Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017


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PWS PrinciPal’s News


Dear PWS Families,
It seems like the long weekend did a lot of good and was quite needed by everyone. The students returned this week with a renewed energy and focus on the work to be done. Watching the fourth grade classes transform into students of older days, as part of their field trip to the Little Brick Schoolhouse, has been wonderful. Thank you to all of the parents and volunteers that have made these trips a success.
Our annual Math and Literacy Night will be this Thursday from 6:00 to 7:15 PM. The night will feature grade appropriate activities to play as a family, information about our programs, and read alouds with Mrs. Daley and Mr. Mitchell.   So please come out as a family and enjoy some family fun and learning.

Cheryl Daley (Principal)
Dan Mitchell (Assistant Principal)


Upcoming Dates to Remember
Thurs. Oct. 19
Math and Literacy Night- 6:00 - 7:15PM
Tues. Oct. 24
Picture Retake Day
Thurs. Oct. 26
2nd Grade Scarecrow Jubilee- 6:00 PM
Tues. Oct. 31
Halloween Parade- 1:30 PM

News from PWS
Global Cardboard Challenge Day
The fourth graders practiced engineering, problem solving, teamwork, and patience today during our Global Cardboard Challenge event.

Inspired by Caine's Arcade (a 9 year old's creation out of cardboard that drew national attention a few years back), student engineers spent lots of time planning and designing in preparation for the event.

It was an exciting and inspiring day!
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Bedford Bulldog
PWS is excited to have the district Bulldog for a bit. Students will be working with Mrs. Piantedosi to paint a section of it. Each school is adding a section and now it is our turn. We are anxious to see the final product.

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From the Superintendent
No news at this time


From the PTG
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!  Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School. Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM. Additional information about the sale will be coming soon.

MEADOW FARMS GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER - DEADLINE EXTENDED! - Thank you to all who participated in our annual Meadow Farms Gift Wrap Fundraiser. If you missed the chance to place an order, you are in luck! Online orders will be available until December 16th. As we embark on the gift-giving season, please take a moment to check out the online link for some fabulous gift ideas.   
** 40% of the sales are donated back to the schools! **

HELP THE PTG
Help the PTG continue to bring exciting programs/speakers to our schools like Eyes on Owls, Abenaki Story Tellers, T.I.G.E.R. Anti-Bullying performance, Ed Gerety Youth Speaker, and Chris Herren Motivational Speaker. These events cannot happen without the support from parents and teachers in the Bedford community. There is still time to help, simply click on the PayPal link at www.bedfordptg.org to make a donation or send in a check payable to Bedford PTG in an enveloped marked “PTG Support” with your name, email address and child’s school. Bedford PTG appreciates your support.

SAVE THE DATE - COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE
Coffee with Superintendent McGee will be Thursday, November 2nd 9:30 – 10:30am.  Join us at BCTV (10 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), with our 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.

ANNUAL GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER
A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! For every gift card you buy, a percentage of the value of the card is donated by the sponsoring retailer to our schools while 100% of the value of the card that you purchased is available for you to spend! Order forms will be sent home with children in grades K-8 on October 20th.  For those students attending BHS, or for those who would like to download an order form, one will be available on our website at www.bedfordptg.org.
Please note that orders are due:
November 1st, 2017 for Pre-Thanksgiving/Hanukkah Delivery
November 29th, 2017 for Pre-Christmas Delivery

PTG NIGHT OUT AT PANERA BREAD
The Bedford PTG would like to announce our new monthly event which will take place on the first Thursday of each month beginning November 2nd 4-8pm. If you choose to dine at Panera at Colby Court, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the Bedford School District. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions will not be accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera Flyer

From the Community

8th Annual Witch Way to the 5K - REGISTRATION OPEN

Join us for the 8th annual Witch Way to the 5K  on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The kids 1K race starts at 9:30am and the adult race begins at 10am at Lurgio Middle School. Click here to register. We are also always looking for sponsors - for more information click here.

Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
This is a five-week Learn to Ski or Snowboard series for students in grades 1-8. The program runs Friday, January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 2. Rentals are available. You must provide your own transportation.
To sign up: www.patspeak.com/LTSR . From the blue "Learn to Ski and Ride" box select the “REGISTER ONLINE HERE” link.
Login info:
3:30 PM lessons: bedford3302018  
4:30 PM lessons: bedford4302018

Registration deadline will be November 15th. Contact Kim Ahnen at kim.ahnen@comcast.net or at 918-0110 with any questions. Join the Bedford NH Pats Peak Ski and Ride 2018 Facebook page for more information.

Suicide Prevention Training
Bedford School District professionals will be conducting a suicide prevention training, open to all community members, on Thursday, October 26th, 5:30-8:30 at BHS. Please contact Zanna Blaney at blaneyz@sau25.net with any questions regarding this workshop.



