Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hello PWS Families,

This has been a fun week of celebrating!  There have been PJ days, food festivals, learning about Festival of Lights and how different people celebrate holidays around the world.  When we walked into a first grade classroom today students were reading holiday stories with their fourth grade reading buddies on iPads.  In a Kindergarten classroom, students made binoculars and were looking for dinosaurs.  Two students spotted dinosaurs in the parking lot. Another story is when one second grade student wrote a story how fairy godmothers are not real unless they are Santa's elves.  Finally, a third grade teacher shared a picture of herself as a third grader to her class.  Students asked, "What was it like in the 'olden days'?" and "What was riding a bus like?"  Children are so great!

We want to remind you of a couple important items.  First, we have outdoor recess if it is 20 degrees or higher.  Please make sure your children are bundled up for morning recess.  It is quite difficult for students to put their snow gear on in the snow. :)  Another very important item is morning parent drop off.  This is from 7:30AM to 7:55AM at the side of the building.  If you arrive after that please pull around to the front and walk into the building to sign your child in.  This past week the traffic in the front of the building has been a hazard to children's safety.   We have been standing out there a couple of mornings and watching students walk through cars on slippery pavement.  If there is not a spot available to park in, please pull all the way in to the bus loop to reverse your direction and form a single line of cars so you can walk your child inside.  Reversing direction prior to that point leads to congestion and unsafe situations.  It is important we follow these procedures for the safety of our children!

On a final note, we wish you all a wonderful vacation.  PWS has such a wonderful community and we really appreciate all the well wishes for the holiday!
Take Care,
Mrs. Daley              Mr. Mitchell
Principal                 Assistant Principal

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

PWS Families,

Story of the week:  We know we are living in the world of technology when . . . Mrs. Cassamassino, the technology teacher, comes in and tells me about a second grader who presented her Animal Project in a Power Point and as Mrs. Cassamassino stated, "She knew her stuff!"

Happy Snow!  The cold weather has arrived so please make sure your children wear warm coats, mittens, hats, boots and snow pants.  If the weather is under 20 degrees we do not go outside.  Hopefully the weather will start to get warmer.

Please come by to pick up lost and found items by Friday, December 20th.  There are many pieces of clothing that have been sorted and displayed on tables in the hallway.  We will donate all the items that are left to Families in Transition the week of December 23rd.

Due to the winter weather many students are dropped off at or after 8:00, which is the official start time of school.   Please have an adult come and sign your child in at the office.  Students' hands work slower than adults' hands.  This will expedite the process and get students to class as soon as possible.   
Our food drive for the NH food bank was a huge success!  We collected and donated more than 3,000 items.  A special thank you to all of you as families and  Mr. Brown and his class for organizing this yearly food drive.

Today, the second grade enjoyed a presentation from the Mad Scientist.  They won this from the PTG for being the grade level that sold the most gift wrap.  "The chemical reactions were awesome!" according to the students.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Cheryl Daley            Dan Mitchell
Principal                  Assistant Principal

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy December,

Here is your "PWS Student Story of the Week"
I was observing two first graders during reading instruction.  The word the student was trying to decode was nag.  The teacher asked the student to use the word in a sentence.  The student said, "My mom nags my dad!"  These are the stories that I love to share.

School Nurse Intern
Today, our fourth graders had the opportunity to hear from our nursing intern, James Ndirangu. He shared stories of growing up in Kenya as well as what it is like there today. He talked to them about his goal to open a medical clinic and the importance of him being able to come and study here in New England and the impact that education will have on his home country. The students were engaged the whole time and asked many questions. We feel so fortunate to have had James be able to share these lessons with our students.

Box Tops
We are happy to report that PWS made $1,400 from Box Tops this fall.  This is $500.00 more than last fall.  Thanks for all your help with this.  The next cycle of Box Tops is from December until March.  Optional Box Tops worksheets will be going home with students. Students are not required to complete these, but we think it would be a fun way to organize the collection of them.  We've decided to have a competition at each grade level for the classroom that collects the most Box Tops.  The winning classroom will get a special prize. 

