Friday, October 20, 2017

10.20.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

Have you ever made breakfast for 100?  Well - thanks to the efforts of our students, Mrs. Asdot and I made pancakes for the students in the Conner, Oliveira,  Francis, & Parnell homerooms.  These kids were super thankful and very gracious.  They were also REALLY hungry!  Anyway, it was a terrific way to start our day.  Special thanks to Mrs. Roy, Mrs. Gould, Mrs. Parsons, and Ms. McGinty for helping out (Do you really think the two of us could pull this off alone?).  Below are the notes for this week:

Mr. Fournier's MAT Challenge
This is the last weekend to collect sponsors for the Move-A-Thon.  Ask your neighbors, family, and friends to support this year's Move-A-Thon.  We are excited to announce that if our school raises $40,000 in the Move-A-Thon,  Recycled Percussion will come to our Move-A-Thon assembly and include Mr. Fournier in their drumming performance.   Let's get moving and raise funds!

Move-A-Thon Equipment
Students can start bringing in their Move-A-Thon equipment on Monday.  If you take the bus, for this event only, Move-A-Thon equipment can come in on the bus.  If your child is riding their scooter, ripstick or skateboard they must wear a helmet to participate.  Rollerblading has additional safety requirements.  For a full list of equipment needed for Track Activities (i.e. scooter, ripstick, Skateboard, and Rollerblading) click HERE.

National Distinguished Principal
A HUGE thank you for the McKelvie community supporting me as I traveled to DC last week.  Click HERE to see a photo of the NDP’s from every state.

Intramurals
Reminder that intramurals for Quarter 1 end during the week ofOctober 23rd. Intramural descriptions for Quarter 2 will be posted on Wed, October 25th, and signups begin on Friday, October 27, at 5pm and will remain open until filled or Friday, November 3, at 3pm, whichever comes first.

From the Library
The library continues to be a busy place with students and staff! Be sure to click HERE to see Ms. French (one of our PE teachers) reading a professional text during her plan block. Please be sure to notice the new addition to our library! The Yogibo MAX was donated by a friend of Tammy Kiesewetter, who works for Yogibo. The students love to read and relax in this amazing donation. HERE is an image of 6th grade students using the Chromebases working on a book project.

BeBOLD Speaker Series
Dr. Carolyn Morgan will be presenting her “Growing Resilience Program” at the Bedford Public Library on Monday, October 30th from 7pm to 8pm.  Click HERE for more info.

Red Ribbon Week
Next Monday though Friday we will be promoting Red Ribbon Week.  The Red Ribbon Campaign is a national program providing drug awareness and prevention.  We will have daily, age-appropriate announcements and activities relating to helping students make healthy choices and staying drug and alcohol free.  For more information, check out RedRibbon.org

Bedford Goes Red
Join the Bedford Community and support our efforts in battling addiction.  Let’s light up our homes and businesses in red between 10/23 - 10/31.  Click HERE for more information.

Pat’s Peak Ski 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 . Select "Learn to Ski and Ride".
Login info: 3:30 PM lessons: bedford3302018  or 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.

Grade 6 Art Club
A HUGE thank you to the McKelvie Art Club for painting our district’s Bull Dog!  Click HERE to see the work of: Seated from left to right: Angelina Czoschke, Autumn Patrick, Adelynne Bunie, Ashley Medeiros, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Court McCombs, Annika Saarinen, Standing from left to right: Madeline Campbell, Elif Cakir, Gianna Tennant, Maya Park, Sam McGovern, & Andrew Sorvillo!

Spirit Week:  October 23rd - 27th
The week of the Move-A-Thon will be Spirit Week at McKelvie.  For our students and families that like to plan ahead, our spirit days will be the following:
Monday - McKelvie School Colors Day (wear Blue and Yellow)
Tuesday - Sports Theme Day (wear your favorite team's colors or jersey)
Wednesday - Wear Red Day (in recognition of "National Red Ribbon Week" also October 23-27)
Thursday - [MOVE-A-THON Day] - wear your MAT shirt or bright orange.
Friday - Rest and Recover Day (wear your comfiest sweats or rock your coolest pajamas)

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.

