Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
January 27, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Report Cards
Report cards were released on PowerSchool at 2:45 PM today.  As a reminder, we no longer print report cards.  To access your child's report card online, log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and you will see a Report Cards icon in the left hand pane.  When you click on this icon your child's report card will appear on the screen.  You can scroll to see the entire report card and choose to print it, if you'd like. 

Barnes & Noble Days
Here is the list of readers at this weekend’s Barnes & Noble Days.  There is a GREAT showing from RBS teachers!  Hopefully, your family will be able to make it over for a session or 2!
Friday, January 27th
4:00 PM:      Story Time with Mrs. Fay (RBS)
4:15 PM:       Story Time with Ms. Ilg (Principal – MEM)
4:30 PM:      Story Time with Mrs. Bucknam (PWS)
4:45 PM:        Story Time with Mrs. Schappler (PWS)
5:00 PM:       Story Time with Mrs. Zimmerman (RBS)
5:15 PM:       Story Time with Mr. Lebel (MEM)
5:30 PM:       Story Time with Mrs. Stahl (PWS)
5:45 PM:       Story Time with Mrs. Russell (PWS)
6:00 PM:      Story Time with Mr. Carty (RBS)
6:30 PM:      Musical Entertainment by McKelvie Intermediate Chorus
Saturday, January 28th
10:00 AM:   Story Time with Mrs. Schmitt (MEM)
10:15 AM:    Story Time with Mrs. Sanclemente (RBS)
10:30 AM:   Story Time with Mrs. Effenberger (RBS)
11:00 AM:    Story Time with Mrs. McCarthy (Principal – RBS)
11:15 AM:    Story Time with Mr. Munsey (Asst. Principal – RBS)
11:30 AM:    Story Time with Mrs. Monteith (RBS)
11:45 AM:    Story Time with Mrs. Bell (RBS)
12:00 PM:    Story Time with Mrs. Stallone (PWS)
12:15 PM:     Story Time with Mrs. McClain (MEM)
12:45 PM:    Story Time with Mrs. Fredette (MEM)
1:00 PM:       Story Time with Mrs. Weigel (MEM)
1:15 PM:       Story Time with Mrs. Lombo (PWS)
1:30 PM:       Story Time with Mrs. Daley (Principal –PWS)
1:45 PM:       Story Time with Mr. Mitchell (Asst. Principal – PWS)
2:00 PM:      Story Time with Miss. Ferns (RBS)
2:15 PM:       Story Time with Mrs. Bennett (RBS)


NE Patriots Spirit Day
To celebrate the Patriots playing in the Super Bowl on February 5th, RBS will be having a Patriots Spirit Day on Friday, February 3rd.  Students and staff members can wear their Patriots gear (or red, white and blue) in order to cheer them on to victory!  In order not to discriminate, Falcons fans can wear their gear too J

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (2017 – 2018)
You may pick up registration packets starting Monday, February 6th, and return them by Thursday, March 9th.  K+ packets will be available on Wednesday, February 15th.  A TBD deposit (this will be determined on February 13th) is required with the K+ registration.
  • A child must attain his/her 5th birthday on or before September 30, 2017 to be eligible for kindergarten.
  • A child must attain his/her 6th birthday on or before September 30, 2017 to be eligible for first grade.
Kindergarten students who are currently enrolled at RBS (or anywhere in the district) do not need to register for 1st grade.

RBS Chorus at the Monarchs
The RBS chorus did a WONDERFUL job performing the Star Spangled Banner at last Sunday’s Manchester Monarchs game.  If you would like to take a look at their performance, please click here.

Executive Functioning and Mindfulness Messages
Executive Functioning
Good Bosses stay away from “Time Robbers,” so they can really pay attention and get their jobs and work done.  Remember to avoid these Time Robbers:  too many bathroom breaks, doodling, chatting with neighbors, etc.  Look at the Boss of Me bulletin board to see more Time Robbers that you should put in jail.
Mindfulness
This quarter our Wellness messages will focus on Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a special way of paying attention.  Mindfulness helps us to focus on our 5 senses, including sight, touch, hearing, tasting, or smelling, as well as our thoughts and feelings.  By practicing mindful attention, we can notice what is happening to us and around us without reacting.  In the coming weeks, you will learn different ways to practice Mindfulness.

