Friday, December 8, 2017

12.8.12

Dear McKelvie Families ~

Tonight was the Winter Concert for McKelvie!  It was AMAZING!  A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended.  I’m always in awe at how hard our students work and the positive attitude in which they put forth the effort (most of the time).  Thank you to our entire community for supporting our school.  I am grateful. Below are this week’s notes:

“Ship” Names - This is a new one you should know about (new to us, that is).
There are groups of students (particularly in 6th grade) connecting boys and girls by combining their names.  A good famous example is that Brad Pitt  and Angelina Jolie  = Brangelina.  While innocent seeming at first, there are many students seeking guidance and school administration because they are afraid that this will happen to them.  As you know relationships between adolescents is a challenge at this age.  We are encouraging students to self advocate if this happens to them.  However, keeping you in the loop will also assist us in maintaining sensitivity between our students.

McKelvie & First Lego League
Congratulations to the following students who participated in a competition at Merrimack High School in November: Mishka Allam, Jatin Balasubramani, Sunny Kovvuri, Shruthi Sriram, & Abhinav Vadali! Click HERE for a great pic!

The McKelvie Select Chorus
A HUGE thank you to the McKelvie Select Chorus for singing at the Crèche, Carol and Cookie event at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Manchester.  Click HERE for a photo of the group.

Move-a-thon Police Ride to School
Congratulations to the McKelvie students below who received their police ride to school!  Click on their name to see the photo!

Grade 6 Art Club
A BIG shout out to the following students for painting a winter scene near our library:
Sam McGovern, Andrew Sorvillo, Gianna Tennant, Ashley Medeiros, Annika Saarinen, Adelynne Bunie, Court McCombs, Maddy Campbell, Elif Cakir, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Angelina Czoschke, Maya Park, Autumn Patrick & Ava Vikstrom. Click HERE for a great shot of the students!

From the Library
We have a new 1,000 piece challenge in the McKelvie Library! Click HERE to see some students working collaboratively to piece together the state of New Hampshire!

We recently purchased 11 popular fiction audio titles that can be checked out via Destiny Discover. These titles include: The Crossover, Almost Home, Because of Mr. Terupt, The City of Ember, Flying Lessons & Other Stories, Scar Island, Fish in a Tree, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rules, Out of My Mind, & A Long Walk to Water.

These are single user copies, just as print books are, however the audio is not too robotic and those who have discovered these seem to be enjoying them. These are just the audio (no text) but some have found listening and following along with a print version is helpful. You can download an app via the App Store and the Google Play Store which will allow you to listen to the audio version via a phone, iPad, Kindle, or Nook. Click HERE for further info. Students can check out these titles directly once they are logged into their Chromebooks and their Destiny account. The audiobook loan period is currently 2 weeks just as print books are.

I also want to remind the McKelvie community of Flipster. This is the platfrom we use for our digital periodicals. The link is on the Digtal Resources tab via the McKelvie Library site. These are the 8 digital magazines that we subscribe to. These digital periodicals include: Discover (Science), Sports Illustrated Kids, Boys' Life, Cobblestone (History), Dig into History (History), Discovery Girls, Muse (Science, technology & Arts), & National Geographic Kids. There is a moblie app that can be downloaded for Flipster as well.

From the PTG
We are excited to announce that McKelvie will be offering another Holiday Book Fair this December.  The fair will include a large selection of award winning children's books and young adult books with a wide range of topics such as science, sports, fiction, fun trivia, mystery and science fiction.  Click HERE to see the AWESOME entrance to the fair!!! Thank you to Karen Sorvillo, Janine Muir, & Jen St. Hilaire!
Our hours of operation are:
Tuesday 12/12 : 8am-5pm
Wednesday 12/13: 8am-5pm
Thursday 12/14: 11am-6:30 pm
Students will be able to purchase books, posters, etc. during lunchtime and free periods. We hope to see you at the Holiday Book Fair.  

GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who supported our gift card fundraiser.  The second and final round of orders will be delivered next week.
AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile 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.

