Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lost and Found/Playground Clothes


February 20, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I had a couple pieces of information that I wanted to send out before the end of the week.

Lost and Found
Lost and Found items will be donated to a local charity over February vacation.  If your child is missing anything, please take a look before the end of the week.  It is located in the hallway between the music room and gym.

Recess
Although we’re very thankful for the nice weather this week, it is creating some mud on the playground.  It might be a good idea to put a change of clothes in your child’s backpack if he/she “plays hard” during recess J  Wearing waterproof boots is also a good idea.

Sincerely,
Molly McCarthy

Friday, February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

RBS Principal’s Notes
February 16, 2018

Snow Day Count = 6
Tentative Last Day of School = Thursday, June 21st

IN THE NEWS:
100th Day Celebrations
On Monday, we celebrated the 100th day of school (a little later than normal J)!  Below are pictures from some of our classroom celebrations.

Invention Convention
Our annual Invention Convention was held on Monday.  Congratulations to all of our winners and participants!  We had a number of impressive inventions and Rube Goldberg’s this year!  Our winners were:
Inventors Challenge Category (Inventions to the Rescue):
Grade 3:  Alan Morales, Josiah Dockins 
Grade 4:  Samantha Holmes, Carolyn Kemp, Garrett Lande 
Rube Goldberg Category:
Grade 3:  Leslie Belanger, Max Boldeia & Clare White, Madison Zebra & Claire Thomas
Grade 4:  Advika Govindaraju, Annie Zink & Ella Wilkens 
Inventions Category:
Grade 3:  Soren Abel, Finn LaMarche, Reese Garrett
Grade 4:  Brendan Sullivan, Mason Milom

February Spirit Week (February 19-23)
Below is the list for Spirit Week:
Monday, Feb. 19 – PJ Day (no slippers or stuffed animals, please)
Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Favorite Character Day (TV, movie, book, etc.)
Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Wacky Wednesday
Thursday, Feb. 22 – Future Day (what you think you’ll be in the future)
Friday, Feb. 23 – RBS Spirit Day

Box Tops
Box Tops for Education are due next week (prior to vacation).  Thank you for supporting RBS by turning in Box Tops! 

Flu Update
Good news!  Students who were absent with the flu/flu like symptoms lessened this week.  Hopefully, we are coming out on the other side of it now. 

B.E.E.P. 2018/2019 Open Enrollment
For information about our district’s Early Education Program (located at Memorial School) for preschool-aged students, please click HERE

The PTG and BeBOLD ARE EXCITED TO CO-SPONSOR A PRESENTATION FOR ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS - Wednesday, March 28th from 7-8:15 PM at the BHS Auditorium.

Understanding How to Parent So that Children Can Succeed:  Addressing Childhood Anxiety and its Potential Pathway towards Substance Abuse – Special guest speaker, Jessica Lahey, veteran teacher, journalist, and author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.

Jessica Lahey will provide insight on how to raise kids who are happy and healthy and less likely to turn to destructive coping strategies, including ways to prevent childhood addiction.  Lahey will also share research on the most effective ways to parent and support the psychosocial and emotional needs of our children.  Additionally, she will outline risk factors, explain which positive interventions can overcome those risk factors, and offer parents and teachers actionable, useful tools for raising happy, resilient children who will be less likely to turn to unhealthy behaviors when faced with the increasingly toxic stress and anxiety they face at home, in school and in our society.  This event is open to all parents/guardians.

The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

PANERA & PTG – Take a night off from cooking and join us at our Bedford PTG Night at Panera (Colby Court) on Thursday, March 1st anytime between 4-8 PM.  Be sure to bring your Panera Flyer with you.  

COLOR BLAST 2018 COMMUNITY EVENT…Save the date –  Sunday, June 3rd!  Get Ready for the Most Colorful, Fun-Filled Day of Your Life as PTG hosts another Color Blast Fun Run.  Registration opens soon.  Stay tuned for more exciting details.