Food Drive
We are holding our annual food drive to benefit the NH Food Bank.  Items include;
Monday-12/9-Mac and Cheese
Wednesday-12/11-Peanut Butter
Thursday-12/12-Personal Care Items
Thanks for all your help with this!

Please read the link below from Bedford Fire Fighter, Scott Hunter.

Please read the message below regarding a special concert coordinated by BHS students.
My name is Elizabeth Eby and I am a Senior at Bedford High School.  Rachel Collins and I have organized an a cappella concert for our CAS Project (an IB Diploma requirement).  Below are the details. 
 Join us for an a cappella concert!
 Tuesday, December 17th 
7:30-9:00 PM  
McKelvie Intermediate School  
 Rhythm and Jews, the University of Chicago's premier Jewish student a cappella group, will perform along with Achording to Us, the BHS A Cappella Group.
 Tickets at the door or reserve tickets at
            Adults  $7        Students  $5                Children Under 5--Free
 Proceeds to benefit the BHS Music Boosters Club.

We hope everyone gets outside and enjoys the snow that is coming this weekend!

Take Care,
Mrs. Daley                     Mr. Mitchell
Principal                        Assistant Principal

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dear Parents,

We have had some exciting events going on at PWS this week.  Today, the Kindergarten students had their traditional Thanksgiving Feast.  Two of the many highlights were how one student thought carrots were cheese puffs, while another student said to us that he did not think he was going to eat lunch because of all that he had eaten at the feast.  In first grade, some classes had colonial days.  Some of the centers consisted of students weaving, making butter, cross stitch, corn husk dolls and making lanterns.  The students were so excited and wished they could have Colonial Days everyday.  Other classrooms expressed the celebration of Thanksgiving in other ways.

The Peter Woodbury mission:
We are community of that inspires and develops, engaged successful learners every chance, every day.

This week we met with each grade level to discuss our mission statement and the three important words out of the mission we decided to focus on Community, Inspiration and Engagement. 
During this meeting we had pictures to represent each one of the words.  Students at Kindergarten and grade one were interesting because these are big words for them.  As the students got older they gave us answers like, "A community is a group of people that helps each other."  "Inspiration means when you are excited to do something new." "Engagement is when you get married."  We explained that there are different meanings to engagement.  Another student said, "Engagement is when you are really focused on something."  This was a great way to end our week.

We would like to let you know that we have a nursing student named James Ndirangu who is from Kenya.  We have learned so much from him and are excited to have him talk about his childhood to our fourth graders.  Please tell your students to say hello to James and welcome him. 

Last call for Ski and Skate Sale
Saturday, November 23rd
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
 Save time this year using our new online system to price and print scannable tags for your consignment merchandise conveniently from home.
Visit to access our online system and get your gear tagged and ready for the sale.
Drop Off items to sell before the sale Friday, November 22nd.
For More Details:

The PTG is looking for volunteers to take part in a focus group to discuss the school board's goal "to improve and expand options for high-achieving learners."  The district wants to ensure that it provides all students the opportunity for typical or better growth.  The purpose of the focus group is to listen to the range of experiences and ideas among parents, to gather feedback on current practices, to accelerate and expand student learning, and to incorporate that feedback into a report for the school board.

The PWS meeting is scheduled for December 18th from 8:00 am-9:00 am.  Please RSVP Brenda Clark-Price at  We will include in this meeting the first 10-12 parents who respond. 

We want to wish you a a Happy Hannukah and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheryl Daley            Dan Mitchell
Principal                  Assistant Principal

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hello PWS Families,

We had an exciting day on Thursday morning when one of our second graders, Emily Lyon, was dropped off by a fire truck at school.  Emily won a coloring contest at the Fire Prevention Open House.  The second graders in her class along with teacher Mrs. Nunnally came out to meet her and got to walk through the fire truck.  

