Friday, January 12, 2018

Principal's Notes 1-12-18


Principal’s Notes

January  Messages

Peace Message: Tolerance

Brain Message: I am a valued member of the Memorial Family

Morning Drop-Off
Just a couple of reminders…
  • When dropping your child off in the morning please do your best at pulling up to the car in front of you as to clear as many cars off Old Bedford Rd. as possible. 
  • If you have a child in grades K-4 and are arriving late you may get caught up in the BEEP carpool line.  Please park your car and walk your child in to the building where you can sign them in for the day.  Thank you!

Community Council
If you would like to be part of our monthly Community Council meetings to discuss school issues and events we are planning our meetings for the last Tuesday of each month.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday January 30th from 8:00-9:00am.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Snow Day Lunch Information
Some parents across the district have asked if there is a rule of thumb when determining the lunch menu on the day following a snow day.  There is no rule as the menu for that day is dependent upon what was on the menu the day of the snow day, what prep the kitchen had to do, and what fresh produce the kitchen had ordered.  Therefore, our district’s Food Service Director (Emily Murphy) has decided to provide an announcement on the SAU’s website (www.sau25.net) in the District News box, which will detail, by school, what the hot lunch offering will be the day following the snow day.  This information will be available the day of the snow day.

Planning Ahead...
As you look forward to making appointments for your children please keep in mind that our required NH State testing will be taking place during the months of April and May for our 3rd and 4th graders.  Our 3rd graders will begin testing in Language Arts during the week of April 9th and then again the week of May 7th for Math.  Our 4th graders will be testing during the first weeks of May.  
Thank you in advance for your efforts to have your children present, well rested and with a good breakfast during these testing times.   
Also...
We have had 4 snow days this year making our tentative last day of school Tuesday June 19th.  

Community Enrichment
The Community Enrichment Program of the Bedford School District offers adults the opportunity to take fun and educational classes in a variety of areas.
Courses for the Spring term of Community Enrichment are posted! Please join us for Introduction to Italian, Fused Glass Workshop, Elements of Art or Introduction to Photography!! Course descriptions and registration information are listed here: https://goo.gl/1byvaY

Bedford PTG
PTG Night at the Monarchs – On Saturday, January 20th at 6:00pm come join the Bedford PTG and the Manchester Monarchs as we host our Marvel Superhero and Villains Night! Participate in our HIGH-FIVE TUNNEL and celebrate your favorite Marvel character! Ticket sales are online only.  To order tickets, please visit MONARCHS TICKETS.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Dion at amye731@gmail.com.     
Principal Winter Reading Night – Dress in your PJ’s, bring a blanket and come listen to all the Bedford Principal’s read you a story.  This fun filled event will be held on January 25th at the McKelvie Intermediate School cafeteria.  Choose between two session times 4:30pm or 6:30pm on the flyer that came home in your student’s back pack or if you need another, please click PWRN Flyer.  Registrations must be returned to your teacher by Friday January 12th.  
Barnes and Noble Days with Bedford PTG – On January 26th & 27th join us at the Barnes and Noble Manchester location!  Come and look at the many art projects from all Bedford Schools, listen to the performance by the McKelvie music department and listen to stories read by Bedford’s elementary teachers.  For more information and to view the schedule of events, please visit the Bedford PTG website.
Champions for Children - Once again, the New Hampshire School Administrator's Association is seeking nominees for the "Champions for Children Award Program".  Last year, Bedford nominated Greg Uliaz as our District Champion.  Greg was later selected as the South Central region winner and was recognized at the State-wide breakfast along with his family.
Nominees are individuals who have given distinguished service to children over the past year.  To nominate a Bedford Champion, please complete this short form no later than January 31, 2018.

Kindergarten and First Grade Registration
Registration packets will be available for parents to pick up at school starting on Monday, February 5th between 7:15 am and 3:15 pm. Return your completed forms along with your child’s birth certificate, two (2) proofs of residency, a current copy of your child’s physical and immunizations to the school between Friday, March 2nd and Thursday March 8th.  A child must attain his/her fifth birthday on or before September 30th, 2018 to be eligible for kindergarten.  A child must attain his/her sixth birthday on or before September 30th, 2018 to be eligible for first grade.
New Hampshire law requires all new students to present an up-to-date record of immunizations upon admission to school.  In addition, record of a physical exam, done no more than one year prior to entrance, is required.
Each of the three elementary schools provides a fee based extended day Kindergarten program.  Information about this program will be available at the district website www.sau25.net.

