Friday, October 20, 2017

Principal Notes 10-20-17

Principal’s Notes

October  Messages
Peace Message: Responsibility and being Bully Free
Brain Message: My Brain is like a Muscle that Grows

BeBOLD Speaker Series
Dr. Carolyn Morgan will be presenting her “Growing Resilience Program” at the Bedford Public Library on Monday, October 30th from 7pm to 8pm.  Click HERE for more info.

Bedford Goes Red
Join the Bedford Community and support our efforts in battling addiction.  Let’s light up our homes and businesses in red between 10/23 - 10/31.  Click HERE for more information.

Memorial School Homework Club
Our 4th grade teaching team has Homework Club up and running.   It will run every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30am in the computer lab for 3rd and 4th graders.  It’s a great opportunity for kids access technology, , work on long term assignments or keep up with the daily homework.  

Book Fair!
Mark your calendars!  The Memorial Book Fair is Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 1.
Help spread the joy of reading! All are invited to attend the Memorial Book Fair Volunteer Orientation meeting Friday November 3, at 9:30am in the school library.

Sample a Smoothie Day!
We will be offering samples of a Fresh Fruit Smoothie for our students in the Memorial cafeteria during lunches on October 30th. Please note on the menu calendar it states that is will be offered on the 31st, but we felt with that being Halloween, there may be lots of other fun activities going on, so we are officially changing it to that Monday the 30th. Talk to your students about the offering. It will be samples only and any student in the cafe can come up and try one. Please double check the ingredients below, in case there are any questions of allergies.  If your child is allergic to ANY of them please instruct the NOT to partake in the sample.  

Fresh Orange Tropical Smoothie
Ingredients:  Bananas - Carrots - Pineapple - Strawberries - Yogurt (plain skim milk)​


Suicide Prevention Training
Bedford School District professionals will be conducting a suicide prevention training, open to all community members, on Thursday, October 26th, 5:30-8:30 at BHS. Please contact Zanna Blaney at blaneyz@sau25.netwith any questions regarding this workshop.

8th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - REGISTRATION OPEN

Join us for the 8th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. Click here to register. We are also always looking for sponsors - for more information click here.

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.

Bedford PTG
MEADOW FARMS GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER - DEADLINE EXTENDED! -
Thank you to all who participated in our annual Meadow Farms Gift Wrap Fundraiser. If you missed the chance to place an order, you are in luck! Online orders will be available until December 16th. As we embark on the gift-giving season, please take a moment to check out the online link for some fabulous gift ideas.   
** 40% of the sales are donated back to the schools! **
HELP THE PTG - Help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs/speakers to our schools like Eyes on Owls, Abenaki Story Tellers, T.I.G.E.R. Anti-Bullying performance, Ed Gerety Youth Speaker, and Chris Herren Motivational Speaker. These events cannot happen without the support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community. There is still time to help, simply click on the PayPal link at www.bedfordptg.org to make a donation or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an enveloped marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school. Bedford PTG appreciates your support.
SAVE THE DATE - COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE - Thursday, November 2nd 9:30 – 10:30am.  Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), with our special guest Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.

ANNUAL GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER -  A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! For every gift card you buy, a percentage of the value of the card is donated by the sponsoring retailer to our schools while 100% of the value of the card that you purchased is available for you to spend! Order forms will be sent home with children in grades K-8 on October 20th.  For those students attending BHS, or for those who would like to download an order form, one will be available on our website at www.bedfordptg.org.

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.

Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
This is a five-week Learn to Ski or Snowboard series for students in grades 1-8. The program runs Friday, January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 2. Rentals are available. You must provide your own transportation.
To sign up: www.patspeak.com/LTSR . Select "Learn to Ski and Ride".
Login info:
3:30 PM lessons: bedford3302018   
4:30 PM lessons: bedford4302018

Registration deadline will be November 15th. Contact Kim Ahnen at kim.ahnen@comcast.net or at 918-0110 with any questions. Join the Bedford NH Pats Peak Ski and Ride 2018 Facebook page for more information.

Important Dates      

  • October 18- Picture Retakes
  • November 2- Coffee with the Superintendent- 9:30am at BCTV
  • November 10-No School in observance of Veterans Day
  • 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- Math and Literacy Night
  • December 7- Ellis Island Day- Grade 4
  • December 19- Spirit Day!  Pajama Day

Friday, October 13, 2017

Principal Notes 10-13-17

Principal’s Notes

October  Messages
Peace Message: Responsibility and being Bully Free
Brain Message: My Brain is like a Muscle that Grows

Memorial School Homework Club
Homework Club starts on Tuesday, October 17th.  It will run every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30am in the computer lab for 3rd and 4th graders.

Suicide Prevention Training
Bedford School District professionals will be conducting a suicide prevention training, open to all community members, on Thursday, October 26th, 5:30-8:30 at BHS. Please contact Zanna Blaney at blaneyz@sau25.netwith any questions regarding this workshop.

8th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - REGISTRATION OPEN

Join us for the 8th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. Click here to register. We are also always looking for sponsors - for more information click here.

