Friday, May 19, 2017

Principal's Notes - May 19th

Dear Memorial Families,
It certainly feels like we skipped spring and went right into summer! The children have done a great job staying focused in a very warm building. Thank you to the many families who supported our Book Fair this week.
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Words of the Month: Honesty and Patience

Week of May 15: Patience
May 17: Patience means we wait.  We need to wait our turn, and wait until others are done speaking before we speak.  We also need to wait for things to happen.
Peacemaker Challenge: Pay attention to the times you need to be PATIENT during the day...and BE PATIENT.  The sooner you learn to be PATIENT, the happier you’ll be!


May 19: Phrase of the Day: “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”  When we are learning something new, it is often difficult. But if we persevere and have patience, sooner or later it will become easier to do. Peacemaker Challenge: Keep trying and be patient when something is hard.  Remind yourself of the phrase for the day.

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


Scholastic Book Fair
Book Fair news: Thank you to everyone who visited the Book Fair this week.  If there are more books you want to order, the Online Book Fair is still open until Wed., May 24!  Go to scholastic.com/fair.  The Online Book Fair also has the wish list for the Memorial Elementary school library.  Free shipping of your order to our school.  When your order arrives, it will be delivered to your child's classroom. Through your generosity we raised over $1700 to purchase books for the library and classrooms ... thank you!!!

4th to 5th Grade Band Information Night
The McKelvie Music Department will be touring the elementary schools on Tuesday, May 23rd. There will be a Band Information Night on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:00pm in the McKelvie Cafeteria. There will be information for parents regarding sign-ups and instrument rentals, and instruments for students to view and hold. Please email Christa Wickham at wickhamc@sau25.net with any questions.

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.


BeBold Speaker Event - May 22 at 7pm
On behalf of BeBOLD, the school district is pleased to share this invitation: 
Bedford, NH. (May 3, 2017):  Do you or your child have a sports injury and need pain medication?  Do you know what questions your doctor should be asking you about pain medications and pain management?  What kinds of substance abuse cases are our Doc’s seeing especially involving teens?  Is alcohol or marijuana a problem?  Has anything changed regarding pain meds and management?  YOU need to know this information to keep you and your family healthy and safe.  Learn about these topics and more at BeBOLD’s (Bedford - Building Our Lives Drug-free) monthly Speaker Series Event on Monday, May 22nd from 7-8pm at the Bedford Public Library in the McAllaster Room.  
The three panelists include:
  • Kevin Desrosiers, MD, Adult Intensive Care Physician and Medical Director of Performance Improvement for the Elliot Health System.
  • Greg Baxter, MD, Emergency Medicine, Senior VP of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer of Elliot Health System.
  • Steve Loosigian, DO, Director of the Hospitalist Program and President of Medical Staff at Elliot Health System.
This presentation, followed by a question and answer session, will be moderated by Chief John Bryfonski, Bedford Police Department and BeBOLD Vice President.

Destination Imagination heads to Global Finals
Good Luck to the Bedford teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN next week.  These 4 teams have been relentlessly fundraising over the last few weeks and are so thankful for all your support.  We would also like to thank their mentors and team managers, who volunteered their time to facilitate these kids since last September. We wish them well in Knoxville.
The Mind Blowers, PWS
Maulik Dhakal, Anica Ahdi, Rhea Dogra, Malini Ahdi (Team Manager), 
Haley Hall, Aaria Ahdi, Carter Crowley
Eat Your Greens, RAL
Xavier Forcier, Ava Durow, Linda Jacobs (Team Manager) Aamit Kancherlapalli, Sarah Jacobs, Roisi Russell, Marie Russell (Team Manager) Aleeza Shah, Reagan Rick
The Sit Down Comedians, RAL
Taylor Suozzo, Scott Anderson, Owen Bechert, Carly Blaine, Mandy Bechert (Team Manager) Abby Guerette, Kim Blaine (Team Manager)
olDIes, BHS
Marie Russell (Team Manager) Maddy Schneider, Natalie Anderson, Alec Dalton,
Aish Deva, Niamh Russell, Amanda Poza, Emma Jacobs


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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 @ 10amfor 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.