Important Dates


  • January 15- No School, Martin Luther KIng Jr. Day observance
  • January 19- End of Quarter 2
  • January 23- Spirit Day! Dress like a teacher (Teachers will dress like a student)
  • January 25- Principals Winter Reading Night, McKelvie School Cafeteria
  • January 26- Report Cards available for viewing in PowerSchool
  • February 5- Kindergarten Registration packets available for pick up
  • February 26-March 2- School Vacation
  • March 2-8- Completed Kindergarten registration forms to be returned

Friday, January 5, 2018

Principal's Notes 1-5-18

Principal’s Notes


January  Messages
Peace Message: Tolerance
Brain Message: I am a valued member of the Memorial Family


From the Counselor's Desk
For the month of January, announcements and classroom visits will focus on Tolerance, the concept of valuing all people and treating them with respect.  Students will be encouraged to not only learn to accept differences, but to understand that differences are what make us all unique and valuable.  Students will be challenged to look within themselves and others, to discover the uniqueness and “wonder” of each person.  The Brain Message will reinforce the Peace Message, reminding students that they are ALL valuable members of our school community.


Planning Ahead...
As you look forward to making appointments for your children please keep in mind that our required NH State testing will be taking place during the months of April and May for our 3rd and 4th graders.  Our 3rd graders will begin testing in Language Arts during the week of April 9th and then again the week of May 7th for Math.  Our 4th graders will be testing during the first weeks of May.  
Thank you in advance for your efforts to have your children present, well rested and with a good breakfast during these testing times.   
Also...
Yesterday marks the 4th snow day we have had this year.  With these four days our tentative last day of school is now Tuesday June 19th.  


Bedford PTG
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
PTG Night at the Monarchs – On Saturday, January 20th at 6:00pm come join the Bedford PTG and the Manchester Monarchs as we host our Marvel Superhero and Villains Night! Participate in our HIGH-FIVE TUNNEL and celebrate your favorite Marvel character! Ticket sales are online only.  To order tickets, please visit MONARCHS TICKETS.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Dion at amye731@gmail.com.     
Principal Winter Reading Night – Dress in your PJ’s, bring a blanket and come listen to all the Bedford Principal’s read you a story.  This fun filled event will be held on January 25th at the McKelvie Intermediate School cafeteria.  Choose between two session times 4:30pm or 6:30pm on the flyer that came home in your student’s backpack or if you need another, please click PWRN Flyer.  Registrations must be returned to your teacher by Friday January 12th.  
Barnes and Noble Days with Bedford PTG – Save the date for our event to be held January 25th – 28th at the Barnes and Noble Manchester location.  More information coming soon!
Champions for Children - Once again, the New Hampshire School Administrators Association is seeking nominees for the "Champions for Children Award Program".  Last year, Bedford nominated Greg Uliaz as our District Champion.  Greg was later selected as the South Central region winner and was recognized at the State-wide breakfast along with his family.
Nominees are individuals who have given distinguished service to children over the past year.  To nominate a Bedford Champion, please complete this short form no later than January 31, 2018.


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      

  • January 11- Winter Chorus Concert 7:00pm, McKelvie School
  • January 15- No School, Martin Luther KIng Jr. Day observance
  • January 23- Spirit Day! Dress like a teacher (Teachers will dress like a student)
  • January 25- Principals Winter Reading Night, McKelvie School Cafeteria
  • January 26- Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool

Friday, December 22, 2017

Principal's Notes 12-22-17

Principal’s Notes

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


Holiday Help
It is endeavors such as this that make me proud and honored to be a part of this community.  Every item requested for the Adopt-A-Family Program was purchased and donated to the school. We can’t thank you enough for your extreme generosity.  This is a special time of year and your assistance helped a number of families be able to enjoy the holidays that much more.    


All School Meeting
We all had fun listening to our 3rd and 4th Chorus perform for the first time during our All School Meeting this past Tuesday.  They warmed up the audience for our staff chorus who also performed. Our Stuff the Turkey food drive winners were also recognized for their contributions to the Bedford Food Pantry.  A special "shout out" to everyone who participated, and to our grand prize winner, Mrs. Davison’s class. Thank you to Ms. Magoon for coordinating this fun event.


Bedford PTG
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from BEDFORD PTG. Have a Wonderful Vacation.
PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Start the New Year off with a night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 1/4, 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
COMING IN JANUARY …Marvel Night at the Monarchs Game, Principal Winter Reading Night, Barnes and Noble Days, and Yankee Candle! Stay tuned for more details.


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 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 15, 2017

Principal Notes 12-15-17

Principal’s Notes

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

Holiday Help
I wish to thank all of you who have signed up to support our 2017 Adopt-A-Family Program. The generosity in this community is outstanding.   Almost every item is spoken for.  We have just a few left.  The link below brings you to our Adopt-A-Family Website.  
Thank you all

Hour of Code
Hour of Code continues with select classes this week.  It 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. Each class in Memorial, from K-4, has taken part in this experience at some point over the past 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
As mentioned last week Mrs. Schmitt and our fourth grade teachers provided an Ellis Island experience for our fourth graders. We have a few pictures linked here for you to view.  

Bedford PTG
Last Minute Holiday Shopping? 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.
Coming in January…Principal Winter Reading Night, Barnes and Noble Days, and Yankee Candle! Stay tuned for more details.
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 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)