It has been great seeing so many parents and families come in for parent teacher conferences. If you haven't had yours yet, we look forward to seeing you in the next few weeks.

Now, a brief note from Mrs. Beltramo:

We want to thank all of you for the donations for the Veterans.  It is wonderful to see such support for our Armed Service men and women.  From the beautiful cards to the much appreciated products and monetary donations, it is so humbling to be part of such a generous community.

Please read about the BHS/PWS collaborative project that happened in October between the BHS World Religions class and Mrs. Correia's 4th graders:
  • BHS students rewrote a Jataka tale so younger students would understand it
  • PWS students visited BHS - learned about Jataka tales and acted out the stories in the theater (also got tour of the school)
  • PWS created images for each scene of the stories with iPads
  • BHS students visited PWS - created an ebook together (also got a tour of the school)
  • **NEW this year** Fourth grade assembly so that all 4th graders could learn about experience and watch one of the Jataka tales
  • BHS and PWS students reflected on the experience in a Google Doc
  • eBooks published to iTunes for people to download for FREE
Check out the related blog: (here you will have access to download ebooks if you wish from iTunes, as well as read responses from students on their experience.  There is also a slideshow of pictures documenting the experience.) On behalf of all teachers involved, thanks again for giving both schools an opportunity to participate in this experience.

Please read below about the upcoming High School play.

Celebrating the always wonderful message about the importance of being yourself, Bedford High School’s performance of Legally Blonde is enormously entertaining and fun.  Embracing everything from jumping ropes to spoofing Riverdance, Legally Blonde takes cliche expectations and merrily dances all over them.  Its showcasing of stereotypes in an attempt to shatter them is utterly enjoyable, but there is a fair amount of mature innuendo intended for older audiences and the show is rated PG.  Best described as perky, energetic and bright, with a pop score and dance numbers that will leave you feeling exhausted on the kids’ behalf, the show is an absolute hoot.

To snag the best seats for Legally Blonde, you can purchase tickets online at and are always welcome to purchase them at the door forty minutes before a show.  The show is on Thursday, November 14th; Friday, November 15th; Saturday, November 16th at 7pm and Sunday, November 17th at 2pm.  It is also playing on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm.  Hope to see you there!

Please see below about a project by a BHS student.
Gather Up ALL your retired sports equipment! 
Project PLAY will be at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale on Saturday and at drop off on Friday collecting ALL the sports equipment that has been taking up space in your garage and basement. Bring in cleats, gloves, balls, shin guards, bats, helmets, dance shoes, you name it!  All donations will go directly to kids in inner city Manchester. Project PLAY is a non profit founded by Bedford's HOBY Leadership Ambassador Courtney Pederson and 2 other HOBY Alum. Project PLAY is committed to Promoting the Lives of Active Youth. Please visit their website or find them on Facebook by searching Project PLAY NH for details. E-mails never go unanswered!

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley             Dan Mitchell
Principal                    Assistant Principal

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Friday, Novemeber 8, 2013


PWS students and staff have been enjoying the outside during the beautiful fall weather.  Please come by and enjoy our school yard whenever you get a chance.  There is so much for the students to explore.  During morning recess we observed students running and following the path of birds flying to the south for the winter.

Superintendent Tim Mayes had the state of the district presentation today.  He shared highlights from each of the schools.  I am sure you will not be surprised to hear he highlighted our Halloween parade.  There is a fun picture on the website representing this event.  

We want to let you know about the upcoming Bedford High School Play Legally Blonde. To snag the best seats for Legally Blonde, you can purchase tickets online at and are always welcome to purchase them at the door the night of a show.  The show is on Thursday, November 14th; Friday, November 15th; Saturday, November 16th at 7pm and Sunday, November 17th at 2pm.  It is also playing on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm.  

