Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 10, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
March 10, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
KidVote 2017 (Sponsored by Bedford PTG)
Bedford School District students will have an opportunity to cast a vote during our town’s upcoming Voting Day on Tuesday, March 14th at the BHS gymnasium.  For RBS, students will vote on an April Spirit Week day.  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 in their favorite color.)
3.  Disney Character Day (Students dress up as their favorite Disney character.)

Please Vote next Tuesday, March 14th
All eligible citizens are urged to vote in the Bedford School District and Town Council Elections.  They will be held on March 14, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  The Town Meeting is the next night, March 15th, in the Bedford High School Theater at 7:00 PM.  HERE is the Bedford School Board’s Voter Guide, and HERE is the information for filing an absentee ballot for those unable to be present on the day of the vote.

Math & Literacy Night/RBS Booktalks
Thank you to the families who were able to attend our annual Math & Literacy Night last night.  It was a fun night, with many interactive and engaging math and literacy displays.  Once again, one of our most popular displays was our Booktalk Recording Studio.  Please visit our Booktalk Blog (link below) to view some of our students’ booktalks.  http://rbsbooktalks.blogspot.com/

Family Fun Night Silent Auction Items
If you have any items that you would like to donate for our Family Fun Night’s Silent Auction, please email Darlene Boyd (dbell0809@yahoo.com) by Wednesday, March 22nd.  Thank you!

Family Fun Night Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers for our annual Family Fun Night on Friday, March 31st.  If you are interested, please use the Sign Up Genius links below to sign up.

RBS FFN Seating One 4:30-6:00.  Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE


RBS FFN Seating Two 6:00-7:15.  Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE


Ticket Processing Before FFNPlease click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE


RBS Read-a-thon
Students received the Read-a-thon packet this week with the information and donation form.  If you need another copy, please see the attached link.  The official tracking of minutes read will begin Monday!  The students will have opportunities at school and at home to track their minutes to receive a special personal shopping trip to the Book Fair. 
Good luck readers!!
Parent Information

Chipotle Fundraiser
Thank you for supporting Riddle Brook School by buying dinner at Chipotle Restaurant in Bedford on February 23rd.  I am happy to report that RBS made $1219.81 that evening!

Art Supplies Donation (BHS Senior Project)
As part of her Senior Project, Julie Vyhanek, a student at Bedford High School, is accepting new/lightly used art supplies to be used at the Elliot Hospital for Art Therapy.  A donation box will be placed in our main floor hallway if you would like to contribute.  Please click here for more information about her project.

Buddy Bench
I am thrilled to report that RBS will be receiving a Buddy Bench for our playground from the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation (www.jmbigheart.org), in honor of one of our students – Emalie Harrington.  If you would like to know more about the Buddy Bench, please click here.

Executive Functioning and Mindfulness Messages
Executive Functioning
Good Bosses need to be ORGANIZED.  Organizing is the ability to create and use systems to keep track of materials and information.  What systems do you use to keep yourself organized?  Do you have a homework folder?  Does your family keep track of special days with a calendar?  Over the next few weeks you will hear more about strategies and systems to help you stay organized.
Mindfulness
Here is another Mindful breathing exercise:  The Deep-Dive Breath
Sit quietly in your chair.  Inhale for four counts, hold for four, and exhale slowly for four counts. Find the rhythm of the exercise.  Let’s practice.  Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4.  Hold 1, 2, 3, 4.  Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4.  Now try it yourself.

REMINDERS:
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. 

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.   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

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.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
March 14 – District Workshop Day (Bedford School District 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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