Friday, April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

Dear PWS Families,


These past two days have certainly been an exciting way to head off into vacation. Yesterday, we celebrated the end of our Jump Rope for Heart Drive with an All School Assembly. The Assembly featured the fourth grade jumpers, recognized the best jumpers, celebrated the top earners in each grade, and even included some brave faculty and staff jumpers. Through the drive Peter Woodbury School was able to raise and donate over $13,000 to the American Heart Association. Thank you all for your support with this.


Last night, many of you came out to celebrate all of the wonderful art work that the students have created over the year. It was a great event with an excellent turn out. Thank you for all coming out and being a part of this special evening. A very special thank you goes out to Mrs. Piantedosi, for not only working with the students to create these great pieces but for all the time and organization it takes to put on the art show. Thank you to all involved for making this year’s Art Show a success.


Finally, although this last day before vacation was a bit rainy and dreary, that didn’t stop the students from getting excited at our annual concert by The Spain Brothers. This performance of fun and interesting songs had the students dancing, clapping and singing along. Some of the students favorites were I Wish I Were a Fish and The Song About His Family. Ask your child to sing them, we are sure you will enjoy them as well.


PWS Happenings
Third Quarter Attendance, Tardy, and Dismissal Letters
As you know, each quarter we send out letters to families of students who have in excess of 6 tardies, absences, or dismissals.  We do keep track of illnesses and circumstances that are beyond the control of a family, but do not always know in every case.  Please keep this in mind if you receive one and your family has a special circumstance.


After School Garden Club Spring 2017
Spring 2017:  Garden Club is open to Grades TWO through FOUR after school on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:
5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7 and 6/14 Rain or Shine
Maximum Number of Students: 25
Registration is first come, first serve and will close 5/5.
A suggested donation of $25 (payable to PWS) is appreciated to help in sustaining the gardens and buying supplies.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ferenc at ferencj@bedfordnhk12.net or 622-0431 x24265

From the PTG
Community Meeting
Join the PTG and the Principals from all six schools for a community forum on Tuesday, May 9th @ 9:30 at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road). Email us with your questions or with topics you’d like to hear about from our principals. Would you like to know about the process for classroom placement? What are competencies? How to use power school or an explanation on the grading system as your child changes schools? Let us know and that’s what we’ll talk about! This is a great opportunity to interact with the principals in a small group setting and get the facts! Email Lisa Nash at lisa@eight-stars.com with your questions and topic suggestions.


Color Blast 5K
Register today for the first annual PTG COLOR BLAST 5K Fun run/walk, and mark your calendar for a super-fun and colorful, family event! Not a runner? That’s OK. You can walk, skip, hop, dance or stroll your way through six color stations along the 5K route that starts at Lurgio Middle school on the BHS/RAL campus on June 4th at 10:00a.m.. Race kits available through May 5th only.


YANKEE CANDLE
Due to parent interest we have reopened our Yankee Candle sale for online ordering only. Yankee Candles make great gifts for Mother’s Day, Appreciation or Just Because. Direct shipping is free on orders $100 or more and 40% of sales go back to the PTG. Online ordering is available through June 1st. Group Code #999965479


We wish you a relaxing and safe April vacation!


Upcoming Dates
April 24th-April 28th-Spring Vacation-No School for students
May 5th- Mother Son Fun Night 6:00pm-8:00pm
May 12th- Grandparents’ Day


Have a great weekend,


Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal


Repeated Messages
2017-2018 Placement Letter
We are having a hard time believing that April is already half way done. When we return from April break, we will begin the placement process for next year’s classes. If you have any information or considerations that you would like shared with administration regarding your child’s placement please read the letter linked below for information about this process.
Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart, 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 years 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


Mother’s Day Off Event (BHS)
As part of their BHS International Baccalaureate CAS (creativity, action, service) Project, 2 students are holding a Mother's Day Off event, which provides moms with the opportunity to drop their children off at Bedford High School on May 13th for a few hours to take some well-deserved time for themselves while their children have an equally fun time.  A pizza lunch will be provided.


While the experience of going to the Global tournament will be priceless, it will cost the teams, who choose to accept the invitation, a considerable amount to make the trip.  Bedford DI is busy organizing fundraisers to assist the 4 teams who have advanced.  This Monday we kick it off with our annual Ecosmith shoes, bags, and belts fundraiser.  PWS is very proud of this team's accomplishments and Bedford DI asks for your support in helping these teams move on to compete at Global Finals in May.​ More information can be found in the flyer attached and on the PWS website or Facebook page.


From Our Nurse: Mrs. Ewing
Mud season is here!  Please consider packing an extra change of clothes (pants/ shirt/ socks) in your child's backpack for the next few weeks until the fields dry out.  Mrs. Ewing has only a limited supply of extra clothing that need to be reserved for different kinds of "accidents."


