Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  I hope everyone is able to spend some time over the break with family and friends. 

IN THE NEWS:
Food Drive Information
A big "thank you" to all of our generous families who donated non-perishable food items to The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church food drive.  This year, we collected 335 food/non-perishable items, and our Principal's Advisory Group counted and packed up the food, which was delivered to the food pantry this afternoon...just in time for Thanksgiving.
Principal’s Advisory Group

Yearbook Cover Contest Winners
Congratulations to this year’s Yearbook Cover Contest winners:  Anna Johnson (front cover) and Jenna Dinndorf (back cover).  We have some very talented artists in fourth grade this year, so it was a difficult choice!


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. 
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Executive Functioning and Physical Activity Messages
Executive Functioning
Good bosses check-in with the people around them to make sure they are doing a good job.  What did your teacher and friend say about your “Boss of Me behaviors?”  A great boss listens to what others have to say and always tries to do better.  To be a better boss, watch and model someone who knows a skill you are working on.  Try to make your behavior match theirs.  This week try to practice one tool or strategy by modeling a teacher or friend.  Make your behavior match theirs.
Physical Activity
Brrrrrr...it’s cold outside!
Even though it may be cold outside, that does not have to slow you down!  Do not forget your gloves and hat when you make a snowman!

REMINDERS:
Sickness
There seems to be a bug going around in our younger grades.  Please remember, when students are sick – fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. – they need to be out of school for at least 24 hours after they are symptom-free.  This helps to ensure that they do not spread their illness to other students and staff members.

PTG News and Information
1.  Did you miss the first round of GIFT CARD ordering?  Gift cards are perfect for any occasion and there is still time to order!!  Orders are due November 30th.  Simply print your order form and return, with payment, to school with your student.  Gift cards will be delivered the week of December 12th.
  
2.  It's STAR WARS NIGHT at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, December 3rd, at 6:00 PM.  Join the PTG for a community night out at the Monarchs while enjoying discounted ticket prices, family fun and even get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters!  Orders are due Monday, November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
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




Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 18, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
November 18, 2016


IN THE NEWS:
RBS Directory Cover Art Contest
The RBS Principal’s Council would like to invite all 4th grade students at RBS to participate in a contest to design the new covers (front AND back) for the school directory.  The theme for this year’s cover is “What RBS Means to You.”  Submissions are due by Tuesday, November 22nd
Directory Cover Art Form

Sickness
There seems to be a bug going around in our younger grades.  Please remember, when students are sick – fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. – they need to be out of school for at least 24 hours after they are symptom-free.  This helps to ensure that they do not spread their illness to other students and staff members.

PTG News and Information
1.  SKI & SKATE SALE - THIS SATURDAY at BHS, 9:00 AM – 2:00PM!!  Get all your winter gear and delicious baked goods for the holidays, November 19th at our annual Ski & Skate sale.  Consignorsvolunteers and bakers wanted.  Gear drop-off is Friday, November 18th 5:00PM – 8:00PM @ BHS.

2.  Did you miss the first round of GIFT CARD ordering?  Gift cards are perfect for any occasion and there is still time to order!!  Orders are due November 30th.  Simply print your order form and return, with payment, to school with your student.  Gift cards will be delivered the week of December 12th.
  
3.  It's STAR WARS NIGHT at the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, December 3rd, at 6:00 PM.  Join the PTG for a community night out at the Monarchs while enjoying discounted ticket prices, family fun and even get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters!  Orders are due Monday, November 28th.
**Proceeds from this event will support the "Fan Clubs" at BHS and RAL.

Safety Educator
Attached is the Nov./Dec. 2016 Holiday Edition of the SAFETY EDUCATOR.
Safety Educator

Executive Functioning and Physical Activity Messages
Executive Functioning
How are you doing at becoming a better boss of yourself?  Good bosses check-in with the people around them to make sure they are doing a good job.  Today, ask yourself:  Am I using tools to manage my zones?  Do I know how to get back in the Green Zone?  Do I know how to STOP and Read the Room?  This week, ask your teacher and one friend these questions about yourself.
Physical Activity
Physical Activity and Sports
Being physically active in a group can help you make friends, so the next time you plan to be physically active, ask if anyone wants to join you!  And, always be a team player!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
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




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




Friday, November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016

RBS Principal’s Notes
November 4, 2016

We have a wonderful 4th Grade Strings Club, led by Mrs. Munz and Mrs. Anderson.  Please take a look at one of their rehearsals.
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IN THE NEWS:
Report Cards
Report cards were released on PowerSchool at 2:30 PM today.  As a reminder, we no longer print report cards.  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. 

