Friday, April 1, 2016

Principals' Notes - April 1st

Dear Memorial Families,
We hope that you will stop by the Book Fair next week. It is a great time to buy books for summer vacation. It is so much fun to watch how excited the children are about looking at and choosing books they would like to read.


NEW NEWS


Guidance Messages
Word of the Month: Optimism
April 1: Introduction to the word for April: Optimism. Recent studies have shown that teaching optimism to children can enable them to perform better in school, have an overall more positive view toward adversity, have better coping skills, are less often bullied, and are 50% less likely to suffer from teenage depression. Research has also found optimism to have a positive effect on overall health, including an increased life span, and a greater resistance to the common cold.  ((Trinity College School of Education, Dublin, Ireland; Mayo Clinic; American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011.)  We will define optimism as “looking for things to be happy about, even when it might not be a great day”.

Week of April 4:
April 5: Phrase of the Day:  “Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.”  Being an optimist with a positive attitude can make our lives better.
April 8: Phrase of the Day: “Don't let a bad attitude rule your day.”  If our days starts off not so well, a negative attitude can make our whole day bad.  If we are optimistic and think of the good things, we have a better chance of turning our day around to something good.

Social Media: A Predator’s Playground
The Bedford Police Department and The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will be presenting "Social Media: A Predator's Playground" to the community on Monday April 4th, 6:30-8:30PM in the BHS Theater.  The presentation will explain the dangers teens face today. Discussions about how various forms of electronic communications (computer, phones, gaming systems, etc.) can put families at risk will be covered.  This presentation is specifically geared towards parents and educators who are looking to better understand technology available to teens today and the way in which child predators use it to exploit them.
Community Presentation:
Monday, April 4th
Bedford High School Theater
6:30pm-8:30pm
Staff members and others that attend will receive 2 hours of continuing education credits.

Whole Foods Preview Day to support the Bedford Education Foundation!
The Bedford Education Foundation (BEF) is honored to be the recipient of donations from Whole Foods tours on Tuesday April 5th from 10-4.
Please stop by the BEF table and say hello to our board members and learn about the work we do on behalf of our teachers and students.  In 2016, the BEF is funding well over $20,000 in grants supporting innovative professional development and program development in the Bedford School District!

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.

Imagine Program
New Morning Schools is pleased to invite you to our IMAGINE Program Open House, Monday April 11th, 4:30-7 PM at 23 Back River Road, Bedford.  Please stop by and explore our newly expanded space which will house our club based enrichment before and after school programs, vacation and summer camps.  Just for coming to our Open House each family will be entered in a raffle for a free week of camp for one child!

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 palisr@sau25.net or 472-3755 (option 2).

The Magic of Lyn hosted by BHS DECA chapter
The Bedford High School DECA chapter will be hosting the magical spectacular, The Magic of Lyn. The show’s award winning illusionist, Lyn Dillies, has toured all around the country and is bringing her 85 minute act to the BHS Theatre at 7:30 PM on April 9th. Tickets will be $10 when ordered directly from a DECA student attending ICDC, $15 online at http://goo.gl/PUmYr1 and $15 at the door. We will also be offering a VIP package special for the kids which includes a light up magic wand paired with a magician’s cape customized with your child’s name on it for $15. All proceeds from the event will go toward funding DECA students to compete at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville at the end of April.  We can’t wait to see you there!
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
Save the date! Grandparent’s Day is coming on May 12th. More information to follow.


REMINDERS


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.

BHS Senior Project
Hello, my name is Maryam Abdi. I am a senior at Bedford High School. My Senior Project deals with children, and how media affects children’s lives. I would like to ask parents with children from grades one, two and three if they would fill out the following survey about their children's media habits. I am doing this survey so I can compare a small sample of students from the Bedford School District to a larger survey that was taken from my research. Thank you for reading this.
Here is my link to the survey: http://goo.gl/forms/6WikFKx41W
Thank you for your time and help. I really appreciate it,
Maryam

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 cheethac@gmail.com

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 : sambranos@sau25.net  or by phone: 603-714-4395.

IMPORTANT DATES


March 27 – Easter
April 1 – End of Quarter 3
April 4-7 – Book Fair
April 4-15 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 20 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Top Secret Science (Save the Date!)
April 22-30 – Passover
April 25-29 – Spring Vacation
May 12 - Grandparent’s Day

Thanks,
Pam  

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