ORK Opportunity
HELP WANTED: The PTG is looking for someone to coordinate our ORK (Opportunities Reaching Kids) program for the elementary schools. This coordinator will be responsible for all ORK programming- such as Eyes On Owls, Tanglewood Marionettes & Bat Presentations, across the three elementary schools (Memorial, Peter Woodbury, and Riddlebrook). Must have good communication and organizational skills (flexible hours & work from home). For more information please contact Sue Jennato at bedfordnhptg@gmail.com


Shorty's
Join us  every first Thursday of the month at Shorty’s in Bedford. Shorty’s  will give the Bedford PTG 15% of all sales when patrons show this flyer or simply let your server know you support the PTG. Good on Dine-in and Take-out, all day long!





Friday, April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017

Dear PWS Families,


What a great week we have had at PWS. It has been great seeing all the parents and families come in for our Spring conferences. There certainly has been a lot of energy in the building. The students are enjoying being able to get outside on a daily basis.  


Now that the snow has melted it is time to start cleaning up and preparing our school yard and gardens. This year we are looking for pavers to add to an area of the yard. If you have any extra paver stones lying around that you would like to donate please let Mr. Mitchell know (mitchelld@sau25.net) and we can arrange to get them.


Finally, we have some exciting and special news to share with you. Since the beginning of this year, Penny Demos has been working with the Enable organization to acquire a prosthetic for one of our second graders. The Enable organization utilizes local resources and technologies to connect those in need with prosthetics. Through a collaboration of PWS, Academy of Science and Design, Enable, the Bedford Men’s Club, and lead engineer Bob Kennett, we are close to completing this wonderful feat. Here is a video that updates the incredible process and child/ family involved. We are so proud of Penny and Harun!


PWS Happenings


2017-2018 Placement Letter
We are having a hard time believing that April is already half way done. When we return from April break, we will begin the placement process for next year’s classes. If you have any information or considerations that you would like shared with administration regarding your child’s placement please read the letter linked below for information about this process.


Lost and Found
Over the April break we will be cleaning out our Lost and Found and donating whatever is left to local charities. Please take a moment to visit our lost and found and reclaim any items that may be yours before next Friday.


PWS Newspaper
Mrs. Speaker and her fourth grade students have worked very hard over the last month to put together our very own PWS Newspaper. The first edition is ready and can be found in the link below. Thanks and Congratulations go out to Mrs. Speaker and her students for a job well done on this first newspaper. We can’t wait for the future editions. PWS Newspaper


After School Garden Club Spring 2017
Spring 2017: Garden Club is open to Grades TWO through FOUR after school on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:
5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8 and 6/15 Rain or Shine
Maximum Number of Students: 25
Registration is first come, first served and will close 5/5. Please use this link to register your child.
A suggested donation of $25 (payable to PWS) is appreciated to help in sustaining the gardens and buying supplies.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ferenc at ferencj@bedfordnhk12.net or 622-0431 x24265
Destination Imagination Upcoming Fundraiser                                                                           Bedford DI will be having a Bake Sale outside Harvest Market tomorrow, Saturday, 10am-3pm. Tuesday, April 18th is Shorty's Fair Share for DI, so save yourself cooking on Tuesday.          The team from PWS will also be having a Bake Sale during the Art Show on Thursday at 6pm.  The Ecosmith shoes, bags and belt donations continue thru mid-May!  Bedford DI appreciate your support to help these teams with their fundraising efforts to get to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in May.


From the Community


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 Middle 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 years 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


Mother’s Day Off Event (BHS)
As part of their BHS International Baccalaureate CAS (creativity, action, service) Project, 2 students are holding a Mother's Day Off event, which provides moms with the opportunity to drop their children off at Bedford High School on May 13th for a few hours to take some well-deserved time for themselves while their children have an equally fun time.  A pizza lunch will be provided.

Upcoming Dates


April 20th-PWS Art Show 6:00pm-7:30pm
April 24th-April 28th-Spring Vacation-No School for students
May 5th- Mother Son Fun Night 6:00pm-8:00pm
May 12th- Grandparents’ Day


Have a great weekend,


Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal


Repeated Messages
While the experience of going to the Global tournament will be priceless, it will cost the teams, who choose to accept the invitation, a considerable amount to make the trip.  Bedford DI is busy organizing fundraisers to assist the 4 teams who have advanced.  This Monday we kick it off with our annual Ecosmith shoes, bags, and belts fundraiser.  PWS is very proud of this team's accomplishments and Bedford DI asks for your support in helping these teams move on to compete at Global Finals in May.​ More information can be found in the flyer attached and on the PWS website or Facebook page.


From Our Nurse: Mrs. Ewing
Mud season is here!  Please consider packing an extra change of clothes(pants/ shirt/ socks) in your child's backpack for the next few weeks until the fields dry out.  Mrs. Ewing has only a limited supply of extra clothing that need to be reserved for different kinds of "accidents."


ORK Opportunity
HELP WANTED: The PTG is looking for someone to coordinate our ORK (Opportunities Reaching Kids) program for the elementary schools. This coordinator will be responsible for all ORK programming- such as Eyes On Owls, Tanglewood Marionettes & Bat Presentations, across the three elementary schools (Memorial, Peter Woodbury, and Riddlebrook). Must have good communication and organizational skills (flexible hours & work from home). For more information please contact Sue Jennato at bedfordnhptg@gmail.com


Join us  every first Thursday of the month at Shorty’s in Bedford. Shorty’s  will give the Bedford PTG 15% of all sales when patrons show this flyer or simply let your server know you support the PTG. Good on Dine-in and Take-out, all day long!


