if needed.   Please let us know if you are in need of assistance.  Through the generous donations of others in our school community, we can help.  If you know someone that may be having difficulty, please encourage them to let us know.  All assistance is confidentially given.  We hope that all Memorial children who celebrate this time of year can experience wonderful memories to share with friends and family.

For those families who would like to help support us during this time of the year, we truly appreciate your generosity.  What a wonderful gift you are teaching your own children!  Donations may be sent into the nurse’s office.

Any questions can be directed to:
Anna Cook,School Nurse,627-1776 ext.23204 or
Lisa Pleat, School Counselor,627-1776 ext. 23206

Food Drive
In conjunction with our Kindness and Gratitude month, we will be conducting our annual "Stuff the Turkey" Food Drive.  The drive will begin on Monday, November 6 and will end on Friday, December 1st.  Proceeds will go directly to the Bedford Community Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church. We greatly appreciate any canned or boxed donations you are able to give. Items such as canned proteins (meats, fish, vegetables, etc.), pasta, rice, peanut butter, jelly, rice, flour, sugar and cereal, are especially needed.  If you would like to join us in helping our Bedford pantry, please send the items into school with your child.  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Pleat, X-23206. Thanks for helping us support Bedford families!

Report Cards
A reminder about Report Cards:
Student report cards are available online only in the PowerSchool Parent Access Portal.  To access your child's report card online, log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and you will see a Report Cards icon in the left hand pane.  When you click on this icon your child's report card will appear on the screen.  You can scroll to see the entire report card and choose to print it, if you'd like.  Anytime you click on the Report Cards icon, the most recent report card will generate.  Quarter 1 report cards are now available to view.

Memorial Spirit Wear
You can order Memorial School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com. Click Schools in the menu bar, and select Memorial School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  As a bonus 10% of profits come back to the school.

Important Dates      
  • November 18- Annual PTG Ski and Skate Sale
  • November 21- Spirit Day! Wear your favorite sports attire
  • November 22-24-No School, Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 27-December 1- Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 30- Family Fun Night
  • December 1-Last Day for our Stuff the Turkey Food Drive
  • December 7- Ellis Island Day- Grade 4
  • December 19- Spirit Day!  Pajama Day
  • December 20- BEEP Playdate from 3:00-4:30pm at Nuthin’ But Good Times
  • December 25-January 1- School Vacation
  • January 2- Students return to school
  • January 11- Winter Chorus Concert 7:00pm
  • January 15- No School, Martin Luther KIng Jr. Day observance
January 23- Spirit Day! Dress like a teacher (Teachers will dress like a student)