Friday, February 17, 2017

Principal's Notes - February 17th

Dear Memorial Families,
Another snow day ... I think winter is happening in February. Kindergarten through fourth grade students have had the opportunity to work with Jeff Erwin from Trashcan Lid Productions. I hope they have talked to you about the music they are making. Fourth graders did a presentation to their families today ... what a treat. Thank you to all the families that were able to attend. Special thanks to the PTG for funding this Artist in Residence program. 
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Word of the Month: Friendship
Week of February 13:
February 15: Phrase of the day: “Talk little.  Listen much”.  Being a good listener is an important friendly behavior.  We need to hear what others say to us, and ask questions to show we care. We also need to work things out when we disagree, using Kelso’s Choices, and a good face, good voice, and good words. Peacemaker Challenge: Listen to your friends and ask questions, to show you care. Work things out with a good face, good voice, and good words, and using Kelso’s Choices.
February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day.  Quote of the Day (by Margaret Mead): “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”  When we do kind things not expecting a reward, we are rewarded anyway, by feeling good about ourselves and by having others feel good about us.  A recent study showed that kids who performed kind acts were better accepted and had more friends.  Random Acts of Kindness Day challenges us to “pay it forward” by helping to spread kindness, and be part of a ripple effect. Peacemaker Challenge: Be kind to all people, all day.    

Invention Convention - 3rd and 4th Grade
The Invention Convention will be held next Monday, February 20 with a snow date of Wednesday, February 22. I don't know about you - but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for no snow! Parents of third and fourth grade students participating in the Invention Convention, please read the information in the attached Procedure Email to ensure that your child is registered. Information about the Invention Convention can be found on Mrs. Schmitt's website.

Spirit Day - Tuesday, February 21st   
It is cozy/comfy day ... a great day to wear your pajamas. 

After School Engineering Club
Have you always wanted to make things better?
Do you love working with math and science?
Join Our After School Engineering Club

Grades 3–4
March 8th –April 19th 
Wednesdays, 2:30pm–3:30pm
Please click here to register:  https://goo.gl/forms/7vcpIA2lePni4TQv1

Grades K–2
May 3rd–June 7
Wednesdays, 2:30pm –3:30pm
Please click here to register:  https://goo.gl/forms/qq1W9J7JGDhlbgXt2

Any questions or concerns, please contact 
Steve Lebel at 627-1776 or lebels@sau25.net

*Young Engineers is in need of cardboard.  Please bring your cardboard recycling with your child to school and deliver to Room 21.


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. 
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PTG NEWS
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PTG News/Information

1. NOTICE: Due to school cancellations and snow delays, the FINAL due date for Yankee Candle order forms will be MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20th. Yankee Candles make great gifts for any occasion and are made right here in New England. Online ordering is available through February 24th (group code #999965479). The PTG receives 40% of all sales and that goes right back into our schools. 

2.  Community Event – Save the Date:  PTG 5K Color Run/Walk  Sunday, June 4th (more info coming soon)
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REMINDERS 
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Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (2017 – 2018)
You may pick up registration packets starting Monday, February 6th, and return them by Thursday, March 9th.  K+ packets will be available on Wednesday, February 15th.  A $525 deposit is required with the K+ registration.

  • 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.

Author Gordon Korman Community Event
Monday, March 6th at 4:00 PM 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 4:00 PM.  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 webbl@sau25.net, or Jodi Parsons, Guidance Counselor at parsonsj@sau25.net.

Writer’s Group Student Work Accepted for Publication
Fourteen third and fourth grade Writer’s Group students had their work accepted for publication in the Creative Communication Anthology: A Celebration of Young Poets. For over two decades, Creative Communication has been dedicated to promoting writing, teaching, and providing a platform for young writers to have their work published and appreciated. In order to be accepted for publication, student work is judged against other entries from around the nation. Congratulations to the following students for having their poems accepted!

Grade 3
Logan Tennant
Colin McCarthy
Madeline Cole
Isabelle Johnson
Phaedra Brown
Tristan van der Meer
Isabelle Montgomery

Grade 4
Sarah Winslow
Lucy Kaupp
Magie Yeaton
Saijun Rousseau
Grace Bergeron
Alex Cotnoir
Jennafer Merk


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.


Kitchen Work - OPPORTUNITY

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


IMPORTANT DATES
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February 20 -  Invention Convention (Snow date - February 22)
February 21 -  Kick off to Read Across America
February 21 - Spirit Day: Cozy/Comfy Day - Wear Your Pajamas!
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation
March 14 - District Workshop Day
March 31 - Spring Fling
March 31 - End of Third Quarter
April 3-14 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 7 – Official Report Cards available on Power School
April 10-18 – Passover
April 14 – Good Friday
April 16 – Easter

April 24 - 28 - Spring Vacation


Thanks,
Pam 

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