Repeated News & Messages
News from Mrs. Clark
Please take a moment to check in with all the updates coming from Mrs. Robin Clark, our School Counselor, at her website: Mrs. Clark's Website.

Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org

Box Tops For Education Program
PWS participates in the Box Tops For EducationTM program - which means that we get money for our schools by sending in lots of little teeny- tiny rectangles.  Last year, we earned almost $3000, which went directly to the teachers to purchase items for their classrooms.
Over the next few weeks, classroom volunteers will be introducing the program to our new students and reminding returning students that they can help raise money for items in their classroom. We will collect and mail our Box Tops a few times a year, with the next collection set for Monday, October 16.
What you can do to help:
1.       Clip and Bring: Look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school in your student’s Go Binders.  (Be sure to also include any special Box Top Codes or Bonus Box Tops!)
2.       Ask your Neighbors/Family: Send a note out to your neighbors that don't have school-age kids; they may not be aware that they are throwing away money.
3.       Become a BTFE Member: If you become a member on www.BTFE.com, you can enter PWS into ongoing raffles for free Box Tops, and get exclusive great coupons to products.
For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and our school’s progress, visit www.BTFE.com.

Special Education Parent Focus Group
The district is looking to expand the parent volunteers in the Special Education Parent Focus Group, a formal partnership between special education parents and the school community. Parent participants represent each of the schools and encompass all grade levels. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the SAU office. Discussion and activities support family engagement and improvements in the district special education initiatives. Please contact Chris Lassonde, Director of Special Services (lassondec@sau25.net). We would love to have more parents join us!

Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.

Crotched Mountain Ski Program
Join old friends and new ones at Crotched Mountain for some after-school skiing this winter! Sign up by November 15 and your student will hit the slopes on five Fridays after the New Year for just $129 – and they’ll also get a Peak Pass on February 20 which will get them out at seven more mountains for no additional cost for the rest of the season! Email Loren Foxx at lofoxx@gmail.com or visit bedfordski.com for more details.

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017



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PWS PrinciPal’s News

Dear PWS Families,


We have reached the end of this first long stretch of school and are now rewarded with our first long weekend of the year. Wherever this extra time takes you we hope that you find rest, enjoyment, and a little bit of relaxation with friends and family. Thank you again for all that you have done to make the beginning of this school year a success for all involved.


Have a great, long weekend,
Cheryl Daley (Principal)
Dan Mitchell (Assistant Principal)

Upcoming Dates to Remember
Mon. Oct. 9th
Columbus Day-No School
Thurs. Oct. 19
Math and Literacy Night- 6:00 PM
Tues. Oct. 24
Picture Retake Day
Thurs. Oct. 26
2nd Grade Scarecrow Jubilee- 6:00 PM
Tues. Oct. 31
Halloween Parade- 1:30 PM


News from PWS


PWS School Yard
As we prepare for the 10th Anniversary of our schoolyard next year, we hope to bring you information, stories, and the plans we have to celebrate this upcoming milestone. To begin, we want to share with you the view of our schoolyard from the perspective of a new family.
“Our family moved to Bedford from New Jersey over the summer and like most people who move here, we were drawn to Bedford specifically for its excellent school system. We were lucky enough to find a house we loved in the Peter Woodbury district, and were excited to bring our girls to play on the playground and get to know their new school. We noticed the famous sandbox first, ringed with natural stone and filled with a variety of sand toys. From there, we followed the girls and they explored the school garden with its lovely entrance, raised beds to help small gardeners care for their plants, and charming garden cottage. We walked past the buddy bench and oversized chair, the monarch garden, dry riverbed, and open air outdoor classroom, and by the time we'd reached the messy materials station, we realized that this was a very special place.


As a prior military family, we have had the distinct pleasure of living in many different places and exploring playgrounds from (literally) coast to coast. We've seen a lot of cool stuff, but nothing like this schoolyard. It just doesn't exist in most places. You might find outdoor instruments, level changes and buddy benches, lovely green and growing things, or a gazebo or two...but not all in the same playground. It can be easy to overlook some of the subtle details that were intentionally planned, like how the fairy garden's flowers all have fairy names, or that there aren't plants around the gazebo because students like to run circles around it, or how there's a place in this schoolyard for each student to relax and refocus in whatever way she or he needs to. In addition to the balancing - swinging - hanging - climbing elements common to most playgrounds, there are rocks to flip over and find cool bugs, wiggly wood towers to build, lots of ways to make noise and make decisions and make believe.


We've been here only a few months, but have been consistently delighted with our new home. We're especially grateful that our younger girls can come to PWS and be part of a community that created a schoolyard like the one they get to use each day. It's so much more than just a cool sandbox.”


