Friday, January 15, 2016

Principals' Notes - January 15th

Dear Memorial Families,
The children have been troopers going outside on these cold days. Though I must admit I think it is harder on the adults because the children love being outdoors. You can certainly feel that winter has arrived.


NEW NEWS


Guidance Messages
Week of January 11:
Jan. 12: Phrase of the Day: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde) The most valuable things in the world are originals, not copies.  Peacemaker Challenge: Like who you are and remember that your differences are what make you “an original”.
Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. was a hero because of the ways he was different.  He peacefully stood up for equal rights when others didn't.  He was one-of-a-kind.  Students are urged to think of the ways they are different than others and to recognize that those are the things that make them one-of-a-kind.

NO SCHOOL - Monday
Just a friendly reminder that we do not have school on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Artist in Residence - Tuesday, January 19th - Friday, January 22nd
We are excited to have the Drum Lady, Anne Poirier, with us next week. She will be working with grades 1 - 4 through the week. Anne uses stability balls, round laundry baskets, and drumsticks.  Anne teaches students rhythm sequences  and eventually adds music and movement. It will be an exciting integration of music and physical education.
Reminder to third and fourth grade parents:
Friday - January 22nd
11 - 11:30 - Grade 3 will be presenting to 3rd grade parents
1:30 - 2:00 - Grade 4 will be presenting to 4th grade parents
We hope you will be able to join us!

Spirit Day - Thursday, January 21st
Ever wish you could wear pajamas to work? Memorial students and staff are encouraged to wear pajamas on Thursday, January 21st for PJ Day.

Monarchs Against Bullying
Players from the Monarch team will be visiting Memorial on Thursday to read to our first and second graders … we are excited to have them!

Winter Concert  
Congratulations to all of our third and fourth grade chorus members who performed on Thursday evening … we are so proud of them. Thank you to music teacher, Sean McConnell, for all of his work developing the program and working with the children. Our poets and speakers added a new dimension to the Winter Concert … very well done!!! The sing-along at the end was another great addition. A special thank you to Martha Westlund and Leslie Fredette for all their support of the music program and special thanks to you, our parents, for all of your support.

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 will be open this Saturday, January 16th and 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 January are January 16th and 18th. 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.
 


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.


IMPORTANT DATES


January 11 – School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM – SAU
January 12 – District Budget Hearing – 5:00 PM – BHS Theater
January 14 - Memorial Winter Concert (McKelvie School - 7pm)
January 18 - No School ( Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
January 19 - 22 - The Drum Lady (Grades 1-4)
January 21 - Spirit Day (Wear PJs)
Spelling Bee (1:00- 2:00)
January 25 – School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM - Memorial
January 28 – Principals’ Winter Read (McKelvie School) – More information to come (Snow date – February 4th )
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 22-26 – Winter Vacation

Thanks,
Pam  

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