Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

Dear PWS Families,
Thank you so much for making our annual Family Fun Night such a fantastic event.  The first session ran very smoothly with all our BHS student volunteers and wonderful activities.  The second session was great as well, however we recognize there was a major glitch with the pizza.  In being direct, we miscounted and simply did not order enough pizza and we deeply apologize to those families that this impacted. We hope that this did not put a damper on an otherwise enjoyable night.  We have learned from this mistake and next year we will triple count and order 20 percent more than is needed. Again, we know this should not have happened and want to reassure you we will not have this problem next year.

In addition to our many snow days and delays, there is now a lot of snow and not a lot of places to put it. This has added an obstacle to our parking lot. Our town and maintenance crews have done a great job to try and keep the parking lots and walk ways clear. However, the snow is also creating some blind spots in our parking lot. Please keep this in mind when driving through. We have had some unsettling, close calls lately. We appreciate everyone’s additional attention and focus in this area to keep and maintain the safety of all the PWS families. Thank You!

We want to let you know that we have finalized the dates for our Father/ Daughter Dance and Mother/ Son Event.
Father/ Daughter Dance will be on April 14th from 6:00 - 8:00.
Mother/ Son Event will be on on May 5th from 6:00 - 8:00
Make sure to save these dates for what is sure to be a great time by all. More details will be coming.

Finally, next week is a Spirit Week. Here are the themes for each day:

Monday 2/20: Mustache Monday
Tuesday 2/21: Sports Day-support your favorite team
Wednesday 2/22: Wacky Wednesday-be creative!
Thursday 2/23: Dress up as a favorite book or movie character
Friday 2/24: PWS school spirit day-wear your PWS gear or dress in black and white like a penguin

PWS Happenings
Invention Convention
This year’s Invention Convention is upon us. We are very excited to see the products of so many students’ hard work. This year we will be doing things a bit differently. Instead of having everything happen in one morning, it will now be divided over two days. Here are the details about parent visitations for the convention:
On Monday, the third grade visitation for parents will be in their classroom from 1:30 pm-2:00 PM.
On Tuesday, the fourth grade visitation for parents will in the multipurpose room from 9:30- 10:00 AM

From the Community
Bedford Food Pantry – Items Needed for Children
Food Insecurity is a growing concern across the nation and right here in our own backyard.  Nearly 350 adults and children in Bedford qualify for food stamps and more than 167 families in Bedford meet the income standards for the government’s free school lunch program.
In light of these numbers, the Bedford Food Pantry has started a new program, School Lunch Plus, to provide students in Bedford who face food insecurity two lunches each weekend (with complete privacy/anonymity).  In order to provide two lunches for each student in need, the Food Pantry is looking for donations of these specific items.  
If you are able to donate these items (these are ongoing donations), please bring them by the Bedford Food Pantry at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, Bedford, NH.
Parents/guardians, please contact the school guidance counselor or school nurse if you would like your child to participate in this program.

Author Gordon Korman Community Event at McKelvie
McKelvie is delighted to be hosting acclaimed author Gordon Korman!  Bedford families are encouraged to join us for his community presentation on Monday, March 6, at 4 p.m. Follow this link for a flyer about the event.  Gibson's Bookstore will be on-site that afternoon selling copies of Mr. Korman's books. We hope to see you there!  

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

From the PTG
Yankee Candle
Due to school cancellations and snow delays, the FINAL due date for Yankee Candle order forms will be MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20th. Yankee Candles make great gifts for any occasion and are made right here in New England. Online ordering is available through February 24th (group code #999965479). The PTG receives 40% of all sales and that goes right back into our schools.

Community Event – Save the Date:  PTG 5K Color Run/Walk Sunday, June 4th (more info coming soon)

Upcoming Dates
Monday, February 20- 3rd Grade Invention Convention 1:30 - 2:00
Tuesday, February 21- 4th Grade Invention Convention 9:30 - 10:00

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal

Repeated Messages
Guidance Counselors Website
Please take a moment to visit our school counselor, Mrs. Clark’s WEBSITE. It has been updated and includes some very interesting information related to the impact of school attendance.
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

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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