Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
April 7, 2017
Thank you for supporting our Family Fun Night last Friday night.  Despite the weather, it was a great success! 

Thank you, too, for supporting our Book Fair this week!  I hope you were able to stop by and see how our rooms were transformed into a fun and engaging campsite!  Our volunteers do an INCREDIBLE job, and I feel so fortunate to have them!  A HUGE thank you to Lauren Wilensky, Anne Lewis and Heather Noonan!

IN THE NEWS:
Fourth Grade Play
I hope many of you were able to attend our annual Fourth Grade Play last night.  This year’s play was Once Upon A Dream.  As always, the students were SPECTACULAR!  I am always proud to see the number of RBS students who continue on this path through their years in Bedford.  Many of our students go on to have roles in the McKelvie, Lurgio and BHS productions.  A big thank you goes out to our teachers, Mrs. Munz, Mrs. Duhaime, Miss Ferns and Mrs. Read for pulling off such a wonderful event!

Regional Invention Convention
Congratulations to the following RBS winners in the Regional Invention Convention this past weekend:
Grade 3:
Andie Nugent – Technology Award and K-12 Inventor’s Challenge
Advika Govindaraju – Best Rube Goldberg
Colin Fitzgerald – Special Needs Invention Award
Grade 4:
Emmerson Danish – Inventor’s Choice Award
Julia St. Hilaire – Original and Unique Invention
Andy Dell’Orfano & Jack Noonan – Best Overall Rube Goldberg and Best Rube Goldberg for 3rd-5th grade.

RBS Spirit Week (April 17-21)
Monday, 4/17:  Favorite Color Day
Tuesday, 4/18:  Sports Day (*BHS Varsity Lacrosse Boys & Girls teams will be reading to classes)
Wednesday, 4/19:  Wacky Wednesday
Thursday, 4/20:  Holiday Day (Dress for your favorite holiday)
Friday, 4/21:  RBS Spirit Day 

Mother/Son Dance (Luau Theme)
Moms – mark your calendar!  Our annual Mother/Son Dance is scheduled for Friday, May 5th.  More information coming soon!

Book Drive
A former RBS student (Sydney Leyden) is conducting a book drive for families in need.  Please take a look at THIS FLYER for more information.

Lizzy and Katy Obukhov Memorial Amphitheater Fundraiser
Manchester Community Theatre Players will present the New Hampshire premiere of Yours, Anne a musical work, based on “Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank.  March 31st to April 9th.  Yours, Anne is the first official fundraiser for the Bedford Children’s Foundation, which is raising money to design and build the Lizzy and Katy Obukhov Memorial Amphitheater in Bedford, NH.  Not only is this fundraiser in honor of former RBS student, Katy Obukhov, it also stars another former RBS student, Ella Weintraub.

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.

PTG News/Information
  • 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!

We are looking for volunteers and sponsors for this great event. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the event or volunteering, please contact us at bedfordcolorblast@gmail.com, or for more information please visit www.bedfordptg.org.  This event is presented by Derry Medical Center.

  • YANKEE CANDLE: Due to parent interest, we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only.  Get your Easter and Mother’s Day online exclusive gifts shipped direct.  Shipping is free on orders $100 or more and 40% of sales go back to the PTG.  Online ordering is available through June 1st. Group Code #999965479

  • 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 bedfordnhptg@gmail.com

Bedford DI Fundraiser
Beford DI had great success at the DI State Tournament last weekend at BHS.  5 of our teams won the opportunity of competing at the Global Finals in 
TN is May.  While the experience of going to the Global tournament will be priceless, it will cost the teams who choose to accept the invitation a considerable amount to make the trip.  Bedford DI is busy organizing fundraisers, and this Monday they kick it off their annual Ecosmith, shoes, bags, and belt fundraiser.  In order to get credit for the special fundraiser, all items must be placed in the blue bags inside the boxes in the lobby of your school.  Ecosmith takes shoes in all conditions, even that one shoe/sneaker who has lost its mate!  All clothing and fabric in regular bags can go directly into the Ecosmith bin in the parking lots. 

Executive Functioning and Mindfulness Messages
Executive Functioning
Great Bosses Prioritize and make a Plan.  Prioritizing means figuring out what is most important.  Once you figure out what is most important, or what should happen first, making a Plan is easier.  The best Prioritizing and Planning tool you often have is directions.  Directions that you read or hear will tell you what is important and how to get a job done.  Always listen to or read the directions, so you can get your job done and be a great Boss of yourself!
Mindfulness
This is our last message.  Remember, Mindfulness helps, so just breathe!
When we are focused and paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and choices, we have a much greater chance to change those thoughts and feelings that are not helping us in life and in school.  When we understand this, we see and feel the difference!

REMINDERS:
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.

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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
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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