Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
November 10, 2016

Reminder:  NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans’ Day.

IN THE NEWS:
RBS Directory – Action Item
Directory forms went home with students this week.  If you’d like your child’s information included in the RBS Directory, please send the form back to school by Monday, November 14th.  We only need one form per family.  I have included a form here.

RBS Ukulele Club
Session 1 of the RBS Ukulele Club ended today, and session 2 begins next Thursday, November 17th.  These 4th grade students meet during recess on Thursdays for a fun and engaging lesson with Mrs. Munz. 
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Executive Functioning and Physical Activity Messages
Executive Functioning
Remember the STOP sign will help you to read the room and be a good boss of yourself.  We talked about S for Space, T for time, and O for Objects.  Today let’s talk about P for People.  When you go into a new room or space, use your inner voice to ask:  Who are the people in this space?  What are they doing?  Look at the people’s faces and bodies.  Are they in the GREEN Zone; calm and ready to learn or play?  If they are, I should match my body and voice to theirs.  If not, I should use a GREEN Zone tool, so that I am calm and ready to learn or play.
Physical Activity
How much physical activity is enough?
For children aged 5-10, 60 minutes or more per day of moderate activity is recommended along with 3 days of vigorous activity.  Vigorous activities include:  a soccer game, shoveling and jogging.

PTG Information
1.  GET TO KNOW THE PTG 
Join the PTG on Monday, November 14th at the Town Library, in the Richmond Room (lower level).  Drop in at either of these two times: 9:30-10:30 AM or 6:30-7:30 PM.  Interested in learning more about the Bedford Parent Teacher Group…Programs, Volunteering, Fundraisers, and Community Events?  Want to get involved in our schools, contribute new ideas, and help students and staff?  Come learn more about what the PTG brings to our schools and find out about the many opportunities available to get involved. 
Light refreshments served.  Younger children welcomed.
Stop by & enter for a chance to win a Target gift card. 

2.  The annual SKI & SKATE SALE will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at BHS. For more information about this anticipated annual event click here. Interesting in volunteering at this event? Email Maria Rocco at maria_rocco@yahoo.com

3.  GIFT CARD orders for pre-Christmas/pre-Hanukkah delivery are due November 30th
Print your order form here
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).  

4.  Star Wars Night at the Monarchs
It's STAR WARS NIGHT at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, December 3rd at 6PM.  Join the PTG for a community night out at the Monarchs while enjoying discounted ticket prices, family fun, AND get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters!  Orders due November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.

REMINDERS:
Thanksgiving Desserts
We are excited to team with a RBS family (Jenny Cheifetz at Gone Baking) to offer delicious Thanksgiving desserts for you to share with your family (or not J).  Proceeds will benefit Riddle Brook School.  For more information, please click on the order form below.  A hard copy of the order form went home with each student on Monday, Nov. 7th.
Order form

Parent Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for ways to volunteer in the classrooms?  Please consider signing up to help us with math and science activities.  CLICK HERE for more information.

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
Jelly
Breakfast cereal
Canned fruit
Fruit juice
Crackers
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.

Parent Pick-Up Reminder
Parents, please remember to fill out the appropriate ticket/form, get in line and wait for your child to be called by a staff member.  Recently, it’s been quite chaotic, and potentially unsafe, in the gym as some parents are bypassing our dismissal system by calling their children over to them without checking out.  This system is in place in order to assure that your child is being dismissed to the proper person. 

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 www.patspeak.com.  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 www.patspeak.com.  Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale. Contacts – Kim Ahnen – kim.ahnen@comcast.net & Martha Cronin – bplmartha@gmail.com

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.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
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)
December 14 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym
December 23-January 2 – Holiday Recess
December 24-January 1 – Hanukkah




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