Friday, November 20, 2015

Principals' Notes - November 20th

Dear Memorial Families,
We had such fun at Math and Literacy Night, reading The Mitten, playing math games, melting Ice for a prize, doing “Frozen Karaoke”, making snow, doing Pebble Go and playing chess. The children as always were excited about the Cake Walk … special thanks to all of our families for their generous donations of cakes. It was wonderful seeing so many of our families at either Math and Literacy or parent conferences.



NEW NEWS



Guidance Messages
Week of November 16:
Nov. 16: Kindness Challenge: Thank the adults at home for taking care of you.
Nov. 17: In conjunction with our Kindness and Gratitude month, we will begin our annual Stuff the Turkey Food Drive. Students are urged to bring in boxes and cans of non-perishable food items, to benefit a Bedford food pantry.  Kindness Challenge: Bring in cans and boxes for the food drive.
Nov. 18: Kindness Challenge: Thank your teachers or others in the school.
Nov. 19: Kindness Challenge: Thank someone who helps you during your school day, such as your bus driver, the lunch ladies, duty teachers, secretaries, or custodians.
Nov 20:  Phrase of the Day “Kindness like a boomerang, always returns.”  Kindness Challenge: Let someone get in front of you in line.

Memorial’s Chorus Schedule Change
Chorus practice will be on Tuesday, November 24th because there is no school on Thursday. We will be back to our Thursday schedule in December. For planning purposes, the winter concert will be in January.  

Memorial Annual Food Drive - “Stuff the Turkey”
November is our Month of Kindness and Gratitude.  One way we would like to practice these important traits is by sponsoring our annual food drive.  From November 18 to December 21, Memorial School will be conducting a non-perishable "Stuff the Turkey" Food Drive.  We are especially excited this year since, for the first time, our proceeds will go directly to a Bedford pantry, with the purpose of serving Bedford families. We have the unique opportunity of helping the newly created Food Pantry at Presbyterian Church, which plans to open for the upcoming holiday season. (Once a location outside of the church is found, the pantry will become the Bedford Community Food Pantry.)  We will greatly appreciate any donations you are able to give, to get the pantry started. Items such as canned proteins (meats, fish, vegetables, etc.), pasta, peanut butter, jelly, rice, flour, sugar and cereal are especially needed.  If you would like to join us in helping our new Bedford pantry, please send the items into school with your child.  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Pleat, X3206.  Thanks for helping us support Bedford families!

Holiday Assistance
The holiday season is approaching and the excitement is building, as we look forward to happy celebrations with family and friends. This is a busy time for many of us, and children can sometimes become overwhelmed. Eating a healthy diet, getting extra sleep and having some quiet time may help your child to stay healthier.
As your School Nurse and School Counselor, we recognize that holiday anticipation may not be joyful for all students and families, and instead brings stress, fear and even sadness.  As always, our school community is here to assist you, if needed.   Please let us know if you are in need of assistance.  Through the generous donations of others in our school community, we can help.  If you know someone that may be having difficulty, please encourage them to let us know.  All assistance is confidentially given.  We hope that all Memorial children who celebrate this time of year can experience wonderful memories to share with friends and family.
For those families who would like to help support us during this time of the year, we truly appreciate your generosity.  What a wonderful gift you are teaching your own children!  Donations may be sent into the nurse’s office.

Happy Holidays to all!

Sincerely,
Rachel Higgins, RN       and    Lisa Pleat, School Counselor
627-1776 ext. 3204                  627-1776 ext. 3206
 
PTG CORNER
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: 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.

“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.)

Is there a Star Wars fan in your home?  Grab your family & friends and get ready for episode VII, The Force Awakens, by joining the PTG for a fun night out at "Star Wars night with the Manchester Monarchs”on Saturday, December 5th @ 7p.m..  All your favorite characters will be there too! The PTG is offering discounted tickets for adults and children $20/$15 (normally from $17 - $34) AND an opportunity for any student to participate in the “ HIGH-FIVE tunnel”. *Though the PTG will be receiving a small portion of the ticket price we hope this will be a fun community event for our families.  Click here to download and print an order form (please return to your school office by December 1st).





REMINDERS



Substitute Opportunity
Have you ever thought about subbing, but have not been brave enough to take the plunge? Well, it's time to take that plunge.  We are looking for people who can be confidential, patient, kind, and follow a lesson plan.  AND - do that in a supportive environment with amazing students.  If you are interested, click here and start your application process.

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 18 - December 21 - “Stuff the Turkey” Food Drive
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Recess
December 24 - January 1 - Holiday Recess
February 11 (SAVE THE DATE) - Family Bingo Night

Have a great weekend,
Pam  

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