Bedford School District Deliberative Session Tuesday, February 7th 
All registered voters in Bedford are invited to participate in the Bedford School District’s Deliberative Session on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Bedford High School Theater.  Voters will discuss the Bedford School Board's Warrant, which includes the proposed budget and articles for contracts with teachers, paraprofessionals, and custodians.  The voters will either affirm or revise the School Board Warrant at this meeting.  For reference, here is the full budget webpage and the 2017 Warrant.

The Five Signs
Thanks to BCTV, we have a recording of The Five Major Signs of Emotional Distress with Former Supreme Court Justice John Broderick.  Justice Broderick spoke to students, teachers and parents in Bedford about his own experience with mental illness in his family and the need to change our perceptions of mental illness.  The show will start running on both the public (channel 16) and school (channel 23) channels starting on January 27.  The show will be available on Video on Demand at www.bedfordtv.com.

Kitchen Work - OPPORTUNITY
Are you interested in slowly getting back to work while keeping the hours of your children?  If so, click HERE.

Author Gordon Korman Community Event
Monday, March 6th at 4 p.m. at McKelvie
Mark Your Calendars!  Gordon Korman, acclaimed author of young adult and children's literature, will be coming to McKelvie on Monday, March 6 at 4:00 PM.  Please join us for a book signing and presentation around Payback, the latest book from Mr. Korman's Masterminds series.  For more information, please follow this link.  A big thank you to the Bedford PTG for their sponsorship!  We look forward to seeing everyone and are delighted to have an opportunity to bring such an amazing author to Bedford.

Questions?  Please contact, Lee Webb, Reading Specialist, at webbl@sau25.net, or Jodi Parsons, Guidance Counselor at parsonsj@sau25.net.

REMINDERS:
Father/Daughter Dance
Our annual Father/Daughter Dance is scheduled for Friday, February 3rd.  Students were sent home with a flyer last week.  I’ve included it below as well.  Next week we will send home a form that will include information about donating food for the event. 
Flyer

UPCOMING EVENTS:
January 27 – Official Report Card Released on PowerSchool
February 3 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 PM RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 10th)
February 15 – RBS Invention Convention (Snow Date – February 22nd)
February 16 – RBS Cabaret 6:30 PM – RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 21st)
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation



Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
January 20, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to William Lu, who won the RBS 4th Grade Spelling Bee this past Wednesday.  Congratulations to all of our classroom winners as well:
Mrs. Bowen:
Kayla Dunkerley
Natalie Fenstermacher
Mrs. Brennan:
Lyla Stein
Gaby Lukasiak
Mrs. Dearborn
Lia Spector
Connor Winslow
Mrs. Gamache:
William Lu – WINNER
Anna Johnson
Mrs. Koellmer:
Mohib Meer – RUNNER UP
Sarah Ray
Ms. Moskwa:
Bryce Ahn
Zoey Gagne

Father/Daughter Dance
Our annual Father/Daughter Dance is scheduled for Friday, February 3rd.  Students were sent home with a flyer this week.  I’ve included it below as well.  Next week we will send home a form that will include information about donating food for the event. 
Flyer

RBS Day at the Monarchs
Our choruses will lead the Star-Spangled Banner at the Monarchs game on Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Those who ordered tickets through school should have received their tickets on Thursday along with final details about the outing.  Please wear blue, our school color.  The doors of the arena open at 2:00 PM.  Plan to arrive in time to park and get to your seats in section 102 by 2:30 PM.  The children will stay with their families throughout the event, except when they are with Mrs. Munz while singing.  As soon as they finish singing, the boys and girls will return to their families to enjoy the game! 

Executive Functioning and Physical Activity Messages
Executive Functioning
Last week we talked about how to pay attention by blocking out and ignoring unimportant things we might see.  Good Bosses also ignore, or block out things that are not important to hear like the pencil sharpener, noise from the hall, or two friends talking during work time.  Strategies or tools to help with this include using headphones or ear buds to block the noise, moving to a quieter space, or using your inner voice to whisper, or talk yourself, through your work.
Physical Activity
Winter have you trapped indoors?  No problem for physical activity!
Simple physical activities that can be done in the winter are jumping rope and walking around, use the buddy system or ask a parent to join you!

REMINDERS:
PTG News/Information
Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th – January 29th with family activities scheduled on the 27th and 28th.  Look for informational flyers and the schedule of events coming out in a couple of weeks.  Click here for the flyer.

