Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
September 22, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
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.

Harvest Festival Calendar Raffle
Information and ticket sheets for our annual calendar raffle were sent home this 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!

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!

PTG News and Information
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!

Wonder what the PTG is and what we do? Check us out at Bedford Olde Towne Day on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am-3pm. Learn more about school programs and community events sponsored by the PTG, meet our Bulldog, and see how you can be involved.

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!! 

 Meet the Principals Event: You are invited to join the PTG and the Principals from all six schools at our annual "Coffee with the Principals" event on Wednesday, September 27th from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road).  This is a great opportunity to hear what each school has in store for the year.  There will be a Q & A following the presentation.  Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend.

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!

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

Destination Imagination – Registration Closes September 29th
Destination Imagination is a fun academic program that teaches creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and management skills through project-based Challenges.  These are key skills that all businesses (and colleges) are looking for – the ability to identify challenges and solve them, while leveraging the talents on your team.  Designed to complement K-12 education, we offer seven new academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts, service learning, and early learning.  In solving a challenge, students learn the creative process from imagination to innovation and the skills needed to thrive in school, their careers and beyond.  Teams can be made up of 2-7 members and must have an adult Team Manager i.e. - a parent or two.  We need volunteers and we will train you!  The 2017-18 registration is open through Friday, September 29th.  For more info., check out www.nh-di.org; Bedford DI on Facebook, or contact our district coordinator, Marie Russell at www.bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com.


Child ID Kit
If you are interested in a child ID kit, the Bedford Fire and Police Departments are offering an opportunity for parents this Sunday.  Please click HERE for more information. 

REMINDERS:
Harlem Wizards v. Lurgio Lions Fundraiser - Tickets on Sale Now!
On September 22, at 6:30 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium, staff from the Bedford School District will face-off against the Harlem Wizards basketball team.  All funds raised from this event will go towards extracurricular programs at Lurgio Middle School.  Click [HERE] to watch a video about the event then click [HERE] to buy your tickets.  You won’t want to miss out on this extraordinary community event!

Bedford Old Home Day
The whole community of Bedford will be celebrating Old Home Day on Saturday September 23 from 10 - 3 at Riley Field. Please join us! Click here for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 27 – PTG Coffee with the Principals (9:30 AM BCTV)
September 29-30 – Yom Kippur
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 – PTG Shorty’s Night
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 15, 2017

September 15, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
September 15, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Book Fair
Thank you to our families for making our fall book fair a great success!  Thank you, too, to our Book Fair Committee for all of your planning, hard work, talent (artistic and otherwise) and time!  They are: Heather Noonan, Shailagh Klicker, Jennifer Sufat and Anne Lewis.
Safety Educator
Please take a look at September’s edition of Safety Educator.

Destination Imagination – Parent Info. Night 9/18
Destination Imagination is a fun academic program that teaches creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and management skills through project-based Challenges.  These are key skills that all businesses (and colleges) are looking for – the ability to identify challenges and solve them, while leveraging the talents on your team.  Designed to complement K-12 education, we offer seven new academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts, service learning, and early learning.  In solving a challenge, students learn the creative process from imagination to innovation and the skills needed to thrive in school, their careers and beyond.  Teams can be made up of 2-7 members and must have an adult Team Manager i.e. - a parent or two.  We need volunteers and we will train you!  The 2017-18 Parent Info. Night will be this coming Monday, September 18th in the Peter Woodbury School Library at 7:00 PM.  For more info., check out Bedford DI on Facebook or contact our District Coordinator, Marie Russell at www.bedfordrocksdi@gmail.com.

PTG News/Information
Back to school greetings from the PTG! We are looking forward to another great school year full of fantastic programs and events for our students, staff and families. 

Thank you for turning in volunteer forms last Friday!  We are so excited to see that so many people are willing to help make this year fantastic for our students.  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!

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!

