Friday, March 16, 2018


Dear McKelvie Families ~

We had Pi day with the 6th grade students this week.  Our Math Excel students taught their peers the concept of Pi.  As is tradition, successful understanding of the concept ended with a piece of their favorite pie.  A BIG thank you to Mr. Donahue for organizing this wonderful activity!

Last Day of School now June 20
The Superintendent announced at Monday's Board Meeting that the last day of school for students is June 20 (as of now). He had a conversation with the NHDOE about the two days we missed school due to the Halloween wind storm this year. Given the circumstances of the storm and our school calendar, we will not have to have students make up those two days at the end of the year.

Spring Food Drive - Community Action Team
Next week, March 19 - 23, the Community Action Team will be collecting food items to benefit the Bedford Food Pantry.  While the students have decided on themed days based on the greatest areas of need, we will gratefully accept any donation.  Questions can be directed to either or  Thank you for your support!

*Monday - Macaroni and Cheese
*Tuesday - Tuna
*Wednesday - Juice
*Thursday - Crackers
*Friday - Free Choice

School Safety Update
On Thursday, March 29th @ 6pm in the Cafe, Superintendent McGee and McKelvie School Administration will be sharing several updates regarding the safety and security of the Bedford School District. They will explain our District Emergency Operations Plan including the Parent Emergency Plan portion. They will discuss recent improvements and answer questions. We hope you can make it.

Animal Rescue League Donations
Girl Scout Troop 12566 is collecting toys for rabbits, hamsters, cats, and dogs as well as hand soap and sanitizer and baby food for kittens. There is a box outside the main office.  The collection lasts until the end of April.

Screenagers Showing
This past December 6th, 2017, a viewing of Screenagers was sponsored by IGYB (I've Got Your Back), 8th grade student Hannah Guillemette's anti-bullying and kindness movement.  IGYB is happy to offer a 2nd viewing of the condensed student version of the film (47 minutes) on April 4th, 2018 from 6-8 pm in the St. Elizabeth Seton activity center/gym.  A parent and student Q&A session hosted by McKelvie School Counselors Priscilla McGinty and Jodi Parsons will follow.  Click here for informational flyer.

McKelvie Book Fair
We are PAWS-ITIVELY thrilled to announce that McKelvie will be holding the Spring Book Fair: Paws for Books on the following dates:
Monday 4/2: 8:30-5
Tuesday 4/3: 8:30-6:30
Wednesday 4/4: 8:30-5
Thursday 4/5: 8:30-6:30

Each classroom will be invited to the book fair to come and create a wish list of books they would like to purchase.  Also, students will be allowed to buy books during lunch as well as their WIN time provided he/she has a note.

In addition to that, we would love to have staff and students send in a picture of their pet to school to display on a bulletin board outside the book fair entrance.  PLEASE INCLUDE the student name and/or staff name and name of the pet. ALL  PICTURES MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD.

KidsVote - RESULTS
A HUGE thank you to the McKelvie kids who voted on Tuesday.  The results are below:
If you could select a superpower, which one would you choose?
Invisibility - 41%
Flying - 34%
Super Speed - 19%
Super Strength - 6%

Parent/Teacher Conference
A reminder that conferences will be offered during 3rd quarter.  Information on dates and times will come from your child’s teacher.

DestiNation Imagination
CONGRATULATIONS to DI Team SSSSAM on their 1st place finish at DI Regionals in Hampton on Saturday.   They now advance to States in Bedford next month, The team members are: Sofia DiStefano, Sam Boisvert, Saanvi Shetty, Sravya Kambham, Mahith Narreddy, & Annika Saarinen

From the Library
A big thank you to the students, parents/guardians, and staff members who were able to attend the rescheduled McKelvie Meets @ the Movies event. Thank you also to the McKelvie Student Council for helping with the movie promotion. I think all would agree that the Disney production of A Wrinkle in Time was a great modern interpretation of the 1963 Newbury Award winner! There were numerous differences so it was interesting to compare the movie and the book.

Our 6th "Search Slip" raffle was held for the month of February. The "Search Slips" are filled out with the title of the book, the author's last name, and the call number. This is done when students are looking for a book using the online catalog. The student then has an opportunity to write his/her name on the back of the "Search Slip" and enter a monthly raffle! February's raffle winner was ​​from Ms. Francis' homeroom. Neel Majmundar received a $5.00 gift certificate to a local ice cream establishment. Congrats!

