Friday, April 7, 2017

Principal's Notes - April 7th

Dear Memorial Families,
So glad to see so many families at Spring Fling ... thanks so much for your support and for braving winter's last blast (hopefully:)). Remember that you can access your child's report card in the parent portal. It was opened at 2:30 today.
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NEW NEWS


Guidance Message
Word of the Month: Optimism
Recent studies have shown that teaching optimism to children can enable them to perform better in school, have an overall more positive view toward adversity, greater resilience, and better coping skills. In addition, they are less often bullied, and are 50% less likely to suffer from teenage depression. Research has also found optimism to have a positive effect on overall health, including an increased life span, and a greater resistance to the common cold.  ((Trinity College School of Education, Dublin, Ireland; Mayo Clinic; American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011.)  We will define optimism as “looking for things to be happy about, even when things might not be going so well”. Throughout the month, there will be an Affirmation of the Day, for students to repeat to themselves, to foster increased optimism.
For tips on teaching your child optimism, visit:

Week of April 3:
April 4: Introduction to Optimism. Optimism means we look for things to be happy about, even when things might not be going so well.  An OPTIMIST is a person who sees the positive, believes that he/she can do anything, has hope for the future and sees the good in everything.   An optimist believes that things will work out.  Optimists are happier, healthier and more successful people. Affirmation of the day: Learning is fun.  I don’t have to know everything.  
April 7:  Phrase of the Day:  “Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.”  Being an optimist with a positive attitude can make our lives better. Optimists say positive things to themselves, even when things are hard.  Affirmation of the Day: I am a good learner.  I am smart.  I can learn anything, as long as I keep trying.

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. We hope that all our Small (Memorial students) and Tall (any adult the Memorial student invites) will join us for our first dance. We will be in the lobby of the Manchester Christian Church, the building across the street from Memorial. Their space is larger than we have so we are very grateful for their generosity. The dance is $5.00 per person which includes water, cookies,fun and music. Bring your camera to capture some fun memories in our photo areas. Please click here for frequently asked questions.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION
CONGRATULATIONS to the team from Memorial School who place very well at the Destination Imagination State Tournament last weekend.  We are so proud of team Thunder Bolts.
Bedford DI had a successful day with 5 teams advancing to Global Finals.  While the experience of going to the Global tournament will be priceless, it will cost the teams who choose to accept the invitation a considerable amount to make the trip.  Bedford DI is busy organizing fundraisers to assist at 4 teams who will travel.  This Monday we kick it off with our annual Ecosmith, shoes, bags, and belt fundraiser.  ​

Invention Convention
Congratulations to Kaden Miller for placing first in his category at the State Invention Convention. What a great job, Kaden!

Gymnastics State Champ
Congratulations to Lucy Kaup for being the overall level 5 winner at the State Gymnastics Competition. We are so proud!!!

Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!  Mark your calendars.  Monday, May 15 - Friday, May 19.  More information being sent home next week that includes ways for you and your child(ren) to be involved in this fun and exciting event.
New this year: We will have a coin drive for All for Books the week leading up to the April break.  Money raised for All for Books goes towards purchasing books for the school and classroom libraries.  Each day we will collect a different type of coin: Penny Monday, Nickel Tuesday, Dime Wednesday, Quarter Thursday, Any Coin Friday.  Also, be on the look out for a sign up genius for volunteer opportunities for this years fair!


A Note from Health Services re: Slime
Recently a number of students have brought slime to school to play with and share with other students.  We ask that students not bring slime to school as there are some health concerns that are associated with the ingredients of homemade slime.  Slime is typically made with Elmer’s glue, water and Borax.  Borax is found in household cleaners and laundry detergent and is known to be an eye, respiratory and skin irritant.  Making DIY slime should be monitored by an adult.  There are many chemical-free safe slime recipe options online to choose from.  We encourage your scientist to use the chemical-free options for DIY slime.  We do ask that slime not be brought into school not only because of the concern of the ingredients but to help minimize the spread of germs.  Please remind your child to not bring slime to school.   
Thanks,
Anna Cook

Bedford Memorial School Nurse


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PTG NEWS
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COLOR BLAST 5K Fun run/walk, Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00a.m.
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. Register before May 5th and add a race kit to your cart! For $10 your race kit will include a white Color Blast t-shirt in your size, a pair of sunglasses to keep the powder out of your eyes, and an individual packet of colored powder to use at the starting line “color explosion”, all in a reusable drawstring bag (there may be a few additional surprises in your kit). 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.

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
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 Riddlebrook). Must have good communication and organizational skills (flexible hours & work from home). For more information please contact Sue Jennato at bedfordnhptg@gmail.com

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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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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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