Friday, September 2, 2016

September 2, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
September 2, 2016

We survived and thrived during our 1st full week back to school!  I hope everyone has a wonderful long Labor Day weekend!

IN THE NEWS:
Drop-Off Reminder
I have a few of reminders for parents when dropping your child off in the morning (both back and front of building):
1.    Please do not get out of your car to let your child out.  Not only is this a safety concern, it also backs up traffic.  If your child needs assistance, please park in Visitor Parking and escort him/her to the playground. 
2.   For safety reasons, your child should get out of the car on the sidewalk/passenger side.  If you have a safety lock on your child’s door, please let a duty person know.
3.   (For drop-off in the back of the building)  The first car in line should pull up to the cone.  We need to make room for as many cars as possible in order to avoid back-up from occurring.
I appreciate your cooperation with this. 

Parent Pick-Up (Parking)
I understand that our parking situation at the end of the day is limited.  However, please do not park along the curb in the back loop.  This blocks our special education buses as well as impedes wheel chair access at the back ramp.  Thank you.

Picture Day (A Message from Geskus Studios)
Your child’s picture day is on Wednesday, September 7th!  It's not too late to order!  Visit us at http://www.geskusprint.com/ and use the pre-order code: 68AXX2SW.  For additional information or assistance you can reach our customer service department at 1-800-948-1120 ext. 1.

Nutrition and Executive Functioning Messages
Each week we read a nutrition/wellness and an executive functioning message to the students over morning announcements.  I will be including those messages in my notes each week as well.
Nutrition Message
Find ways to cut back on sugar, salt and fat.  Choose whole grains, low-fat yogurt, fruits and veggies.
Executive Functioning Message
Get in the ZONE, get in the GREEN ZONE!  Being in charge of your behavior and feelings, is the most important thing a great boss does!  This month we will talk about what zones our behaviors and feelings fall into and what tools to use to get in the GREEN Zone, so we are calm, happy, focused and ready for learning.

SAU Information
  1. Text Message Alerts
Parents - If your cell phone number is in the District's PowerSchool Information System and you wish to receive alerts via text, you can text YES to 68453.

  1. BHS Football Game Admission (A Message from Superintendent McGee)
I am looking forward to the first BHS home football game of the year.  It is this Friday, September 2 at 7:00 against Merrimack High School.  For the first time, there will be an admission charge to the game.  Adults will be charged $5.  Students high school age and younger will be admitted free of charge.  The School Board has given its support to the Bedford Friends of Recreation and the Bedford Bulldog Athletic Booster Club to collect these admissions.  The fees will to help pay for a plan to expand our bleachers and perhaps build team locker rooms near the field.  Please come early and have exact dollar amount if possible.
Thank you.  I hope to see you there!

PTG Information
  1. Back to School Info.
Back to school greetings from the PTG!  We are looking forward to another great school year full of fantastic programs and events for our students, staff and families.  We are happy to announce that we are now accepting donations via PAYPAL.  For more information on our programming or to make a donation online visit our website at www.bedfordptg.org.  With your support we are able to put $70,000/year in programs and events into our schools!!  Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend ahead.

Volunteers are an integral part in helping our school provide opportunities for students.  You should have received a volunteer packet with a list of volunteer opportunities.  Please consider lending a hand.  We would appreciate that the volunteer page be turned into your child’s teacher or the front office by Friday, September 9th.  If you have any questions please contact Amy Ciruso at amyciruso@hotmail.com or Jena Slosberg at jenaslosberg@gmail.com.  

  1. Hannaford Helps Initiative
Starting September 1st, at the Hannaford stores located at 4 Jenkins Road, Bedford NH and 7 Kilton Road, Bedford NH, introduced the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program, which will be
focused on supporting the Bedford Parent Teacher Group!

The blue bags with the good karma message can be found on the reusable bag rack and at various registers.
           
Here is a link to tell you more about the program.  www.hannaford.bags4mycause.com


REMINDERS:
Automated Attendance Call
Again this year families in the Bedford School District will receive a phone call confirming their child's absence via our "School Messenger" system.  Once we have taken attendance, a message will be generated confirming your child's absence.  The elementary calls will go out at approximately 9:30 AM, McKelvie and Lurgio will go out at 10:30 AM and the BHS at 11:00 AM.  If this call comes to you in error, please contact the Main Office so that we can correct the attendance report.

Principal/Parent Communication
As my primary form of communication, I will be sending you an email update every week—typically on Friday afternoon/evening.  The email will include action items (highlighted in yellow), reminders, and other important information.  I will also archive all of my notes on the RBS web page (Principal’s News).  Parents, it is vital that you review these principal notes each week and take action on the action items, when necessary.  I appreciate your partnership in this.

Drop-Off and Dismissal Procedures
Morning Drop-Off:
When transporting your child to Riddle Brook School between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m., you will drop-off in the oval at the rear entrance of the school.  A duty teacher is available to supervise children at the drop off area beginning at 7:30 a.m.  From 7:50 a.m - 8:00 a.m., you will drop off at the main entrance.  I would recommend arriving by 7:50 as often as possible as traffic can get backed up at the main entrance.  If the children arrive late to their rooms (due to traffic) they will still be marked tardy.  The academic day begins at 8:00 a.m.  If you arrive after 8:00 a.m., you must park in Visitor Parking and accompany your child to the office to sign a clipboard noting his/her tardiness. 
In order to avoid traffic back up and being marked tardy, the best course of action is to take the bus or arrive at 7:30 AM.
Afternoon Parent Pick-Up:
Please click on the following link for Parent Pick-Up procedures:

New School Lunch Prices
NEW PRICES:
$2.65 Student Elementary Level
$3.25 Student RAL/BHS Level

RBS Fall Book Fair/Sale – Please consider signing up to volunteer
Riddle Brook School is planning a "Get Hooked on a Book" event September 12-14, 2016.  This will be a great opportunity for students and their families to purchase books in the back to school season.  The funds raised will assist RBS with acquisitions such as a new piece of playground equipment and/or additional technology for student use.   Please consider volunteering, we can't make this happen without help!

This sale will be smaller than the PTG Spring Book Fair, we are planning two days of set up and three days of shopping.   The sale will need volunteers to set up the bookcases and minimal decorations, a few cashiers (training is available online), and help to pack the cases away.   Please email Lauren Wilensky at lswilensky@gmail.com if you would like to join the committee or have any questions about volunteering.

Please use the link below to sign up.

Updated School Phone Extensions
The district has updated its phone system.  We now have 5 digits extensions.  You will need to add a 2 in front of our previous 4 digit extensions.  For example, our nurse’s former extension was 5201, and it is now 25201.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 5 – Labor Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
September 7 – RBS School Pictures
September 9 – All School Meeting (National Anthem) – Staff & students…please wear red, white and blue.
September 12-14 – RBS Fall Book Fair/Sale
September 14 – RBS Open House:  K-2:  5:30-6:30 PM, 3 & 4:  6:30-7:30 PM
September 29 – PTG Coffee with the Principal’s (BCTV 9:30 AM)
October 2-4 – Rosh Hashanah
October 5 – Fire Safety (Grades 1 & 2)
October 10 – Columbus Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
October 11-12 – Yom Kippur
October 15 – RBS Harvest Festival (Information coming soon)
October 19 – RBS Picture Retake Day
October 28 – End of Quarter 1






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