Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 15, 2017

We had a great time this afternoon at our annual Holiday All School Meeting!  Staff members dressed in festive garb and led a sing-a-long with the students!  Thank you to Mr. Bergquist (Anne Koellmer’s father) for leading us all on the piano. 

To all of our families who are celebrating Hanukkah, I wish you a happy and joyous season with family and friends!

IN THE NEWS:
Morning Drop Off
We’re starting to experience some significant back up during morning drop off, which is typical this time of year.  Please keep the following suggestions and reminders in mind.  It will help everyone out:
  1. Please arrive as close to 7:30 AM as possible in order to avoid our busy time.
  2. Please have your child get out of the car at any part of the sidewalk rather than only directly in front of the school entrance.
  3. Please do not bypass the drop off lane to park in visitor parking and walk your child across the median, unless you arrive after Mr. Paul shuts down the drop off lane (at 8:00 AM).  By doing this, you are holding up the people in the drop off lane as they are waiting for you to cross in front of them.  Parking and walking your child to the office is reserved for those students who need assistance for one reason or another.
  4. As always, please be kind and patient! J   

PTG News and Information
Last Minute Holiday Shopping? Every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG.  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.
Coming in January…Principal Winter Reading Night, Barnes and Noble Days, and Yankee Candle! Stay tuned for more details.

Safety Educator
Please click HERE for December’s edition of Safety Educator.

REMINDERS:
Coat Drive
As we have in past years, Riddle Brook School is sponsoring a Coat Drive.  Items collected will be donated to needy families.  The drive runs from Monday, December 4th – Wednesday, December 20th.  Items to be collected include: clean hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and coats for men, women, children and infants.  Boxes are located in the library hallway.

BHS Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser!  Design, create and decorate your very own gingerbread house.  Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee.  Help us spread happiness, and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th.  For more information, please check out our flyer!

RBS Clothing
You can order Riddle Brook School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com.  Hover over Schools in the menu bar, and select Riddle Brook School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  You can order in a variety of colors and styles.  We have a few samples hanging in the office area so you can get an idea of what is offered.  Also, there is a size chart on the website for your reference.  10% of profits come back to the school.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess
January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
January 19 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – 4th Grade Spelling Bee (Library 2:45 PM) *Snow date – January 24th
January 25 – PTG Principals’ Winter Read (More information to come) *Snow date – February 1st
January 26 – Report Cards Released (on-line)
February 2 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance *Snow date – February 9th





Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 8, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Hour of Code
This week, Mrs. Rodd and our classroom teachers facilitated Hour of Code lessons with our K-4 students.  These computer-coding lessons were engaging, stimulating and fun for students and staff! 

PTG News and Information
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who supported our gift card fundraiser.  The second and final round of orders will be delivered next week. 

AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you could support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.

REMINDERS:
Coat Drive
As we have in past years, Riddle Brook School is sponsoring a Coat Drive.  Items collected will be donated to needy families.  The drive runs from Monday, December 4th – Wednesday, December 20th.  Items to be collected include: clean hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and coats for men, women, children and infants.  Boxes are located in the library hallway.

RBS Winter Concert
RHYTHMICS will present a Winter Concert on our school stage on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is invited, and a special invitation goes out to those we call our HEROES.  This will be a fun hour of musical entertainment, presented by our fourth grade chorus as they perform fun songs, patriotic songs, holiday songs, and a special song called "Everyday Heroes," dedicated to veterans and those heroes who surround us everyday.  We ask those who attend to bring a toy for TOYS FOR TOTS to add to our stage decorations.  We will present our donations to the United States Marines during the concert!  (The snow date is December 14th).  Meanwhile, toys can be dropped off at school any day.  Please help us meet our goal of 500 toys for TOYS FOR TOTS 2017!    

BHS Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser!  Design, create and decorate your very own gingerbread house.  Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee.  Help us spread happiness, and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th.  For more information, please check out our flyer!

RBS Clothing
You can order Riddle Brook School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com.  Hover over Schools in the menu bar, and select Riddle Brook School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  You can order in a variety of colors and styles.  We have a few samples hanging in the office area so you can get an idea of what is offered.  Also, there is a size chart on the website for your reference.  10% of profits come back to the school.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 13 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym (Snow date:  December 14)
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess
January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
January 19 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – 4th Grade Spelling Bee (Library 2:45 PM) *Snow date – January 24th
January 25 – PTG Principals’ Winter Read (More information to come) *Snow date – February 1st
January 26 – Report Cards Released (on-line)
February 2 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance *Snow date – February 9th







Friday, December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 1, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Ellis Island
Today was our annual Ellis Island Day for fourth grade students.  Our immigrants looked and performed great!  Please check out the pictures below to get a flavor of the journey back in time that our students experienced today.

Coat Drive
As we have in past years, Riddle Brook School is sponsoring a Coat Drive.  Items collected will be donated to needy families.  The drive runs from Monday, December 4th – Wednesday, December 20th.  Items to be collected include: clean hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and coats for men, women, children and infants.  Boxes are located in the library hallway.