Sample a Smoothie Day!
We will be offering samples of a Fresh Fruit Smoothie for our students in the Memorial cafeteria during lunches on October 30th. Please note on the menu calendar it states that is will be offered on the 31st, but we felt with that being Halloween, there may be lots of other fun activities going on, so we are officially changing it to that Monday the 30th. Talk to your students about the offering. It will be samples only and any student in the cafe can come up and try one. I have listed the ingredients below, in case there are any questions of allergies.
Fresh Orange Tropical Smoothie
Ingredients:  Bananas - Carrots - Pineapple - Strawberries - Yogurt (plain skim milk)​

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.
Bedford PTG
MEADOW FARMS GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER - DEADLINE EXTENDED! -
Thank you to all who participated in our annual Meadow Farms Gift Wrap Fundraiser. If you missed the chance to place an order, you are in luck! Online orders will be available until December 16th. As we embark on the gift-giving season, please take a moment to check out the online link for some fabulous gift ideas.   
** 40% of the sales are donated back to the schools! **
HELP THE PTG - Help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs/speakers to our schools like Eyes on Owls, Abenaki Story Tellers, T.I.G.E.R. Anti-Bullying performance, Ed Gerety Youth Speaker, and Chris Herren Motivational Speaker. These events cannot happen without the support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community. There is still time to help, simply click on the PayPal link at www.bedfordptg.org to make a donation or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an enveloped marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school. Bedford PTG appreciates your support.
SAVE THE DATE - COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE - Thursday, November 2nd 9:30 – 10:30am.  Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), with our special guest Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.

ANNUAL GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER -  A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! For every gift card you buy, a percentage of the value of the card is donated by the sponsoring retailer to our schools while 100% of the value of the card that you purchased is available for you to spend! Order forms will be sent home with children in grades K-8 on October 20th.  For those students attending BHS, or for those who would like to download an order form, one will be available on our website at www.bedfordptg.org.

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.

Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
Sign-up information is coming soon!  Registration deadline will be November 15th.  The program will start on Friday January 5th, 2018.  It is a five-week program.  Please contact Kim Peicker at kpeicker@comcast.net with any questions.

Important Dates      

  • October 18- Picture Retakes
  • November 2- Coffee with the Superintendent- 9:30am at BCTV
  • November 10-No School in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 18- Annual PTG Ski and Skate Sale
  • November 22-24-No School, Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 27-December 1- Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 30- Math and Literacy Night

Friday, October 6, 2017

Principal Notes 10-6-17

Principal’s Notes

October is here and everyone in well into the swing of school.  For a short week it certainly seemed like a busy one.  I hope you all find time to enjoy this long weekend.

October  Messages
Peace Message: Responsibility and being Bully Free
Brain Message: My Brain is like a Muscle that Grows

From the Counselor's Desk...
October is National Bully Free (Safe Schools) Month.  The Words of the Month are Responsibility and Being Bully Free, because it the responsibility of everyone in the school to help keep bullying and unkind behavior from happening.  At the elementary level, kids often call unkind behavior “bullying.”  Usually at this young age however, unkind behavior occurs when kids try to solve a problem and choose an inappropriate response, rather than a deliberate act to bully others.  If we let unkind behavior go without stopping it, we create a climate that tolerates unkindness, where kids can “grow into bullies.”  Instead, we need to stand up to unkind behavior before it becomes bullying.  Throughout the month, students will learn what they can do to stop unkind behavior, before it “grows” into bullying. If students are the targets of unkind behavior, they can tell the person to stop, walk away, or pretend they don’t hear the unkind words (Ignore).  If a student sees others being targeted, he/she can become an “Upstander”.  He/she can use the same strategies above, usher the targeted student away and ask if he/she is okay, or even ask the student to play.  Students are instructed to go to an adult right away if something is scary or dangerous, or when they have tried unsuccessfully to stop unkindness.  

Brain Message for October: My Brain Is Like A Muscle That Grows. This month, students will continue to learn the neuroscience of a growth mindset.  Scientists have discovered that our brains can grow and change, depending on what we do.  When we engage in challenging tasks, keep trying, and learn from our mistakes and failures, we cause the neurons in our brains to connect and grow.  When neurons connect and grow, our brains become stronger and we become smarter.  Current research strongly supports the multiple academic, social and emotional benefits of teaching students how the brain functions and learns.  By understanding that the brain can grow, students are more likely to embrace their potential as learners, and can become more successful in school.

To learn more about growth mindset and the neuroscience behind it, view these videos:
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Sample a Smoothie Day!
We will be offering samples of a Fresh Fruit Smoothie for our students in the Memorial cafeteria during lunches on October 30th. Please note on the menu calendar it states that is will be offered on the 31st, but we felt with that being Halloween, there may be lots of other fun activities going on, so we are officially changing it to that Monday the 30th. Talk to your students about the offering. It will be samples only and any student in the cafe can come up and try one. I have listed the ingredients below, in case there are any questions of allergies.

