Friday, January 6, 2017

Principal's Notes - January 6th

Dear Memorial Families,

Happy New Year!!! It is wonderful having all the children back. I hope you and your family had a restful and fun-filled break. We got sleds for the hill out back so we are hoping for snow😊 Think snow ... the children really love being able to play in it.

NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
January Word of the Month: Tolerance
For the month of January, announcements and classroom visits will focus on Tolerance, the concept of valuing all people and treating them with respect.  Students will be encouraged to not only learn to accept differences, but to understand that they are what make us all unique and valuable.  Students will be challenged to look within themselves, to discover their uniqueness and “wonder” as a person.


Week of January 3:
Jan. 4:  Introduction to the meaning of Tolerance. Tolerance is when we not only accept differences, but we celebrate them.  Tolerant people understand that being different is what makes the world an interesting place.  Tolerant people treat all others with respect, even if they think, act or look differently. Peacemaker Challenge: To be kind to all people, no matter how different they are.
Jan. 6: Phrase of the Day:  “It's GREAT to be different!” Some of the most valuable things in the world are one-of-a-kind.  The Seven Natural Wonders of the World are “wonders” because they are one-of-a-kind. It is the differences in us that make us special. Peacemaker Challenge: Think of ways you are different that make YOU a WONDER.

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.]

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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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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.

Dressing for the Weather - Recess
Students will go outside for recess (before school and at lunchtime). Please make sure to send your child to school with a warm coat, hat, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots.  Children are allowed to play in the snow if they have on snow pants and boots.  Otherwise, they’ll have to play on the hot top only.




IMPORTANT DATES

January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
January 19 - Winter Concert (7PM @McKelvie School)
January 20 – End of Quarter 2


January 26 – Principals’ Winter Read – McKelvie School (More information to come) – Snow Date – February 2nd 

February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation


Thanks,
Pam 

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