Thursday, May 24, 2018

Principal's Notes 5/24/18

Principal’s Notes

May Messages
Peace Message: Patience
Brain Message: A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish


Memorial Day Remembrance
We had a beautiful morning to be outside with everyone paying tribute to some of our Bedford veterans buried at the St. Hedwig Cemetery. After placing flags in the ground our students gathered to sing Proud to be an American, by Lee Greenwood. 

We reminded our students that our school was named by the town of Bedford to pay tribute to all the soldiers who lost their lives during time of war. 
It was a very nice remembrance and our students did a fantastic job.

Please click here to see some pictures and to watch the video.

Field Day Helpers Needed!
Hello Memorial Families. 
Field Day volunteers needed to help facilitate & make sure activities run on time. Come enjoy a few hours with your child(ren) while they participate in this fun event.

Please click one of the links below (or both) to sign up. 


Thank you so much for all you do to help out at Memorial School, your time is greatly appreciated.

Barbara Hardy and Danielle Brimblecom
Volunteer Coordinators

Now Accepting Bedford School District “HALL of FAME” Nominations
The Bedford School District has been recognized as one of the most exceptional school districts in the state. This recognition and distinction would not be possible without the many citizens, educators, students and volunteers that over the years have built, maintained and enhanced the mission and the values of our school district. We invite you to nominate individuals who exemplify the spirit of our district along with those who have gone above and beyond in making Bedford an extraordinary school district in all aspects. Please go to the Bedford Hall of Fame link here found on the BHS homepage for details and nominate someone who should be recognized for their contributions! Nominations for this year’s class will be accepted through July 15, 2018. 

Our inaugural class 2017 included:
  • William Greiner
  • Dennis Pope
  • Ann Remus
  • Tim Mayes
  • William Whitmore
  • Susan Mullen

Tick Management
Now that spring has really arrived, our students are spending more time outside - both at home and at school. Mostly that is a great thing. At the same time, we need to be thinking about safety.

In particular, I am writing to you about tick management. Here are a few items I want to share with the community on the subject. 
The most effective measure for limiting ticks on our property is keeping grass cut short and removing leaf litter since that is where they prefer to live. 


We are also providing selective tick treatments on district properties based on recommendations from our pest services contractor. This is the same approach the town of Bedford is using for sports fields.

Families can find additional recommendations for tick bite prevention and treatment in this excellent New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Resources notice.

Of course no approach will eliminate every potential risk. That is why we ask families to help. Please remind your children to avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter, to use an insect repellent when spending time outdoors, and to do daily tick checks after being outdoors.

As always, thank you for trusting us with the care of your children.

Sincerely,
Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools


Spring has finally arrived! 
Are you a runner, a walker, a stroller ...? One of our 1st graders in an ambassador for Easter Seals NH and has a team looking for participants, Team Elliott. 

Join us at the 19th Annual Easter Seals NH Eversource Run/Walk 5K on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in the evening! It's a fun night with family and friends in downtown Manchester. 

Use the link above to register. Follow the simple directions and on the information page where you put in all your personal information you'll see a big gray box, that's where you will choose Team Elliot in the join a team drop down!

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018
Do you have a student with an IEP? Please complete the New Hampshire Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement survey! Paper copies are in the mail to you, or you can complete the survey at www.NHParent.com by June 15, 2018. Share your feedback! Your responses help us continue to improve. Thank you for your time and participation!

Bedford Police Bike Rodeo
The Bedford Police Department will be hosting their annual Bike Rodeo on Sunday May 27th, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It will be located in the upper parking lot of the Bedford High School, 47 Nashua Road. This event is free and is open to all ages and abilities. Kids will be given the opportunity to have their helmets checked and ride through obstacle courses. Immediately after the Bike Rodeo those interested may ride their bikes during the Memorial Day parade with members of the Bedford Police Department bicycle unit starting at 1:00 pm. The parade route will start at the Bedford High School and end at McKelvie Intermediate School. Please join the members of the Bedford Police Department for this family fun event. 

Food Drive
Memorial School is working with the Bedford Food Pantry to help collect food items that are most needed by families. Every other month we will be collecting 1 food item. For the month of May, that item is Saltines. If you are able, please bring in a box of Saltines until Friday, June 1st. We will have a box for donations in our front hallway. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause, which supports Bedford families.

