Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 22, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 22, 2016

From the staff of Riddle Brook School, we would like to wish all of our families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year!  It’s always a bittersweet time when the holidays come to a close for the year, but it’s also nice to enjoy some relaxing time with families and friends.  Have a wonderful week, and we will see you in the New Year!

RBS Directory Cover Contest Winners
We had MANY great submissions this year for our annual RBS Directory Cover Contest!  Thank you to all of the students who participated.  We certainly have some talented kids in our school!  Congratulations to our winners:
Front Cover – Natalie Fenstermacher (Mrs. Bowen’s class)
Back Cover – Izzy Rodgers (Mrs. Dearborn’s class)

RBS Holiday Concert
Pete Macdonald and BCTV have graciously provided a link to this year’s RBS Holiday concert.  You can find it here.  Enjoy!

Ski NH Snow Passports
4th and 5th grade students are eligible for a passport booklet containing vouchers for lift tickets and trail passes in New Hampshire.  Click HERE for more information.

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 take the bus, if possible.  It would really help to alleviate some of these traffic problems.
  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—this number is large, at times.  Parking and walking your child to the office is reserved for those students who need assistance for one reason or another.
  4. As always, be kind and patient! J    

PTG Information
Thank you to everyone who supported the PTG through our annual Gift Card fundraiser.  Gift Cards were delivered this week.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hastey at

The PTG is excited to announce that shoppers can support the PTG by shopping through and selecting "Bedford Parent Teacher Group.”  Amazon will donate .5% on eligible purchases to our organization.  There are no fees or added costs to you.  Special offers and Amazon Prime benefits still apply.

SAVE THE DATE: January 19, 2017, 6:00 – 8 PM in the Lurgio Middle School Media Center
Retired NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick will present “Mental Health: A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way.”  Chief Justice Broderick is leading a statewide campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows.  He will share his own story and will lead a discussion on ways to address this important issue here in Bedford.  Space is limited, please come early.  The PTG is proud to be co-sponsoring this event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

Recess/Snow Gear
As a reminder, students will go outside for recess (before school and mid day) when the “feels like” temperature is 20 degrees or above.  Please make sure to send your child to school with a warm coat, hat, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots.  Children will only be allowed to play in the snow if they have on snow pants and boots.  Otherwise, they’ll have to play on the hot top only.

On a similar note, if you drop your child off in the morning, please make sure that he/she has snow gear on and is ready to go out to the playground.  Otherwise, our drop off line will get backed up.  Thank you!

Vacation/Extended Absences
Please send me an email if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time (5 or more days).  Also, as a reminder, (per our handbook), “When a student misses school due to a family vacation, the student will need to make-up the assignments designated by his/her teacher so that he/she does not fall behind.  The student may use texts with an indication from the teacher of the material to be covered during the absence.  Teachers, however, are not required to prepare individualized assignments for such situations.  Make-up work/assignments will be given after a student’s return from vacation.”

December 23-January 2 – Holiday Recess
December 24-January 1 – Hanukah
January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
January 20 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – RBS Chorus to sing at the Monarchs
January 26 – Principals’ Winter Read – McKelvie School (More information to come) – Snow Date – February 2nd
February 3 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 PM RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 10th)
February 15 – RBS Invention Convention (Snow Date – February 22nd)
February 16 – RBS Cabaret 6:30 PM – RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 21st)
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation

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