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 will go home with each student on Monday (Nov. 7th).
Order form

Bullying Awareness
Throughout the month of October, Mr. Munsey and I visited each classroom to read a book and facilitate a discussion with the students regarding anti-bullying, acceptance and consequences for bullying behavior.  In case you’re interested, the following are the books we read:
K – Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
1 – The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
2 – One by Kathryn Otoshi (This is my personal favorite)
3 – Weird by Erin Frankel  *This is one in a series of books that chronicles the same incident from 3 different perspectives – the victim (Weird), the bystander (Dare) and the bully (Tough)
4 – Dare by Erin Frankel

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.

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 and T for time.  Today let’s talk about O for Objects.  When you go into a new room or space, use your inner voice to ask:  What are the objects or things in this place?  Are they tools for learning, games for playing, equipment for science experiments, or other things?  Are the objects shared with friends or to be used by myself?  Are the objects used in a quiet way or a noisy way?  Remember a good boss knows when to ask for help!  If you do not know how to use an object, ask your teacher for help.
Physical Activity
Importance of daily physical activity
Being active for at least 60 minutes per day helps increase concentration and focus in the classroom.

Blood Drive
A blood drive will be held on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th,​ at Bedford High School in memory of Hillary Silver, a Bedford mother who passed away from a ​blood cancer last year.  Hillary's two children still attend Bedford schools.  Volunteers are needed (BHS students can earn Community Service hours).  For more information, please click on the link below.
BHS Blood Drive Info.

PTG Information
1.  PTG Ski and Skate Sale VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Hello Volunteers!!!  It's that time of year again for PTG's largest fundraiser.  Our annual Ski & Skate Sale will take place on November 18th and 19th.  If you are interested in helping out, please email maria_rocco@yahoo.com and indicate one of the open shifts below.  Note this does not guarantee a shift as volunteer slots are on a first come first serve basis.  If you cannot help at the event, please consider sending in a baked good for our event’s bake sale. Last year's Ski & Skate event raised upwards of $18,000 for the schools.  Please consider donating your time to help make this another successful year.
Shift Options:
SATURDAY Nov 19th 8:00am - 12:30pm (check in upon arrival and a brief mtg at 8:25am) – positions are almost full

SATURDAY Nov 19th 12:30pm - 2pm (check in upon arrival for duty assignment)

SATURDAY Nov 19th 2pm - 5pm (check in, assist with set up for pick-ups, assist with pick ups, help clean up)

2.  GIFT CARD orders for pre-Thanksgiving delivery are due November 2nd
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).  Order by November 2nd for pre-Thanksgiving delivery and order by November 30th for pre-Christmas delivery. 

3.  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. 

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

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:
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. 

Harvest Festival Chili Recipes
As promised, here are the recipes for some of the chili contest submissions from our Harvest Festival.  Enjoy!
Chili Recipes

Make Life Sweeter Candy Drive
With the help of a BHS student, we will be conducting a weeklong post Halloween candy drive.  All of the collections will be donated to the New Horizons Soup Kitchen in Manchester.  New Horizons gratefully uses these donations as dessert when they serve the homeless, and they also pass it along as a nighttime treat to those homeless guests staying in the shelter.  The goal of the drive is to make life a little sweeter for those less fortunate.  All donations can be placed in the marked box outside the office, starting the day after Halloween until the end of the school day on Monday, November 7th.

Bedford Skis Crotched Program
Registration is now open!  Go to http://www.crotchedmtn.com/52-school-program/ 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 isabelleg@comcast.net 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 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.

Bedford Education Foundation
The Bedford Education Foundation Fall Fundraiser
Friday November 4, 2016
Manchester Country Club
7:00 PM  
Tickets available at www.seatyourself.biz/befnh
$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 info@befnh.org

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