Friday, February 3, 2017

Principal's Notes - February 3rd

Dear Memorial Families,
It is hard to believe but today is the 100th day of school. The kindergartners decorated themselves for the 100th day ... they were so proud of themselves.  I have an opening on Community Council for a parent/guardian. If you are interested, please email or call me. Go Patriots!!! Let's hope for a great Super Bowl.


Guidance Message
Word of the Month: Friendship
During the month of February, the students will be introduced to the concepts of friendly and unfriendly behaviors.  They will learn what they can do to help them make and keep friends (friendly behaviors), as well as actions they should avoid, that will cause them to have difficulty in making and keeping friends (unfriendly behaviors).

Week of January 30:
February 1: Phrase of the Day: “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Introduction to the concept of friendly and unfriendly behaviors.  
February 3: Being caring and thoughtful is a friendly behavior. Peacemaker Challenge: Give five sparkles to friends.

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.

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

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.

Lurgio Players Present - Beauty and the Beast
Please join us as the Lurgio Players proudly present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 at both 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the BHS Theater. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door or online at We hope to see you there!

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.


PTG News/Information
1.  The PTG is hosting a New Family Welcome Coffee for all families that are new to the Bedford School District this school year.  The event is being held on Monday, February 6th at the Bedford Town Library (lower level). Representatives from each school will be available to answer questions.  Your children are welcome to attend, and light refreshments will be served.  If you are interested in attending this event or if you would like more information, please contact Aneesa Fallon at

2.  Thank you to everyone who came out to Barnes and Noble on South Willow Street this past weekend to support the PTG. 

3.  Announcing an exciting new fundraiser…. Yankee Candle is here!!  Enjoy the same quality candles in a variety of scents and other great products from Yankee Candle while 40% of the sales go back to the PTG.  Families K-6 will be receiving a color brochure in backpacks this week; Lurgio and BHS families can find brochures in the front offices or simply shop online using this link (and feel free to share the link with family and friends who enjoy Yankee Candle, anywhere in the US).  Memorial Elementary School's group number is 990108432. Yankee Candles make great gifts for any occasion and are made right here in New England.  Online orders will be shipped directly to the purchaser and are free on purchases over $100.

4.  Community Event – Save the Date:  PTG 5K Color Run/Walk  Sunday, June 4th (more info coming soon)

5.  The PTG and Lurgio families provided a light dinner for the Lurgio staff at Parent/Teacher conferences this week.  A big “thank you” to everyone who contributed.  The staff was very appreciative!


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

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. 

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.


February 14  - Valentine's Day
February 20 -  Invention Convention (Snow date - February 22)
February 21 -  Kick off to Read Across America
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation
March 14 - District Workshop Day
March 31 - Spring Fling
April 24 - 28 - Spring Vacation


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