Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

Dear PWS Families,
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It was great to see so much green today. This week we were able to enjoy an All School Meeting on Monday to talk about the importance of voting. Yesterday, our third grade classes enjoyed the “Eyes on Owls” Presentation. Their faces and chatter after the presentation told us that it was an enjoyable event for all.


We want to thank everyone who took the opportunity to vote this week. Our students even had a Kids Vote on Thursday and Friday. The choices were, pajama day, board game day, extra recess or pie in Mr. Mitchell’s or Mrs. Daley’s face.  Which one do you think won?  We will let you know next week when we get the final results!


PWS Happenings
Destination Imagination
Due to the snowstorm this past week, the DI regional tournament has been moved to Sunday at Goffstown High School. Bedford DI is sending 19 teams to the Goffstown Regional this weekend.  Good luck to all the teams and their team managers, who have been working hard problem solving and creating solutions since last Fall. For a full schedule of the day, check out the Goffstown Regional at www.NH-DI.org.


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Best of luck to our PWS students who are participating!


PTG Scholastic Happy Camper Book Fair:
The PTG Book Fair will be at Peter Woodbury School April 3rd -6th. We will be open Monday/Wednesday until 3:30pm and Tuesday/Thursday until 6pm in the main lobby of the school.  This year’s theme is Camping, so feel free to send your children in in their best camping attire throughout the week.  We look forward to seeing you at the PWS Book Fair this year!


Box Tops for Education (BTFE) Update
The numbers are in:  We have raised $2,960 for the 2016-2017 School Year, which is almost $700 over the 2015-2016 school year.  Thank you to the students, parents, teachers and friends who have continued to clip these pesky little pink rectangles!  We will soon be posting fun graphs and charts to the bulletin board (near the PWS office) so that you can see how the teachers and grades matchup in collection totals.  Although the BTFE Program’s year is closed, we ask for everyone’s support to continue clipping.  There will be an additional collection mid-May to ensure that we don’t lose money from expiring Box Tops.  Did you know that every month we have a chance to win free Box Top?  Visit www.BTFE.com and select ‘Earn Box Tops’ and then ‘Sweepstakes.’ Who knows?  Maybe we will win a Million Box Tops for PWS! You can also download the Box Tops Bonus App to win more Box Tops.  


Art News
Save the date! Our PWS Art Show will be held Thursday, April 20 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering please email Mrs. Piantedosi at piantedosia@sau25.net and join the fun!
Congratulations to the following students whose work is displayed in the district office:
Grade Two
Jackson Andree
Sophie Baker
Sofie Kashiwabara
Dave Purcell


Grade Four
Rebekah Bennett
Gen Boucher
Brody Cassidy
Ivy Dickson
Preston Quinones
Alexa Silvia


Smarter Balanced-3rd and 4th Grade Parents
Please read the link below:  Smarter Balanced Testing 3rd/4th


Art Supplies Donation
A student at Bedford High School is accepting donations for new/lightly used art supplies.  These supplies will be donated to the Elliot Hospital to be used as Art Therapy.  There will be a donation box located in the main office.  For more information, click here.


From the Community

Screening of Screenagers at BHS

As the Counseling dept. and Tech team aim to make us a more social media savvy community this year, we will present the film Screenagers this Tuesday the 21st at 6:00 pm in the BHS Theater. In an age where technology is everywhere, how do we best support adolescents as they learn how to responsibly use these tools?





ABOUT THE FILM

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.



From the Superintendent
Election Results
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. 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, teaching and learning. Thank you!


A Survey of the Superintendent
Every year around this time, I ask the community for feedback through this survey. The survey takes about five minutes. I would appreciate your feedback so I can continue to improve.  I will keep it open through the next three weeks.


2017-2018 Calendar
Please follow the link to the 2017 - 2018 School Calendar approved this week by the Bedford School Board. 2017 - 2018 Calendar


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


From the PTG
Monarchs Night
Join the PTG at FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT as the Manchester Monarchs take on the Elmira Jackals on Saturday, April 1st at 6p.m.. Students can high-five the Monarchs players as they enter the ice. Click here to download your order form and return to your school office by March 27th. This is a great night for groups, teams and families to get discounted ticket prices and enjoy the end of the hockey season.