Beginning on Monday, April 9th, during National Library Week 2018, students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Great Stone Face Nominee. Students statewide, in grades 4-6, have an opportunity to vote. Students are encouraged to read two or more of the 20 nominees before voting. Click HERE to access a Google Slides presentation of the 20 nominees. Students at McKelvie will have access to a Google Form voting ballot to cast their vote. The McKelvie winner will be announced on Monday, April 16th. The statewide winner will be announced during the month of May. Happy reading!

Have a great weekend!
Michael Fournier
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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Friday, March 9, 2018


Dear McKelvie Families ~

We are at the end of yet another week and I am struck at what we have accomplished!  I am also astounded at how many snow days have piled up! It is a joy to observe your kids hard at work and at play while here.  I know each student has a story of success and struggle at McKelvie. However, it is through these collective experiences that our kids are shaped.  As a wise person once told me, the days can be slow, but the years fly by. Enjoy them, they grow up fast. Below are this week’s notes:

Last Day of School
June 22, 2018

State Spelling Bee Runner Up!
A HUGE shout out to Adithya Puninchittaya for being the runner up in the NH State Spelling Bee!  Click HERE to see a great pic of Adithya and his award.  WE are SO PROUD!!!

Moving to the State Geography Bee!
Congratulations to Yash Veerkar who qualified to complete at the state level!  Good luck, Yash!

Kindness Club
A few McKelvie students (with the help of their teachers) have started a Kindness Club.  If your child is interested in joining, please click HERE for more information.  Questions can be directed to Mrs. Rachael Ramsey at

McKelvie Yearbooks for Sale - ACTION ITEM
Don't miss out!  Order your 2017-18 McKelvie yearbook now! Softcover yearbooks are only $25 each. Order information can be found on the Yearbook Club website or by clicking HERE. Important: If you are paying by check, please make sure you make it payable to "McKelvie Intermediate School".

From the Library
Please join some of the McKelvie Staff and McKelvie Student Council members at Cinemagic in Merrimack, NH, on Tuesday, March 13th to view A Wrinkle in TIme (PG Fantasy/Science fiction 2 hrs.) We will attend the show @ 7:15 pm.  

This much anticipated movie is based on the 1963 Newbery Award winning novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. 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 , 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!

On Tuesday, we had an author visit! Jennifer Richard Jacobson, the author of Small as an Elephant, our READ Project book, spent the day at McKelvie speaking with the 5th & 6th graders, staff, and conducting writing workshops with students. Click HERE to see Jennifer explaining that writing is like learning to play a sport. To be a writer Jennifer explained one has to have determination, an open mind, willingness to practice, and the ability to make choices! Her visit was a great way to wrap up our 2017 Read Project.

Improving our Attendance Practice
The district has tightened up our attendance practices this year. This is because many absences can make it challenging for a student to be successful in school. There has been an unintended (but very real) consequence to this change. Some families have shared with us that our approach has felt insensitive. I want to make it clear that there are times when students need to be out of school -- it could be for medical reasons, a family loss, or (especially this year) the flu. At the same time, we still need to be proactive with families about the impact of absences. So, if a student is absent for 10 days in one year, the school will continue to contact the parent/guardian to make sure we understand the challenges the family is facing. If a student reaches 15 days absent, the school will arrange a meeting to develop a plan (if one is not already in place) to help the student and family manage those underlying challenges. While our new practice will remain in place, we will work hard to communicate more clearly AND sensitively. - Sincerely, Chip McGee

Discussing Substance Abuse in our Community
These are two truly excellent community discussions on substance abuse. They were hosted by BeBold at their regular speaker series. If you could not attend, you might be interested in watching the videos. All of these discussions (and a lot more) is available on the BCTV website.

