Friday, December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 22, 2017

Happy Snow Day!  I know this day put a wrench in some people’s plans, but I hope you were able to enjoy this extra day at home with your children!  For those of you who are counting, this is day #3, which brings us to June 18th for the tentative last day of school. 

From the staff of Riddle Brook School, we would like to wish all of our families a very Merry Christmas 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 (January 2nd)!

IN THE NEWS:
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 – Riyad Ziada (Mrs. Bowen’s class)
Back Cover – Ella O’Keefe (Mrs. Brennan’s class)

Coat Drive
Thank you to all of our families who donated winter coats, boots, etc.  We will be donating them to Families in Transition.

What are those Numbers in the ​Windows?
Parents may have noticed that classrooms across the district now have numbers posted in their exterior windows.  Those signs are a part of the Bedford School District Incident Command System (ICS).  ICS is the nationwide emergency planning protocol established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The numbers would allow emergency responders to quickly identify classrooms from outside of the building. 

PTG News and Information
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from BEDFORD PTG. Have a Wonderful Vacation!

PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Start the New Year off with a night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 1/4, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG.  A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted.  You can find a copy of the flyer here

COMING IN JANUARY …Marvel Night at the Monarchs Game, Principal Winter Reading Night, Barnes and Noble Days, and Yankee Candle!  Stay tuned for more details.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess
January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
January 19 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – 4th Grade Spelling Bee (Library 2:45 PM) *Snow date – January 24th
January 25 – PTG Principals’ Winter Read (More information to come) *Snow date – February 1st
January 26 – Report Cards Released (on-line)
February 2 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance *Snow date – February 9th





Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 15, 2017

We had a great time this afternoon at our annual Holiday All School Meeting!  Staff members dressed in festive garb and led a sing-a-long with the students!  Thank you to Mr. Bergquist (Anne Koellmer’s father) for leading us all on the piano. 

To all of our families who are celebrating Hanukkah, I wish you a happy and joyous season with family and friends!

IN THE NEWS:
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 get out of the car at any part of the sidewalk rather than only directly in front of the school entrance.
  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.  Parking and walking your child to the office is reserved for those students who need assistance for one reason or another.
  4. As always, please be kind and patient! J   

PTG News and Information
Last Minute Holiday Shopping? Every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG.  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.
Coming in January…Principal Winter Reading Night, Barnes and Noble Days, and Yankee Candle! Stay tuned for more details.

Safety Educator
Please click HERE for December’s edition of Safety Educator.

REMINDERS:
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 4th – Wednesday, December 20th.  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.

BHS Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser!  Design, create and decorate your very own gingerbread house.  Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee.  Help us spread happiness, and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th.  For more information, please check out our flyer!

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess
January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
January 19 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – 4th Grade Spelling Bee (Library 2:45 PM) *Snow date – January 24th
January 25 – PTG Principals’ Winter Read (More information to come) *Snow date – February 1st
January 26 – Report Cards Released (on-line)
February 2 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance *Snow date – February 9th





Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 8, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
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 and staff! 

PTG News and Information
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who supported our gift card fundraiser.  The second and final round of orders will be delivered next week. 

AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you could support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.

REMINDERS:
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 4th – Wednesday, December 20th.  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.

RBS Winter Concert
RHYTHMICS will present a Winter Concert on our school stage on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is invited, and a special invitation goes out to those we call our HEROES.  This will be a fun hour of musical entertainment, presented by our fourth grade chorus as they perform fun songs, patriotic songs, holiday songs, and a special song called "Everyday Heroes," dedicated to veterans and those heroes who surround us everyday.  We ask those who attend to bring a toy for TOYS FOR TOTS to add to our stage decorations.  We will present our donations to the United States Marines during the concert!  (The snow date is December 14th).  Meanwhile, toys can be dropped off at school any day.  Please help us meet our goal of 500 toys for TOYS FOR TOTS 2017!    

BHS Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser!  Design, create and decorate your very own gingerbread house.  Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee.  Help us spread happiness, and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th.  For more information, please check out our flyer!

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 13 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym (Snow date:  December 14)
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess
January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
January 19 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – 4th Grade Spelling Bee (Library 2:45 PM) *Snow date – January 24th
January 25 – PTG Principals’ Winter Read (More information to come) *Snow date – February 1st
January 26 – Report Cards Released (on-line)
February 2 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance *Snow date – February 9th







Friday, December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
December 1, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Ellis Island
Today was our annual Ellis Island Day for fourth grade students.  Our immigrants looked and performed great!  Please check out the pictures below to get a flavor of the journey back in time that our students experienced today.

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 4th – Wednesday, December 20th.  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.

RBS Winter Concert
RHYTHMICS will present a Winter Concert on our school stage on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is invited, and a special invitation goes out to those we call our HEROES.  This will be a fun hour of musical entertainment, presented by our fourth grade chorus as they perform fun songs, patriotic songs, holiday songs, and a special song called "Everyday Heroes," dedicated to veterans and those heroes who surround us everyday.  We ask those who attend to bring a toy for TOYS FOR TOTS to add to our stage decorations.  We will present our donations to the United States Marines during the concert!  (The snow date is December 14th).  Meanwhile, toys can be dropped off at school any day.  Please help us meet our goal of 500 toys for TOYS FOR TOTS 2017!    

BHS Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser!  Design, create and decorate your very own gingerbread house.  Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee.  Help us spread happiness, and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th.  For more information, please check out our flyer!

PTG News and Information
SKI AND SKATE THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who came out in support of the PTG and the Bedford School District at our annual Ski and Skate Sale.  Thank you all who dropped off merchandise to sell (consignor checks should be delivered by mid-December for sold items), to those who came to shop, and to all those who volunteered their time to help!

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary -  Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8 PM at Lurgio.  Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance counselors for a discussion and Q&A session.  Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  The film SCREENAGERS explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information. 

PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8 PM, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG.  A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted.  You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer

AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG. 

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
December 13 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym (Snow date:  December 14)
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess
January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
January 19 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – 4th Grade Spelling Bee (Library 2:45 PM) *Snow date – January 24th
January 25 – PTG Principals’ Winter Read (More information to come) *Snow date – February 1st
January 26 – Report Cards Released (on-line)
February 2 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance *Snow date – February 9th