Softball Winter Clinics - GIRLS ONLY
Winter clinics for softball will begin on Saturday, January 13th and continue weekly through mid-March. The workouts will be held at St. Elizabeth Seton from 11:00AM to 12:30PM. Anyone interested in learning the sport of softball is invited to attend no matter what skill level you have. The clinics include throwing, fielding, pitching, catching and hitting drills. Please make sure to bring a bat, glove, sneakers and plenty of water. There is no charge for the clinics and they are conducted by the Bedford High School Softball team. Donations to the team will be accepted but are not mandatory.  For additional information contact BHS Varsity Softball Coach Jay Brewster @ 603-377-0439 or e-mail jaypbrewster@gmail.com.

Enjoy the snow this 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, December 1, 2017

12.1.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and adjusted well to the school schedule.  It is December 1st and the mild weather does not feel like the holidays to me.  So - I’m hoping we take advantage of this and continue to hit the books until Winter Break!  There is a lot to learn and this is a perfect time to end the calendar year on a successful note.  Below are this week’s notes:

Toys for Tots
It’s time for the Community Action Team’s annual Toys for Tots drive!  Beginning Monday, November 27th and continuing through mid-December, please bring in any new, unwrapped toys so that they can be donated to less fortunate children in our community.  Collection bins will be located across from the Main Office.  Thank you in advance for your support! Questions can be directed to Michael Crowell at crowellm@sau25.net

McKelvie’s Got Talent (NOTE: Due dates are firm)
Student Council is pleased to announce its annual school-wide talent show!  So shine up your dance shoes, get out your juggling balls, get ready to tickle the piano keys, or warm up your vocal cords.  We want to see your special talents.  This is a chance to show off what you can do.  We know you’ve all got talent, so come and share it on January 24th.  Click HERE for more info.

Hannaford Helps Schools
This program ends on December 2nd.  If you have Hannaford dollars, please turn them into the Jenkins Road location or drop them off at McKelvie.  Thank you!

Limo Ride Home
Congratulations to William Perkins and his friend Lucas Sampo on their limo ride home (Move-a-thon prize).  Click HERE to see them.

Fire Truck Ride to School
Move-A-Thon winners for the Fire Truck ride to school.  Both winners - Caroline Barrett & Toren Harrington -  shared Hot Chocolate & Munchkin treats with the firefighters upon arrival.

Homework Club
Mark your calendars.  NO HWC on December 21st.

Holiday Book Fair
We are excited to announce that McKelvie will be offering another Holiday Book Fair this December.  The fair will include a large selection of award winning children's books and young adult books with a wide range of topics such as science, sports, fiction, fun trivia, mystery and science fiction.  Our hours of operation are:
Tuesday 12/12 : 8am-5pm
Wednesday 12/13: 8am-5pm
Thursday 12/14: 11am-6:30 pm
Students will be able to purchase books, posters, etc. during lunchtime and free periods. We hope to see you at the Holiday Book Fair.

From the Library
It was wonderful to see so many staff, students, and parents/special friends at the McKelvie Meets @ the Movies event Monday, Nov. 20th. Thank you to all who were able to come to this great event! When the movie was over, it was exciting to hear all of the reactions and comparisons to the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Most would agree that this is a must read book and a must see movie.

Click HERE and HERE and to see students using the McKelvie Virtual Reality Goggles. We went on two separate tours, America Expands West and The Gold Rush! These tours are great visuals to support the Lens of History Unit.

Congratulations to our 3rd search slip winner of the year! Click HERE to see Julia and her sweet treat prize. Great job filling out a "Search Slip" when looking for a book @ the McKelvie Library!

ScreenAgers - Growing up in the Digital Age Screening
“I’ve Got Your Back” (IGYB) would like to invite you to join us for a special screening of ScreenAgers - Growing Up in the Digital Age on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6pm-8pm at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School.  Click here to view the flyer.