School District Vote on March 13
Please remember to vote on Tuesday, March 13. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at Bedford High School in the gymnasium.
  • Voters will select two people for open Board seats.  
  • Voters will decide whether to proceed with an energy efficiency feasibility study.
  • Voters will decide whether to support the district operating budget for 2018-19.
  • A citizen's petition article asks voters to decide whether to fund a switch from Styrofoam lunch trays to compost-able lunch trays.
More information can be found HERE.
From the PTG
Yankee Candle – A big thank you to everyone for participating in another successful fundraiser benefiting our Bedford Schools!
COLOR BLAST REGISTRATION NOWOPEN!!! Click Here To Register for our 2018 Color Blast scheduled for Sunday June 3rdat 9:30am. Visit our website event details including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities. Come out for a colorful day of fun in support of the Bedford PTG and the Bedford School District!
The PTG and BeBOLD ARE EXCITED TO CO-SPONSOR A PRESENTATION FOR ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS - Wednesday, March 28th from 7-8:15pm at BHS Auditorium
“Understanding How to Parent So that Children Can Succeed:  Addressing Childhood Anxiety and its Potential Pathway towards Substance Abuse”
Special guest speaker Jessica Lahey veteran teacher, journalist, and author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.
Jessica Lahey will provide insight on how to raise kids who are happy and healthy and less likely to turn to destructive coping strategies, including ways to prevent childhood addiction. Lahey will also share research on the most effective ways to parent and support the psycho-social and emotional needs of our children.  Additionally, she will outline risk factors, explain which positive interventions can overcome those risk factors, and offer parents and teachers actionable, useful tools for raising happy, resilient children who will be less likely to turn to unhealthy behaviors when faced with the increasingly toxic stress and anxiety they face at home, in school and in our society. This event is open to all parents/guardians.
The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.
VOTE VOTE VOTE – Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday March 13th!
Have a great weekend,

Michael Fournier
McKelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Road
Bedford, NH 03110
603.472.3951 (W)
603.472.4503 (F)
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Friday, February 23, 2018


Dear McKelvie Families ~

We have arrived at February Vacation.  It is amazing how quickly this year is speeding by!  Whether you are staying in town or traveling to the tropics, I hope that this next week is full of rest and rejuvenation.  We will look forward to bright eyed students on Monday, March 5th.  

Grade 6 Course Information Night - SAVE THE DATE
On March 27th @ 6pm Lurgio will hold an Information Session on how to register your child for 7th grade classes. Location: Lurgio Dining Hall.

An Author is Coming!
We excited to welcome Small As An Elephant author, Jennifer Richard Jacobson to McKelvie Intermediate School on Tuesday, March 6th, following vacation.  This visit has been made possible by generous support from the Bedford PTG and we are grateful for their donation for this author visit.  If your child has a copy of the book, Small As An Elephant, or any book by Jennifer Richard Jacobson that you would like her to sign during her visit to the school, please send the book to the Guidance Office on or before Tuesday.  Please place a sticky note on the outside of the book with "Your Child's Name, Your Child's Homeroom Teacher, and The Name you would like the author to sign the book to."  Please contact Jodi Parsons if you have any questions.

Lost & Found
If your child has lost an item you just can’t find it, please take a moment and check out our Lost and Found.  Items will be donated next Wednesday, February 28th.

World Language Month
Each year our World Language Teachers celebrate WLM in March with all sorts of special activities.  One way we celebrate is by offering new foods from different countries as an option for hot lunch.  Click HERE for a copy of those meals and the dates they are being offered.

From the CAT Team
Thank you to McKelvie students and families for your support of the Community Action Team's Candy Gram sales.  We were pleased to be able to donate $560 to the Boston Children's Hospital 2018 HUG-raiser Campaign.  A donation to his campaign "will help to provide adorable plush dogs to boys and girls at Boston Children's Hospital.  A sick child who is scared or feeling alone will receive this special - huggable gift."  Community Action Team was pleased to contribute to this special drive on behalf of our school community.

From the Library
Click HERE to see students collaboratively working on the latest 1,000 piece lighthouse puzzle. Many students have been working on this puzzle during recess and other opportunities when they have time between assignments!

Just a friendly reminder... The 2018 Fisher Cats' Reading Challenge is coming to a close! Many forms have been requested by both students and homeroom teachers. If you need one, please send your student(s) to the McKelvie Library.

Here are a few important reminders from the Fisher Cats as the 2018 Challenge wraps up:
  • Forms are due back by Friday, March 16th.    
  • Forms must be filled out with mailing address in order for tickets to be mailed home.  Any forms with incomplete addresses are left at Will Call for the designated game.  
  • Students are invited to play catch on the field before each Reading Challenge game, and they’ll receive all the details in a letter they’ll get with their tickets and certificates of completion.
  • The number one question I get is “Do we have to pay the $3 processing fee if we only are getting the two free tickets?” Nope, that’s only if you’re purchasing additional tickets!
  • The mailing address is:
            NH Fisher Cats, Attn: Reading Challenge
            1 Line Drive, Manchester, NH 03101

Have a GREAT week,

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