Friday, January 13, 2017

Principal's Notes - January 13th

Dear Memorial Families,

What an incredible weather week ... the children I think would still love snow but they have enjoyed being able to be outdoors.  We hope you will join us Thursday night at 7pm for our annual Winter Concert at McKelvie. The students have been really practicing for their concert. 
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Week of January 9:
Jan. 11: Phrase of the Day: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” (Oscar Wilde) The most valuable things in the world are originals, not copies.  Peacemaker Challenge: Like who you are, be YOU, not a copy of others, and remember that your differences are what make you “an original”.
Jan. 13: Martin Luther King Jr. was a hero because of the ways he was different.  He peacefully stood up for equal rights when others didn't.  He was one-of-a-kind.  Peacemaker Challenge: Think of the ways YOU are different and one-of-a-kind. How can those things make you an even better person than you are now?

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.

Chorus Schedule for Thursday's Concert
Practice - Wednesday, January 18th  (Pick-up at McKelvie at 3:30 PM)
Practice - Thursday, January 19th (Pick-up at Memorial at 3:00 PM)
Winter Concert at McKelvie at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 19th

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PTG NEWS
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 Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a great 2017!

Please mark your calendars to join us on 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 must-see event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th - January 29th with family activities scheduled on the 27th and 28th. Look for informational flyers and the schedule of events coming out in a couple of weeks.

Please join us for our annual Principal 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.
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REMINDERS 
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ROBOTICS ENGINEERING CAMP ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY!  
Presented by: the BHS F.I.R.S.T Robotics Club.
When: Monday, January 16   (Marting Luther King Jr. day) from 8am- 3pm
Where: Bedford High School (drop off is at the gym entrance by the cafeteria/commons)
Who: 1st-4th graders
What: Spaghetti & marshmallow activity, Marble run, Morse Code bracelets & key
            Chains, Pom-pom launcher, the egg drop competition. (and more!)
Cost: $25.00 for materials – Space is limited.
High school club members and adults will supervise all activities. 
Please bring a bag lunch. Snacks are provided.
Day Camp Registration-
Please fill out the registration form. Upon completion of this form, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know if your child has secured a spot, as well as waiver, payment, and activity information.

Questions, please contact jamie.siegart@gmail.com or redstorm509@gmail.com 



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.

Mental Health: A little knowledge can go a long way
Former NH Supreme Court Justice John Broderick, will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Lurgio Middle School Library.  We invite you and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease. Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment. [The evening event will be most appropriate for parents. There is also a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 and a staff event at 3:30 at Peter Woodbury School.]

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.


IMPORTANT DATES
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January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
January 19 - Winter Concert (7PM @McKelvie School)
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 - 28 - Barnes and Noble Book Fair
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation


Thanks,
Pam 

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