Friday, May 12, 2017

Principal's Notes - May 12th

Dear Memorial Families,
Wow! We had 332 grandparents/seniors visit us on Thursday ... the children were so excited to show off their school. 


Guidance Message
Words of the Month: Honesty and Patience

Week of May 8:
May 10: We can also be honest with ourselves by paying attention to our “heavy rock” feelings, and talking to someone we trust to help solve our problems. Peacemaker Challenge: Next time you have heavy rock feelings, be honest with yourself and talk about them with someone your trust.

May 12: If we lie to our friends, they won’t know when to believe us. That can hurt our friendships. We need to be honest so our friends can trust us.  Peacemaker Challenge: Always tell the truth!  If you are in the habit of lying...stop now!

Scholastic Book Fair
The Book Fair officially opens on Monday. It is a GREAT time to purchase books for your children's summer reading. Reading over the summer is a gift we can give each child! Hope to see you here.
Book Fair news: Teacher Preview was today. Classroom "Wish List" baskets (including one for Specialists and Resource) have been established. Mark your calendar to visit the Book Fair next week! We are open until 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday.
Monday starting at 3 p.m. there will be a photo "booth" table at the book fair. Stop by, browse the book fair and take a picture!
Volunteers still needed for Tuesday morning (5/16 at 8 a.m.) and Thursday afternoon (5/18 at 1 p.m.) . Click on the link to sign up

May's All School Meeting - May 16th
Our focus is: Kids Helping Kids: Small Things We ALL Can Do to Help Kids with BIG Problems. It is tied in with the international movement of Red Nose Day,  which highlights helping children living in poverty.
As part of this, we are holding a canned food drive. Each child is invited/encouraged to bring in one non-perishable food item to donate to Bedford's Food Bank. We have invited the Food Bank coordinator to join us and receive the donations, explaining briefly how this helps a big problem.

School Spirit Day - May 16th
Wear your team gear!!!

School Supplies List
Each child should have a supply list in their backpack today for the 2017 - 2018 school year.
You can order the School Supply Kit or purchase the supplies on your own. If you chose to order a kit, you order it online or complete the form and send it back to your child's teacher.
Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic
A BHS Senior, Cormac McCarthy, will be holding an Adaptive Lacrosse Clinic for students with special needs in grades K-12.  Cormac is a captain on the BHS lacrosse team and would like to share his knowledge and love for the game with Bedford students who have special needs.  The clinic will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00-10:00 AM on the BHS turf field (BHS gym, if raining).  There will be adult supervisors and BHS student coaches present.  Please take a look at THIS FLYER for more information.  If you have any questions, and to RSVP (by May 12th), please email Cormac McCarthy at  (Please provide your child's name and grade.)

Home Runs for Heroes
Audrey Pederson, a junior and IB Diploma candidate at BHS, is doing a project that accompanies the diploma that she and her partner student have named, "Home Runs For Heroes.”  They are hosting a softball clinic that is also a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.  They would like to get young athletes to register for the clinic.
All the information on the clinic is posted here:

4th to 5th Grade Band Information Night
The McKelvie Music Department will be touring the elementary schools on Tuesday, May 23rd. There will be a Band Information Night on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:00pm in the McKelvie Cafeteria. There will be information for parents regarding sign-ups and instrument rentals, and instruments for students to view and hold. Please email Christa Wickham at with any questions.

Bicycle Rodeo - June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00
The Bedford Police and Fire Departments will be hosting their annual Bicycle Rodeo on June 3 from 10:00 to 2:00
in the parking lot of the Bedford Mall. Police and Fire Department personnel will be on hand to provide bicycle and motorcycle demonstrations while educating participants about bicycle safety.

BeBold Speaker Event - May 22 at 7pm
On behalf of 
BeBOLD, the school district is pleased to share this invitation: 
Bedford, NH. (May 3, 2017):  Do you or your child have a sports injury and need pain medication?  Do you know what questions your doctor should be asking you about pain medications and pain management?  What kinds of substance abuse cases are our Doc’s seeing especially involving teens?  Is alcohol or marijuana a problem?  Has anything changed regarding pain meds and management?  YOU need to know this information to keep you and your family healthy and safe.  Learn about these topics and more at BeBOLD’s (Bedford - Building Our Lives Drug-free) monthly Speaker Series Event on Monday, May 22nd from 7-8pm at the Bedford Public Library in the McAllaster Room.  
The three panelists include:
  • Kevin Desrosiers, MD, Adult Intensive Care Physician and Medical Director of Performance Improvement for the Elliot Health System.
  • Greg Baxter, MD, Emergency Medicine, Senior VP of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer of Elliot Health System.
  • Steve Loosigian, DO, Director of the Hospitalist Program and President of Medical Staff at Elliot Health System.
This presentation, followed by a question and answer session, will be moderated by Chief John Bryfonski, Bedford Police Department and BeBOLD Vice President.



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Want to participate in the Color Blast 5K without “doing" the 5K? We invite you to join our team of volunteers to help make this a great community fun run/walk, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY MEETING - Join the PTG and Superintendent Chip McGee for our annual "Year in Review" community forum on Tuesday, May 23rd @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). There will be discussion and Q&A following a brief presentation. This is a great opportunity to hear about district highlights from the school year! Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend. Email Lisa Nash at with your questions and topic suggestions.

We’re excited to invite you to a PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 25th at 6:35p.m.. Atlas Fireworks following the game and no school on Friday! Join us for some great family fun at the ballpark!! Tickets are only $9/per person (regularly $12/pp). To order tickets, download order form and return to your school office by Wednesday, May 17th.

Take the hassle out of BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY shopping. the Bedford PTG is partnering with SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, to offer pre-ordered, grade level specific, school supply kits for students. Kits are available for students entering grades K-8. Order forms will be coming home in backpacks by May 19th. You can also order online at and enter your school’s account number. NOTE: When ordering, be sure to select the kit for the grade your child will be entering in the fall. All orders are due by June 9th. Kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom prior to the first day of school. Please contact with any questions.

Memorial 88603
Peter Woodbury 88602
Riddle Brook 17033
McKelvie 88671
Lurgio 34344


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 Intermediate 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 year’s camp.
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 

First Annual Greater Manchester, NH PMC Kids
Please come and Ride the First Annual Greater Manchester, NH PMC Kids Ride on June 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM – Noon, at St. Anselm College.  Bring your bikes and helmets and ride to Cure Cancer. A full morning of entertainment is planned with special guests arriving for all the fun.  Register online at and choose to ride in the Greater Manchester NH Kids Ride. This year’s ride is in honor of Emma Bechert, a 14 year old Bedford resident who lost her life to cancer. Emma was a PMC Kids rider.

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. 


May 23 – Grade 4 McKelvie Band Presentation 
May 26 – Workshop Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
May 29 – Memorial Day Observance (NO SCHOOL)
June 1 – Field Day – (Rain Date – June 8)
June 7 – BHS Senior Send Off/Clap Out
June 16 – Kindergarten Recognition

June 19 – Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20 PM)


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