From the PTG
It’s getting to be that time of year for buying gifts and the Bedford PTG is here to help with our 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 please click here, Gift Card Order Form.  For more information about this program, click here Gift Card Program. HAPPY SHOPPING!
Amazon smile!  Speaking of buying gifts, did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit https://smile.amazon.com/ and select “Bedford NH PTG” as the organization that you’d like to support.  Now, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Bedford PTG.
SAVE THE DATE - COFFEE WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHIP MCGEE - 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.
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 not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera Flyer
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! - Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PMat Bedford High School. Drop off items for consignment onFriday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM. Visit our Ski and Skate Sale  page to find out more information.

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.

Have a great weekend,

Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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Friday, October 6, 2017

10.6.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

We are deep in the throws of the McKelvie Move-a-thon!  Our goal is to raise $40,000 to bring our efforts for a new Courtyard to fruition.  While we do not recommend  going door to door, this is a terrific weekend to collect a few sponsors.  We hope to have 100% participation so that we can meet our goal!  There will be some really cool prizes including a limo lunch, and ride to school via Police Cruiser and Fire Truck.  Thank you so very much for your support in this effort!

NO SCHOOL
Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day.

National Distinguished Principal
As you may recall, I was selected as NH’s Middle Level Principal of the Year for 2017.  Next week, I will be joining NDP’s from around the country in Washington, DC.  During my time there, I will be representing the interests of students from NH with members of congress, other states, and the United States Department of Education.  I am excited to represent Bedford in this capacity.

From the Kitchen
Sample a Smoothie Day! We will be offering samples of a Fresh Fruit Smoothie in the McKelvie cafeteria during lunches on October 25th.  It will be samples only and any student in the cafe can come up and try one. Fresh Orange Tropical Smoothie Ingredients: Bananas - Carrots - Pineapple - Strawberries - Yogurt (plain skim milk)

From the Library
Congratulations to our first "search slip" winner of the school year. Peter's "search slip" was drawn from all of the entries seen HERE. The 5th grader correctly filled out a "search slip" when he was looking for a book in the McKelvie Library. Congratulations, Peter, and enjoy your sweet treat! Click HERE to see Peter, his entry, and prize. Another winner will be drawn from the submissions entered during the month of October.

Ledger found a "Golden Ticket!"  This is the 4th out of 10 hidden tickets to be found. He was reading his book at home when it was located. HERE is Ledger with the book he checked out from the library, the "Golden Ticket," and his prize.

The McKelvie Library recently obtained new books! HERE you will see most of these new fiction and nonfiction acquisitions right before they entered the hands of readers! There is nothing like a new book!

In Previous News...

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.

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

From the PTG
Our annual Gift Card Sale is coming mid-October. Gift cards make great gifts or even use them for your everyday shopping. Order by November 1st for pre-Thanksgiving delivery; order byNovember 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!!

A day long event for all 7th grade students and their parents, will be having our first event planning meeting 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.

Have a great weekend,

Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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Friday, September 29, 2017

9.29.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

A BIG shout out to our McKelvie kids and teachers for pushing through the heat and humidity at the start of the week!  Today was MUCH better, as you know.  There are several items this week for your perusal.  

Forgotten Items - updated due to feedback
Unless specifically requested by the classroom teacher, we respectfully ask that forgotten items such as homework, gym clothes, and non-essential items remain at home.  Classrooms have been inundated with interruptions and we are trying to curtail those.

Move-A-Thon Registration
T-Shirt Sales and Registration for MAT Activites has been extended until Monday, 10/2/2017.  Links for the shirt order form and registration can be found on the school website or at this LINK

MAT T-Shirt Design Winner
Congratulations to 6th Grader Nikki Basur who created this year MAT T-Shirt Design: Click HERE

Move-A-Thon Prizes
Raising money for the Move-A-Thon can be FUN!!  For every $10 a student raises they earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize basket of their choice.  A theme basket can include items like ski passes, ice cream gift certificates, vertical dreams passes, and other rewards.  

Students can start collecting money from family and friends now for the Move-A-Thon.  Next Week the 5th and 6th-grade homeroom that has brought in the highest amount of sponsor money will be treated to a pancake breakfast fixed by Mr. Fournier and Mrs. Asdot. Have Fun!

