Friday, September 16, 2016

Principal's Notes - September 17th

Dear Memorial Families,
The weather has finally cooled off and we are all thankful for the change. It seems like every week is busy at Memorial School. In addition to the great things that go on every day, Sigmund Brouwer was here today talking to our students about reading and writing. It was great to see so many of our Memorial Families at our open house on Wednesday. I hope you and your family enjoy the weekend.



NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Week of September 12:
September 14: When we have good manners, we are being respectful.  Discussion about saying “please,” “thank you,” excuse me,” and “may I,” at the appropriate times.
Peacemaker Challenge:  Practice good manners wherever you are, each and every day.  

September 16: Being respectful means we take care of our own property, and the property of others.  Peacemaker Challenge: Respect your own property and the property of others.

Thank You! Thank You!
Thank you to all the families that have been parking at the church once the spaces are full on our lot. I know it is not the most convenient parking but sincerely appreciate you helping to make our parent pick-up safer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Destination Imagination - Parent Info Night

Parent Info Night for Destination Imagination in all Schools will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at the McKelvie Intermediate Cafeteria.   To learn more about the program and how to provide your child with this enrichment opportunity, please come and meet our District Coordinator, Marie Russell or email Marie at bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com. For more information and to find out what Destination Imagination is all about, click on the link. 

Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.

Marker Recycling Program
Memorial School is happy to announce that we have joined the Crayola ColorCycle program! Through this program, used markers (ANY plastic marker - Crayola, dry erase, highlighters, etc) are collected and shipped to Crayola to be re-purposed into many different items. And it's free! Crayola even pays for the shipping!

Our Crayola dropbox is located just outside the main office - please feel free to drop off any and all dried out markers. Questions? See Mrs. Schmitt for more information.

Bedford Jimmy Fund Fundraiser

Two Bedford Jimmy Fund teams will be holding a fundraising carwash and bake sale on Saturday, September 17 at McKelvie.  (rain date Sunday, September 18). 
Want to volunteer to help with the Car Wash?  Click HERE  
These two teams with connections to McKelvie will be participating in the Jimmy Fund Walk to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Sunday, September 25!   
To join a team and walk with us or to make a donation, choose one of the following links:  
Cure ATRT Now

McKelvie Mustangs

We hope to see lots of familiar faces in the car wash line!  Thank you.

Bedford Education Foundation
The Bedford Education Foundation Fall Fundraiser will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Manchester Country Club at 7:00pm.   
Tickets available at www.seatyourself.biz/befnh
$50 for community members and $25 for faculty and staff in Bedford
Don’t miss this fantastic evening out for a great cause

For more information or for sponsorship opportunities please email info@befnh.org

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PTG NEWS
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SAVE THE DATE: 
Community Event Hosted by the PTG. You are invited to have “Coffee with the Principals” on Thursday, September 29th at BCTV, 9:30 - 10:30. Come meet our Principals and hear what’s in store for the school year. Presentation will be followed by a Q &A. Your younger children are welcome to attend. Coffee & light refreshments will be served.

Back to School Info.
Back to school greetings from the PTG!  We are looking forward to another great school year full of fantastic programs and events for our students, staff and families.  We are happy to announce that we are now accepting donations via PAYPAL.  For more information on our programming or to make a donation online visit our website at www.bedfordptg.org.  With your support we are able to put $70,000/year in programs and events into our schools!! Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend ahead.

Hannaford Helps Initiative
Starting September 1st, at the Hannaford stores located at 4 Jenkins Road, Bedford NH and 7 Kilton Road, Bedford NH, introduced the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program, which will be focused on supporting the Bedford Parent Teacher Group!
The blue bags with the good karma message can be found on the reusable bag rack and at various registers.

Smile Amazon
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Bedford PTG is one of the organizations. Please click this link to learn more about AmazonSmile https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ch/about.
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REMINDERS 
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New School Lunch Prices
NEW PRICES:
$2.65 Student Elementary Level
$3.25 Student RAL/BHS Level


Updated School Phone Extensions
The district has updated its phone system.  We now have 5 digits extensions.  You will need to add a 2 in front of our previous 4 digit extensions.  For example, our nurse’s former extension was 5201, and it is now 25201.


Text Message Alerts

Parents - If your cell phone number is in the District's PowerSchool Information System and you wish to receive alerts via text, you can text YES to 68453.

IMPORTANT DATES


September 21 - Picture Day
September 22 - Picture Day for Pre-K that are not here on Wednesday
September 29 – PTG Coffee with the Principal’s (BCTV 9:30 AM)October 2-4 – Rosh Hashanah
October 10 – Columbus Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
October 11-12 – Yom Kippur
October 28 – End of Quarter 1


Thanks,
Pam  

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