Friday, October 7, 2016

Principal's Notes - October 7th

Dear Memorial Families,
Happy October! I don't think there is anything more beautiful then the color changes in the fall. I hope you and your family are able to enjoy the start of colorful foliage. We had an exciting day today with our first and second graders visiting the Fire Safety Trailer, fourth graders meeting with weatherman, Kevin Scarupa and and kindergarten, first and second graders listening to author, Michael Hall. Michael read his new book Wonderfall, a great introduction to this fall weekend. Have a great long weekend!!!




NEW NEWS

No School
A reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day.

Guidance Message
October is National Bully Free (Safe Schools) Month.  The Words of the Month are Responsibility and Being Bully Free, because it the responsibility of everyone in the school to help keep bullying and unkind behavior from happening.  At the elementary level, kids often call unkind behavior “bullying.”  Usually at this young age however, unkind behavior occurs when kids try to solve a problem and choose an inappropriate response, rather than a deliberate act to bully others.  If we let unkind behavior go without stopping it, we create a climate that tolerates unkindness, where kids can “grow into bullies.”  Instead, we need to stand up to unkind behavior before it becomes bullying.  Throughout the month, students will learn what they can do to stop unkind behavior, before it “grows” into bullying.

Week of October 3:
October 4: Introduction to the Words of the Month, Responsibility and Being Bully Free.  A responsibility is something that is our job to do.  One responsibility we all have at Memorial is to keep bullying and unkind behavior from happening in our school. Peacemaker Challenge: Think about your responsibilities at school and home.  Do you live up to them without complaining?  If not, keep trying!
Oct. 7: Bullying is when someone is unkind to another on purpose. People bully with their bodies, by hitting, kicking, etc.  They bully with their words, by name calling and teasing.  They can also bully with feelings, by leaving others out, telling secrets, and spreading rumors.  Peacemaker Challenge:  Stop bully and unkind behaviors if you do them, before they turn into a habit.

Bedford Fire Department Open House
The Bedford Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 11th from 5pm to 8pm.  There will be activities, food, demonstrations and fire truck rides.  Click HERE to check out their flyer.

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.

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
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PTG NEWS
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PTG Thank You
Thank you to everyone that purchased a reusable shopping bag from our Bedford Hannaford stores. The PTG will receive $146 that will go right back into programming in our schools!
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. .

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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Dismissals from School
If you are dismissing your child from school or there are changes in how your child is getting home, please call the office to insure that the teacher gets the message about the dismissal.

Teachers have been instructed not to pick up the phone during instruction therefore they may not get your message. In addition, many times teachers are not able to check their email until after school. Thanks for your understanding. 

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

Notes from the Nurse:
My name is Anna Cook. I am the new school nurse. Please feel free to contact me
with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 627-1776 extension 23204 as
well as via email cooka@sau25.net

Medication in school
Students may have medications in school, given from the health office, with the
necessary paperwork. This paperwork includes a new doctor‛s order each school
year as well as signed parent permission. Medication brought in by parent must be
in labeled container. Please remember to check expiration dates on medication
labels and bring in up to date medications.

Breakfast, lunch & snack and hydration
It is important for students to fuel their bodies in the morning with a healthy
breakfast to start their school day. It is also important to send your child with a
water bottle each day as well as a healthy snack and lunch.

Illness or communicable diseases
Please do not send your child to school if they have been ill with a fever or vomiting within the last 24 hours. If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease, such as chicken pox, please inform the school nurse. Please also notify nurse if your child has strep throat. The child should stay home on antibiotics and fever free for at least 24 hours. This is very important because some students must notify their doctor of any exposures. It is
helpful to inform nurse on absentee line as to what symptoms your child is exhibiting. The nurse tracks trends of illness to help keep school healthy.

Pediculosis
The AAP (American Association of Pediatrics) no longer recommends mass
screening for head lice. Since most cases are found by parents, here is some
information to help you determine if your child has head lice. The primary symptom of head lice is an intense itching, caused by louse bites to the scalp. The areas of the scalp most affected are the nape (back) of the neck and behind the ears. Adult lice are grayish brown wingless insects that are as tiny as a sesame seed. They shy away from light and are very hard to see. Nits (eggs) are tiny but they are firmly glued to the hair shaft, most often near the scalp. They appear as shiny whitish ovals. Their centers get darker as they mature.
After they hatch, empty nit casings look transparent. Nits hatch in just 7-10 days. To check for nits, use natural light or bright light. Begin by lifting and separating hairs behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. It is virtually impossible to remove nits from hair without a fine tooth comb or by pulling with tweezers, unlike dandruff. If you suspect your child does have head lice, notify the school nurse for verification and treat with an over the counter treatment recommended by your doctor. Your child will also need to be checked by the school nurse prior to returning to class.

Immunizations and Physicals
The New Hampshire state law requires written documentation of vaccines being up
to date and on file in the nurse's office as well a physical on file at the start of
preschool, start of kindergarten and if new student to school. See the NH
Department of Health and Human Services web site for more information at:
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dph/immunizations/school.htm

Health Screening
The school nurse conducts vision and hearing screenings each school year. Grade 1
will have both hearing and vision screening. Grade 2nd and 4th will have vision
screenings. The 3rd grade will have hearing screenings. If you have a concern
about your child's vision or hearing please contact the health office. If you do not
want your child screened please contact the health office.

I am enjoying meeting your children and look forward to the school year ahead.
Please stop in to say hello.

Thanks,
Anna Cook

School Nurse

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 10 – Columbus Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
October 11-12 – Yom Kippur
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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