Friday, November 6, 2015

Pincipals 'Notes - November 6th

Dear Memorial Families,
What an incredible weather week … it is hard to remember that it is November! On Thursday our third and fourth graders had a wonderful message about the ABCs of Bullying from Firefly, one of the Harlem Globetrotters. If you have a third or fourth grader, please ask them about this assembly. In a fun-filled way, it reinforced what we teach about the importance of kindness.




NEW NEWS




Guidance Messages
Week of November 2:
Nov. 6: Mrs. Pleat will build upon last month's themes of Responsibility and being a bully-free school of Upstanders.  The words of the month are Kindness and Gratitude.  The students will learn that Kindness and Gratitude are the “cures” for bullying and unkind behavior.  Each morning, students will be encouraged to perform a Kindness Challenge.  The Challenge will give them an opportunity to experience the joy of giving and acting in kind ways.  We hope they will discover the “magic” of kindness as it gives both, the giver and receiver positive feelings, and it can create a climate of harmony, happiness and peace.  Students will learn that “It's COOL to be kind.”
Kindness Challenge: Say “good morning” to someone new.

Parking Spaces
We have some good news!  On a temporary basis, parents and visitors are again allowed to park in the informal spots in front of Memorial.  A big thank you to the Town of Bedford Department of Public Works and the Police Department for allowing this flexibility.  The small amount of soil and new grass should not be a problem, but it may be a little muddy on wet days (as it was before, of course).  A team from the Department of Public Works, the Police Department and the School District will be working together in the meantime to figure out a plan for the future.


BHS Fall Musical
“C’mon Everybody” and join us for Bedford High School’s Fall Musical, “All Shook Up,”  starting Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bedford High School Auditorium.  This hilarious, jukebox musical features 25 of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits and tells the story of how a hip-swiveling, motorbike riding roustabout comes to a small, Midwestern town and transforms it with love and rock n’ roll.  It’s family friendly and fun for people of all ages!


Show dates are November 12, 13, and 14 @ 7 p.m.; November 15 @ 2p.m.; November 20 @ 7 p.m. and November 21 @ 2 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased online at seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh or at the door.


Bedford Substance Abuse Summit
In response to the threat posed to our community by the substance abuse epidemic, the Bedford Police Department in conjunction with the Bedford School District will host a community-wide meeting on Tuesday, November 10th from 7P to 10P at the Manchester Christian Church, 56 Old Bedford Road, Bedford (across from Memorial School).  We want to thank Manchester Christian Church for graciously donating the use of their facility for this important endeavor.


The goal is to involve individuals and groups from throughout our community.  The focus is to first de-stigmatize this issue to encourage parent(s), student(s), loved one(s), friends and family to seek assistance for not only those suffering from substance abuse but also for guidance in education and treatment (agenda).  To accomplish this, we plan to have some gallant members of the community discuss their struggle with abuse in their families followed by a panel discussion and, most importantly, community engagement that we hope will lead to an action plan.


Anyone seeking more information about the meeting may contact the Police Department or the Superintendent's Office in person, by telephone or email.  On behalf of the Bedford Police Department and the Bedford School District, we want to thank you all for your assistance and whatever level of participation you are able to offer.


John J. Bryfonski
Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH  03110
Office:  603-792-1330


Chip McGee
Superintendent of Schools
103 County Road
Bedford, NH  03110
Office:  603-472-3755


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.  Smarter Balanced Assessments are computer-based tests that replaced the annual NECAP assessment, although the Science NECAP remains.  
Next week, the New Hampshire Department of Education will release the results.  You can expect to see summary results by school district on the news and in the local papers.  Our schools will mail home individual student results by the end of next week. Parents of students in grades 4 through 9 and grade 12 will receive individual score reports and letters from NH Education Commissioner Barry and the principal of your child's current school. Questions can be sent to the current school principal.​


Math and Literacy Night - Thursday, November 19th
It’s that time of year again!
Memorial Elementary is having its annual Math & Literacy Night along with every kid’s favorite game:
THE CAKE WALK!
We are asking for cake donations (homemade or purchased) for the cake walk game taking place during Memorial’s Math & Literacy Night on Thursday, November 19th.This is a definite favorite for the children and certain to be a highlight of the evening! Last year we had a record number of cakes donated.  It was so much fun to see all the creative cakes and have so many winners!
*Please Deliver your cake donation to the office during the school day of the event*
Thursday, November 19th

Book Fair Volunteers NEEDED

Hello book lovers!!!
This year's FALL book fair is quickly approaching and we NEED your help!  The event will take place at Memorial School November 16th – 20th, the same week as Math and Literacy night (Thurs, Nov 19th)... fun fun fun!!! We are looking for volunteers to help set up and/or man the book fair at various times throughout these days.  Please follow the link below to sign-up where you are available!
Thank you for your help!
PTG CORNER
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 bedfordnhptg@gmail.com, all responses will be anonymous.


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 www.meadowfarms.com 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!


“PTG ANNUAL SKI & SKATE SALE EVENT” SATURDAY, NOV. 21st
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 www.bedfordptg.org 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.)


Parent Forum on ​
Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking
​As a part of the annual NH Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference,
Sameer Hinduja, the co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, is presenting a FREE Parent Forum titled.
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Cyberbullying & Unwise Social Networking: The Role of Parents.


Date:  Monday, November 30, 2015
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Salon A, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH


Designed for parents and community partners, this presentation provides a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites.  Foundational information on the way adolescents use the Internet and cell phones is provided first before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social networking in detail.  Strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience.  Attendees leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for and with numerous resources to assist them towards those ends.
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Parents are asked to RSVP for this FREE event at www.nhcmtc.org by Friday, November 20th.





REMINDERS


​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.​


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 www.patspeak.com.  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 www.patspeak.com.  Please contact Carolyn John at ekkoswife@comcast.net 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:  www.bedfordbl.com.  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.​



IMPORTANT DATES


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


Thanks,
Pam  

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