Friday, October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
October 7, 2016

Enjoy your long weekend, and we’ll see you on Tuesday!

Raffle Winners
This week’s Calendar Raffle winners:
Monday, October 3rd  – Alison Olsen (sold by Elyse Olsen) – $50 to Marshall’s
Tuesday, October 4th – Angie Champsaur (sold by Hailey Dunkerley) - $50 to Dunkin Donuts
Wednesday, October 5th – Celine Belanger (sold by Leslie Belanger) - $50 to Target
Thursday, October 6th  – Jen Tetreault (sold by Kayla Dunkerley) – $50 to Toys R Us
Friday, October 7th – Sharron McCarthy (sold by Melody McCarthy) – $50 to Chipotle

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.

Bedford Fire Department Open House
The Bedford Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 11th from 5pm to 8pm.  There will be activities, food, demonstrations and fire truck rides.  Click HERE to check out their flyer.

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 are 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 –

PTG Information
Thank you to everyone who purchased a reusable shopping bag from our Bedford Hannaford stores.  The PTG will receive $146 that will go right back into programming in our schools!

Our annual Gift Card sale is coming mid-October.  Gift cards make great gifts, or even use them for your everyday shopping.  Order by November 2nd for pre-Thanksgiving delivery; order by December 2nd for pre-Christmas delivery.  We offer gift cards to a wide variety of retailers (local and online) along with locally owned businesses, no expiration dates, and you receive the FULL value of your purchase while supporting the PTG.  Look for order forms soon.

SAVE THE DATE for our next Community Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 PM- 7 PM.  Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), along with special guest, Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A.  Light refreshments will be served, and your children are welcome to attend. 

Nutrition and Executive Functioning Messages
Be a part of the Two Bite Club - Try New Foods
Make it your goal to try a new food each day.  Make today a try-day.
Executive Functioning
When you are in the RED Zone, you might feel very mad, angry, scared or silly and giddy.  Your body is out of control, and you might be yelling, hitting, stomping or laughing out of control.  When this happens, it is very important to calm your body and get back to the GREEN ZONE.  Try these tools:  take a break in a quiet spot, squeeze a fidget ball, use Lazy 8 Breathing (find a poster to help) or use Six Sides of Breathing (find a poster to help).  

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!

Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival Information
Please join us for our 4th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 15th.

Harvest Festival Calendar Raffle
Information and ticket sheets for our annual calendar raffle were sent home last week.  Each student received 5 tickets (attached to each calendar).  Tickets cost $10 apiece.  If additional sheets are needed, please feel free to call the office or click on the flyer below.  We have $1,500 worth of prizes to give away during the month of October...feel free to enter as many times as you'd like!

There will be a winner each school day until October 28th, and a there is even a chance to win $500 at the Harvest Festival!  Raffle tickets will be collected until October 28th, and the homeroom that sells the most raffle tickets in each grade level will win an extra recess!

RBS Student Directory
After this year, our current Directory Coordinator, Darlene Boyd, will no longer be at RBS.  Therefore, she is in need of an “apprentice” who is willing to work with her this year to learn the ropes with the intent of taking it over next year.  If you are willing and able, please contact Darlene directly at  

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.

PTG Information
Membership (PLEASE READ - RBS Membership is down significantly this year)
Please help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs to our schools!  These programs cannot happen without support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community. There is still time to help, simply click on this link to make a donation via credit card or PayPal or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an envelope marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school.  We sincerely appreciate your support.

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 10 – Columbus Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
October 11-12 – Yom Kippur
October 15 – RBS Harvest Festival
October 19 – RBS Picture Retake Day
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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