Friday, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
May 19, 2017

Some parents have inquired as to whether or not we treat our playground for ticks.  I want to make sure that parents know that we have not/do not treat our playgrounds.  I know this is predicted to be a heavy year for ticks, so if you are concerned, I wanted to refer you to some PREVENTION INFORMATION (suggestions listed on page 2 under Can Lyme Disease Be Prevented?).

Box Tops for Education
The Box Tops for Education Program will be wrapping up for the school year at the end of this month.  Please submit your Box Tops by May 25th in order to have them count towards prizes!

Executive Functioning and Hygiene Messages
Executive Functioning
Remember, good Bosses know how to shift gears and be flexible problem solvers.  Shifting can mean looking again at information and thinking about situations in a brand new way.  Being flexible means you are able to change your plans when something goes wrong.
Nose blowing, coughing and sneezing spread germs.  Always cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow.  If you use a tissue, don’t forget to wash your hands afterward.  Washing those germs away will keep you and everyone around you happy and healthy.

PTG News/Information
Do you want to participate in the 5K without “doing" the 5K?  Join our team of volunteers, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast!  Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

COMMUNITY MEETING - Join the PTG and Superintendent Chip McGee for our annual "Year in Review" community forum on Tuesday, May 23rd @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road).  There will be discussion and Q&A following a brief presentation.  This is a great opportunity to hear about district highlights from the school year!  Light refreshments will be served and your young children are welcome to attend.  Email Lisa Nash at with your questions and topic suggestions.

We’re excited to invite you to a PTG Community Night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they take on the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday, May 25th at 6:35 PM.  Atlas Fireworks will be following the game and no school on Friday!  Join us for some great family fun at the ballpark!  Tickets are only $9/per person (regularly $12/pp).  To order tickets, download order form and return to your school office by Friday, May 12th.

Take the hassle out of BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY shopping.  The Bedford PTG is partnering with SchoolKidz, a Staples Company, to offer pre-ordered, grade level specific, school supply kits for students.  Kits are available for students entering grades K-8.  Order forms will be coming home in backpacks by May 19th.  You can also order online at and enter your school’s account number.  NOTE:  When ordering, be sure to select the kit for the grade your child will be entering in the fall.  All orders are due by June 9th.  Kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom prior to the first day of school.  Please contact with any questions.

Memorial:  88603
Peter Woodbury:  88602
Riddle Brook:  17033
McKelvie:  88671
Lurgio:  34344

Destination Imagination heads to Global Finals
Good Luck to the Bedford teams heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN next week.  These 4 teams have been relentlessly fundraising over the last few weeks and are so thankful for all your support.  We would also like to thank their mentors and team managers, who volunteered their time to facilitate these kids since last September. We wish them well in Knoxville.  TEAM PICTURES
The Mind Blowers, PWS
Maulik Dhakal, Anica Ahdi, Rhea Dogra, Malini Ahdi (Team Manager), 
Haley Hall, Aaria Ahdi, Carter Crowley
Eat Your Greens, RAL
Xavier Forcier, Ava Durow, Linda Jacobs (Team Manager) Aamit Kancherlapalli, Sarah Jacobs, Roisi Russell, Marie Russell (Team Manager) Aleeza Shah, Reagan Rick
The Sit Down Comedians, RAL
Taylor Suozzo, Scott Anderson, Owen Bechert, Carly Blaine, Mandy Bechert (Team Manager) Abby Guerette, Kim Blaine (Team Manager)
olDIes, BHS
Marie Russell (Team Manager) Maddy Schneider, Natalie Anderson, Alec Dalton,
Aish Deva, Niamh Russell, Amanda Poza, Emma Jacobs

Bicycle Rodeo - June 3 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The Bedford Police and Fire Departments will be hosting their annual Bicycle Rodeo on June 3 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the parking lot of the Bedford Mall.  Police and Fire Department personnel will be on hand to provide bicycle and motorcycle demonstrations while educating participants about bicycle safety.

BeBold Speaker Event - May 22 at 7:00 PM
On behalf of BeBOLD, the school district is pleased to share this invitation: 
Bedford, NH. (May 3, 2017):  Do you or your child have a sports injury and need pain medication?  Do you know what questions your doctor should be asking you about pain medications and pain management?  What kinds of substance abuse cases are our doc’s seeing especially involving teens?  Is alcohol or marijuana a problem?  Has anything changed regarding pain meds and management?  YOU need to know this information to keep you and your family healthy and safe.  Learn about these topics and more at BeBOLD’s (Bedford - Building Our Lives Drug-free) monthly Speaker Series Event on Monday, May 22nd from 7-8 PM at the Bedford Public Library in the McAllaster Room.  

The three panelists include:
  • Kevin Desrosiers, MD, Adult Intensive Care Physician and Medical Director of Performance Improvement for the Elliot Health System.
  • Greg Baxter, MD, Emergency Medicine, Senior VP of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer of Elliot Health System.
  • Steve Loosigian, DO, Director of the Hospitalist Program and President of Medical Staff at Elliot Health System.
This presentation, followed by a question and answer session, will be moderated by Chief John Bryfonski, Bedford Police Department and BeBOLD Vice

4th to 5th Grade Band Information Night
The McKelvie Music Department will be touring the elementary schools on Tuesday, May 23rd.  There will be a Band Information Night on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:00pm in the McKelvie Cafeteria.  There will be information for parents regarding sign-ups and instrument rentals, and instruments for students to view and hold.  Please email Christa Wickham at with any questions.

Hannaford Helps Bags (Bedford Bulldogs Athletic Booster Club)
Starting May 1st, the Hannaford Cause Bag program at the Hannaford store located at 4 Jenkins Rd. in Bedford will be focused on the sale of the Hannaford Helps Bags in support of the Bedford Bulldogs Athletic Booster Club.  Every day counts.  We hope you find the resources at helpful in your continued outreach.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Morgan Palmer – Hannaford Program Director at (603) 380-7309 or

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart, and design, color and create?  Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie Intermediate School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th grade taught by certified teachers.  Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this year’s camp.

Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer. 
You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15.   If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at 

Pan Mass Challenge
Please take a look at this FLYER for details on the upcoming Pan Mass Challenge.  This is a bicycling event that provides Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers the necessary resources to discover cures for all types of cancer.  This year’s event will honor Emma Bechert, a former RBS student, who passed away this past August.

Bedford DI Fundraiser
The Ecosmith shoes, bags and belt donations continue through mid-May.  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. 

Bedford DI appreciates your support to help these teams with their fundraising efforts for travel to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in May.

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.

May 23 – Grade 4 McKelvie Band Presentation (9:20 AM)
May 23 – McKelvie 5th Grade Parent Info. Night (6:30-8:00 PM McKelvie School)
May 26 – Workshop Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
May 29 – Memorial Day Observance (NO SCHOOL)
May 31 – Field Day – Grades 1 & 2 (Rain Date – June 2)
June 1 – Field Day – Grades 3 & 4 (Rain Date – June 5)
June 2 – Wild Encounters (Grade 3)
June 6&7 – State House Field Trip (Grade 4)
June 7 – BHS Senior Send Off/Clap Out
June 9 – Eyes on Owls (Grade 4)
June 9 – Kindergarten Beach Day
June 15 – Bedford Town Library Summer Reading Program Presentation
June 15 – Kindergarten Graduation Dress Rehearsal
June 16 – Kindergarten Graduation
June 19 – Last Day of School (Dismissal at 12:20 PM)

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