From the Library
We have many new acquisitions to our school library thanks to the generous PTG. The Scholastic Dollars from the two book fairs held last year at McKelvie were donated to the McKelvie Library. As a result, new books were purchased to coincide with curriculum as well as pleasure reading. We were able to acquire additional copies of highly circulated titles that have a list of students waiting to check them out. In addition to books, the library was also able to obtain two wooden book displays and littleBits Arduino Coding Kits. Thank you to Sue Jennato and Janine Muir for your help! We are grateful for all the PTG does for the students and staff.

September Safe Sitters
Congratulations to the students who attended the September Safe Sitter session.  Certificates and folders have been returned through your homeroom teacher.  Special shout out to Teagen Jeffers who mastered the CPR challenge on the first try!

The October Safe Sitters list has been posted outside room 33 and on Mrs. Trudel’s website. Classes will begin October 16th.

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.

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

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Lost and Found
Found items are stored to the right of the stage in the cafeteria. Please encourage your children to check the shelves and hangers for any lost items. Small items such as jewelry and eyeglasses are kept in the Main Office. Any items LABELED WITH FIRST AND LAST NAME will be returned to homerooms. Please label all school supplies, clothing, sports equipment, and lunch/snack gear.

Safety Issue
Please do not drive behind the buses when they are parked at McKelvie for afternoon pickup.  This is a considerable safety concern.  License plates will be recorded and reported to the Bedford Police.

Cell Phones
Just a reminder that student cell phones need to remain off during school hours.  We have over 100 phones in the school and they can be accessed with teacher permission at any time.  Thank you!

Piano Accompanist Needed
If you or someone you know might be interested in accompanying the McKelvie chorus, please contact Rebecca Coughlin at coughlinr@sau25.net.  This position comes with a stipend.

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!

Meadow Farms Gifts, Wrap and More
Our popular Gifts, Wrap & More fundraiser is underway. Brochures, with ordering details, should have come home with elementary students last week.  Families, students, and staff at McKelvie, RAL and BHS will be able to order online via this link McK-RAL-BHS Ordering Link
All orders are due by Monday, 10/2 and product will direct to your home. 40% of sales are donated back to our schools!
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!!
Looking To Volunteer
Volunteer forms were sent home with students in grades K - 8. Please be sure to return these forms in order to receive notifications of volunteer opportunities in your school. Volunteer forms can be downloaded from the PTG website. Bedford High School volunteer opportunities are available by contacting Andrea Ahlstrom via email at andrea.ahlstrom@gmail.com. PTG volunteers logged over 23,000 hours last year, earning each of the six schools the Blue Ribbon Award for excellence in volunteering. We'd love to have you join us!
New To Bedford?  
The PTG will host a welcome for all new families to Bedford. This open house style event will take place on Wednesday, October 4th at the Bedford Town Library at 9:30am or 6:30pm. Families new to the district will be receiving invitations in the mail. Representatives and/or Administration from all 6 schools will be on hand. Families can learn about school events/programs and town happenings. Light refreshments will be served and your children are welcome to attend. If you have any questions or would like to attend this event please contact Aneesa Fallon at aaf4@comcast.net

School Sponsorship Opportunity - 10/6 deadline
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Intermediate School's Move-a-thon.  If you own a business or know someone who does, we are seeking business/corporate sponsors this year.  Attached is an informational letter and a sponsorship form.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact one of our outstanding committee members (listed below).

Cindy Detscher - mdetscher@comcast.net
Liz Purnell - lizpurnell@comcast.net
Jen Cassidy - jen.cassidy@me.com
Lisa Wolfinger - lisa.wolfinger@gmail.com
Jen Theodore - jentheodore@comcast.net
Jen Spector - jen.spector@gmail.com
Kristen Wenzel - Kristen.Wenzel@comcast.net
Sarah Lacroix - sarahperk@hotmail.com
Jodi Parsons - parsonsj@sau25.net
Jen Asdot - asdotj@sau25.net

Have a great weekend,

Michael Fournier
Principal
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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