Wonder what the PTG is and what we do? Check us out at Bedford Olde Towne Day on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am-3pm. Learn more about school programs and community events sponsored by the PTG, meet our Bulldog, and see how you can be involved.

Meet the Principals Event: You are invited to join the PTG and the Principals from all six schools at our annual "Coffee with the Principals" event on Wednesday, September 27th from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road).  This is a great opportunity to hear what each school has in store for the year.  There will be a Q & A following the presentation.  Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend.

Bedford Old Home Day
The whole community of Bedford will be celebrating Old Home Day on Saturday September 23 from 10 - 3 at Riley Field. Please join us! Click here for details.

REMINDERS:
Harlem Wizards v. Lurgio Lions Fundraiser - Tickets on Sale Now!
On September 22, at 6:30 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium, staff from the Bedford School District will face-off against the Harlem Wizards basketball team.  All funds raised from this event will go towards extracurricular programs at Lurgio Middle School.  Click [HERE] to watch a video about the event then click [HERE] to buy your tickets.  You won’t want to miss out on this extraordinary community event!

Drop-Off and Dismissal Procedures
Morning Drop-Off:
When transporting your child to Riddle Brook School between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m., you will drop-off in the oval at the rear entrance of the school.  A duty teacher is available to supervise children at the drop off area beginning at 7:30 a.m.  From 7:50 AM - 8:00 AM, you will drop off at the main entrance.  I would recommend arriving by 7:50 as often as possible as traffic can get backed up at the main entrance.  If the children arrive late to their rooms (due to traffic) they will still be marked tardy.  The academic day begins at 8:00 a.m.  If you arrive after 8:00 a.m., you must park in Visitor Parking and accompany your child to the office to sign a clipboard noting his/her tardiness. 
In order to avoid traffic back up and being marked tardy, the best course of action is to take the bus or arrive at 7:30 AM.
Afternoon Parent Pick-Up:
Please click on the following link for Parent Pick-Up procedures:

Automated Attendance Call
Again this year families in the Bedford School District will receive a phone call confirming their child's absence via our "School Messenger" system.  Once we have taken attendance, a message will be generated confirming your child's absence.  The elementary calls will go out at approximately 9:30 AM, McKelvie and Lurgio will go out at 10:30 AM and the BHS at 11:00 AM.  If this call comes to you in error, please contact the Main Office so that we can correct the attendance report.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 20-22 – Rosh Hashanah
September 27 – PTG Coffee with the Principals (9:30 AM BCTV)
September 29-30 – Yom Kippur
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 – PTG Shorty’s Night
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 8, 2017

September 8, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
September 8, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Fall Book Fair
Saddle up! The Fall Book Fair is rolling into town!
Where: RBS Room 216-218
Days: Monday - Wednesday Sept 11-13
Times: 2:00-7:00 PM.  Extended on Wednesday - open until 8:00 PM for Open House shoppers
Mosey in to round up some books for the whole posse!  ALL profits benefit RBS directly!
*Interested in volunteering? Please contact Anne Lewis at: anneclewis@hotmail.com

RBS New Students
Mrs. Reese, Mr. Munsey and I had lunch today with all of our new students in grades 2, 3 & 4.  We took some great “selfies” of each group!  Please take a look below.

RBS Open House
Please join us on Wednesday, September 13th for our annual Open House.
K-2:  5:30-6:30 PM
3&4:  6:30-7:30 PM
This is a family event.  All are welcome!

PTG Information
Back to school greetings from the PTG! We are looking forward to another great school year full of fantastic programs and events for our students, staff and families. 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!!

K-8 Volunteer Packets should have come home with students. You can also access the forms at www.bedfordptg.org under Helpful Links/Forms.  Be sure to fill one out and return to child’s school(s) to be made aware of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.


