Friday, January 27, 2017

Principal's Notes - January 27th

Dear Memorial Families,
Principals' Read was such fun last night! Mrs. Souza and I love reading to all the families. All the principals look forward to doing this every year. We hope the many Memorial families that came enjoyed it as much as we did. 


Guidance Message
Week of January 23:
Jan. 25: Phrase of the Day: “No two flowers bloom in exactly the same way”.  Like flowers, each of us grow and “bloom” in unique ways.  Like snowflakes, each of us is unique and wonderful! Peacemaker Challenge: Remember that ALL classmates, all teachers, all staff, and all people have wonderful things about matter how different they are than you.  No ONE person is better than the other, rather we ALL have great things to contribute to our school and the world.

Jan. 27: Review of the month's concepts, and the notion that, in spite of our differences, we are the same in many ways. We all have feelings, want to have friends, be loved and have fun.  And most of all, we ALL belong to ONE family, the human family.  Peacemaker Challenge: Remember that being different is awesome and, although we are different in many ways, we are the same in many ways too.  Be kind and respectful to ALL people, because they are a part of your human family.

Report Cards
Report cards were released on PowerSchool at 2:45 PM today.  As a reminder, we no longer print report cards.  To access your child's report card online, log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and you will see a Report Cards icon in the left hand pane.  When you click on this icon your child's report card will appear on the screen.  You can scroll to see the entire report card and choose to print it, if you'd like.  

Spelling Bee Winners
Congratulations to all of the participants in the Memorial School Spelling Bee! 

Fourth graders  Brady Visaggio, Brady Proulx, Addison Kenney, Madison Gookin, Saijun Rousseau, Abegayle McCay, Sarah Winslow, Marinos Sideris, Adam Prendible, and Alex Pascu participated in the final rounds of the Spelling Bee. They all did an awesome job!
Special congratulations to our first place finisher, Brady Visaggio and to our runner-up, Saijun Rousseau. 

Heritage Day
This week, students and staff at Memorial School celebrated Heritage Day. It was great to see everyone wearing clothing representing their cultures, flags, hats and the pride on the children's faces. At our all-school meeting, students sang along to a song, listened to a story, and talked about tolerance and the beauty and diversity of our human family. Students may have questions about their families and people around the world when they get home. This is a wonderful opportunity for discussion and for them to feel pride in their family and heritage. 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (2017 – 2018) 
Registration packets can be picked up starting Monday, February 6th, and return them by Thursday, March 9th

  • A child must attain his/her 5th birthday on or before September 30, 2017 to be eligible for kindergarten.
  • A child must attain his/her 6th birthday on or before September 30, 2017 to be eligible for first grade.
Kindergarten students who are currently enrolled at Memorial (or anywhere in the district) do not need to register for 1st grade.

Bedford School District Deliberative Session February 7 
All registered voters in Bedford are invited to participate in the Bedford School District Deliberative Session on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Bedford High School Theater. Voters will discuss the Bedford School Board's Warrant, which included the proposed budget and articles for contracts with teachers, paraprofessionals, and custodians. The voters will either affirm or revise the School Board Warrant at this meeting. For reference, here is the full budget webpage and the 2017 Warrant.

The Five Signs
Thanks to BCTV, we have a recording of The Five Major Signs of Emotional Distress with Former Supreme Court Justice John Broderick. Justice Broderick spoke to students, teachers and parents in Bedford about his own experience with mental illness in his family and the need to change our perceptions of mental illness. The show will start running on both the public (16) and school (23) channels starting on January 27. The show will be available on Video on Demand at

Author Gordon Korman Community Event
Monday, March 6th at 4 p.m. at McKelvie
Mark Your Calendars! Gordon Korman, acclaimed author of young adult and children's literature, will be coming to McKelvie on Monday, March 6 at 4 p.m. Please join us for a book signing and presentation around Payback, the latest book from Mr. Korman's Masterminds series. For more information, please follow this link. A big thank you to the Bedford PTG for their sponsorship! We look forward to seeing everyone and are delighted to have an opportunity to bring such an amazing author to Bedford.
Questions?  Please contact, Lee Webb, Reading Specialist, at, or Jodi Parsons, Guidance Counselor at

Kitchen Work - OPPORTUNITY
Are you interested in slowly getting back to work while keeping the hours of your children?  If so, click HERE.


This Weekend
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.

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.


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

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 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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