Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dear PWS Families,
Happy Friday!  Although it was a short week there is lots happening at PWS at the end of the school year!  

We had a great time at our Annual 4th Grade Egg Drop Challenge. After five rounds, only one egg survived. Congratulations to Sam Trent, this year’s Egg Drop Champion. A special thank you to the Bedford Fire Department and Mr. Carpenter for helping out with this great event. Here are some photos from the event:



On Tuesday we had our volunteer breakfast to say a special thank you!  If you were not able to make this event we want to let you know how much we appreciate all that you do to make our school a wonderful environment for our students.  

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time but they have the heart!”

PWS Happenings
Grade Level Changes
Next year we have several teachers changing grade levels and want to welcome new staff as well.  We wanted to let parents/students know before move up day so there is not any confusion.
New Teachers and New Grade Levels for 2016-2017:
Kindergarten- Colleen West
Grade One- Angie Wyand
Grade Two- Trish O’Rourke (worked in grade one 2014-2015 school year)
Grade Three- Kathy Valickus, Lindsay Bucknam (new), Amanda Boisvert (new)
Grade Four- Tim Doherty, Sheri Varao

Summer Skills Workbooks
If you are interested in ordering any summer skills workbooks please see site below.

Third Grade Artist in Residence
Over the past week, our third grade students have participated in a Drums Alive residency with artist Peg Keeler. Drums Alive is a whole body-mind experience that combines the dynamic movements of fitness and dance with music, drumming and rhythm. Drums Alive unites students of all abilities and backgrounds using rhythm, fundamental movement and fitness skills,drumsticks, stability balls and fun.
Our music and physical education teachers, Mrs. Curran and Mrs. Ferenc, are very excited to be able to offer this program to our students. This residency was paid for with funds generously donated by the PTG. Thank you!! Any interested third grade parents are invited to join us for the final All School Meeting performance on Monday, June 6th from 1:15-2:15 in the multi-purpose room.

Lost and Found
PWS lost and found bin will be purged during the school day of Wednesday June 15th, and any items not picked up that morning will be sent to a local charity.

Philosophy Slam Winner
Winners of the 2016 Philosophy Slam have been announced. I am proud to inform you that Joseph Mendenhall won 4th prize in the Grade 4 Category! We are so proud of your hard work and your outstanding essay, Joseph!

Pre-Order your child’s school supplies for next year through the Bedford PTG and SchoolKidz, a Staples Company. Order forms for students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade will be going home with your student this week (Riddle Brook students entering 1st and 4th grade are not included). This year we are offering pre-packaged grade level specific supply lists, name brand supplies at competitive prices and online ordering (no shipping fees). All supplies will be delivered directly to your student’s homeroom, clearly labeled, ready to go on the first day of school. Our school code is 88602 Click here for more information and online ordering codes.

Community Events
Four Way Stops on County Road to Continue
The intersections at Nashua Road and County Road in front of Bedford High School and at Liberty Hill Road and County Road in front of McKelvie School will remain 4-way stop intersections through the end of the school year.  On May 25, Bedford Police Department met with the school district, the Department of Public Works and our engineering consultant and decided to extend the temporary change.  More information can be found at the Bedford Police Department website.

Tree Clearing and Other Summer Construction Projects
The Bedford School District completes significant maintenance projects every summer.   McKelvie is having an older section of roof replaced and getting an upgrade to two student bathrooms in need of replacement.  At Peter Woodbury, the parking lot is being replaced and traffic flow is being reconfigured.  You may notice this project in late June or early July when the trees in front of Peter Woodbury are removed to make way for the expanded parking lot.  

Social Media: A Predator's Playground
On April 4, the Bedford Police Department's Detective Matt Fleming presented Social Media: A Predator’s Playground to the community.  Here is the video link in case parents want to watch.  Social Media: A Predator's Playground Presented by the NHICAC and the Bedford Police Department, Bedford High School, April 4, 2016

Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon - August 14, 2016​
Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon to be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016. 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 and was established in Aine’s memory to help grieving children. For more information, to make a donation or to register, please visit or
Upcoming Dates
Monday, June 6th- Grade 4 Flume Trip

Tuesday, June 7th-Visit from Bedford Public Library

Thursday, June 9th- Field Day-Grades 3 and 4 AM/Grades 1 and 2 PM
            Rain Date:  Friday, June 10th

Monday, June 13th- Grade 4 Cookout 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Tuesday, June 14th- Kindergarten Graduation-9:00 am-10:30 am

Wednesday, June 15th - Last day for students

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell

Principal Assistant Principal

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