Friday, April 15, 2016

Principals' Notes - April 15th

Dear Memorial Families,
It finally feels like spring weather is here! Enjoy the warmth and sunshine.


Guidance Messages
Week of April 18:
April 19: Phrase of the day (stated by a 12 yr old.) “ Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms.”  When we notice the good days in our lives and appreciate them, while also putting the difficult days behind us, we are being an optimist.
April 22: Phrases of the Day: “The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” (Winston Churchill)  “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Review of the importance of being optimistic.

School Spirit Day
Wear Your Favorite Color on Thursday, April 21st!

4th Grade Families: Band Information Night
The McKelvie Music Department will be visiting the elementary schools during the day on Wednesday, May 18th to perform and talk with the students about band and chorus.  On Thursday, May 19th there will be a Band Information Night for students and parents in the McKelvie Cafeteria from 6:00-7:30pm.  We will go over program expectations, renting instruments and how to sign up for band.

Destination Imagination - Shoes, Bags & Belt Drive until May 15th
Bedford DI are having a special drive through Ecosmith Recyclers.  From now until May 15th, you can donate all your old shoes, bags and belts (any condition) in the marked boxes in our school lobby.  This is a great way to get your spring cleaning under way, while helping raise funds for the Lurgio team heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN.  Remember, clothing, fabrics and stuffed animals can always be donated in the bin in the parking lot.  We appreciate your support.
Parent Involvement Survey
If your child receives special education services, you are being asked to complete a survey about the district's efforts to involve parents in improving services and results for children. Paper surveys are in the mail complete with a pre-paid return envelope. If you prefer, you can go to and complete the survey online. Surveys must be completed by May 13th. Your opinions are very important, and we hope you share them.

4th to 5th Parent Night - IMPORTANT
All parents of 4th grade students are invited to attend a Parent Information Night on Wednesday, May 25th at McKelvie Intermediate School.  Click here for details.
BEEP 2016-2017 Enrollment - Spots still available!
Bedford Early Education Program  (BEEP) continues to accept registrations for the 2016-2017 School Year.  We still have space available in some of our 3 and 4 year old classrooms for 2, 3 or 4 days a week.  Please contact Roberta Keane, BEEP Coordinator at (603) 627-1776 x3216 or

Spotlight on Special Education in Bedford
Are you the parent or guardian of a child who accesses special education services in Bedford?  Join us for an informational session to learn about special education services in our Bedford schools!  Meet representatives and gain insight into the different programming at each school through this panel presentation. Tuesday April 19th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the SAU Board Room, 103 County Road.  RSVP to Robin Palis or 472-3755 (option 2).
Interest Survey
There has been some interest expressed for having a Parent/Child Dance (Both father /daughter and mother/son) at Memorial School.  We are asking parents to take this quick survey so we can gather information and determine the level of school interest in this type of event. Thank you for your time. Please click here for the survey.

Grandparent’s Day
On May 12th our school will be filled with joy as our children's grandparents and senior citizen friends come to visit.  A special time is planned that will include light refreshments and a choral performance by Memorial 3rd/4th grade chorus. Guests will also have a classroom visit and a tour of the school.
To register your guests, please complete this form and return to your child’s teacher by May 6th.
To register any guests to visit in the Afternoon Beep or Afternoon Kindergarten program, please complete this form by May 7th.
Please stay tuned for a sign up genius for volunteer and food donation on the day of the event.
Many Thanks,
Elise Johnson and Amy Ward
PTG Grandparents’ Day Coordinator


Bedford Schools Water Supply
Concerns about the water supply have been in the news recently.  We want to make sure everyone on our community knows that none of the water supplying the Bedford Schools comes from the Merrimack Village Water District. Manchester Water Works supplies Peter Woodbury and Memorial. Pennichuck Water Works supplies McKelvie, Lurgio, Bedford High School, and Riddle Brook through a Manchester water source.  

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart, and design, color and create? Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention, EPIC (click for video) may be a great fit.  McKelvie Middle School will once again be hosting camp June 20 - 24 from 8 am - 3:30 PM. Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades 1 - 6 led by NH certified teachers with a staff ratio of 1:8!!  Camp cost is $250, but register before 3/21/16 for a $25 discount.  Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer.  If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at

Important Announcement-  Online Report Cards for Quarter 3
We are excited to announce that beginning this quarter, we will be publishing student report cards online in the PowerSchool Parent Access Portal.  As a district, we are continuously working to improve efficiency, reduce costs and provide more timely reporting to parents.
For quarter 3, parents will receive a printed hard copy of the report card in addition to online access to the report card. The final quarter 4 report card will be published online only. You will notice that the report card format has changed. The new improved design has been simplified and you will be able to print a copy of the report card directly from the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
If you do not already have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, we urge you to create one as soon as possible. If you already have an account, no further action is required. A letter will be sent home in the near future that provides the information needed to create your PowerSchool account and link your account to your child. Once your account is setup, you will continue to use this same account each year to access your child’s information.

Opt in to Text Messages
If you have not signed up for text messages from the District's School Messenger system, you still can!  Just text "yes" to 68453.

2016-17 Calendar ​
​The Bedford School Board has approved the 2016-17 School Calendar.  It can be found here.​

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 :  or by phone: 603-714-4395.


April 4-15 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 20 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Top Secret Science
April 21 - School Spirit Day - Wear Your Favorite Color
April 22-30 – Passover
April 25-29 – Spring Vacation
May 12 - Grandparent’s Day


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