Friday, March 24, 2017

Principal's Notes - March 24th

Dear Memorial Families,
Congratulations to our Destination Imagination Team who will be moving on to represent Memorial at the State competition which will be held on April 1st at Bedford High School. 
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Word of the Month: Courage and Perseverance
Week of March 20:
Wed., March 22:  Discussion about growth mindset. Scientists have discovered that our brain is like a muscle. With exercise, we can make it stronger and smarter. We can exercise our brain by doing hard things, not giving up, trying harder, and asking for help when we need it.  Peacemaker Challenge: Do something really hard today, maybe something you have been afraid to try before.  Even if you make a mistake, you will still be exercising your brain and getting smarter.
Fri., March 24:  People with a growth mindset understand that, it’s not that they can’t get it, it’s just that they can’t get it YET.  They believe that, if they keep trying and ask questions, they will get it sooner or later.  Having a growth mindset helps people become successful and happy. Peacemaker Challenge: Don’t give up the next time something is hard.  Ask for help, tell yourself that you CAN do it, and keep trying!  

2017-18 ​Calendar Update
As families start planning for next year, we thought it would be helpful to share the new calendar. Click here for the calendar. The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29.

Spring Fling - Volunteers Needed!!! Please Help Us to Make Spring Fling a Success
Below is a link for parents to signup and volunteer to help out at Spring Fling.  Please consider giving Memorial's children the gift of your time and making our annual Spring Fling event a continued success!  If you have been looking for a way to get involved at Memorial School, as well as meet other Memorial families, this is a great opportunity for you.  We are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of duties ranging from solicitation, basket wrapping and helping out during/post event (including ticket sales, raffle room, winner look-up, contact and distribution of baskets). Any help you could give us would be very appreciated.

Spring Fling - Dinner and Raffle Ticket Forms
If you need another copy of the dinner and/or raffle ticket forms please click on the forms below:  

Destination ImagiNation
Congratulations to all the Bedford DI teams who participated in the Goffstown Regional Tournament last weekend. Team Thunder Bolts took 2nd place and will represent Memorial School at the State Tournament, in Bedford High School, on April 1st, along with 6 other teams from Bedford DI.   We are so proud of all of these kids, and would like to thank their Team Manager, Darby Bruno who stepped up to the plate, volunteering her time to coach these kids all season.  For more information on what DI is all about, please check out www.nh-di.org.

Spring Fling - March 31st 
We are looking forward to you joining us for our annual Spring Fling. It is our one fundraising event for the school year and just a great time. We could use your help with Family Baskets. Wouldn’t your children love to help you choose a theme for a fun-filled family basket for this year’s Spring Fling family event? Please consider this way to contribute to our annual fundraising efforts. Your donations are greatly appreciated! 100% of the proceeds for this event go directly towards enhancing the students and families here at Memorial. Another way to help are Business Donations.  Each year we discover how many wonderful resources we have right here in our own school community. Do you own, or know of, or work for a business that would be willing to donate to this worthy cause? Don’t worry, you do not  have to do any work…just provide us with the business name and a contact, and we will do the leg work for you! Thanks and looking forward to seeing you on March 31st.

Art Supplies Donation (BHS Senior Project)
As part of her Senior Project, Julie Vyhanek, a student at Bedford High School, is accepting new/lightly used art supplies to be used at the Elliot Hospital for Art Therapy.  A donation box will be placed in our main floor hallway if you would like to contribute.  Please click here for more information about her project.




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PTG NEWS
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Our final community night at the Manchester Monarchs is Saturday, April 1st as the Monarchs take on the Elmira Jackals at 6PM.  Enjoy discounted ticket prices and a family friendly night out.  Students can participate in the High-5 tunnel as the Monarchs take the ice.  Click here to download an order form and return to the school office by Monday, March 27th.

The Bedford PTG is proud to co-sponsor an upcoming community presentation featuring professional speaker Ed Gerety.  Ed Gerety, one of the top professional youth speakers in the country, will be doing a 60 minute program for parents and their child(ren) focusing on how you can work together in your family to help your child reach his/her full potential, have the right mindset, and achieve his/her goals.  Ed has been a part of the Lurgio Middle School Stand By Me program from its beginning, and his programs have always received rave reviews.  This program, geared toward middle school families, will take place on April 11th in the BHS Theater 6:30 - 7:30PM.  Save the date for this energetic and inspiring program!  

ColorBlast 5k Run/Walk – Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00 AM
The PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk is open!  Register today and mark your calendar for a super-fun, family event!  Not a runner?  That’s OK.  You can walk, skip, hop, twirl, dance or stroll your way through six color stations along the 5K route that starts at Lurgio Middle school on the BHS/RAL campus.  Be sure to wear white for maximum color affect (you will be blasted with food safe colorful powder).  All funds raised from this event will go back into our schools!

We are looking for volunteers and sponsors for this great event. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering, please contact us at bedfordcolorblast@gmail.com, or for more information please visit www.bedfordptg.org.  This event is presented by Derry Medical Center.
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REMINDERS 
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Bedford High School ​Graduation set for June 10
We are proud to announce that the students in the class of 2017 at Bedford High School will be graduating on June 10, 2017.

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.

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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March 28 - Spring Fling Dinner and Raffle ticket forms due
March 31 - End of Quarter 3
March 31 - Spring Fling 5 - 8pm
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
May 5 - Tall and Small Dance - Stay tuned for more details!
May 1 -5 - Teacher Appreciation
May 11 - Grandparents/ Seniors Day
May 11 - Spring Concert ( at McKelvie)



Thanks,
Pam 

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