Friday, May 20, 2016

Principals"Notes - May 20th

Dear Memorial Families,
We had a fun Retro Day! Thanks to all the parents who helped their children participate in our monthly spirit day. We had some good laughs today! The children are loving being able to be outside in this beautiful weather.


Guidance Messages
Words of the Month: Honesty and Patience
May 24: Phrase of the Day: “Have patience with all things, especially with yourself.”  It is important to be patient with ourselves when something is difficult, or when we make a mistake.  We need to remind ourselves that everyone makes mistakes and they are for learning.

Volunteers Needed for Field Day 2016!
This year Field Day will be on Thursday, June 2nd.  This fun-filled day is quickly approaching and we are in need of some enthusiastic volunteers to help facilitate all the activities planned. Please click on one of the links below, and feel free to help out at both sessions if you have children in both age groups.
As always, we appreciate the time and effort you put into helping out at Memorial!

Grade 4 - Class Picture
The fourth graders will be taking their class picture on Wednesday, May 25th at 1:30.

Vacation Day Camp
Vacation Day Camp at New Morning School  will provide programming for Bedford students during the upcoming Teacher Workshop Day. Please check the link below for more information:

Spanish Summer Camp
Students entering 2nd grade-8th grade will be exposed to Spanish in fun immersive language environment on July 11th-14th from 8:00am-11:30am at Bedford High School.  There will be different themes each day taught by highly trained and certified teachers with teenaged team leaders. Students will be in appropriate age and ability groupings.  No Spanish experience is required.  Email Laura Chenette at with questions or to register, spaces are limited. Please click here for more information.   
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.

Special Event for Preschool Parents
Strategies for Managing Preschool Children with Anxiety in School and Home
A Free Parent and Teacher Workshop featuring Lynn Lyons
Date:  Friday, May 27,2016 Time: 8:30-11:30 AM
Place:  Memorial School
55 Old Bedford Road Bedford, NH 03110
RSVP by 5/23/2016 to:  Roberta Keane, Assistant Director of Special Services
Health Office Update
As the warmer weather approaches, it is a good time to review some general health and safety issues for both school and home.
-Spring time allergies – the pollen is here. If your child suffers from allergies it is now time to start using their allergy medications.  Remind your child to wash his/her hands and face when coming in from outdoors.  This will help remove any pollen that has settled on them.  It is also important to take off sweatshirts or jackets worn outside for the same reasons.  Taking a shower or bath before bed will also help them sleep better.
-Ticks are here.  It’s a good idea to check your child’s clothing and head for ticks after playing outdoors.  If you find a tick, the best way to remove it is with tweezers.  Using alcohol or vaseline generally makes them dig deeper into the skin.  After removing, clean the area with soap and water and apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment.  Follow up by calling your health care provider and let them know of the tick removal (saving the tick can sometimes be useful). Keep checking the site for several days to ensure no infection has developed. If rash develops contact your health provider.
-With spring, we also see more falls, causing minor cuts and abrasions.
Remind your child that it’s very important for them to come in and have it cleaned properly and a Band-Aid applied.  Band-Aid applied at school should be removed at night and area should be washed. Allowing area to air dry will allow wound to scab over.
-Sandals are great for summer, but wearing them to school increases the chances for playground injuries.  Jumping rope, climbing on the jungle gym, and general running and playing are best done in sneakers.
-With the warmer weather coming you may want to consider putting sunscreen on your child before coming to school.  Although recess is limited to a half hour, the sun is very strong at that time of day.  Hats are a great idea, as well.  
-Please remember to have your child drink plenty of water. Many headaches and   stomachaches are due to lack of fluids.
-Please remind your child to pack a healthy snack, many are forgetting them.
-Many severe head injuries can be prevented with the use of bike helmets.
Helmets need to fit and be worn correctly to obtain its full protection.  Please
review bike safety rules with your family and insist on them wearing a helmet when biking, skateboarding and or rollerblading.

Rachel Higgins, RN
School Nurse


Girls Inc Book Drive
Please consider bringing in new or gently used books to benefit Girls Inc in Manchester. Girls Inc is a great foundation that that supports girls in New Hampshire and gives them a positive environment to grow, learn, and become better people. This book drive will help support the IB C.A.S. (Creativity,  Action, and Service) Project of Paige Wallat, Anna Bogursky, and Lilly Heald from Bedford High School. The class that brings in the most books gets an ice cream party, so let’s get collecting and help Girl’s Inc!

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

Important Traffic Note
​We​ want to make sure our whole community is aware of a temporary traffic change. This important announcement is from the Bedford Police Department:  
Starting Monday, May 16th, and continuing through Friday, May 27th, the intersection at Nashua Road and County Road in front of Bedford High School will become a temporary 4-way stop intersection. In addition, on those same dates, the intersection of Liberty Hill Road and County Road in front of McKelvie School will also become a temporary 4-way stop intersection.
The Bedford Highway Safety Committee has been studying both of these intersections after hearing from you – the community – regarding traffic delays and crashes at both of these intersections.  As a result, the Highway Safety Committee recommended engineering studies of both intersections to explore solutions to both congestion and crashes. Part of the plan to improve both intersections includes a study of solutions, including 4-way stops.~ As you know, both intersections are currently 2-way stops.
For that two week period, temporary 4-way stop signs and traffic controls will be placed at both of these intersections.
Please review the rules of the road for 4-way stop intersections.  If you have a youth operator in your household that drives to school or frequently transits either of these intersections, please take a few moments to discuss the rules of road when approaching and driving through a 4-way stop intersection
First and most important – all traffic must come to a complete stop.  This includes traffic that is in a designated right turn only lane which must come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection.
Second, the person in the intersection or whoever arrives first at an empty intersection has the right-of-way.  If two or more vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle on the right always has the right-of-way.
To learn more about the rules of the road at 4-way stop intersections, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at and search for right of way at intersections.I am grateful to the town officials for their work to improve these intersections.  Please drive cautiously as we all adjust to the new pattern.

Bus Services
Our transportation provider, STA, is struggling to find enough qualified drivers. When we have new or substitute driver, a bus route might be slower than normal.  Also, field trips and athletic events may be impacted if drivers are not available. Please be patient with the wonderful bus drivers we do have.  They are doing their best!    ​

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

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


May 27th - No School - Workshop Day
May 30th - No School - Memorial Day
June 2nd - Field Day - More info to come
June 13th - Grade 3 Barbeque (12:00)
June 14th - Kindergarten Recognition (9 - 10:30)
June 14th - Grade 4 Ice Cream Social
June 15th - Grade 4 Clap - Out ( 9:00 - All parents are welcome!)
June 15th - Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20)


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