Friday, October 23, 2015

Principals'Notes - October 23

Dear Memorial Families,
You can certainly feel the chill in the air … it appears that fall has arrived. The children are really enjoying seeing the pet pictures in our “Howl of Fame.” Thanks to our families who have donated items for the Animal Rescue League. We will continue collecting items until next Friday.


Guidance Messages
Week of Oct. 13:
Oct. 13:  We can help stop unkind behavior and prevent bullying in our school.  A bystander is someone who sees unkind behavior.  If we are a bystander, we need to become an Upstander.  An Upstander speaks up when he/she sees someone being unkind.
Oct. 16: Phrase of the day: “Stand up and speak out for what's right.”  To be an Upstander, we can tell the person who is unkind to stop.  If we are afraid to do that, we can ask our friends to do it with us.  We can also be kind to the person who was hurt by the unkind behavior m(target).
Week of Oct. 19:
Oct. 20:  Phrase of the Day:  “Stop, Walk and Talk”  If we are afraid to tell a person to stop unkind behavior, we can still be an Upstander.  We can “Stop, Walk and Talk.”  That means we stop what we are doing, walk away, and tell an adult we trust.  The adult may be one at school or home.  If we tell an adult at home, he/she can call the school.
Oct. 23: Review of what kids can do to be an Upstander.  They can tell the person to stop, ask friends to help them, be kind to the target, or “Stop, Walk and Talk, tell an adult”.  There is never an excuse to sit by and do nothing.

Drug & Alcohol Prevention - Education & Discussion
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:30 - 8:30pm
Ross A Lurgio Media Center
Tym Rourke - NH Charitable Foundation & Chair, Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery (and Bedford resident)
Mary Forsythe Taber - Executive Director, Makin' It Happen Coalition for Resilient Youth
Donna LaRue - Youth Counselor, Lurgio Middle School & Bedford High School
Tym and Mary will talk about what is happening in NH and HOW they know what is happening. They will answer questions and lead discussion about what we can do as parents and a community.
Also in attendance:
Chief Bryfonski, Bedford Police Department
Bill Kassler, Chair, Bedford School Board and parent
Terry Wolf, State Representative and parent
Local pediatricians

Note: The presentation is for adults. All parents and community members are welcome.
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:

Annual Pet Month
This is our last week for accepting donations for the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. Thank you to those who have donated … we appreciate your support. 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.


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.​

From the office of the School Nurse
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

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 26, 27, 28, 29 Field Trip Little Brick Schoolhouse (Grade 4)
October 30 - Third Graders walk to Nursing Home for Halloween
October 30 - Grades Close
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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