Fire Safety and Prevention
Did you know that October is National Fire Safety and Prevention Month? Our students in first and second grades had the opportunity to experience the Fire Prevention safety trailer with the help of the Bedford Fire Department.
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News from Mrs. Clark
Please take a moment to check in with all the updates coming from Mrs. Robin Clark, our School Counselor, at her website: Mrs. Clark's Website.


Art News
Congratulations!
Each quarter work from our schools is displayed in the boardroom at the district office. Congratulations to the students from PWS whose work is currently being displayed and can be seen below. More art news here.


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From the Superintendent
No news at this time


From the PTG
Thank you
Thank you to everyone that participated in our Gift Wrap & More Fundraiser with Meadow Farms. The PTG will receive 40% of the total sales, which will go right back into programming in our schools!

Gift Card Sale
Our annual Gift Card Sale is coming mid-October. Gift cards make great gifts or you can even use them for your everyday shopping. Order by November 1st for pre-Thanksgiving delivery; order by November 29th 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.
Support the PTG
Our support drive is under way and if you’d like to make a donation to the PTG you can do so via PayPal by visiting our website www.bedfordptg.org. Donations via check can be made out to Bedford PTG and returned to school with students in the PTG support envelops that have been sent home. With your support, we are able to put over $65,000/year in programs and events into our schools!!
Stand By Me is a day long event for all 7th grade students and their parents.  The first event planning meeting is on Friday, October 20th at 9:45 a.m. at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle school front office. If you are interested in finding out more about Stand By Me or would like to join the event planning committee, email Shana Potvin at shanapotvin@gmail.com or simply join us on October 20th. You do NOT need to have a 7th grader to participate on the committee or as a volunteer for the event.
From the Community
No news at this time


Repeated News & Messages
ART CLUB
Art Club offers fourth graders extra creative time after school and involvement in community projects.


To sign your child up, click one of the session choices below. Students may only attend one session each (unless a session does not fill by the deadline). Please sign up for only one session and e-mail Mrs. Piantedosi if your student is interested in another session and she will keep a waiting list.


Session 1 will be held on Mondays October 23rd - December 18th
Session 2 will be held on Thursdays  February 8th - April 12th


Any questions? E-mail Mrs. Piantedosi at piantedosia@sau25.net


Pat’s Peak Learn to Ski and Ride Program
Sign-up information is coming soon! Registration deadline will be November 15th. The program will start on Friday, January 5th, 2018 and is a five-week program. Please contact Kim Peicker at kpeicker@comcast.net with any questions.


Bedford Education Foundation
The BEF is holding their annual fundraising event on November 17th from 7pm to 10pm at the Bedford Village Inn.  The theme is Nostalgic November.  For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, click HERE. Questions can be directed to info@befnh.org


Box Tops For Education Program
PWS participates in the Box Tops For EducationTM program - which means that we get money for our schools by sending in lots of little teeny- tiny rectangles.  Last year, we earned almost $3000, which went directly to the teachers to purchase items for their classrooms.
Over the next few weeks, classroom volunteers will be introducing the program to our new students and reminding returning students that they can help raise money for items in their classroom. We will collect and mail our Box Tops a few times a year, with the next collection set for Monday, October 16.
What you can do to help:
1.       Clip and Bring: Look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school in your student’s Go Binders.  (Be sure to also include any special Box Top Codes or Bonus Box Tops!)
2.       Ask your Neighbors/Family: Send a note out to your neighbors that don't have school-age kids; they may not be aware that they are throwing away money.
3.       Become a BTFE Member: If you become a member on www.BTFE.com, you can enter PWS into ongoing raffles for free Box Tops, and get exclusive great coupons to products.
For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and our school’s progress, visit www.BTFE.com.


Special Education Parent Focus Group
The district is looking to expand the parent volunteers in the Special Education Parent Focus Group, a formal partnership between special education parents and the school community. Parent participants represent each of the schools and encompass all grade levels. Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 9-10 AM at the SAU office. Discussion and activities support family engagement and improvements in the district special education initiatives. Please contact Chris Lassonde, Director of Special Services (lassondec@sau25.net). We would love to have more parents join us!


Bedford Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Please join us as we recognize the Inaugural Class of the Bedford Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place on Homecoming Day - Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 PM - in the Bedford High School Dining Commons.  For more information, and to order tickets, please click HERE.


Crotched Mountain Ski Program
Join old friends and new ones at Crotched Mountain for some after-school skiing this winter! Sign up by November 15 and your student will hit the slopes on five Fridays after the New Year for just $129 – and they’ll also get a Peak Pass on February 20 which will get them out at seven more mountains for no additional cost for the rest of the season! Email Loren Foxx at lofoxx@gmail.com or visit bedfordski.com for more details.