Bedford High School Key Club: Gingerbread House Extravaganza Fundraiser
Come celebrate the holiday season at BHS Key Club’s town-wide Gingerbread House Extravaganza fundraiser! Design, create, and decorate your very own gingerbread house. Amidst the fun, you can help out families in need after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by dropping off a much-appreciated monetary donation as the entrance fee. Help us spread happiness and come enjoy the holidays with your family and friends on the evening of Friday, December 15th. For more info, check out our flyer!"

Meet at the Movies
It was wonderful to see so many staff, students, and parents/special friends at the McKelvie Meets @ the Movies event. Thank you to all who were able to come to Monday night's event! When the movie was over, it was exciting to hear all of the reactions and comparisons to the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  

Click HERE and HERE and to see students using the McKelvie Virtual Reality Goggles. We went on two separate tours, The American West and The Gold Rush! These tours are great visuals to support the Lens of History Unit.



From the PTG
SKI AND SKATE THANK YOU - The Bedford PTG would like to thank all those who came out in support of the PTG and the Bedford School District at our annual Ski and Skate Sale. Thank you all who dropped off merchandise to sell (consignor checks should be delivered by mid-December for sold items), to those who came to shop, and to all those who volunteered their time to help!
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary -  Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm at Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.
PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer
AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visitAmazonSmile 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.

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, November 17, 2017

11.17.17

Dear McKelvie Families ~

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for attending conferences.  It was encouraging to see so many families in and out of the school these last two weeks.  As you know, the task of educating our children is not exclusive to the school day.  It is a team effort.  Thank YOU for your part in this important stage of our kids’ lives.  Below are this week’s notes:

Thanksgiving Recess
A reminder that we DO have school on Monday (11/20) and Tuesday (11/21).  We DO NOT have school Wednesday through Friday (11/22 to 11/24).

Move-a-thon Prizes
As you may have heard, we had a  really FUN assembly last Friday to end our annual Move-a-thon.  Click HERE to see our prize winners.  Click HERE for WMUR’s coverage of our event.  Click HERE for the FULL video with Recycled Percussion.

Wear a Hat - Support Hurricane Relief
On Tuesday, November 21st, McKelvie students are encouraged to wear a hat to help hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.  Students are being asked to donate $1 for the opportunity to wear a hat to school [hats must be school appropriate].  All monies raised from hat day will be donated to All Hands and Hearts - a volunteer relief organization helping to rebuild in Puerto Rico.

Military Holiday Cards
The final day to bring in holiday cards for members of the USS Theodore Roosevelt is Monday, November 21st.  Cards can be of any denomination or simply seasons greetings.  Homemade or store bought, a note of thanks to those deployed over the holidays will mean a lot to our service men and women. Questions can be directed to George Robinson at robinsong@sau25.net

From the Library
As part of the 1:1 Chromebook program, students were asked to bring in a pair of inexpensive headphones/earbuds to leave at school. We want to remind parents that there is an option for students to purchase a pair of inexpensive earbuds (similar in quality to what you would purchase on a plane) from the library for $1.

McKelvie Meets @ the Movies
  • Please join some of the McKelvie Staff at Cinemagic in Merrimack, NH, on Monday, November 20th to view Wonder! (PG 1 hr. 53 min.) We will attend the show @ 7:00 PM.  
  • This much anticipated movie is based on the New York Times Bestseller Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Click HERE to see the official movie trailer.
  • Parents/Guardians are required to stay at the event with their child as McKelvie staff will be coming to view this movie with their family members and will not be available to supervise students. We appreciate your support!
  • Ticket are available through Fandango , Movietickets.com or the Cinemagic website. These sales will be on a first come, first serve basis. We hope to see you and your child(ren) at the movies!

Bedford Food Pantry
You may know that Bedford has it’s own food pantry to help those in our community.  If you or your child are interested in donating, please click HERE.  We will have a box outside the Main Office. Questions about the food pantry can be directed to George Reese at georeese@msn.com.

Tardy & Dismissal Letters
Each quarter McKelvie sends home a letter to families of children who were either early dismissed or tardy in excess of 5 occurrences during that quarter.  This is for informational purposes and should be weighed with the circumstances under which they occurred.

