Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
May 26, 2017
Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled Memorial Day weekend!  We will see you on Tuesday, May 30th.

Rubik’s Cube Competition
Congratulations to all of the participants in this week’s Rubik’s Cube Competition.  It takes a great amount of courage and perseverance to enter the contest! 
Grade 2:  1st Place – Tyler Chun (:37), 2nd Place – Josiah Dockins (1:40), 3rd Place – Aaryan Narang (2:03)
Grade 3:  1st Place – Ethan Friedburg (11:07)
Grade 4:  1st Place – Jakub Bielecki (1:05)

Bedford Food Pantry
The RBS Girls on the Run Club is collecting food for the Bedford Food Pantry (for specific donation suggestions, please see the last item under Reminders below).  If you have any non-perishable food items that you would like to donate, please bring them into the school.  Collection boxes are located in our main floor hallway outside of the library.  The drive is running through Friday, June 2nd. 

BHS Bulldogfest
Come to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday, June 3rd and celebrate Bedford High School's 10-year anniversary!  "Bulldogfest" is a free event open to the entire community that will feature BHS alumni that are now professional musicians, food trucks, artist vendors, face painting, lawn games and even Joppa Hill!  Whether it's raining or shining that day, be at BHS to celebrate 10 Years of Awesome!

Special Education Update 
The NH Special Education Procedural Safeguards Handbook was recently updated to reflect changes in the 3/25/17 revisions to the NH Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities.  Click here for a copy or contact your child's case manager for a paper copy.  Additional information can be obtained through the Parent Information Center here.

Executive Functioning and Hygiene Messages
Executive Functioning
Good Bosses understand that different people think differently, even when they hear and see the same thing.  This can be confusing, so remember to use your “Check-in” strategy.  Ask your friend, “What do you think that is?” or “Why do you think that happened?”  Then share what you think you saw or heard and how it made you feel.  Flexible Bosses can shift their thinking and understand both sides of a story.
Did you know that dirt and germs often hide under your fingernails?  Take a look.  If you see dirt and germs, remember to give your hands and nails a good wash, especially before you eat or share food or toys with a friend.  Clean nails, happy trails!

Back to School Kits
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

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?).

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.

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.

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 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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