Friday, November 4, 2016

Principal's Notes - November 4th

Dear Memorial Families,
Next week is a busy week. There is no school on Tuesday for the children (Election Day) and no school on Friday for Veterans' Day. Report cards for quarter one are now available through the PowerSchool Parent Access Portal. 

NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Week of November 1:
Tuesday, November 1: Mrs. Pleat will build upon last month's themes of Responsibility and being a bully-free school of Upstanders.  The words of the month are Kindness and Gratitude.  The students will learn that Kindness and Gratitude are the “cures” for bullying and unkind behavior.  Each morning, students will be encouraged to perform a Kindness Challenge.  The Challenge will give them an opportunity to experience the joy of giving and acting in kind ways.  We hope they will discover the “magic” of kindness as it gives both, the giver and receiver, positive feelings, and it can create a climate of harmony, happiness and peace.  Students will learn that “It's COOL to be kind.”
Kindness Challenge: Say “good morning” to someone new.
Wednesday, November 2: Kindness Challenge: Pick up your toys at home.
Thursday, November 3: Kindness Challenge: Smile at 10 people throughout the day.
Friday, November 4: The phrase for the day is “Have an attitude of Gratitude.”  When we have a thankful “attitude of gratitude”, we feel happier about our lives.
Gratitude Challenge: Think of all the things you are grateful for.

Report Cards
Report Cards will be available online on November 4th at 2:30 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.

Blood Drive
A blood drive will be held on election day at Bedford High School in memory of  Bedford mom (whose children are still in the schools) who passed away from blood cancer last year.

Please click here for more information. They are looking for blood donors (anyone over age 17) and volunteers. BHS students could get community service hours.

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.

Make Life Sweeter Candy Drive (Last Day to donate, Monday, November 7th)
Beginning the Tuesday after Halloween (November 1), until the end of the school day on Monday (November 7), with the help of a BHS student, we will be conducting a week long post-Halloween candy drive. All of the collections will be donated to the New Horizons Soup Kitchen in Manchester.  New Horizons gratefully uses these donations as dessert when they serve the homeless, and they also pass it along as a nighttime treat to those homeless guests staying in the shelter.  The goal of the drive is to make life a little sweeter for those less fortunate.  All donations can be placed in the marked box outside the office, which will be collected at the end of the school day on Monday, November 7th.

BHS Theater Company
Bedford High School Theatre Company presents "The Drowsy Chaperone" November 10th, 11th and 12th @ 7 PM November 13th @ 2 PM November 18th and 19th @ 7 PM. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (65+) and $5 for Students. Tickets can be purchased online at http://seatyourself.biz/bedfordhigh or at the door.

Annual Pet Week 
Thank you to all of our families that generously donated to the  Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire. They sincerely appreciated our donation. 
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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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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

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.


IMPORTANT DATES


November 4 – Report Cards will be released electronically
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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