Please join us for our annual “Principals’ Winter Reading Night” on Thursday, January 26th (snow date: February 2nd).  Wear comfy pjs and slippers and spread out on a cozy blanket while our principals and assistant principals read their favorite stories.  Snacks are provided and we have some great give-a-ways.  Entrance is free but tickets are required.  Click here to download the flyer.

PowerSchool/Report Cards
We still have many families who have not registered for PowerSchool.  As a reminder, this is the only way that parents can view their child’s report card.  A letter was sent home this fall to unregistered families, which contained a code for them to sign up.  If you need to sign up but do not have the letter, please call our main office.

Parent Survey for Smarter Balance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking feedback on the statewide mathematics and English language arts assessment, known as Smarter Balanced.  They want to hear from parents regarding their experiences with Smarter Balanced.  Please take a minute to complete this Parent Survey.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
January 20 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – RBS Chorus to sing at the Monarchs
January 26 – Principals’ Winter Read – McKelvie School (Snow Date – February 2nd)
January 27 – Official Report Card Released on PowerSchool
February 3 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 PM RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 10th)
February 15 – RBS Invention Convention (Snow Date – February 22nd)
February 16 – RBS Cabaret 6:30 PM – RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 21st)
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
January 13, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
Geography Bee
Last week, 4th grade held its annual Geography Bee.  We are proud of these 4th grade students for studying the USA and participating in the bee:
Luke LeClaire, Ethan Benjamin, Anna Johnson, Stella Kloc, Emmerson Danish, William Lu, Amelia Macdonald, Julien Meijer, Zoey Gagne, Jackie Fanburg and Andy Dell’Orfano. 
1st Place:  Julien Meijer
2nd Place:  Amelia Macdonald
3rd Place:  Jackie Fanburg, Stella Kloc and Andy Dell’Orfano

Executive Functioning and Physical Activity Messages
Executive Functioning
Good Bosses know that to really pay attention and focus you need to ignore what is not important.  A horse jockey will put blinders on a horse, so they cannot see anything but the racetrack and finish line in front of them.  Try it … put your hands just outside of your eyes and look at your desk.  You should see only the work in front of you.  Use a privacy folder or personal office folder to block out distractions, to ignore what is not important, and to get your job done.
Physical Activity
Why is Physical Activity so important to me?
Getting one hour of physical activity each day will help keep your body healthy and your heart strong.  

Safety Educator
Please click here for January’s edition of Safety Educator.

PTG News/Information
1.  Please mark your calendars to join us on January 19, 2017, 6:00PM – 8:00 PM in the Lurgio Middle School Media Center.  Retired NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick will present “Mental Health: A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way.”  Chief Justice Broderick is leading a statewide campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows.  He will share his own story and will lead a discussion on ways to address this important issue here in Bedford.  Space is limited, so please come early.  The PTG is proud to be co-sponsoring this must-see event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

2.  The next Community Night at the Manchester Monarchs will take place on Saturday, January 21st at 6:00PM.  Enjoy discounted ticket prices in a family friendly atmosphere as the Monarchs take on the Elmira Jackals.  Students can participate in the high-5 tunnel and the first 3,000 fans in attendance get a free bobblehead.  Click here for the order form. 

3.  Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th – January 29th with family activities scheduled on the 27th and 28th.  Look for informational flyers and the schedule of events coming out in a couple of weeks.  Click here for the flyer.

4.  Please join us for our annual “Principals’ Winter Reading Night” on Thursday, January 26th (snow date: February 2nd).  Wear comfy pjs and slippers and spread out on a cozy blanket while our principals and assistant principals read their favorite stories.  Snacks are provided and we have some great give-a-ways.  Entrance is free but tickets are required.  Click here to download the flyer.

REMINDERS:
PowerSchool/Report Cards
We still have many families who have not registered for PowerSchool.  As a reminder, this is the only way that parents can view their child’s report card.  A letter was sent home this fall to unregistered families, which contained a code for them to sign up.  If you need to sign up but do not have the letter, please call our main office.

Parent Survey for Smarter Balance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking feedback on the statewide mathematics and English language arts assessment, known as Smarter Balanced.  They want to hear from parents regarding their experiences with Smarter Balanced.  Please take a minute to complete this Parent Survey.

