Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hello PWS Families,

The students were all very excited about being able to go outside this week!  When we announce outside recess over the intercom you can hear the screams in the air.  We are however, not letting the students on the big snow pile because of safety.  It has been great for them to get out their energy!

A couple of cute stories from the students this week:  One student stopped me in the hall and said, "Mrs. Daley do you sleep here?"  I explained to them that I do have a home.  Another student was telling me about seeing a deer on the way to school.  I asked if it was a Doe, Buck or Fawn? They looked at me and stated, "It was a teenager."  Our fourth graders are beginning to talk about moving to McKelvie.  I was asking a student today if they are excited and their response was, "Yes, because I get to sleep in!" 

We want to extend a special congratulations to our Invention Convention Winners:

Vanessa Chen - Extrordi Walker - Sustainability Award
Maxine Morse - Loom-Tastic Elastic Stand - Most Marketable Award - Grade 3

Madison Papik - Cleaning Critters - Environmental Award - Grade 3

Kayla Stoll - Give a a Dog Food and Water - Rube Goldburg - Most Complex - Grade 3 

Ginny Fitzgerald - Hitting All the Notes - Most Original - Grade 3

Quinn Hinsley & Owen Trachemontagne - Ball Throw - Rube Goldburg - Most Original - Grade 4

Congratulations also to Drew Dickson, Camran Rudduck, Cameron Wilding and Camden Wood for participating and representing PWS.

Our Family Fun Night is coming up April 10th.  The two sessions are from 4-5:30 and 6-7:30.  We are going to continue to have pizza, ice cream floats, teacher raffles and prize baskets.  A couple changes include a book walk, iPads and the book fair.  This is a wonderful time for families and PWS faculty to enjoy spending time together.  Thanks for being a part of this. 

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley       Daniel Mitchell
Principal             Assistant Principal

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hello PWS Families,

Happy Spring!  The last few days the students have been very excited about the warm weather outside.  Please remember to continue to send snow pants and boots because the school yard is slushy.

A couple cute student stories
One student in the nurse's office asked, "How do you catch heartburn?"
One of the first graders did not know what a VCR was.
We were in Kindergarten when a girl announced, "Frozen has come out on Blue Ray and it is $14.95 at Toys R Us!"
We have been eating lunch in the cafeteria this week and the topics of conversation are the hot lunch, happy face french fries, and how many jumps (jump roping) they have made in PE.

Important Book Fair Information
The theme this year is Book Fair Fiesta
The fair runs Monday 4/7 - Thursday 4/10 which is also Family Fun Night
The fair hours will be:
Monday 8am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 3:30pm
Thursday 8am - 7:30pm (Family Fun Night!)

Students will all have an opportunity to preview the book fair during the week with their class and create a "wish list" of books they like.  Parents are welcome any time during fair hours to come and shop for great books.

There will also be a "classroom wish list" for each teacher on display at the fair.  If a parent wants to purchase and donate a book in their child's name to a teacher they can do so at the fair. 

We will have the program "All-For-Books" again this year.  For every dollar donated at the PWS Book Fair, Scholastic will donate a book to a child in need and the monies raised will be used to purchase more books for PWS classrooms.  Each child who donates to the All-For-Books will get a fiesta tattoo and a chance to win a book.

Lastly, if we exceed our sales from last year, Mr. Mitchell has agreed to shave his beard in front of the entire school! For this to happen, our goal this year is $14,500.

Assistant Superintendent Search
Some of our students got to meet with Bob Jozokos, one of the Assistant Superintendent finalists.   They had great questions.  Things they asked were, "Who was your favorite teacher and why?", "Why do you want this job?', "Do you think you can take care of six Bedford schools?, "Do you think recess is important or is it not?" and "Are you sure you will have time for fun?"

We were so proud of our staff and students today during Mr. Jozokos' visit.  The warm, welcoming learning atmosphere of Peter Woodbury was really showcased.  A special thank you to you parents for sharing your children with us and supporting our school.

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley     Dan Mitchell
Principal           Assistant Principal

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hello PWS Families,

We are so excited to announce our mascot's new name......The new Peter Woodbury School penguin mascot's name is WADDLES!  I want to thank all the PWS staff that made this voting process such a huge success.  Students were talking about voting in the hallways, at lunch and on the school yard.  We had 283 students vote from PWS.  Thank you to all the parents for helping this happen.  It is never too early to start teaching students the importance of voting.

