Friday, September 2, 2016

Principal's Notes September 2nd

Dear Memorial Families,
We have had a wonderful full week of school. Each morning as I am out on the playground with the children, I am amazed at how well they play together and always find something to do. The most joyous part is seeing how happy they are to be at school. I hope you and your family have a great long weekend.


Guidance Message
August Word of the Month: Peace

Week of August 29:
August 30:  Peacemaker Challenge: Listen to your teachers so you will know how to follow rules and do the work.  If we don’t listen, we miss things, don’t know what to do, get confused, and don’t feel good about ourselves.  By listening to our teachers, we are taking care of ourselves, so we can learn, and taking care of others, so we can get along.

September 2: Introduction to the Word of the Month for September, Respect. Respect means we treat others the way we want to be treated.  It means we listen to them, so they feel heard and cared for.  Peacemaker Challenge: Listen to others, so they feel heard and cared for.  

For tips on how you can teach your children respect, go to:

PM Dismissal (K through Grade 4) - Important Information
Parking is at a premium at Memorial. This is a change from our practice from last year. The change is made in order to insure that there is adequate access to our building in case of emergency. For afternoon pick-up please park ONLY in designated spaces. This means no parking around the island or in the fire zones.  If there are no spaces available, please park over at the church.  I have asked staff to park in the back of the building leaving open as many spaces as possible out front. Thank you for your understanding.

Infosnap – Please complete as soon as possible!
Any family that has not completed the online registration for your child(ren) should complete the online registration (Infosnap). The online process replaced all the paperwork we have required in the past. It is important for us to have updated information on your child(ren). Please complete the registration as soon as possible. If you have questions about this, please call Deb Gelinas at 627-1776.

Open House - Wednesday, September 14th
Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th. Below is the schedule:

BEEP - 5:30 - 6:15
AMK - 6:15 - 6:45
PMK - 7:00 - 7:30
K+ - 7:00 - 7:30
Grades 1 & 2 6:30 - 7:10
Grades 3 & 4 7:20 - 8:00

BEEP parents will meet in the cafeteria and the rest of the parents will go to their child's classroom at the designated time. Looking forward to seeing you!

Buddy Bench
Please ask your child to talk with you about Mr. Eagle's Buddy Bench.

Our Schools & The Jimmy Fund

We are excited to announce that 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! Former Memorial Student Declan Rourke is captain of one team.Please mark your calendars.  A fundraising carwash and bake sale will be held on Saturday, September 17(rain date Sunday, September 18) at McKelvie.  Please look to future Principal Notes as there will be more information to come about how to support this important cause.  Thank you! 

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.


Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in volunteering at Memorial Elementary School, this is a reminder to please fill out and sign the Volunteer Program packet that went home with your child last week.  Even if you've volunteered in the past, these forms need to be filled out and signed every year. 
This week a PTG donation envelope was sent home with your child.  If you are unable to physically help out, a financial donation will be gladly accepted.  PTG is also accepting donations via PayPal at
The volunteers at our schools play such a vital role in our children's education.  Many of the PTG supported opportunities available at Memorial School, such as the Fall & Spring Book Fairs, It's a G.A.S. (Great Artist Series), & Math Superstars, are completely dependent on the generous time donated by volunteers.  Most of the volunteer opportunities need a coordinator (or point person) to facilitate these programs. 
As volunteers and coordinators move on with their 4th graders out of Memorial, those positions must be filled in order to continue all these great programs.
Please click this Sign Up Genius link to find out what is currently available.  For more information, and answers to questions you may have, please attend the Volunteer Welcome Coffee on Friday, September 16, at 9:30 AM in the Memorial School library.  
If you have questions but are unable to attend the Welcome Coffee, please contact 
Barbara Hardy, Volunteer Coordinator at

PTG Greetings
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 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.

Also, Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program. Hannaford Bedford stores on Kilton Road and Jenkins Road will donate the proceeds of bags purchased to the Bedford PTG for the entire month of September!

Smile Amazon
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Principal/Parent Communication
I will continue to use email as my primary form of communication. I will update it every Friday.  The email will include action items (highlighted in yellow), reminders, and other important information. You have access to previous emails on Memorial's Webpage under Principal Notes. Please take the time each week to read the notes. I value our partnership and you being informed is a critical to that relationship.

AM Drop-Off (Kindergarten through Grade 4)
If you drop your child off at school in the morning (7:30 am to 8:00 am), please make sure you are in the drop-off lane to drop at the front door or park in a marked parking spot and walk your child in. After 8:00 am, you must park in a marked parking spot and bring your child into the building. Thanks for your help in keeping everyone safe! 

New School Lunch 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.


September 1 – 1st Day of School for BEEP
September 5 - Labor Day - No School
September 14 - Open House
September 21 - Picture Day


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