Friday, March 31, 2017

Principal's Notes - March 31st

Dear Memorial Families,
Looking forward to seeing you at Spring Fling tonight!!! Our DI team, Thunder Bolts, is competing at the DI State Tournament on Sunday, April 2nd right here in Bedford at BHS. Go Thunder Bolts!!!
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Word of the Month: Courage and Perseverance
Week of March 27:
Wed., March 29: Michael Jordan had a growth mindset.  Although his high school coach said he wasn’t good enough for the varsity team his sophomore year, he believed that he could improve and be successful.  He just wasn’t good enough YET! Many successful people share the same kind of story.  They don’t do great things easily, rather they have hard times, make mistakes and fail...just like everyone.  Their growth mindset, perseverance and belief that they can improve enable them to do great things. Peacemaker Challenge: Think of something you really want to do, but you have thought was too hard.  Decide you are going to do it and practice, practice, practice.  Maybe you can’t do it now, but you just can’t do it YET!
Fri., March 31: Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  Walt Disney was fired from his job at a newspaper because he had “no good ideas”.  Beethoven’s music teacher said that as a composer, he was “hopeless”.  Agatha Christie had a writing disability that was so severe, she had to dictate her writing for others to type.  George Washington Carver was born a slave and was sold and shipped away when he was a
baby.  These people, and others, were successful, not because they were smarter than others, but because they had the courage to try and fail, and the perseverance to keep trying until they reached their goals.  Peacemaker Challenge: Don’t give up!  Your story can be one of courage and perseverance too!

Destination Imagination State Tournament 
Bedford DI welcomes New Hampshire Destination Imagination (NH-DI) State Tournament to Bedford High School on Saturday, April 1st, 8AM – 6PM.  There is a snow date for Sunday, April 2nd, but please check website for up to date information and a schedule of events. www.nh-di.org

NH-DI will be hosting the event where the top scoring teams will be competing for a chance to go to Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, TN, with almost every state and 20 countries.  Destination Imagination is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.  Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. 

Good Luck to the 7 teams representing Bedford DI!

iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up.
The Bedford High School Counseling Department is thrilled to welcome international speaker, Janell Burley Hofmann, to campus on Thursday, April 6th! The author of the original iRules Contract will workshop with students throughout the day and will present “Parenting Generation Tech: Educate, Empower, Engage” to parents that evening. This free event will begin at 6:00pm in the BHS Theater and is open to the community. 

Janell Burley Hofmann is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. She is also a speaker and consultant on topics like technology, media, health, relationships and personal growth. Janell Burley Hofmann engages readers, clients and audiences in relevant and meaningful conversations igniting personal empowerment, awareness and purpose. Janell serves families, schools and communities in a partnership that will positively impact the lives of children and teens. She is a two-time TEDx presenter and was a featured speaker with SxSW. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Good Morning America, USA Today, National Public Radio and thousands of international media outlets. 


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.

Safety Educator
Please click HERE for the March/April edition of Safety Educator.




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PTG NEWS
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  • HELP WANTED:  The PTG is looking for someone to coordinate our ORK (Opportunities Reaching Kids) program for the elementary schools.  This coordinator will be responsible for all ORK programming- such as Eyes On Owls, Tanglewood Marionettes & Bat Presentations, across the three elementary schools (Memorial, Peter Woodbury, and Riddle Brook).  This person must have good communication and organizational skills (flexible hours & work from home).  For more information please contact Sue Jennato at bedfordnhptg@gmail.com
  • Please join us on Thursday April 6th at Shorty’s in Bedford.  Every first Thursday of the month Shorty’s will give the Bedford PTG 15% of all sales when patrons show this flyer or simply let your server know you support the PTG.  Good on Dine-in and Take-out, all day long!
  • 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!
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REMINDERS 
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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.

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 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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