STAY CONNECTED to PTG:  Please visit our PTG WEBSITE and be sure to “like” our FACEBOOK PAGE to see all the exciting things happening at our schools.  Thank you for your support!

REMINDERS:
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (2018 – 2019)
You may pick up registration packets starting Monday, February 5th, and return them by Thursday, March 8th.  A $525 deposit is required with the K+ registration (checks made out to Bedford School District).
  • A child must attain his/her 5th birthday on or before September 30, 2018 to be eligible for kindergarten.
  • A child must attain his/her 6th birthday on or before September 30, 2018 to be eligible for first grade.
Kindergarten students who are currently enrolled at RBS (or anywhere in the district) do not need to register for 1st grade.

Yearbook Information
Riddle Brook School yearbooks are currently on sale for $20.  Checks can be made to Riddle Brook School and returned in the order envelope provided (forms were sent home) or ordered online (no additional fee) at the following link:  www.schoolannual.com  Select “Buy Student’s Yearbook” and enter the school information.  

The order deadline is March 16th....be sure to order your yearbook prior to the deadline.

RBS Math & Literacy Night
Please mark your calendar for our annual Math/Literacy Night.  It will be held on Thursday, March 8th (snow date – March 15th).  More information will be coming home soon.

Riddle Brook School Day at the Monarchs – March 11
Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon when our Manchester Monarchs take to the ice against the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday, March 11th.  Our choruses will lead the National Anthem before the 3:00 PM game, and all RBS students will be invited to greet the players in the "High Five Tunnel."  Everyone who joins our reservation group on-line will enjoy special pricing.  Watch for notices and details to be released soon! 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
February 26-March 2 – February Vacation
March 8 – RBS Math/Literacy Night (5:30-6:30 PM Gym/Library) *Snow date – March 15th
March 5-12 – RBS Artist in Residence (Randy Armstrong)
March 12 – Full STEAM Ahead Day (grades 3 & 4) *More information to come
March 30 – End of Quarter 3
March 30 – Good Friday
March 30-April 7 – Passover
April 1 – Easter
April 2-5 – Scholastic Book Fair
April 13 – RBS Family Fun Night
April 20 – Spain Brothers Concert
April 23-27 – Spring Vacation
May 4 – Mother/Son Event
May 8 – Kindergarten Orientation (12:30 PM)
May 9 – Grade 1 Orientation (12:30 PM)
May 15 – RBS Grandparents’ Day
May 16 – RBS Spring Concert (6:30 PM BHS Theater)
May 25 – District Workshop Day – No School for Students
May 28 – Memorial Day Observed – No School
May 30 – Field Day Grades 1 & 2 (Rain Date:  June 1)
May 31 – Field Day Grades 3 & 4 (Rain Date:  June 4)
June 3 – PTG Color Blast
June 6 & 7 – Grade 4 Field Trip to State House
June 21 – Tentative Last Day of School/Move Up Day




Friday, February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018

RBS Principal’s Notes
February 9, 2018

Snow Day Count = 6
Tentative Last Day of School = Thursday, June 21st

IN THE NEWS:
National School Counselor’s Week
Thank you to our two amazing school counselors—Mrs. Reese and Mrs. Kenny (intern)—as we celebrate National School Counselor’s Week.  They were gracious enough to host an Open House today for staff members with lots of fun games, prizes and treats.  Thank you Marty and Martina!

RBS Cabaret Show
Thank you to Mrs. Munz and our 4th grade Rhythmics for an outstanding Cabaret Show last night.  We certainly have some talented singers in our chorus.  Their solos, duets and group numbers were fabulous!

