Friday, May 5, 2017

Principal's Notes - May 5th

Dear Memorial Families,
We are excited about our first ever "Small and Tall Dance" tonight. Looking forward to seeing you!!!


Guidance Message
Words of the Month: Honesty and Patience

Week of May 1: Honesty
May 3: Phrase of the Day: “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember what you said.”  One lie often leads to another, in order to cover up the first lie.  It is easier to tell the truth.  That way, others can believe and trust you.  Peacemaker Challenge: Practice telling the truth all the time, so you won’t get into the habit of lying, and you won’t have to remember all your lies.  

May 5: Phrase of the Day: “Be honest with yourself.”  We can be honest with ourselves by taking responsibility when we make mistakes, and learning from them.  Peacemaker Challenge: Be honest with others, but don’t forget to be honest with yourself too!

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.  

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.

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.



Today, May 5th, is your LAST CHANCE to order your Color Blast 5K t-shirt and race kit (drawstring bag, sunglasses and individual powder back for the starting line color explosion) all for just $10. Kits and t-shirts will not be available for ordering after May 5th but you can still register online here through May 25th. *Please note that registration will also increase from $25 to $30 per registrant after May 5th.  
Want to participate in the 5K without “doing" the 5K? Join our team of volunteers, 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 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 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 Friday, May 12th.
YANKEE CANDLE: Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Get your summertime scents in time for nights on the porch. 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 #999965479
A sincere THANK YOU to all the volunteers and folks who donated their time, food, treats and items during National Teacher Appreciation Week this week!  


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.

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. 

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 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)
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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