Friday, August 4, 2017

Principal's Notes - August 4

Dear Memorial Families,
I look forward to the start of the school year and getting to know you and your children.  My transition to Memorial has been great.  I can certainly see why Memorial is a special place with a dedicated staff and supportive community.   
We know some of you are anxiously awaiting your class lists which we had to wait on but now are moving forward to get these to you soon.

Take advantage of these final few weeks of summer vacation with your children as we will be in full “school-mode” soon enough.
IMPORTANT DATES
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·       August 28-  Meet and Greet 1:30-3:00pm
·       August 29-  First Day of School
·       September 4- No School in observance of Labor Day
·       September 6- Picture Day
·       September 7- Picture Day for BEEP students not here on the 6th
·       September 13-Open House
o   5:30-6:15pm BEEP
o   6:15-6:45 AM Kindergarten
o   6:30-7:10 Grades 1 and 2
o   7:00-7:30 PM Kindergarten and K Plus

o   7:20-7:50 Grades 3 and 4

Friday, June 9, 2017

Principal's Notes - June 16

Dear Memorial Families,
Thank you for an awesome year with your children. We wish our fourth graders and their families the very best as they move on. We wish everyone a safe and fun-filled summer!
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Words of the Month for June: Fairness and Cooperation
Week of June 12:
June 14: Review of all Words of the Month/Character Traits.  Phrase of the day: “Character is defined as what we do when we think no one is looking.”  It is what we do when no one is looking that counts.  It takes a long time to grow into a person with all the character traits.  Peacemaker Challenge: Keep practicing all the words of the month to become a peacemaker.
June 16: Final words. Peacemaker Challenge: Spread peace wherever you go and have a safe, healthy and fun summer!

Last Day
Just a reminder that Monday, June 19th is the last day of school. Dismissal is at 12:20.

Found
In the front lobby, a tan Oticon hearing aide and shoe was found. Please contact the main office if you lost a hearing aide.

Fourth Grade Play
A very special thank you to Kristian Carson, Lisa Haynes, Leslie Fredette and the fourth grade team for the work they did to make "Robin Hood, The Musical" come to life. The fourth grade actors/actresses were phenomenal.

Medication Pick Up Reminder
Dear Parents:
Please remember to pick up your child's medication in the health office by the last day of school.  Medications that are not picked up will be discarded.
If your child will need medication at school next school year they will require a new doctor's order for each new school year.  Please feel free to email or call with any questions. 
 It has been a pleasure to be the school nurse at Memorial School.  
Have a wonderful, relaxing and healthy summer!
Thanks,
Anna Cook
School Nurse

Fourth Grade Clap Out
On Monday, June 19th our last day of school, we will clap-out our fourth graders as they board buses to attend step-up day at McKelvie. We encourage fourth grade parents to join us in the lobby for the clap-out. Clap out will be around 9 AM.

Girls' Basketball Clinic
The BHS girls basketball team will be hosting a series of skills clinics on Thursday evenings in July. (The first one is actually June 29th.) The clinics are for any girls entering 3rd through 9th grade and no basketball experience is required. Please click here for the attached flyer.

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PTG NEWS
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The first annual Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k was an amazing success and we want to extend a huge thank you to all of the participants as well as the volunteers who made the event outstanding!

As we close out another school year, the Bedford PTG would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to all of our volunteers who selflessly give their time to support our events throughout the school year.  It is due to our amazing volunteers that we can provide so many enriching programs to Bedford students.

Enjoy the summer!
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REMINDERS 
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Fundamentals of Coding for Fourth Graders
Mitchell Marchand, a former Bedford student, has developed an application that builds ios applications while teaching the fundamentals of coding. He is running several area summer camps for students entering grades 5-12, one here in Bedford at the high school. Students will learn to code while building their own apps downloadable to the app store.  Here is the link for the flyer:  https://devkitapp.com/bedford

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon

​T​he 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon will be be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School. Beginning at the Bedford town pool, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. We are pleased to announce that this year Millennium Running will be our event partner. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, jump roping, an obstacle course, water games, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and much more! Friends of Aine is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All proceeds from this event go toward support for grieving children. For more information, to register, volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.friendsofaine.com or www.facebook.com/friendsofaine.

