Friday, April 21, 2017

Principal's Notes - April 21st

Dear Memorial Families,
It has been an exciting week hosting the three finalists for the principal position. We have had great candidates! We ended the day today with a concert from John Farrell. It is so much fun to see how many of his songs the children know.
Wishing you all a wonderful vacation!
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Word of the Month: Optimism
Week of April 17:
April 19: Phrase of the day (stated by a 12 yr old.) “ Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms.”  When we notice the good days in our lives and appreciate them, while also putting the difficult days behind us, we are being an optimist. Affirmation of the Day: Today is going to be a sunny day! Today i my day to shine!
April 21: Phrase of the Day: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Review of the importance of being optimistic.

Lost and Found
As we do each vacation, clothes in "Lost and Found" will be donated to a local charity on Friday, April 28th.

Memorial School's First AnnualTall and Small Dance
We are excited to announce our first Tall and Small Dance for Memorial School on Friday May 5th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Invitations for the dance will come home on Monday. We will extend the RSVP date to Tuesday, May 2nd. We ask that it be one Small (Memorial student) and one Tall (Adult). Bring your camera to capture some fun memories in our photo areas. Please click here for frequently asked questions.

Scholastic Book Fair
Book Fair news: Thank you making the All for Books coin drive a success! Please click on the Sign-up Genius link to be a volunteer at the book fair.  More volunteers are needed this year because of extended book fair hours and more activities for book fair visitors.

Grandparents & Senior Citizens Day 2017 On Thursday, May 11th our school will be filled with joy as our children's grandparents and senior citizen friends come to visit.  A special time is planned that will include light refreshments and a choral performance by the Memorial 3rd/4th grade chorus. Guests will also have a classroom visit and a tour of the school. To register your guests, please complete and return the appropriate form(s) to your child’s teacher by May 5th. Please click on the appropriate link below.  
To register guests to visit in the Afternoon Beep or Afternoon Kindergarten program, please complete and return this form by May 5th.
Below is the signup genius for volunteer and food donation on the day of the event.  

Mother’s Day Off Event (BHS)
As part of their BHS International Baccalaureate CAS (creativity, action, service) Project, 2 students are holding a Mother's Day Off event, which provides moms with the opportunity to drop their children off at Bedford High School on May 13th for a few hours to take some well-deserved time for themselves while their children have an equally fun time.  A pizza lunch will be provided. 

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PTG NEWS
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COLOR BLAST 5K Fun Run/Walk, Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00a.m.
The Bedford PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual Color Blast 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!

YANKEE CANDLE: Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Get your Easter and Mother’s Day online exclusive gifts shipped direct. Shipping is free on orders $100 or more and 40% of sales go back to the PTG. Online ordering is available through June 1st. Group Code #99996547
COMMUNITY MEETING - Join the PTG and the Principals from all six schools for a community forum on Tuesday, May 9th @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). Email us with your questions or with topics you’d like to hear about from our principals. Would you like to know about the process for classroom placement? What are competencies? How to use power school or an explanation on the grading system as your child changes schools? Let us know and that’s what we’ll talk about! This is a great opportunity to interact with the principals in a small group setting and get the facts! Email Lisa Nash at lisa@eight-stars.com with your questions and topic suggestions.


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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.

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart, and design, color and create? Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie Middle School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 am - 3:00 PM. Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th Grade taught by certified teachers. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this years camp. https://youtu.be/9OiFeEzgJwA.


Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer. 
You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15. 
 If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at cheethac@gmail.com 

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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April 24 - 28 - Spring Vacation
May 5 - Tall and Small Dance - 6:30 - 8:00
May 1 -5 - Teacher Appreciation
May 11 - Grandparents/ Seniors Day
May 11 - Spring Concert ( at McKelvie)


Thanks,
Pam 

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