Friday, October 30, 2015

Principals' Notes - October 30th

Dear Memorial Families,
A great take this weekend  … the “Witch Way to the 5K”. A group of Memorial teachers will be all dressed for this event. If you are around at 9:30am for the parade, please go Ross Lurgio Middle School and cheer them on! Happy Halloween!!!


Guidance Messages
Week of October 26:
Oct. 27: Peacemaker Challenge:  “Think before you speak.” Sometimes we think unkind things about others.  When this happens, we need to have a “filter” and keep it inside. We need to ask ourselves how we would feel if someone said it to us, and if we wouldn’t like it, we shouldn’t say it to others.  
Oct. 30: Review of what students can do if unkind behavior happens to them, or if they see it happen to others.  Phrase of the day:  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Ghandi).  It is the responsibility of all of us to help keep our school bully-free and peaceful.
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!

Make Life Sweeter Candy Drive:
Beginning the Monday after Halloween (November 2) until the end of the school day on Friday (November 6) with the help of a BHS student, we will be conducting a week-long post-Halloween candy drive. All of the collections will be donated to the New Horizons Soup Kitchen in Manchester. New Horizons gratefully uses these donations as dessert when they serve the homeless, and they also pass it along as a night-time treat to those homeless guests staying in the shelter. The goal of the drive is to make life a little sweeter for those less fortunate. All donations can be placed in the marked box outside the office which will be collected at the end of the school day on Friday, November 6th.

Keeping Safe on the Internet
On Thursday November 5 from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Bedford Public Library there will be a presentation for parents on how to keep your kids safe on the internet.  It will be put on by Nate Lindstad of the Manchester Police Department.

​Epi-Pen Recall
Parents - As a courtesy, our school nurses have asked all principals to pass this announcement along to parents. Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling ALL Auvi‑Q® (epinephrine injection, USP).The​ products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery. More details can be found here.​

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:
Annual Pet Month
Thank you to all of our families and children for making it such a successful Animal Pet Month.

The PTG is hosting “The State of the District with Superintendent Chip McGee” on Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8p.m. at BCTV. This informative presentation will be followed by a Q&A from the audience. If you have a question you’d like answered feel free to send an email to Greg Girard at, all responses will be anonymous.

Join the PTG at Shorty’s in Bedford throughout the day on Thursday November 5th to celebrate “Half Way to Cinco de Mayo”.  Shorty’s will be offering happy hour prices all day long. Let your server know you support the PTG and drop your receipt at the hostess stand. The PTG will receive a portion of the proceeds on all take out and eat in orders (alcoholic beverages excluded) that get put into the box. ole!

The holidays are just around the corner, are you looking for the perfect gift for a friend, neighbor or teacher?  The PTG Gift Card sale is now underway.  We have lots of retailers including local businesses such as The Purple Finch, Canvas Roadshow, T-Bones, Zin Zen Yoga, Copper Door and Wicked Good Butcha!  How does it work? 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!  Click here to download an order form today. ORDERS DUE: Monday, November 9, 2015 for Pre-Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Delivery. ORDERS DUE: Friday, December 4, 2015 for Pre-Christmas Delivery.

Looking for gift wrap or other gift items?  The Gift Wrap & More fundraiser will be ongoing online through December.  Simply go to and enter code 1032028 to start shopping.

School Supply Survey…
The PTG is looking for feedback on offering families the option of purchasing school supplies online.  The survey will take approximately 3 - 5 minutes to complete.  Click here to participate.  We value your feedback.  Thank you!

Get ready for the PTG’s biggest fundraiser and stock up on all your winter sports gear needs for the entire family! Proceeds from this tremendous consignment sale fundraiser provide a variety of wonderful programs supporting Bedford students across all six schools. Please consider supporting this important event in any way that you can by selling your used equipment, purchasing equipment, donating, or volunteering!

Go to for all the details and add your equipment to the sale using our easy online scanning system!

(Drop off for selling your equipment is Friday, November 20, 2015 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm at BHS.)


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.​

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.​


October 30 - Grades Close
Sun.  Nov. 2nd - Daylight Saving Time -Fall back an hour
November 3 - No School (District Workshop Day)
November 6 - Official Report Cards
November 9 - 20 - Parent Teacher Conferences
November 11 - No School (Veterans’ Day Observance)
November 16-20 - Book Fair
November 19 - Math and Literacy Night
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Recess


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