Ecosmith - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive 
Bedford DI is having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers. From now until May 25th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby. These items must be placed in a special blue bag. This is a great way to get your spring-cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. Reminder, clothing, fabrics, stuffed animals etc. can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot. We appreciate your support. For more info, contact bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com

Bedford PTG

BEDFORD PTG COLOR BLAST SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD, 9:30AM at the BHS campus

VOLUNTEER VOLUNTEER VOLUNTEER! If you’re not participating in the fun run/walk, you can still come and be part of our Color Blast event! Click here for volunteer opportunities. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the colorful fun! All event information can be found on our website

COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE- Join the Bedford PTG for a “Year in Review” with Superintendent McGee on Wednesday, 5/30 starting at 9:30am at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Rd – behind the Town Hall). This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Bedford School District. Children always welcome to attend.

COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPALS VIDEO LINK – If you were not able to attend our Coffee with the Principals event, you can watch the presentation by following this link, BCTV Principal Meeting

BHS GRADUATION SEAT RAFFLE!!! The PTG is raffling off FOUR sets of four seats in the front two center rows of the bleachers. These seats will be reserved just for you. Winners will also receive one reserved parking space on campus! $20/Entry or 6 Entries for $100 Winners will be drawn & announced on June 7th. Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by JUNE 6th. 

*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*

Grad Seat Raffle Form

BHS PARKING SPACE RAFFLE!!! $10 Donation Per Entry The PTG is raffling off TWO prime guaranteed parking spaces in the top lot for the 2018-2019 school year. You must have a valid license and a vehicle sometime during the 2018-2019 school year to be eligible to WIN! Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by June 13th. Winners will be notified before the end of the year.

*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*


2018/19 School Calendar
The school calendar for next year can be found HERE.

Important Dates
  • May 25- District Workshop Day no school for students
  • May 28- No school for observance of Memorial Day 
  • June 3- PTG Color Blast Fun Run
  • June 5- Memorial School Field Day
  • June 12- 4th Grade Play
  • June 19- Kindergarten Recognition Day 9:00am in the cafeteria for both the AM and PM classes.
  • June 20- Last day of school, dismissal 12:20pm

Friday, May 18, 2018

Principal's Notes 5/18/18

Principal’s Notes

May Messages
Peace Message: Patience
Brain Message: A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

Bicentennial Essay Contest

The NH State House hosted a statewide Essay Contest that asked students write about the NH Statehouse and its meaning today. We are very proud to have 2 of our Memorial students recognized as the top 2 finishers in the South Central Region. Congratulations to Madeline Cole who finished 2nd and Colin McCarthy who finished 1st. Those essays were then submitted to the state where Colin finished in second place at the state level. He was recognized at a ceremony with the Governor on Wednesday at the Statehouse. Excellent job by both of our 4th graders.

Now Accepting Bedford School District “HALL of FAME” Nominations
The Bedford School District has been recognized as one of the most exceptional school districts in the state. This recognition and distinction would not be possible without the many citizens, educators, students and volunteers that over the years have built, maintained and enhanced the mission and the values of our school district. We invite you to nominate individuals who exemplify the spirit of our district along with those who have gone above and beyond in making Bedford an extraordinary school district in all aspects. Please go to the Bedford Hall of Fame link here found on the BHS homepage for details and nominate someone who should be recognized for their contributions! Nominations for this year’s class will be accepted through July 15, 2018. 

Our inaugural class 2017 included:
  • William Greiner
  • Dennis Pope
  • Ann Remus
  • Tim Mayes
  • William Whitmore
  • Susan Mullen

Tick Management
Now that spring has really arrived, our students are spending more time outside - both at home and at school. Mostly that is a great thing. At the same time, we need to be thinking about safety.

In particular, I am writing to you about tick management. Here are a few items I want to share with the community on the subject. 
The most effective measure for limiting ticks on our property is keeping grass cut short and removing leaf litter since that is where they prefer to live. 


We are also providing selective tick treatments on district properties based on recommendations from our pest services contractor. This is the same approach the town of Bedford is using for sports fields.

Families can find additional recommendations for tick bite prevention and treatment in this excellent New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Resources notice.

Of course no approach will eliminate every potential risk. That is why we ask families to help. Please remind your children to avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter, to use an insect repellent when spending time outdoors, and to do daily tick checks after being outdoors.

As always, thank you for trusting us with the care of your children.

