Friday, October 2, 2015

Principals' Notes - October 2nd

Dear Memorial Families,
We certainly have been able to start to feel fall in the air and we are starting to see some of the beautiful fall colors. The first and second graders had a great learning experience with our friends from the fire department today.


Guidance Messages
Week of September 28:
September 29: Review of the month’s concepts.  Phrase of the Day: “Respect is not a gift, you have to earn it.”   

Main Office - New Intercom
When you come to the main office at Memorial, you will notice that there is a new intercom system to communicate with the office. As you face the main office, there is an intercom box to the right on the brick wall. Please press the button which rings in the office so that either secretary can answer you. The old system was not working so we are hoping that this will help communication be clearer.

Picture Re-Takes
There will be picture re-takes on Wednesday, October 14th. If you want your child to have a picture re-take, please have them bring back the picture packets you already received.

Destination Imagination - Registration is Closing
Anyone interested in participating on a DI team this year, you should register before Wednesday, October 7th.
Please email our coordinator, Marie Russell at, if your child is interested in this program.  
You can find more info on or  

Bedford PTG
The PTG Gift Wrap Fundraiser is wrapping up.  Forgot to send your order in?  That’s OK, due to the popularity of this event we will accept all orders, including online orders, through Friday, October 9th!

SAVE THE DATE!  Next Thursday, October 8th, the PTG will host a “Coffee with the Principals” at BCTV from 9:30 - 11:00. All six school principals will be at this informative session. After the presentation there will be a question and answer period.  If you can’t be there but have a question you’d like answered, please forward to Greg Girard at  Children are welcome. We hope to see you there.

Bedford Fire Department Open House
October is fire prevention month and the Bedford Fire Department will be having their annual Open House on Tuesday, October 6 from 5pm-8pm.  Join the firefighters for a memorable night of fire truck rides, fire safety activities and information, food and drinks including Papa Ginos Pizza, and an exciting live fire demonstration. All activities are free and take place at the Bedford Safety Complex at 55 Constitution Dr.

Note from School Nurse...........

Dear parents / guardians,

Missing immunization and physicals:
Health Information (Missing immunization and physical forms):  If you've received a call and/or paper work regarding missing physicals or immunization records, please get back to me. If your child has an upcoming physical let me know the date and I can mark them as conditionally enrolled. If I don't hear back from you by Oct. 15th, they will need to stay home until information is provided. If you do request a religious exemption form for immunizations, I do need that form returned and notarized. You will also need to provide a copy of their current physical. It is state law that all children attending public schools have current physical and immunizations. This information is needed if child is new to the school and/or when entering Kindergarten, grade 6 or when turning 11 years old and then high school. Thank you to all of you who have responded to my messages and provided me with the information I needed.

Medication:  Many children have a diagnosis of asthma but do not have rescue inhalers at school. With the change of weather, I often see the need for this medication. If your child needs this medication at home, they should have it available at school.

Allergies:  If your child is diagnosed with an allergy to food and you feel they do not need medication at school, I  need a note from physician stating that the medication is not necessary at school. Any physical that states that an Epi-pen is ordered means that an Epi-pen needs to be available at school. When supplying medication to school, please make sure to check the expiration date. I cannot accept expired medication.


Rachel Higgins, RN
School Nurse  

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!


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:

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.

Healthy Snack List - From the office of the School Nurse
Children in school should have healthy snack choices that allow them the best opportunity for learning and growth.  These are some ideas for healthy snacks. Many children are forgetting to bring snack to school so please help your child remember to pack it the night before.
·       Fresh fruit: apples, bananas, grapes, melons, kiwis, oranges, pears, berries,
     cups in light syrup, applesauce, dried fruit.                                                    
      ·       Fresh vegetables with dip or low fat salad dressing
      ·       Healthy grains
           Dry cereal: whole grain cereals like, Cheerios, raisin bran, mini wheat’s          
           ·       Crackers: wheat thins, triscuits, goldfish, rice cakes, graham crackers, animal   
           ·       Pretzels
           ·       Popcorn      
           ·       Whole grain granola bars or cereal bars
Low fat dairy
Yogurt, low fat cheese, low fat pudding snacks, hard boiled eggs         
Low fat deli meats
Note:  Cookies, snack cakes and chips should be saved for occasional treats, given their poor nutritional quality.

Absent student:
You will receive an automated phone message even if you have called the school to report the child’s absence. If your child is absent please remember to call the absentee line or my office and let me know the reason. I am looking for specifics; colds, fevers, nausea / vomiting, diarrhea. If they are diagnosed with any infection please let me know. We have several children in school that have immune deficiency issues and parents need to be made aware of exposure to strep infections.
Please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns.
Rachel Higgins, RN
School Nurse
627-1776 ext. 3204

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 Mountain 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. 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

BackPack Safety Awareness
The American Occupational Therapy Association in conjunction with OT’s around the country are partnering to spread awareness of backpack safety.  As children and students head back to class whether preschool or the college campus backpack safety must be reviewed.  Here are some tips to consider:

Size:  Make sure your child’s backpack fits them correctly.  It should fit comfortably over the shoulder, using the  straps to adjust its placement to sit near the hip bones, two inches above the waist.  Too many students have their backpacks hanging off one shoulder and do not adjust the straps to hold the heavy load comfortably.  

Weight:  Your child’s backpack should not weigh more than 10-15% of your child’s body weight.  if your child weighs 100 pounds that means his/her backpack can weigh 15 pounds tops.  If your child weighs 50 pounds it can only weigh 7.5 pounds.  Adjust accordingly!

Straps:  Wide, cushioned shoulder straps are best and make sure your child uses both of them to evenly distribute the load.  Make sure they buckle the waist strap to help distribute the load.

Load it properly:  Show your child how to put the heaviest items closest to their back with lighter items farther out.  Make sure they lift properly as well...using their legs to assist as much as possible.  young backs are growing and we don’t need injuries!

Heavy Load??  Consider alternatives such as rolling backpacks or purchasing two copies of a heavy textbook to leave one at home!

Taking action to reduce the risk of backpack injuries is important!  if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the OT staff at school.  We would be more than happy to assist!


October 9 - Butterfly Parade ( Grade 2 - 1:40 pm)
October 14 - Picture Re-Takes
October 16 - Field Trip to Apple Orchard (Kindergarten)
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
October 12 - Columbus Day - No School
November 3 - No School (District Workshop Day)
November 9 - 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences
November 11 - No School (Veterans’ Day Observance)


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