Friday, September 11, 2015

Principals' Note - September 11th

Dear Memorial Families,
As we reflect on September 11th and how precious and short life can be, we want to thank you for the time you have given us with your children. Your children have been wonderful during this really hot spell! The change in weather today will make the classrooms more comfortable and it looks like the weather for next week is more seasonal. The heat has been challenging but both the teachers and students have been awesome dealing with it.



NEW NEWS



Guidance Messages
Week of September 8:
September 8:  Review of “putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes”. When we notice someone is in a difficult situation, we can figure out what we can do by putting ourselves in that person’s shoes.  For example, if a student drops his/her lunch tray, we know we might feel embarrassed, and that helping to clean it up would help the person to feel better.
September 11: Reinforcement of “putting ourselves in another person’s shoes”, through a story about a boy who helped another.  Peacemaker Challenge: To put oneself in another person’s shoes.

PRINCIPAL-PARENT COMMUNICATION
Just a reminder that I am sending you an email update every week.  The email will include action items (highlighted in yellow), reminders, and other important information. Parents, we need your help.  It is vital that you review these principal notes each week and take action on the action items.



Paving at Memorial School - Saturday, September 12th
This Saturday, 9/12, repaving the gas line trenches is planned for both connections from the street to the school.  Site access will be limited and should be avoided Saturday during the construction.  


Open House - Thursday, September 17th
We are looking forward to seeing you at Open House on Thursday, September 17th.
For your planning, the times for Open House are:
BEEP 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
(AM)K 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM
(PM)K & K Plus 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Grades 1 & 2 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Grades 3 & 4 7:20 PM - 7:50 PM


Volunteer Information:
Please return your PTG Support Envelopes at your earliest convenience.  Your donations to the Bedford PTG allow for a multitude of supplemental programs to be brought to your children at Memorial as well as throughout the district (such as Math Superstars, It’s A G.A.S., Anti-Bullying Programs, and more). Please consider supporting these programs with a donation of your choosing.  
For more information on specific volunteer opportunities available at Memorial and/or to learn more about our volunteer program, please join us for our annual:
Volunteer Welcome Coffee
Friday, September 18th, 9:00 am
Memorial School Library
memptgvolunteercoordinator@bedfordnhk12.net

Memorial Chorus
The first Memorial Chorus practice is scheduled for September 24th from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm in the Music Room. Sean McConnell, our new music teacher, will be sending home permission forms to all third and fourth graders next week.
Infosnap – Please complete as soon as possible!
Any family that has not completed the online registration for your child(ren) needs to do so as soon as possible.  The online process replaced all the paperwork we have required in the past. It is important for us to have updated information on your child(ren). Please complete the registration as soon as possible. If you have questions about this, please call Deb Gelinas at 627-1776.

BEF Fall Fundraiser - Shake it Up for Education
Featuring Performances by the BHS Cast of Shake it Up!
Live Auction
Friday, November 6, 2015, 7 PM @ Manchester Country Club
For more information about BEF please check our our website, www.befnh.org.
For tickets to this FUNdraiser, please go to: http://www.seatyourself.biz/befnh

After School Program
If you are interested in the after school program, click on the link below for a registration form. The program provides after school care from the close of school to 6PM.


Educational Farm JOPPA HILL
The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (www.theeducationalfarm.org) is offering two great opportunities for families to experience the fun and challenge of life on the Farm.

Sept 20 (2-4PM):  Preserve the Fall Harvest! Learn how to make and preserve pickles (dill and bread & butter) and bring home a jar!  All material provided. Donation: $10 per family or $5 per individual. Reserve your space by phoning 472-4724, or email to info@theeducationalfarm.org.

Sept 27 (2-6 PM) Fall Fair *   Games!  Food!  Music!  Hay Rides!  Pony rides!  Bake Sale!  Good times with good people!    *Rain date: October 4

Bedford School District Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride program
Attention Skiers and Riders!  Registration for the Bedford School District Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride program is now OPEN!
Check out Crotched’s website, www.crotchedmountain.com, and navigate over to Groups & Clubs, then click on School Programs. After logging on (using BSD Ski & Ride Club as the club name and bsdmember as the password), you can click on “go shopping” to see the options offered this year. Options include the 7-pass program, for children ages 6 – 18 and/or for adults, kids programs, junior racing, and season passes. Rentals and lessons are also available!
IMPORTANT! Season Pass prices increase Monday, October 12, 2015!
School Passes increase October 31, 2015!
 
The Bedford School District Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride program is available to anyone interested! Our program’s designated night is Fridays, beginning the first Friday after New Year’s and running for 5 consecutive Fridays. Your passes will be available for pick up in December, just in time for gift giving!  For more information, contact Isabelle Grenier atisabelleg@comcast.net.  



REMINDERS



Smarter Balanced Assessment Results
Last spring, schools throughout New Hampshire (and in many other states around the country) administered a new test known as "Smarter Balanced."  The tests, in language arts and math, were taken by students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.  They are computer-based tests that replaced the annual NECAP assessment.  
We have recently learned that the public release of the assessment results will occur in November.  This is a later release date than originally announced.  The delay was caused, in part, by the need to hand score those few tests that were taken using paper and pencil.  The results will include both school and state-wide summaries and individual student level results.  We will send more information as it becomes available to us.


IMPORTANT DATES



September 17 - Open House
September 22 - Kevin Skarupa (GR. 4)
September 23 - Bat Presentation (GR. 3)
September 24 - Chorus Practice - Grades 3 and 4
September 25 - Officer Phil (K and 1ST)
October 12 - Columbus Day - No School

Thanks,
Pam  

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