The notices that went home last week stated the retake picture day was Thursday, November 5th. We had the right date but wrong day. We have rescheduled another picture retake day because of this mistake. The retake picture day will be Monday, November 18th. If you missed Nov. 5th and want your child's picture retaken please send the original pictures on this date. Thanks. 

If you ordered Frozen food in the Gift Wrap Fundraiser, Pick Up will be Nov. 14th from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm on Nov. 15th from 7:30 am-11:00 am at McKelvie. Please make arrangements to pick up during those times. Items can only be stored for that period of time.

Bedford PTG Ski & Skate Event – Saturday, November 23rd

The annual Ski & Skate sale is quickly approaching.  This sale is the PTG's biggest fundraiser. Proceeds are used to provide a variety of wonderful programs in our schools.  Please consider supporting this important event in any way that you can by SELLING EQUIPMENT, PURCHASING EQUIPMENT, DONATING, OR VOLUNTEERING!

  Click here for more information about volunteering.
  Click here for more information about making a donation to the Super Raffle - prizes are needed. Don't wait!  We need your donation by Monday, November 18th!

Mrs. Beltramo has created a hallway wall of all the Veterans in our families.  It has been touching to watch the students stop to look at all the pictures of our relatives.  A reporter from the Bedford Bulletin came yesterday to check it out.  In addition, Mrs. Beltramo is assisting the MooreMart project to support our troops by collecting items for the holiday care packages.  Items needed include: supportive letters and cards, drink mixes (individual size packages), Ramen Noodles (packaged), Power Bars, Hot Chocolate Mix (individual size packages), Oatmeal (individual size packages).  There is a bin by the Veteran Wall to collect these items.  All donated items are due by November 13th.

Happy Veterans Day!

Cheryl Daley               Dan Mitchell
Principal                     Assistant Principal

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hello PWS Families,

We had a great Halloween parade yesterday!  We had a variety of costumes including: Ninja turtles, princesses, football players, minions, Elvis, jockeys, Cindy Lou Hoo and many others.  We were Ketchup and Mustard and were lucky enough to get pictures with the hot dog and french fries.  We had Halloween music playing outside during the parade thanks to Mrs. Cassamassino.  Thanks for the many families that came to join us for the festivities.

We want to remind you all of the ski and skate sale.  Please see below.
Bedford PTG Ski & Skate Event – Saturday, November 23rd

The annual Ski & Skate sale is quickly approaching.  This sale is the PTG's biggest fundraiser. Proceeds are used to provide a variety of wonderful programs in our schools.  Please consider supporting this important event in any way that you can by SELLING EQUIPMENT, PURCHASING EQUIPMENT, DONATING, OR VOLUNTEERING!

  Click here for more information about volunteering.
  Click here for more information about making a donation to the Super Raffle - prizes are needed. Don't wait!  We need your donation by Monday, November 18th!

If you are interested in purchasing PWS Gear, the deadline for Hanukkah gifts is 11/14 and the deadline for Christmas gifts is 12/10.  The website is

Mrs. Vitagliano has started her new secretary position at RBS.  We are excited to announce that Phyllis Marshall will be working with Mrs. Beecher as the new Kindergarten paraprofessional.  She is like one of the PWS family already.  Three of her children have gone through PWS and she was a volunteer throughout those years.  Mrs. Marshall has substituted for the past three years and is familiar with the staff and students.  We welcome her into this new position.

We hope you all have a restful weekend,

Mrs. Daley                     Mr. Mitchell
Principal                        Assistant Principal

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

 Friday, October 25, 2013

Dear PWS Families,

We want to first let you know that one of our long time staff members, Jill Vitagliano (Kindergarten Paraprofessional), has accepted a secretary position at Riddle Brook School in Bedford.  We want to thank her for all her hard work and dedication to the PWS families.  We wish her happiness in her future.  We will be filling the position within a couple of weeks.