ColorBlast 5K Run/Walk
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 on Sunday, June 4th @ 10:00a.m.! 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 effect (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.


Upcoming Dates
March 19th-DI Competition-7:00am-5:00pm-Goffstown High School
April 3rd -April 7th-Scholastic Book Fair
April 7th-Father/Daughter Dance 6:00pm-8:00pm
April 20th-PWS Art Show 6:00pm-7:30pm


Have a great weekend,


Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal


Repeated Messages
Headphones for Third and Fourth Grade
We received a few questions regarding yesterday's email about headphones. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused and hope the following language helps clarify the message.


In preparation for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessments, we are asking that each third and fourth grade student bring in their own pair of basic headphones (they can not be wireless or connect via bluetooth) to be left at school for the duration of the school year.  Please send the headphones to school in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name. If you are unable to provide headphones for your child, please let Mrs. Daley or Mr. Mitchell know.


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.
In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.  
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.


Calling ALL Parents!                                                                                                                       We are looking for substitutes to work in Food Service. It’s a great way to get a little physical activity, earn a little cash, and interact with these great students we have, all while helping to support some wonderful ladies with prepping and serving healthy meals to the students of Bedford School District!     
If you are interested at all, please contact CHRIS GABRIEL at 310-9000 x.33418
Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.n or dining out, please let your server know that you support the PTG or show them this flyer and we will receive a portion of the total sales (including beverages), good all day long.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017

Dear PWS Families,


Welcome Back! We hope you all had a wonderful and restful vacation. The kids seemed excited to be back but grateful for the time off. There has been so much great energy!  One student came up to us yesterday expressing her excitement with Brain Pop and how much she was learning by using the app.  We had a group of 3rd grade students meet with us to tell us all the reasons we should have lockers at our school (to keep the school cleaner, combination locks and having their own space).  


As we did last year, we have decided to take the month of March and assign No Homework. We like to take this time to focus on time at home, basic skills, reading for enjoyment, and spending time enjoying the ever improving weather. During this time we still expect the students to be reading at home with families and working on their basic math facts. More information about what this will look like at your child’s specific grade level or class should be coming from your teacher. We plan on keeping this in place until April 5.


PWS Happenings
Officer Phil
Officer Phil made his yearly visit today.  Officer Phil is a retired police officer that comes to our school teaching students about computer safety, safety, bullying and how to be a good citizen. He does skits and engages the students during the presentation.  Ask your child(ren) about it.  


Smarter Balanced-3rd and 4th Grade Parents
Please read the link below:  Smarter Balanced Testing 3rd/4th


 From the PTG
Amazon Fundraiser
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.


Color Blast 5K
Registration for our first annual Color Blast 5K Run/Walk will open soon. Save the date for June 4th at 10:00a.m. (Kids 1K Color Blast at 9:30) at Lurgio Middle School/Bedford High School complex.


From the Superintendent
A Survey of the Superintendent
Every year around this time, I ask the community for feedback through this survey. The survey takes about five minutes. I would appreciate your feedback so I can continue to improve.  I will keep it open through the next three weeks.


March 14 Elections
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 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  ​​The Town Meeting is the next night, March 15, in the Bedford High School Theater at 7:00 p.m.. ​Here are links to two programs regarding the vote.
Here is the information for filing an absentee ballot for those unable to be present on the day of the vote.


An Award
I am delighted to share with the entire Bedford community that our own Mike Fournier was selected as the 2017 New Hampshire Middle School Principal of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals! We are thrilled (and not at all surprised) that the NHASP has recognized in Mike the qualities we have come to value during his 16 years as a principal in Bedford.  Mike is deeply committed to the students, parents, staff, and the town of Bedford. HERE is  a really sweet photo from Mike and his family at the award ceremony.


