Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
March 17, 2017
Happy St. Patrick’s to all of our Irish and Irish-for-the-day families!  Sláinte to all!  At RBS, some very sneaky leprechauns visited our classrooms! 

IN THE NEWS:
2017-18 School Calendar ​
As families start planning for next year, we thought it would be helpful to share the 2017-18 School Calendar.  The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 29th.

Election Results (A Message from Superintendent McGee)
Thank you to all the Bedford citizens who voted on Thursday.  The school district budget passed and the contracts for our teachers, support staff, and custodians passed as well.  This will make the district's pay scale more competitive and help get health insurance costs under control.  The positive results will allow the whole district to continue to focus on our core mission of teaching and learning.  Thank you!

RBS KidVote Results
RBS had 123 students vote in our annual KidVote, which supported our Town/District voting on March 16th.  Here are the results for our April Spirit Day vote:
Holiday Day (26%)
Disney Character Day (34.1%)
Favorite Color Day (39.8%) - WINNER

Destination Imagination
Good luck to all of our RBS and Bedford School District students who are competing this weekend in the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament in Goffstown.  RBS has 4 teams competing this year.  They are:
  1. Team Lightning
  2. Team Solar Eclipse
  3. The Nay Nay Animatronic Unicorns
  4. The Panthers

For a full schedule of the day, please click on the following link:  www.NH-DI.org.

Family Fun Night – Ticket Order Form
Our annual Family Fun Night is Friday, March 31st.  Please click on the flyer below for ticket info.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Riddle Brook April 3rd – 6th.  To prepare for this event, the committee is looking for volunteers to help transform the fair into an inviting space for students and their families.  Please click HERE to sign up.

RBS Yearbooks
1.  LAST CHANCE TO ORDER RBS YEARBOOKS!!!
The deadline to order yearbooks online has been extended until March 23rd.  Please place your order online (cost is $20 and there are no additional fees) at the following link:  www.schoolannual.com  
Select “Parents: Buy Your Student’s Yearbook” and enter the school information.

2.  LOOKING FOR VOLUNEER(S)
Our current yearbook coordinators are looking for a co-coordinator.  This would be someone who is willing to work with a team to help organize picture inputs from all of the classes, photograph special events, layout yearbook pages, etc.  Much of the job can be done from home and after hours (or on a flexible schedule).  No specific skills are required, but it really helps to be organized.  If you’re interested, please contact Linda Dinndorf (lindad.bedford@icloud.com) or Jen Spector (jen.spector@gmail.com).

Math/Literacy Night
Thank you to all the families who came to our annual Math/Literacy Night.  It was a great success with many fun and engaging activities.

Below are the winners from our drawings:
Elliott Field (Cardin)
Ethan Friedburg (Babine)
Avery Kelly (Effenberger)
Marlo Spector (Fortier)

Executive Functioning and Mindfulness Messages
Executive Functioning
Bosses need to organize their materials and desk spaces, so they always have good learning places.  Inside your desk, put all your books on one side and folders on the other.  Keep all your writing tools, glue sticks and scissors in a pencil box.  If you need a reminder, take a picture.  Look at the picture to help you remember how to organize your desk, so you can be ready for learning.
Mindfulness
Let’s try the Energizing Breath to help our learning and mindful attention.
Breathe quickly with your mouths open for 30 seconds (If you need help, imagine what a panting dog looks like.).  Then continue for another 30 seconds with your mouths closed as you take short belly breaths with one hand on your belly.  After a full minute, take four regular deep inhales and exhales.  You should feel energized and ready to work.

Bedford High School ​Graduation set for June 10th
We are proud to announce that the students in the class of 2017 at Bedford High School will be graduating on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Screenagers
All members of the Bedford community are welcome to attend this free event at the high school next week where they will be presenting Screenagers.  The movie will begin the evening at 6:00 PM, and a brief panel of professionals with various perspectives will follow.

In an age where technology is everywhere, how do we best support adolescents as they learn how to responsibly use these tools?


PTG News/Information
1.  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.

2.  Reminder... if you shop at Amazon.com, please consider selecting the Bedford PTG through smile.Amazon.com, and Amazon will donate a portion of the sale to us.  All discounts and Prime still apply.

REMINDERS:
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.

Family Fun Night Silent Auction Items
If you have any items that you would like to donate for our Family Fun Night’s Silent Auction, please email Darlene Boyd (dbell0809@yahoo.com) by Wednesday, March 22nd.  Thank you!

Family Fun Night Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers for our annual Family Fun Night on Friday, March 31st.  If you are interested, please use the Sign Up Genius links below to sign up.

RBS FFN Seating One 4:30-6:00.  Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE

RBS FFN Seating Two 6:00-7:15.  Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE

Ticket Processing Before FFN Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE

Buddy Bench
I am thrilled to report that RBS will be receiving a Buddy Bench for our playground from the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation (www.jmbigheart.org), in honor of one of our students – Emalie Harrington.  If you would like to know more about the Buddy Bench, please click here.

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:
March 31 – RBS Family Fun Night
March 31 – End of Quarter 3
April 3-6 – PTG Book Fair (Rooms 216/218)
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



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BSD Voting Day Info.