Our Halloween Celebration will be held Thursday, October 31, 2013.  The classroom parties will be held at various times during the day as indicated by the classroom teacher.  This year the Halloween Parade will take a different route.  The students will be walking around the back of the school and come back into the building through the front door (the students will not be walking around the school yard).  The best place for parents to view the parade will be at the back of the building between the wooden fence and the cones.  The parking lot will be closed starting at 1:00.  Please note that it is against school policy for toy guns, swords, or any other weapons to be brought to school.  Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.

If you are still interested in a student directory we have about 12 copies left.  Please send $5.00 in with your child and have them come to the front office during school hours.

The third and fourth graders had a special visit this week from a previous PWS student, Emma Benson.  She is going to be running a theater camp during April vacation.  All the students came home with handouts Wednesday after her presentation.  If you are interested in learning more about this please click on the link below:

Finally, we have picked our costumes and are ready for our annual Halloween parade.   Wishing you all a wonderful fall weekend.

Cheryl Daley                 Dan Mitchell
Principal                       Assistant Principal

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hello PWS Families,

We hope that you are all enjoying the fall weather.  Halloween is just around the corner and the students are excited about the parade.  We have been asking them what we should dress up as.  Some ideas include: unicorns, bunnies, each other, penguins and puzzle pieces.  Our annual parade will be on Oct. 31 starting at 1:30.  We are going to be setting up the parade a little different this year.  More information will come in a future blog.

Our PWS gear is now up for viewing in our main lobby.  Items for display include a sweatshirt, pajama pants, lunch bag, and a few styles of t-shirts.  You can also go to the website PWS Wear and Gear

We want to congratulate 3rd and 4th graders for working so hard on the NECAP assessment. With the exception of a few make ups that will take place early next week, we are finished with this year's assessment.  A special thank you to the younger students for being such great supporters of our third and fourth graders.

Please read the announcement below a gift card fundraiser from the PTG.

Bedford PTG
“2 Gifts for the Price of 1”
2013 Holiday Gift Card Fundraiser

Finish your holiday shopping early this year by purchasing gift cards through the Bedford PTG to provide support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you! Watch for your order form which will be coming home with your child from school…

How does it work? For every gift card you buy, a percentage of the value of the card is donated by the sponsoring retailer to our schools while 100% of the value of the card that you purchased is available for you to spend!

Go to to download your order-form today!!

Order by Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 for Pre-Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Delivery
Order by Monday, December 2nd, 2013 for Pre-Christmas Delivery

Have a great weekend,
Cheryl Daley          Dan Mitchell
Principal                 Assistant Principal

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Fall!  We wanted to update you on a couple of items.  First, we wanted to remind parents about videoing and picture taking at our school.  Technology is so far along that we all know pictures and videos can pop up on the internet with a click of a button.  We respect that parents have different thoughts on this. There are times when taking these videos and photos are fine and there are times when it may be prohibited based on school and district policies. The difference in these times is whether the event is considered a public event or a school event. A public event would be anything that anyone could come to. For example, chorus performances, Fairy festival, or after school events. Events such as field trips, or during the school day activities would be considered "in-school" and we ask that parents and families refrain from sharing any videos or photos taken out of respect for those parents and students who wish not be to photographed or videoed. Thank you for your understanding with this.

This week 3rd and 4th grade students worked really hard on the NECAP testing.  Kindergarten, first and second grade students did a great job as supporters of these grades. They  would go into the upper grades to share a pet rock, design the doors or do a cheer for the older students.  It is so endearing for all the students. These assessments will continue this upcoming week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Discounted Ski/Snowboard lift and lessons available to Bedford Students 

Bedford students in grades 1 through 12 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons through The Bedford Ski Program, in conjunction with Pat’s Peak in Henniker, NH.  This parent-run program is geared to give kids the opportunity to learn to ski and snowboard at a ski area perfect for all levels.  This opportunity includes lessons for less than the price of a regular lift ticket with or without rentals. It’s also available to advanced skiers without lessons for a fun day of skiing.