Mental Health: A little knowledge can go a long way
Former NH Supreme Court Justice, John Broderick will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Lurgio Middle School Library.  We invite you and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease.  Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment.  The evening event will be most appropriate for parents.  However, there is also a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 PM, and a staff event at 3:30 PM at Peter Woodbury School.

BHS F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Club Day Camp – MLK Day
The F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Club at BHS is putting on a day camp for 1st-4th graders on January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr. day.
When:  Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. day) from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Where:  Bedford High School (drop off is at the gym entrance by the cafeteria/commons)
Who: 1st-4th graders
What:  Spaghetti & marshmallow activity, marble run, Morse Code bracelets & key chains, pom-pom launcher, egg drop competition, and more!
Cost:  $25.00 for materials – Space is limited.
High school club members and adults will supervise all activities. 
Please bring a bag lunch.  Snacks are provided.
Day Camp Registration:
https://docs.google.com/a/bedfordnhk12.net/forms/d/1cau9UKoPTt5L_4Dt3uXqy5kB-avKVNwk6TF8Dl10GHY/edit
Please fill out the registration form.  Upon completion of this form, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know if your child has secured a spot, as well as waiver, payment, and activity information.
If you have questions, please contact:
 jamie.siegart@gmail.com or redstorm509@gmail.com 

UPCOMING EVENTS:
January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
January 20 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – RBS Chorus to sing at the Monarchs
January 26 – Principals’ Winter Read – McKelvie School (Snow Date – February 2nd)
February 3 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 PM RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 10th)
February 15 – RBS Invention Convention (Snow Date – February 22nd)
February 16 – RBS Cabaret 6:30 PM – RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 21st)
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation




Friday, January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
January 6, 2017

Welcome back and Happy 2017!  I hope everyone had a great break, and was able to spend some much-deserved downtime with family and friends!  It always seems to me that the school year flies by after the new year!

IN THE NEWS:
PowerSchool/Report Cards
We still have many families who have not registered for PowerSchool.  As a reminder, this is the only way that parents can view their child’s report card.  A letter was sent home this fall to unregistered families, which contained a code for them to sign up.  If you need to sign up but do not have the letter, please call our main office.

RBS Directories
The directories have been given to teachers and should be sent home with students by early next week.

Parent Survey for Smarter Balance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking feedback on the statewide mathematics and English language arts assessment, known as Smarter Balanced.  They want to hear from parents regarding their experiences with Smarter Balanced.  Please take a minute to complete this Parent Survey.

Mental Health: A little knowledge can go a long way
Former NH Supreme Court Justice, John Broderick will be speaking to our Bedford community on the evening of January 19th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Lurgio Middle School Library.  We invite you and all those in our community to attend, to listen to his message, and to join in this effort to recognize that mental illness is a disease.  Just like any other disease, it cannot be treated with silence and stigma, but instead with communication and active treatment.  The evening event will be most appropriate for parents.  However, there is also a voluntary student event at the high school at 1:30 PM, and a staff event at 3:30 PM at Peter Woodbury School.
*The Five Signs card that Superintendent McGee referenced in his January 3rd parent email will be sent home with students on Monday.

Silent Auction/Fundraiser in Honor of former RBS Student
Emma Bechert was a former RBS student who sadly passed away this past August.  Her family and local community are holding a fundraiser in her honor in order to support one of Emma’s favorite charities – Families in Transition.  Please read the statement below from Emma’s mother, Mandy, for more information:
Miss Emma and I were involved in National Charity League a mother daughter service organization meeting the philanthropic needs of our community.  We spent many a chilly Saturday together with other moms and daughters trying to help others in our part of the world.  NCL holds an annual tea and raises money for one of the philanthropies they service.  This year’s tea is being given in honor of my sweet Emma and proceeds will go towards Families in Transition, her most favorite place to volunteer.  The online auction is a way for anyone to participate.  The auction will close on Saturday at the close of the tea.  I am so thankful that Emma’s legacy will continue to be that of helping others.

