Friday, January 22, 2016

Principals' Note - January 22nd

Dear Memorial Families,
We certainly have been indoors more than the children like this week … it has been way too windy. We have had a busy week with the Drum Lady, the Monarch Players and our annual Spelling Bee.  Congratulations to Sunny Kovvuri for being Memorial’s Spelling Bee Champion and to runner-up Ryan O’Connor. Sunny will represent Memorial at the State Spelling Bee on February 27th.


NEW NEWS


Guidance Messages
Week of January 19:
Jan. 19: Phrase of the Day:  “You are valuable.  Don't let anyone make you feel differently.” Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a famous athlete whose differences made her special.  If someone makes fun of you because you are different in some way, remind yourself that your differences are what make you special. Don't let others keep you from believing you are valuable.
Jan. 22: Phrase of the Day: “Each one, teach one.” Each of us is good at some things and not very good at other things.  We can learn from each other by teaching our strengths to others and having others teach their strengths to us.  This sharing of strengths is yet another reason why being different is great!

School Board Meeting - Monday, January 25th
The School Board will be holding its monthly meeting on Monday, January 25th at Memorial School at 7:00 pm. Memorial will showcase this year’s Artist’s in Residence Program at the start of the meeting.

Deliberative Session Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m. BHS Theater
All voters in Bedford are urged to ​come to the Bedford School District Deliberative Session on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bedford High School Theater. This is when the community either affirms or revises the School Board’s proposed budget for 2016-17 (The budget is presented in the School District Warrant.). The proposed budget is $68.3M, a 3.9% increase over this year. The increase is primarily because of personnel, health insurance benefits, and significant building maintenance.  
​Voting on the warrant is on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
​ at the Bedford High School gymnasium​.  If the proposed budget is voted down, the default budget would be $2.3M lower.  Additional information can be found here.

Artist in Residence - Friday, January 22nd
We  have had a very fun-filled week with the Drum Lady, Anne Poirier… just ask the students. It was a joy seeing all of the students participating.  The third and fourth graders performed for the first and second graders as well as to their parents today. They did an awesome job!  Anne used stability balls, round laundry baskets, and drumsticks to teach students rhythm sequences  and eventually added music and movement. It has been a rich experience integrating of music and physical education.

Bingo Night - February 11th
Memorial will be hosting our second annual Bingo Night on Thursday, February 11th. We are looking for donations of board games for that night. Children loved being able to win a board game.

Monarchs Against Bullying
Players from the Monarch’s team read to our first and second graders on Thursday afternoon … the children were a great audience and they were excited about getting autographs from the players.

PTG Principal Winter Reading Night * Thursday, January 28th *
It’s time for some fun as the Bedford principals from our six schools read their favorite books during this special time of year… winter!
All Bedford Elementary school children, staff and their families are invited to join us at the McKelvie Intermediate school cafeteria.  Wear your pjs or comfy clothes and grab a blanket to sit on. Light refreshments will be served and at each session there will be a door prize of all six books being read.  There is no admission to attend but tickets are required for entry.  Click here to download the registration form.  ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.
Contact Coordinators: Cindy Detscher mdetscher@comcast.net), or Stacie McAuliffe staciemcauliffe@yahoo.com); Snow date: Thursday, February 4th

Barnes & Noble Bookfair * SAVE THE DATE *
Beat the cold weather and join the PTG January 29th and January 30th at the Barnes & Noble at 1741 South Willow Street, Manchester for a warm and delightful family outing complete with something for everyone including a display of artwork by Bedford Students K-12, musical performances, and story time (readings by school staff) all while you shop for books, movies, toys or even while you grab a treat! Be sure to mention BEDFORD PTG at the time of any of your purchases to help earn money for our schools! Click here to download a flyer.  Can’t make it? Shop online at www.bn.com/bookfairs January 27th – February 3rd and enter Bookfair ID#11706355 at checkout!
Coordinator: Darlene Boyd dbell0809@yahoo.com



REMINDERS


Recess
Students will go outside for recess (both morning and afternoon) if the temperature is 20 degrees or above (including wind chill).  Please make sure to send your child(ren) in with the appropriate outerwear – coat, boots, snow pants, gloves/mittens.  Also, in order to play in the snow, children are required to wear boots and snow pants.  Otherwise, they’ll need to remain on the black top.

Bedford Food Pantry
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church is a newly established resource for those in our community who are facing hunger or food insecurity.  The Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 organization that is a well-coordinated effort between 5 area churches, local organizations including the Bedford Lion's Club, the Boy Scouts, and individuals and families in Bedford. The Food Pantry is located at  Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, and is available to all Bedford residents.The Food Pantry will open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday, and the following Monday, of each month. Hours are Saturdays, 9:00 - 11:00 am, Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. The dates for February are February 6th, 8th, 20th and 22nd. Please click here for the flyer.
If you, or someone you know in Bedford is struggling with food insecurity please call Bedford Presbyterian Church, 472-5841.



IMPORTANT DATES


January 25 – School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM - Memorial
January  27 - Homework Club
January 28 - Chorus Rehearsal
January 28 – Principals’ Winter Read (McKelvie School) – More information to come (Snow date – February 4th )
January 29 - Report Cards go home
February 2 – Deliberative Session – 7:00 PM Bedford High School Theater
February 8 – School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM – SAU
February 9 – NO SCHOOL – Presidential Primary Day
February 11 - Bingo Night (Memorial Cafe - 4:30 - 6:00)
February 22-26 – Winter Vacation

Thanks,
Pam  

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