Friday, January 20, 2017

Principal's Notes - January 20th

Dear Memorial Families,
We had an awesome Winter Concert last night. Thank you to all our third and fourth graders who practiced so hard over the last several months and to Sean McConnell, our music teacher, who worked with the children to make the night special. Special thanks to our parents for picking the students up each week to make all the practices possible. 


Guidance Message
Week of January 16:
Jan. 18: Phrase of the Day:  “You are valuable.  Don't let anyone make you feel differently.” Helen Keller became the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college. Her differences are what made her successful and special.  Our differences are our opportunity to do great things. Our differences can become our strengths. Peacemaker Challenge: Don't let others keep you from believing you are valuable.  If anyone puts you down because you are different in some way, remind yourself that your differences are your strengths.  

Jan. 20: Phrase of the Day: “Each one, teach one.” Each of us is good at some things and not very good at other things.  We can learn from each other by teaching our strengths to others and having others teach their strengths to us.  This sharing of strengths brings us together as a human family.  Peacemaker Challenge: Think about what are YOU good at, what you can teach others, and what you can learn from them.  If someone wants your help to learn something, teach them.

Heritage Day
Tuesday, January 24th is Heritage Day at Memorial!  Students are invited to wear clothing (shirts, hats, pins, etc) to represent where in the world they are from.  They could even bring in a flag, or wear colors to represent a flag that shows where their ancestors came from.

Bedford Community Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Committee, consisting of ten school personnel and community members, is seeking nominations for Bedford’s inaugural appointments to the newly formed Bedford Hall of Fame.
The mission of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those residents who have attended the Bedford School District (including West High) who have made truly exceptional contributions to the school, community,  or society in general.  
We are planning a formal recognition dinner for the induction of our inaugural class in the fall of 2017, on the evening before the Homecoming football game at the High School. Each inductee will also be recognized at the half-time of the Homecoming football game as well.  Inductees will be honored for their unique contributions, awarded a plaque recognizing their contributions, and have a permanent commemoration placed in the “Hall of Fame” located in the main hallway at the High School.
You can access the Hall of Fame nomination information and application on the schools and SAU websites under the “Community” tab.  There is also a button on the front page of the BHS website. There you will find more specific information about the process.  Nomination applications can be submitted online or in hard copy and sent care of Chip McGee Superintendent of Schools in Bedford. Applications must be completed in full and received by the end of May 2017 to be considered for this class.  Applications not chosen this year will be kept on file and automatically considered for subsequent classes along with all new applications.  
We are excited to have this recognition program in place and look forward to reviewing the many applications we hope to receive.  Should you have questions please direction them to Bill Hagen at or Mark Elmendorf at  



Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th - January 29th. Family          activities, district wide art show, teacher story time and more are scheduled on the 27th and 28th. Click here for flyer.

Please join us for our annual “Principals’ Winter Reading Night” on Thursday, January 26th (snow date: February 2nd).  Wear comfy pjs and slippers and spread out on a cozy blanket while our principals and assistant principals read their favorite stories.  Snacks are provided and we have some great give-a-ways.  Entrance is free but tickets are required. Click here to download the flyer. 

PTG 5K Color Fun Run
Bedford PTG is excited to be planning our first ever 5K Color Run. If you’d like to be involved with planning this fun event please contact Kim Beekman at Lots of volunteers will be needed to put together this exciting run! Our next team meeting will be Friday January 27th, time and location to be determined.

The Craftworker's Guild Grant

Third grade teacher, Dr. Steve Lebel, was awarded a $500.00 grant from The Craftworker's Guild to start a Young Engineers Club at Memorial School. Carol Davis, President of the Craftworker's Guild, and Deanna Andree, Grant Awards Committee Member, paid a surprise visit to Dr. Lebel's class to award the grant. Congratulations Dr. Lebel!

Safety EducatorPlease click here for January’s edition of Safety Educator.

Parent Survey for Smarter Balance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking feedback on the statewide mathematics and English language arts assessment, known as Smarter Balanced.  They want to hear from parent regarding their experiences with Smarter Balanced. Please take a minute to complete this Parent Survey.

Ski NH Snow Passports
4th and 5th grade students are eligible for a passport booklet containing vouchers for lift tickets and trail passes in New Hampshire.  Click HERE for more information.


January 20 – End of Quarter 2
January 24th - Heritage Day: Wear something to show where you are from!
January 26 – Principals’ Winter Read – McKelvie School (More information to come) – Snow Date – February 2nd 
January 27 – Official Report Card Released on PowerSchool
January 27 - 28 - Barnes and Noble Book Fair
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation


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