Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27, 2016

Dear PWS Families,

This week our first graders had the great experience of watching the Marionettes from Tanglewood Productions.  This is an annual tradition at PWS that the students always enjoy.  Thank you to the PTG for sponsoring this event!

Isn’t New England weather wonderful. One day we have ice and sleet and two days later we have the PTG Principals’ Winter Read when it is 50 degrees. With the ever changing weather we understand that it is not always easy to know how to dress for school or recess. A reminder that outdoor recess will happen if the temperature is above 20, so do your best to dress appropriately.  Also, please make sure your children bring in shoes to wear during the school day. Snow boots are bulky and often students feet get overheated in them.  Thanks for the help with this.

Report Cards for the second quarter are now available. Report Cards are now issued through the Parent Portal of Powerschool. Accessing the report card in your portal account is very easy and directions can be found here. Please take a moment to review the report card with your child. We are excited about the progress they have made.

The 3rd grade Inventive Thinking Unit's culmination is quickly approaching on Monday, February 20th.  The 4th grade Invention Convention will be held on Tuesday, February 21.  ALL IDEAS MUST BE IN BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 FOR BOTH GRADES.  Please check out Mrs. Speaker's Website for details.  Information can be found under the "Inventive Thinking-Grade 3" tab.

PWS Happenings
Family Fun Night Volunteers
Peter Woodbury's Annual Family Fun Night is coming up on February 15th. This night is always a lot of fun and is only successful when our entire school community comes together. The following is a link to a signup genius for parents to volunteer to help out on this night. We have many, many open spots so if you're coming please check it out and see if you can donate some time.

From the Community
Calling ALL Parents!                                                                                                                       We are looking for substitutes to work in Food Service. It’s a great way to get a little physical activity, earn a little cash, and interact with these great students we have, all while helping to support some wonderful ladies with prepping and serving healthy meals to the students of Bedford School District!      If you are interested at all, please contact CHRIS GABRIEL at 310-9000 x.33418
Author Gordon Korman Community Event
Monday, March 6th at 4 p.m. at McKelvie
Mark Your Calendars! Gordon Korman, acclaimed author of young adult and children's literature, will be coming to McKelvie on Monday, March 6 at 4 p.m.  Please join us for a book signing and presentation around Payback, the latest book from Mr. Korman's Masterminds series.  For more information, please follow this link.  A big thank you to the Bedford PTG for their sponsorship!  We look forward to seeing everyone and are delighted to have an opportunity to bring such an amazing author to Bedford.

Questions?  Please contact, Lee Webb, Reading Specialist, at, or Jodi Parsons, Guidance Counselor at

From the Superintendent
Bedford School District Deliberative Session February 7
All registered voters in Bedford are invited to participate in the Bedford School District Deliberative Session on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Bedford High School Theater. Voters will discuss the Bedford School Board's Warrant, which included the proposed budget and articles for contracts with teachers, paraprofessionals, and custodians. The voters will either affirm or revise the School Board Warrant at this meeting. For reference, here is the full budget webpage and the 2017 Warrant.

The Five Signs
Thanks to BCTV, we have a recording of The Five Major Signs of Emotional Distress with Former Supreme Court Justice John Broderick. Justice Broderick spoke to students, teachers and parents in Bedford about his own experience with mental illness in his family and the need to change our perceptions of mental illness. The show will start running on both the public (16) and school (23) channels starting on January 27. The show will be available on Video on Demand at

From the PTG
Barnes and Nobles
Looking for a good winter read? Join the PTG at Barnes and Noble on South Willow Street January 26th - January 29th. Shop books, games, music, puzzles and more, and simply let them know you support the Bedford PTG or show this flyer at checkout and the PTG will receive a portion of the sales. We will also have a district wide art show on Friday - Sunday, the McKelvie chorus will perform Friday evening, and elementary school staff will be leading story times Friday - Saturday (click here for schedule). Can’t make the sale? Visit from January 27th - February 2nd and enter Bookfair ID 12075552 at checkout. We appreciate your support!

PTG Welcome Coffee
The PTG is hosting a “New Family Welcome Coffee” for all families that are new to the Bedford School District this school year. The event is being held on Monday, February 6th at the Bedford Town Library (lower level). Your children are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in attending this event or if you would like more information please contact Aneesa Fallon at

John Broderick
We would like to thank NH Supreme Court Justice Broderick for speaking to our community on January 26th about the importance of knowing the "5 Signs" that may mean someone needs help, and of ending the stigma surrounding Mental Illness. For more information about this initiative please visit
The Bedford PTG was a proud co-sponsor of this event with BeBOLD and the Bedford School District.

Got cabin fever? Our next “First Thursday's at Shorty’s” on Route 101 in Bedford will be on February 2nd.  If you are eating in or dining out, please let your server know that you support the PTG or show them this flyer and we will receive a portion of the total sales (including beverages), good all day long.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th-Barnes and Nobles Days
Thursday, February 2nd PTG Shorty’s Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 7th- BSD Deliberative Session 7:00 PM- Bedford High School
Wednesday, February 15th-Family Fun Night 4:00-5:30, 6:00-7:30  
(Snow Date:  Feb. 16th-same times)

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal

Repeated Messages
Parent Survey for Smarter Balance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking feedback on the statewide mathematics and English language arts assessment, known as Smarter Balanced.  They want to hear from parents regarding their experiences with Smarter Balanced.  Please take a minute to complete this Parent Survey.

Ski NH Snow Passports
4th and 5th grade students are eligible for a passport booklet containing vouchers for lift tickets and trail passes in New Hampshire.  Click HERE for more information.

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.n or dining out, please let your server know that you support the PTG or show them this flyer and we will receive a portion of the total sales (including beverages), good all day long.

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