Friday, December 9, 2016

December 9, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 9, 2016

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.”

Hour of Code
This week, Mrs. Rodd and our classroom teachers facilitated Hour of Code lessons with our K-4 students.  These computer-coding lessons were engaging, stimulating and fun for students. 
Mrs. Gamache’s class

BHS Fundraiser – Holiday Movies
The BHS UpReach Club is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, December 17th in the BHS library for children and their parents to watch holiday movies, make crafts and enjoy snacks.  Please see the flyer below for more information.

Executive Functioning and Physical Activity Messages
Executive Functioning
Good Bosses need to Zoom In to the little things, but you also need to Zoom Out and pay attention to bigger things, like classroom and school rules, or how everyone is behaving in a certain space.  To Zoom Out, pretend you are using a camera with a wide lens, or look around at most of the people in your space.  Zoom out by pretending to put a megaphone on your ear, so you can hear important loudspeaker announcements, the pledge, and what the Cafeteria Monitors are saying.

Physical Activity
Did I really need to eat that piece of candy?
In order to burn the amount of calories in 1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (115 calories), you have to ride your bike for 60 minutes at a moderate intensity.  That's pedaling really fast!

PTG Information
  • The PTG is excited to announce that shoppers can support the PTG by shopping through and selecting "Bedford Parent Teacher Group.”  Amazon will donate .05% 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, 6:00-8:00 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, so please come early.  The PTG is proud to be co-sponsoring this event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

Coat Drive
As we have in past years, Riddle Brook School is sponsoring a Coat Drive.  Items collected will be donated to needy families.  The drive runs from Monday, December 5th – Thursday, December 22nd.  Items to be collected include: clean hats, mittens/gloves, scarves and coats for men, women, children and infants.  Boxes are located in the library hallway.

Toys for Tots
RHYTHMICS has kicked off the annual TOYS FOR TOTS drive.  Please bring in a new, unwrapped toy for this really great charity project.  Collection boxes are located in the main entrance hall, near the library and in the music room.  With your help, Riddle Brook School can bring in a record number of items for this project!  The chorus will celebrate and wrap up the drive when they present the toys to the U.S. Marines at our free Winter Concert, scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th.  All are welcome to attend this 6:30 PM event on our school stage.  We hope to perform for you and a big crowd. 

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