The first session begins on Friday, January 3, 2014 and will meet every Friday for 5 weeks with a choice of lesson times of 3:30p-4:30p or 4:30p-5:30p. Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools.  A bonus day of skiing is offered starting February 24, 2014 including weekends and rentals, if purchased with the program.  A free day at Cranmore and Gunstock is also available with the program.

Easy online registration.  Go to, Click on “Learn to Ski + Ride Program-Register Here”. The Username is “bedfordski330” for the 3:30p lesson and “bedfordski430” for the 4:30p lesson.  The Password is “carpool”.  Sign-Up by November 21st is appreciated.  A $25.00 late fee applies on Dec 14th and later.  Paper applications are available at all Bedford schools, the Town Hall and the Library.  Online registration is preferred. 
Go to for more details, or contact Carolyn John at with your questions.

The website is ready to purchase PWS gear. Please follow the link to see all the items available for purchase PWS Wear and Gear    We will also hang a variety of items in the lobby to view.

Please see an invitation below regarding Tim Mayes' upcoming State of the District Presentation.  

Bedford Parent Teacher Group presents
 “State of the District” with Timothy Mayes

Friday, November 8, 2014
BCTV studio on Meetinghouse Road, across from the library
Learn about what’s happening district wide in the Bedford schools! 
District results, budget updates, hot topics and your questions will be discussed
during this informational session  with our Superintendent of Schools. 
Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Young children welcome.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Mrs. Daley        Mr. Mitchell
Principal           Assistant Principal

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

Happy Friday PWS Families,

We would like to first recognize Mrs. Gordon who has been instrumental in making The Tattle Tale for PWS a success.  Mrs. Gordon is the partnership coordinator who works hard to make The Tattle Tale cost free.  We really appreciate all her effort on this!

Thank you to all the families for the support with the PTG Meadow Farms Fundraiser. 

As you may remember, a few weeks back we let you know that all mass calls from the school would display a 800 number that would be different from the school but allow you to call in and retrieve the message. This system is now up and running. Any voice messages sent using the system will display a caller id of 855-344-6323. Parents will be  able to dial back the 800 number and replay the message very easily.

The Bedford Fire Department's Annual Open House is Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 5-8pm at the Bedford Fire Department, 55 Constitution Dr.  This is a great opportunity for families to spend an evening of fun and learning with the Bedford Firefighters.  There will be fire truck rides, demonstrations, food, and displays.

Today, the first and second graders attended an education session with members of the Bedford Fire Department in the Safety Trailer.  The Fire Fighters highlighted kitchen safety, living room safety and bedroom safety.  Students got to practice staying low to the ground when a room is smokey.  Please ask you child about this experience.  

Yesterday, we had bus evacuations.  The students did an excellent job at exiting the bus quickly and quietly.  These drills are done twice a year, once in the fall and again spring.

Next week we will begin the NECAP state assessment on Tuesday for 3rd and 4th grade students.  Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast.  We appreciate your help with this.  On Monday, the kindergarten, first, and second grade students will hold a NECAP Pep rally.  This is a school wide event where we come together as a community to help review the strategies that are helpful using when taking a test.  The younger students get so excited about cheering on the older students.  Last year, on the way out of the Pep rally, a couple of students said, "Mrs. Daley, I can not wait to take the NECAP." 

Finally, in recognition of Veterans Day, Mrs. Beltramo is collecting photos of veterans for our photo gallery, American Heroes: Our Service Men and Women, that will be hung in the hallway.  Please send these pictures to by Oct. 18th.  If you have a loved one who is or was a member of this elite group we ask that you please share a photo so we may include them. Please include your name, the student's name, teacher's name, and as much information about the veteran's service as you can provide. This gallery will be available to view after November 1. Any questions can be directed to Mrs. Beltramo (622-0431 ext. 4214).

