Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  I hope everyone is able to spend some time over the break with family and friends.  Reminder…there is no school tomorrow (Wednesday, November 22nd).  We’ll see you on Monday, November 27th. 

IN THE NEWS:
Food Drive Information
A big "thank you" to all of our generous families who donated non-perishable food items requested by The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church for our annual food drive.  This year, we collected 282 food/non-perishable items, and our Principal's Advisory Group counted and packed up the food yesterday.  It will be picked by the food pantry tomorrow...just in time for Thanksgiving and the long Thanksgiving weekend.
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PTG News and Information
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE PTG - We wish you all a Wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  We are thankful for the amazing support we receive from families, staff, and the community. 

GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29  A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion!  Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you!  Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form, please click here… Gift Card Order Form  For more information about this program, please click here… Gift Card Program.  HAPPY SHOPPING!

MANCHESTER MONARCHS DISCOUNT TICKETS - Join the PTG at the Manchester Monarchs Ugly Sweater Holiday Game on Saturday, December 9th, at 6PM as they take on the Royals.  Special discounted ticket price of $15 for child or adult!  Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice.  Click HERE  for order form, and return to your child’s school by Friday, 12/1.

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary -  Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8PM at Lurgio.  Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance 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 4-8pm, 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: 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:
Congratulations, Andie!
One of our fourth graders, Andie Nugent, recently represented the state of New Hampshire by winning first-place for her invention for grades 3 and 4 at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington, DC.  Since winning this award, her family was contacted by a company named LittleBits who, working with Disney, needed an innovative female inventor to help them with a new STEM-based droid kit that lets kids build their own robot R2D2.  Andie was chosen to share her story as a young female inventor.  A production crew from New York City visited Riddle Brook and Andie's home earlier this fall to film her story.  We are SO proud of Andie!  To see her video and read her article, please click HERE.

Toys for Tots at RBS
RHYTHMICS kicked off our TOYS FOR TOTS collection during their rehearsal on Wednesday.  TOYS FOR TOTS is a well-known charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  We hope to collect more than 500 toys before our Winter Concert, which is scheduled for December 13th. Until that day, boys, girls and Riddle Brook community members are asked to deposit new, unwrapped toys in the big boxes located in the halls and in the music room at school.  All the toys will be used as decorations on the edge of the stage for the concert!  Through our generosity, the holidays will be filled with happiness for boys and girls who need our help! 

What is Vaping?
NOVEMBER 27 FROM 7 - 8 PM AT THE BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski, Officer “Spike” Donahue and Officer Danielle Nightingale, School Resource Officers at Bedford High School/Ross A. Lurgio Middle School and McKelvie Intermediate School, respectively, will give you the facts about vaping.  Can you smell it?  Can people vape marijuana?  Can people vape other substances?  What does a vape look like?  Where do people get vapes?  Is it legal for kids to vape?  In addition, Dr. Joseph Hou, Pulmonologist at Catholic Medical Center, will also provide clinical information on vaping.  Is it addictive?  Is it harmful?  How does it affect young people?  How does it compare to smoking?  The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a 20-minute question and answer session.  Get your questions about vaping answered!

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:
November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
December 1 – Grade 4 Ellis Island Day
December 13 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym (Snow date:  December 14)
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess




Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
November 17, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Congratulations, Andie!
One of our fourth graders, Andie Nugent, recently represented the state of New Hampshire by winning first-place for her invention for grades 3 and 4 at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington, DC.  Since winning this award, her family was contacted by a company named LittleBits who, working with Disney, needed an innovative female inventor to help them with a new STEM-based droid kit that lets kids build their own robot R2D2.  Andie was chosen to share her story as a young female inventor.  A production crew from New York City visited Riddle Brook and Andie's home earlier this fall to film her story.  We are SO proud of Andie!  To see her video and read her article, please click HERE.

RBS Directory – Action Item
Directory forms went home with students this week.  If you have more than 1 child in our school, the form went home to the youngest sibling.  If you’d like your child’s information included in the RBS Directory, please send the form back to school by Tuesday, November 21st.  We only need one form per family. 

Toys for Tots at RBS
RHYTHMICS kicked off our TOYS FOR TOTS collection during their rehearsal on Wednesday.  TOYS FOR TOTS is a well known charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  We hope to collect more than 500 toys before our Winter Concert, which is scheduled for December 13th. Until that day, boys, girls and Riddle Brook community members are asked to deposit new, unwrapped toys in the big boxes located in the halls and in the music room at school.  All the toys will be used as decorations on the edge of the stage for the concert!  Through our generosity, the holidays will be filled with happiness for boys and girls who need our help! 


