Friday, December 2, 2016

Principal's Notes - December 2nd

Dear Memorial Families,
Thank you to the many families that supported our book fair and Family Math and Literacy Night. It is always a treat to have our families here at school. The children and families I talked with said they had a great time.
Randy Pierce spoke with our third and fourth graders today. He is such an inspirational speaker and continues to generously give his time each year to Memorial School. To see an example of the person Randy is, click on this short video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U82L8hSLZhI


NEW NEWS



Guidance Message
November 28: Kindness Challenge: Help someone who is having a hard time doing something.
November 29: Kindness Challenge: With the help of an adult, call a grandparent or older person to say hello.
November 30: If you practice kindness and gratitude every day, you can create Kindness and Gratitude habits.  People who have habits of Kindness and Gratitude are happier people. Kindness Challenge: Be a lifetime peacemaker by continuing the kindness and gratitude you practiced this month.  

Ellis Island Volunteer Opportunity!
Hello Memorial Families -
On Thursday, December 8th, Memorial School will be participating in a simulated Ellis Island experience for all 4th graders.  The year will be 1916 and the children will be coming into the United States for the first time.  
We are in need of some volunteers to help set up with decorations the day before (Wed 12/7 @ 2:30).  We also need some volunteers the day of to be a photographer, Salvation Army Helpers, Citizen Station Monitors, etc.  If you are bilingual, that is an added plus but absolutely not required.  This opportunity is for all parents, not just those with 4th graders.
This is a great opportunity for the kids to see how it felt for their ancestors to come to a foreign country and the challenges they faced.
Please click this Ellis Island Volunteer Link to see what is available.

Thank you so much for all you do.
Barbara Hardy
Volunteer Coordinator
Memorial Elementary School


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.  Things  they use on a regular basis:
Cereal !!!
Jelly
Peanut butter !!!
Soup
Pasta
Canned pasta sauce
Large Plastic Bottled Juice !!!
Canned beans
Snacks, crackers, cookies

Additionally, for the new School Lunch Plus program they need:
Saltine crackers
Granola Bars
Canned fruit (15 oz.)
Canned pasta with meat (15 oz.)
Canned tuna (5 oz.)
Microwave macaroni and cheese (2.5 oz).
Ramen noodles (packages not cups)
Plastic bottles of apple or orange juice (8-10 oz.) 
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

Math and Literacy Night
Thank you to  our staff who gave generously of their time to make this such a wonderful night. Thanks to the many staff and parents who generously donated cakes for our annual cake walk ... the children look forward to this every year. Special thanks to Mindy Bator and her team for running the book fair!
What a fun night ... we are glad that so many Memorial families could attend.

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PTG NEWS
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We’d like to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of our programs and events.  With your participation in our different fundraisers we are able to fund enriching activities for students K-12 including visiting authors, musicians, live animals, artists, anti-drug and anti-bullying programs, and so much more!  To learn more about the Bedford PTG visit www.bedfordptg.org.
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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



December 23 - January 2  - Holiday Recess
December 24 - January 1 - Hanukkah

Thanks,
Pam 

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