RBS Winter Concert
RHYTHMICS will present a Winter Concert on our school stage on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is invited, and a special invitation goes out to those we call our HEROES.  This will be a fun hour of musical entertainment, presented by our fourth grade chorus as they perform fun songs, patriotic songs, holiday songs, and a special song called "Everyday Heroes," dedicated to veterans and those heroes who surround us everyday.  We ask those who attend to bring a toy for TOYS FOR TOTS to add to our stage decorations.  We will present our donations to the United States Marines during the concert!  (The snow date is December 14th).  Meanwhile, toys can be dropped off at school any day.  Please help us meet our goal of 500 toys for TOYS FOR TOTS 2017!    

BHS Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser!  Design, create and decorate your very own gingerbread house.  Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee.  Help us spread happiness, and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th.  For more information, please check out our flyer!

PTG News and Information
SKI AND SKATE THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who came out in support of the PTG and the Bedford School District at our annual Ski and Skate Sale.  Thank you all who dropped off merchandise to sell (consignor checks should be delivered by mid-December for sold items), to those who came to shop, and to all those who volunteered their time to help!

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary -  Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8 PM at Lurgio.  Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance counselors for a discussion and Q&A session.  Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  The film SCREENAGERS explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information. 

PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8 PM, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG.  A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted.  You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer

AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG. 

REMINDERS:
RBS Clothing
You can order Riddle Brook School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com.  Hover over Schools in the menu bar, and select Riddle Brook School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  You can order in a variety of colors and styles.  We have a few samples hanging in the office area so you can get an idea of what is offered.  Also, there is a size chart on the website for your reference.  10% of profits come back to the school.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 13 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym (Snow date:  December 14)
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess
January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
January 19 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – 4th Grade Spelling Bee (Library 2:45 PM) *Snow date – January 24th
January 25 – PTG Principals’ Winter Read (More information to come) *Snow date – February 1st
January 26 – Report Cards Released (on-line)
February 2 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance *Snow date – February 9th





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  I hope everyone is able to spend some time over the break with family and friends.  Reminder…there is no school tomorrow (Wednesday, November 22nd).  We’ll see you on Monday, November 27th. 

IN THE NEWS:
Food Drive Information
A big "thank you" to all of our generous families who donated non-perishable food items requested by The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church for our annual food drive.  This year, we collected 282 food/non-perishable items, and our Principal's Advisory Group counted and packed up the food yesterday.  It will be picked by the food pantry tomorrow...just in time for Thanksgiving and the long Thanksgiving weekend.
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PTG News and Information
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE PTG - We wish you all a Wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  We are thankful for the amazing support we receive from families, staff, and the community. 

GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29  A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion!  Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you!  Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form, please click here… Gift Card Order Form  For more information about this program, please click here… Gift Card Program.  HAPPY SHOPPING!

MANCHESTER MONARCHS DISCOUNT TICKETS - Join the PTG at the Manchester Monarchs Ugly Sweater Holiday Game on Saturday, December 9th, at 6PM as they take on the Royals.  Special discounted ticket price of $15 for child or adult!  Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice.  Click HERE  for order form, and return to your child’s school by Friday, 12/1.

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary -  Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8PM at Lurgio.  Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  The film SCREENAGERS explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information. 

PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer

AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG. 

REMINDERS:
Congratulations, Andie!
One of our fourth graders, Andie Nugent, recently represented the state of New Hampshire by winning first-place for her invention for grades 3 and 4 at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington, DC.  Since winning this award, her family was contacted by a company named LittleBits who, working with Disney, needed an innovative female inventor to help them with a new STEM-based droid kit that lets kids build their own robot R2D2.  Andie was chosen to share her story as a young female inventor.  A production crew from New York City visited Riddle Brook and Andie's home earlier this fall to film her story.  We are SO proud of Andie!  To see her video and read her article, please click HERE.

Toys for Tots at RBS
RHYTHMICS kicked off our TOYS FOR TOTS collection during their rehearsal on Wednesday.  TOYS FOR TOTS is a well-known charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  We hope to collect more than 500 toys before our Winter Concert, which is scheduled for December 13th. Until that day, boys, girls and Riddle Brook community members are asked to deposit new, unwrapped toys in the big boxes located in the halls and in the music room at school.  All the toys will be used as decorations on the edge of the stage for the concert!  Through our generosity, the holidays will be filled with happiness for boys and girls who need our help! 

What is Vaping?
NOVEMBER 27 FROM 7 - 8 PM AT THE BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski, Officer “Spike” Donahue and Officer Danielle Nightingale, School Resource Officers at Bedford High School/Ross A. Lurgio Middle School and McKelvie Intermediate School, respectively, will give you the facts about vaping.  Can you smell it?  Can people vape marijuana?  Can people vape other substances?  What does a vape look like?  Where do people get vapes?  Is it legal for kids to vape?  In addition, Dr. Joseph Hou, Pulmonologist at Catholic Medical Center, will also provide clinical information on vaping.  Is it addictive?  Is it harmful?  How does it affect young people?  How does it compare to smoking?  The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a 20-minute question and answer session.  Get your questions about vaping answered!

RBS Clothing
You can order Riddle Brook School clothing online!  Please go to www.bedfordwear.com.  Hover over Schools in the menu bar, and select Riddle Brook School.  An order typically takes 7-10 business days to be delivered.  You can order in a variety of colors and styles.  We have a few samples hanging in the office area so you can get an idea of what is offered.  Also, there is a size chart on the website for your reference.  10% of profits come back to the school.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
December 1 – Grade 4 Ellis Island Day
December 13 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym (Snow date:  December 14)
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess