Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
October 21, 2016

Harvest Festival
Our 4th annual Harvest Festival was a great success!  Thank you for participating and supporting our school.  It was a fun day for the Riddle Brook School Community!  Here is some contest winner information:
  1. Chili Contest Winners:
Best OverallSuper Sweet and Spicy Chili by Jen Piacentini
Most OriginalOpie’s Buffalo Chicken Chili
SpiciestOpie’s Buffalo Chicken Chili
Most Kid FriendlyColorful Fall Harvest by Hattie Ferns
*I’m working on getting the recipes for all of the chilis in our contest.  I hope to have them in time for next week’s Principal’s Notes.

  1. Calendar Contest Grand Prize ($500) – Advika Singh

  1. Harvest Hustle
1st Place:
Andreas Steinbrueck
2nd Place: 
Camden Santos
3rd Place:
Drew Benjamin
Ryan O’Rourke

Grs. 3 & 4:
1st Place:
Ethan Benjamin
2nd Place:
Colin Johnson
Owen Pete
3rd Place:
Sarah Muir

  1. Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Best Turkey – Ethan Pulsifer (Mrs. Gamache’s class)
Best Monster – Nicholas Cabana (Mrs. Fortier’s class)
Most Interesting – Alan Morales (Mrs. Brennan’s class)
Most Artsy – Hannah Laramie (Mrs. Johnson’s class)
Best Movie Character – Peyton Sarsfield (Mrs. Gamache’s class)
Silliest – Josiah Dockins (Mrs. Blaine’s class)
Most Colorful – Gemma Harl (Mrs. Johnson’s class)
Best Witch – Sophia Cabana (Mrs. Babine’s class)
Best Use of Googly Eyes – Kaitlyn Laramie (Future RBS student!)

  1. Costume Winners
1st Place – Hailey Dunkerley – Egyptian Princess (Ms. Bennett’s class)
2nd Place – Brody Hoang – Fly Boy (Mrs. Effenberger’s class)
3rd Place – Vivian Markow – Black Cat (Mrs. Caron’s class)
*Laidan Kelley – Monkey (Future RBS winner!)

Raffle Winners
This week’s Calendar Raffle winners:
Monday, October 17th – Paula Ciras (sold by Elizabeth Slozak) – $50 to Marshall’s
Tuesday, October 18th – Sarah Gates (sold by Theo Morton) - $50 to Dunkin’ Donuts
Wednesday, October 19th – Gabriella Mailloux (sold by Isabella Mailloux) - $50 to Target
Thursday, October 20th – Alyssa Zink (sold by Eva Zink) – $50 to Toys R Us
Friday, October 21st – Lexi Klicker (sold by Brielyn Klicker)– $50 to Chipotle

Nutrition and Executive Functioning Messages
Eat your Veggies. They’re Nature’s Rock Stars!
Want to get your engine going?  Eat your colors!  Make half your plate fruit and veggies.
Executive Functioning
Remember the STOP sign will help you to read the room and be a good boss of yourself.  Think about the S for Space.  When you go into a new room or space, stop for a second and use your inner voice to ask yourself where am I?  What is happening in this space?  How should I act in this space?  The answers to these questions will help you know how to act and behave in these spaces.

PTG Information
GIFT CARDS are back!  Gift giving and every day shopping are easy when you order Gift Cards through the PTG.  We are excited to offer gift cards to locally owned businesses along with a wide variety of local and online retailers.  There is NO expiration date on the gift cards and you receive the FULL value of the gift card while the retailers will give a portion of the sale to the Bedford PTG (see order form for details).  Order by November 2nd for pre-Thanksgiving delivery and order by November 30th for pre-Christmas delivery.  Order forms have gone home with students K-8 and are available to download at

COMMUNITY MEETING.  Save the Date and please join the Bedford PTG along with guest speaker, Superintendent Chip McGee, at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford) on Thursday, November 3rd at 6PM.  At this community event, Mr. McGee will be speaking on important topics such as enrollments, current budget drivers/priorities and academic performance.  There will be discussion and Q&A, light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.

The annual Ski & Skate sale will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at BHS. Interesting in volunteering at this event? Email Maria Rocco at  Click Here for more information or visit

Principal’s Advisory Group Winners
This year’s Principal’s Advisory Group was voted on and announced this afternoon.  Congratulations to our class representatives:
Carolyn Kemp (Paquin)
Lucas Poulack (King)
Elizabeth Robinson (Fraser)
Nate Correa (Babine)
Madison Cleland (Halloran)
Jack Noonan (Koellmer)
Alex St. Hilaire (Dearborn)
Kyle Suozzo (Bowen)
Eliza Gilbert (Gamache)
Jenna Dinndorf (Brennan)
Evelyn Doogue (Moskwa)

Food Drive – October 17 – November 18
We have a new (Bedford) donation recipient this year.
The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church is a newly established resource for those in our community who are facing hunger or food insecurity.  The Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 organization that is a well-coordinated effort between 5 area churches, local organizations, including the Bedford Lion's Club and the Boy Scouts, and individuals and families in Bedford.  

Needed food items include:
Canned Tuna
Peanut butter
Breakfast cereal
Canned fruit
Fruit juice
Canned pasta sauce
Canned pasta 
Canned beans
Macaroni and cheese
*Donations of cash are also welcomed in order to purchase food from the NH Food Bank (checks made out to Bedford Presbyterian Church). 

On Tuesday, November 22nd the boxes will be donated as a contribution from the Riddle Brook School community.  Therefore, we will need all donations by Friday, November 18th.  Our Principal’s Advisory Group will be organizing and packing the donations on Monday, November 21st.

Bedford Fire Department Coloring Contest
Please read the links below for information on the BFD Annual Coloring Contest.  Your child could win a ride to school on a fire truck!

Report Cards
As an FYI to our new parents and a reminder to our returning parents:
Student report cards are available online only in the PowerSchool Parent Access Portal.   To access your child's report card online, log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and you will see a Report Cards icon in the left hand pane.  When you click on this icon your child's report card will appear on the screen.  You can scroll to see the entire report card and choose to print it, if you'd like.  Anytime you click on the Report Cards icon, the most recent report card will generate.  Quarter 1 report cards will be available to view on Friday, November 4th at 2:30 PM.

7th Annual Witch Way to the 5K
Lurgio Middle School's 7th annual Witch Way to the 5K is on Saturday, October 29, 2016.  The kids’ 1K race starts at 9:30 AM, and the 5K race begins at 10:00 AM at Lurgio Middle School.  Register by Sunday, October 9th to pay a discounted registration rate.

For more information about the race visit:
To register for the race visit:

Bedford Skis Crotched Program
Registration is now open!  Go to for information about the options available.  "CMBEDFORD" is the User name and "bsdmember" as the password (both are case sensitive).  Rentals, lessons and adult passes are available.  The program begins Friday, January 6, 2017, and the deadline to purchase 5+2 passes is November 15, 2016.  Contact Isabelle Grenier at with any questions.

Pat’s Peak Ski Program
Bedford students in grades 1-8 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH.  This five week Friday night program includes 1-hour lessons and free ski time – under the lights until the 10PM closing time.  Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons.  Included in the program is a free bonus day at Pat’s Peak, Gunstock, and Cranmore to be used from February 27th to the close of the 2017 season.  The 2017 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 6th and runs for 5 weeks.  The choice of lesson times is 3:30 – 4:30PM or 4:30 – 5:30PM.  Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools.  Easy online registration is available at  Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program” and “Register Here”.  The username for the 3:30 lesson is bedford330 and bedford430 for the 4:30 lesson.  The Password is patspeak17.  More details are available at  Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale. Contacts – Kim Ahnen – & Martha Cronin –

Doors at RBS
When leaving RBS, please make sure to securely close the door behind you (you may have to give it a pull).  Although the outside doors close automatically, we have trouble with them not latching properly, and as a result, they are left ajar.  We want to make sure that our building is securely locked at all times during the school day.  Thank you!

RBS Clothing
You can order Riddle Brook School clothing online!  Please go to  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.

Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabric in these bins - towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.

Bedford Education Foundation
The Bedford Education Foundation Fall Fundraiser
Friday November 4, 2016
Manchester Country Club
7:00 PM  
Tickets available at
$50 for community members and $25 for faculty and staff in Bedford
Don’t miss this fantastic evening out for a great cause
For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please email

October 28 – End of Quarter 1
October/November – 4th Grade Field Trip to the Little Brick Schoolhouse:
            Oct. 24th:  Mrs. Koellmer
            Oct. 25th:  Ms. Moskwa
            Oct. 26th:  Mrs. Bowen
            Oct. 27th:  Mrs. Brennan
            Oct. 28th:  Mrs. Gamache
            Nov. 1st:  Mrs. Dearborn
November 4 – Report Cards will be released electronically
November 7-18 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 8 – Election Day/Workshop Day (No school for students)
November 11 – Veterans’ Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
November 23-25 – Thanksgiving Recess – NO SCHOOL
December 2 – Ellis Island Day (Grade 4)

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