Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
June 2, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
NH State House - Bicentennial Poster Contest (South-Central Region)
Many of our students entered a poster contest put on by the NH State House for its bicentennial.  In the elementary division, there were 76 posters submitted from 7 different schools.  I am very proud to say that RBS students had the 1st and 2nd place winners!  Congratulations to Anna Johnson (1st Place) and Reagan Pepin (2nd place) for their winning submissions!  They are now entered into the statewide contest, and have been asked to join Governor Sununu, the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court on June 7th in the Governor’s and Council’s Chamber at the NH State House in Concord.

K & 1 Registration
As a reminder, if you have incoming kindergarten or grade 1 students for the 2017/18 school year, please come into the school to register them ASAP.

PTG News & Information
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Want to participate in the Color Blast 5K without “doing" the 5k? We invite you to join our team of volunteers to help make this a great community fun run/walk, we can guarantee- it’s going to be a blast! Click here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon
​T​he 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017.  The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School.  Beginning at the Bedford town pool, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile.  Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles.  We are pleased to announce that this year Millennium Running will be our event partner.  At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, jump roping, an obstacle course, water games, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and much more!  Friends of Aine is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.  All proceeds from this event go toward support for grieving children.  For more information, to register, volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.friendsofaine.com or www.facebook.com/friendsofaine.

BHS Girls’ Basketball Clinic
The BHS girls’ basketball team will be hosting a series of skills clinics on Thursday evenings in July. (The first on is actually June 29th.)  The clinics are for any girls entering 3rd through 9th grade and no basketball experience is required.  Please see THIS flyer for more information. 

Executive Functioning and Hygiene Messages
Executive Functioning
Good Bosses are mindful.  They are able to pay attention by focusing on their breathing and five senses, as well as their thoughts and feelings.  As the school year is ending, remember to use your Six Sides of Breathing and Belly Breaths to stay calm and focused.
Hygiene
Did you know that your skin plays an important role in helping the body work properly?  Your skin is like your body’s “armor.”  It protects you in many ways.  However, your skin can’t do its job if it’s dirty.  Keeping your skin clean will keep you healthy.  Using a mild soap and warm water will wash away unwanted dirt, oils and germs from our skin so it can do its best job to keep us healthy.

REMINDERS:
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 www.shopttkits.com 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 bedfordnhptg@gmail.com with any questions.

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

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.

Ticks
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 Hannaford.bags4mycause.com 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 morganp@bags4mycause.com

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. https://youtu.be/9OiFeEzgJwA.

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 cheethac@gmail.com 

 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 school year 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
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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