Friday, January 8, 2016

Principals' Notes - January 8th

Dear Memorial Families,
Happy New Year!!! Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. I hope that you all had a restful break. We so so glad to have your children back … the building is very empty without them.  It always amazes me how excited they are about learning. As we start the New Year, thank you for the pleasure of working with you and your children.



NEW NEWS



Guidance Messages
For the month of January, announcements and classroom visits will focus on Tolerance, the concept of valuing all people and treating them with respect.  Students will be encouraged to not only learn to accept differences, but to understand that they are what make us all unique and valuable.  Students will be challenged to look within themselves, to discover their uniqueness and “wonder” as a person.
Week of January 4:
Jan. 5:  Introduction to the meaning of Tolerance. Tolerance is when we not only accept differences, but we celebrate them.  Tolerant people understand that being different is what makes the world an interesting place.  Tolerant people treat all others with respect, even if they think, act or look differently.
Jan. 8: Phrase of the Day:  “It's GREAT to be different!” Some of the most valuable things in the world are one-of-a-kind.  The Seven Natural Wonders of the World are “wonders” because they are one-of-a-kind. It is the differences in us that make us special.

Winter Concert - Thursday, January 14th
The Winter Concert will be held on January 14th at 7:00 p.m, however students are expected to arrive at 6:40 p.m. for warm-ups. On Wednesday, January 13th a dress rehearsal will be held at McKelvie during normal chorus time. Students will be bussed over to McKelvie after school on January 13th and parents need to pick up their child at McKelvie at 3:15 p.m.. We look forward to sharing this music with you!

Parking Spaces
Thanks to the District for plowing the area in front of the school allowing more parents to park at the school.

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 will be 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 January are January 16th and 18th. The dates for February are February 6th, 8th, 20th and 22nd.
If you, or someone you know in Bedford is struggling with food insecurity please call Bedford Presbyterian Church, 472-5841.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY:  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 and the Boy Scouts, and individuals and families in Bedford.  Donations of cash are welcomed in order to purchase food from the NH Food Bank.  If a school conducts a food drive, please consider keeping the donations in our community by making arrangements with our new food pantry.  To make arrangements, please contact George Reese at 603-714-4317.  Typically, the most needed items for food drives include:  

§ Canned Chicken, Tuna or Salmon
§ Peanut Butter and Jelly
§ Mac n Cheese
§ Canned Soup/ Stew/ Chili
§ Canned/ Dried Beans
§ Canned Nuts
§ Rice and Rice Mixes
§ Pasta
§ Noodle Mixes


REMINDERS


“Stuff the Turkey” Results
I am so excited to share the results of our “Stuff the Turkey Drive” with you:
3rd Place: Mrs. Campbell (Grade 2)- 284
2nd Place: Mrs. Knepper (Grade 2) - 431
1st Place: Fournier (Kindergarten) - 484

Overall:
Kindergarden: 542
Grade 1: 372
Grade 2: 837
Grade 3: 440
Grade 4: 216
Total Items: A NEW RECORD!!!  2,407 (837 more than the record in 2012)

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.​



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 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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