Meadow Farms Gifts, Wrap and More: Looking for quality gift wrap, everyday gifts and gourmet mixes?  Our popular Gifts, Wrap & More fundraiser is just around the corner.  Brochures will be coming home with elementary students next week with ordering details.  Families, students, and staff at McKelvie, RAL and BHS will be able to order online via this link McK-RAL-BHS Ordering Link
Sale starts Monday, 9/18 and orders are due by Monday, 10/2.

Wonder what the PTG is and what we do? Check us out at Bedford Olde Home Day on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM.  Learn more about school programs and community events sponsored by the PTG, meet our Bulldog, and see how you can be involved.

Meet the Principals Event: You are invited to join the PTG and the Principals from all six schools at our annual "Coffee with the Principals" event on Wednesday, September 27th from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road).  This is a great opportunity to hear what each school has in store for the year.  There will be a Q & A following the presentation.  Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend.

REMINDERS:
Infosnap
If you haven’t already, it’s very important that you complete your Infosnap.  Children will not be able to have their pictures taken or use technology until it is complete.  If you have any questions about it, please contact our main office.

Buddy Bench
If you were at RBS last year, you may remember from my Principal's Notes that our school was given a Buddy Bench for our playground.  The concept is simple, if a child doesn't have anyone to play with at recess, he/she can sit on the Buddy Bench signaling that he/she is looking for a friend to play with.  Other students can use that as an invitation to ask that child to play.  Teachers have discussed the Buddy Bench with their classes, so that we’re all using it properly.  THIS VIDEO provides a great explanation of the bench.

Harlem Wizards v. Lurgio Lions Fundraiser - Tickets on Sale Now!
On September 22, at 6:30 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium, staff from the Bedford School District will face-off against the Harlem Wizards basketball team.  All funds raised from this event will go towards extracurricular programs at Lurgio Middle School.  Click [HERE] to watch a video about the event then click [HERE] to buy your tickets.  You won’t want to miss out on this extraordinary community event!

Principal/Parent Communication
As my primary form of communication, I will be sending you an email update every week—typically on Friday afternoon/evening.  The email will include action items (highlighted in yellow), reminders, and other important information.  I will also archive all of my notes on the RBS web page (Principal’s News).

Drop-Off and Dismissal Procedures
Morning Drop-Off:
When transporting your child to Riddle Brook School between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m., you will drop-off in the oval at the rear entrance of the school.  A duty teacher is available to supervise children at the drop off area beginning at 7:30 a.m.  From 7:50 AM - 8:00 AM, you will drop off at the main entrance.  I would recommend arriving by 7:50 as often as possible as traffic can get backed up at the main entrance.  If the children arrive late to their rooms (due to traffic) they will still be marked tardy.  The academic day begins at 8:00 a.m.  If you arrive after 8:00 a.m., you must park in Visitor Parking and accompany your child to the office to sign a clipboard noting his/her tardiness. 
In order to avoid traffic back up and being marked tardy, the best course of action is to take the bus or arrive at 7:30 AM.
Afternoon Parent Pick-Up:
Please click on the following link for Parent Pick-Up procedures:

Automated Attendance Call
Again this year families in the Bedford School District will receive a phone call confirming their child's absence via our "School Messenger" system.  Once we have taken attendance, a message will be generated confirming your child's absence.  The elementary calls will go out at approximately 9:30 AM, McKelvie and Lurgio will go out at 10:30 AM and the BHS at 11:00 AM.  If this call comes to you in error, please contact the Main Office so that we can correct the attendance report.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 11-13 – RBS Fall Book Fair/Sale
September 13 – RBS Open House:  K-2:  5:30-6:30 PM, 3 & 4:  6:30-7:30 PM
September 20-22 – Rosh Hashanah
September 27 – PTG Coffee with the Principals (9:30 AM BCTV)
September 29-30 – Yom Kippur
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 – PTG Shorty’s Night
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 1, 2017

September 1, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
September 1, 2017

We’ve had a great opening to school!  Thank you for all of your support and for sending us such great kids!  Enjoy your long weekend, and we’ll see you on Tuesday, September 5th.

