Friday, December 9, 2016

Principal's Notes - December 9th

Dear Memorial Families,
Thank you for your generosity in helping us "Stuff the Turkey" for our annual food drive. We will  collecting food items through December 16th. We are hoping to beat last year's record where we collected over 2000 items. This week our students have been participating in Hour of Code and fourth graders had their Ellis Island experience and we had a visit from the Department of Education. You can learn more about each of these in the "New News". 


Guidance Message
Week of December 5:
December 7: Review of Zones of Regulation:  When we are in the Green Zone, we are feeling happy and ready to learn.  Our body has just the right amount of energy.   When we are in the Blue Zone, we are sad, tired, sick or bored.  We don't have enough energy in our bodies.  When we are in the Yellow Zone, our bodies have a little too much energy.  This could be because we are excited, frustrated, worried or annoyed.  While in the Yellow Zone, we may lose some control.  When we are in the Red Zone, we are very angry, mean or terrified.  Our bodies have too much energy and we are out of control.  When we are not in the Green Zone, our goal is to get into the Green Zone or control ourselves while in another zone.  
Peacemaker Challenge: Refer to the Zones of Regulation poster in the classroom and try to figure out what zones you are in throughout the day.
December 9:
Phrase of the Day: “Feelings are never wrong, because they come from the heart.  It's what we do with them that can be right or wrong.”  
Feelings can be placed in two categories.  “Light as a feather” feelings are comfortable ones that we like to have, such as happy, excited, proud, etc.  “Heavy rock” feelings are the uncomfortable ones, such as sad, angry, lonely, scared, worried, etc.  We are not bad if we have heavy rock feelings, rather it is part of being human.  However, our behavior can be right or wrong. Peacemaker Challenge: Try to notice when you are having heavy rock feelings, and get them out in ways that don’t hurt yourself or others.

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 !!!
Peanut butter !!!
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!

Memorial School's First Ellis Island Day Simulation

On Thursday, December 8th, the entire fourth grade completed their World Geography and Immigration Unit by participating in an Ellis Island Simulation. Students chose a country of origin, learned about their family histories, created passports and a suitcase with artifacts, and arrived at school dressed as an immigrant from 1916. They were greeted by Lady Liberty, comforted as they waited in line by friendly Salvation Army volunteers (who handed out plain munchkins and milk to help ease the wait), and ran through a number of Inspection stations that replicated the experience of thousands of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island during the early 1900's. After the simulation, all students were awarded an American Flag and everyone participated in a Mannequin Challenge to celebrate! Can 96 fourth graders and numerous staff members stay still? You bet! Click here to see the video. Thank you to all students, families, volunteers, and staff for making our first simulation such a success!

Department of Education Visit
On Tuesday, the Department of Education came to visit our school.  The Principal's Advisory students did a fabulous job giving a tour to our visitors.  Each of the Principal's Advisory students chose an area of our school to talk about on the tour.  Students did research, interviewed staff members  and prepared information to share.  Our DOE visitors thoroughly enjoyed their tour.  The following students participated in the tour:
Art - Cori O'Donnell
Music - Evan Dunker
Gym - Max Shea
Cafeteria - Brendan Kaupp
Playground - Elyse Nygenda
Library - Lily Kfoury
Computer Lab - Mea Kling
Fish Tank -  James Tumulevich
Outdoor Learning Area - Sarah Winslow 
Thank you Principal's Advisory students! We are so proud of you!!!

BHS Club UpReach Fundraiser
The club is hosting a fundraiser on December 17th  at the BHS library for children and their parents to watch holiday movies, make crafts, and enjoy snacks. Please click here for further information. 

Important Holiday Message from our School Nurse and Guidance Counselor


The PTG is excited to announce that shoppers can support the PTG by shopping through and selecting "Bedford Parent Teacher Group”. Amazon will donate .05% on eligible purchases to our organization. There are no fees or added costs to you, special offers and Amazon Prime benefits still apply.

SAVE THE DATE: January 19th, 2017, 6p.m. - 8p.m. in the Lurgio Middle School Media Center
Retired NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick will present “Mental Health: A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way”. Chief Justice Broderick is leading a statewide campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows. He will share his own story and will lead a discussion on ways to address this important issue here in Bedford. Space is limited, please come early. The PTG is proud to be co-sponsoring this event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

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 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 Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale.
Contacts –
Kim Ahnen –
Martha Cronin –


December 16th: Last day of the "Stuff the Turkey" food drive
December 20thSpirit Day - Wear an Ugly Sweater or Shirt
December 23 - January 2  - Holiday Recess
December 24 - January 1 - Hanukkah
January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
January 19 - Winter Concert
January 20 – End of Quarter 2
January 26 – Principals’ Winter Read – McKelvie School (More information to come) – Snow Date – February 2nd 


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