From the Community
Please Vote next Tuesday - March 14
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 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
in the Bedford High School Gymnasium.  The Town Meeting is the next night, March 15, in the Bedford High School Theater at 7:00 p.m.. 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.


Art Supplies Donation
A student at Bedford High School is accepting donations for new/lightly used art supplies.  These supplies will be donated to the Elliot Hospital to be used as Art Therapy.  There will be a donation box located in the main office.  For more information, click here.


Upcoming Dates
March 14th-No School - VOTING DAY
March 18th-DI Competition-7:00am-5:00pm-Goffstown High School
April 3rd -April 7th-Scholastic Book Fair
April 7th-Father/Daughter Dance 6:00pm-8:00pm


Have a great weekend,


Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal


Repeated Messages
Headphones for Third and Fourth Grade
We received a few questions regarding yesterday's email about headphones. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused and hope the following language helps clarify the message.


In preparation for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessments, we are asking that each third and fourth grade student bring in their own pair of basic headphones (they can not be wireless or connect via bluetooth) to be left at school for the duration of the school year.  Please send the headphones to school in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name. If you are unable to provide headphones for your child, please let Mrs. Daley or Mr. Mitchell know.


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.
In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.  
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.


Calling ALL Parents!                                                                                                                       We are looking for substitutes to work in Food Service. It’s a great way to get a little physical activity, earn a little cash, and interact with these great students we have, all while helping to support some wonderful ladies with prepping and serving healthy meals to the students of Bedford School District!     
If you are interested at all, please contact CHRIS GABRIEL at 310-9000 x.33418
Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.n or dining out, please let your server know that you support the PTG or show them this flyer and we will receive a portion of the total sales (including beverages), good all day long.

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017

Dear PWS Families,

It has certainly been a spirited week here at PWS. Starting with mustaches on Monday, sports day on Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, the many characters we saw on Thursday, and the school spirit that abounded on Friday, it was certainly a wonderful week.  The students are so excited about their vacation next week!  Enjoy your time with them!  We look forward to their return on March 6th.

PWS Happenings
Headphones for Third and Fourth Grade
We received a few questions regarding yesterday's email about headphones. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused and hope the following language helps clarify the message.

In preparation for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessments, we are asking that each third and fourth grade student bring in their own pair of basic headphones (they can not be wireless or connect via bluetooth) to be left at school for the duration of the school year.  Please send the headphones to school in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name. If you are unable to provide headphones for your child, please let Mrs. Daley or Mr. Mitchell know.

From the PTG
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Paper orders will be ready for pick up the week of March 13th. Please watch for notices with pick up details for each school. Online orders will be shipped directly to the purchaser.

Planning a staycation next week? Head on over to Shorty's on Thursday, March 2nd and let them know you support the PTG and 15% of the sales will go to the PTG. Good all day long, dine in and take out.

Have a fun and safe February vacation!
Upcoming Dates
March 9th: K-4 Officer Phil
March 14th: No School - VOTING DAY
March 18th: DI Competition- Goffstown High School
April 3rd  -April 7th: Scholastic Book Fair
April 7th: Father/Daughter Dance 6:00pm-8:00pm

Have a great week,

Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal

Repeated Messages
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.
In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.  
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.

Author Gordon Korman Community Event at McKelvie
McKelvie is delighted to be hosting acclaimed author Gordon Korman!  Bedford families are encouraged to join us for his community presentation on Monday, March 6, at 4 p.m. Follow this link for a flyer about the event.  Gibson's Bookstore will be on-site that afternoon selling copies of Mr. Korman's books. We hope to see you there!  

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

Calling ALL Parents!                                                                                                                       We are looking for substitutes to work in Food Service. It’s a great way to get a little physical activity, earn a little cash, and interact with these great students we have, all while helping to support some wonderful ladies with prepping and serving healthy meals to the students of Bedford School District!     
If you are interested at all, please contact CHRIS GABRIEL at 310-9000 x.33418
Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination

Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.n or dining out, please let your server know that you support the PTG or show them this flyer and we will receive a portion of the total sales (including beverages), good all day long.