Friday, October 16, 2015

Principals' Notes - October 16th

Dear Memorial Families,
I hope that you are enjoying this spectacular fall foliage. Our third and fourth graders had a visit from Randy Pierce and his guide dog, Autumn, this week. He had such an inspiring message for the students. Please ask your child about this visit.


Guidance Messages
Week of Oct. 5:
Oct. 6:  People bully with their bodies, by hitting, kicking, etc.  They bully with their words, by name calling and teasing.  They can bully with feelings, by leaving others out, telling secrets, and spreading rumors.  Peacemaker Challenge:  To stop bully and unkind behaviors if you do them, before they turn into a habit.
Oct. 9:  Phrase of the Day: “The time is always right to do what is right.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)  Peacemaker Challenge: To remember Martin Luther King's words and do the right thing when it comes to bullying and unkind behavior.  If you are angry or tempted to do something unkind, don't do it.  Play a game by turning it around and thinking of something kind you can say or do instead.  Then do it.

Parking out Front
Thank you to our Memorial Families as we adjust to not having the parking in front of the building. I appreciate your patience particularly at the end of the day as we try to make both BEEP pick-up and elementary parent pick-up work for everyone. I sincerely appreciate your smiles and waves:) Please remember that you can park at the church if all the spaces are taken at Memorial. Special thanks to Manchester Christian Church for their generosity! As always, please email me or give me a call if you have any feedback.

6th Annual Witch Way to the 5K!
Please consider joining the Ross A. Lurgio Middle School for the 6th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 31, 2015, Halloween day! The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. For more information, visit - registration is now OPEN!

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,
For tickets to this FUNdraiser, please go to:

From the office of the School Nurse
EPI-PEN training is scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:30am. I’ve sent home invitations with all students who have an epi-pen, inviting parents to meet with child’s teacher on that day. I’ve only heard back from one parent.  As a parent you have the responsibility to talk to the teacher and asked if they are comfortable taking the epi-pen on field trips. I can do the training but I cannot ask teachers to be responsible for this task. If you are not able to attend please let me know and please contact your child’s teacher.
Strep throat- Please let me know if your child is diagnosed with this infection.
Signs and Symptoms:
§  Rapid onset of throat pain
§  Throat pain that is worse when swallowing
§  Appetite loss
§  Stomachache
§  Headache
§  Fever
§  General ill feeling
§  Ear pain when swallowing (sometimes)
§  Tender, swollen glands in the neck
§  Bright red tonsils that may have specks of pus
It is caused by streptococcal bacteria, which are spread from person to person via drops of saliva or nasal secretion. (Sneezing and coughing)
If you suspect strep throat infection, call your child’s physician and have a throat culture done. If culture is positive, they need 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and to be fever free before returning to school.
Scarlet Fever
Is a form of strep infection which presents as a skin rash. The rash is usually red with fine bumps and feels sandpapery and is most noticeable on the neck, chest, groin, or on the inner surface of the knees, thighs or elbows. Often children will have a fever and sore throat prior to the rash, but not always.
If you suspect scarlet fever contact your child’s physician.  After 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and being fever free he/she may return to school.
Rachel Higgins, RN
627-1776 ext. 3204
Ski Program - Pats Peak​
Bedford students in grades 1 – 12 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH.  This parent run program is geared to give kids the opportunity to learn to ski and snowboard at a ski area perfect for all levels.  This five-week Friday night program includes 1-hour lessons and free ski time until closing each week and costs less than the price of a regular lift ticket.  Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons.  The 2016 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 8th and runs for 5 weeks.  Go to  Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program”, “Register Here”.  The username for the 3:30 lesson is bedfordski330 and for the 4:30 lesson the username is bedfordski430.  The password is “carpool”.  More details are available at  Please contact Carolyn John at if you have questions.​

Ski Program - Crotched Mountain
Attention Skiers and Riders!  Registration for the BedfordCrotched Mountain Ski and Ride program is OPEN!
To get your discounted lift passes to a mountain full of great skiing, check out Crotched’s website,, 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.
IMPORTANT! Season Pass prices increase Monday, October 12, 2015!​
Club Passes increase October 31, 2015!
The Bedford 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 at  

Recreational Basketball​
​This is a friendly reminder that the 2015-2016 Recreational Basketball is NOW open for registration for Boys and Girls in grades 1st through 8th.  Bedford Recreational Basketball focuses on FUNdamentals of basketball and learning through game play.  This is a great way to keep busy during the winter and allow your child to learn the great game of basketball!  To register go to:  We look forward to seeing everyone on the court!  Also be sure to check your email regarding our “clinic series” that will be hosted on Saturdays leading up to the season!  Once registered you will receive emails on clinic schedule and times.​

Annual Pet Month
For many of us at Memorial School, our pets are an important part of our families. During the month of October we'll be celebrating how animals enrich our lives through a variety of pet-themed events.

Starting on Monday, October 5th and ending on Friday, October 30th, we will be accepting donations for the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. The donations can be sent in with students and placed in the bins which will line the front hallway of our school. Some of the most needed items at the shelter include:

·         Plain chicken or turkey baby food (for kittens)
·         Kitten food (both canned and dry)
·         Adult dog food canned and dry (Iams, Purina One, Pedigree, etc.)
·         Clay cat litter
·         Laundry detergent, high efficiency
·         Hand Sanitizer
·         Toilet Paper
·         Disposable Non-Latex Gloves
·         Gift cards to any pet store
We will also be displaying pictures, stories, and drawings of students and their pets. Feel free to send in a picture of your little ones and their pets to be displayed in the Pet Howl of Fame.

Finally, we'll be welcoming several guests throughout the month of October who will talk to the students about topics like being a responsible pet owner, children with therapy dogs, and the impact a seeing eye dog can have on the life of a blind person.
We look forward to a great month and to seeing those bins fill up with goodies to help our furry friends in need!


Important - Parking out Front
Chip McGee and I met with town officials today to discuss the area in front of Memorial adjacent to the road. We have used this area for the past few years for parking though it has never been an official parking area. The town will be putting a curb there and ultimately a sidewalk. The good news is that it will provide a safe area for people to walk. The BAD news is that as of Tuesday, October 13th, we will no longer be able to park out there. We will keep most of the marked spaces out in the front open for parents to park and look at parent pick-up at the end of the day to determine what alternatives we have. I am also communicating with the church across the street to see when we will be able to park there. I know that this will be an inconvenience and ask for your patience as we adjust to this change.


October 23 - Field Trip to Mount Kearsarge Museum (Grade 3)
October 26, 27, 28, 29 Field Trip Little Brick Schoolhouse (Grade 4)
October 30 - Third Graders walk to Nursing Home for Halloween
November 3 - No School (District Workshop Day)
November 9 - 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences
November 11 - No School (Veterans’ Day Observance)


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