Friday, March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
March 31, 2017

Family Fun Night is tonight!  I hope to see everyone there.  We have some great baskets and silent auction items as well as music, Italian ice, popcorn, raffles, face painting and more!

Book Fair
  • Our Happy Camper Book Fair is set-up for next week’s big event!  As you can imagine, it looks great…as usual!  A big thank you to our RBS Book Fair Committee for all of their planning, organization and creativity! 

RBS Book Fair hours:  Monday – Thursday (April 3-6) 8AM-7PM in rooms 216/218 (upstairs).

  • We are still looking for volunteers.  If you can help, it would be GREATLY appreciated.  Please sign up using Sign Up Genius.

  • HERE is the link to the Book Fair Book Talks that we filmed.  We created QR codes to attach to the books at the book fair.  Students and parents can scan the QR code on the book and watch a video preview of the book.

Last Day of School
The tentative last day of school is Monday, June 19th.

Destination Imagination State Tournament 
Bedford DI welcomes New Hampshire Destination Imagination (NH-DI) State Tournament to Bedford High School on Saturday, April 1st, 8AM – 6PM.  There is a snow date for Sunday, April 2nd, but please check website for up to date information and a schedule of events.

NH-DI will be hosting the event where the top scoring teams will be competing for a chance to go to Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, TN, with almost every state and 20 countries.  Destination Imagination is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.  Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. 

Good Luck to the 7 teams representing Bedford DI!

BHS Save the Bees Club Event – CANCELLED
The Save the Bees event that was supposed to take place tonight at the high school has been cancelled due to the weather.

Safety Educator
Please click HERE for the March/April edition of Safety Educator.

PTG News/Information
  • HELP WANTED:  The PTG is looking for someone to coordinate our ORK (Opportunities Reaching Kids) program for the elementary schools.  This coordinator will be responsible for all ORK programming- such as Eyes On Owls, Tanglewood Marionettes & Bat Presentations, across the three elementary schools (Memorial, Peter Woodbury, and Riddle Brook).  This person must have good communication and organizational skills (flexible hours & work from home).  For more information please contact Sue Jennato at

  • Please join us on Thursday April 6th at Shorty’s in Bedford.  Every first Thursday of the month Shorty’s will give the Bedford PTG 15% of all sales when patrons show this flyer or simply let your server know you support the PTG.  Good on Dine-in and Take-out, all day long!

  • ColorBlast 5k Run/Walk – Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00 AM
The PTG is excited to announce that registration for our first annual ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk is open!  Register today and mark your calendar for a super-fun, family event!  Not a runner?  That’s OK.  You can walk, skip, hop, twirl, dance or stroll your way through six color stations along the 5K route that starts at Lurgio Middle school on the BHS/RAL campus.  Be sure to wear white for maximum color affect (you will be blasted with food safe colorful powder).  All funds raised from this event will go back into our schools!

Executive Functioning and Mindfulness Messages
Executive Functioning
Bosses need to organize what they learn, so they can keep track of information.  Here are two strategies to help:  Maps and Webs help us to picture how to organize main ideas and supporting details in what we want to write.  Strategy Cards are index cards with a question and a remembering strategy on one side and the answer on the other.
Now that we have practiced focusing our attention with our breath, here is an exercise to try at home:  Rise and Fall
Lie on the floor.  Place an object on your stomach.  As you breathe in and out through your nose, improve your focus by watching the rising and falling of your belly and the object on it.  Try to do this for one minute without letting the object fall off your stomach.

iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up
The Bedford High School Counseling Department is thrilled to welcome international speaker, Janell Burley Hofmann, to campus on Thursday, April 6th! The author of the original iRules Contract will workshop with students throughout the day and will present “Parenting Generation Tech: Educate, Empower, Engage” to parents that evening. This free event will begin at 6:00 PM in the BHS Theater and is open to the community. 

Janell Burley Hofmann is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. She is also a speaker and consultant on topics like technology, media, health, relationships and personal growth.  Janell Burley Hofmann engages readers, clients and audiences in relevant and meaningful conversations igniting personal empowerment, awareness and purpose.  Janell serves families, schools and communities in a partnership that will positively impact the lives of children and teens.  She is a two-time TEDx presenter and was a featured speaker with SxSW.  Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Good Morning America, USA Today, National Public Radio and thousands of international media outlets. 

2017/18 School Calendar
The school calendar for next year can be found HERE.  The last day of school for the 2017/18 is Wednesday, June 13th.

Our current yearbook coordinators are looking for a co-coordinator.  This would be someone who is willing to work with a team to help organize picture inputs from all of the classes, photograph special events, layout yearbook pages, etc.  Much of the job can be done from home and after hours (or on a flexible schedule).  No specific skills are required, but it really helps to be organized.  If you’re interested, please contact Linda Dinndorf ( or Jen Spector (

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 is located in our main floor hallway if you would like to contribute.  Please click here for more information about her project.

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. 

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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