April Break Opportunity for Kids
Looking for a way to keep the kids busy over April break?  Have your students expressed interest in getting involved in theater?  Registration is still open for former PWS student Emma Benson's senior project, the STAR Program! (Spring Theater Arts Repertoire).  This is a unique opportunity for students from 3rd-8th grade to take master classes in all things theater related, from improv comedy to onstage fighting, audition technique to circus arts.  Students will also be able to participate in a showcase in order to raise money for a Wall of Fame in the Bedford High School theater.  More information can be found on Emma's website:

Garden Club
Getting tired of snow, sleet and cold? Maybe you are ready to think Spring?  Birds, baseball, long sunny days…..and The DALY GARDEN!  For years, PWS has offered garden opportunities in a variety of ways; during lunch recesses, classroom use and Garden Club after school on Fridays.   
This spring’s Garden Club will be broken into two sessions;
4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25,
and  5/9, 5/16, 5/30, 6/6,
Registration for the first session is available by clicking HERE.  Registration is first come, first serve, and limited to 25 students.

Our enthusiastic student gardeners often like to plant gardens at home! If you are a family who has talked about gardening, but you don’t have the space, or building a bed seems a bit overwhelming, we are offering for the first time, Garden Beds for Families.  We will have five beds available for families to “lease” for the summer. If you would like more information about this, please contact Mrs.Beltramo at

PWS Spring Plant Sale and Work Day!
SAVE the DATE…… May 10!!!  The PWS Plant Sale is back by popular demand!  You won’t want to miss our locally grown varieties of annuals and perennials just in time for Mother’s Day.  Shop from 9-11:30 (but the early bird gets the worm) at the PWS multi-purpose room.  Black Gold (Mrs. Beltramo’s famous llama manure) will be available as well!
School Yard WORK DAY…..Also May 10 from 11-2, we will have our School Yard Spring Clean up!...Watch for more information and volunteer signs ups to come out.  Many hands make light work!

Eyes on Owls
Today, the fourth graders participated in an ORK (PTG) assembly, Eyes on Owls.  The presenters adopt and rescue owls and bring them to schools to educate students.  The owls have a physical disability or are raised by humans.  Eyes on Owls is a preview to the fourth graders dissecting owl pellets that directly relates to the digestion unit.

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley       Dan Mitchell
Principal              Assistant Principal

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday, March 3, 2014

Hello PWS Families,

Students were busy this week voting on iPads for the three finalist names for our mascot the Penguin.  The top three names are  Penny, Waddles and Chilly.  On March 11, students will have a chance to vote for their top choice at the Town Elections at Bedford High School.  Each student will get a stamp when they vote and their name will be entered into a raffle to win a prize. Please ask your students about this.  They are all really excited!

Bedford School District - 2014 Annual Meeting Ballot Vote ... Tuesday, March 11  

The Bedford School District 2014 Annual Meeting - Ballot Vote will be held next Tuesday, March 11 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Bedford High gymnasium. We encourage all residents to vote.  There is considerable information concerning the school district's proposed FY2015 budget at this link ( or election information at this link (  If you are going to be away on March 11, and you would like to vote, you can use this link for an absentee ballot application ( .  The completed application needs to be submitted to the Deputy School District Clerk, Lori Radke, at the Bedford Town Offices.

Below are a couple of Kindergarten books about voting.  Please take a minute to read.  They will make you smile!
Book Created by the AM Kindergarten

Book Created by the PM Kindergarten

Tattle Tale
We want to recognize the three parents that continue to make our Newsletter fun and exciting.  A special thank you to Di Gordon, Kristie Poltronieri and Teresa Dainesi.  

Destination Imagination 
PWS has 7 teams at the Destination Imagination regional in Concord tomorrow.   We want to wish these super creative kids the best of luck with their challenges.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Team Managers for volunteering their time to the DI team.

Jumprope for Heart

Mrs. Ference has kicked off our Jump Rope for Heart event in PE this week.  All information, including due dates, can be found on the PE Website

Happy Friday,

Cheryl Daley       Dan Mitchell
Principal              Assistant Principal