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart, and design, color and create?  Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie Intermediate School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th grade taught by certified teachers.  Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this year’s camp. https://youtu.be/9OiFeEzgJwA.
Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer. 
You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15.   If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at cheethac@gmail.com 



IMPORTANT DATES
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June 19 - Fourth Grade Clap Out (9:00 AM)
June 19 – Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20 PM)

Thanks,
Pam 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Principal's Notes - June 2nd

Dear Memorial Families,
Field Day was a great success ... great weather, and most importantly wonderful volunteers ... Thank YOU!!! Special thanks to Taylor Scull who organized this incredibly fun day for grades 1 through 4. Kindergarten had their day today, great weather and wonderful volunteers. We are so fortunate.  
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Words of the Month for June: Fairness and Cooperation
Week of May 29:
June 2: Fairness Phrase of the day: “Fairness is making sure all are treated with the kindness and respect they deserve.”  Fairness is giving everyone a chance to have it their way when playing and listening to all ideas when working together. Peacemaker Challenge: Listen to everyone’s ideas and give everyone a turn to decide what to play.

Field Day Pictures
Please help us if you took pictures at Field Day. You can certainly put your child's picture on social media but request that you do not put pictures of groups of students. Many families do not want their child's picture on social media and we do not have permission to do that.

Bicycle Rodeo - June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00
The Bedford Police and Fire Departments will be hosting their annual Bicycle Rodeo on June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00 in the parking lot of the Bedford Mall. Police and Fire Department personnel will be on hand to provide bicycle and motorcycle demonstrations while educating participants about bicycle safety.

Special Education Update: 
The NH Special Education Procedural Safeguards Handbook was recently updated to reflect changes in the 3/25/17 revisions to the NH Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Click here for a copy or contact your child's case manager for a paper copy. Additional information can be obtained through the Parent Information Center here.

Bulldog Fest
Come to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday, June 3rd and celebrate Bedford High School's 10 year anniversary! "Bulldogfest" is a free event open to the entire community that will feature BHS alumni that are now professional musicians, food trucks, artist vendors, face painting, lawn games and even Joppa Hill! Whether it's raining or shining that day, be at BHS to celebrate 10 Years of Awesome!

Fundamentals of Codding for Fourth Graders
Mitchell Marchand, a former Bedford student, has developed an application that builds ios applications while teaching the fundamentals of coding. He is running several area summer camps for students entering grades 5-12, one here in Bedford at the high school. Students will learn to code while building their own apps downloadable to the app store.  Here is the link for the flyer:  https://devkitapp.com/bedford

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon

​T​he 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon will be be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School. Beginning at the Bedford town pool, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. We are pleased to announce that this year Millennium Running will be our event partner. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, jump roping, an obstacle course, water games, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and much more! Friends of Aine is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All proceeds from this event go toward support for grieving children. For more information, to register, volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.friendsofaine.com or www.facebook.com/friendsofaine.

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PTG NEWS
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Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k Registration – Online pre-registration for this fun, colorful event will be open until May 25th.  REGISTER TODAY and mark your calendar, Sunday June 4th @ 10am for a fun, family event!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Want to participate in the Color Blast 5K without “doing" the 5k? We invite you to join our team of volunteers to help make this a great community fun run/walk, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.
Take the hassle out of BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY shopping. the Bedford PTG is partnering with SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, to offer pre-ordered, grade level specific, school supply kits for students. Kits are available for students entering grades K-8. Order forms will be coming home in backpacks by May 19th. You can also order online at www.shopttkits.com and enter your school’s account number. NOTE: When ordering, be sure to select the kit for the grade your child will be entering in the fall. All orders are due by June 9th. Kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom prior to the first day of school. Please contact bedfordnhptg@gmail.com with any questions.

Memorial  88603
Peter Woodbury  88602
Riddle Brook  17033
McKelvie  88671
Lurgio  34344
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REMINDERS 
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School Supplies List
Each child should have a supply list in their backpack today for the 2017 - 2018 school year.
You can order the School Supply Kit or purchase the supplies on your own. If you chose to order a kit, you order it online or complete the form and send it back to your child's teacher.
June 9th is the last day to order.

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart, and design, color and create?  Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie Intermediate School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th grade taught by certified teachers.  Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this year’s camp. https://youtu.be/9OiFeEzgJwA.
Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer. 
You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15.   If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at cheethac@gmail.com 

First Annual Greater Manchester, NH PMC Kids
Please come and Ride the First Annual Greater Manchester, NH PMC Kids Ride on June 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM – Noon, at St. Anselm College.  Bring your bikes and helmets and ride to Cure Cancer. A full morning of entertainment is planned with special guests arriving for all the fun.  Register online at www.kids.PMC.org and choose to ride in the Greater Manchester NH Kids Ride. This year’s ride is in honor of Emma Bechert, a 14 year old Bedford resident who lost her life to cancer. Emma was a PMC Kids rider.



