Friday, June 10, 2016

Principals' Notes - June 10th

Dear Memorial Families,
It is hard to believe that this will be our last week of school. We wish the fourth graders a wonderful summer and great experience at McKelvie … we will miss them. For all our other students, have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in August.


Guidance Messages
Words of the Month for June: Fairness and Cooperation
June 7: Cooperation Phrase of the day: “We should not only use the brains WE have, but all that we can borrow.” (Woodrow Wilson). Some of the greatest achievements are those created from many brains working together.  In school, we need to work together so that all are able to learn and grow.
June 10:  Review of all Words of the Month/Character Traits.  Phrase of the day: “Character is defined as what we do when we think no one is looking.”  It is what we do when no one is looking that counts.  It takes a long time to grow into a person with all the character traits.  Keep practicing!  
June 14: Final words and request to spread peace and kindness wherever they go.

Grade 3 Families - Third Grade BBQ
We hope to see you all at the Third Grade BBQ. Please park at the church across the street. There is limited parking at Memorial. Thanks for your help with this.

Grade 4 Families - Clap - Out for our Fourth Graders
Fourth Grade parents/ guardians, please join us on Wednesday, June 15th to clap our our fourth graders. If there are no parking spots available here, please park at the church across the street … they are great neighbors!

Accessing Report Cards in PowerSchool Parent Portal
Student report cards are now available online in the PowerSchool Parent Access Portal. For quarter 3, you received a printed copy of the report card in addition to online access.  The final quarter 4 report cards will be published online only.   
A letter was sent home in March that provided the information needed to create your PowerSchool account and link your account to your child.  If you have not set-up your account , we are re-sending the access letter with the password on Monday. Please look for it in a sealed envelop in your child’s backback.  
To access your child's report card online, log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and you will see a Report Cards icon in the left hand pane. When you click on this icon your child's report card will appear on the screen. You can scroll to see the entire report card and choose to print it, if you'd like. Anytime you click on the Report Cards icon, the most recent report card will generate.

School Supplies Reminder
Order your school supplies now! Based on parent feedback, the Bedford PTG has partnered with SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, to provide parents a convenient, easy and economical way to order their students' school supplies for the upcoming school year.  CLICK HERE for more information and school account codes. Paper Orders are due Monday, June 13th and online ordering closes Friday, June 17th.

Senior Clap Out
We had our 1st annual Senior Clap Out yesterday for former Memorial students.  It was wonderful to have the BHS Seniors walk through the school and playground. Both the seniors and the staff had such fond memories and the children love seeing the seniors - what a great time!!!

From the Superintendent:

School Lunch Price Increase
We want to make sure families are aware that we need to increase prices of school lunches for the coming year.  For the 2016-17 school year, elementary lunch will cost $2.65 and middle and high school lunch will cost $3.25.​
Four Way Stops on County Road to Continue
​T​he intersections at Nashua Road and County Road in front of Bedford High School and ​at​ Liberty Hill Road and County Road in front of McKelvie School ​will remain 4-way stop intersections through the end of the school year.  On May 25, Bedford Police Department met with the school district, ​the Department of Public Works and our engineering consultant and decided to extend the temporary change.  More information can be found at the Bedford Police Department website.

Tree Clearing and Other Summer Construction Projects
The Bedford School District completes significant maintenance projects every summer. McKelvie is having an older section of roof replaced and getting an upgrade to two student bathrooms in need of replacement.  At Peter Woodbury, the parking lot is being replaced and traffic flow is being reconfigured.  You may notice this project in late June or early July when the trees in front of Peter Woodbury are removed to make way for the expanded parking lot.


Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon - August 14, 2016​
Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon to be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School. Beginning at the Bedford town pool and ending at the Bedford High School, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. Official race times for all participants are recorded by Millennium Running. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, a jump rope event, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and more! The Friends of Aine Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and was established in Aine’s memory to help grieving children. For more information, to make a donation or to register, please visit or

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.   

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 Intermediate School will, once again, be hosting camp June 20 - 24 from 8:00 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!!  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.​


June 13th - Grade 3 Barbecue (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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