PTG Sponsored ColorBlast
The 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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

Dear PWS Families,

Thank you to everyone that made our Book Fair a huge success.This year the fair raised over $14,000 with over $1,000 of that being donations back to the classrooms. Thank you all for supporting this event, we raised a lot of money and have many happy children with new books.  A special thank you to Mindy Bator, Michael Yamauchi, and Christine Roberts for spearheading this amazing event.
Tonight is our annual Father/ Daughter Dance. We are very much looking forward to hosting the girls and their fathers for a fun night of fancy dresses, dancing, and cupcakes.
On Wednesday, April 5, each student was given a bracelet that says "I AM AMAZING!"  and were part of an All School Meeting by Acacia from Tiny Girl, Big Dream.  This presentation was about encouraging every student at Peter Woodbury to reach out to one another in friendship and bring positive change to the world.  The school received a Friendship Bench that will be put in the school yard.  Ask your children about Acacia and what they learned from her!

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CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Mind Blowers who placed first at the Destination Imagination State Finals at Bedford High School last weekend.  The team took on the Engineering Challenge called In it Together.  They had to design, build and test multiple free-standing structures that work together; develop a strategy for placing structures to support as much weight as possible; develop and present a collaborative solution to a global issue and create, and present two Team Choice Elements that highlight the team's interests, skills, areas of strength and talents.
The team now has an opportunity to travel to the Global Finals in Knoxville, TN at the end of May.
While the experience of going to the Global tournament will be priceless, it will cost the teams, who choose to accept the invitation, a considerable amount to make the trip.  Bedford DI is busy organizing fundraisers to assist the 4 teams who have advanced.  This Monday we kick it off with our annual Ecosmith shoes, bags, and belts fundraiser.  PWS is very proud of this team's accomplishments and Bedford DI asks for your support in helping these teams move on to compete at Global Finals in May.​ More information can be found in the flyer attached and on the PWS website or Facebook page.

1st Place, Bedford DIMind BlowersBedfordIn It Together, Engineering Challenge

PWS Happenings
From Our Nurse: Mrs. Ewing
Mud season is here!  Please consider packing an extra change of clothes(pants/ shirt/ socks) in your child's backpack for the next few weeks until the fields dry out.  Mrs. Ewing has only a limited supply of extra clothing that need to be reserved for different kinds of "accidents."

Regional Invention Convention
Congratulations to all the 3rd and 4th grade who represented PWS at  the Regional Invention Convention at SNHU. We are proud to say that some of our students were winners in their categories:
Luc Caouette & Braden Shubert - 3rd Grade Rube Goldberg
Hannah Amirault - Most Marketable Original Invention

From the Community
Ross A Lurgio Stand By Mr Fundraiser
Stand By Me is hosting it’s annual CHIPOTLE fundraiser on Wednesday, April 12th at the Bedford location (99 South River Road) from 4p.m. - 8p.m.. Simply show them this flyer on your phone, let them know you are there for Stand By Me, or hand them a flyer and Stand By Me will receive 50% of your sale. Thank you for your support!

From the Superintendent
From the PTG
ORK Opportunity
HELP WANTED: The PTG is looking for someone to coordinate our ORK (Opportunities Reaching Kids) program for the elementary schools. This coordinator will be responsible for all ORK programming- such as Eyes On Owls, Tanglewood Marionettes & Bat Presentations, across the three elementary schools (Memorial, Peter Woodbury, and Riddlebrook). Must have good communication and organizational skills (flexible hours & work from home). For more information please contact Sue Jennato at bedfordnhptg@gmail.com

Join us  every first Thursday of the month at Shorty’s in Bedford. Shorty’s  will give the Bedford PTG 15% of all sales when patrons show this flyer or simply let your server know you support the PTG. Good on Dine-in and Take-out, all day long!

Bedford PTG Presentation-Ed Gerety
The Bedford PTG is proud to co-sponsor an upcoming community presentation featuring professional speaker Ed Gerety.  Ed Gerety, one of the top professional youth speakers in the country, will be doing a 60 minute program for parents and their child(ren) focusing on how you can work together in your family to help your child reach his/her full potential, have the right mindset, and achieve his/her goals.  Ed has been a part of the Lurgio Middle School Stand By Me program from its beginning, and his programs have always received rave reviews.  This program, geared toward middle school families, will take place on April 11th in the BHS Theater 6:30 - 7:30PM.  Save the date for this energetic and inspiring program!  


Upcoming Dates
April 20th-PWS Art Show 6:00pm-7:30pm
April 24th-April 28th-Spring Vacation-No School for students


Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal

Repeated Messages

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

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 lobby.  For more information, click here.

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 June 10, 2017.

PTG Sponsored ColorBlast
The 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.