Friday, February 12, 2016

Principals' Notes - February 12th

Dear Memorial Families,
Cold enough for you? Brrrrrrrrr!!! Needless to say the children had indoor recess today … I think they were having fun celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Wishing you and your family a happy Valentine’s Day! Mr. Eagle wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day, too.
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Messages
Week of February 15:
February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day.  Quote of the Day (by Margaret Mead): “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”  When we do kind things not expecting a reward, we are rewarded anyway, by feeling good about ourselves and by having others feel good about us.  A recent study showed that kids who performed kind acts were better accepted and had more friends.  Random Acts of Kindness Day challenges us to “pay it forward” by helping to spread kindness, and be part of a ripple effect.         
February 19: Quote of the Day: “People will forget what you say or do, but they won't forget how you make them feel.”  Review of friendly and unfriendly behaviors.  The most important friendly behavior is to be a kind and caring peacemaker.   


Bedford ​School District Vote on Tuesday March 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All voters in Bedford are urged to vote on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
​ at the Bedford High School gymnasium​.  These are the key issues to be decided:
  • OPERATING BUDGET: The proposed operating budget is $68.3M, a 3.9% increase over this year. The increase is primarily due to personnel, health insurance benefits, and significant building maintenance.  If the proposed budget is voted down, the default budget would be $2.3M lower.  
  • SIDEWALK: There is separate article to fund the construction of a sidewalk along Nashua Road from the Bedford High School lower parking lot to the Department of Public Works parking lot. The cost would be $234,000.
  • CAPITAL RESERVES: There are two separate articles about our unused capital reserve funds.  One article would discontinue them.  The other would re-purpose those same funds for a building maintenance reserve. The total amount as of June 30, 2015 was $478,518. Together these two article would have no tax impact.
  • Additional information can be found here.


​The total estimated tax impact of a "yes" vote on all articles would be $0.66 per thousand, which would be an increase of $198 for the year on a a $300,000 home. ​


Bingo Night
Thank you to all our families that came Thursday Night. Special thanks to the Memorial staff that helped make the night such a success. We hope you had as much fun as we did!


Spirit Day - February 19th
For your planning: Friday, February 19th is Beach Day. A great day to get those sunglasses out!


Spring Fling
Our annual Spring Fling will be on Friday March 18th. Please mark your calendar for this Memorial family experience.




REMINDERS


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (2016 – 2017)
You may pick up registration packets on Monday, March 7th, and return them on Thursday, March 10th.  K+ packets will also be available on March 7th.  A $500 deposit is required with the K+ registration.  
Kindergarten students who are currently enrolled at Memorial do not need to register for 1st grade.


Educational Farm at Joppa Hill
The First Annual Snow Ball will take place at LaBelle Winery on Feb 13, 2016, 7-10PM to benefit Bedford's Educational Farm at Joppa Hill. Featuring a live band, hearty hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and silent auction, this event is your chance to spend a romantic evening out and also support the Farm. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by visiting www.theeducationalfarm.org or calling Drew Cline at 661-8383.



IMPORTANT DATES


February 15 - Invention Convention
February 22-26 – Winter Vacation
March 7-10 - Kindergarten Registration
March 8 – District Workshop Day (No School for Children)
March 18 - Spring Fling
March 27 – Easter


Thanks,
Pam  

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