Friday, October 14, 2016

Principal's Notes - October 14th

Dear Memorial Families,
It sounds like we are going to have a beautiful weekend! I hope you and your family can get outside to enjoy the colorful scenery. We will be having our first Community Council Meeting next week. I have listed the the members below. We will also be having our first Principal's Advisory Meeting this week also and I have listed the students who are representing their classrooms below.
NEW NEWS


Guidance Message

Week of Oct. 10:  
Oct. 11: Phrase of the Day: “The time is always right to do what is right.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)  Peacemaker Challenge: Remember Martin Luther King's words and do the right thing when it comes to bullying and unkind behavior.  If you are angry or tempted to do something unkind, don't do it.  Play a game with yourself by turning it around and thinking of something kind you can say or do instead.  Then do it.
Oct. 14:  We can help stop unkind behavior and prevent bullying in our school.  A bystander is someone who sees unkind behavior.  If we are a bystander, we need to become an Upstander.  An Upstander speaks up when he/she sees someone being unkind.  

Annual Pet Week - October 17th - October 31st
For many of us at Memorial School, our pets are an important part of our families. During the month of October we'll be celebrating how animals enrich our lives through a variety of pet-themed events. 
Starting on Monday, October 17th and ending on Monday, October 31st, we will be accepting donations for the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. The donations can be sent in with students and placed in the bins which will line the front hallway of our school. Some of the most needed items at the shelter include: 

·      Canned Fancy Feast (kitten or adult)
·      Flat cat beds (not the stuffed ones)
·      Plain chicken or turkey baby food (for kittens)
·      Kitten food (both canned and dry)
·      Clay cat litter
·      Laundry detergent, high efficiency
·      Hand sanitizer
·      Toilet Paper
·      Disposable non-latex gloves
·      Good “brain toys” for dogs
·      Good quality canned food for dogs (Iams, Pedigree, & Up)
·      Martingale clip-on collars
*The Animal Rescue League also has a wish list through Amazon.com. which you can find under “Animal Rescue League of NH”.

We will also be displaying pictures, stories, and drawings of students and their pets. Feel free to send in a picture of your little ones and their pets to be displayed in the Pet Howl of Fame. 
We look forward to a great month and to seeing those bins fill up with goodies to help our furry friends in need! 

Community Council
The first Community Council Meeting will be on Monday, October 17th. We will be talking about new signage for Memorial, yearbooks, and parking for dismissal. The following are members of this group:
Sally Kellar, Megan Olibiero, Chris Heath, Roberta Keane, Mindy Bator, Tara Jenkins and Rachael Bagenstose, Janice Souza, and Pam Ilg. If you have any ideas, please share them with a member of Community Council.

Principal's Advisory
A student from each third and fourth grade classroom will be representing their class on the Principal's Advisory. The following students will represent grade 3, Cori O'Donnell, James Tamulevich, Brendan Kaup, Mea Kling and grade 4 will have Evan Dunker, Elyse Ngenda, Sarah Winslow, Lily Kfoury, and Max Shea. I am looking forward to working with these students. 

Report Cards
Just a reminder!
Student report cards are available online only in the PowerSchool Parent Access Portal. To access your child's report card online, log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and you will see a Report Card icon in the left hand pane. Quarter 1 report cards will be available to view on Friday, November 4th at 2:30PM.

Teal Pumpkin Project - An Idea for Holloween
Memorial School wants to help every child experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween by encouraging our families to participate in Fare's Teal Pumpkin Project. Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries participated. This is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters.

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy. It just takes one simple act: offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy.
How to Take Part
  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
  3. Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.
If you have any questions or need free printables, go to the Teal Pumpkin Project Website: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project

Happy, Safe, Trick-or-Treating! 

Memorial Clothing
You can order Memorial School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com.  Hover over Schools in the menu bar, and select Memorial School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  You can order in a variety of colors and styles.  We have a few samples in the office area so you can get an idea of what is offered.  Also, there is a size chart on the website for your reference.  10% of profits come back to the Memorial.


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PTG NEWS
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Gift Cards
Our annual Gift Card Sale is coming mid-October. Gift cards make great gifts or even use them for your everyday shopping. Order by November 2nd for pre-Thanksgiving delivery; order by December 2nd for pre-Christmas delivery. We offer gift cards to a wide variety of retailers (local and online) along with locally owned businesses, no expiration dates, and you receive the FULL value of your purchase while supporting the PTG. Look for order forms soon.
PTG Hosts Superintendent Coffee
Our next Community Meeting is on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), along with special guest Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend. .

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REMINDERS 
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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

Bedford Skis Crotched Program

Registration is now open!  Go to http://www.crotchedmtn.com/52-school-program/ for information about the options available.  "CMBEDFORD" is the User Name and "bsdmember" as the Password (both are case sensitive).  Rentals, lessons, and adult passes are available.  The program begins Friday, January 6, 2017, and the deadline to purchase 5+2 passes is November 15, 2016.  Contact Isabelle Grenier at isabelleg@comcast.net with any questions.

Bedford Ski Program
Bedford students in grades 1-8 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH. This parent run program is geared to give kids the opportunity to learn to ski and snowboard at a ski area perfect for all levels. This five week Friday night program includes 1 hour lessons and free ski time – under the lights until the 10PM closing time. Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons. Included in the program is a free bonus day at Pat’s Peak, Gunstock, and Cranmore to be used from February 27 th to the close of the 2017 season.
The 2017 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 6 th and runs for 5 weeks. The choice of lesson times are 3:30 – 4:30PM or 4:30 – 5:30PM. Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools.
Easy Online Registration is available at www.patspeak.com. Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program” and “Register Here”. The username for bedford330 and bedford430 for the 4:30 lesson. The Password is patspeak17. More details are available at www.patspeak.com. Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale.
Contacts –
Kim Ahnen – kim.ahnen@comcast.net
Martha Cronin – bplmartha@gmail.com

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.


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.

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


October 28 – End of Quarter 1
November 4 – Report Cards go home
November 7 - Picture Re-takes
November 7-18 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 8 – Election Day/Workshop Day (No school for students)
November 11 – Veterans’ Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
November 23-25 – Thanksgiving Recess – NO SCHOOL


Thanks,
Pam  

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