Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday, June 17th

Hello PWS Families

Happy last day of school!  There was a lot of excitement in the air during the fourth grade clap out.  The fourth graders all waved to their parents as they went off to their McKevlie visit.  During move up day students were very happy to meet their new teacher and see the other children that are in their classroom.  It all went smoothly.  

Destination Imagination says Thank You
The Sounds of Silence team from Ross A. Lurgio would like to thank the community for all their support during their recent fundraisers to help fund their trip to Knoxville, TN.  These 7 kids and 2 Team Managers are so appreciative and could not have make this journey without your help. DI will be back in the fall, so until then, have a wonderful summer everyone and find time to use your imagination and be creative!

Summer Water/Weed Club
We are asking for some assistance this summer in maintaining our gardens.  Our vegetables are donated to the Caregivers Association in Bedford.  If you are interested in helping with this please see the link below.  

Camp Invention
Looking for a summer experience for your rising 1st through 6th grader that is both innovative and active? Register your child for Camp Invention - Illuminate. Camp Invention is taught by NH state certified, and Bedford School District teachers. This year participants will spend time pushing the limits during high-energy games, working with teammates to construct a freestyle racing cart and taking apart electronics to assemble something one-of-a-kind. Get a glimpse of the program hereCamp is hosted at McKelvie School, July 29th to July 2nd from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Click HERE for a link to the online registration page, download our paper registration, or visit us at for more information. For more information or questions, e-mail, Courtney Cheetham, Camp Director,  ( 

In closing, some of our favorite memories of this year were....students trying to find a four leaf clover on the school yard,  cheering as they walk out of their next year teacher placement, kindergarten graduation-"Born to be an American", fourth grade clap out, challenges, successes and growing.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. Have a restful and happy summer!

Cheryl Daley                 Dan Mitchell
Principal                        Assistant Principal

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dear PWS Families,

Today was another special day at PWS as we watched the Kindergarten students rehearse graduation. The students in the audience mouthed the words and swayed to the songs.  It was extremely endearing.  We are so proud to be a part of such a wonderful school community.

Camp Invention
Looking for a summer experience for your rising 1st through 6th grader that is both innovative and active?  Camp Invention is a taught by NH state certified, and Bedford School District teachers.  Register for Camp Invention - Illuminate,, hosted at McKelvie School, June 29 - July 2nd from 8 AM to 3:30 PM. Click HERE for a link to the online registration page, download our paper registration, or visit us for more information. For more information or questions, e-mail, Courtney Cheetham, Camp Director,  (  

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program
Superintendent McGee asked that we sent this email to all parents in the District.  It contains a fixed link to the program

Dear Parents,  
I am emailing you today about a serious topic - drug and alcohol abuse.  Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski and I recently recorded a program on this topic for BCTV. (FIXED LINK)  It was an opportunity for both of us to share our concerns about the impact that abuse can have (and is having) on the people in our community.  
I am asking that you consider watching it.   It lasts 60 minutes and is designed for parents, not children.  Our goal is to promote more discussion of this important issue.
We have also identified a handout for parents.(LINK)  It has some helpful suggestions about how to start talking with your children about drug and alcohol abuse.  Of course, the decisions about if and when to have these conversations is ultimately up to individual parents.  With that in mind, I want to strongly encourage all parents to consider starting sooner rather than later.  
Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback.
Chip McGee

PWS School Sign
We hope that you all have seen our new PWS sign at the front of the building.  This was designed by our artist in residence, Mark Ragonese along with third grade students.  A special thank you to Mrs. Piantedosi the art teacher for helping this to happen.  This sign is posted on facebook and the PWS website.

Field Day
Wednesday was the PWS annual field day.  What a wonderful day filled with games, laughter and water.  Mr. Mitchell had his annual soaking by first grade students.  Student council also got an chance to pour a bucket of water over Mrs. Mitchell's head.

4th Grade Mural

Congratulations to the fourth grade students for the mural that was created around the art case.  This was installed over the weekend. Below is a picture of the the 4th grade students and the mural.  

Fairy Festival
Thank you to everyone who made the Fairy Festival possible.  We raised over $3,500 dollars to help sustain our school yard.  Some of this money will go towards improving the walking path.  A special thank you to Mindy Beltramo, Connie Roberge, Kelly O'Donnell and all the other parents/staff that make this event possible.  

Dates to Remember:
Monday, June 15th   12:30-Fourth grade cookout
Tuesday, June 16th    9:00-Kindergarten Graduation
Wednesdy, June 17th 9:00-4th grade applause parade
Last day of school-dismissal is at 12:20-students will have lunch 
Parent pick up will be through the gym like we do daily.
No after school that day
No Bedford Martial Arts that day

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Cheryl Daley      Mr. Dan Michtell
Principal                     Assistant Principal

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Dear PWS Families,

This has been an exciting week.  Fourth graders had their annual trip to The Flume and Egg Day was today! The second graders took their annual trip to Squam Lake.  Kindergarten is getting ready for their graduation and first grade is finishing up chapter books.  Third grade has been talking about the moon, sun and stars.  We continue to learn as the last day of school will soon arrive.

Fairy Festival: Tomorrow, June 6; 10am-2pm
Pre-purchased Faerie Folk Festival tickets will be available for pick up at the Welcome Booth and those who haven't yet purchased tickets are welcome to do so there as well. Cash and checks only please.

2015-2016 McKelvie Volunteer
We have the first request for Student Directory Volunteers. This directory is one of the best opportunities that parents  have to access the information for their children's classmates.  It was through the tireless efforts of a few of our new parents -- Colleen Gagne, Kristy Lamont and Barbara Chagnon -- that this product was again a success.  We'd like to thank not only these three, but also Dawne Altemus, who, although she no longer has a child at McKelvie, very willingly shared her time and talents to help put this Directory together.  Kristy, Barbara and Colleen are not sure if they will be able to give their time to get a directory together for 2015-2016 and they are seeking volunteers to organize over the summer to be working on it when school gets back into swing in the fall.  It is hoped we can find someone proficient in either Word or Excel as these two programs are key in getting this product together.  Both of these programs are used only for data manipulation, no math skills needed.  Please contact Barbara at if you're interested in helping out.  Thank you!!!
The Friends of Aine Foundation 3rd Annual Kids Try-athlon
Registration is now open for the Third Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon to be held on
​ Sunday, August 16, 2015. The only event of its kind in the area, the kid’s try-athlon is designed specifically for children ages 4-15 years, in memory of Aine Phillips, who was a student at Riddle Brook School. Beginning at the Bedford town pool and ending at the Bedford High School, participants ages 4-10 years will swim 25 yards, run 1/2 mile and bike 1 mile. Older participants ages 11-15 will swim 50 yards, run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. Official race times for all participants are recorded by Millennium Running. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, a jump rope event, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and more! The Friends of Aine Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. For more information, to make a donation or to register, please go to or

Please do not forget about our Fairie-Folk Festival beginning tomorrow at 10:00.  See you there!

Take Care

Mrs. Daley         Mr. Mitchell
Principal            Assistant Principal