Friday, October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016

Dear PWS Families,

Many wonderful things were happening throughout the school this week at every grade level, but it was a very memorable week for third and fourth grade. Tom Watson, author of the Stick Dog book series, came to visit with both of those grade levels. If you have a third or fourth grader, you should ask them to draw you a stick dog, they are all masters now. This week also had some of our fourth graders visiting the Little Brick Schoolhouse and the third graders getting a special presentation about bats.

Enjoy a well earned and deserved long weekend this weekend. The weather looks like it will be nice, so please get out and enjoy.

PWS Happenings
Tom Watson Visit
Our third and fourth grade students had a special treat this week!  Author Tom Watson shared his craft with students during two presentations.  His humorous and drawing style were a hit with all of the students as he gave step by step directions.  It was beautiful to see the students and teachers so intent and joyful as they met and drew each character.  Some were inspired to write their own Stick Dog stories. Students even offered Mr. Watson feedback and suggestions on what his next two books should be.  Stay tuned..the next one comes out in April!  A special thanks to Gibson’s Book Store in Concord for making this opportunity possible.  

Stick Dog says “Stick with reading”.

Veterans Day Wall of Heroes
Once again, Peter Woodbury School will be displaying our Wall of Heroes in preparation for Veterans Day. We thank Mrs. Beltramo for leading this wonderful display and effort on behalf of PWS. If you would like to add a picture to our Wall of Heroes please click the link below for more information. Thank you from all of us at Peter Woodbury School

Peter Woodbury School Strings Club
Although String Club started yesterday, we are extending the registration to October 13th.  We are a beginner’s group and will be learning the basics of how to play the violin and read music. The club will run from 2:40 until 3:30 every Thursday when the students are released for parent pick-up or go to the after school program. The club will be run by Mrs. Julia Anderson, an experienced local violin teacher. We are going to ask students to commit to coming through December. I am so excited to begin this musical adventure with your students!  Parents, for your student to attend you will need to provide an instrument, Essential Elements for Strings Violin Book 1, shoulder rest (a foam one is fine), and music stand. We highly suggest renting an instrument, Music and Arts in Manchester has a promotion running currently which gives 3 months for the price of one, they also carry the book and other items.  If you get there and can’t remember what you need, simply ask the clerk as they have been informed of our list.  If you are interested, please click on the link below for more information and a permission slip to enroll your child.

From the Community
Bedford Fire Department Open House
The Bedford Fire Department will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 11th from 5pm to 8pm.  There will be activities, food, demonstrations and fire truck rides.  Click HERE to check out their flyer.
Bedford Registration for Crotched Mountain
Registration is now open!  Go to for information about the options available.  "CMBEDFORD" is the User Name and "bsdmember" is the password (both are case sensitive).  Rentals, lessons, and adult passes are available.  The program begins Friday, January 6, 2017, and the deadline to purchase 5+2 passes is November 15, 2016.  Contact Isabelle Grenier at with any questions.

Pat’s Peak Ski Program
Bedford students in grades 1-8 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH. This five week Friday night program includes 1 hour lessons and free ski time – under the lights until the 10PM closing time. Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons. Included in the program is a free bonus day at Pat’s Peak, Gunstock, and Cranmore to be used from February 27 th to the close of the 2017 season. The 2017 Bedford Ski Program begins on Friday, January 6 th and runs for 5 weeks. The choice of lesson times are 3:30 – 4:30PM or 4:30 – 5:30PM. Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools. Easy Online Registration is available at Click on “Learn to Ski & Ride Program” and “Register Here”. The username for bedford330 and bedford430 for the 4:30 lesson. The Password is patspeak17.

More details are available at Visit our table at the Bedford Ski and Skate Sale. Contacts – Kim Ahnen – & Martha Cronin –

7th Annual Witch Way to the 5K
Lurgio Middle School's 7th annual Witch Way to the 5K is on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the 5K race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School.  Register by Sunday, October 9 to pay a discounted registration rate.

For more information about the race visit:
To register for the race visit:

From the Superintendent
Recycle Bowl
FYI from the Town Committee on Conservation.

From the PTG
Reusable Shopping Bag
Thank you to everyone that purchased a reusable shopping bag from our Bedford Hannaford stores. The PTG will receive $146 that will go right back into programming in our schools!

Annual Gift Card
The annual gift card sale is coming mid-October. Gift cards make great gifts or even use them for your everyday shopping. Order by November 2nd for pre-Thanksgiving delivery; order by December 2nd for pre-Christmas delivery. We offer gift cards to a wide variety of retailers (local and online) along with locally owned businesses, no expiration dates, and you receive the FULL value of your purchase while supporting the PTG. Look for order forms soon.

Our next Community Meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.. Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), along with special guest Superintendent Chip McGee, for a brief overview of current happenings in the district followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Dates
Monday, October 10th- No School: Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 11th- 3rd & 4th Grade: Homework Club Begins
Monday, October 17th - 4th Grade: Art Club Begins
Thursday, October 20th - Math and Literacy Night
Thursday, October 27th - 2nd Grade Scarecrow Jubilee
Monday, October 31st - Halloween Parade

Happy long weekend,

Cheryl Daley       Dan Mitchell
Principal              Assistant Principal

Repeated Messages
Bedford Education Foundation
Fall Fundraiser
Friday November 4, 2016 at 7:00pm  
Manchester Country Club

Tickets available at
$50 for community members and $25 for faculty and staff in Bedford
Don’t miss this fantastic evening out for a great cause
For more information or for sponsorship opportunities please email

Ecosmith Recycle Bins for Destination Imagination
Did you know that every school in the district has an Ecosmith Recycle Bin?  This is a great way to donate/recycle old clothes, while helping raise funds for our teams who advance to Global Finals each year.  You can put any kind of fabrics in these bins, towels and stuffed animals too.  Ripped shirts and pants with holes are fine, as well as well worn shoes.  Bedford DI greatly appreciates your continued participation in this program.

PWS Gear
If anyone is interested in buying new PWS gear such as shirts, sweatshirts, pajama pants, and lunch bags please visit  If you would prefer, we also have paper order forms available in the front office.

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