Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

Dear PWS Families,
We want to take a moment at the beginning of this blog to thank you all for a wonderful year. No matter what grade your child was in, we are sure that this year has provided growth, opportunity, and memories. The Kindergarten graduation was a huge success!!!!  We lucked out with the beautiful weather for the fourth grade cook out.  Our students are looking forward to move up day. This year would not have been possible if not for the constant support shown by the families, friends, parents, and PTG members. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and wish you all a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer.

PWS Happenings
Last Day of School
The last day of school is Monday, June 19th.  Just a reminder this is a half day for students.  School ends at 12:20.  Parent pick up and buses will work the same way only 2 hours earlier.  We will have a move up day during the morning and all first through third grade students will meet their teacher for next school year.  

4th Grade Clap Out-Last Day of School June 19th-9:00 am
This year the clap out for 4th graders will be a little different from the past. Grades 1-3 students will be in the gym singing a clap out song. The Fourth graders will  walk through and exit onto the blacktop.  We ask parents to line up outside behind the cones on the blacktop.  The 4th graders will parade around the coned off area and then board the buses at the front of the school.  Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Daley will be at the front to help students load the buses.  This is a new tradition we hope to instill and appreciate your patience with this event!

Summer Skills
Many parents are looking for ways to keep their child's academic skills sharp over the summer. If you would like to do this, we recommend using the Summer Skills Sharpeners Book from Tri-C Publication. You should order your child's current grade level if you choose to order.

A Message from Mrs. Ewing
Please remember to pick up all medications from the Health Office before the end of the school year.  This includes inhalers, epi-pens, prescription medication and all over-the-counter medications.  Medications cannot be stored at school over the summer or sent home with children; any medications that are not picked up will be discarded.
From the Community
​T​he 5th Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon
This event will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017. 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, 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. We are pleased to announce that this year Millennium Running will be our event partner. At the finish line, families are invited to enjoy music, jump roping, an obstacle course, water games, face painting, concessions, raffle prizes and much more! Friends of Aine is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All proceeds from this event go toward support for grieving children. For more information, to register, volunteer or to make a donation, please visit or

Girls on the Run
If anyone is interested in coaching for an amazing program for fall 2017 for girls 3rd and 4th grade- our current PWS coaches are moving into McKelvie.The program is amazing and it's equally rewarding for both coaches and the girls!!!

A GOTR coach is a volunteer position that facilitates and supports the GOTR curriculum. The position requires approximately 2-4 hours per week for 10 weeks with the additional commitment of a one-time new coach training.  Coaches do not need to be runners.  They must be willing to lead with an open heart and assume positive intent.

​Please help us spread the word to ensure that we are able to host a fall team at PWS! Contact with any questions!

App Development Camp
This summer, students entering grades 5-9 are invited to participate in one of Vybe Software's DevKit summer camps, where campers will learn to use the DevKit mobile app to create their very own apps and games in the palms of their hands. Using an iPhone or iPad, your child will use DevKit to explore the fundamentals of coding and app development, while creating their very own app that will be published to the Apple App Store at the end of the week!

The Bedford camp session will be held at Bedford High School from August 7-10. Each day will consist of a 3 hour session beginning at 9:00AM and ending at 12:00PM. The 5:1 student-teacher ratio will ensure that every camper gets all the help they need to complete their app by the end of Day 4 on Thursday.

To enroll, please visit, and for more information, check out Each camper need only bring their enthusiasm, creativity, and one of the approved iOS devices in the signup form.

Girls’ Basketball Camp
The BHS girls basketball team will be hosting a series of skills clinics on Thursday evenings in July. (The first is actually June 29th.) The clinics are for any girls entering 3rd through 9th grade and no basketball experience is required. Please see the brochure, linked below, for more information.

From the Superintendent
Special Education Update:
The NH Special Education Procedural Safeguards Handbook was recently updated to reflect changes in the 3/25/17 revisions to the NH Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Click here for a copy or contact your child's case manager for a paper copy. Additional information can be obtained through the Parent Information Center here.

From the PTG

Box-Tops End-of-Year Update
In our final spring collection this year, we raised nearly $700! Please do continue to clip your box tops over the summer months and bring them in next year. We all talk about ways we can teach our children to volunteer, and this is an easy way for them to participate; encourage them to talk with their extended family and friends about helping us raise money through box tops. Also - visit to enter the various summer sweepstakes, download the box tops app, or print off some great coupons.

Upcoming Dates
Monday, June 19- Last Day of School, 4th Grade Clap Out-9:00 AM
Monday, August 28- Meet and Greet 1:30 - 3:00

Have a great weekend,

Cheryl Daley Dan Mitchell
Principal Assistant Principal

Repeated Messages
A Note from Mrs. Ewing
At this time of year, the students may spend a little more time outdoors. It would be a good idea for parents to apply sunscreen and/or bug repellent before the students arrive each day. We are not able to reapply during the school day.  Please remember to apply sun block as well.

Camp Invention
Does your child like to take things apart, and design, color and create? Are you interested in unlocking your child's potential this summer?  Camp Invention may be a great fit.  This year's camp will be held at McKelvie Middle School July 10 - July 14 from 8:30 am - 3:00 PM. Camp Invention is the only nationally acclaimed summer enrichment day experience for children entering grades K through 6th Grade taught by certified teachers. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store for this years camp.

Click here to register online, or here to view our paper flyer.
You can save $15 by registering on or before May 1st with the promo code DISCOVER15.
If you have any questions, please contact the director, Courtney Cheetham at

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