Fresh Orange Tropical Smoothie
Ingredients:  Bananas - Carrots - Pineapple - Strawberries - Yogurt (plain skim milk)

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org
Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
Sign-up information is coming soon!  Registration deadline will be November 15th.  The program will start on Friday January 5th, 2018.  It is a five-week program.  Please contact Kim Peicker at kpeicker@comcast.net with any questions.

Special Education Parent Focus Group
The district is looking to expand the parent volunteers in the Special Education Parent Focus Group, a formal partnership between special education parents and the school community. Parent participants represent each of the schools and encompass all grade levels. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the SAU office. Discussion and activities support family engagement and improvements in the district special education initiatives. Please contact Chris Lassonde, Director of Special Services (lassondec@sau25.net). We would love to have more parents join us!

PTG News!  

Important Dates      

  • October 9- No School in observance of Columbus Day
  • October 18- Picture Retakes
  • November 10-No School in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 22-24-No School, Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 27-December 1- Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 30- Math and Literacy Night

Friday, September 29, 2017

Principal Notes 9-29-17

Principal’s Notes

Although we had a somewhat steamy start to the week our students and teachers persevered  to make it a productive one.  Fall seems to be here now as we look ahead to a busy October.  I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

September Messages
Peace Message: Peace & Respect
Brain Message: Everyone Can Learn!

Destination Imagination - Registration Closes Today
Destination Imagination is a fun academic program that teaches creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and management skills through project-based Challenges. These are key skills that all businesses (and colleges) are looking for – the ability to identify challenges and solve them, while leveraging the talents on your team. Designed to complement K-12 education, we offer seven new academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts, service learning, and early learning. In solving a challenge, students learn the creative process from imagination to innovation and the skills needed to thrive in school, their careers and beyond. Teams can be made up of 2-7 members and must have an adult Team Manager i.e. - a parent or two.  We need volunteers and we will train you! The 2017-18 registration is open thru Friday, September 29th.  For more info, check out www.nh-di.org; Bedford DI on Facebook, or contact our district coordinator, Marie Russell at www.bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com.
Thank you for all who contributed to our Hurricane Relief Drive
Our students truly showed their empathy, care, and concern for others by donating their dollars and cents to for the hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. We collected approximately $500 that will be distributed equally to the Texas Diaper Bank and the Florida Diaper Bank.  These organizations create family kits to help support families in need.   Thank you for your help and support!

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org
Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
Sign-up information is coming soon!  Registration deadline will be November 15th.  The program will start on Friday January 5th, 2018.  It is a five-week program.  Please contact Kim Peicker at kpeicker@comcast.net with any questions.

BEEP Playdate
The play committee is planning a BEEP playdate. You are all welcome to attend.  If you can not attend, no worries there will be other playdates! Please join us for a good time together as we make new friends and meet new families. Families are responsible for their own BEEPER/S. We hope to see you there.
  • Bedford Town Park- behind tennis courts and pool on County Rd.
  • October 5th from 3:00 until whenever
  • BEEP Students, Parents and Siblings
  • Cost is free.

Special Education Parent Focus Group
The district is looking to expand the parent volunteers in the Special Education Parent Focus Group, a formal partnership between special education parents and the school community. Parent participants represent each of the schools and encompass all grade levels. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the SAU office. Discussion and activities support family engagement and improvements in the district special education initiatives. Please contact Chris Lassonde, Director of Special Services (lassondec@sau25.net). We would love to have more parents join us!

PTG News!
LAST CALL…Meadow Farms Gifts, Wrap and More-ORDERS DUE Monday 10/2 Our popular Gifts, Wrap & More fundraiser ends soon. Brochures, with ordering details, have been sent home with elementary students last week.  Product will ship direct to your home. 40% of sales are donated back to our schools!
New To Bedford?  The PTG will host a welcome for all new families to Bedford. This open house style event will take place on Wednesday, October 4th at the Bedford Town Library at 9:30am or 6:30pm. Representatives and/or Administration from all 6 schools will be on hand. Families can learn about school events/programs and town happenings. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend. If you have any questions or would like to attend this event please contact Aneesa Fallon at aaf4@comcast.net
Support the PTG: Our support drive is under way and if you’d like to make a donation to the PTG you can do so via PayPal by visiting our website www.bedfordptg.org. Donations via check can be made out to Bedford PTG and returned to school with students in the PTG support envelops that have been sent home. With your support we are able to put over $65,000/year in programs and events into our schools!!
Looking To Volunteer: Volunteer forms were sent home with students in grades K - 8. Please be sure to return these forms in order to receive notifications of volunteer opportunities in your school. Volunteer forms can be downloaded from the PTG website. Bedford High School volunteer opportunities are available by contacting Andrea Ahlstrom via email at andrea.ahlstrom@gmail.com. PTG volunteers logged over 23,000 hours last year, earning each of the six schools the Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in volunteering. We'd love to have you join us!

Important Dates      
  • October 4- PTG New Family Welcome 9:30am at the Bedford Town Library
  • October 6- No School for students as this is a Workshop Day for staff
  • October 9- No School in observance of Columbus Day
  • October 18- Picture Retakes
  • November 10-No School in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 22-24-No School, Thanksgiving Recess
  • November 27-December 1- Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 30- Math and Literacy Night