Friday, May 19, 2017

Principal's Notes - May 19th

Dear Memorial Families,
It certainly feels like we skipped spring and went right into summer! The children have done a great job staying focused in a very warm building. Thank you to the many families who supported our Book Fair this week.


Guidance Message
Words of the Month: Honesty and Patience

Week of May 15: Patience
May 17: Patience means we wait.  We need to wait our turn, and wait until others are done speaking before we speak.  We also need to wait for things to happen.
Peacemaker Challenge: Pay attention to the times you need to be PATIENT during the day...and BE PATIENT.  The sooner you learn to be PATIENT, the happier you’ll be!

May 19: Phrase of the Day: “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”  When we are learning something new, it is often difficult. But if we persevere and have patience, sooner or later it will become easier to do. Peacemaker Challenge: Keep trying and be patient when something is hard.  Remind yourself of the phrase for the day.

Volunteers Needed for Field Day 2017!
This year Field Day will be held on Thursday, June 1st (rain date is Thursday, June 8th).  This fun-filled day is quickly approaching and we are in need of some enthusiastic volunteers to help facilitate all the activities planned. Please click on one of the links below, and feel free to help out at both sessions if you have children in both age groups.
As always, we appreciate the time and effort you put into helping out at Memorial!

Morning Session 3rd & 4th Graders

Afternoon Session 1st & 2nd Graders

Scholastic Book Fair
Book Fair news: Thank you to everyone who visited the Book Fair this week.  If there are more books you want to order, the Online Book Fair is still open until Wed., May 24!  Go to  The Online Book Fair also has the wish list for the Memorial Elementary school library.  Free shipping of your order to our school.  When your order arrives, it will be delivered to your child's classroom. Through your generosity we raised over $1700 to purchase books for the library and classrooms ... thank you!!!

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.

Destination Imagination heads to Global Finals
Good Luck to the Bedford teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN next week.  These 4 teams have been relentlessly fundraising over the last few weeks and are so thankful for all your support.  We would also like to thank their mentors and team managers, who volunteered their time to facilitate these kids since last September. We wish them well in Knoxville.
The Mind Blowers, PWS
Maulik Dhakal, Anica Ahdi, Rhea Dogra, Malini Ahdi (Team Manager), 
Haley Hall, Aaria Ahdi, Carter Crowley
Eat Your Greens, RAL
Xavier Forcier, Ava Durow, Linda Jacobs (Team Manager) Aamit Kancherlapalli, Sarah Jacobs, Roisi Russell, Marie Russell (Team Manager) Aleeza Shah, Reagan Rick
The Sit Down Comedians, RAL
Taylor Suozzo, Scott Anderson, Owen Bechert, Carly Blaine, Mandy Bechert (Team Manager) Abby Guerette, Kim Blaine (Team Manager)
olDIes, BHS
Marie Russell (Team Manager) Maddy Schneider, Natalie Anderson, Alec Dalton,
Aish Deva, Niamh Russell, Amanda Poza, Emma Jacobs



Bedford PTG Color Blast 5k Registration – Online pre-registration for this fun, colorful event will be open until May 25th.  REGISTER TODAY and mark your calendar, Sunday June 4th @ 10amfor a fun, family event!

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.

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


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.

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 - Fourth Grade Clap Out (9:00 AM)
June 19 – Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20 PM)


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