Sincerely,
Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools


Spring has finally arrived! 
Are you a runner, a walker, a stroller ...? One of our 1st graders in an ambassador for Easter Seals NH and has a team looking for participants, Team Elliott. 

Join us at the 19th Annual Easter Seals NH Eversource Run/Walk 5K on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in the evening! It's a fun night with family and friends in downtown Manchester. 

Use the link above to register. Follow the simple directions and on the information page where you put in all your personal information you'll see a big gray box, that's where you will choose Team Elliot in the join a team drop down!

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018
Do you have a student with an IEP? Please complete the New Hampshire Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement survey! Paper copies are in the mail to you, or you can complete the survey at www.NHParent.com by June 15, 2018. Share your feedback! Your responses help us continue to improve. Thank you for your time and participation!

Bedford Police Bike Rodeo
The Bedford Police Department will be hosting their annual Bike Rodeo on Sunday May 27th, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It will be located in the upper parking lot of the Bedford High School, 47 Nashua Road. This event is free and is open to all ages and abilities. Kids will be given the opportunity to have their helmets checked and ride through obstacle courses. Immediately after the Bike Rodeo those interested may ride their bikes during the Memorial Day parade with members of the Bedford Police Department bicycle unit starting at 1:00 pm. The parade route will start at the Bedford High School and end at McKelvie Intermediate School. Please join the members of the Bedford Police Department for this family fun event. 

Food Drive
Memorial School is working with the Bedford Food Pantry to help collect food items that are most needed by families. Every other month we will be collecting 1 food item. For the month of May, that item is Saltines. If you are able, please bring in a box of Saltines until Friday, June 1st. We will have a box for donations in our front hallway. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause, which supports Bedford families.

Ecosmith - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive 
Bedford DI is having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers. From now until May 25th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby. These items must be placed in a special blue bag. This is a great way to get your spring-cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. Reminder, clothing, fabrics, stuffed animals etc. can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot. We appreciate your support. For more info, contact bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com

Bedford PTG

BEDFORD PTG COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 24TH! REGISTER NOW

Our event is scheduled for SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD, 9:30AM at the BHS campus – Over 680 runners registered, don’t miss your chance to get in on the colorful fun.

Have you signed your kids up to run and are planning to be there to cheer them on? We could use your help as a volunteer! Click here for volunteer opportunities.

Check out our website for our new shorter 2 mile course and all things Color Blast!

COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE- Join the Bedford PTG for a “Year in Review” with Superintendent McGee on Wednesday, 5/30 starting at 9:30am at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Rd – behind the Town Hall). This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about the Bedford School District. Children always welcome to attend.

COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPALS VIDEO LINK – If you were not able to attend our Coffee with the Principals event, you can watch the presentation by following this link, https://tinyurl.com/PTG-Mtg-with-Principals5-15-18

BHS GRADUATION SEAT RAFFLE!!! The PTG is raffling off FOUR sets of four seats in the front two center rows of the bleachers. These seats will be reserved just for you. Winners will also receive one reserved parking space on campus! $20/Entry or 6 Entries for $100 Winners will be drawn & announced on June 7th. Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by June 6.

*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*

Raffle form

BHS PARKING SPACE RAFFLE!!! $10 Donation Per Entry The PTG is raffling off TWO prime guaranteed parking spaces in the top lot for the 2018-2019 school year. You must have a valid license and a vehicle sometime during the 2018-2019 school year to be eligible to WIN! Simply fill out the number of entries you'd like to make and return with cash or check payable to “Bedford PTG” to BHS school office by June 13th. Winners will be notified before the end of the year.

*All funds raised through this raffle support programming & events in Bedford schools*

Raffle form

2018/19 School Calendar
The school calendar for next year can be found HERE.

Important Dates
  • May 24- Wear your Patriotic colors as voted during the KidVote 
  • May 24- All School, Walking, Memorial Day Field Trip
  • May 25- District Workshop Day no school for students
  • May 28- No school for observance of Memorial Day 
  • June 3- PTG Color Blast Fun Run
  • June 5- Memorial School Field Day
  • June 12- 4th Grade Play
  • June 19- Kindergarten Recognition Day 9:00am in the cafeteria for both the AM and PM classes.
  • June 20- Last day of school, dismissal 12:20pm

Friday, May 11, 2018

Principal's Notes 5/11/18

Principal’s Notes

May Messages
Peace Message: Patience
Brain Message: A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

Grandparents Day
Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, and attended our Grandparents Day. We had over 400 visitors Thursday. Our students were very excited and proud to share.