2017-18 ​Calendar Update
As families start planning for next year, we thought it would be helpful to share the new calendar. Click here for the calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

Bedford Food Pantry – Items Needed for Children
Food Insecurity is a growing concern across the nation and right here in our own backyard.  Nearly 350 adults and children in Bedford qualify for food stamps and more than 167 families in Bedford meet the income standards for the government’s free school lunch program. 
In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.   
If you are able to donate these items (these are ongoing donations), please bring them by the Bedford Food Pantry at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH.
Parents/guardians, please contact the school guidance counselor or school nurse if you would like your child to participate in this program. 



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 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Principal's Notes - May 12th

Dear Memorial Families,
Wow! We had 332 grandparents/seniors visit us on Thursday ... the children were so excited to show off their school. 
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Words of the Month: Honesty and Patience

Week of May 8:
May 10: We can also be honest with ourselves by paying attention to our “heavy rock” feelings, and talking to someone we trust to help solve our problems. Peacemaker Challenge: Next time you have heavy rock feelings, be honest with yourself and talk about them with someone your trust.


May 12: If we lie to our friends, they won’t know when to believe us. That can hurt our friendships. We need to be honest so our friends can trust us.  Peacemaker Challenge: Always tell the truth!  If you are in the habit of lying...stop now!


Scholastic Book Fair
The Book Fair officially opens on Monday. It is a GREAT time to purchase books for your children's summer reading. Reading over the summer is a gift we can give each child! Hope to see you here.
Book Fair news: Teacher Preview was today. Classroom "Wish List" baskets (including one for Specialists and Resource) have been established. Mark your calendar to visit the Book Fair next week! We are open until 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday.
Monday starting at 3 p.m. there will be a photo "booth" table at the book fair. Stop by, browse the book fair and take a picture!
Volunteers still needed for Tuesday morning (5/16 at 8 a.m.) and Thursday afternoon (5/18 at 1 p.m.) . Click on the link to sign up
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F49ABA82FA6F94-2017


May's All School Meeting - May 16th
Our focus is: Kids Helping Kids: Small Things We ALL Can Do to Help Kids with BIG Problems. It is tied in with the international movement of Red Nose Day,  which highlights helping children living in poverty.
As part of this, we are holding a canned food drive. Each child is invited/encouraged to bring in one non-perishable food item to donate to Bedford's Food Bank. We have invited the Food Bank coordinator to join us and receive the donations, explaining briefly how this helps a big problem.

School Spirit Day - May 16th
Wear your team gear!!!

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.
Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic
A BHS Senior, Cormac McCarthy, will be holding an Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic for students with special needs in grades K-12.  Cormac is a captain on the BHS lacrosse team and would like to share his knowledge and love for the game with Bedford students who have special needs.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00-10:00 AM on the BHS turf field (BHS gym, if raining).  There will be adult supervisors and BHS student coaches present.  Please take a look at THIS FLYER for more information.  If you have any questions, and to RSVP (by May 12th), please email Cormac McCarthy at 9956565@bedfordnhk12.net.  (Please provide your child's name and grade.)


Home Runs for Heroes
Audrey Pederson, a junior and IB Diploma candidate at BHS, is doing a project that accompanies the diploma that she and her partner student have named, "Home Runs For Heroes.”  They are hosting a softball clinic that is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.  They would like to get young athletes to register for the clinic.
All the information on the clinic is posted here:

4th to 5th Grade Band Information Night
The McKelvie Music Department will be touring the elementary schools on Tuesday, May 23rd. There will be a Band Information Night on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:00pm in the McKelvie Cafeteria. There will be information for parents regarding sign-ups and instrument rentals, and instruments for students to view and hold. Please email Christa Wickham at wickhamc@sau25.net with any questions.

