Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
October 13, 2017

Please join us tomorrow anytime from 1:00-3:00 PM for our 5th Annual Harvest Festival. 

IN THE NEWS:
Raffle Winners
This week’s Calendar Raffle winners:
Friday, October 6th – The Tenn Family (sold by Luke Tenn) - $50 to Chipotle
Monday, October 9th – Cheryl Vallee (sold by Brody Edson) – $50 to Chipotle
Tuesday, October 10th – Shannon Badger (sold by Carrie Ann Badger) - $50 to Target
Wednesday, October 11th – Keith Janca (sold by Nelson Janca) - $50 Dunkin’ Donuts
Thursday, October 12th – Georgia Moulis (sold by Stella Moulis) – $50 to Marshall’s
Friday, October 13th – Esmeralda Roxo (sold by Isabella Mailloux) – $50 to Toys R Us

Picture Retake Day – October 18th
If you would like your child to have his/her school picture retaken, please take a look HERE for more information.

A Message from Food Services:  Sample a Smoothie Day!
We will be offering samples of a Fresh Fruit Smoothie in the Riddle Brook cafeteria during lunches on October 17th.  Please talk to your child about the offering.  It will be samples only and any student in the cafeteria can come up and try one.  I have listed the ingredients below, in case there are any questions of allergies.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone give it a try!  If you have any questions, please contact Emily Murphy (Food Service Director) at murphye@sau25.net
Fresh Orange Tropical Smoothie
Ingredients:
Bananas - Carrots - Pineapple - Strawberries - Yogurt (plain skim milk)​

RBS Box Tops for Education
Please click HERE for information on the program at our school.

8thAnnual Witch Way to the 5K - REGISTRATION OPEN
Join us for the 8th annual Witch Way to the 5K on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  The kid’s 1K race starts at 9:30AM and the adult race begins at 10AM at Lurgio Middle School.  Click here to register.  We are also always looking for sponsors - for more information click here.

PTG News and Information
MEADOW FARMS GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER - DEADLINE EXTENDED! - Thank you to all who participated in our annual Meadow Farms Gift Wrap Fundraiser.  If you missed the chance to place an order, you are in luck!  Online orders will be available until December 16th.  As we embark on the gift-giving season, please take a moment to check out the online link for some fabulous gift ideas.  
** 40% of the sales are donated back to the schools! ** 

HELP THE PTG - Help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs/speakers to our schools like Eyes on Owls, Abenaki Story Tellers, T.I.G.E.R. Anti-Bullying performance, Ed Gerety Youth Speaker, and Chris Herren Motivational Speaker.  These events cannot happen without the support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community.  There is still time to help.  Simply click on the PayPal link at www.bedfordptg.org to make a donation or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an enveloped marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school.  Bedford PTG appreciates your support.

SAVE THE DATE - COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE - Thursday, November 2nd 9:30 – 10:30AM.  Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), with our 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.

ANNUAL GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER -  A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion!  For every gift card you buy, a percentage of the value of the card is donated by the sponsoring retailer to our schools, while 100% of the value of the card that you purchased is available for you to spend!  Order forms will be sent home with children in grades K-8 on October 20th.  For those students attending BHS, or for those who would like to download an order form, one will be available on our website at www.bedfordptg.org.

Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
Sign-up information is coming soon!  Registration deadline will be November 15th.  The program will start on Friday, January 5, 2018.  It is a five-week program.  Please contact Kim Peicker at kpeicker@comcast.net with any questions.

Suicide Prevention Training
Bedford School District professionals will be conducting a suicide prevention training, open to all community members, on Thursday, October 26th, 5:30-8:30 PM at BHS.  Please contact Zanna Blaney at blaneyz@sau25.net with any questions regarding this workshop. 

REMINDERS:
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.

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org

Change in Practice Regarding Student Absences and Excuses – IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
Superintendent McGee sent the message below to parents in late August, but I wanted to follow up as well.

Overall, our attendance rates are very high. Thank you! It is very helpful to have our students present and ready to learn every day. At the same time, we have a small number of students who struggle to get to school for a variety of reasons. In order to address those situations more effectively, we have adjusted our practice regarding attendance.
  • If a student reaches 10 days (20 half days) absent in a school year, we will promptly send a letter home that will require parents/guardians to provide appropriate written documentation for all future absences in that school year.
  • If a student reaches 15 days (30 half days) absent in a school year, we will require a meeting to establish a plan for the student to return to regular attendance.
Our goal is to work together with families to help all students attend regularly. The full procedure is in each of the School Handbooks and can be found directly here.

Two additional points:
·      If parents do not call in to our attendance line or write a note to their child’s teacher, it will be considered an unexcused absence.
·      Because I wanted to make sure that parents saw this information (in my Principal’s Notes), we will begin on October 1, 2017.