Tick Management ( A message from our Superintendent)
Now that spring has really arrived, our students are spending more time outside - both at home and at school. Mostly that is a great thing. At the same time, we need to be thinking about safety.

In particular, I am writing to you about tick management. Here are a few items I want to share with the community on the subject. 

The most effective measure for limiting ticks on our property is keeping grass cut short and removing leaf litter since that is where they prefer to live. 

We are also providing selective tick treatments on district properties based on recommendations from our pest services contractor. This is the same approach the town of Bedford is using for sports fields.

Families can find additional recommendations for tick bite prevention and treatment in this excellent New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Resources notice.

Of course no approach will eliminate every potential risk. That is why we ask families to help. Please remind your children to avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter, to use an insect repellent when spending time outdoors, and to do daily tick checks after being outdoors.

As always, thank you for trusting us with the care of your children.

Sincerely,

Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools

Spring has finally arrived! 
Are you a runner, a walker, a stroller ...? One of our 1st graders in an ambassador for Easter Seals NH and has a team looking for participants, Team Elliott. 

Join us at the 19th Annual Easter Seals NH Eversource Run/Walk 5K on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in the evening! It's a fun night with family and friends in downtown Manchester. 


Use the link above to register. Follow the simple directions and on the information page where you put in all your personal information you'll see a big gray box, that's where you will choose Team Elliot in the join a team drop down!

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018
Do you have a student with an IEP? Please complete the New Hampshire Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement survey! Paper copies are in the mail to you, or you can complete the survey at www.NHParent.com by June 15, 2018. Share your feedback! Your responses help us continue to improve. Thank you for your time and participation!

Memorial Community Council
We will have our next Community Council Meeting on Friday, May 18th at 8:00am. We will look at the year in review and begin planning for our next school year.

Bedford Police Bike Rodeo
The Bedford Police Department will be hosting their annual Bike Rodeo on Sunday May 27th, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It will be located in the upper parking lot of the Bedford High School, 47 Nashua Road. This event is free and is open to all ages and abilities. Kids will be given the opportunity to have their helmets checked and ride through obstacle courses. Immediately after the Bike Rodeo those interested may ride their bikes during the Memorial Day parade with members of the Bedford Police Department bicycle unit starting at 1:00 pm. The parade route will start at the Bedford High School and end at McKelvie Intermediate School. Please join the members of the Bedford Police Department for this family fun event.

Food Drive
Memorial School is working with the Bedford Food Pantry to help collect food items that are most needed by families. Every other month we will be collecting 1 food item. For the month of May, that item is Saltines. If you are able, please bring in a box of Saltines until Friday, June 1st. We will have a box for donations in our front hallway. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause, which supports Bedford families.

Ecosmith - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive 
Bedford DI is having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers. From now until May 25th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby. These items must be placed in a special blue bag. This is a great way to get your spring-cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. Reminder, clothing, fabrics, stuffed animals etc. can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot. We appreciate your support. For more info, contact bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com

Bedford PTG
COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!! Come out for a colorful day of fun in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District! Our 2018 Color Blast is scheduled for Sunday,June 3rd at 9:30AM. Click here to register and visit our Color Blast Fun Run website for event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities.

DISTRICT YEAR IN REVIEW COMMUNITY MEETINGS - Join the Bedford PTG for two upcoming community meetings, first with Principals from all six of our schools on the Tuesday, 5/15 and then with Superintendent McGee on Wednesday, 5/30. Both meetings will be held at BCTV starting at 9:30AM. We are looking to the community for topic ideas you’d like to hear discussed. Please email bedfordnhptg@gmail.com by 5/9 with your questions/comments.

FISHER CATS DISCOUNTED TICKETS - Join the PTG for a fun family afternoon with the Fisher Cats on May 20th. Arrive early for the High Five Tunnel and stay late to run the bases. 

Click HERE for more information and to order DISCOUNTED tickets. Return order form with check payable to NH Fisher Cats to school by May 11th. Tickets will be available at the Will Call window on 5/20.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STAND BY ME - Lurgio Middle School is hosting the 29th year of Stand By Me on Friday, May 18th @ SNHU. This event, for all seventh grade students and their parents/guardians, is in need of volunteers to help the day run smoothly. Since 7th grade families are participating in the event we are looking for volunteers from other grades to help. Various shifts and volunteer opportunities available, please click HERE for more information and to sign up to volunteer.