Thank you for all of your continued support!
Mrs. Daley                   Mr. Mitchell
Principal                      Assistant Principal

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Friday!  We want to keep you updated on a couple of items at school.  We continue to work on improvement in the lunch room.  Some days students stand in the hot lunch line longer than others.  We have expedited the process and will work each day to make sure students have enough time to eat their lunch.  During first and second grade lunch so many student have said they are having a difficult time eating because they are losing their teeth.  So cute!  The nurse said that many students have been in her office this week to get a treasure box for a tooth.

You received the Tattle Tale newsletter this week. We want to thank Mrs. Dainesi and Mrs. Poltronieri for all their hard work. Thank you, as well, to all the additional parent volunteers that helped with this publication.  In addition, we want to thank the local businesses who generously support this project.

The PWS attire website is live and will be  continuously updated.  A link can be found posted on the PWS Facebook page.  We will send you the final link next week when it has been completed.

Finally, September is ending and the cold weather has arrived.  Please remember to send your students to school with coats.  Often it is cooler in the morning and then it warms up by lunch recess. 

If you ever have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact us.  Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Daley             Mr. Mitchell
Principal                Assistant Principal

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013.

Hello PWS Families,
We have had another great week at school.  As always we want to encourage you to  communicate any concerns or questions you have about your child or the school.  This open communication helps to improve PWS and keep it the community that it is.

Open House
It was a great success!  The police on duty stated that they have never seen that many cars!!!  It was nice to be able to meet and see so many of you. We are so glad you all came and your children got a chance to share what they are learning in their classroom.

We have received feedback about our procedures in the cafeteria.  Starting yesterday, we have two computers set up, for students to give their numbers to, in the lunch line.  This moves the hot lunch line along faster.  In addition, we are going to be in the lunchroom at each lunch to model what the procedures look like.  We did this yesterday and all students had at least 15 minutes to eat.  If you continue to have any concerns we really appreciate you contacting a staff member or administration.

Mission Statement
We recently decided that Peter Woodbury needed a new statement that adequately voiced what it is that we are all about here at Peter Woodbury School. After much consideration, reflection , and thought it was decided that the new statement would be:

"Peter Woodbury School is a community that inspires and develops engaged, successful learners every chance, every day."

The three words we will focus on are community, inspiration and engagement.  We are working with the student council to put a presentation together, for each grade level, to review the mission and what it means.

Box Tops
Today, we went around to give each classroom a box to put Box Tops in:)  Your child will come home with a baggie to put the Box Tops in with the teachers name on it.  Box Tops money will go directly back to the teachers to get materials for their classrooms that students will benefit from.  No donation is too small and every Box Top makes a difference. We want to thank Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Hauser for all their dedication to this fundraiser.

Student Directory
The deadline for the PWS student directory was yesterday.  However, if you are still interested in being included in the directory please send in the blue form and we will make sure your child is in it.


Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley                Dan Mitchell
Principal                      Assistant Principal

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Friday!  We hope your child has been coming home from school sharing what they are learning.  We want to remind everyone that PWS Open House is on Tuesday, September 17th from 6:00-7:00 for K, 1 and 2.  Grades 3 and 4 will be from 7:00-8:00.  This is a great night for you to see some of  your child's work and meet their teacher.

An important message about our AlertNow phone calls.
This year, we are using a different service that has some unique enhancements.  One of these is that instead of the SAU Office number being shown on your Caller ID, the number 855-344-6323 will be displayed.  Parents or students may call this toll-free number to replay any previous notification.  When your Caller ID feature is enabled, the phone call will display the toll-free Caller ID number noted above. If you want to call into the system to listen to a message you may have missed, you simply hit re-dial on your phone, and, if your Caller ID is not blocked, the system will identify you and play back the most recent 10 calls to that number from the past 30 days - including the time/date that the message was sent.