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS:
October 14 – RBS Harvest Festival
October 18 – RBS Picture Retake Day
November 2 – Coffee with the Superintendent (9:30 AM @ BCTV)
November 10 – Veterans Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
November 18 – PTG Ski and Skate Sale
November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
December 1 – Grade 4 Ellis Island Day







Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
October 5, 2017

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

IN THE NEWS:
Raffle Winners
This week’s Calendar Raffle winners:
Monday, October 2nd  – Carol and Chris Robbins (sold by Peyton Tipping) – $50 to Marshall’s
Tuesday, October 3rd – Tami O’Reilly (sold by Madison O’Reilly) - $50 to Dunkin Donuts
Wednesday, October 4th – Alison Olsen (sold by Elise Olsen) - $50 to Target
Thursday, October 5th  – Laura Gibson (sold by Hailey Dunkerley) – $50 to Toys R Us

Principal’s Advisory Group Winners
This year’s Principal’s Advisory Group was voted on this afternoon.  I will announce them during morning announcements on Tuesday.  Congratulations to our class representatives:
Gabriel Landies (Paquin)
Charles Bradley (King)
Nick Green (Fraser)
Pierce Connolly (Babine)
Addie Wallat (Halloran)
Tyler Chun (Carty)
Saad Babar (Koellmer)
Colin Fitzgerald (Dearborn)
Mia Katane (Bowen)
Ella Wilkens (Gamache)
Eva Piacentini (Brennan)
Jillian Russell (Moskwa)

Safety Educator
Please click HERE to take a look at October’s Safety Educator.

REMINDERS:
RBS Wins National Blue Ribbon Award for Exemplary High Performing Schools
I am extremely proud to announce that RBS has been recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as an Exemplary High Performing School.  We are one of 342 schools in the nation and 4 schools in New Hampshire to be recognized.  However, we are the only elementary school in NH to receive this award in 2017.  Eligibility is based on the most recent state assessment data.  For NH, that is the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  I, along with another staff member, will be accepting the award on behalf of the school at a ceremony in Washington, DC in November.  We will also have a school celebration in the coming months (more information at a later date).  Parents, thank you for sending us students who are ready and eager to learn each day.  We are blessed to be in such a supportive community where education is so highly valued.  If you would like to know more about the National Blue Ribbon Award, please click HERE.

Harvest Festival
I hope you're able to join us for our 5th Annual Harvest Festival.  It's always a lot of fun!  Please see the flyer below for more information.  Also, it's not too late to take part in our Calendar Raffle.  The grand prize ($500) will be drawn the day of the Harvest Festival (you don't have to be present to win), but the raffle will continue each weekday through the end of the month.

A Note from Miss Ferns (Librarian)
Dear Parents, Please help keep our library books safe.  Recently, many books have been destroyed by water damage.  Please have your child/children use a plastic bag that zips closed to carry books to and from school in his/her backpack.  Thank you, Hattie Ferns

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.

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org

Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
Sign-up information is coming soon!  Registration deadline will be November 15th.  The program will start on Friday, January 5, 2018, and it is a five-week program.  Please contact Kim Peicker at kpeicker@comcast.net with any questions.

Change in Practice Regarding Student Absences and Excuses – IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
Superintendent McGee sent the message below to parents in late August, but I wanted to follow up as well.

Overall, our attendance rates are very high. Thank you! It is very helpful to have our students present and ready to learn every day. At the same time, we have a small number of students who struggle to get to school for a variety of reasons. In order to address those situations more effectively, we have adjusted our practice regarding attendance.
  • If a student reaches 10 days (20 half days) absent in a school year, we will promptly send a letter home that will require parents/guardians to provide appropriate written documentation for all future absences in that school year.
  • If a student reaches 15 days (30 half days) absent in a school year, we will require a meeting to establish a plan for the student to return to regular attendance.
Our goal is to work together with families to help all students attend regularly. The full procedure is in each of the School Handbooks and can be found directly here.

Two additional points:
·      If parents do not call in to our attendance line or write a note to their child’s teacher, it will be considered an unexcused absence.
·      Because I wanted to make sure that parents saw this information (in my Principal’s Notes), we will begin on October 1, 2017.

Picture Retake Day – October 18th
If you would like your child to have his/her school picture retaken, please take a look HERE for more information.

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
October 6 – Workshop Day (No School for Students)
October 9 – Columbus Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
October 14 – RBS Harvest Festival (More info. to come)
October 18 – RBS Picture Retake Day
November 2 – Coffee with the Superintendent (9:30 AM @ BCTV)
November 10 – Veterans Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
November 18 – PTG Ski and Skate Sale
November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
December 1 – Grade 4 Ellis Island Day






Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
September 29, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
RBS Wins National Blue Ribbon Award for Exemplary High Performing Schools
I am extremely proud to announce that RBS has been recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as an Exemplary High Performing School.  We are one of 342 schools in the nation and 4 schools in New Hampshire to be recognized.  However, we are the only elementary school in NH to receive this award in 2017.  Eligibility is based on the most recent state assessment data.  For NH, that is the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  I, along with another staff member, will be accepting the award on behalf of the school at a ceremony in Washington, DC in November.  We will also have a school celebration in the coming months (more information at a later date).  Parents, thank you for sending us students who are ready and eager to learn each day.  We are blessed to be in such a supportive community where education is so highly valued.  If you would like to know more about the National Blue Ribbon Award, please click HERE.

Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival Information
Please join us for our 5th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 14th. 
We will be sending out an informational flyer next week.

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 27th, and a there is even a chance to win $500 at the Harvest Festival!  Raffle tickets will be collected until October 27th, and the homeroom that sells the most raffle tickets in each grade level will win an extra recess!

STRINGS CLUB for Fourth Graders
STRINGS CLUB will meet in the music room every Tuesday from 2:40-3:30 PM.  Parents and students are invited to take a look at the string instruments in the music room 2:40-3:30 PM on Tuesday October 3rd.  This week you can see and touch a violin, a viola, a cello and a string bass before you choose the one you want to learn to play in STRINGS CLUB.  You do not need to bring an instrument of your own to this no obligation open house!  A club sign-up form with more details is available HERE.

A Note from Miss Ferns (Librarian)
Dear Parents, Please help keep our library books safe.  Recently, many books have been destroyed by water damage.  Please have your child/children use a plastic bag that zips closed to carry books to and from school in his/her backpack.  Thank you, Hattie Ferns

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.

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org

Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
Sign-up information is coming soon!  Registration deadline will be November 15th.  The program will start on Friday, January 5, 2018, and it is a five-week program.  Please contact Kim Peicker at kpeicker@comcast.net with any questions.

PTG News and Information
LAST CALL…Meadow Farms Gifts, Wrap and More: Looking for quality gift wrap, everyday gifts and gourmet mixes?  Our popular Gifts, Wrap & More fundraiser starts Monday 9/18.  Brochures, with ordering details, should have come home with elementary students this week.  Families, students, and staff at McKelvie, RAL and BHS will be able to order online via this link McK-RAL-BHS Ordering Link
All orders are due by Monday, 10/2 and product will direct to your home. 40% of sales are donated back to our schools!

New To Bedford?  The PTG will host a welcome for all new families to Bedford. This open house style event will take place on Wednesday, October 4th at the Bedford Town Library at 9:30 AM or 6:30 PM.  Families new to the district will be receiving invitations in the mail.  Representatives and/or Administration from all 6 schools will be on hand.  Families can learn about school events/programs and town happenings.  Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions or would like to attend this event please contact Aneesa Fallon at aaf4@comcast.net

Support the PTG: Our support drive is under way and if you’d like to make a donation to the PTG you can do so via PayPal by visiting our website www.bedfordptg.org.  Donations via check can be made out to Bedford PTG and returned to school with students in the PTG support envelops that have been sent home.  With your support we are able to put over $65,000/year in programs and events into our schools!! 

Looking To Volunteer: Volunteer forms were sent home with students in grades K - 8.  Please be sure to return these forms in order to receive notifications of volunteer opportunities in your school.  Volunteer forms can be downloaded from the PTG website.  PTG volunteers logged over 23,000 hours last year, earning each of the six schools the Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in volunteering.  We'd love to have you join us!

REMINDERS:
Change in Practice Regarding Student Absences and Excuses – IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
Superintendent McGee sent the message below to parents in late August, but I wanted to follow up as well.

Overall, our attendance rates are very high. Thank you! It is very helpful to have our students present and ready to learn every day. At the same time, we have a small number of students who struggle to get to school for a variety of reasons. In order to address those situations more effectively, we have adjusted our practice regarding attendance.
  • If a student reaches 10 days (20 half days) absent in a school year, we will promptly send a letter home that will require parents/guardians to provide appropriate written documentation for all future absences in that school year.
  • If a student reaches 15 days (30 half days) absent in a school year, we will require a meeting to establish a plan for the student to return to regular attendance.
Our goal is to work together with families to help all students attend regularly. The full procedure is in each of the School Handbooks and can be found directly here.

Two additional points:
·      If parents do not call in to our attendance line or write a note to their child’s teacher, it will be considered an unexcused absence.
·      Because I wanted to make sure that parents saw this information (in my Principal’s Notes), we will begin on October 1, 2017.

Picture Retake Day – October 18th
If you would like your child to have his/her school picture retaken, please take a look HERE for more information.

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.

Special Education Parent Focus Group
The district is looking to expand the parent volunteers in the Special Education Parent Focus Group, a formal partnership between special education parents and the school community. Parent participants represent each of the schools and encompass all grade levels. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the SAU office. Discussion and activities support family engagement and improvements in the district special education initiatives. Please contact Chris Lassonde, Director of Special Services (lassondec@sau25.net). We would love to have more parents join us!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
October 4 – PTG New Family Welcome (9:30 AM Bedford Town Library)
October 6 – Workshop Day (No School for Students)
October 9 – Columbus Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
October 14 – RBS Harvest Festival (More info. to come)
October 18 – RBS Picture Retake Day
November 2 – Coffee with the Superintendent (9:30 AM @ BCTV)
November 10 – Veterans Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
November 18 – PTG Ski and Skate Sale
November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
December 1 – Grade 4 Ellis Island Day