IMPORTANT DATES
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June 7 – BHS Senior Send Off/Clap Out
June 16 – Kindergarten Recognition
June 19 - Fourth Grade Clap Out (9:00 AM)
June 19 – Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20 PM)

Thanks,
Pam 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Principal's Notes - May 26th

Dear Memorial Families,
Please remember our Veterans this Memorial Day ... those who are serving, those who have served and those who we have lost.
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Words of the Month: Honesty and Patience

Week of May 22:
May 24: Phrase of the Day: “Have patience with all things, especially with yourself.”  It is important to be patient with ourselves when something is difficult, or when we make a mistake.  We need to remind ourselves that everyone makes mistakes and they are for learning.  Peacemaker Challenge: Be patient with yourself, next time you make a mistake.  Erase your mistake and try again.  Remind yourself that things are hard when we are first learning them, but they get easier, if we just keep trying.

Volunteers Needed for Field Day 2017!
This year Field Day will be held on Thursday, June 1st (rain date is Thursday, June 8th).  This fun-filled day is quickly approaching and we are in need of some enthusiastic volunteers to help facilitate all the activities planned. Please click on one of the links below, and feel free to help out at both sessions if you have children in both age groups.
As always, we appreciate the time and effort you put into helping out at Memorial!

Morning Session 3rd & 4th Graders

Afternoon Session 1st & 2nd Graders


Bicycle Rodeo - June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00
The Bedford Police and Fire Departments will be hosting their annual Bicycle Rodeo on June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00
in the parking lot of the Bedford Mall. Police and Fire Department personnel will be on hand to provide bicycle and motorcycle demonstrations while educating participants about bicycle safety.

Special Education Update: 
The NH Special Education Procedural Safeguards Handbook was recently updated to reflect changes in the 3/25/17 revisions to the NH Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Click here for a copy or contact your child's case manager for a paper copy. Additional information can be obtained through the Parent Information Center here.

Bulldog Fest
Come to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday, June 3rd and celebrate Bedford High School's 10 year anniversary! "Bulldogfest" is a free event open to the entire community that will feature BHS alumni that are now professional musicians, food trucks, artist vendors, face painting, lawn games and even Joppa Hill! Whether it's raining or shining that day, be at BHS to celebrate 10 Years of Awesome!

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PTG NEWS
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Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k Registration – Online pre-registration for this fun, colorful event will be open until May 25th.  REGISTER TODAY and mark your calendar, Sunday June 4th @ 10am for a fun, family event!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Want to participate in the Color Blast 5K without “doing" the 5k? We invite you to join our team of volunteers to help make this a great community fun run/walk, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.
  
COMMUNITY MEETING - Join the PTG and Superintendent Chip McGee for our annual "Year in Review" community forum on Tuesday, May 23rd @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). There will be discussion and Q&A following a brief presentation. This is a great opportunity to hear about district highlights from the school year! Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend. Email Lisa Nash at lisa@eight-stars.com with your questions and topic suggestions.


Take the hassle out of BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY shopping. the Bedford PTG is partnering with SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, to offer pre-ordered, grade level specific, school supply kits for students. Kits are available for students entering grades K-8. Order forms will be coming home in backpacks by May 19th. You can also order online at www.shopttkits.com and enter your school’s account number. NOTE: When ordering, be sure to select the kit for the grade your child will be entering in the fall. All orders are due by June 9th. Kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom prior to the first day of school. Please contact bedfordnhptg@gmail.com with any questions.

Memorial  88603
Peter Woodbury  88602
Riddle Brook  17033
McKelvie  88671
Lurgio  34344
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REMINDERS 
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School Supplies List
Each child should have a supply list in their backpack today for the 2017 - 2018 school year.
You can order the School Supply Kit or purchase the supplies on your own. If you chose to order a kit, you order it online or complete the form and send it back to your child's teacher.

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart, and design, color and create?  Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie Intermediate School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th grade taught by certified teachers.  Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this year’s camp. https://youtu.be/9OiFeEzgJwA.
Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer. 
You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15.   If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at cheethac@gmail.com 

First Annual Greater Manchester, NH PMC Kids
Please come and Ride the First Annual Greater Manchester, NH PMC Kids Ride on June 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM – Noon, at St. Anselm College.  Bring your bikes and helmets and ride to Cure Cancer. A full morning of entertainment is planned with special guests arriving for all the fun.  Register online at www.kids.PMC.org and choose to ride in the Greater Manchester NH Kids Ride. This year’s ride is in honor of Emma Bechert, a 14 year old Bedford resident who lost her life to cancer. Emma was a PMC Kids rider.



IMPORTANT DATES
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May 23 – Grade 4 McKelvie Band Presentation 
May 26 – Workshop Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
May 29 – Memorial Day Observance (NO SCHOOL)
June 1 – Field Day – (Rain Date – June 8)
June 7 – BHS Senior Send Off/Clap Out
June 16 – Kindergarten Recognition
June 19 - Fourth Grade Clap Out (9:00 AM)
June 19 – Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20 PM)

Thanks,
Pam