SCHOOL SUPPLY KIT PROGRAM UPDATE - Due to unforeseen circumstances with our supplier, PTG will be unable to offer pre-purchased school supply kits to families for 2018/19 school year. Teachers will still provide supply lists that families can utilize to shop on their own for supplies before the start of the school year. Please note that we will be working on finding an alternative and we hope to re-introduce this program next spring for 2019/20 school year supplies. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work to find the best supplier to meet Bedford School District’s needs.

2018/19 School Calendar
The school calendar for next year can be found HERE.

Important Dates 
  • May 15- Spirit Day- Beach Day Theme
  • May 18- Community Council Meeting
  • May 24- Wear your Patriotic colors as voted during the KidVote 
  • May 24- All School, Walking, Memorial Day Field Trip
  • May 25- District Workshop Day no school for students
  • May 28- No school for observance of Memorial Day 
  • June 3- PTG Color Blast Fun Run
  • June 5- Memorial School Field Day
  • June 12- 4th Grade Play
  • June 19- Kindergarten Recognition Day 9:00am in the cafeteria for both the AM and PM classes.
  • June 20- Tentative last day of school

Friday, May 4, 2018

Principal's Notes 5/4/18

Principal’s Notes
May  Messages
Peace Message: Patience
Brain Message: A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

From the Counselor’s Desk
This month, students will learn that many things in life require patience. Whether it be waiting for our turn, waiting to speak or waiting for something to happen, we need to understand that we can’t always get what we want right away. In today’s world of technology and instant gratification, children are less apt to have the skill of patience and waiting. Children without patience and the ability to wait have greater difficulty powering through difficult tasks. Patience is therefore linked with last month’s message about perseverance, since not giving up requires us to be patient and wait for the results. We can teach patience to children by regularly creating situations where they have to wait. Through practice, the important life skill of patience can be developed.

To further our lessons on growth mindset, the students will learn that setting goals alone does not enable us to achieve them. Instead, we must have a plan on how we are going to reach our goal, work hard and change the plan when needed. As our Brain Message expresses, without a plan of action, our goals are only wishes.

Grandparents Day
On May 10th our school will be filled with joy as our children's grandparents and senior citizen friends come to visit. A special time is planned that will include light refreshments and a choral performance by Memorial 3rd/4th grade chorus.

Guests will also have a classroom visit and a tour of the school.

4th to 5th Grade Band Information Night
The McKelvie Music Department will be touring the elementary schools on Tuesday, May 22nd. There will be a Band Information Night on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00pm in the McKelvie Cafeteria. There will be information for parents regarding sign-ups and instrument rentals, and instruments for students to view and hold. Please email Christa Wickham wickhamc@sau25.net with any questions.

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey 2018
Do you have a student with an IEP? Please complete the New Hampshire Department of Education’s annual Parent Involvement survey! Paper copies are in the mail to you, or you can complete the survey at www.NHParent.com by June 15, 2018. Share your feedback! Your responses help us continue to improve. Thank you for your time and participation!

Parent Coffee with the Facilitators
Join Special Educator Facilitators, Matt Munsey, Dan Mitchell, Pam Ilg, and Beth Purcell for a Parent Information Coffee on Wednesday, May 9th from 8:30- 9:30 at the SAU Office 103 County Rd. The topic of the discussion will be transitioning from the Elementary Schools to McKelvie. Please come with your questions and for good conversation and company.

Memorial Community Council
We will have our next Community Council Meeting on Friday, May 18th at 8:00am. We will look at the year in review and begin planning for our next school year.

Bedford Police Bike Rodeo
The Bedford Police Department will be hosting their annual Bike Rodeo on Sunday May 27th, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It will be located in the upper parking lot of the Bedford High School, 47 Nashua Road. This event is free and is open to all ages and abilities. Kids will be given the opportunity to have their helmets checked and ride through obstacle courses. Immediately after the Bike Rodeo those interested may ride their bikes during the Memorial Day parade with members of the Bedford Police Department bicycle unit starting at 1:00 pm. The parade route will start at the Bedford High School and end at McKelvie Intermediate School. Please join the members of the Bedford Police Department for this family fun event. 

