Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
February 24, 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported RBS by going to Chipotle last night for dinner.  I don’t have a final count, but I understand it was a big success!

Wishing everyone a relaxing and fun-filled February vacation!

RBS Math/Literacy Night
Please join us at our annual Family Math and Literacy Night on Thursday, March 9th from 5:30 to 6:30.  Math activities will take place in the gym, and literacy activities will be in the library.  There will be lots of hands-on fun for parents and children alike!  We look forward to seeing you there.
Event Flyer

KidVote 2017 (Sponsored by Bedford PTG)
Bedford School District students will have an opportunity to cast a vote during our School/Town Voting Day on Tuesday, March 14th.  At RBS, students will vote on a day for April Spirit Week.  The choices are: 
1.  Holiday Day (Dress for your favorite holiday – no matter what time of the year it is!)
2.  Favorite Color Day (Students dress up in their favorite color.)
3.  Disney Character Day (Students dress up as their favorite Disney character!)

Executive Functioning and Mindfulness Messages
Executive Functioning
Bosses have a lot to remember.  Here is one more remembering tool or strategy.  Making quick cartoons or drawing a picture can help you remember key information.  Your pictures don’t have to be perfect!  Do you remember in second grade drawing the life cycle of the butterfly?
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.

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. 

Book Fair
The RBS Book Fair team will be recruiting volunteers for setup and sales from March 24-April 7.   Sign ups 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.

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!

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:  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, or Jodi Parsons, Guidance Counselor at

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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