IN THE NEWS:
Infosnap
If you haven’t already, it’s very important that you complete your Infosnap.  Children will not be able to have their pictures taken or use technology until it is complete.  If you have any questions about it, please contact our main office.

Buddy Bench
If you were at RBS last year, you may remember from my Principal's Notes that our school was given a Buddy Bench for our playground.  The concept is simple, if a child doesn't have anyone to play with at recess, he/she can sit on the Buddy Bench signaling that he/she is looking for a friend to play with.  Other students can use that as an invitation to ask that child to play.  Teachers have discussed the Buddy Bench with their classes, so that we’re all using it properly.  THIS VIDEO provides a great explanation of the bench.

Paraprofessional Openings at RBS
​If anyone is interested, or knows of anyone who is interested in becoming a paraprofessional here at Riddle Brook School, please contact Matt Munsey and he'll be able to provide you/them with more information.  He can be reached at 471-1082 (please hit 0 for Mrs. Gorrie or Mrs. Christensen to transfer you to him) or at munseym@sau25.net​.

Harlem Wizards v. Lurgio Lions Fundraiser - Tickets on Sale Now!
On September 22, at 6:30 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium, staff from the Bedford School District will face-off against the Harlem Wizards basketball team.  All funds raised from this event will go towards extracurricular programs at Lurgio Middle School.  Click [HERE] to watch a video about the event then click [HERE] to buy your tickets.  You won’t want to miss out on this extraordinary community event!

REMINDERS:
PM Buses
Typically, for the 1st week and a half or so of school, we call Kindergarten and 1st grade students to line up for their afternoon buses prior to the older students. Consequently, it delays the departure of buses about 10-15 minutes. However, it's worth it in the end as it provides the little ones with a better sense of security and understanding during this hectic time of the day. We appreciate your understanding and patience with this!

Principal/Parent Communication
As my primary form of communication, I will be sending you an email update every week—typically on Friday afternoon/evening.  The email will include action items (highlighted in yellow), reminders, and other important information.  I will also archive all of my notes on the RBS web page (Principal’s News).

Drop-Off and Dismissal Procedures
Morning Drop-Off:
When transporting your child to Riddle Brook School between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m., you will drop-off in the oval at the rear entrance of the school.  A duty teacher is available to supervise children at the drop off area beginning at 7:30 a.m.  From 7:50 a.m - 8:00 a.m., you will drop off at the main entrance.  I would recommend arriving by 7:50 as often as possible as traffic can get backed up at the main entrance.  If the children arrive late to their rooms (due to traffic) they will still be marked tardy.  The academic day begins at 8:00 a.m.  If you arrive after 8:00 a.m., you must park in Visitor Parking and accompany your child to the office to sign a clipboard noting his/her tardiness. 
In order to avoid traffic back up and being marked tardy, the best course of action is to take the bus or arrive at 7:30 AM.
Afternoon Parent Pick-Up:
Please click on the following link for Parent Pick-Up procedures:

Automated Attendance Call
Again this year families in the Bedford School District will receive a phone call confirming their child's absence via our "School Messenger" system.  Once we have taken attendance, a message will be generated confirming your child's absence.  The elementary calls will go out at approximately 9:30 AM, McKelvie and Lurgio will go out at 10:30 AM and the BHS at 11:00 AM.  If this call comes to you in error, please contact the Main Office so that we can correct the attendance report.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
September 4 – Labor Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
September 6 – RBS School Pictures
September 8 – All School Meeting (National Anthem) – Staff & students…please wear red, white and blue.
September 11-13 – RBS Fall Book Fair/Sale
September 13 – RBS Open House:  K-2:  5:30-6:30 PM, 3 & 4:  6:30-7:30 PM
September 27 – PTG Coffee with the Principals (9:30 AM BCTV)
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