Food Drive
Memorial School is working with the Bedford Food Pantry to help collect food items that are most needed by families. Every other month we will be collecting 1 food item. For the month of May, that item is Saltines. If you are able, please bring in a box of Saltines until Friday, June 1st. We will have a box for donations in our front hallway. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause, which supports Bedford families.

Destination Imagination - Chipotle Fundraiser
The Bedford DI Global Finals teams are hosting a ONE FOR THE TEAMS fundraiser at Chipotle next Monday, May 7th, 4-8PM. Be sure to tell the cashier you are there for the fundraiser. No flyer required. Thank you for your support.

Ecosmith - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive 
Bedford DI is having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers. From now until May 25th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby. These items must be placed in a special blue bag. This is a great way to get your spring-cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. Reminder, clothing, fabrics, stuffed animals etc. can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot. We appreciate your support. For more info, contact bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com

Bedford PTG
COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!! Come out for a colorful day of fun in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District! Our 2018 Color Blast is scheduled for Sunday,June 3rd at 9:30AM. Click here to register and visit our Color Blast Fun Run website for event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities.
DISTRICT YEAR IN REVIEW COMMUNITY MEETINGS - Join the Bedford PTG for two upcoming community meetings, first with Principals from all six of our schools on the Tuesday, 5/15 and then with Superintendent McGee on Wednesday, 5/30. Both meetings will be held at BCTV starting at 9:30AM. We are looking to the community for topic ideas you’d like to hear discussed. Please email bedfordnhptg@gmail.com by 5/9 with your questions/comments.

FISHER CATS DISCOUNTED TICKETS - Join the PTG for a fun family afternoon with the Fisher Cats on May 20th. Arrive early for the High Five Tunnel and stay late to run the bases. 

Click HERE for more information and to order DISCOUNTED tickets. Return order form with check payable to NH Fisher Cats to school by May 11th. Tickets will be available at the Will Call window on 5/20.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STAND BY ME - Lurgio Middle School is hosting the 29th year of Stand By Me on Friday, May 18th @ SNHU. This event, for all seventh grade students and their parents/guardians, is in need of volunteers to help the day run smoothly. Since 7th grade families are participating in the event we are looking for volunteers from other grades to help. Various shifts and volunteer opportunities available, please click HERE for more information and to sign up to volunteer.

SCHOOL SUPPLY KIT PROGRAM UPDATE - Due to unforeseen circumstances with our supplier, PTG will be unable to offer pre-purchased school supply kits to families for 2018/19 school year. Teachers will still provide supply lists that families can utilize to shop on their own for supplies before the start of the school year. Please note that we will be working on finding an alternative and we hope to re-introduce this program next spring for 2019/20 school year supplies. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work to find the best supplier to meet Bedford School District’s needs.

2018/19 School Calendar
The school calendar for next year can be found HERE.

Important Dates 
  • May 4- Memorial’s Small/Tall Dance
  • May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 10- Grandparents Day
  • May 10- Memorial’s Spring Concert
  • May 15- Spirit Day- Beach Day Theme
  • May 18- Community Council Meeting
  • May 24- Wear your Patriotic colors as voted during the KidVote 
  • May 25- District Workshop Day no school for students
  • May 28- No school for observance of Memorial Day 
  • June 3- PTG Color Blast Fun Run
  • June 5- Memorial School Field Day
  • June 12- 4th Grade Play
  • June 19- Kindergarten Recognition Day 9:00am in the cafeteria for both the AM and PM classes.
  • June 20- Tentative last day of school

Friday, April 20, 2018

Principal's Notes 4/20/18

Principal’s Notes
April  Messages
Peace Message: Perseverance
Brain Message: There's a Difference Between Not Knowing and Not Knowing Yet!

Small/Tall Dance May 4th
Memorial School's 2nd Annual Small/Tall Dance will be on Friday, May 4th from 6:30 - 8:00pm at the Manchester Community Church, across the street. Each Memorial School student (small) may invite one adult (tall) to join him/her for a evening of fun dancing. Please RSVP no later than Monday, April 30th. Each "person" is $5.00. Envelopes will go home on Monday. Please fill them out and include the payment. Checks should be made out to Memorial School. Hoping to see you on May 4th!