ScreenAgers - Growing up in the Digital Age Screening
“I’ve Got Your Back” (IGYB) would like to invite you to join us for a special screening of ScreenAgers - Growing Up in the Digital Age on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6pm-8pm at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School.  Click here to view the flyer.

Homework Club
Please note that HWC will only be offered on Monday, November 20th of Thanksgiving week.  The club will NOT meet on 11/21.

Cold Weather
Just a reminder that students should wear layers to school with the expectation that they will go outside for recess.  Coats, hats, and mittens/gloves are encouraged.  We use +/-20° (including wind chill) to make the call for indoor/outdoor recess.

Lost & Found
Our Lost and Found is beginning to look like a clearance rack.  If your child has lost articles of clothing (especially sweatshirts) please stop by and check it out. We also have a wide variety of water bottles - all waiting for a home. All items will be donated to a social service agency over Winter Break.

Typing Club
Click HERE to see our McKelvie students working hard at Typing Club.

What is Vaping?
NOVEMBER 27 FROM 7 - 8 PM AT THE BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski, Officer “Spike” Donahue and Officer Danielle Nightingale, School Resource Officers at Bedford High School/Ross A. Lurgio Middle School and McKelvie Intermediate School respectively, will give you the facts about vaping. Can you smell it?  Can people vape marijuana? Can people vape other substances?  What does a vape look like?  Where do people get vapes?  Is it legal for kids to vape? In addition, Dr. Joseph Hou, Pulmonologist at Catholic Medical Center, will also provide clinical information on vaping.  Is it addictive?  Is it harmful?  How does it affect young people?  How does it compare to smoking? The 40 minute presentation will be followed by a 20 minute question and answer session.  Get your questions about vaping answered!

From the PTG
SKI & SKATE SALE THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH - Save​ ​HUGE​ ​on​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used​ ​winter​ ​sports​ ​equipment​ ​&​ ​apparel!
Our annual Ski and Skate Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9AM-2PM at Bedford High School. Join​ ​local​ ​vendors​ ​bringing​ ​top​ ​name​ ​brand​ ​equipment​, ​both​ ​new​ ​and​ ​used, along​ ​with​ ​our​ ​tremendous​ ​consignment​ ​inventory​ ​of​ ​ski​ ​and​ ​boarding​ ​equipment,​ ​skates,​ ​and winter​ ​apparel​ ​and​ ​outfit​ ​your​ ​entire​ ​family​ ​for​ ​the​ ​upcoming​ ​season!
Drop off items for consignment on Friday, November 17th from 5PM - 8PM.
Visit our Ski and Skate Sale  page to find out more information about the sale and how you can tag and consign your items.
If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email BedfordPTGSkiSkate@gmail.com.
Items are needed for the bake sale (homemade or store bought), click HERE to donate a baked good.
GIFT CARD FUNDRAISER – ORDERS DUE 11/29 A gift card is the perfect gift for any occasion! Purchasing gift cards through the PTG provides support for the Bedford schools with no additional cost to you! Final order due date isWednesday November 29th.  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!

MANCHESTER MONARCHS-Discount Tickets
Join the PTG at the Manchester Monarchs Ugly Sweater Holiday Game on Saturday, December 9th, at 6pm as they take on the Royals. Special discounted ticket price of $15 for child or adult! Kids will have a chance to participate in the “high five tunnel” to cheer on the Monarchs players as they take the ice.  Click HERE  for order form and return to your child’s school by Friday, 12/1.
SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age Documentary. Join us for a special screening on Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm at Lurgio. Following the movie there will be a panel of staff and guidance for a discussion and Q&A session.
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The film SCREENAGERS…explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit ScreenagersMovie for more information.
PTG NIGHT AT PANERA BREAD – Take the night off from cooking and stop by Panera at Colby Court on Thursday 12/7, between 4-8pm, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated back to the PTG. A hardcopy of their flyer must be turned in and electronic versions not accepted. You can find a copy of the flyer here: Panera December Flyer
AmazonSmile! Did you know that every time you buy on Amazon, you can support the Bedford PTG?  Simply visit AmazonSmile 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.

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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