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.

BeBold Speaker Event - May 22 at 7pm
On behalf of 
BeBOLD, the school district is pleased to share this invitation: 
Bedford, NH. (May 3, 2017):  Do you or your child have a sports injury and need pain medication?  Do you know what questions your doctor should be asking you about pain medications and pain management?  What kinds of substance abuse cases are our Doc’s seeing especially involving teens?  Is alcohol or marijuana a problem?  Has anything changed regarding pain meds and management?  YOU need to know this information to keep you and your family healthy and safe.  Learn about these topics and more at BeBOLD’s (Bedford - Building Our Lives Drug-free) monthly Speaker Series Event on Monday, May 22nd from 7-8pm at the Bedford Public Library in the McAllaster Room.  
The three panelists include:
  • Kevin Desrosiers, MD, Adult Intensive Care Physician and Medical Director of Performance Improvement for the Elliot Health System.
  • Greg Baxter, MD, Emergency Medicine, Senior VP of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer of Elliot Health System.
  • Steve Loosigian, DO, Director of the Hospitalist Program and President of Medical Staff at Elliot Health System.
This presentation, followed by a question and answer session, will be moderated by Chief John Bryfonski, Bedford Police Department and BeBOLD Vice President.

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PTG NEWS
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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.

We’re excited to invite you to a PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 25th at 6:35p.m.. Atlas Fireworks following the game and no school on Friday! Join us for some great family fun at the ballpark!! Tickets are only $9/per person (regularly $12/pp). To order tickets, download order form and return to your school office by Wednesday, May 17th.

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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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.

2017-18 ​Calendar Update
As families start planning for next year, we thought it would be helpful to share the new calendar. Click here for the calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

Bedford Food Pantry – Items Needed for Children
Food Insecurity is a growing concern across the nation and right here in our own backyard.  Nearly 350 adults and children in Bedford qualify for food stamps and more than 167 families in Bedford meet the income standards for the government’s free school lunch program. 
In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.   
If you are able to donate these items (these are ongoing donations), please bring them by the Bedford Food Pantry at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH.
Parents/guardians, please contact the school guidance counselor or school nurse if you would like your child to participate in this program. 



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 – Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20 PM)

Thanks,
Pam 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Principal's Notes - May 5th

Dear Memorial Families,
We are excited about our first ever "Small and Tall Dance" tonight. Looking forward to seeing you!!!
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Words of the Month: Honesty and Patience

Week of May 1: Honesty
May 3: Phrase of the Day: “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember what you said.”  One lie often leads to another, in order to cover up the first lie.  It is easier to tell the truth.  That way, others can believe and trust you.  Peacemaker Challenge: Practice telling the truth all the time, so you won’t get into the habit of lying, and you won’t have to remember all your lies.  


May 5: Phrase of the Day: “Be honest with yourself.”  We can be honest with ourselves by taking responsibility when we make mistakes, and learning from them.  Peacemaker Challenge: Be honest with others, but don’t forget to be honest with yourself too!


Scholastic Book Fair
Book Fair news: Thank you making the All for Books coin drive a success! Please click on the Sign-up Genius link to be a volunteer at the book fair.  More volunteers are needed this year because of extended book fair hours and more activities for book fair visitors.

Grandparents & Senior Citizens Day 2017 On Thursday, May 11th our school will be filled with joy as our children's grandparents and senior citizen friends come to visit.  A special time is planned that will include light refreshments and a choral performance by the Memorial 3rd/4th grade chorus. Guests will also have a classroom visit and a tour of the school. To register your guests, please complete and return the appropriate form(s) to your child’s teacher by May 5th. Please click on the appropriate link below.  
To register guests to visit in the Afternoon Beep or Afternoon Kindergarten program, please complete and return this form by May 5th.
Below is the signup genius for volunteer and food donation on the day of the event.  

Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic
A BHS Senior, Cormac McCarthy, will be holding an Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic for students with special needs in grades K-12.  Cormac is a captain on the BHS lacrosse team and would like to share his knowledge and love for the game with Bedford students who have special needs.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00-10:00 AM on the BHS turf field (BHS gym, if raining).  There will be adult supervisors and BHS student coaches present.  Please take a look at THIS FLYER for more information.  If you have any questions, and to RSVP (by May 12th), please email Cormac McCarthy at 9956565@bedfordnhk12.net.  (Please provide your child's name and grade.)

Home Runs for Heroes
Audrey Pederson, a junior and IB Diploma candidate at BHS, is doing a project that accompanies the diploma that she and her partner student have named, "Home Runs For Heroes.”  They are hosting a softball clinic that is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.  They would like to get young athletes to register for the clinic.
All the information on the clinic is posted here:


4th to 5th Grade Band Information Night
The McKelvie Music Department will be touring the elementary schools on Tuesday, May 23rd. There will be a Band Information Night on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:00pm in the McKelvie Cafeteria. There will be information for parents regarding sign-ups and instrument rentals, and instruments for students to view and hold. Please email Christa Wickham at wickhamc@sau25.net with any questions.

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.


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PTG NEWS
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Today, May 5th, is your LAST CHANCE to order your Color Blast 5K t-shirt and race kit (drawstring bag, sunglasses and individual powder back for the starting line color explosion) all for just $10. Kits and t-shirts will not be available for ordering after May 5th but you can still register online here through May 25th. *Please note that registration will also increase from $25 to $30 per registrant after May 5th.  
Want to participate in the 5K without “doing" the 5K? Join our team of volunteers, 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 the Principals from all six schools for a community forum on Tuesday, May 9th @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). Email us with your questions or with topics you’d like to hear about from our principals. Would you like to know about the process for classroom placement? What are competencies? How to use power school or an explanation on the grading system as your child changes schools? Let us know and that’s what we’ll talk about! This is a great opportunity to interact with the principals in a small group setting and get the facts! Email Lisa Nash at lisa@eight-stars.com with your questions and topic suggestions.
We’re excited to invite you to a PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 25th at 6:35p.m.. Atlas Fireworks following the game and no school on Friday! Join us for some great family fun at the ballpark!! Tickets are only $9/per person (regularly $12/pp). To order tickets, download order form and return to your school office by Friday, May 12th.
YANKEE CANDLE: Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Get your summertime scents in time for nights on the porch. Direct shipping is free on orders $100 or more and 40% of sales go back to the PTG. Online ordering is available through June 1st. Group Code #999965479
A sincere THANK YOU to all the volunteers and folks who donated their time, food, treats and items during National Teacher Appreciation Week this week!  
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REMINDERS 
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2017-18 ​Calendar Update
As families start planning for next year, we thought it would be helpful to share the new calendar. Click here for the calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

Mother’s Day Off Event (BHS)
As part of their BHS International Baccalaureate CAS (creativity, action, service) Project, 2 students are holding a Mother's Day Off event, which provides moms with the opportunity to drop their children off at Bedford High School on May 13th for a few hours to take some well-deserved time for themselves while their children have an equally fun time.  A pizza lunch will be provided. 

Bedford Food Pantry – Items Needed for Children
Food Insecurity is a growing concern across the nation and right here in our own backyard.  Nearly 350 adults and children in Bedford qualify for food stamps and more than 167 families in Bedford meet the income standards for the government’s free school lunch program. 
In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.   
If you are able to donate these items (these are ongoing donations), please bring them by the Bedford Food Pantry at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH.
Parents/guardians, please contact the school guidance counselor or school nurse if you would like your child to participate in this program. 



IMPORTANT DATES
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May 5 - Tall and Small Dance - 6:30 - 8:00
May 1 -5 - Teacher Appreciation
May 11 - Grandparents/ Seniors Day
May 11 - Spring Concert ( at McKelvie)
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 – Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20 PM)

Thanks,
Pam