Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dear PWS Families,

Happy October!  Only 4 weeks until the Halloween Parade.  We are thinking about our costumes. Yesterday, we had an All School Meeting about the Zones of Regulation.  Ask your children what it means to be in the blue, red, yellow, or green zone.  

A Message from Superintendent Chip McGee regarding Emergency Planning
Dear Parents,  

On Wednesday, we all faced a scary moment when we had to deal with the bomb threat at Bedford High School.  It was not a phone call I wanted to make, and I am sure it was not one you wanted to receive.  I have three things from the day I want to share with everyone.

First, the Bedford Police is working hard to identify who made this threat.  The police want to make sure whomever did this faces the consequences. I can share with you that I have confidence that the threat came from outside our community.  If and when I have more information about the investigation, I will share that with you.

Second, this emergency was a good reminder of how important quick communication is.  To continue to improve that, I will be testing out the phone message system next Friday, October 10.  I will be placing calls to primary phone numbers and emergency phone numbers.  You will be able to confirm that we have the right phone number(s) on file.  I will also be testing email (and possibly text messaging) capabilities.  If we have the wrong information, I will explain how to change it.

Third, during the day on Wednesday, I was reminded of an observation by Mr. Rogers. He said, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."   On Wednesday, I was struck, over and over again, by the helpers - Bedford policemen, Bedford teachers and administrators, fellow students, and patient parents. Together I think we showed each other that we are here to help each other.    
Thank you for all responding so well.
Chip McGee

Health Alert 
The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services has identified two human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis ("Triple E")​ in the state this year. They have asked us to remind parents to use prevention measures to avoid mosquito bites by wearing ​protective clothing, using ​insect repellents, and reducing environmental mosquito populations.  For any questions, please contact NH DHHS, DPHS, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345 ext.5300).

In addition, seven cases of Enterovirus-D68 have been identified in New Hampshire. Infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to become infected with symptoms that can include a runny nose, sore throat, cough, wheezing, rash and fever.  Parents should keep children home when they are sick. 

Wall of Heroes
Once again Mrs. Beltramo will be creating our Wall of Heroes in honor of Veterans Day. Please read below for information about submitting pictures and information to this wonderful display.

Wall of Heroes Flyer

Masquerade Ball Tickets
Tickets for the Manor Masquerade Ball on November 14 are now on sale. Please use the link below to place your order.

Manor Masquerade Ticket Orders

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley     Dan MItchell
Principal           Assistant Principal

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