Friday, February 24, 2017

Principal's Notes - February 24th

Dear Memorial Families,
Congratulations to the winners of Invention Convention ... great job!!! Happy Vacation!!! I hope that you and your family have a fun-filled and safe vacation. We look forward to seeing you in March. 
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Word of the Month: Friendship
Week of November 20:
February 22: Unfriendly behaviors are those that can cause us to lose friends or have trouble with friends. Some unfriendly behaviors are being bossy, tattling, lying, cheating, bragging and showing off.  Baby Behaviors, such as hitting, kicking, punching and poking are also unfriendly. They are called Baby Behaviors because babies do them, since they haven't yet learned how to solve problems peacefully.
February 24: Quote of the Day: “People will forget what you say or do, but they won't forget how you make them feel.”  Review of friendly and unfriendly behaviors.  The most important friendly behavior is to be a kind and caring peacemaker.

Start of School - 2017 - 2018
The school Board will determine the school calendar on March 13th ... stay tuned.

Invention Convention - Winners
54 students from grades 3 and 4 participated in the Memorial School Invention Convention this year. The thoughtfulness and creativity of their creations were incredible. Thank you to all of the students who participated and the families who supported their efforts. The judges had many challenges as they deliberated, and it took them quite a long time to decide on the winners in each category. Congratulations to the following students who qualified to participate in the NH State Invention Convention which will occur on April 2, 2017, at Southern NH University. Good Luck!

Grade
Category
Winner
Invention
4
Original Invention - Partner
Amelia Lewek and Sarah Winslow
Snuggly Snoozer




4
Original Invention - Solo
Reese Wisherd
Smart Court




4
Rube Goldberg - Solo
Michael O’Connor
Launch a Marshmallow




3
Original Invention - Solo
Jackson Tremblay
The Dog Pound




3
Original Invention - Partner
Maddy Cole and Cori O’Donnell
The Unbreakables




3
Rube Goldberg - Solo
Nathan McLaughlin
Tissues in the Trash




3
Rube Goldberg - Partner
Colin McCarthy and Owen Smith
Pet Yummy Tummy




3
Inventors Challenge - Real Fun! How to stay away from Screens


Kaden Miller
Brite Rock Climbing Gloves
KidVote 2017 (Sponsored by Bedford PTG)
Bedford School District students will have an opportunity to cast a vote during our School/Town Voting Day on Tuesday, March 14th.  At Memorial, students will vote for their top five choices for Spirit Days for the 2017-2018 school year.


Lost and Found
The clothes in Lost and Found will be donated to charity at the end of next week. Unfortunately we do not have the space to store these. This continues to be our practice each vacation.

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PTG NEWS
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PTG News/Information

1.  Thank you to everyone that participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Paper orders will be ready for pick up the week of March 13th. Please watch for notices with pick up details for each school. Online orders will be shipped directly to purchaser.
Planning a stay cation next week? Head on over to Shorty's on Thursday, March 2nd and let them know you support the PTG and 15% of the sales will go to the PTG. Good all day long, dine in and take out. Have a fun and safe February vacation!

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.

B.E.E.P. 2017/2018 Open Enrollment
For information about our district’s Early Education Program (located at Memorial School) for preschool-aged students, please click here.

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.

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. 



IMPORTANT DATES
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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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