Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hello PWS Families,

Happy Halloween!  There was excitement in the air beginning at 7:30 this morning.  We were outside during second grade recess and heard/observed some funny things.  
Some girls were screaming like they had just seen a ghost (clearly it was the excitement for tonight).  Some boys were chasing the girls.  The best part about this was the boys would go over and play soccer in between chasing the girls.  Oh, the girls were chasing the boys as well.  The Kindergarten parade this morning was a huge success.  We saw 10 Elsa's. This afternoon's parade is something we all will remember for a long time.  The students' enthusiasm and excitement for this holiday always make us feel like children again. In addition, some of the parents' enthusiasm is contagious.  

Let’s Get Together, Watch Some Hockey and Support Bedford PTG

What:  Manchester Monarchs Game
When:  Saturday, November 15th 7pm
Where:  Verizon Wireless Center
How:  Send in the order form to school with your child
            Go to and click on the Monarch
Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Peter Woodbury School Store
Opening DayNovember 5, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,                                                                 
     We are excited to announce that once again the 4th grade Student Council will operate a school store. The store will be open to students in grades 2-4 every Wednesday from 7:30 am - 8:00 am (morning bus drop off). It will be located in the gym. During indoor recess days the store will be accessible from the gym hallway. Students will request a school store pass from the duty teacher after they have sat with their class and they can come down to the gym to shop. During outdoor drop off days the store will be accessible from the playground gym doors. Students will form a line outside to enter the gymnasium.
            The store will carry a variety of items including pencils, pens, small notebooks, bookmarks, grips, friendship bracelets, and other similar items. Some items will be in our school colors or have our school name. Items in the store will range from $.25-$3.00. Students should not come to the store with any bills larger than $5.00 in order to facilitate making change. Items will vary throughout the school year.
            Funds raised through the store stay right here at our school. In the past, student council has donated money to the library for new books, purchased new playground equipment, helped buy a light box for the art room, purchased plants for our schoolyard and provided money for several school service projects.
            If you have any questions about the school store please do not hesitate to ask. We can be reached by phone 622-0431 or through the e-mails listed below.
Kate Curran         &     Jessica Ferenc                                    
                    Student Council Advisors

"Support our Troops" 
Please read this link about the collection bin that will be in the foyer.  As always we appreciate your cooperation.

Have a great fun filled night!

Cheryl Daley            Dan Mitchell
Principal                   Assistant Principal

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hello PWS Families,

Happy Friday!  We are so glad the students got out to recess at least a few days this week.
Walking into the nurse's office this week I saw a first grader falling asleep sitting up in the chair (so adorable).

This week I visited the high school with a first grade class from PWS.  The High School students created children's stories with a moral.  Our students helped the high schoolers act out the stories.  The BHS students and staff loved our PWS students!  The first graders would walk by and you could see the twinkle in the HS students' and adults' eyes.  I am sure they were thinking about their younger years . . .

Blue Ribbon
We attended the Partners in Education Blue Ribbon Award for the 2013-2014 school year. We are proud that we had parents and community members volunteer for a total of over 6,000 hours.  It is so wonderful to be a part of such a giving community.

Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  Here at Peter Woodbury, it is in our back parking lot, next to paper recycling.   This is a great way to recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for teams, who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put many kinds of material in these bins, linens, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine.  Also, please notify the office if you find this bin is full when you get there.

A special Note about MooreMart

Picture Retakes
Picture retake day is November 5th.

Second Grade Jubilee
Thank you to all the students and parents for participating in the Annual Scarecrow Jubilee.  It was a huge success.  We raised $900.00 for Families in Transition.  A special thank you to all the parent volunteers, Hannaford and Fresh Market for their donations.

Dates to Remember:
10/31 Halloween Parade 1:30
10/31 Morning Kindergarten Parade 10:00
11/4 Teacher Workshop Day-No School

One more week until........THE PWS HALLOWEEN PARADE!

Cheryl Daley              Dan Mitchell
Principal                     Assistant Principal

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello PWS Families,

Many classes had field trips this week that students, teachers, and parents enjoyed. Fourth grade went to The Little Brook School House, third grade went to Mount Kearsarge, and first grade went to Beaver Brook. Many parents came back saying they were more tired than the students.  All the parent help on field trips is very much appreciated and we enjoy having you as part of these experiences.  

