Friday, March 4, 2016

Principals' Notes - March 4th

Dear Memorial Families,
We have had a busy week getting back to work. It is really great having the students back. Please bring your children with you when you vote on Tuesday, March 8th. Memorial has a “Kids’ Ballot” where children will be determining our spirit days for the rest of the year. It is a great way for students to see that their vote can count.


NEW NEWS


Guidance Messages
Words of the Month: Courage and Perseverance.  As March begins, we encourage students to be courageous by standing up against unkind behavior, doing what is right, and being themselves.  As the month continues, we discuss the importance of believing in oneself, not giving up, and understanding that mistakes are a part of life that help us learn.

Week of March 7:
March 8: No School
March 11: Phrase of the Day: “Dare to try.”  When something is new or hard, we are sometimes afraid to try it.  Feeling afraid and nervous is normal.  But if we avoid things just because we are afraid, we can miss out on a lot.  When we are nervous to do something, we can “dare to try”, as long as it is safe and the right thing to do.  Then we can learn and enjoy many more things.
 
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. We hope you will participate by donating a basket and/or purchase tickets for the raffle and join us for dinner. This is our only school - wide fundraiser where all the money goes to Memorial school.

BHS Senior Project
Amanda Lee, a senior at BHS is doing a worthwhile senior project to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. Please click here for the flyer about the activity she has scheduled for Saturday, March 5th.

BEEP 2016-2017 OPEN ENROLLMENT!
Bedford Early Education Program  (BEEP) is now accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 School Year.  We have space available in many of our 3 and 4 year old classrooms.  Please contact Roberta Keane, BEEP Coordinator at (603) 627-1776 x3216 or keaner@sau25.net.

PTG at Manchester Monarchs
Come join the PTG at Max’s Superhero Birthday Party at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, March 12th at 7p.m. Look for Batman, Superman and other heroes, even come dressed up as your favorite! Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice (just let us know on your order form).  The first 4,000 fans will get a superhero bobblehead! Tickets are priced at the reduced rates of $20/adult and $15/children under 12. Click here to download an order form and return to your school office by Friday, March 4th.  Contact Lisa Nash with any questions at lisa@eight-stars.com.

Community Enrichment Program
The Community Enrichment Program of the Bedford School District offers evening adult enrichment courses to the Bedford Community. Our Spring Courses are now listed and we are offering Conversational Italian for Beginners as well as our popular Ceramics and Photography. Click here to view our course descriptions.
We are always looking for new instructors! If you have a skill or interest that you would like to share please contact the program’s Coordinator, Susan Sambrano by email : sambranos@sau25.net  or by phone: 603-714-4395.


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


March 7-10 - Kindergarten Registration
March 8 – District Workshop Day (No School for Children)
March 18 - Spring Fling
March 27 – Easter
April 1 – End of Quarter 3
April 4-7 – Book Fair
April 4-15 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 22-30 – Passover
April 25-29 – Spring Vacation

Thanks,
Pam  

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