BHS F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Club Day Camp – MLK Day
The F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Club at BHS is putting on a day camp for 1st-4th graders on January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr. day.
When:  Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. day) from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Where:  Bedford High School (drop off is at the gym entrance by the cafeteria/commons)
Who: 1st-4th graders
What:  Spaghetti & marshmallow activity, marble run, Morse Code bracelets & key chains, pom-pom launcher, egg drop competition, and more!
Cost:  $25.00 for materials – Space is limited.
High school club members and adults will supervise all activities. 
Please bring a bag lunch.  Snacks are provided.
Day Camp Registration:
Please fill out the registration form.  Upon completion of this form, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know if your child has secured a spot, as well as waiver, payment, and activity information.
If you have questions, please contact:

Executive Functioning and Physical Activity Messages
Executive Functioning
I hope you were all good Bosses of yourselves during the vacation.  As we start the new year in school, let's remember to manage our Zones and to try and stay in the Green Zone for our very best learning.  Do you remember the Zoom In and Zoom Out strategies that are important for paying attention?  Zoom in to the details and zoom out to the bigger things like classroom and school rules.
Physical Activity
Healthy Eating for an Active Lifestyle
Remember to try and avoid sugary drinks such as soda during physical activity, always drink plenty of water whether you feel like you need it or not!

PTG News/Information
Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a great 2017!
1.  Please mark your calendars to join us on January 19, 2017, 6:00PM – 8:00 PM in the Lurgio Middle School Media Center.  Retired NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick will present “Mental Health: A Little Knowledge Can Go a Long Way.”  Chief Justice Broderick is leading a statewide campaign to bring mental illness out of the shadows.  He will share his own story and will lead a discussion on ways to address this important issue here in Bedford.  Space is limited, so please come early.  The PTG is proud to be co-sponsoring this must-see event with the Bedford School District and BeBOLD.

2.  Our annual "Barnes and Noble Days" will be held January 26th – January 29th with family activities scheduled on the 27th and 28th.  Look for informational flyers and the schedule of events coming out in a couple of weeks.

3.  Please join us for our annual “Principals’ Winter Reading Night” on Thursday, January 26th (snow date: February 2nd).  Wear comfy pjs and slippers and spread out on a cozy blanket while our principals and assistant principals read their favorite stories.  Snacks are provided and we have some great give-a-ways.  Entrance is free but tickets are required.  Click here to download the flyer.

REMINDERS:
Ski NH Snow Passports
4th and 5th grade students are eligible for a passport booklet containing vouchers for lift tickets and trail passes in New Hampshire.  Click HERE for more information.

Morning Drop Off
We’re starting to experience some significant back up during morning drop off, which is typical this time of year.  Please keep the following suggestions and reminders in mind.  It will help everyone out:
  1. Please arrive as close to 7:30 AM as possible in order to avoid our busy time.
  2. Please have your child take the bus, if possible.  It would really help to alleviate some of these traffic problems.
  3. Please do not bypass the drop off lane to park in visitor parking and walk your child across the median, unless you arrive after Mr. Paul shuts down the drop off lane (at 8:00 AM).  By doing this, you are holding up the people in the drop off lane as they are waiting for you to cross in front of them—this number is large, at times.  Parking and walking your child to the office is reserved for those students who need assistance for one reason or another.
  4. As always, be kind and patient! J   

Recess/Snow Gear
As a reminder, students will go outside for recess (before school and mid day) when the “feels like” temperature is 20 degrees or above.  Please make sure to send your child to school with a warm coat, hat, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots.  Children will only be allowed to play in the snow if they have on snow pants and boots.  Otherwise, they’ll have to play on the hot top only.

On a similar note, if you drop your child off in the morning, please make sure that he/she has snow gear on and is ready to go out to the playground.  Otherwise, our drop off line will get backed up.  Thank you!

Vacation/Extended Absences
Please send me an email if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time (5 or more days).  Also, as a reminder, (per our handbook), “When a student misses school due to a family vacation, the student will need to make-up the assignments designated by his/her teacher so that he/she does not fall behind.  The student may use texts with an indication from the teacher of the material to be covered during the absence.  Teachers, however, are not required to prepare individualized assignments for such situations.  Make-up work/assignments will be given after a student’s return from vacation.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:
January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance – NO SCHOOL
January 20 – End of Quarter 2
January 22 – RBS Chorus to sing at the Monarchs
January 26 – Principals’ Winter Read – McKelvie School (Snow Date – February 2nd)
February 3 – RBS Father/Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 PM RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 10th)
February 15 – RBS Invention Convention (Snow Date – February 22nd)
February 16 – RBS Cabaret 6:30 PM – RBS Gym (Snow Date – February 21st)
February 27-March 3 – Winter Vacation