March 15, 2017

Dear RBS Parents,

This is just a reminder that the Town/School District Voting that was rescheduled from yesterday will now take place tomorrow, March 16th, from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM in the BHS gymnasium.  There will be a 2 hour delay at Lurgio and BHS tomorrow morning in order to provide easier access to the polls for voters.  All other schools will run on their regular schedules.

Typically, we hold a KidVote in the cafeteria at BHS on voting day, but since school will be in session, that will not be possible this year.  Instead, I've included the ballot HERE for RBS students to vote (1 vote/student).

Sincerely,
Molly McCarthy

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 10, 2017

RBS Principal’s Notes
March 10, 2017


IN THE NEWS:
KidVote 2017 (Sponsored by Bedford PTG)
Bedford School District students will have an opportunity to cast a vote during our town’s upcoming Voting Day on Tuesday, March 14th at the BHS gymnasium.  For RBS, students will vote on an April Spirit Week day.  The choices are: 
1.  Holiday Day (Dress for your favorite holiday – no matter what time of the year it is!)
2.  Favorite Color Day (Students dress in their favorite color.)
3.  Disney Character Day (Students dress up as their favorite Disney character.)

Please Vote next Tuesday, March 14th
All eligible citizens are urged to vote in the Bedford School District and Town Council Elections.  They will be held on March 14, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  The Town Meeting is the next night, March 15th, in the Bedford High School Theater at 7:00 PM.  HERE is the Bedford School Board’s Voter Guide, and HERE is the information for filing an absentee ballot for those unable to be present on the day of the vote.

Math & Literacy Night/RBS Booktalks
Thank you to the families who were able to attend our annual Math & Literacy Night last night.  It was a fun night, with many interactive and engaging math and literacy displays.  Once again, one of our most popular displays was our Booktalk Recording Studio.  Please visit our Booktalk Blog (link below) to view some of our students’ booktalks.  http://rbsbooktalks.blogspot.com/

Family Fun Night Silent Auction Items
If you have any items that you would like to donate for our Family Fun Night’s Silent Auction, please email Darlene Boyd (dbell0809@yahoo.com) by Wednesday, March 22nd.  Thank you!

Family Fun Night Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers for our annual Family Fun Night on Friday, March 31st.  If you are interested, please use the Sign Up Genius links below to sign up.

RBS FFN Seating One 4:30-6:00.  Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE


RBS FFN Seating Two 6:00-7:15.  Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE


Ticket Processing Before FFNPlease click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.
To sign up, please click HERE


RBS Read-a-thon
Students received the Read-a-thon packet this week with the information and donation form.  If you need another copy, please see the attached link.  The official tracking of minutes read will begin Monday!  The students will have opportunities at school and at home to track their minutes to receive a special personal shopping trip to the Book Fair. 
Good luck readers!!
Parent Information

Chipotle Fundraiser
Thank you for supporting Riddle Brook School by buying dinner at Chipotle Restaurant in Bedford on February 23rd.  I am happy to report that RBS made $1219.81 that evening!

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 will be placed in our main floor hallway if you would like to contribute.  Please click here for more information about her project.

Buddy Bench
I am thrilled to report that RBS will be receiving a Buddy Bench for our playground from the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation (www.jmbigheart.org), in honor of one of our students – Emalie Harrington.  If you would like to know more about the Buddy Bench, please click here.

Executive Functioning and Mindfulness Messages
Executive Functioning
Good Bosses need to be ORGANIZED.  Organizing is the ability to create and use systems to keep track of materials and information.  What systems do you use to keep yourself organized?  Do you have a homework folder?  Does your family keep track of special days with a calendar?  Over the next few weeks you will hear more about strategies and systems to help you stay organized.
Mindfulness
Here is another Mindful breathing exercise:  The Deep-Dive Breath
Sit quietly in your chair.  Inhale for four counts, hold for four, and exhale slowly for four counts. Find the rhythm of the exercise.  Let’s practice.  Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4.  Hold 1, 2, 3, 4.  Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4.  Now try it yourself.

REMINDERS:
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. 

Book Fair
The RBS Book Fair team will be recruiting volunteers for setup and sales from March 24-April 7.   Signups will be available after February break.

The committee is also searching for a new decorating lead for next year.   The theme is provided by Scholastic for each fair as well as decorating supplies and suggestions, clip art, etc.   We are looking for someone with a little creativity to pull the room together!  Please contact Lauren Wilensky with questions or interest.   lswilensky@gmail.com

B.E.E.P. 2017/2018 Open Enrollment
For information about our district’s Early Education Program (located at Memorial School) for preschool-aged students, please click here.

RBS Yearbook
Riddle Brook School yearbooks are currently for sale for $20.  Checks can be made out to Riddle Brook School and returned in the order envelope provided, or ordered online (no additional fee) at the following link:  www.schoolannual.com.  Select “Parents:  Buy Your Student’s Yearbook” and enter the school information.  
The order deadline is March 14th...please be sure to order your yearbook prior to the deadline.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
March 14 – District Workshop Day (Bedford School District Voting Day) – No School for Students
March 31 – RBS Family Fun Night
March 31 – End of Quarter 3
April 3-6 – PTG Book Fair (Rooms 216/218)
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