If you have your caller ID blocked, the system will prompt you to enter the number that received the original call, after which the system will reply with the recent messages to that number.  We anticipate that this enhancement will be beneficial if the phone call was dropped in the middle of the message or there were other difficulties in the transmission.

The Bedford Parent Teacher Group (PTG) is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, administrators and concerned citizens working together to provide our children with the best possible educational experience.  By becoming a PTG member, you help sponsor enrichment programs and assist in purchasing equipment & learning materials for our children.  Join the PTG and enjoy the many opportunities available to participate in our school events and in your child’s classroom!
 The annual membership cost is $15.00 per family.  Just complete & return the membership form to your child’s school.  You can download the form at
 We thank you for your continued support of the Bedford PTG!

On Wednesday we had some visitors on the school yard in the morning.  There were two unleased dogs.  Students were escorted inside until Mr. Mitchell got the dogs back to their owners.  The students were happy to be able to go back outside and play for the remainder of the morning recess time.

On Friday, we experienced a power outage. This was only momentary but it did take some time for PSNH to restore power to the entire school. For approximately an hour we were at partial power. The students handled this unexpected delay with composure and understanding.

Finally, a reminder that this Thursday, Sept. 19th is school picture day. Forms will be coming home this week.

Cheryl Daley                      Dan Mitchell
Principal                            Assistant Principal

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Yesterday we had our first PWS fire drill.  Students walked out of the building quickly and quietly in one minute and thirty seconds.  Please congratulate your child(ren) on a job well done.  We will continue to have drills throughout the school year to ensure safety for the students and staff at Peter Woodbury School.

Please return the yellow PTG volunteer form if you have not already done so.  The volunteer coordinators use this form to organize the volunteers for the school year.  Thanks so much!

Beginning Monday, September 9 an automated attendance calling system will be implemented. The elementary calls will go out at 9:30am.  School messenger will call parents of the students on the absentee list, even if you have called them in yourself.  If you get a phone call and your student is supposed to be at school please notify the main office.  Thanks for your patience with this new system.

Cheryl Daley & Dan Mitchell
Principal            Assistant Principal

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Welcome Back!  It has been a great start to the school year!  All smiles from students, staff and families on the first day!  Instead of morning announcements we will be writing a lunch message everyday for the students to reflect on while in the cafeteria.  Ask your child(ren) about these messages.  We will be reminding students about respect, responsibility and how to be productive learners.  We are happy that the students got to be outdoors all week and we are hoping this beautiful weather continues.  When you walk through the hallways it is quiet and classrooms are buzzing with students getting to know each other.  If you are able to attend, we encourage you to attend Volunteer Orientation.  There are a variety of ways that you can volunteer to help the students in school.  We have been outside in the morning and in the cafeteria to talk with the students about how the beginning of the school year has been for them.  Just a couple reminders of important dates that are coming.  

Monday Sept. 2nd-No School Labor Day
Friday, Sept. 13th-9:00 am-Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, Sept. 17th-Open House-6:00-7:00-grades K, 1 & 2 and 7:00-8:00-grades 3 & 4
Thursday, Sept. 19th-School Picture Day

Enjoy the long weekend.  We look forward to seeing all the children back on Tuesday!

Cheryl Daley        Dan Mitchell
Principal               Assistant Principal

Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013

Dear Peter Woodbury School Families,
We hope you are all enjoying your summer!  We are busy planning for the 2013-2014 school year at PWS!  First, please join me in welcoming the new assistant principal Mr. Mitchell.  Mr. Mitchell worked in Hampton, NH as an assistant principal for 3 years.  His previous experience to that was teaching in Milford, NH.  This school year the main tool we are going to use for communication is Blogger.  Our technology teacher, Mrs. Cassamassino has worked with us in showing us how it will work.  Just a reminder that Meet and Greet is Monday, August 26th from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you!

Mrs. Daley                    Mr. Mitchell
Principal                        Assistant Principal