Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
January 6, 2017

Welcome back and Happy 2017!  I hope everyone had a great break, and was able to spend some much-deserved downtime with family and friends!  It always seems to me that the school year flies by after the new year!

PowerSchool/Report Cards
We still have many families who have not registered for PowerSchool.  As a reminder, this is the only way that parents can view their child’s report card.  A letter was sent home this fall to unregistered families, which contained a code for them to sign up.  If you need to sign up but do not have the letter, please call our main office.

RBS Directories
The directories have been given to teachers and should be sent home with students by early next week.

Parent Survey for Smarter Balance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking feedback on the statewide mathematics and English language arts assessment, known as Smarter Balanced.  They want to hear from parents regarding their experiences with Smarter Balanced.  Please take a minute to complete this Parent Survey.

Mental Health: A little knowledge can go a long way
Former NH Supreme Court Justice, John Broderick will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Lurgio Middle School Library.  We invite you and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease.  Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment.  The evening event will be most appropriate for parents.  However, there is also a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 PM, and a staff event at 3:30 PM at Peter Woodbury School.
*The Five Signs card that Superintendent McGee referenced in his January 3rd parent email will be sent home with students on Monday.

Silent Auction/Fundraiser in Honor of former RBS Student
Emma Bechert was a former RBS student who sadly passed away this past August.  Her family and local community are holding a fundraiser in her honor in order to support one of Emma’s favorite charities – Families in Transition.  Please read the statement below from Emma’s mother, Mandy, for more information:
Miss Emma and I were involved in National Charity League a mother daughter service organization meeting the philanthropic needs of our community.  We spent many a chilly Saturday together with other moms and daughters trying to help others in our part of the world.  NCL holds an annual tea and raises money for one of the philanthropies they service.  This year’s tea is being given in honor of my sweet Emma and proceeds will go towards Families in Transition, her most favorite place to volunteer.  The online auction is a way for anyone to participate.  The auction will close on Saturday at the close of the tea.  I am so thankful that Emma’s legacy will continue to be that of helping others.

BHS F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Club Day Camp – MLK Day
The F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Club at BHS is putting on a day camp for 1st-4th graders on January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr. day.
When:  Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. day) from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Where:  Bedford High School (drop off is at the gym entrance by the cafeteria/commons)
Who: 1st-4th graders
What:  Spaghetti & marshmallow activity, marble run, Morse Code bracelets & key chains, pom-pom launcher, egg drop competition, and more!
Cost:  $25.00 for materials – Space is limited.
High school club members and adults will supervise all activities. 
Please bring a bag lunch.  Snacks are provided.
Day Camp Registration:
Please fill out the registration form.  Upon completion of this form, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know if your child has secured a spot, as well as waiver, payment, and activity information.
If you have questions, please contact:

Executive Functioning and Physical Activity Messages
Executive Functioning
I hope you were all good Bosses of yourselves during the vacation.  As we start the new year in school, let's remember to manage our Zones and to try and stay in the Green Zone for our very best learning.  Do you remember the Zoom In and Zoom Out strategies that are important for paying attention?  Zoom in to the details and zoom out to the bigger things like classroom and school rules.
Physical Activity
Healthy Eating for an Active Lifestyle
Remember to try and avoid sugary drinks such as soda during physical activity, always drink plenty of water whether you feel like you need it or not!

PTG News/Information
Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a great 2017!
1.  Please mark your calendars to join us on January 19, 2017, 6:00PM – 8:00 PM in the Lurgio Middle School Media Center.  Retired NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick will present “Mental Health: A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way.”  Chief Justice Broderick is leading a statewide campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows.  He will share his own story and will lead a discussion on ways to address this important issue here in Bedford.  Space is limited, so please come early.  The PTG is proud to be co-sponsoring this must-see event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

2.  Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th – January 29th with family activities scheduled on the 27th and 28th.  Look for informational flyers and the schedule of events coming out in a couple of weeks.

3.  Please join us for our annual “Principals’ Winter Reading Night” on Thursday, January 26th (snow date: February 2nd).  Wear comfy pjs and slippers and spread out on a cozy blanket while our principals and assistant principals read their favorite stories.  Snacks are provided and we have some great give-a-ways.  Entrance is free but tickets are required.  Click here to download the flyer.

Ski NH Snow Passports
4th and 5th grade students are eligible for a passport booklet containing vouchers for lift tickets and trail passes in New Hampshire.  Click HERE for more information.

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 take the bus, if possible.  It would really help to alleviate some of these traffic problems.
  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—this number is large, at times.  Parking and walking your child to the office is reserved for those students who need assistance for one reason or another.
  4. As always, be kind and patient! J   

Recess/Snow Gear
As a reminder, students will go outside for recess (before school and mid day) when the “feels like” temperature is 20 degrees or above.  Please make sure to send your child to school with a warm coat, hat, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots.  Children will only be allowed to play in the snow if they have on snow pants and boots.  Otherwise, they’ll have to play on the hot top only.

On a similar note, if you drop your child off in the morning, please make sure that he/she has snow gear on and is ready to go out to the playground.  Otherwise, our drop off line will get backed up.  Thank you!

Vacation/Extended Absences
Please send me an email if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time (5 or more days).  Also, as a reminder, (per our handbook), “When a student misses school due to a family vacation, the student will need to make-up the assignments designated by his/her teacher so that he/she does not fall behind.  The student may use texts with an indication from the teacher of the material to be covered during the absence.  Teachers, however, are not required to prepare individualized assignments for such situations.  Make-up work/assignments will be given after a student’s return from vacation.”

January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
January 20 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – RBS Chorus to sing at the Monarchs
January 26 – Principals’ Winter Read – McKelvie School (Snow Date – February 2nd)
February 3 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 PM RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 10th)
February 15 – RBS Invention Convention (Snow Date – February 22nd)
February 16 – RBS Cabaret 6:30 PM – RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 21st)
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation

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