Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
February 17, 2017

Snow Day Tracker:  5 days
As of today, our last day of school will be Monday, June 19th

IN THE NEWS:
February Spirit Week
Below is the list for Spirit Week (February 20-24):
Monday, Feb. 20 - Sports Day
Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Future Day
Wednesday, Feb. 22 - Wacky Wednesday
Thursday, Feb. 23 - Retro Day (dress from your favorite decade)
Friday, Feb. 24 - RBS Spirit Day

Invention Convention
Congratulations to all of our winners and participants!  We had a number of impressive inventions and Rube Goldberg’s this year!  Our winners were:
Inventors Challenge Category (“Keep Away from Screens”):
Grade 3:  Andie Nugent
Grade 4:  Emmerson Danish
Rube Goldberg Category:
Grade 3 (tie):  Advika Govindaraju, Toby DeAngelis
Grade 4:  Jack Noonan and Andy Dell’Orfano (team)
Inventions Category:
Grade 3 (tie):  Ella Wilkens, Colin Fitzgerald
Grade 4:  Julia St. Hilaire

Book Fair
The RBS Book Fair team will be recruiting volunteers for setup and sales from March 24-April 7.   Signups will be available after February break.

The committee is also searching for a new decorating lead for next year.   The theme is provided by Scholastic for each fair as well as decorating supplies and suggestions, clip art, etc.   We are looking for someone with a little creativity to pull the room together!  Please contact Lauren Wilensky with questions or interest.   lswilensky@gmail.com

Morning Traffic
A reminder from both RBS and the Bedford Police Department – Please remember to follow the appropriate traffic rules both on New Boston Road and within our campus. 
  1. When making a right hand turn into our campus, you should be in the turn lane, otherwise you may cause an accident by cutting off those cars that are using the turn lane.  The Bedford PD has noted an issue with this and will be monitoring it from time to time. 
  2. Please remember to follow the drop off protocol within our campus.
    1. Please do not get out of your car to get your child out.
    2. Please make sure your child is exiting the car on the sidewalk side.
    3. Please do not pass (or honk at) the car in front of you.
    4. Please be respectful and courteous to other drivers and staff members. 
I understand that people have places to get to, but for safety sake, it is so important to slow down and follow the rules.  Thank you!

Cabaret
Those who attended the Cabaret Show last night were treated to excellent musical performances by RHYTHMICS.  During this concert, the chorus performed some favorite songs, and many of our fourth grade chorus students stepped up to the microphone and sang solos and duets.  Congratulations to every member of RHYTHMICS.  We are proud of you!

Items Needed for Math/Literacy Night

We are looking for toilet paper and paper towel tubes for our Math/Literacy Night (March 9th).  If you have some to donate between now and March 9th, we would appreciate it if you would send them in.  Thank you!

Bedford Food Pantry – Items Needed for Children
Food Insecurity is a growing concern across the nation and right here in our own backyard.  Nearly 350 adults and children in Bedford qualify for food stamps and more than 167 families in Bedford meet the income standards for the government’s free school lunch program. 

In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.  

If you are able to donate these items (these are ongoing donations), please bring them by the Bedford Food Pantry at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH.

Parents/guardians, please contact the school guidance counselor or school nurse if you would like your child to participate in this program. 

PTG News/Information
NOTICE: Due to school cancellations and snow delays, the FINAL due date for Yankee Candle order forms will be MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20th.  Yankee Candles make great gifts for any occasion and are made right here in New England.  Online ordering is available through February 24th (group code #999965479).  The PTG receives 40% of all sales and that goes right back into our schools

Safety Educator
Please click here for February’s edition of Safety Educator.

Executive Functioning and Mindfulness Messages
Executive Functioning
Bosses have a lot to remember.  Here is another remembering tool or strategy.  Use Acronyms.  Acronyms are real or nonsense words where each letter in the word is the first letter of something you are trying to remember.  Here’s one:  STOP helps you remember to stop and read the room:  look at the space, what time is it, what objects are people using and which people are in the room.
Mindfulness
Mindfulness helps you to use your mind’s eye to see colors while breathing.
Close your eyes.  Imagine colors while focusing on your breath.  Inhale a deep green and exhale a smoky gray or blue.  Try to imagine the colors as swirling and alive with each inhale.  If you are calming down from an angry moment, the color red is a great color to exhale, so you can get back in the green zone

REMINDERS:
Chipotle Fundraiser for RBS
On Thursday, February 23rd from 4:00-8:00 PM, Chipotle’s Restaurant in Bedford is offering 50% of their net sales to RBS.  I have attached the flyer below.  You can present the flyer, verbally communicate to the cashier that you are supporting the fundraiser, or can show them the flyer on your mobile device.  We appreciate your support!
Chipotle Flyer

RBS Read-a-thon
I had mentioned previously that our Read-a-thon would take place during the weeks of February 13th and 20th.  However, due to snow days and delays, we are going to postpone it until March.

B.E.E.P. 2017/2018 Open Enrollment
For information about our district’s Early Education Program (located at Memorial School) for preschool-aged students, please click here.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (2017 – 2018)
You may pick up registration packets starting Monday, February 6th, and return them by Thursday, March 9th.  K+ packets will be available on Wednesday, February 15th.  A $525 deposit is required with the K+ registration.
  • A child must attain his/her 5th birthday on or before September 30, 2017 to be eligible for kindergarten.
  • A child must attain his/her 6th birthday on or before September 30, 2017 to be eligible for first grade.
Kindergarten students who are currently enrolled at RBS (or anywhere in the district) do not need to register for 1st grade.

RBS Yearbook
Riddle Brook School yearbooks are currently for sale for $20.  Checks can be made out to Riddle Brook School and returned in the order envelope provided, or ordered online (no additional fee) at the following link:  www.schoolannual.com.  Select “Parents:  Buy Your Student’s Yearbook” and enter the school information.  
The order deadline is March 14th...please be sure to order your yearbook prior to the deadline.

Author Gordon Korman Community Event
Monday, March 6th at 4:00 PM at McKelvie
Mark Your Calendars!  Gordon Korman, acclaimed author of young adult and children's literature, will be coming to McKelvie on Monday, March 6 at 4:00 PM.  Please join us for a book signing and presentation around Payback, the latest book from Mr. Korman's Masterminds series.  For more information, please follow this link.  A big thank you to the Bedford PTG for their sponsorship!  We look forward to seeing everyone and are delighted to have an opportunity to bring such an amazing author to Bedford.

Questions?  Please contact, Lee Webb, Reading Specialist, at webbl@sau25.net, or Jodi Parsons, Guidance Counselor at parsonsj@sau25.net.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
February 24 – All School Meeting
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation
March 9 – RBS Math/Literacy Night 5:30-6:30 PM (Gym and Library) (Snow Date – March 16th)
March 14 – District Workshop Day (School/Town Voting Day) – No School for Students
March 31 – RBS Family Fun Night
March 31 – End of Quarter 3
April 3-6 – PTG Book Fair (Rooms 216/218)
April 3-14 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 6 – RBS 4th Grade Play (RBS Gym)
April 7 – Official Report Cards available on Power School
April 10-18 – Passover
April 14 – Good Friday
April 16 – Easter
April 24-28 – Spring Vacation

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