Friday, February 19, 2016

Principals' Notes - February 19th

Dear Memorial Families,
Ok, we were dressed for Beach Day today … I think we were wishful about the weather!
Wishing you and your family a restful, fun-filled and wonderful winter break.


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  $300,000 home. ​

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.


IMPORTANT DATES


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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