Grandparents Day
On May 10th our school will be filled with joy as our children's grandparents and senior citizen friends come to visit. A special time is planned that will include light refreshments and a choral performance by Memorial 3rd/4th grade chorus.
Guests will also have a classroom visit and a tour of the school.

To register your guests, please complete this form and return to your child’s teacher by May 4th.   
General Guest Registration form – May 10th 9:00-11:00:
General Guest Registration

AM BEEP Registration Form – May 10th 9:00-9:30
AM Beep Registration


To register any guests to visit in the Afternoon Beep or Afternoon Kindergarten
program, please complete this form by May 4th.
Afternoon Kindergarten/Beep Registration form - May 10th 12:00 start:
Afternoon K & BEEP Registration

We are asking for your help and generosity to make this event a success.
The volunteer/donation sign up genius will follow later.
Many thanks,
Elise Johnson, Amy Ward, and Danielle Brimblecom
PTG Grandparents’ Day Coordinators


4th to 5th Grade Band Information Night
The McKelvie Music Department will be touring the elementary schools on Tuesday, May 22nd. There will be a Band Information Night on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00pm in the McKelvie Cafeteria. There will be information for parents regarding sign-ups and instrument rentals, and instruments for students to view and hold. Please email Christa Wickham wickhamc@sau25.net with any questions.


Parent Coffee with the Facilitators
Join Special Educator Facilitators, Matt Munsey, Dan Mitchell, Pam Ilg, and Beth Purcell for a Parent Information Coffee on Wednesday, May 9th from 8:30- 9:30 at the SAU Office 103 County Rd. The topic of the discussion will be transitioning from the Elementary Schools to McKelvie. Please come with your questions and for good conversation and company.

Ecosmith - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive
Bedford DI is having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers. From now until May 25th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby. These items must be placed in a special blue bag. This is a great way to get your spring-cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. Reminder, clothing, fabrics, stuffed animals etc. can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot. We appreciate your support. For more info, contact bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com

Thinking AheadThinking ahead to next year’s Invention Convention we are asking for any donations that our students can use. Specifically things like domino’s, hot wheel tracks and cars are great for the Rube Goldberg projects. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Schmitt at schmittc@bedfordnhk12.net

Student Placement
As we move into the final quarter of the school year, we are starting to think about class placement for 2018/19. Please read THIS LETTER, which outlines the process.

Student Surveys
Teachers will be administering the spring edition of Tripod Survey following April Vacation. For more information, please read THIS LETTER.

Lost and Found
With the change of seasons we are seeing an increase in the number of items in our Lost and Found. If you are missing anything please ask your child to check the Lost and Found. Items not picked up by April vacation will be donated and no longer available. Thank you.

Bedford PTG
COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!! Come out for a colorful day of fun in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District! Our 2018 Color Blast is scheduled for Sunday,June 3rd at 9:30AM. Click here to register and visit our Color Blast Fun Run website for event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities.

INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INVOLVED WITH PTG AND BEDFORD SCHOOLS?
PTG has some exciting District and Board positions open for next school year (2018/19). Open roles include District Support, Gift Wrap, School Supplies, and Co-Barnes and Noble; along with shadows for 2 Board roles, Treasurer and VP Publicity. If you have interest in any of these roles or would like to learn more please email bedfordnhptg@gmail.com by April 9th.


YANKEE CANDLE - ONLINE EXTENSION UNTIL MAY 15TH - Thank you to all who participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. If you missed it, no need to worry! We are extending the fundraiser online until May 15th. Candles make a great gift for Easter, Mother's Day or any fun Spring gathering! Click here and enter 999965479 in the Group # Box to shop.*** 40% of sales go back to our schools! ***

​​Important Dates
  • April 23-27 Spring Vacation
  • May 4- Memorial’s Small/Tall Dance
  • May 10- Grandparents Day
  • May 10- Memorial’s Spring Concert
  • May 15- Spirit Day- Beach Day Theme
  • May 24- Wear your Patriotic colors as voted during the KidVote 
  • May 25- District Workshop Day no school for students
  • May 28- No school for observance of Memorial Day 
  • June 3- PTG Color Blast Fun Run
  • June 5- Memorial School Field Day
  • June 12- 4th Grade Play
  • June 19- Kindergarten Recognition Day 9:00am in the cafeteria for both the AM and PM classes.
  • June 20- Tentative last day of school