Friday, November 18, 2016

Principal's Notes - November 18th

Dear Memorial Families,
I have been reading Tough by Erin Frankel to third grade classes. The main character who has been mean throughout the story "discovers something really amazing" at the end of the story ... "When I show people I care - even just a little - they show they care back". What is truly amazing is how third graders are able to talk about being kind and know what kindness looks and feels like. What great children you are raising!


NEW NEWS


Guidance Message

Week of November 14:
November 14: Kindness Challenge: Thank the adults at home for taking care of you.
November 15: Kindness Challenge: Thank your teachers or others in the school.

November 16: In conjunction with our Kindness and Gratitude month, we will begin our annual Stuff the Turkey Food Drive. Students are urged to bring in boxes and cans of non-perishable food items, to benefit a Bedford food pantry.  Kindness Challenge: Bring in cans and boxes for the food drive.
November 17: Kindness Challenge: Thank someone who helps you during your school day, such as your bus driver, the lunch ladies, duty teachers, secretaries, or custodians.  
November 18: Students share a poem about being a Peacemaker.

Annual "Stuff the Turkey"
November is our Month of Kindness and Gratitude.  One way we would like to practice these important traits is by sponsoring our annual food drive.  From November 17 to December 16, Memorial School will be conducting our non-perishable "Stuff the Turkey" Food Drive.  Proceeds will go directly to the Bedford Community Food Pantry, currently housed at Bedford Presbyterian Church.  We greatly appreciate any canned or boxed donations you are able to give. Items such as canned proteins (meats, fish, vegetables, etc.), pasta, rice, peanut butter, jelly, rice, flour, sugar and cereal, are especially needed.  If you would like to join us in helping our Bedford pantry, please send the items into school with your child.  If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Pleat, X23206.  Thanks for helping us support Bedford families!

Important Holiday Message from our School Nurse and Guidance Counselor
Volunteer Opportunity
ATTENTION:  Are you looking for ways to volunteer in the classrooms?  Please consider signing up to help us with math and science activities.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Math and Literacy Night
Thursday, December 1st is our annual Math & Literacy Night from 6:00 - 7:30PM.  During this event is the always fun Cake Walk game taking place in the gymnasium.  $1 buys two chances at winning.
We are in need of cake donations (homemade or purchased) for this event.  This is always a favorite for the children, and certain to be a highlight of the evening!  It is so much fun to see all the creative cakes, and to have so many winners!
Please click the link below to sign up for a cake donation*.  As always, thank you for your generosity.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a44ada628a31-2016
*Please Deliver your cake donation to the front office during school hours on the day of the event.  
For you convenience, we have two volunteers collecting cakes the morning of Thursday, December 1st, during student drop off (7:30am - 8:00am).

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PTG NEWS
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GIFT CARD orders for pre-Christmas/pre-Hannukah delivery are due November 30th! Print your order form here
Gift giving and every day shopping is easy when you order Gift Cards through the PTG. We are excited to offer gift cards to locally owned businesses along with a wide variety of local and online retailers. There is NO expiration date on the gift cards and you receive the FULL value of the gift card while the retailers will give a portion of the sale to the Bedford PTG (see order form for details). 

GET TO KNOW THE PTG. Join the PTG on Monday, November 14th at the Town Library, in the Richmond Room (lower level). Drop in at either of these two times: 9:30-10:30a.m. or 6:30-7:30p.m.. 
Interested in learning more about the Bedford Parent Teacher Group…Programs, Volunteering, Fundraisers, and Community Events? Want to get involved in our schools, contribute new ideas, and help students and staff? Come learn more about what the PTG brings to our schools and find out about the many opportunities available to get involved. Light Refreshments Served. Younger Children Welcomed.
Stop By & Enter for a Chance to Win a Target Gift Card. 

The annual SKI & SKATE SALE will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at BHS. For more information about this anticipated annual event click here. Interesting in volunteering at this event? Email Maria Rocco at maria_rocco@yahoo.com

It's STAR WARS NIGHT at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, December 3rd, at 6p.m.. Join the PTG for a community night out at the Monarchs while enjoying discounted ticket pricesfamily fun, AND get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters! Orders due November 28th.

**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.
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REMINDERS 
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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


IMPORTANT DATES


November 7-18 – Parent/Teacher Conferences)
November 23-25 – Thanksgiving Recess – NO SCHOOL
December 23 - January 2  - Holiday Recess
December 24 - January 1 - Hanukkah

Thanks,
Pam 's Notes

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