Tattle Tale Correction
It was brought to our attention that Marie Russell was misidentified as a Kitchen Paraprofessional in the latest version of the Tattle Tale. Mrs. Russell is actually a Kindergarten Paraprofessional. We are excited to have her, and all the other new staff listed, as a part of the PWS family.

PTG Gift Card Sale
Gift card sales for the Holiday Season start on October 20th!  There are two submission dates: 11/5 & 12/2 - orders can be ready for the holidays.   Click here  to place your order.

Masquerade Ball-November 14th
Please follow the link for information about the event, a list of our sponsors, and to order tickets.
Masquerade Ball Info 

Public Health Information -
While we do not see any need for concern about Enterovirus or Ebola in the Bedford Schools, information is always helpful.  To that end, the NH Department of Health and Human Services held an Ebola and Enterovirus conference call last Friday for town and school officials.  As a follow up, they provided these links for the most up-to-date information on both diseases from the NH Department of Health and Human Services:  

The links contain fact sheets, frequently answered questions (that are updated regularly), videos, etc.

Bedford Ski Program
Bedford students in grades 1–12 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area 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 five-week Friday night program includes 1-hour lessons and free ski time until closing each week and costs less than the price of a regular lift ticket.  Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons.  Included in the program is 1 free Bonus day at Pat’s Peak, Cranmore and Gunstock to be used from February 23rd until the close of the 2015 ski season.

The 2015 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 9th and runs for 5 weeks.  The choice of lesson times is 3:30–4:30 PM or 4:30–5:30PM.  Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools. 

Easy online registration.  Go to  Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program”, “Register Here”.  The username for the 330 lesson is bedfordski330 and for the 430 lesson the username is bedfordski430.  The password is “carpool”.  More details are available at  Please contact Carolyn John at if you have questions.

Finally, in closing, we want to remind you that we have 14 days until our annual Halloween Parade.  We look forward to you being a part of this tradition.

Take Care,

Cheryl Daley                 Dan Mitchell
Principal                       Assistant Principal

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

PWS Families,

They say that Columbus Day is the first checkpoint to a school year. If that is true, this is going to be a great year at Peter Woodbury. The time has flown by and the students have accomplished so much in a short amount of time. Some of our students have been honored to have their art work displayed at the Deerfield Fair. The winning pieces are now hanging in the Boardroom of the SAU office.

Please read a few important announcements:

The Manor Masquerade Ball

Manor Masquerade Ball Tickets are now on sale. Please join us for a night of murder, intrigue, and fun. The Manor Masquerade Ball will be November 14 at 7 PM. Tickets may be purchased by following the link below. Individual tickets and whole table options are still available. See you then:

Masquerade Ball Tickets

Attention all fourth grade writers!

There will be a five week “Creative Writing Club” beginning at Peter Woodbury School.  This class will be available to any fourth grader who is not already participating in SEED Writers Group.  The club will be led by Audrey Pederson (a freshman at Bedford High School) and Mrs. Possee, who will be an advisor at all the club’s meeting times.  The first class will begin on Tuesday, October 28 and continue for five weeks.  This Creative Writing Club provides students an opportunity to write, be creative,  and complete a “free write” project.  There are limited spots available.  Sign up quickly so you do not miss this opportunity.  Classes will meet on Tuesdays in Mrs. Possee’s classroom from 2:45 to 3:45.   We hope to see you there.  Come and turn your imagination into writing!  Anyone interested should contact Mrs. Possee  ( as soon as possible.  

Ski and Ride with Crotched Mountain
It’s that time of the year again…the sun is going down earlier and earlier every day. This means one thing: sign-ups for the Crotched Mountain ski program! There are several options available, so click on the link below and log in with the information below to check it all out. You may also purchase discounted season passes through our program, but do it soon, as all prices go up October 13.

To sign in, go to
Click on the "Groups/Clubs" tab
Click "School Programs"
Click "School Member Login"
the login is: "BSD Ski & Ride Club"
password: "bsdmember" 

The 5/7 program begins January 9, 2015. Our reservations for lessons are on Fridays at 5:00 p.m.
Passes will be available for pick up in December…perfect for holiday giving! All participants will be notified when passes can be picked up at the town library.
****Please feel free to share this with anyone else who may be interested; they don't have to be Bedford residents to participate!
If you have any questions, email
See you on the slopes!

Remember, our Halloween Parade is only 3 short weeks away. We can't wait to see all the creative costumes you come up with!

Have a Great Long Weekend,

Cheryl Daley           Dan Mitchell

Principal                 Assistant Principal

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