REMINDERS:
February Spirit Week (February 19-23)
I wanted to give parents a heads up about our upcoming Spirit Week.  It’s the week prior to February vacation, and it’s always a fun and exciting time around here!
Below is the list for Spirit Week:
Monday, Feb. 19 – PJ Day (no slippers or stuffed animals, please)
Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Favorite Character Day (TV, movie, book, etc.)
Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Wacky Wednesday
Thursday, Feb. 22 – Future Day (what you think you’ll be in the future)
Friday, Feb. 23 – RBS Spirit Day

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (2018 – 2019)
You may pick up registration packets starting Monday, February 5th, and return them by Thursday, March 8th.  A $525 deposit is required with the K+ registration (checks made out to Bedford School District).
  • A child must attain his/her 5th birthday on or before September 30, 2018 to be eligible for kindergarten.
  • A child must attain his/her 6th birthday on or before September 30, 2018 to be eligible for first grade.
Kindergarten students who are currently enrolled at RBS (or anywhere in the district) do not need to register for 1st grade.

Yearbook Information
Riddle Brook School yearbooks are currently on sale for $20.  Checks can be made to Riddle Brook School and returned in the order envelope provided (forms were sent home) or ordered online (no additional fee) at the following link:  www.schoolannual.com  Select “Buy Student’s Yearbook” and enter the school information.  

The order deadline is March 16th....be sure to order your yearbook prior to the deadline.

SAVE THE DATE – RBS Math & Literacy Night
Please mark your calendar for our annual Math/Literacy Night.  It will be held on Thursday, March 8th (snow date – March 15th).  More information will be coming home soon.

Flu Information
RBS is starting to see an increase in student absences due to the flu.  If your child is showing symptoms of the flu, it is important to see a doctor.  If your child is diagnosed with the flu and/or shows symptoms such as a fever, it is important to keep him/her home.  Please remember, when students are sick – fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. – they need to be out of school for at least 24 hours after they are symptom-free.  This helps to ensure that they do not spread their illness to other students and staff members. 

As a preventative measure, I’ve asked teachers to disinfect classrooms, and custodians to disinfect doorknobs, bathrooms, etc. more regularly.  I’ve also asked teachers to stop using shared supplies, if possible. 

Please take a look at THIS LINK from the CDC, which offers parents helpful information regarding the treatment and prevention of the flu.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school nurse, Michele Ouellette at ouellettem@sau25.net or 471-1082 x25201.

Riddle Brook School Day at the Monarchs – March 11
Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon when our Manchester Monarchs take to the ice against the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday, March 11th.  Our choruses will lead the National Anthem before the 3:00 PM game, and all RBS students will be invited to greet the players in the "High Five Tunnel."  Everyone who joins our reservation group on-line will enjoy special pricing.  Watch for notices and details to be released soon! 

Student Handbooks
Over the course of this fall, the Bedford School District made several additions to our student handbooks.

  • Notice of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Teaching about Human Sexuality
  • Volunteers in the Bedford School District
  • Use of Personal Vehicles for School Business
  • Student Use of Electronics on Buses (in the Transportation Handbook)

​The handbook for each school can be found on the school website under School Information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
February 12 – RBS Invention Convention *Snow date – February 19th
February 26-March 2 – February Vacation
March 8 – RBS Math/Literacy Night (5:30-6:30 PM Gym/Library) *Snow date – March 15th
March 5-12 – RBS Artist in Residence (Randy Armstrong)
March 12 – Full STEAM Ahead Day (grades 3 & 4) *More information to come
March 30 – End of Quarter 3
March 30 – Good Friday
March 30-April 7 – Passover
April 1 – Easter
April 2-5 – Scholastic Book Fair
April 13 – RBS Family Fun Night
April 20 – Spain Brothers Concert
April 23-27 – Spring Vacation
May 4 – Mother/Son Event
May 8 – Kindergarten Orientation (12:30 PM)
May 9 – Grade 1 Orientation (12:30 PM)
May 15 – RBS Grandparents’ Day
May 16 – RBS Spring Concert (6:30 PM BHS Theater)
May 25 – District Workshop Day – No School for Students
May 28 – Memorial Day Observed – No School
May 30 – Field Day Grades 1 & 2 (Rain Date:  June 1)
May 31 – Field Day Grades 3 & 4 (Rain Date:  June 4)
June 3 – PTG Color Blast
June 6 & 7 – Grade 4 Field Trip to State House
June 21 – Tentative Last Day of School/Move Up Day