What is Vaping?
NOVEMBER 27 FROM 7 - 8 PM AT THE BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski, Officer “Spike” Donahue and Officer Danielle Nightingale, School Resource Officers at Bedford High School/Ross A. Lurgio Middle School and McKelvie Intermediate School, respectively, will give you the facts about vaping.  Can you smell it?  Can people vape marijuana?  Can people vape other substances?  What does a vape look like?  Where do people get vapes?  Is it legal for kids to vape?  In addition, Dr. Joseph Hou, Pulmonologist at Catholic Medical Center, will also provide clinical information on vaping.  Is it addictive?  Is it harmful?  How does it affect young people?  How does it compare to smoking?  The 40 minute presentation will be followed by a 20 minute question and answer session.  Get your questions about vaping answered!

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

REMINDERS:
PTG News and Information
SKI & SKATE SALE NOVEMBER 18th - Save​ ​HUGE​ ​on​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used​ ​winter​ ​sports​ ​equipment​ ​&​​ apparel! 
Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School.  Join​ ​local​ ​vendors​ ​bringing​ ​top​ ​name​ ​brand​ ​equipment​, ​both​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used, along​ ​with​ ​our​ ​tremendous ​​consignment​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​ski​ ​and​ ​boarding​ ​equipment,​ ​skates,​ ​and winter​ ​apparel​ ​and​ ​outfit​ ​your​ ​entire​ ​family​ ​for​​ the​ ​upcoming​ ​season!  
Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM. 
Visit our Ski and Skate Sale page to find out more information about the sale and how you can tag and consign your items.  If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email BedfordPTGSkiSkate@gmail.com.  Items are needed for the bake sale (homemade or store bought), please click HERE to donate a baked good.

GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 
A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion!  Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you!  Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form, please click here…Gift Card Order Form.  For more information about this program, please click here… Gift Card Program.  HAPPY SHOPPING!

AmazonSmile!  Speaking of buying gifts, 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. 

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:
November 18 – PTG Ski and Skate Sale
November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
December 1 – Grade 4 Ellis Island Day
December 13 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym (Snow date:  December 14)
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess





Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
November 9, 2017
I hope everyone has a great Veteran’s Day weekend, and we will see you on Monday.  On behalf of RBS, I want to thank all of our military families for your service.  We are so grateful for your selflessness, bravery and sacrifice.   

IN THE NEWS:
National Blue Ribbon Award
On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Mrs. Rodd (Technology Integration Teacher) and I were in Washington, D.C. to accept the National Blue Ribbon Award for High Achieving Schools on behalf of Riddle Brook School.  It was certainly a rewarding and humbling experience to be in the company of so many talented and dedicated educators.  I am so proud that our school was counted among of all of these remarkable schools of every level and type—elementary, middle and high, public, private, parochial and charter.  I’m not one who enjoys having her picture taken, but I wanted to share a few stand out moments from our trip.

PTG News and Information
SKI & SKATE SALE NOVEMBER 18th - Save​ ​HUGE​ ​on​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used​ ​winter​ ​sports​ ​equipment​ ​&​​ apparel! 
Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School.  Join​ ​local​ ​vendors​ ​bringing​ ​top​ ​name​ ​brand​ ​equipment​, ​both​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used, along​ ​with​ ​our​ ​tremendous ​​consignment​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​ski​ ​and​ ​boarding​ ​equipment,​ ​skates,​ ​and winter​ ​apparel​ ​and​ ​outfit​ ​your​ ​entire​ ​family​ ​for​​ the​ ​upcoming​ ​season!  
Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM. 
Visit our Ski and Skate Sale page to find out more information about the sale and how you can tag and consign your items.  If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email BedfordPTGSkiSkate@gmail.com.  Items are needed for the bake sale (homemade or store bought), please click HERE to donate a baked good.

GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 
A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion!  Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you!  Final order due date is Wednesday November 29th.  To download an order form, please click here…Gift Card Order Form.  For more information about this program, please click here… Gift Card Program.  HAPPY SHOPPING!

AmazonSmile!  Speaking of buying gifts, 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:
Food Drive – October 23 – November 17
The Food Pantry at Bedford Presbyterian Church is a valuable 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. 

They are always in need of THESE FOOD ITEMS.  At RBS, we would like to make a concerted effort to collect these items for our food drive.  If you are able to make a donation, I know the Food Pantry would GREATLY appreciate it! 

*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 21st the boxes will be donated as a contribution from the Riddle Brook School community.  Therefore, we will need all donations by Friday, November 17th.  Our Principal’s Advisory Group will be organizing and packing the donations on Monday, November 20th.

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:
November 9 – Report Cards Released on Power School (2:30 PM)
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
December 13 – RBS Winter Concert – 6:30 PM RBS Gym (Snow date:  December 20)
December 12-20 - Hanukkah
December 25-January 1 – Holiday Recess